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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Photo: Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, alongside Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.), announced Thursday a proposal for a full tax credit for people and businesses who donate money for children to attend private schools.

Why it matters: The "Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act" aligns with DeVos' school choice agenda, which supports private-school vouchers, home-schooling and public charter schools. The tax credits will be capped at $5 billion and would be matched dollar-for-dollar in contributions. States can choose to opt out of the tax credit.

Reality check: DeVos argues that freedom to choose schools funnels students out of poor-performing education systems. But the freedom to choose approach has been difficult to prove that it's successful for children. The proposal is also likely to face a lukewarm reception in the Democratic-controlled House.

Go deeper: Democrats accuse Education Department of interfering in probe of DeVos

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Biden calls Fox News reporter a "stupid son of a b---h" on hot mic

President Biden blasted Fox News' Peter Doocy on Monday after the reporter asked if the nation's soaring inflation is a political liability, saying, "what a stupid son of a b----h."

Driving the news: The Biden administration has faced rising inflation rates over recent months, which it has labeled as "transitory."

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Mutinous soldiers in Burkina Faso declared on state television Monday that they had deposed the government, closed the borders, and taken control of the country. President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has reportedly been arrested.

The big picture: This would be the third successful military coup in west Africa in eight months, after juntas took power last year in Guinea and in neighboring Mali.

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Pentagon: 8,500 troops on high alert for possible deployment to eastern Europe

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed 8,500 U.S. troops on "heightened preparedness to deploy" to eastern Europe in case NATO activates its rapid-response force over tensions with Russia, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Why it matters: No decisions have been made to actually deploy U.S. forces, but the heightened alert level will allow the military to rapidly shore up NATO's eastern flank in the event that Russia invades Ukraine. The Pentagon warned that Russia has shown "no signs of de-escalating," and continues to amass troops on Ukraine's borders.