Protesters Block DeVos From Entering School
Activists are giving new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos a chilly reception. Protesters gathered outside Jefferson Middle School Academy in Southwest DC today as DeVos tried to visit the school. They physically blocked her from entering the school, causing her security detail to scramble and quickly escort her away. One protester was walking beside her shouting, “Go back! Shame, shame.” DeVos’s confirmation was controversial and was only possible by the tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Mike Pence.
Rupture Spills Millions Of Gallons Of Wastewater
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission has its hands full as it works to contain a sewage pipe break in Prince George’s County. More than three million gallons of wastewater has poured out of a treatment plant in Accokeek, and officials say that number is expected to grow larger. The initial rupture happened yesterday afternoon at the Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant on Farmington Road. The WSSC says the break is not affecting drinking water.
Trump Confident Of Prevailing With Travel Ban
President Trump is confident of prevailing in court challenges to his controversial immigration travel ban. An appeals court in California upheld a suspension of the executive order. During a White House news conference, Trump said his administration will “continue to go through the court process.” He also vowed to do whatever is necessary to keep the U.S. safe.
House Oversight Committee: Conway May Have Violated Ethics Rules
The House Oversight Committee is looking into claims a top Trump aide may have broken ethics rules by endorsing Ivanka Trump’s brand. The possible ethics violation came when Kellyanne Conway urged viewers to buy Ivanka’s brand during a TV interview. Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz and Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings signed a letter demanding the Office of Government Ethics review Conway’s statements and report on what disciplinary action is warranted. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a briefing that Conway had been “counseled” on the matter.
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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.