Feb 16, 2017

DeVos is going on a school visit with a union leader

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Betsy DeVos, the new Education secretary, and Randi Weingarten, the president of the teachers union that bitterly opposed DeVos, talked on the phone recently and made a deal: they're going to visit some schools together.

"I said I'd like to visit a public school with her, and then I'd like her to visit a choice school with me," DeVos said today in an interview. Weingarten said the chat was a "short, frank, blunt conversation on my part" and that the school visits need to be real, "not a photo op."

Why this matters: During her confirmation, DeVos became a national lightning rod for progressive protests. Weingarten, recently published an open letter expressing her concerns that DeVos would neglect public schools. So contentious the confirmation fight that for the first time in history the Vice President needed to use his tiebreaker vote on a cabinet nominee. Her conversation with Weingarten is an important piece of outreach.

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

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Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.