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Mike Pence Casts Tie-Breaking Vote


Historic: Mike Pence Casts Tie-Breaking Vote to Confirm Betsy DeVos For Secretary of Education

Vice-President Mike Pence cast a historic tie-breaking vote on Tuesday to confirm Donald Trump’s choice of billionaire Betsy DeVos to be education secretary. Earlier, Democrats staged an all-night protest to try to deny her the role. They see the billionaire philanthropist as dangerously unqualified

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Tie Means Trump Wins

3265Madam Secretary Betsy DeVos 

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Mike Pence ran over to the Senate to cast a tie-breaking vote to confirm the controversial Betsy DeVos as education secretary. It was the first time a veep had ever had to do that for a cabinet nominee.

Failing Grade

4315Questioning DeVos. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP

DeVos, who critics say could gravely damage public schools by promoting an anarchic mix of charter schools and vouchers, was declared by senator Al Franken to be “the most incompetent cabinet-level nominee I have ever seen.”

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