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Sanders Trial
Will Bernie have to take the stand to defend his wife? What will he say?

The investigation into Jane Sanders’ deal for loan during her time at the Burlington College has reached new heights, as matters are set to be taken up before a grand jury. Sources have reported that up to a dozen boxes of records from Sanders time at the college have been taken into consideration. Moreover, a state official has also been called to testify in front of the grand jury; in order to identify as to whether Sanders had falsified a loan for the school, as it was going bankrupt and eventually shut down in May of 2016.

“A Vermont-based blog, VTDigger, reported last year that Jane Sanders inflated how much the small Vermont College had secured in donations, noting two instances in which a person said the amount of their financial pledge had been exaggerated on the school’s loan application,” highlights The Hill.

In the light of the case, it was noted that in her efforts to relocate the college to a new campus and to keep it up and running, Mrs. Sanders had mentioned at the time of taking out the loan that the college shall be receiving up to a million dollars in donation, which shall be put towards paying off the loans. However, lenders and trustees later discovered that the a good many of the donors had neither agreed on the set time for the donation and nor the amount of the donation, as listed on the documents presented by Mrs. Sanders at the time of taking out the loan.

At the time of obtaining the loan, Sanders presented records that “confirmed” $2.6 million in donation. And that the board based their decision on these records, “The board made the decision based on the information Jane provided,” said Adam Dantzscher, chairman of the board at time.

Charly Dickerson, a member of the board expressed that, “My gut was, this is biting off more than you can chew.” He added, “Their balance sheet was not all that strong.”

Bernie Sanders dismissed these allegations against his wife and continued to blame this as one of the Republican Party’s efforts to take him down.

“Right in the middle of my presidential campaign, I know this will shock the viewers, the vice chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, who happened to be Donald Trump’s campaign manager, raised this issue and initiated this investigation,” Bernie Sanders told CNN.

Moreover, it has been noted that the couple has hired a D.C. based law firm to handler this case.

A spokesperson for the couple stated, “While the Obama administration was in office, I don’t think anyone thought that these baseless allegations warranted hiring a lawyer.” And that, with Trump and [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions at the helm, that’s a very different situation,” he added.

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Learning To Weld
We will make American manufacturing great again, one technical school at a time!

This Saturday, on Fox’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” the White House counselor Kellyanne Conway stressed upon the importance of workforce development to be made available at technical colleges. “Not everyone is college material,” Conway said to the show’s host Jeanine Pirro.

“Not everyone has to graduate from a four year college with a mountain of debt and very few prospects,” she said.

Conway, made use of her presence at the show to talk about the trip that President Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump will be taking for ‘Workforce Development Week,’ in Wisconsin.

“They’ll be going there to talk at a technical college and really see what’s going on there and get some best practices as Ivanka’s been doing for these roundtables and these listening sessions,” Conway said.

Conway talked about president visiting a technical college, whilst being accompanied by Gov. Scott Walker (R) and Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta.

“This involvement in workforce development means that if people want a vocational educational — technical educational — skills certificate they should have access to that,” Conway said.

“People are saying, ‘Look, if you are in a skills-certificate program, you can graduate and be employable — welders, carpenters, plumbers, hair dressers.’ We need to value that. We need to value that in our country and Ivanka Trump and her father will be out there doing that,” she added.

Pirro was noted replying, “I think that was one of the reasons the president was elected.”

Conway made perfect use of the platform to indicate that this approach – to promote technical schools – is rather different from anything that any of the previous governments had taken under account. She further talked about the importance of skilled-certificate programs that can help the people in the United Stated to be “employable.”

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If Malcolm X were alive today, would he snatch back his glasses and put a dress on this chick?

Assistant professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, on Thursday, criticized Fox News saying that the “mob-like mentality” of its “fringe audience” compelled her to call off her public appearances in the near future over fears of physical attacks.

Following her commencement address at Hampshire College, where she called President Donald Trump a “racist and sexist megalomaniac” – Taylor said that Fox News showed video footage of her speech and as a result was flooded with threats.

In a statement released on Thursday, Taylor said:

“It is with great regret that I have decided to cancel my public lectures scheduled at Seattle’s Town Hall and at the University of California, San Diego this week. I am canceling my appearances for fear of my safety and my family’s safety.

“Since last Friday, I have received more than fifty hate-filled and threatening emails. Some of these emails have contained specific threats of violence, including murder.

“Earlier this month, I delivered the commencement address at Hampshire College’s graduation ceremony. My speech at Hampshire was applauded but Fox News did not like it. Last week, the network ran a story on my speech, describing it as an ‘anti-POTUS tirade.’ Fox ran an online story about my speech and created a separate video of excerpts of my speech, which included my warning to graduates about the world they were graduating into. I argued that Donald Trump, the most powerful politician in the world, is ‘a racist and sexist megalomaniac,’ who poses a threat to their future.

“Shortly after the Fox story and video were published, my work email was inundated with vile and violent statements. I have been repeatedly called ‘n*****,’ ‘b***h,’ ‘c**t,’ ‘d**e,’ ‘she-male,’ and ‘c**n’ — a clear reminder that racial violence is closely aligned with gender and sexual violence. I have been threatened with lynching and having the bullet from a .44 Magnum put in my head.

“I am not a newsworthy person. Fox did not run this story because it was ‘news,’ but to incite and unleash the mob-like mentality of its fringe audience, anticipating that they would respond with a deluge of hate-filled emails — or worse. The threat of violence, whether it is implied or acted on, is intended to intimidate and to silence.

“In some sense, then, they have been successful.

“In the last few weeks, white racists have committed heinous acts of violence. On May 20, a white ‘alt-Right’ sympathizer, Sean Urbanski, murdered an African-American Bowie State University student, Richard Collins III, on the campus of the University of Maryland. Urbanski was a member of a Facebook group called ‘Alt-Reich: Nation.’ And just this past weekend, a white supremacist in Portland, Oregon, murdered two men and attempted to murder another, when all three stepped in to stop an Islamophobic and racist attack on two young women riding public transit.

“President Donald Trump finally decided to release a half-hearted and subdued tweet to oppose the murders in Portland, but with not nearly the same vigor he has used to incite his base against immigrants, while also whipping up anti-Muslim hysteria. The lethargy of the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security in responding to the actual threat of white supremacist, terrorist violence encourages the development of its networks and organizations across the country.

“The cancelation of my speaking events is a concession to the violent intimidation that was, in my opinion, provoked by Fox News. But I am releasing this statement to say that I will not be silent. Their side uses the threat of violence and intimidation because they cannot compete in the field of politics, ideas, and organizing. The true strength of our side has not yet been expressed in its size and breadth, and so they believe they are winning. We have to change this dynamic and begin to build a massive movement against racism, sexism, and bigotry in this country. I remain undaunted in my commitment to that project.”

Princeton University’s spokesperson confirmed yesterday that Taylor had taken a sabbatical and is well aware of the threats she received following her commencement address.

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A group of undocumented students at Columbia University in New York City presented a list of demands to their Ivy League school.

The group called Undocumented Students Initiative or “UndoCU,” released 13 demands that included items such as protection from federal authorities that might be wanting to deport them.

Along with other demands they also requested subsidized summer housing, a complete reimbursement of health care fees, special fundraising, consoling and a series of sensitivity training for all faculty at Columbia.

The group demanded clarification of the university’s policies towards undocumented students, should they have their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA status revoked.

They took their cause to social media and posted on Facebook, We refuse to amend or change any of these demands, [W]e expect the university to act.”

“How will the university help us cope with our legal working rights being taken away? How will the university help with our inability to pay tuition or housing?” the group wrote. “In all possible senses, how will the university provide the proper support that will allow us to thrive as students and contributing members of our university community?”

“We also demand full reimbursement of the health insurance fees,” adding that the school “refunded portions of these fees, but the calculations are inaccurate and leaves graduating students with exorbitant amounts of account balances which potentially hinders their request for academic transcripts and degrees.”

“How can administration contact and keep in touch with undocumented students without a record of students that the administration may be in the future be forced to relinquish to federal authorities?” they wrote.

“We want the university as a whole and individual schools to raise funding to specifically support undocumented students in both undergrad and grad schools with the objective of creating undocumented student specific scholarships and grants,” the group wrote. “Need based funding must be available for undocumented students at all Columbia University and affiliate schools.”

“Much like sexual health training, it is imperative that immigration subjects be treated with the proper language and information,” the group explained. “It is unacceptable for students to be called ‘illegal’ in their own classrooms or for professors to tell us to ‘get legal.’”

The group was created last year, around the time when Trump won the presidential elections.

Although, the list of demands coming from the group is not at all surprising, as such demands have been coming forward by predominantly liberal and progressive students all across the country.

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The new direction of education leads to nowhere.

Jane Chu, dean at Yale’s Pierson College was placed on suspension; after the reviews she had left on Yelp were published by the Yale Daily News earlier in May.

Chu reportedly wrote, “To put it quite simply: if you are white trash, this is the perfect night out for you! This establishment is definitely not authentic by any stretch of any imagination and perfect for those low class folks who believe this is a real night out,” about one New Haven, Conn. Restaurant.

After Pierson College Head Stephen Davis investigated into the incident, he said that, Chu’s “reprehensible posts” were a part of a continuous pattern that could in fact be very problematic.

About placing Chu on leave, Davis said:

“Let me be clear. No one, especially those in trusted positions of educating young people, should denigrate or stereotype others, and that extends to any form of discrimination based on class, race, religion, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.”

It is noted that last year, Chu wrote an article for Inside Higher Ed, promoting cultural sensitivity.

Chu wrote:

“If we continually advise without understanding diverse students’ practical concerns, while appreciating their distinct cultural value systems, we inadvertently project the idea that independence is the norm and interdependence is an erroneous way of thinking.”

Although, Davis mentioned that Chu’s suspension shall extend through the commencement on May 22, he did not address or discuss whether there will be a future for Chu in the university.

Chu on the other hand, went on to apologize for her nonsensical posts on the Internet.

Chu said, “There are no two ways about it. Not only were [the comments] insensitive in matters related to class and race; they demean the values to which I hold myself and which I offer as a member of this community.”

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At least they graduated.

Numerous Notre Dame Graduates left their commencement ceremony on Sunday, in a show of protest against the commencement speaker, Vice President Mike Pence.

A video shows that as soon as a university administrator finished introducing Pence, several students, most of whom were seen wearing some form of rainbow colors, the universal mark of LGBT people, started walking out of graduates’ seating area.

Almost immediately, people could be heard booing and cheering as noise from the crowd increased. However, it’s unclear if the booing was aimed at the students leaving the area or at Pence.

Pence started his speech in the meanwhile, undeterred by the student protestors.

“It’s deeply humbling for me to participate in the 172nd commencement in Notre Dame’s 175th year,” Pence said as students walked out of the college’s football stadium, where the ceremony was being held.

However, the walk out didn’t come as a surprise. WeStandforND, a campus group, promised to walk out and protest quite some time before the ceremony. In a statement, they said they intended to protest against Pence primarily over his stance on immigration, same-sex marriage, and his support for President Trump, which they claim doesn’t align with their Catholic faith.

“The participation and degree-conferring of VP Pence stand as an endorsement of policies and actions which directly contradict Catholic social teachings and values and target vulnerable members of the University’s community,” Notre Dame student Xitlaly Estrada of WeStandforND said in a statement.

It is to be noted that Catholics strongly believe that God designed marriage as a sacred bond between one man and one woman.

Pence slammed the progressive ideas and policies sweeping schools and colleges across the country in his speech.

He criticized “speech codes” and “safe zones” as “destructive of learning and the pursuit of knowledge, and they are wholly outside the American tradition.”

“As you, our youth, are the future, and universities the bellwether of thought and culture, I would submit that the increasing intolerance and suppression of the time-honored tradition of free expression on our campuses jeopardizes the liberties of every American,” Pence said. “This should not and must not be met with silence.”

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