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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 43 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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Nazi cautionary dramas wade into political, factual disputes

- Associated Press

Hollywood mustered its creative forces in the 1940s when Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany sought to conquer the world, with Humphrey Bogart standing up to the fascist regime in “Casablanca” and director Ernst Lubitsch mocking it and its dictator in “To Be or Not to Be.”

Tennessee governor backs permitless carry legislation

- Associated Press

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday came out in full support of allowing most people in the state to carry a firearm in public without a background check or training.

France's former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, left, and his wife Penelope, arrive at the Paris courthouse, in Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. He could have been president of France. Instead, former Prime Minister Francois Fillon is going on trial to face fraud charges after he used public funds to richly pay his wife and children for work they allegedly never performed. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Ex-French prime minister denies wrongdoing in fraud trial

- Associated Press

Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Thursday that he wants to “make the truth be known” at his fraud trial in Paris. Fillon is facing charges after he used public funds to pay his wife and children for work they allegedly never performed.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks with members of the media after a Democratic presidential primary debate in Charleston, S.C. As Sanders reaches out to black voters ahead of South Carolina's Saturday primary, seeking to cut into former Vice President Joe Biden's firewall of black support in the state, the Democratic front-runner's Jewish identity isn't much of a factor. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Sanders pitches black voters on ideas and history, not faith

- Associated Press

When black voters in South Carolina consider Bernie Sanders, they don't tend to think of him as the potential first Jewish president. But his distinctive take on Jewish values is still a key part of his appeal.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks to Milton High School students Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Milton, Wis. (Angela Major/The Janesville Gazette via AP)

Killings at brewery do little to change Wisconsin politics

- Associated Press

Wisconsin’s latest mass shooting, which left six people dead at one of the world’s largest breweries, appears to have done little in the politically polarized state to budge Republicans who expanded access to guns over the past decade.

Rhode Island activist Christopher Young dies in crash

Associated Press

A frequent Rhode Island political candidate and activist died in a car crash that occurred after he had a likely heart attack while he was driving home from testifying at the State House.

Judge refuses to let Assange leave secure dock in courtroom

Associated Press

A British judge refused Thursday to let WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange move from a glass-enclosed dock and sit with his lawyers during a London court hearing on whether he should be extradited to the United States.

Ocasio-Cortez, Miranda use star power to promote NYC census

- Associated Press

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is joining U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a public service announcement aimed at getting New Yorkers of all backgrounds, including immigrants, to participate in the once-a-decade head count.