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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.

Go deeper: Elizabeth Warren's $640 billion student debt proposal

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The Capitol attack on Jan. 6 resulted in at least nine physical assaults against journalists and at least five arrests, per the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker's top editor.

Why it matters: President Trump's harsh rhetoric towards the press has empowered leaders abroad and locally in the U.S. to continue to attack press that they don't like.

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Joe Biden's inauguration and the days right after will bring a rat-tat-tat burst of climate policy moves, but keep this in mind amid the splashy pledges: pushing through most of his agenda will be a long, uncertain slog.

Why it matters: Biden's climate plan is far more expansive than anything contemplated under President Obama. But for all the immediate pledges, it will take years to see how far Biden gets.

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Biden's inflation danger

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President-elect Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal has economists and bullish market analysts revising their U.S. growth expectations higher, predicting a reflation of the economy in 2021 and possibly more booming returns for risk assets.

Yes, but: Others are warning that what's expected to be reflation could actually show up as inflation, a much less welcome phenomenon.