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What you should know about Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education secretary pick

This story originally appeared in Chalkbeat President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly tapped Michigan philanthropist Betsy DeVos to be his education secretary. “I am honored to work...

Harkin says cutting Education Dept. is a terrible idea

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, calls it “nonsense” for politicians to suggest doing away with the U.S. Department of Education, saying “that flies in the face of 200 years of U.S. history.”

College loan default rates hits 12-year high

A metric for gauging the number of college debt holders defaulting on their loans published today by the U.S. Department of Education shows borrowers who went into repayment between 2007 and 2009 defaulted at a rate of 8.8 percent — a 12-year high.

Bachmann concludes Florida swing by vowing to repeal health reform

GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann concluded a weekend of Florida events with a Sarasota rally cosponsored by the local Republican Party and a handful of tea party and 912 groups, repeating her calls to eliminate both the EPA and the Department of Education and promising to lead the charge to repeal “ObamaCare.”

VIDEO: At Florida sub shop, Bachmann pledges to end EPA, Department...

Would-be GOP presidential nominee Michele Bachmann began her weekend tour of the Sunshine State today, making a late afternoon visit to a sub shop in Jacksonville Beach.

Lt Governor O’Brien defends US Dept of Education against GOP attacks

Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien, the administration's top education advocate and the lead author of the state's Race to the Top grant applications, this weekend...

Norton communicates position on health care bill via Facebook status update

U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton apparently committed Tuesday to working to repeal the federal health care bill passed Sunday. In a Facebook status update,...

Colorado Tea Party candidate forums stoke GOP anti-government rhetoric

Republican candidates for Colorado's top offices have been spurred at Tea Party primary-election events to take strong anti-government positions that have alarmed moderate and liberal voters and that in the YouTube era might compromise their standing with general election voters in the summer and fall.

Buck and Maes win Tea Party candidate forum straw poll

On Saturday at a South Denver Tea Party-hosted candidate forum, Republican candidates looking to reverse sweeping losses over the past series of elections took turns railing against government and business as usual in Washington and in Denver. Reflecting GOP campaigns across the country, they proposed sweeping cuts to programs, warned of the rise of socialism and ruminated on the greatest threats to national security. U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck and gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes won in straw polling over respective frontrunners Jane Norton and Scott McInnis.

Digby on the Gregg / MSNBC flare up and the pedigree...

Last week MSNBC's Contessa Brewer and Melissa Francis interviewed New Hampshire U.S. Senator Judd Gregg, top member on the budget committee and member of...