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President Donald Trump listens to a question during an event on prayer in public schools, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump boosts school prayer, faith groups as he rallies base

Jan. 16, 2020 6:18 PM EST

In a bid to solidify his evangelical base, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to protect prayer in public schools and took new steps to give religious organizations easier access to federal programs. Speaking at an Oval Office event and joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Trump unveiled the federal...

FILE - In this April 9, 2019 file photo, people protest against school vouchers in Nashville, Tenn.  Tennessee education officials remained largely in the dark on how parents misspent school voucher funds while using state-issued debit cards over the past school year, a review by The Associated Press has found.  The Tennessee voucher program is currently modest in scale but is set to expand under Republican leadership over the next year. Under the program, the state gives families of children with certain disabilities the option of removing their student from public school and then provided a state-issued debit card loaded with tax dollars to help cover their children's needs in the private sector. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

AP Exclusive: State voucher violations leave details unknown

Jan. 15, 2020 6:22 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some Tennessee parents were accused of misspending thousands of dollars in school voucher funds while using state-issued debit cards over the past school year, a review by The Associated Press has found, and state officials say they do not know what many of those purchases were for....

FILE - In this April 9, 2019 file photo, people protest against school vouchers in Nashville, Tenn.  Tennessee education officials remained largely in the dark on how parents misspent school voucher funds while using state-issued debit cards over the past school year, a review by The Associated Press has found.  The Tennessee voucher program is currently modest in scale but is set to expand under Republican leadership over the next year. Under the program, the state gives families of children with certain disabilities the option of removing their student from public school and then provided a state-issued debit card loaded with tax dollars to help cover their children's needs in the private sector. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

AP Exclusive: State voucher violations leave details unknown

Jan. 15, 2020 6:04 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some Tennessee parents were accused of misspending thousands of dollars in school voucher funds while using state-issued debit cards over the past school year, a review by The Associated Press has found, and state officials say they do not know what many of those purchases were for....

Rubio urges Trump to avoid Maduro as stalemate drags on

Jan. 7, 2020 6:04 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday urged the Trump administration to stay the course in Venezuela and reject the temptation to engage directly with Nicolas Maduro as the embattled socialist rides out growing international condemnation and punishing U.S. sanctions. The Florida Republican has been a...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2017 file photo, Blackwater founder Erik Prince arrives for a closed meeting with members of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Prince, a major Republican donor and founder of controversial security firm Blackwater, has been referred to the U.S. Treasury Department for possible sanctions violations tied to his recent trip to Venezuela for a meeting with a top aide of President Nicolas Maduro, two senior U.S. officials said. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

AP Exclusive: Trump ally may have broken Venezuela sanctions

Dec. 30, 2019 3:09 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Erik Prince, a major Republican donor and founder of controversial security firm Blackwater, has been referred to the U.S. Treasury Department for possible sanctions violations tied to his recent trip to Venezuela for a meeting with a top aide of President Nicolas Maduro, two senior U.S....

President Donald Trump meets with Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., who is planning to switch his party affiliation, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump signs bill restoring funding for black colleges

Dec. 19, 2019 4:46 PM EST

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a bipartisan bill that will permanently provide more than $250 million a year to the nation's historically black colleges and universities, along with dozens of other institutions that serve large shares of minority students. In signing the bill, Trump said historically...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of seven scheduled Democratic candidates participating in a public education forum, makes opening remarks, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Pittsburgh. Topics at the event planned for discussion ranged from student services and special education to education equity and justice issues. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Democratic hopefuls pledge more money for schools, teachers

Dec. 14, 2019 5:13 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates pledged to boost funding for public schools, increase teacher salaries and reduce college debt at a Saturday forum that cast a rare spotlight on education, an issue that has received only passing attention in recent debates. The event was billed as an...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2017 file photo, Blackwater founder Erik Prince arrives for a closed meeting with members of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Prince, a major Trump donor and the founder of controversial security firm formerly known as Blackwater, traveled to Caracas last Nov. 2019, for a secret meeting with Venezuela's vice president, according to several people familiar with the visit. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Blackwater founder Prince visited Venezuela's sanctioned VP

Dec. 13, 2019 11:40 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Erik Prince, a major Trump donor and the founder of controversial security firm formerly known as Blackwater, traveled to Caracas last month for a secret meeting with Venezuela's vice president, according to several people familiar with the visit. It's not clear whether Prince, who has been...

President Donald Trump gestures before signing an executive order targeting what his administration says is growing anti-Semitism on U.S. college campuses during a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Anti-Semitism order raises tough issue of defining prejudice

Dec. 13, 2019 3:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s order to expand the scope of potential anti-Semitism complaints on college campuses is raising the stakes of an already tense battle over how to define discrimination against Jews. The executive order Trump signed on Wednesday tells the Education Department,...

FILE - In this June 5, 2018, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies during a Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations in Washington. Facing a federal lawsuit and mounting pressure to act, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, said she will forgive loans for more than 1,500 borrowers who attended a pair of for-profit colleges that shut down last year.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Democrats, DeVos clash in fiery hearing that turned personal

Dec. 12, 2019 5:43 PM EST

House Democrats clashed with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in a Thursday hearing that nearly spun out of control when one lawmaker called DeVos “the most unpopular person in our government" and said she's “out to destroy public education.” DeVos was facing the House’s education...