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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made the rounds on the morning news shows Monday after her "60 Minutes" interview last night where she struggled to answer questions about her school choice policies.

On Fox News: "We have uh — many other venues in our country that are kept safe an schools have to be a part of that equation as well ... We’re going to advance ways in which schools can be made safer for students."

On NBC's Today Show: "Everything is on the table .... The [White House plan announced Sunday] is really the first step in a more lengthy process."

  • DeVos also told Savannah Guthrie that she supports the president's proposal of arming of teachers, but said she doesn’t have a percentage in mind of how many school instructors should be able to carry weapons:
  • “It should be those who are capable and qualified and only in places where it’s appropriate .... The point is that schools should have this tool if they choose to use the tool. … Nobody should be mandated to do it."

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The Senate voted 84-15 on Tuesday to confirm Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to lead the Commerce Department.

Why it matters: The agency promotes U.S. industry, oversees the Census Bureau, plays a key role in the government's study of climate change through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and evaluates emerging technology through the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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Supreme Court likely to favor Republican-backed Arizona voting laws

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared to favor Republican-backed voting restrictions in Arizona that Democrats argue violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The Justices' decision in the case could weaken Section 2 of the VRA, which prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race.