From the daily archives: Monday, January 23, 2017

President Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Education is already facing some significant headwind after a disastrous performance in front of Congress during confirmation hearings, and then an ironically illiterate tweet on inauguration day (sad!).

But Ohioans have special reason to be skeptical of the fitness of Betsey DeVos to lead the department that oversees public education throughout the country: A political action committee for which she served as chair was found to have violated state campaign contribution limits in donations to Ohio Republicans in attempts to privatize education.

From the Toledo Blade:

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur […]

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We called the White House multiple times this morning trying to leave a message for President Trump.   We were informed that the comments line is shut down until further notice and the only way to contact the president is through a web-based form at or via snail mail.

One operator told us we could leave a message via email.  When asked about that option, she transferred us to a recording that listed the mailing addresses for President Obama and Vice President Biden.  The recording also included a warning that it would take several weeks for anyone to look at our letter. […]

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On Saturday, January 21, the day after Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States, hundreds of thousands of women converged on Washington D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington.   DC was the lead city among many others across the nation and around the world that hosted throngs of people who joined the Women’s March to show their solidarity against four coming years of erosion directed at the rights of women.

Plunderbund was on the ground in Washington to cover the estimated half-million person turnout that included women and men of all ages who brought their […]

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