Trump Administration Considers Moving Student Loans from Education Department to Treasury

Trump Administration Considers Moving Student Loans from Education Department to Treasury

The Trump administration is considering moving responsibility for overseeing more than $1 trillion in student debt from the Education Department to the Treasury Department, a switch that would radically change the system that helps 43 million students finance higher education. The potential change surfaced in a scathing resignation memo sent late Tuesday night by James Runcie, the head of the Education Department’s federal student aid program. Mr. Runcie, an Obama-era holdover, was appointed in 2011 and reappointed in 2015. He cut short his term, which was slated to run until…

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‘Sweden, who would believe this?’: Trump cites non-existent terror attack

‘Sweden, who would believe this?’: Trump cites non-existent terror attack

Donald Trump appeared to invent a terrorist attack in Sweden during a campaign-style rally in Florida on Saturday, inviting questions that he may have confused the Scandinavian country with a city in Pakistan. With thousands of supporters gathered in an aircraft hangar in Melbourne, Florida, Trump used his speech to talk about migration in Europe and linked it to terror attacks in Brussels, Nice and Paris. He then added Sweden to the list, incorrectly stating that an attack had happened there on Friday. Trump told supporters: “We’ve got to keep…

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Trump ramps up criticism of judge after travel ban setback

Trump ramps up criticism of judge after travel ban setback

US President Donald Trump has attacked the judge who blocked his travel ban, saying Americans should blame the courts “if something happens”. Mr Trump also said he had instructed border officials to check people entering America “very carefully”. The ban, affecting people from seven mainly-Muslim countries, was blocked by the federal judge in Seattle on Friday. Saturday saw a federal appeals court reject the Trump administration’s request to reinstate the ban. This means that Mr Trump’s directive will remain suspended and visa holders from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan…

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Trump executive order: Million sign petition to stop UK visit

Trump executive order: Million sign petition to stop UK visit

A petition to stop US President Donald Trump’s UK state visit has gathered more than a million signatures. Numbers of signatories have been rising rapidly since a US clampdown on immigration came into effect over the weekend, causing anger worldwide. PM Theresa May announced the visit during her recent US trip. Downing Street has rejected calls for it to be cancelled as a “populist gesture”. Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn urged the PM to postpone the visit. The petition is now the second-most popular on the government’s website. MPs will discuss it…

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Trump state visit: Downing Street rejects cancellation calls

Trump state visit: Downing Street rejects cancellation calls

Downing Street has rejected calls to cancel President Donald Trump’s proposed state visit to the UK after a US clampdown on immigration. A source said a rejection would be a “populist gesture”, adding that the invitation had been accepted and scrapping it would “undo everything”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said PM Theresa May would be failing the people if she failed to postpone the visit. A petition to stop it has gathered more than 900,000 signatures since Saturday. Only 100,000 signatures are needed for Parliament to consider debating a petition….

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Silicon Valley lashes out at Trump ban

Silicon Valley lashes out at Trump ban

For months, Silicon Valley seemed to be heeding the advice of one of its most powerful figures, billionaire investor Peter Thiel, who said President Trump should be taken “seriously, but not literally”. But at the international arrivals gate at San Francisco airport at the weekend, things were getting very literal, very quickly. What the tech industry had feared might happen, was happening. The impact of President Trump’s immigration ban on tech companies has been immediate. And one by one, the major firms and personalities in this part of the world…

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Trump says Nafta ‘renegotiations’ with Mexico and Canada to start

Trump says Nafta ‘renegotiations’ with Mexico and Canada to start

US President Donald Trump has said that he will soon begin “renegotiating” the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts. Meetings have been scheduled with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, he said. The Nafta agreement came into effect between the three countries in 1994. Mr Trump has called it the worst trade deal the US has ever signed. The White House website says that if Canada and Mexico refuse to accept a renegotiation of Nafta that provides a “fair…

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Donald Trump dismisses US sanctions threat to Russia

Donald Trump dismisses US sanctions threat to Russia

President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed the US threat to increase sanctions against Russia, saying “we ought to get on with our lives”. The White House said it will retaliate for the alleged hacking by Russia of the Democratic Party during the recent presidential election campaign. A raft of new sanctions and other measures will be revealed on Thursday, US media reports. Russia has denied any involvement in the hacking. On Wednesday, senior US senators called for increased sanctions. But Mr Trump, who has been criticised for being too cosy with…

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Trump attacks China in Twitter outburst

Trump attacks China in Twitter outburst

US President-elect Donald Trump has posted a series of tweets criticising China for its monetary policy and its operations in the South China Sea. “Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency” and “build a massive military complex?” he asked. “I don’t think so!” China said both sides should “stick to basic principles” of the relationship. Last week Mr Trump risked a diplomatic rift with China by speaking directly with Taiwan’s president. The highly unusual move saw China lodge a complaint with the US. In response…

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US election 2016: Trump settles scores in ‘thank-you’ event

US election 2016: Trump settles scores in ‘thank-you’ event

This was billed as the first stop on President-elect’s Donald Trump’s “thank you” tour of states he flipped from Democrat to Republican in the 2016 election. It ended up being more like an extended end-zone dance, an “in your face” primal scream at all his critics and naysayers. He boasted about how he shattered Hillary Clinton’s perceived strangle-hold on the Electoral College. “That blue wall is busted up,” he said. “I’ll never forget it because it felt so good.” When he remarked about how much fun he had “fighting” his…

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