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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos takes her seat to testify during a hearing of the House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies on the fiscal year 2021 budget, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump’s shift on charter school funding alarms backers

- The Washington Times 28 minutes ago

The Trump administration has always supported giving students a choice in their education, but its recent budget proposal has baffled supporters of charter schools who fear that shifting the money allotted for starting them to block grants may doom new charters.

President Trump will close out the Conservative Political Action Conference this week with his appearance at the annual meeting. Since the 2016 election, Mr. Trump's takeover of the Republican Party and conservative movement has been evident at CPAC. (Associated Press)

Trump back in his comfort zone heading into CPAC

- The Washington Times

President Trump heads into the Conservative Political Action Conference this week enjoying some of the best approval ratings of his presidency and poised to get a major shot in the arm from thousands of conservative activists, who are working overtime to air Mr. Trump’s grievances and excommunicate Republicans who step out of line.

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The news media has been busy fomenting public panic and alarm over the coronavirus, and throwing in Trump bashing for good measure. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Media peddles coronavirus panic, indulges in Trump bashing

- The Washington Times

The trajectory of the coronavirus is still uncertain worldwide as health advisors and medical experts assess the situation, nation by nation. The news media, however, is poised for panic, fear and alarm -- and armed with adjectives, agenda and some inevitable Trump bashing.

Feds, NY governor still in talks on Global Entry ban

- Associated Press

Federal and state officials have yet to find a compromise to allow New Yorkers back into federal trusted travelers programs even as a Department of Homeland Security official said that the governor’s latest offer looks “promising.”

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. file photo, Kentucky Democratic Governor Andy Beshear greets members of the Kentucky Order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an LGBTQ charity group, following an LGBTQ rally at the Capitol building in Frankfort, Ky., Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear defended a photograph of him posing with drag queens at a gay rights rally and accused a Republican lawmaker of using homophobic tactics by displaying the photo at a recent campaign rally while accusing Democrats of corrupting values, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

Kentucky governor defends photo posing with drag queens

- Associated Press

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear defended a photograph of him posing with drag queens at a gay rights rally and accused a Republican lawmaker of using homophobic tactics by displaying the photo at a recent campaign rally while accusing Democrats of corrupting traditional values.

Bill loosens restrictions on concealed carry laws in Idaho

Associated Press

Visitors to Idaho 18 and over who can legally possess firearms will be allowed to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training within city limits under legislation that headed to the Senate on Thursday.

FILE - This Feb. 21, 2020 file photo provided by NET NewsNebraska shows Brett Hendrix, who brought an assault rifle to the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln to demonstrate his Second Amendment rights. Nebraska lawmakers who for decades have allowed gun owners to openly carry rifles and handguns in most public spaces may be carving out one new exception to that right, at their own workplace in the Capitol. Some state lawmakers in the nonpartisan Legislature promised Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, to push for a new ban on guns at the Nebraska Capitol after activists appeared at a legislative hearing with loaded, semi-automatic rifles to protest a series of gun-control bills. (Fred Knapp/NET NewsNebraska via AP, File)

Nebraska lawmakers consider banning guns at state Capitol

- Associated Press

Nebraska lawmakers who for decades have allowed gun owners to openly carry rifles and handguns in most public spaces may be carving out one new exception to that right - at their own workplace in the Capitol.

FILE - This Aug. 26, 2019 file photo shows former Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. An appeals court on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, denied Arpaio's bid to erase his now-pardoned criminal conviction for disobeying a 2011 court order that barred his traffic patrols targeting immigrants. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Ex-Phoenix area sheriff declares victory despite court loss

- Associated Press

Former Phoenix-area Sheriff Joe Arpaio lost a bid to erase his criminal conviction for disobeying a 2011 court order, but claimed victory Thursday after an appeal's court said the verdict no longer has any legal consequence because of President Donald Trump's pardon.