Who won the Republican Debate?

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley both gave respectable performances during the first 2024 GOP primary debate, while entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy benefited the most in terms of profile boost despite his lack of political prowess, analysts have told Newsweek. Eight Republican presidential hopefuls took the stage for the first time […]

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Are DEI initiatives dying a slow death?

A wave of attacks against diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives from conservative leaders in the U.S. has brought renewed attention to such efforts amid calls to ban DEI programs. In recent months, Republicans have taken swipes at DEI initiatives. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has called such programs at educational institutions “hostile to academic freedom.” […]

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Biden & White House denounce Desantis ‘Stunt’

The White House denounced transports of Latin and South American migrants to Martha’s Vineyard and Washington, D.C., by Republican Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas, while DeSantis’s rival for the governorship called for him to be investigated by the Department of Justice. “Using migrants as political pawns is shameful,” White House […]

Biden To Punish States That Ban Mask Mandates In Schools?

The U.S. Department of Education is opening an investigation into whether prohibitions on indoor masking mandates constitute discrimination against kids with disabilities. Announced on Monday, the move comes as multiple states have challenged masking in schools. The department’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is focusing on five states – Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and […]

Judge Blocks Governor From Banning Mask Mandates In Schools

A Florida circuit judge ruled Friday that school districts in the state can legally impose a mask mandate, despite Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) order prohibiting schools from delivering such requirements. Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper sided with parents who challenged the governor’s decision as unconstitutional, saying DeSantis’ order is “without legal authority,” The […]