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Thanks to Trump, Indian students may get more seats in American universities !! He’s abandoning Obama’s policies

Trump Officials Reverse Obama’s Policy on Affirmative Action in Schools



The Trump administration has reversed an Obama-era policy that urged universities to consider race as a factor in admissions. In this video, we look back at the decades-long history of affirmative action and how it has changed.Published OnCreditImage by Laura Segall for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it was abandoning Obama administration policies that called on universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying their campuses, signaling that the administration will champion race-blind admissions standards.

In a joint letter, the Education and Justice Departments announced that they had rescinded seven Obama-era policy guidelines on affirmative action, which, the departments said, “advocate policy preferences and positions beyond the requirements of the Constitution.”

“The executive branch cannot circumvent Congress or the courts by creating guidance that goes beyond the law and — in some instances — stays on the books for decades,” said Devin M. O’Malley, a Justice Department spokesman.

Striking a softer tone, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wrote in a separate statement: “The Supreme Court has determined what affirmative action policies are constitutional, and the court’s written decisions are the best guide for navigating this complex issue. Schools should continue to offer equal opportunities for all students while abiding by the law.”





Are these people serious ??? No new deal after White House meeting on debt limit

Comment : Are these people really serious ? They know they cannot default … They obviously have plans B, C and D but wn’t tell. They know the world will laugh at them IF they defaulted or stopped security cheques…  Still they keep going “deal”.. “..no deal..” Is this some grand game ? …come one fellas ….. come on ….

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July 23, 2011 2:43 PM

No new deal after White House meeting on debt limit

Kevin Hechtkopf
President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

President Obama meets with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner in the Cabinet Room of the White House, July 23, 2011.

(Credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Updated 3:50 p.m. ET

President Obama and congressional leaders met at the White House Saturday morning to discuss ways for the U.S. to avoid default on its loans in 10 days, a day following the breakdown in talks between the president and House Speaker John Boehner on the so called “grand bargain” to raise the debt limit, cut spending and raise government revenue.

Today’s meeting included House Speaker John Boehner; House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell; and Vice President Joe Biden.

There was no new deal following the meeting, which lasted about an hour, according to the White House. A statement from the White House said the leaders agreed to to talk to their respective members to continue discussions throughout the day.

Following the White House meeting, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said the congressional leaders were committed to working on a new bill to “prevent default while substantially reducing Washington spending.”

“The president wanted to know that there was a plan for preventing national default,” he said in a statement. “The bipartisan leadership in Congress is committed to working on new legislation that will prevent default while substantially reducing Washington spending.”

In a statement, Boehner said Congress would “forge a responsible path forward” over the weekend.

“House and Senate leaders will be working to find a bipartisan solution to significantly reduce Washington spending and preserve the full faith and credit of the United States,” the statement read.

Following the meeting, Boehner held a conference call with House Republicans. According to a participant on the call, Boehner said congressional leaders are working to have something new within the next 24 hours with deficit reduction in the $3-4 trillion range in two steps, reports CBS News Capitol Hill Producer Jill Jackson.

After returning to the Capitol, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Mr. Obama asked them to “come up with where we can find agreement to go forward to lift the debt ceiling.”

“We’ve got to make every moment count,” she added, reports Jackson.

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (Credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

According to the White House statement about the meeting, Mr. Obama restated his opposition to a short-term deal (which would cause the dispute to erupt again during the 2012 campaign), saying such a move could “cause our country’s credit rating to be downgraded, causing harm to our economy and causing every American to pay higher credit cards rates and more for home and car loans.

“Congress should refrain from playing reckless political games with our economy,” the statement said. “Instead, it should be responsible and do its job, avoiding default and cutting the deficit.”

On Friday evening, Boehner informed the president he was walking away from their talks, prompting a string of press conferences and an immediate back-and-forth blame game.

“It is hard to understand why Speaker Boehner would walk away from this kind of deal and frankly, if you look at the commentary out there, there are a lot of Republicans that are puzzled as to why it couldn’t get done,” Mr. Obama said at his press conference last night just after 6 p.m.

Mr. Obama said the deal included more than $1 trillion in cuts over 10 years to domestic and defense spending, plus $650 billion in cuts to entitlement programs (Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security). He said he wanted approximately $1.2 trillion in revenue increases over 10 years – mainly from eliminating loopholes and deductions.

Later in the evening, Boehner suggested the president “moved the goalposts” during discussions, saying there had been a closed-door agreement to increase revenues $800 billion through tax reform, but that Mr. Obama then insisted on an additional $400 billion.

“I can tell that you [House Majority Leader Eric] Cantor and I were very disappointed in this call for higher revenue,” Boehner said Friday night. “Secondly, they refuse to get serious about cutting spending and making the tough choices that are facing our country on entitlement reform. That’s the bottom line.”

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