Politics August 11, 2016: Investigation State Dept aide interviewed job candidates for Clinton Foundation

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Investigation State Dept aide interviewed job candidates for Clinton Foundation

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Attorney Cheryl Mills (L) listens as former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 22, 2015. Clinton took the stand Thursday to defend her role in responding to deadly attacks on the US mission in Libya, as Republicans forged ahead with an inquiry criticized as partisan anti-Clinton propaganda. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Attorney Cheryl Mills (L) listens as former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 22, 2015. Clinton took the stand Thursday to defend her role in responding to deadly attacks on the US mission in Libya, as Republicans forged ahead with an inquiry criticized as partisan anti-Clinton propaganda. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

It is possible the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton blurred the lines with her husband’s Bill Clinton’s foundation while she was serving as Secretary of State. According to a CNN investigation report released on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, Clinton’s Chief of Staff and longtime aide Cheryl Mills interviewed two candidates in 2012 for a high position at the Clinton Foundation.

In 2009, as Clinton was set to become Secretary of State to she created guidelines about the Clinton Foundation to ensure that it does not “create conflicts or the appearance of conflicts for Senator Clinton as Secretary of State.”

Recent emails, however, released by Conservative Watchdog Group Judicial Watch and CNN investigation prove otherwise. The emails indicate that Clinton’s top aides at the State Department Mills and Huma Abedin, another longtime aide who served as Deputy Chief of Staff may have blurred the lines between their positions at the State Department and the Clinton Foundation showing possible “corruption.”

According to the report, on June 19, 2012, Mills, still serving as Clinton’s Secretary of State Chief of Staff at the State Department took an Amtrak train from Washington to New York. There at executive search firm Mills interviewed two business executives “one from Pfizer and another from Wal-Mart” for the position leading the Clinton Foundation. Both companies are donors to the foundation and “partner” with the Clinton Global Initiative.

Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon downplayed any connection, saying in a statement on Thursday, “Cheryl volunteered her personal time to a charitable organization, as she has to other charities. Cheryl paid for her travel to New York City personally, and it was crystal clear to all involved that this had nothing to do with her official duties. The idea that this poses a conflict of interest is absurd.” Mill’s lawyer also claims that she did the work voluntarily, was not paid and did not use government funds for the trip.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa also wants real answers about Mills trip and her involvement in the job search. In January, Grassley sent current Secretary of State John Kerry a letter requesting further explanations about Mill’s actions but never received a response.

Scott Amey, “an attorney for the Project on Government Oversight,” believes the State Departments needs to provide answers and be accountable to Congress on this potential corruption and abuse of power. Amey stated, “Congress has a rightful right to ask for any information that it wants to from the executive branch of government to keep track of them. And the government should be turning that information over, when you have a breakdown in that system, we have a breakdown in our democracy.”

CNN asked the State Department if Mills had permission or needed it to do what she did with the Clinton Foundation job search. The department responded, “Federal employees are permitted to engage in outside personal activities, within the scope of the federal ethics rules. All federal employees are subject to federal ethics laws and regulations, including rules pertaining to conflicts of interest.”

Mills’ actions are not so innocent. Mills has a long history with both Clintons, and her loyalties have been with them. According to CNN during the first Clinton Administration, Mills served as Deputy White House counsel and defended Bill during his Congressional impeachment hearings. During Hillary’s first run for president in 2008 Mills was her senior legal campaign adviser. Mills also served on the board of the Clinton Foundation before leaving her post at the State Department, after the brief interlude, she is again serving on the board.

Education July 1, 2016: STEM and business top college majors with the best starting salaries

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STEM and business top college majors with the best starting salaries

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When choosing a college major if one wants to make the most money upon graduating it is best to choose a STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math or business major. Michigan State University’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI) released their annual report according to a Forbes article published on June 30, 2016. The report documents the top majors that lead to the “highest starting salaries” after graduation. Engineering degrees seem the best certain path to the highest starting salaries with chemical, computer, and electrical engineering dominating the top three spots.

Phil Gardner, a “college labor market expert,” operates Michigan’s CERI. The annual report looked at the majors yielding the highest starting salaries. To determine the top degrees they researched data from 4,730 employers and “200 career service centers.” The report compiled “respondents recruiting… for full-time positions, internships, and co-ops.”

The top bachelor degree is in chemical engineering where graduates earn between $34,850 and $100,600, with an average $63,389 each year. Computer engineering is in second place with an
average starting salary of $63,313, while electrical engineering is third with a mean salary of  $61,173. The rest of the list predominantly includes degrees relating to science mostly engineering, math and computer science, and business majors.

In CERI’s list from last year, electrical engineering was the top-paying major; with a $57,000 starting annual salary, computer engineering, and mechanical engineering occupied the second and third place respectively. This year’s top earning major chemical engineering was in sixth place.

The top majors yielded starting salaries with $23,000 at the low end and just over 100,000 at the high end, with an average of just over 43,000 to over 63,000. CERI also lists the lowest-earning majors, which consist of Psychology with a mean salary of $36,327, “Public Relations ($36,235) and Advertising ($35,733).”

CERI also includes top earning Masters Degrees, which almost mirrors the top earning undergraduate degrees. The top Masters Degrees are Engineering with an average starting salary of $68,000, “Computer Science & IT ($67,735), and Masters in Business Administration, MBAs ($62,345).”

The report also included the best paying Doctoral degrees. The top earning Ph.D. is Engineering & Computer Science with an average starting salary of $76,702, in second place is the “Physical & Biological Sciences ($63,809) and Business ($62,454).”

Here are the top 20 bachelor degrees and their average starting salaries:

Chemical Engineering, $63,389
Computer Engineering, $63, 313
Electrical Engineering, $61,173
Software Design, $60,104
Mechanical Engineering, $59, 681
Computer Programming, $58,995
Computer Science, $56,974
Civil Engineering, $55,879
Management Information Systems, $51,690
Construction, $49,672
Finance, $48,785
Accounting, $47,834
Supply Chain, $47,147
Economics, $46,270
Human Resources, $45,737
Chemistry, $45,209
Mathematics includes applied, $44,609
Marketing, $43,481
Biology, $43,404
Agricultural Business, $43,214

Education June 29, 2016: ACT changing writing section test score scale after controversy and backlash

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June 29, 2016, 11:16 PM MSTAfter a controversy over disparities in scores, the ACT revised their exam's writing section score scale only a year after revising the section and changing the scale to match the rest of the exam's four other sections, June 28, 2016

After a controversy over disparities in scores, the ACT revised their exam’s writing section score scale only a year after revising the section and changing the scale to match the rest of the exam’s four other sections, June 28, 2016
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Education June 26, 2016: Yale is top for history majors, but Princeton tops graduate programs

Yale is top for history majors, but Princeton tops graduate programs

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Although the number of undergraduates studying history is in decline, the best university to major in the subject is Yale, while Princeton is the top for graduate study
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Education June 25, 2016: Supreme Court upholds affirmative action assures diversity in college admissions

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The Supreme Court upheld affirmative action in college admissions in their decision in the case Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin, June 23, 2016
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Education June 3, 2016: Harvard tops Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings for sixth year

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Harvard tops Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings for sixth year

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Harvard University has the best global reputation for the sixth year in a row, every year that the Times Higher Education published their World Reputation Rankings, May 4, 2016
Harvard University has the best global reputation for the sixth year in a row, every year that the Times Higher Education published their World Reputation Rankings, May 4, 2016
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Education June 3, 2016: Harvard tops Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings for sixth year

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Education May 1, 2016: Malia Obama to join Harvard’s Class of 2021 in fall 2017 after gap year

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Malia Obama to join Harvard’s Class of 2021 in fall 2017 after gap year

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May 1, 2016 12:09 PM MST

 Malia Obama is going to Harvard University in the fall of 2017, joining Harvard's Class of 2021 after a gap year, May 1, 2016

Malia Obama is going to Harvard University in the fall of 2017, joining Harvard’s Class of 2021 after a gap year, May 1, 2016
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Education March 30, 2016: Stanford most selective college only admits 4.69% of applicants to Class of 2020

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Stanford most selective college only admits 4.69% of applicants to Class of 2020

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March 30, 2016 4:22 PM MST

Stanford University is the nation's most selective college with an increasingly shrinking acceptance rate, so much so that NYT columnist Frank Bruni called them out for it in an early April fool's op-ed, March 30, 2016
Stanford University is the nation’s most selective college with an increasingly shrinking acceptance rate, so much so that NYT columnist Frank Bruni called them out for it in an early April fool’s op-ed, March 30, 2016
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Education April 18, 2016: What are the chances of being accepted to the Ivy League after being waitlisted?

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What are the chances of being accepted to the Ivy League after being waitlisted?

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April 18, 2016 3:30 PM MST

Colleges especially the Ivy League accept few if none at all of the applicants on their waitlists that students need to plan for alternatives rather than counting on the hope a waitlist decision falsely gives, April 16, 2016
Colleges especially the Ivy League accept few if none at all of the applicants on their waitlists that students need to plan for alternatives rather than counting on the hope a waitlist decision falsely gives, April 16, 2016
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Education April 6, 2016: NY teen Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna accepted to all eight Ivy League universities

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NY teen Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna accepted to all eight Ivy League universities

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April 6, 2016 2:10 AM MST

Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna is the third Long Island high school senior to be accepted to all eight Ivy League universities in three straight years; an honor that is becoming all too common, April 5, 2016
Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna is the third Long Island high school senior to be accepted to all eight Ivy League universities in three straight years; an honor that is becoming all too common, April 5, 2016
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Education April 5, 2016: Princeton to keep Woodrow Wilson’s name on school will promote racial diversity

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Princeton to keep Woodrow Wilson’s name on school will promote racial diversity

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April 5, 2016 3:29 AM MST

Princeton University will not repudiate history and former President Woodrow Wilson for his segregationist views his name will remain on the university instead Princeton will focus on promoting diversity in the present and future, April 4, 2016
Princeton University will not repudiate history and former President Woodrow Wilson for his segregationist views his name will remain on the university instead Princeton will focus on promoting diversity in the present and future, April 4, 2016
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Universities April 1, 2016: Harvard most selective Ivy accepts low 5.2% of applicants for Class of 2020

Education April 1, 2016: Harvard most selective Ivy accepts low 5.2% of applicants for Class of 2020

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Harvard most selective Ivy accepts low 5.2% of applicants for Class of 2020

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April 1, 2016 7:22 AM MST

Harvard University has the distinction of being the most selective of the Ivy League accepting only 5.2% of the record number of application; still Stanford reigns as the nation;s most selective school, March 31, 2016
Harvard University has the distinction of being the most selective of the Ivy League accepting only 5.2% of the record number of application; still Stanford reigns as the nation;s most selective school, March 31, 2016
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Education March 19, 2016: SUC Santa Cruz accidently sends out thousands of acceptances

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UC Santa Cruz accidently sends out thousands of acceptances

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March 19, 2016 4:04 PM MST

 High Schools seniors in the Washington and Virginia area got a surprise the UC Santa Cruz emailed them acceptances the problem they never applied, March 16, 2016
High Schools seniors in the Washington and Virginia area got a surprise the UC Santa Cruz emailed them acceptances the problem they never applied, March 16, 2016
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Education March 15, 2016: Senate confirms new education secretary John King Jr. that will oversee ESSA law

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Senate confirms new education secretary John King Jr. that will oversee ESSA law

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March 15, 2016 2:42 PM MST

 The Senate confirmed John B. King, Jr. officially making him the new Secretary of Education; he  will lead the implementation of the new education law Every Student Succeeds Act, March 14, 2016
The Senate confirmed John B. King, Jr. officially making him the new Secretary of Education; he will lead the implementation of the new education law Every Student Succeeds Act, March 14, 2016
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Education February 23, 2016: What students should expect on the newly redesigned SAT exam on March 5

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What students should expect on the newly redesigned SAT exam on March 5

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February 23, 2016 1:20 PM MST

Anxious students, gear up to take the newly redesigned SAT exam on March 5, educators are most concerned about the heavy text exam
Anxious students, gear up to take the newly redesigned SAT exam on March 5, educators are most concerned about the heavy text exam
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Education February 8, 2016: College Board adds summer SAT and subject exams dates starting in August 2017

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College Board adds summer SAT and subject exams dates starting in August 2017

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February 8, 2016 9:05 PM MST

The College Board will add August test dates for the SAT and SAT subject exams beginning in 2017, the board hopes it give them an edge in the race with the Act, but also give students an advantage when applying for early admissions, Feb. 4, 2016
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Education January 24, 2016: College Board reschedules last old SAT exam Feb 20 after snowstorm cancellations

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College Board reschedules last old SAT exam Feb 20 after snowstorm cancellations

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January 24, 2016 1:38 PM MST

SAT test centers in the East Coast states affected by the massive snowstorm cancelled the exam on Saturday, Jan. 23 rescheduling it for Feb. 20
SAT test centers in the East Coast states affected by the massive snowstorm cancelled the exam on Saturday, Jan. 23 rescheduling it for Feb. 20
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Education January 21, 2016: Does social media affect college admissions, how to prepare your profiles

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Does social media affect college admissions, how to prepare your profiles

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 January 21, 2016 11:24 AM MST
College admission officers are increasing looking at social media during the admissions process, depending on what they find it could a make or break an applicant, Jan. 13, 2016

College admission officers are increasing looking at social media during the admissions process, depending on what they find it could a make or break an applicant, Jan. 13, 2016
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Education January 17, 2016: College Board problems PSAT/NMSQT score delays only a quarter received results

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College Board problems PSAT/NMSQT score delays only a quarter received results

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January 17, 2016 8:50 PM MST

 Problems persist with the College Board's new score system; nearly three million high school students cannot access their results from the October 2015 PSAT/NMSQT exam, Jan. 17, 2016

Problems persist with the College Board’s new score system; nearly three million high school students cannot access their results from the October 2015 PSAT/NMSQT exam, Jan. 17, 2016
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Education January 11, 2016: Detroit schools close as teachers take sick out protesting pay and conditions

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Detroit schools close as teachers take sick out protesting pay and conditions

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January 11, 2016 5:26 PM MST

Teachers at over 60 Detroit, Michigan schools went on strike calling it a "sick-out," the teachers are protesting their pay, teaching conditions and lack of funding for the public schools, Jan. 11, 2016

Teachers at over 60 Detroit, Michigan schools went on strike calling it a “sick-out,” the teachers are protesting their pay, teaching conditions and lack of funding for the public schools, Jan. 11, 2016
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Education January 9, 2016: Cambridge tops first Wikipedia Ranking of World Universities, Harvard only third

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Cambridge tops first Wikipedia Ranking of World Universities, Harvard only third

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January 9, 2016 3:36 PM MST

The first Wikipedia Ranking of World Universities was released with the University of Cambridge on top, while the first US school on the list is Harvard coming in only at third, Dec. 15, 2016
The first Wikipedia Ranking of World Universities was released with the University of Cambridge on top, while the first US school on the list is Harvard coming in only at third, Dec. 15, 2016
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