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Obama-Era School Program Probed • President Trump has charged Education Secretary Betsy DeVos with repealing Obama-era guidance on a school policy known as “Promise,” in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., Marjory Stoneman Douglas shootings on Feb. 14. The Promise program


was designed to reduce disciplinary referrals and student arrests in Broward County — where Marjory Stoneman is located. Republican Sen. Marco


Rubio of Florida sent a letter to DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions after multiple media reports called the program into question, according to The New York Times. The program, said conservatives created “unsafe educational environments by pressuring schools to keep suspension numbers down to meet racial quotas,” according to the Times.


Speed Cameras Land Town in the Red • New Miami, Ohio, is being forced to repay fi nes and interest — some $3 million — to scores of angry motorists after a federal


court ruled against the city’s red light cameras. The court ruled that


New Miami, population 2,321, was plugging holes in its budget through the fi nes. New Miami is seeking help from the state’s Supreme Court saying the payback will bankrupt the city. Josh Engel, a lawyer for the group that was ticketed told Fox News that New Miami “increased their spending signifi cantly after the scheme was put in place, and it was basically used to fi ll holes in their budget that would traditionally have come from . . . taxes.” Seven states are considering laws to prohibit red light cameras, and an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study found that the number of red light cameras in the U.S. dropped to 467 in 2015 from a peak of 553 in 2012, according to CNBC.


Dodd-Frank Bank Regs Rolled Back • The biggest overhaul of the U.S. fi nancial system’s regulatory structure passed the Senate in March — essentially a rollback of the Dodd-Frank Act, which many said was so


THEN & NOW


“The healthcare bill was too big, too expensive, and expanded the role of government far too much.”


— Charlie Crist, in an August 2010 statement on his website


“Religious beliefs should not be used to further roll back access to healthcare.”


— Charlie Crist, along with House Democrats, in a February 2018 statement


Ben Carson Sued Over Bible Study Records


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UD Secretary Ben Carson is being sued for dodging requests for records relating to a White House Bible


study, Carson reported in a Facebook post. The watchdog groups Freedom From Religion Foundation


and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed the lawsuit in the District of Columbia. It alleges HUD is denying Freedom of Information Act requests “where disclosure . . . is likely to cast . . . Ben Carson in a negative light.” FFRF is questioning whether the Bible study uses government resources or if staff ers are coerced into participating, which might violate separation of church and state.


restrictive banks had to curtail lending and access to credit. The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act was authored by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo. The bill provides regulatory relief for small banks and includes raising the bar when lenders are


considered “too big to fail,” according to Business Insider. Most impactful is a provision that would increase the threshold for a fi nancial institution to be designated a “systemically important fi nancial institution,” or SIFI — to $250 billion in assets from the current $50 billion. Such banks must adhere


to stricter rules, including plans that lay out how a bank would sell off assets in the event of a bankruptcy. Critics say the SIFI designation was not meant to apply to these regional banks and that the burden of regulation is making it diffi cult for consumers to conduct business.


22 NEWSMAX | MAY 2018


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