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Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren pledged Monday to name a former public school teacher as secretary of Education if elected president, blasting President Trump's pick Betsy DeVos as "the worst secretary of education we've seen."

"I’ll just be blunt: Betsy DeVos is the worst secretary of education we’ve seen. She and her team are up to their eyeballs in conflicts of interest. Instead of championing our students, they protect for-profit colleges that break the law and cheat them. ... Let's get a person with real teaching experience. A person who understands how low pay, tattered textbooks, and crumbling classrooms hurt students and educators. A person who understands the crushing burden of student debt..."
— Warren wrote to her supporters in an email

Why it matters: Warren's promise comes the same day she's meeting with teachers in Philadelphia for an American Federation of Teachers town hall. Warren is part of a lineup featuring a number of 2020 Democrats who are all vying for the organization's 1.7-million-member endorsement. DeVos, a charter school and school choice supporter, has been sharply criticized by some education special interest groups and pro-public school organizations.

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UNC race conscious admissions process upheld by judge

Students walk through the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Aug. 18, 2020 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Photo: Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill can continue its race conscious admissions process, a federal judge ruled on Monday.

Why it matters: The case could end up in the Supreme Court after the conservative nonprofit Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) vowed to appeal the judge's ruling that UNC didn't discriminate against against white and Asian American applicants in its policy that it said was designed to increase diversity.

SEC debunks conspiracy theories about meme stock mania

Photo: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The SEC issued its long-awaited report on the meme stock mania, which downplayed the narrative that a "short squeeze" was the primary driver behind GameStop's historic stock moves — and shot down conspiracy theories about the event.

Why it matters: The postmortem was highly anticipated, largely because of what it could hint about what the regulator thinks should be done in wake of the saga. But the report stopped short of specific policy recommendations.

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Breaking Biden's diplomatic logjam

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Data: Center for Presidential Transition via Congress.gov; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

The logjam for reviewing and confirming President Biden's ambassadorial picks is finally starting to break.

Why it matters: Biden is far behind his predecessors in the rate at which his ambassadorial picks have been confirmed. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a series of high-profile hearings and votes this week to finally begin chipping away at the backlog.