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Betsy DeVos. Photo: Oliver Contreras/Getty Images

United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos lost a lawsuit accusing the department of delaying the implementation of a Borrower Defense rule that protected students who took out loans to attend school from predatory practices by institutions, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: A Washington judge ruled that an implementation delay by DeVos and the department of Obama-era regulations was "procedurally improper." This ruling gives credence to the accusation of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau official in charge of overseeing student loan debt who argued that the department is actively making it difficult to protect students.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.