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Today Senate Republicans plus Vice-God-King Mike Pence confirmed anti-public-school activist Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. This was the first time a vice president’s vote was needed to confirm a cabinet secretary, as all 48 Senate Democrats and 2 Senate Republicans voted against DeVos. FiveThirtyEight’s Ella Koeze calculates that the God-King’s cabinet nominees have faced unprecedented opposition and The Atlantic’s Alia Wong noted that DeVos has drawn unprecedented attention to the Department of Education, which Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) said she “fundamentally incompetent” to lead. On, and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) insisted the dozens of right-wing terrorist attacks and exposed plots in the U.S. since 1995 are “one-offs” because “there’s no constant threat that goes through them” and besides, the Charleston Massacre got the Confederate flag taken down so “that’s a good thing.” Should “fundamentally incompetent” be the Republican Party’s official slogan?


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