Tag: Administration

Posted in Money

Trump sours on online learning that his administration evangelized

President Donald Trump’s newfound disdain for online education is a sharp departure from what his administration and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have long championed in terms of policy on virtual learning.

As he presses schools and colleges to physically reopen their doors this fall, Trump has dismissed online learning as an acceptable strategy that local education leaders can employ as they face surging coronavirus cases in many parts of the country.

“Now that we have witnessed it on a large scale basis, and firsthand, Virtual Learning has proven to be TERRIBLE compared to In School, or On Campus, Learning,” Trump said in a tweet last week. “Not even close! Schools must be open in the Fall.”

In events and media appearances over the past several weeks, the White House and administration officials have repeatedly insisted that the nation’s schools and colleges must physically reopen classes — and that online

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Posted in Insurance

As millions lose health insurance, Trump administration offers little help

President Trump and Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, at a White House meeting in 2017, have taken few steps to alert consumers to their options for health coverage. <span class="copyright">(Evan Vucci / Associated Press)</span>
President Trump and Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, at a White House meeting in 2017, have taken few steps to alert consumers to their options for health coverage. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

As millions of people lose jobs in the coronavirus outbreak, jeopardizing their health benefits, the Trump administration and many states are doing little if anything to connect Americans with other insurance coverage.

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department hasn’t launched any special effort to publicize the availability of Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program or health plans being sold on marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act.

And federal officials haven’t made any substantial new commitment of money for outreach or to help people enroll in coverage.

In California and 11 other states that operate their own insurance marketplaces, state governments have created special enrollment periods to give people

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Posted in Finance

Trump administration reverses new visa guidelines for international students

The Trump administration walked back a sudden policy change that would have potentially blocked hundreds of thousands of international student from remaining in or returning to the U.S. while pressuring universities to resume in-person classes in the fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Following a week-long fight by Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and more than a dozen state attorneys general, the government has agreed to “rescind” a policy that would have affected international students who are attending institutions that have opted to go completely remote over the fall.

“For the hundreds of thousands of international students across this country who enrich our institutions and strengthen our communities – we celebrate this victory with you,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement. “This ICE rule was senseless and illegal the minute it came out, and the Trump Administration knew it didn’t have a chance. This is why

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Posted in Personal

Is the Trump Administration Really Going to Ban TikTok in America?

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty

In the span of a single week, the video sharing platform TikTok suffered a series of public blows, crescendoing Friday into an all-out panic on the application that one creator described as “World War III.” 

The latest upheaval began Monday, when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hinted in an appearance on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle that the U.S. might follow in the steps of India, which banned the application in late June. At a Wednesday press briefing, Pompeo doubled down, promising to take actions that “deny the Chinese Communist Party access to the private information that belongs to Americans.” By Thursday, the hashtag #TikTokBan was trending on Twitter, just in time for a report on Friday, from The New York Times, documenting an email sent to Amazon employees instructing them to delete the applications from their phones. 

The Amazon announcement appeared to

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