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The New College Drop-Off

Published 08/01/2020 02:36 AM

A bittersweet family tradition has become an exercise in risk assessment, logistics and trying to understand ever-changing rules.

Why Is There No Consensus About Reopening Schools?

Published 09/08/2020 07:05 PM

Here’s what we know: With too many variables and too few studies, schools lack the tools and data they need to balance education and health.

Fraternity at University of Georgia Is Suspended After Racist Messages Are Exposed

Published 09/23/2020 01:47 AM

A Black student, the subject of degrading comments in a fraternity group chat, got a tip about the messages. She posted them on Twitter.

As Schools Go Remote, Finding ‘Lost’ Students Gets Harder

Published 09/22/2020 09:28 PM

Early data for the new school year suggests that attendance in virtual classrooms is down, possibly because students are working or caring for siblings.

How Cajon Valley Reopened Its Classrooms

Published 09/21/2020 07:14 PM

Most lower-income students are learning online. But in Cajon Valley, Calif., they’re back in school. Here’s how they did it.

Parents, How Are You Doing?

Published 09/21/2020 04:48 PM

We’d love to hear how you’re dealing with remote learning and getting your kids — and yourself — through these uncertain days.

Donald Trump vs. the Ivy League: An Election-Year Battle

Published 09/21/2020 11:29 PM

Mr. Trump, himself an Ivy League graduate, has made Princeton, Harvard and other elite colleges targets this year.

How the Unpredictable Coronavirus Pandemic Took a Terrible Toll

Published 09/21/2020 03:14 AM

At least 73 countries are seeing surges in newly detected cases, and in regions where cold weather is approaching, worries are mounting.

How One District Got Its Students Back Into Classrooms

Published 09/20/2020 08:00 AM

Cajon Valley in California is doing something that many lower-income districts have postponed: offering in-person instruction.

Teachers on TikTok are showing what it takes this school year

Published 09/18/2020 06:33 PM

Teachers are posting videos of the extraordinary energy required keep young learners engaged and amused.

What’s Your Advice for Virtual Learning?

Published 09/18/2020 04:15 PM

Teachers, we’d love to hear from you. How are you keeping your classroom up and running — even over video chat?

DeVos Vows to Withhold Desegregation Aid to Schools Over Transgender Athletes

Published 09/18/2020 10:00 AM

The Education Department has told Connecticut schools that desegregation grants will be cut off Oct. 1 if they continue to allow transgender students to choose the teams they compete on.

La historia de amor de dos inmigrantes: cómo se conocieron los padres de Kamala Harris

Published 09/18/2020 12:58 PM

Donald Harris y Shyamala Gopalan crecieron bajo el dominio colonial británico en lugares opuestos del planeta. Ambos llegaron a Berkeley anhelando una formación profesional y formaron parte de un círculo intelectual que moldeó el resto de sus vidas

Princeton Admitted Past Racism. Now It Is Under Investigation.

Published 09/18/2020 02:29 AM

The Trump administration opened a civil rights investigation into the university after its president acknowledged the role of systemic racism at the school.

One Family’s Remote-School Tale

Published 09/17/2020 05:31 PM

Like many parents, Valerie Cruz is dealing with a tough situation and making it work.

A ‘Textbook Example’ of a College Outbreak in N.Y.

Published 09/17/2020 03:30 PM

Students, parents and staff members at SUNY Oneonta say a problem of lax screening was made worse by risky off-campus gatherings.

For School Outbreaks, It’s When, Not If

Published 09/16/2020 06:34 PM

That’s frightening. But a case at your child’s school does not mean you should panic.

Schools Are Nearly Back. Here’s What to Know.

Published 09/16/2020 10:52 AM

New safety measures are in place, and many parents are relieved at the thought of having their children out of the house and occupied.

Party Selfies and Hazmat Suits: Inside SUNY Oneonta's Coronavirus Outbreak

Published 09/16/2020 07:25 PM

More than 670 students, about 10 percent of the population at SUNY Oneonta, became infected, forcing the campus to be shut down.

Cynthia Nixon: The Coronavirus Has Laid Bare New York's Public School Inequities

Published 09/17/2020 04:18 PM

My TV show is a very safe place to work. My son’s school — well, it might check air circulation with a yardstick and toilet paper.

What to Know About Coursera

Published 09/16/2020 09:23 PM

Coursera users can earn professional certificates or even college degrees online.

How to Learn JavaScript: A U.S. News Guide

Published 09/02/2020 02:36 PM

This collection of resources can help you learn JavaScript at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

How to Learn Excel: A U.S. News Guide

Published 08/28/2020 02:30 PM

Learn Excel with free resources and paid courses to go from beginner to superuser.

What to Know About K-12 Online Schools

Published 08/27/2020 08:22 PM

K-12 online schools might be a good option for some families during the 2020-2021 school year.

How to Learn Product Management: A U.S. News Guide

Published 08/11/2020 10:26 PM

Learn how to become a product manager and advance in your career.

Coronavirus and Schools: What Parents Should Know for the Fall

Published 08/06/2020 03:58 PM

Planning and flexibility are key as students go back to school.

Find an Online Tutor

Published 07/24/2020 09:26 PM

Online tutoring can give your student structure if school has moved online.

How to Learn SQL: A U.S. News Guide

Published 07/24/2020 07:09 PM

You don’t have to be a programmer to learn SQL for datasets.

How to Learn Digital Marketing: A U.S. News Guide

Published 07/14/2020 08:58 PM

Learn digital marketing for a variety of platforms and choose a type to specialize in.

How to Learn Graphic Design: A U.S. News Guide

Published 07/07/2020 04:02 PM

Learn graphic design skills online and gain practical experience while creating portfolio pieces.

Online Summer Classes Discounted for Coronavirus

Published 06/24/2020 05:01 PM

These online platforms provide classes like Introduction to Computer Science and The Science of Well-Being for free or at a low cost.

How to Learn Python: A U.S. News Guide

Published 06/23/2020 09:52 PM

If you want to learn Python, a number of free or low-cost resources can help you get started.

How to Learn Data Science: A U.S. News Guide

Published 06/04/2020 06:11 PM

An array of free and low-cost classes allow you to learn data science skills on your own time.

Project Management Courses: A U.S. News Guide

Published 05/27/2020 08:30 PM

Courses in project management prepare you for certifications that differentiate you from your peers.

Find an ACT Tutor

Published 05/21/2020 07:54 PM

Find an ACT tutor who will give your student the confidence and strategies to succeed.

Find an SAT Tutor

Published 05/21/2020 07:15 PM

Free SAT test prep options are available, but some parents may opt to hire a tutor to help their child study.

How to Learn Spanish: A U.S. News Guide

Published 05/15/2020 10:41 PM

Find the best way to learn Spanish for your budget and learning style.

Finding a High School Tutor

Published 05/12/2020 06:38 PM

Discover how to find the right high school tutor for your student. Explore in-home, online & free services to help make the right decision. Learn more.

Financial Literacy for College Students

Published 04/15/2020 08:32 PM

Improve your financial literacy while in college. Learn how to budget, pick up the basics of credit, saving and investing.

College Road Trip: Indiana

Published 08/13/2010 07:50 PM

College Road Trip: California

Published 08/13/2010 07:40 PM

College Road Trip: Georgia

Published 08/13/2010 07:11 PM

Improving Instruction on Instruction in Education Grad Schools

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

Few schools prepare teachers for life in the classroom, research shows.

The New Doctors in the House

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

How nurses are evolving into far bigger roles at hospitals.

Bringing Better Health to Rural America

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

The nation's small towns need more physicians, and med schools aim to fill the gap.

The Science Rankings Methodology

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

How we rank graduate programs in the sciences

Business School: Teaching More Than Work Ethic

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

Tomorrow's corporate leaders are learning business skills and social values at B-schools.

The Business School Rankings Methodology

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

How we rank graduate business schools

Bitten by the Green Design Bug

Published 04/15/2010 05:00 AM

Engineering students flock to sustainable design, and schools aim for green waters.

Colleges Where Need for Aid Can Hurt Admission Odds

Published 03/23/2010 03:22 PM

See which schools are most likely to admit and you and give you financial aid.

Government Helps Low-Income Grad Students Pay for School

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Loans to be capped at 15 percent of income, and those entering public service may get loans forgiven.

Medical Schools Fight the War Against Disease

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Epidemiologists go straight to the source, then sift their data one clue at a time.

Business Schools Look for Different Kinds of Students

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Admissions offices are pursuing more women and minority candidates.

Aerospace Engineering Searches for New Talent

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

As more baby boomers reach retirement, demand for qualified graduates is on the rise.

How Technology Is Changing the Medical Profession

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Clinical practice guidelines, electronic medical records, and population science are revolutionary.

Picking the Right School for an Education Grad Degree

Published 04/22/2009 09:00 PM

Is it more important to go to a great school or a school near where you want to teach?

America's Best Colleges: Most International Students

Published 03/17/2009 04:06 PM

The percent of undergraduates who are international.

America's Best Colleges: Freshman Retention Rates

Published 03/17/2009 04:01 PM

The average proportion of freshmen who return the following fall.

America's Best Colleges: Economic Diversity Among Top Schools

Published 03/17/2009 03:52 PM

Percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell grants at the Top 25 schools.

America's Best Colleges: Economic Diversity

Published 03/17/2009 03:44 PM

Percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell grants.

America's Best Colleges: Best Values

Published 03/17/2009 03:39 PM

These colleges give the best bang for your buck.

Cheaper, Bigger, and Cooler Student Loans

Published 07/01/2008 05:58 PM

New federal standards ease some of the financial pressure for students and their parents.

Colleges Drop Their Loan Programs

Published 04/17/2008 06:10 PM

Administrators at more than 250 public colleges have opted out of the Stafford loan program.

The Impact of the Virginia Tech Attack

Published 04/17/2008 05:59 PM

One consequence of the attack is the increased speed with which colleges respond to threats.

Cuts in European-Language Studies

Published 04/17/2008 05:43 PM

As more students study Arabic and Chinese, European-language departments are suffering cutbacks.

Hot Tips for Law School Students

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Specialization isn't the only way to gain practical know-how in law school.

Hot Tips for a Graduate Degree in Education

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Smart Choices Special Ed. The number of teachers in this specialty is forecast to rise almost 15% by 2016. At some schools (e.g., Vanderbilt...

New Ways to Get a Degree in Education

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Options include salaried training, condensed course, and flexible schedules.

Getting Business School Skills While in Law School

Published 03/26/2008 04:01 PM

Law school students can choose joint programs and special courses.

Changes for the GRE Exam This Fall

Published 09/12/2007 08:44 PM

The fill-in-the-blank questions get trickier, and some questions don't give any choices at all.

Playing Your Cards Right

Published 09/07/2007 05:44 PM

The stakes in the financial aid game are higher than ever.

Loans Are as Tricky as Ever

Published 09/07/2007 05:39 PM

Colleges break links with lenders but now give less guidance.

The New Rules of Finding Aid

Published 09/07/2007 05:28 PM

Codes of conduct and pending legislation are changing loan options for students and parents.

Nickel and Diming Your Kids to College

Published 09/07/2007 05:23 PM

Small rebates from retailers are just another way parents can fund ever expanding 529 plans.

Learning Economics 101

Published 09/07/2007 05:16 PM

Schools expect students to work part time. So do parents.

How to 'Leverage' Your Aid

Published 09/07/2007 05:03 PM

You can get more dough by pitting schools against one another.

SAT Scores Drop for the Second Year in a Row

Published 08/28/2007 04:41 PM

The College Board reports a gender gap in the writing section and a rise in students with disabilities.

Best Practices of State Bullying Policies

Published 12/16/2010 10:22 PM

Secretary Duncan issued a technical assistance memo highlighting key components of strong state bullying laws and policies.

New Board Members for Postsecondary Improvement Fund

Published 12/13/2010 03:27 PM

Secretary Duncan announced 13 new board members for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).

International Student Assessment

Published 12/07/2010 06:15 PM

"Being average in reading and science—and below average in math—is not nearly good enough," Secretary Duncan said in response to results from the Program for International Student Assessment.

Passage of the Child Nutrition Bill

Published 12/03/2010 11:52 AM

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will "help schools fight our country's childhood obesity epidemic and give students access to the nutritional food they need to help them learn," Secretary Duncan said.

Grants to Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions

Published 11/23/2010 02:24 PM

ED announced grants to higher education institutions that serve Asian American and Pacific Islander students.

Assessment Board Members Named

Published 11/17/2010 04:09 PM

Secretary Duncan named six members of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the Nation's Report Card.

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Published 11/16/2010 10:25 PM

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Parents, Child Charged After Underage Drinking Party Led School To Online Classes

Published 09/22/2020 10:50 PM

The party, which police estimate had at least 50 students in attendance, led to the local high school delaying in-person learning by two weeks as a precaution against COVID-19.

Michigan Offers Free College Education To Essential Workers

Published 09/22/2020 09:24 PM

Michigan is offering two years of free community college to essential workers who have worked during the pandemic. The definition is loose, and more than 600,000 residents could qualify.

Learning Curve: Teacher Resigns Rather Than Expose Her Family To COVID-19

Published 09/21/2020 10:01 AM

As part of our series Learning Curve, NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Cassie Piggott, a teacher in Rutherford County, Tenn., who resigned rather than go back to the classroom during the pandemic.

Remote Learning Presents Additional Challenge For Students Experiencing Homelessness

Published 09/20/2020 12:50 PM

Education during a pandemic is hard enough, but for families experiencing homelessness, remote learning is especially challenging, and not in a good way.

New York City Delays School Reopening; Campus Lockdowns Grow

Published 09/19/2020 11:00 AM

Our roundup of education stories looks at the turmoil following Mayor Bill de Blasio's latest delay announcement; and the continuing struggles on campus to control COVID outbreaks.

Creator Of '1619 Project' On Trump's 'Patriotic Education'

Published 09/18/2020 08:58 PM

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of The New York Times "1619 Project," about President Trump's "patriotic education" commission and his attack on her project.

Trump Announces Commission To Promote 'Patriotic Education'

Published 09/17/2020 09:59 PM

President Trump says he wants a commission to promote what he calls "patriotic education" — a slam against efforts to teach children about systemic racism and an appeal to his political base.

Child Positive For Coronavirus Was Sent To School Anyway. Others Quarantining Now

Published 09/17/2020 09:52 PM

Nearly 30 Massachusetts high school students are quarantining after parents sent their child to school despite receiving a positive diagnosis days before.

Students Accused Of Breaking College COVID-19 Rules Fight Their Punishments

Published 09/17/2020 09:11 PM

As colleges crack down on students accused of violating strict pandemic safety rules, students are lawyering up to fight their punishments.

New York City Postpones Start Of School Year For Most Students Once Again

Published 09/17/2020 09:08 PM

New York City has announced a second delay to the start of the school year for most students. In-person classes will start on Sept. 21 only for the youngest and special-needs students.

Betsy DeVos Says Students Will Need To Take Federal Standardized Tests This Year

Published 09/17/2020 09:08 PM

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told school districts they should expect to meet federal standardized testing requirements this school year. Many civil rights groups agree with her.

'I'm Only 1 Person': Teachers Feel Torn Between Their Students And Their Own Kids

Published 09/17/2020 11:00 AM

Educators around the U.S. told us they're facing heartbreaking choices between the needs of their students and the needs of their own children.

College Newspapers Aim To Keep Schools Transparent During Pandemic

Published 09/17/2020 10:05 AM

NPR's David Greene talks to two student newspaper editors-in-chief — Ivan Jackson and Anna Pogarcic about what it's like to cover COVID-19 outbreaks at their respective universities.

As Campuses Become COVID-19 Hot Spots, Colleges Strain Under Financial Pressures

Published 09/16/2020 06:06 PM

Scott Carlson, a writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, says COVID-19 has strained the finances of some colleges: "Over the next year or two, we will start to see these colleges fall away."

Transitioning To Online Learning Is Tough For Students With Disabilities

Published 09/16/2020 10:08 AM

Two students with special needs share their excitement and fears for what will be a very different year at school. For students with disabilities, adjusting to constant change is more complicated.

Trump on Supreme Court vacancy: 'When you have the votes, you can sort of do what you want'

Published 09/21/2020 04:26 PM

The president on Monday defended the Republican plan to bring his pick to replace the Supreme Court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg to a vote so close to an election, even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to do the same in 2016.

Ilhan Omar says no Republicans have even privately condemned death threats against her

Published 09/21/2020 05:10 PM

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, has faced constant threats of violence since her election in 2018. They include public threats from Republicans set to join her in the House in January — and absolutely no condemnation from congressmembers on the other side of the aisle, she tells the The New York Times Magazine.In an interview with the Times, Omar discussed "hateful" attacks against her from Fox News' Tucker Carlson, as well as the rise of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican House candidate in a far-right Georgia district who held a gun next to a photo of Omar's "Squad" in a campaign video. Greene's video is just one of many "dangerous" people spouting "bizarre, ill-informed conspiracies" about Omar and other Democrats and "terrorizing so many of us," Omar said.But despite receiving "a few death threats that have been very publicized where people have been arrested and are incarcerated for it," Omar said she has received no support or condemnation from Republicans. "I can't remember a public statement or private comment of support," she continued.> Interesting juxtaposition here between Biden-esque cries that there are good and decent Republicans who are simply too scared to speak out publicly against Trump and the reality that Ilhan Omar describes.> > — Eoin Higgins (@EoinHiggins_) September 21, 2020Despite being "discouraged" by this lack of unity "sometimes," Omar said she has "hope" that "the lived reality of what exists in American cities and towns" isn't the same as what's online. Read more at The New York Times Magazine.More stories from Trump supporters boo Ohio's GOP lieutenant governor for encouraging mask use Democrats have a better option than court packing Vanessa Bryant sues L.A. Sheriff's Department over photos deputies reportedly shared from crash site

Armed and Black. How a group of men licensed to carry guns say they are seeking racial justice

Published 09/21/2020 11:00 AM

Armed Black groups like the Minnesota Freedom Fighters work to protect the streets as calls for racial justice mount.

Humpback whale swims free after getting stranded in Australian crocodile-infested river

Published 09/21/2020 02:55 PM

A humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after getting lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia. In the southern part of the country, an estimated 270 pilot whales were stranded.

Police cancel vacations; prepare for Breonna Taylor decision

Published 09/21/2020 09:36 PM

Louisville, Kentucky, police said Monday that they had canceled vacations and were setting up barricades in preparation for the state attorney general's announcement about whether he will charge officers in Breonna Taylor's shooting death. A statement from the department said all requests for vacation and days off were being canceled “until further notice” as the city awaits Attorney General Daniel Cameron's announcement. “It is important to note that (Cameron) has said there is no timetable for the announcement,” the statement added.

US faces ticking ‘feral swine bomb’ as millions of wild pigs run rampant across country

Published 09/21/2020 05:58 PM

The wild boars cause $2.5bn in damages annually

Black Lives Matter Removes Language about Disrupting the Nuclear Family from Website

Published 09/21/2020 07:56 PM

The official Black Lives Matter website no longer includes language encouraging the “disruption” of the “Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.”The language had been featured on the site's "What We Believe" page, in which the group had laid out its support for various extreme policies and ideals that went beyond police reform and brutality. Attempts to access the page now yield a message that reads, "Page Not Found. Sorry, but the page you were trying to view does not exist," the Washington Examiner first discovered on Monday.The page had described the group as a "global Black family" that engages "comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts," according to an archive."We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work 'double shifts' so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work," the organization wrote. "We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and 'villages' that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable."The website still features an “About" page that explains the origin of the organization — it was founded in 2013 after the death of Trayvon Martin — and features a shorter list of its goals. The "About" page says the group’s mission “is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.”“We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum,” the page reads.“We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise,” it adds.The organization has received criticism for its extremist views, including co-founder Patrisse Cullors 2015 admission that she and her fellow co-founders are “trained Marxists.”"I actually do think we have an ideological frame. We are trained Marxists," Cullors said.

Two new studies indicate COVID-19 can spread on long airline flights, promote distancing

Published 09/22/2020 07:08 PM

Both studies, taking different approaches, found clusters of COVID-19 cases traced back to long airline flights.

Why We’re Never Buying Rectangular Rugs Again

Published 09/21/2020 07:32 PM

Romney supports holding a vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Published 09/22/2020 03:52 PM

If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications,” Sen. Mitt Romney said.

Russia touts nuclear-powered icebreaker as proof "the Arctic is ours"

Published 09/22/2020 04:51 PM

The 570-foot-long "Arktika" is designed to smash Putin's Russia a path of "sovereignty" through ice 9 feet deep in the sensitive northern region.

Army gives green light to shape vehicle electrification requirements

Published 09/21/2020 04:56 PM

The Army has been given the go-ahead to develop requirements to provide electric power to tactical and combat vehicles.

Real estate tycoon and critic of China's President Xi Jinping jailed for 18 years

Published 09/22/2020 04:56 AM

The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticised President Xi Jinping's handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday on corruption charges, a court announced. Ren Zhiqiang, who became known for speaking up about censorship and other sensitive topics, disappeared from public view in March after publishing an essay online that accused Mr Xi of mishandling the outbreak that began in December in the central city of Wuhan. Mr Xi, party leader since 2012, has suppressed criticism, tightened censorship and cracked down on unofficial organisations. Dozens of journalists, labour and human rights activists and others have been imprisoned. Mr Ren, 69, was convicted of corruption, bribery, embezzlement of public funds and abuse of power, the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court announced on its social media account. It cited Mr Ren as saying he wouldn't appeal. The former chairman and deputy party secretary of Huayuan Group was expelled from the ruling party in July. In a commentary that circulated on social media, Mr Ren criticised a Feb. 23 video conference with 170,000 officials held early in the pandemic at which Mr Xi announced orders for responding to the disease. Mr Ren didn't mention Mr Xi's name but said, "standing there was not an emperor showing off his new clothes but a clown who had stripped off his clothes and insisted on being an emperor". Mr Ren criticised propaganda that portrayed Mr Xi and other leaders as rescuing China from the disease without mentioning where it began and possible mistakes including suppressing information at the start of the outbreak. "People did not see any criticism at the conference. It didn't investigate and disclose the truth," Mr Ren wrote, according to a copy published by China Digital Times, a website in California. "No one reviewed or took responsibility. But they are trying to cover up the truth with all kinds of great achievements." Mr Ren had an early military career and his parents were both former high officials in the Communist party. Some called him a princeling, a term for offspring of the founders of the communist government, a group that includes Mr Xi. He appeared to have crossed a political line by criticising Mr Xi's personal leadership.

Bloomberg raises millions to help Florida felons vote

Published 09/22/2020 11:11 AM

Just days after after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won a court victory to keep felons from voting until they've paid off fines, restitution and court fees, billionaire Mike Bloomberg has stepped in to help them pay off the debts. The former Democratic presidential candidate has helped raise more than $20 million so that felons who completed their prison sentences can vote in the presidential election. Bloomberg also has pledged $100 million to help Joe Biden win Florida.

28-year-old Texas doctor dies after two month battle with coronavirus

Published 09/21/2020 06:58 PM

Young doctor fell ill after ER coronavirus rotation and suffered ’massive brain bleed

Why the case of a maid who battled a millionaire has gripped Singapore

Published 09/23/2020 03:59 AM

The case described by some as a "David versus Goliath battle" has stirred up debate in Singapore.

Fact check: Kamala Harris is a natural-born U.S. citizen and eligible to serve as president

Published 09/21/2020 02:01 PM

A post claims Kamala Harris is not eligible to serve as president because of her parents' citizenship. That's false. Harris was born in the U.S.

Hawaii Health Department Chemist Cooked Up LSD for Air Force Members: Prosecutors

Published 09/22/2020 01:16 AM

A government chemist in Hawaii cooked up batches of LSD for active-duty members of the U.S. military who responded to ads for the powerful hallucinogen posted on social media, prosecutors allege.Trevor Keegan, an “extract tech” in the Disease Outbreak Control Division of the state Health Department, was charged earlier this month on one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. His alleged co-conspirator, Austin White, is not known to be affiliated with any government agency. He is facing the same charges as Keegan.The case came to the attention of investigators last September, when a confidential informant tipped off the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) about “an individual [who] was utilizing...Snapchat to advertise and conduct drug sales, particularly with active duty military service members.” The existence of the investigation has not been previously reported.Air Force Vet Who Shot Woman for Stealing His Nazi Flag Claims He’s Actually the Victim OSI turned the investigation over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which was soon able to identify the Snapchat dealer as White, prosecutors said.“White’s public Snapchat account showed the public advertisement of various controlled substances for sale with listed prices,” says a criminal complaint filed in Hawaii federal court. “One of the advertised controlled substances was Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (“LSD”), more commonly known as ‘acid,’ which is a schedule I controlled substance.”LSD use within the armed forces has become an issue of late. In 2018, rampant LSD consumption by members of the Air Force’s nuclear missile corps was exposed by the Associated Press. Since then, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service has reportedly launched nearly 200 investigations into LSD-related offenses, with cases spiking by 70 percent in the first four months of 2020. As recently as 2006, LSD use in the Air Force was so rare it was removed entirely from the standard drug tests given to airmen.In December 2019, an undercover DEA agent contacted White on Snapchat to arrange a purchase. During that meeting, White allegedly sold the agent 20 grams of “a suspected LSD mixture in the form of ingestible gummies” for $200. The following month, White sold the same undercover agent about $1,400 worth of gummies and tabs of blotter acid, the complaint states. White’s source “work[ed] in chemistry,” he told the undercover agent, and said he “makes his own stuff.” White then agreed to have “the cook” make another 300 blotter tabs in advance of their next meeting, according to prosecutors.That’s when White got sloppy. After getting $2,500 from his customer, White pointed to a car parked nearby. White allegedly told the undercover that the vehicle’s driver—and lone passenger—was his supplier, before walking over to retrieve the drugs. DEA agents were able to identify the driver as Keegan, according to court filings.Both men were arrested at the beginning of May. The blotter acid tested positive for LSD, although the gummies did not.“You would think that employees at the state disease outbreak control center would be too busy these days for such extracurricular activities,” Dan Grazier, an ex-Marine Corps officer who now works for the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, told The Daily Beast. “I don’t recall a single instance of anyone testing positive for LSD when I was in the Marine Corps. I have heard it is becoming more common because it is quickly passed through the system and can't be detected in a urinalysis after 2 to 3 days.”Former U.S. Air Force squadron commander Cedric Leighton, who retired from the service as a colonel, said he discovered at least three of his airmen using LSD during his 26-year career.“Our service members are good people, but, like anyone else, they can be one bad decision away from ruining their careers and their lives,” Leighton told The Daily Beast. “I saw it as my job to help them avoid those bad decisions.”Keegan and White’s attorneys did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.Both men are free on $50,000 bail. Keegan is expected to plead guilty at the end of October.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Trump promise to deny New York, Seattle and Portland federal funds is an empty threat, expert says

Published 09/21/2020 11:48 PM

The Department of Justice on Monday designated New York City, Seattle and Portland, Ore., as jurisdictions that permit “anarchy, violence and destruction,” a distinction that the Trump administration hopes to use to strip those cities of federal funding.

Leaked files contain more evidence of Kremlin links to one of the biggest donors to Boris Johnson's Conservative party

Published 09/21/2020 11:47 AM

The husband of a major donor to Boris Johnson's Conservatives has allegedly been secretly funded by a Russian oligarch with links to Vladimir Putin.

'Remarkable' new data shows decline in on-time mail delivery after DeJoy took over as postmaster general

Published 09/21/2020 05:05 PM

New data obtained by The Guardian provides a more specific look at how the changes implemented by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy affected the U.S. Postal Service's on-time first-class mail delivery rate after he took over the role in June.In what North Carolina A&T history professor and former postal worker Philip Rubio described as a "remarkable graphic illustration," The Guardian shows that rates plummeted not long after DeJoy stepped in. The USPS was delivering first-class mail on time about 93 percent of the time during most of the first half of 2020, just shy of its 95 percent goal, and was averaging nearly 91 percent at the moment of leadership transition. But by August the national rate had dipped to about 81.5 percent, and was even lower in some postal districts, reaching as far south as 63.6 percent in northern Ohio and just over 61 percent in Detroit, although it's worth pointing out that Detroit had also fallen well below the national average for multiple weeks earlier in 2020, jumping back up shortly before DeJoy arrived. As The Guardian notes, those districts are both in key swing states, which will likely raise some eyebrows, given that DeJoy has already had critics accuse him of trying to slow deliveries with an increase in mail-in ballots expected for the general election because of the coronavirus pandemic.DeJoy denied those allegations during congressional testimony and explained that any slowdowns that occurred were the result of a bumpy transition. DeJoy went on to pause the reforms he put in place until after the election, but The Guardian's analysis shows that delivery speed is still lagging in several districts. View the trends of delivery rates in postal districts across the country at The Guardian.More stories from Trump supporters boo Ohio's GOP lieutenant governor for encouraging mask use Democrats have a better option than court packing Vanessa Bryant sues L.A. Sheriff's Department over photos deputies reportedly shared from crash site

Operation Warp Speed advisers held investments in COVID vaccine firms, records show

Published 09/22/2020 10:27 PM

Former pharmaceutical officials now guiding White House vaccine efforts held stocks, raising questions on conflict of interest

Pregnant Bindi Irwin reveals baby's sex: 'You are our world'

Published 09/22/2020 03:21 PM

Irwin and her husband, Chandler Powell, are about to become a family of three.

Iran compares George Floyd’s death to 'the feet of arrogance on the neck of independent nations’

Published 09/22/2020 09:09 PM

‘The footage broadcast to the world concerning the treatment of an African American by the US police is reminiscent of our own experience’

Trooper wounded in crash faced firing in Black man's death

Published 09/21/2020 08:32 PM

A Louisiana state trooper was critically injured early Monday in a single-vehicle highway crash that came hours after learning he would be fired for his role last year in the in-custody death of a Black man. Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth received word Sunday that State Police intended to terminate him following an internal investigation into the May 2019 death of Ronald Greene, a case that has drawn mounting scrutiny and become the subject of a federal civil rights investigation. State Police, despite growing pressure, have repeatedly declined to release body-camera footage and other records related to Greene’s arrest, citing the ongoing investigations.

Angered by Arab-Israel ties, Palestine quits chairing Arab League sessions

Published 09/22/2020 12:19 PM

RAMALLAH, West Bank/GAZA (Reuters) - Palestine has quit its current chairmanship of Arab League meetings, the Palestinian foreign minister said on Tuesday, condemning as dishonourable any Arab agreement to establish formal relations with Israel. Palestinians see the accords that the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed with Israel in Washington a week ago as a betrayal of their cause and a blow to their quest for an independent state in Israeli-occupied territory. Earlier this month, the Palestinians failed to persuade the Arab League to condemn member nations breaking ranks and normalising ties with Israel.

Australian journalist says he fled China after authorities threatened to detain his teenage daughter

Published 09/21/2020 01:35 PM

Chinese authorities threatened to detain an Australian journalist and his 14-year-old daughter two years ago, in apparent retaliation for his coverage of China. Matthew Carney, then the Australian Broadcasting Corp’s Beijing bureau chief, was already bracing for trouble after being reprimanded by Chinese foreign ministry representatives upset over his coverage, which they had deemed unfavourable to the country. The last meeting he had with representatives ended with him being told he had personally broken Chinese laws and was now under ‘investigation.’ The problems continued when Carney sought to renew his journalist visa. During the process, he was instructed to report to a facility and to bring his daughter, where a lead interrogator later alleged she had broken visa rules. He was told because his daughter is an adult under Chinese law, that "as the People’s Republic of China is a law-abiding country, she will be charged with the visa crime.”

'It's a shame.' Trump reacts to COVID-19 death toll hitting 200,000

Published 09/23/2020 02:25 AM

Asked about the 200,000 COVID-19 deaths as reported by Johns Hopkins as he left the White House on Tuesday, Trump said "it’s a shame."

Trump says aides rejected his request to adjust value of dollar

Published 09/22/2020 12:52 PM

President Trump on Monday said he was rebuffed when he asked officials to adjust the exchange rate of the dollar.

Archaeologists unearthed 27 sarcophagi in an ancient Egyptian city of the dead. They've been sealed for more than 2,500 years.

Published 09/21/2020 10:25 PM

Egyptians buried their dead in Saqqara for thousands of years. The ancient city has yielded countless discoveries, including human and animal mummies.

Three jailed after being caught with 109 undersized lobsters in the Keys, police say

Published 09/21/2020 10:39 PM

Three Lower Keys residents were jailed Friday after state fish and wildlife police said they were found with more than 100 undersized lobsters and a haul of out-of-season stone crab claws.

The FDA is reportedly about to make approving a coronavirus vaccine before the election a lot tougher

Published 09/22/2020 09:26 PM

The Food and Drug Administration is poised to roll out new, rigorous standards for an emergency approval for a coronavirus vaccine, The Washington Post reports.The standards, which appear to be an example of the agency's efforts to increase public trust amid the politicization of vaccine development, could be unveiled as soon as this week and are expected to be much tougher than what was used for the controversial emergency clearances of potential COVID-19 treatments hydroxychloroquine and convalescent plasma, per the Post. Manufacturers will be asked to follow vaccine trial participants for at least two months after they receive their second shot, two individuals familiar with situation told the Post on condition of anonymity. The agency will also reportedly be looking for at least five severe COVID-19 cases in the placebo group for each trial, as well as some cases of the disease in older people to see if the vaccine works. Given the new standards, plus the time it will take companies developing vaccine candidates to apply for an emergency use authorization and for the FDA to review the data, "it's hard to imagine how an EUA could possibly occur before December," Paul Offit, the director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and FDA vaccine advisory board member, told the Post.That will likely allay at least some fears that the White House will try to push a vaccine out before the November election, although there are some people who think the FDA shouldn't grant an EUA for a vaccine at all since there'd still be less safety data required for approval than under normal circumstances. Read more at The Washington Post.More stories from Democrats have a better option than court packing Trump supporters boo Ohio's GOP lieutenant governor for encouraging mask use Ex-White House Coronavirus Task Force member: Trump is focused on his 'personal agenda,' not Americans

‘Good guys are demonized, criminals are canonised’: One of the officers in Breonna Taylor raid speaks out in fiery email

Published 09/23/2020 03:02 AM

A state of emergency has been declared ahead of an expected announcement from the state's attorney general

Wisconsin Black man falsely arrested at his own home sues city

Published 09/21/2020 08:47 PM

As reported by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Keonte Furdge was arrested in his home after a neighbor called the police because he was sitting on the patio. Two police officers entered the house with their guns drawn and handcuffed Furdge, 23.

Taiwan's Tsai visits base following Chinese show of force

Published 09/22/2020 06:47 AM

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen visited a military base on one of Taiwan’s outlying islands Tuesday in a display of resolve following a recent show of force by rival China. Tsai spoke to roughly a hundred air force pilots and crew members at the Penghu Magong Air Force base, where two pilots took off in Taiwan-produced Ching-kuo Indigenous Defense Fighters to greet her arrival. Taiwan has the “ability” and “resolve” to safeguard its territory, she said, while praising the soldiers as being able to get up in the air within five minutes.

China, WHO Could Have Prevented COVID Pandemic, Congressional Report Concludes

Published 09/21/2020 01:48 PM

An audit by congressional Republicans to be released on Monday concludes that China covered up the initial spread of coronavirus while the World Health Organization "parroted" Chinese propaganda.Various U.S. government officials and agencies have already alleged that China hid the extent and severity of coronavirus following its appearance in the city of Wuhan in late December, and Republicans have accused the WHO of kowtowing to Chinese assessments of the outbreak. The Monday report by Republican members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which was obtained by National Review, represents one of the most comprehensive attempts to delineate responsibility for the pandemic."It is beyond doubt that the [Chinese Communist Party] actively engaged in a cover-up designed to obfuscate data, hide relevant public health information, and suppress doctors and journalists who attempted to warn the world," the report states. "Research shows the CCP could have reduced the number of cases in China by up to 95 percent had it fulfilled its obligations under international law and responded to the outbreak in a manner consistent with best practices."In particular, the report notes, "as early as mid-December [2019], and no later than December 27th, the CCP had enough information to assess it was legally obligated to inform the WHO that the outbreak in Wuhan was an event 'that may constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.'"The WHO accepted Chinese propaganda regarding the outbreak, effectively misinforming other nations on the spread of coronavirus. Additionally, China nationalized various production lines of medical equipment, seizing control of the medical supply chains of other nations."According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), [the] nationalized control of the medical supply chain included 'commandeer[ing] medical manufacturing and logistics down to the factory level,'" the report states. "It is highly likely that China’s nationalization of the manufacturing capacity of foreign companies, including 3M and General Motors, directly impacted the ability of the United States and other countries to procure [personal protective equipment] on the global market."Representative Michael McCaul (R., Texas), the ranking Republican on the Democrat-led Foreign Affairs Committee, has been a vocal critic of China and the WHO throughout the pandemic. McCaul deemed the Chinese response to the coronavirus "one of the worst cover-ups in human history" in mid-March.

2020 U.S. ELECTION: What you need to know right now

Published 09/21/2020 03:08 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death has become a rallying cry for both parties. - Trump promised to name his pick by Saturday, while Democrats' hopes faded when two Republican senators signaled support for a vote ahead of the November election. - Senate Republicans will huddle for the first time since Ginsburg's death at a weekly lunch.

Fact Check: Rand Paul's office confirms he did not call for a judge to subpoena antifa

Published 09/23/2020 02:34 AM

Sen. Rand Paul did not call for subpoenas of antifa's travel and financial records as social media users claim. Paul's office confirmed this is false.

Facebook says it is ready for violent unrest in the US election, and has plans to restrict the spread of inflammatory posts

Published 09/22/2020 11:06 AM

Nick Clegg, Facebook's head of global affairs, told The Financial Times that the company is preparing in case of chaos after the November election.

Walmart rolling back two of its COVID-19 precautions as customer behaviors change

Published 09/22/2020 04:25 PM

Here’s how your next trip to the retailer could soon look different.

Norfolk Shipyard CO Is 4th Navy Leader to Be Fired in a Month

Published 09/22/2020 07:59 PM

Capt. Kai Torkelson was relieved of command by Vice Adm. Bill Galinis, according to a Navy news release.

Snorkeler attacked by 10ft bull shark in Florida Keys

Published 09/21/2020 08:56 PM

Victim was airlifted to Miami hospital with a serious bite wound

Pakistan fire: Two to hang for Karachi garment factory inferno

Published 09/22/2020 02:32 PM

The men were found guilty of starting Pakistan's deadliest industrial fire, killing some 260 people.

The Mississippi Senate race is tightening, a new poll shows

Published 09/21/2020 09:29 PM

Mississippi may have a real Senate race on its hands.At least that's what the latest Tyson Group poll suggests. The survey has incumbent Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) up just one point on her Democratic challenger, Mike Espy, who represented Mississippi in the House from 1987 to 1993 before serving as agriculture secretary in the Clinton administration for a time.> MISSISSIPPI (!!) SENATE RACE:> > Mike Espy (D): 40% > Cindy Hyde-Smith (R): 41%> > — Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) September 21, 2020As with all polling, there are caveats, and it's worth noting that although the Tyson Group survey was released Monday, it was conducted between Aug. 28-30. So it's tough to tell how well it reflects the current sentiment among Mississippi voters, especially since Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death will likely affect elections around the country. But it's the latest poll out of the state, and if recent fundraising is any indication, Espy does have some momentum. On Saturday, buoyed by a nationwide in Democratic donations, he raised more money in a singe day than any Mississippi candidate for federal office in history, The Mississippi Free Press reports.> Latest polls of Mississippi Senate race, from newest to oldest:> > Hyde-Smith +1 > Hyde-Smith +5 > Hyde-Smith +8> > The most recent poll, from late August, is +1 HS with margin of error +/- 1.> > You can see why Espy thinks national Dems should pay more attention.> > — Ashton Pittman (@ashtonpittman) September 21, 2020Espy and Hyde-Smith faced off in a special Senate election in 2018. The latter emerged victorious, but it was the closest Senate race in Mississippi since 1988.The Tyson Group poll was conducted between Aug. 28-30 and consisted of responses from 600 likely Mississippi voters. The margin of error is 4 percent. Read the full results here.More stories from Democrats have a better option than court packing Cindy McCain plans to endorse Joe Biden Trump supporters boo Ohio's GOP lieutenant governor for encouraging mask use

Leaked files reveal Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is major donor to Israeli settler group

Published 09/22/2020 01:22 PM

Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea football club, has been revealed as the main donor of an Israeli settler group accused of ejecting Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem. An investigation by BBC Arabic found that four companies owned or controlled by Mr Abramovich have donated more than $100m (£77m) to Elad, a pro-settler organisation with links to the eviction of Palestinian families from the Silwan neighbourhood. Settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank are controversial as many countries, including Britain, say they are a breach of international law - though Israel and the United States dispute this. The British government has previously warned Israel against settler expansion in East Jerusalem as it presents "an obstacle to peace." BBC Arabic said it has seen evidence that Elad has funded the eviction process of a number of Palestinian families, including the Sumarin family, which has lived in the area since the 1950s. A spokesman for Elad told the BBC that it abides by the laws and regulations set by the Israeli government for non-profit organisations. Elad also runs archaeological digs at its City of David site in Silwan, which it uses to educate the public about Jerusalem’s Jewish history. It's estimated that 450 Israeli settlers live in Silwan, along with 20,000 Palestinians, but the settler population is gradually increasing. The funding for Elad was disclosed after BuzzFeed News obtained a massive leak of financial data, known as the FinCEN files, that was then shared with other major news organisations such as the BBC.

U.S. Space Force deploys troops to the Arabian Desert

Published 09/21/2020 11:51 AM

The newly formed U.S. Space Force is deploying troops to a vast new frontier: the Arabian Peninsula.

Beto O’Rourke and other Democrats think Biden could win Texas — and upend American politics

Published 09/22/2020 11:45 PM

If Biden does pull off a win in Texas, it would be “psychologically” brutal for the Republican Party, O'Rourke says

Air Force Two, carrying Vice President Mike Pence, returns to airport after hitting bird on takeoff

Published 09/23/2020 03:13 AM

The bird hit one of the engines of the aircraft, which was carrying the vice president. It then returned safely to Manchester Airport.

A new startup is recruiting gig workers to help landlords evict people from their homes, calling it the fastest-growing moneymaking gig because of COVID-19

Published 09/21/2020 05:34 PM

The startup has been described as the Uber for evicting people.

Revealed: Bill Clinton’s Intimate Secret Dinner With Ghislaine Maxwell

Published 09/22/2020 07:38 PM

After a star-studded gala in February 2014, Bill Clinton and his entourage headed to a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles for an intimate dinner with friends.Their destination was Crossroads Kitchen, a Melrose Avenue hotspot that counts Beyoncé, Christina Applegate, and Katy Perry as fans, and features a menu with artichoke “oysters,” hearts of palm “crab cakes” and tagliatelle “bolognese.” That night, the restaurant was bustling. One insider spotted producer Jerry Bruckheimer and actor Bruce Willis, while TMZ recorded actor Sean Penn gliding through the front door.Producer Steve Bing—Clinton’s friend, major Democratic donor, and investor in the restaurant who died by suicide this year—was already there waiting for the former president.Former Clinton staffers Ben Schwerin, a future Snapchat executive, and then-talent agent Michael Kives were also invited to the swanky soiree.But two other unlikely guests joined the party that night: British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell—accused of procuring underage girls for sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein—and tech CEO Scott Borgerson, now rumored to be her husband.Jeffrey Epstein Visited Clinton White House Multiple Times in Early ’90sAccording to information obtained by The Daily Beast, Clinton’s advance team secured seating for the invitees and specifically noted Maxwell and someone named “Scott” had RSVP’d for the Thursday gathering.Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation say aides had squabbled over Maxwell’s invitation beforehand due to her links to Epstein. Even to this day, Clinton insiders continue to point fingers over who should be blamed for Maxwell’s addition to the event.The sources told The Daily Beast that longtime Clinton gatekeeper Doug Band cut Maxwell out of the president’s network in 2011 before he left Clinton’s employ the following year. (Band flew on Epstein’s private jet, including for Clinton’s 2002 humanitarian trip to Africa, and was listed in Epstein’s Little Black Book.)Information obtained by The Daily Beast indicates Jon Davidson, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, knew Maxwell was attending the 2014 dinner, which he helped to organize. Davidson did not return messages seeking comment.“This is an intimate dinner with Clinton in L.A.,” said one source who was disturbed by the decision. “Think of all the people he knows in L.A., and Ghislaine gets to attend.”Schwerin told The Daily Beast he has no recollection or record of being at the dinner, while Kives said he did not attend and has never met Maxwell or noticed her at other Clinton dinners.Angel Ureña, a spokesman for Clinton, declined to comment and referred The Daily Beast to a statement he issued in 2019:“President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York. In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation. Staff, supporters of the Foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip. He had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail. He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.”One friend of the Clintons told The Daily Beast that Ghislaine was close to Clinton and daughter Chelsea, went backstage at Clinton Global Initiative events, and even visited their homes. The source said the Clintons should take responsibility for spending time with Maxwell, who allegedly offered the Clintons hotel stays, air travel, and other largesse.“It’s always someone else’s fault, it’s always not true,” the friend said. “They’re always fighting against the reporting and not that they did it. That’s the problem.”Ghislaine Maxwell’s Nephew Worked Under Hillary Clinton at State DepartmentBy the time of the Crossroads dinner, the press had widely reported on Epstein’s abuse of girls at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, and lawsuits filed by victims of his trafficking scheme.Claims of Maxwell’s involvement were known to Clinton staffers in 2011, when the Daily Mail reported on survivor Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who said Epstein and Maxwell trafficked her to Prince Andrew when she was 17. The report included a photograph of the British royal posing with Giuffre at Maxwell’s London home. In the picture, Maxwell smiles in the background as Andrew grips Giuffre’s bare waist.It’s unclear why Maxwell was reintroduced into Clinton’s circle—at least for one cozy meatless dinner in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2014.The night of the dinner, one person remembered Borgerson in particular because he wasn’t Ted Waitt, Maxwell’s ex-boyfriend and the billionaire Gateway co-founder. Waitt is a friend and supporter of the Clinton family, donating at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. “She had dated Ted Waitt for some time, so for her to go to a dinner like that, with someone who’s not Ted, was indicative that things moved on,” the source added.TMZ reported Clinton dined with Penn that night but didn't mention any of the other boldfaced names. The gossip site published video footage of Clinton slipping into the back of the restaurant after a Secret Service motorcade parked, and of Penn striding through the entrance, ignoring a stringer’s questions about meeting Bill.Hours earlier, the men rubbed elbows at the Unite4:Humanity gala at a Sony Pictures Studios lot, where singer Demi Lovato and other celebrities took selfies with the former president. Clinton, who received a “unity recognition award,” was the keynote speaker.Clinton flew to New York the next morning, but Maxwell stayed in California. Three days after the group dinner with Clinton, Maxwell attended the Vanity Fair Oscar bash in West Hollywood, where a photographer snapped her with Elon Musk (who, in response to Twitter critics, claimed he was photobombed).Another source with long ties to Clinton told The Daily Beast they were relieved Page Six or another outlet didn't catch wind of the gathering.In 2014, Maxwell worked to reinvent herself through her oceans nonprofit, the TerraMar Project, and was photographed at a slew of society parties. She jet-setted to Alaska for the Iditarod, and spoke at a UN roundtable, Google’s Ocean Agenda conference, and a TEDx conference in Charlottesville, Virginia.Maxwell, now awaiting trial for perjury and grooming girls for Epstein, was friendly with the Clinton clan for years. She had a front-row seat at Chelsea Clinton's wedding in 2010, reportedly as Waitt’s plus-one, at the Astor Courts estate in Rhinebeck, New York. Maxwell, Chelsea, and husband Marc Mezvinsky “flew together on a private plane to rendezvous with Waitt for a trip on Waitt’s yacht” around that time, Politico reported.Last year, a spokeswoman for Chelsea told CNN the former first daughter was only acquainted with Maxwell because of Waitt.Still, Maxwell’s ties to the Clintons run deeper. As The Daily Beast previously revealed, Maxwell and Epstein attended a reception at the White House during Clinton’s presidency. Bill and Hillary Clinton hosted the 1993 event for donors to the White House Historical Association, which funded Oval Office renovations including gold draperies and a new rug.Maxwell’s dubious charity, the Max Foundation, showed a $2,500 contribution to the “Clinton Library and Foundation” in 2003. And in 2002 and 2003, the socialite traveled with the former president when he took trips on Epstein’s plane throughout Asia and Africa. Maxwell also flew from Miami to Westchester County, New York, with a group that included Epstein, Clinton, Secret Service agents and Sarah Kellen, Epstein’s personal assistant and alleged accomplice.Epstein Victim Claims He Showed Her Off to Trump When She Was 14In 2009, one attorney for Epstein victims hired an investigator to serve Maxwell with a subpoena as she schmoozed at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York. “To say she was upset about being publicly served at this function is an understatement,” attorney Brad Edwards wrote in his book.Clinton isn't the only high-profile politician under fire over ties to Epstein and Maxwell.President Donald Trump palled around with Epstein in the '90s and at least until 2002, when he called the hedge-funder a “terrific guy” in an interview with New York.“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it—Jeffrey enjoys his social life,” Trump told the magazine.In 1992, Trump held a “calendar girl” competition at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, and Epstein was reportedly the only guest.The same year, Epstein and Trump were videotaped at what appears to be a different party at Trump’s private club. Found in NBC archives, the footage was for a talk-show profile on Trump’s new life as a divorcee. The men ogle women on the dance floor, and Trump apparently tells Epstein, "Look at her, back there. ... She's hot." Epstein smiles and nods before collapsing into giggles after Trump whispers something in his ear.Jane Doe, one survivor of Epstein’s sex ring, said the financier introduced her to Trump in 1994, when she was 14 years old. Her lawsuit said Epstein “elbowed Trump playfully” before asking, “This is a good one, right?”“Trump smiled and nodded in agreement,” Doe’s complaint alleges. “They both chuckled and Doe felt uncomfortable, but, at the time, was too young to understand why.” (Doe does not accuse Trump of any misconduct.)Epstein and Trump “were good friends,” Epstein’s brother Mark told the Washington Post, adding that Trump flew on Epstein’s plane “numerous times.” The financier’s address book contains multiple entries for Trump and now-First Lady Melania.The men supposedly had a falling out over real estate in 2004, when Epstein tried to outbid Trump in a bankruptcy auction for the Palm Beach mansion of nursing home magnate Abe Gosman, according to the Post.Three years later, Page Six reported Epstein was banned from Mar-a-Lago.Trump also apparently hobnobbed with Maxwell. At a COVID press conference in July, Trump told reporters he met Maxwell “numerous times over the years” but couldn’t answer whether he thought the beleaguered socialite would spill dirt on other famous people accused of partaking in Epstein’s trafficking scheme.“I don’t know. I haven’t been following it too much,” Trump said. “I just wish her well, frankly. I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach. I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well, whatever it is.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Quadrupling in schools sending pupils home in Covid cases

Published 09/22/2020 02:53 PM

School attendance figures for England show big rise in pupils sent home because of Covid-19 incidents.

Suffolk boy with rare cancer ready for first day at school

Published 09/21/2020 05:53 PM

Alec Carpenter's parents say they are "so proud" of his achievements.

One-in-20 pupils at home with lockdown-related issues

Published 09/20/2020 10:31 PM

Children's Commissioner suggests hundreds of thousands pupils are at home with pandemic-related issues.

Coronavirus: Students' return could spark lockdown, say locals

Published 09/20/2020 06:03 AM

Full-time residents of university cities in England fear local lockdowns as students return.

Coronavirus: Teacher writes about 'horrendous' Covid-19 battle

Published 09/19/2020 12:13 AM

After six weeks in hospital, recalling every Covid-19 memory has helped one patient.

Schools in poorer areas lack catch-up cash

Published 09/18/2020 01:08 AM

Schools in disadvantaged areas could be "badly placed" for funding, says Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Covid-19 death teacher 'forgotten' by government, says family

Published 09/18/2020 12:02 AM

Alan Fitchett's family call for a public inquiry into the handling of the pandemic.

Coronavirus: 'Booking a test is like getting Harry Potter tickets'

Published 09/16/2020 04:16 PM

Facing "unsustainable" absences, teachers say the government has not kept its promises on testing.

Coronavirus testing: Education secretary defends system for schools

Published 09/16/2020 04:06 PM

Schools in England can now order testing kits from the NHS directly, says the education secretary.

Heads warn of teacher shortages without Covid tests

Published 09/14/2020 06:11 PM

Schools will face staff shortages and disruption unless Covid testing is improved, say head teachers.

Coronavirus: Teachers are isolating but still teach - by video

Published 09/12/2020 03:43 PM

Lessons carry on in one Darlington primary, even if some classes are being taught by video-link.

School figures show 88% of pupils were back for start of term

Published 09/15/2020 05:06 PM

Most parents sent their children back to school but now Covid test shortages threaten attendance.

Coronavirus: Can my child go to school with a cold?

Published 09/17/2020 03:25 PM

Schools are adopting measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus and keep pupils safe.

Coronavirus: How it feels to be going back to school

Published 09/02/2020 12:35 PM

The BBC speaks to parents to discover how they feel as they take their children back to school.

Coronavirus: What are the rules for face masks or face coverings?

Published 09/22/2020 01:07 PM

The Prime Minister has announced new rules for England to help combat rising coronavirus rates.

Coronavirus and schools: What are the risks with reopening?

Published 08/28/2020 12:00 AM

BBC health correspondent Laura Foster explains what schools are doing to keep pupils safe.

Coronavirus: How are other countries getting children back to class?

Published 08/26/2020 12:12 AM

Children are starting a new school year across Europe. What measures are being put in place?

Coronavirus restrictions: 'I'm going to struggle at university because of my ADHD'

Published 09/22/2020 10:47 AM

Aberystwyth student Lacey Small writes about her worries for those at university with ADHD.

Being a fresher during coronavirus

Published 09/17/2020 12:11 AM

First year students describe their first impressions of university life, with Covid restrictions in place.

Housing crisis: The 59-year-old woman who lives in a van

Published 09/15/2020 01:59 AM

Official figures undercount the real numbers waiting for social housing by 500,000, a study claims.

English spelling campaigners enlist the help of Hamlet

Published 09/08/2020 01:17 AM

The English Spelling Society uses a speech from Hamlet to demonstrate other ways of spelling.

Coronavirus doctor's diary: Will universities be able to avoid spreading the virus?

Published 09/13/2020 12:24 AM

US colleges had numerous Covid outbreaks when students returned last month. This will be a challenge for the UK too.

Coronavirus in Kenya: How it turned classrooms into chicken coops

Published 08/25/2020 01:10 AM

Some Kenyan private schools have found new sources of income after they were forced to close.

Coronavirus: 'My dad built me a beauty salon in the garden'

Published 08/20/2020 12:05 PM

Some parents have gone to great lengths in order to help their children start a career in a pandemic.

Coronavirus: The story of the big U-turn of the summer

Published 09/13/2020 12:06 AM

The Department of Education and Ofqual will face public scrutiny to explain the exam confusion, the colossal U-turn and resignations. What went wrong?

Williamson defends use of calculated exam grades

Published 09/16/2020 04:18 PM

Education secretary tells MPs replacement grades was right idea, but system had too many errors.

BTec Nationals and Firsts: What went wrong with the grades?

Published 08/25/2020 09:20 AM

The BTec First grades have been delayed. What caused the problems with the results?

Can I appeal my GCSE results? And other questions

Published 08/20/2020 02:25 PM

Are you concerned about your GCSE results? Experts answer some of your questions.

10 charts on what happens after GCSEs

Published 08/20/2020 10:29 AM

At 16, teenagers face a number of training or education choices - but how have these decisions changed over time?

GCSEs 2020: The 9-1 grading system explained

Published 08/20/2020 01:13 AM

As teenagers receive their GCSE results, BBC News explains the 9-1 grading structure in England.

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