Plus, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court rebuked Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for “threatening statements” directed towards Trump-appointed associate justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
Elizabeth Warren to withdraw from presidential race
Sen. Elizabeth Warren will drop out of the presidential race, the New York Times reported Thursday. Despite a recent fundraising surge following her strong debate in Las Vegas, Warren struggled on Super Tuesday, failing to win a single race and even finishing third in her home state of Massachusetts. The policy and planning heavyweight supported universal healthcare, reparations for African Americans, and abolishing student loans, but struggled to convince working-class voters that she would make the best contender against Donald Trump in the general election.
Chief Justice Roberts rebukes ‘threatening statements’ by Schumer
Chief Justice John Roberts condemned Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday, hours after Schumer warned conservative, Trump-appointed justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh that they would “pay the price” if they “go forward with these awful decisions.” Schumer’s comments came on the same day the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could determine the future of abortion rights in the United States. Roberts, who rarely offers such criticisms publicly, was quick to rebuke Schumer for his comments. “Threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous,” Roberts said.
Vulnerable rural schools to lose thousands of federal dollars
More than 800 rural schools stand to lose thousands of dollars in funding under a bookkeeping change at the Department of Education. Traditionally, school districts rely on data from the Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates to calculate whether 20% of their area’s school-age children live below the poverty line—the threshold to receive funding from the Rural and Low-Income School Program. But since census data often misses rural residents, the department previously allowed rural and low-income schools to use the percentage of students utilizing free and reduced-price lunch subsidies to determine the percentage of students living in poverty. The bookkeeping change removes that flexibility and will slash key funding for some of the poorest, most rural schools in the country.
House Democrats want white supremacist groups added to list of foreign terrorists
Democratic lawmakers introduced a resolution this week, pressuring the State Department to add four foreign white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups to the department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations. Rep. Max Rose of New York, the resolution’s lead sponsor, previously asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo why certain white nationalist groups are not considered terrorist groups and has also introduced a bill directing the Department of Homeland Security “to develop and disseminate a threat assessment regarding threats to the United States associated with foreign violent white supremacist extremist organizations.”