The idea is to give children in underperforming schools the option for a better education. (March 1, 2017)
The Trump administration wants to spend $1.4 billion to expand vouchers, including for private schools, and would pay for it with deep cuts to federal aid to public schools, according to budget documents released Thursday.
Voucher programs, a favorite cause of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, provide tax funds to families that they can use to pay for tuition at private or religious schools.
The $1.4 billion in the budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 would be the down payment on a program that would be "ramping up to an annual total of $20 billion," the budget says.
President Trump’s first budget blueprint envisions a major retrenchment for the Department of Health and Human Services, calling for a nearly 18% cut next year, or $15.1 billion, for programs that are subject to annual spending bills.
Among the biggest targets are the National Institutes of Health, which would see their budgets cut by $5.8 billion to $25.9 billion. The budget plan says this would “help focus resources on the highest priority research.”
Trump would also cut $4.2 billion in grants the federal government provides to communities to assist poor people, including the decades-old Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps low-income Americans with their heating bills.
President Trump said Wednesday that he would fight “to the Supreme Court” a new judicial ruling blocking his revised immigration and travel ban — and then, adding confusion, suggested he might proceed in the courts with the more stringent ban he first signed.
Trump’s remarks before a raucous crowd of supporters in Nashville came little more than an hour after a federal judge in Hawaii put on hold the second ban, which was scheduled to take effect just after midnight.
Judges in several states had been asked to block Trump’s executive order, which was aimed at people from six countries that are predominantly Muslim.
A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked the major provisions of President Trump’s revised ban on refugee resettlement and travel from six predominantly Muslim countries, hours before the executive order was to take effect.
The decision has at least temporarily struck down the Trump administration’s attempt to pause all refugee resettlement for 120 days and block citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S.
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said his ruling applies nationwide. It appears to set the stage for a battle in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which last month upheld a ruling blocking Trump’s original travel ban.
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Sexual assaults increased at two of the three U.S. military academies last year, and surveys show sexual misconduct reports increased at all three, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
The new data represent the latest setback for the military in its efforts to reduce sexual misconduct. The services have struggled to explain a series of recent problems, including disclosure of Marines and other military members sharing nude photos of servicewomen on websites and social media.
Misconduct reports increased at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and the U.S. Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Co., according to data from anonymous surveys the Pentagon conducts.
President Obama denied that he or his staff had authorized any such surveillance. (March 6, 2017)
The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that they had seen no evidence to support President Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped by President Obama before he took office.
“We don’t have any evidence that that took place," Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said at a press conference with Rep. Adam Schiff, (D-Burbank) , the top Democrat on the panel.
“I have seen no evidence that supports the claim that President Trump made,” Schiff said.
A federal judge in Maryland said Wednesday he would "hopefully today, but not necessarily" rule on a legal bid to temporarily block President Trump's retooled travel ban.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs, a group of refugee and immigrant organizations and their clients, argued that the order, scheduled to take effect just after midnight Eastern time Thursday, was an attempt to ban Muslims from the United States.
Government lawyers insisted that Trump was acting within the scope of his executive powers in matters of national security.