Bridgepoint VP goes to work for DeVos

Signs on with cronies at Department of Education

In March of 2011, the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions did a special investigative study of San Diego's for-profit Bridgepoint Education. Many shocking facts surfaced: Bridgepoint spent nearly 30 percent of its revenue on marketing. By 2010, 84.4 percent in the two-year degree had dropped out. Then-Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat from Iowa who retired in 2015, declared Bridgepoint was "a scam, an absolute scam."

At year-end 2016, the company, 59.8 percent owned by Wall Street's Warburg Pincus, was being investigated by by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the states of Iowa, New York, Massachusetts, California, and North Carolina. It has been investigated by the Department of Education over several issues.

Nonetheless, as the New York Times revealed in a front-page story Saturday (March 18), Bridgepoint's vice president for regulatory services, Robert Eitel, is working as a special assistant to the new head of the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos. Eitel has been a strong opponent of regulation of for-profit universities and colleges. He is now on unpaid leave from Bridgepoint.

Immediately after Donald Trump's election as president, the stocks of the for-profits shot up, in anticipation of easier regulation under Trump. Bridgepoint stock rose sharply despite dismal results in recent quarters.

The Times said that around Washington D.C, ethics questions are being raised about Eitel's job working for DeVos. In January a partner of Warburg Pincus and boardmember of Bridgepoint resigned from the board to join Trump's economic team.

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This Administration is becoming a wrecking ball, destroying everything good about the US, promoting evil, and all the while (attempting to) silencing the critics in the press. The sad thing is that impeachment will only bring on other zealots. The only hope is for a clean sweep of all incumbents in four years.

swell: Good points, yet Trump and his lackeys remain popular with their base. Trump's positive rating remains at 43 -- only a few points down from the time of the election. Best, Don Bauder

Read that the orange one's approval ratings are down to the low 30% range and falling.

SportsFan0000: Whose numbers are these? I took mine from MSNBC about a week ago, but I don't know who the pollster was. Best, Don Bauder

danfogel: Yes, last night (Monday) I saw that at least in some polls, he was below 40 percent. Best, Don Bauder

We are witnessing the wholesale destruction of the very fabric of America by Trump and his gang of corporate criminals. There is nothing honorable or decent about any of these people or what they are doing. We must do everything we can to resist Trump, and refuse to accept what he is doing.

amorpheous: If we get Trump impeached and convicted, we then get Pence, whose views are similar, although he is smoother. Best, Don Bauder

Pence has legal problems also. He lied that he did not know what Manafort and other Trump officials meeting with the Russians..He was at some of those meetings and Pence and others were caught on tape by US Intelligence services.. If True, Pence may go out with Trump.

Senator Feinstein and others were "visibly shaken" after exiting a top secret, classified briefing on Trump and his Administration. Word is out that the scale of corruption and ties to Russia/Putin and other hostile governments is unprecedented in American history. I read that Senators and Congresspersons state that there are already multiple Impeachable offenses against Trump and his Cabinet. And, that Pence McConnell and Ryan may be complicit in covering up the corruption. It is, apparently, much worse than Watergate.

Will a Special Prosecutor be appointed?! Will Republicans "Cover Up" the widespread corruption to push their right wing agenda through Congress and hold onto power in all 3 branches of government?!

OR will the Truth Only come out if Dems take back at least one of the Houses of Congress, appoint a Special Prosecutor with full subpeona power, and get the truth out?!

SportsFan0000: I have always thought this was potentially, and likely, much worse than Watergate. Today, Trump tweeted that the intelligence agencies had found that Russia's interference had no effect on the outcome of the election. Comey, under pressure to answer, said that the FBI had not studied that question -- hardly the same as saying that Russia's interference had no effect on the election. Best, Don Bauder

Don, Did you know that the media traced the source of the quotes that Fox/Fake News was putting out and that Trump was quoting in his tweets regarding the falsehoods that 1) Pres Obama ordered wiretaps of Trump (False) and then 2) Pres Obama did an end around the FISA Court process by working with British intelligence to wiretap Trump(False)?!

The source is RT. The International Media out let that is the proganda arm of the Kremlin and controlled by Russian Dictator Putin!? In other words, Trump is quoting (knowingly or unknowlingly) his Russia handler (former KGB official) Putin when lying about President Obama?!


SportsFan0000: Tragically, this is believable. Previously, Trump's source has been Breitbart. He also picks up things from Fox and considers them gospel. But he soothes his base by flaying the mainstream press with charges of "fake news." This is what psychotics typically do -- charge that opponents are doing exactly what they are doing. Best, Don Bauder

Latest info, Russian "bots" flooded social media and the internet with fake news stories about Hillary to damage her candidacy including the fake pizza ring story and stories pumping up Trump. 10 point lead vanishes. Hillary loses. Trump wins. Also, Repub platform changed by Trumpistas from 70 years of anti Moscow Repub platform, to Pro Russia/Pro Putin/ after a meeting with Russian intelligence officials?! There are so many smoking guns that someone made a huge flowchart and posted it.

What is funny is that the very people that voted for Trump will be the ones most adversely affected by his Ship of Fools administration. Conservative Republicans do not believe in good jobs with good benefits and retirement. They do not believe in the middle class. They want to destroy every social safety net. Trump admires Putin because he wants to be like him and lead the US like Putin leads Russia. Trump is a clear and present danger to democracy and the American way of life.

AlexClarke: True: Trump is a danger to democracy. And he is not going to change: his sociopathic behavior is deeply inculcated in his personality. He knows no other kind of beaver. Best, Don Bauder

Don - are you talking about the second largest rodent in the world, that beave? Putin is said to be the most powerful man. Maybe being #2 rodent isn't satisfactory to very bad Don. Jealousy? Maybe you meant behavior.

shirleyberan: Forget the word "beaver." I intended to type "behavior" and the computer changed it to "beaver" and I didn't catch it. Best, Don Bauder

shirleyberan: Forget the word "beaver." I intended to type "behavior" and the computer changed it to "beaver" and I didn't catch it. Best, Don Bauder

Latest bombshell...Former Trump Campaign Manager Manafort was paid over 10 million per year since 2005 by a Russian Oligarch, one of Putin's best friends, to destablize former Soviet Republics, countries in Europe and to lobby in the US for Putin's interests(without registering as a lobbyist a major felony) and to spread the Putin/Russian/Kremlin propaganda line in the US and around the world. Imagine a top Trump crony and official spending years undermining democracies pushing Putin's authoritarianism?!

The Impeachment Train is rolling and picking up speed..

SportsFan0000: I have not heard that, and I watched the news last night (Tuesday).

Maddow repeated a devastating story she has told before. One of the highly ranked military men in Russia announced early this year that the country had a cyber system that could raise havoc with adversarial nations, such as the U.S. Maddow showed how the Russkies fixed it so that when you are reading a story, an anti-Hillary Clinton or pro-Donald Trump story would pop up. This was "ubiquitous," said Maddow. The result was havoc.

Comey said his crew has not looked into whether the Russians' activities affected the outcome of the election. He should start looking into that right now. Best, Don Bauder

SportsFan0000: Yes, the AP reported today, and Maddow repeated, that Manafort was paid $10 million a year from a Russian oligarch to influence media in the U.S. to bolster the reputation of Putin.

Typically, Manafort replied with a totally misleading statement. He said he had not worked for the Russian government. The AP didn't say he was working for the government. He was working for an oligarch to boost the reputation of Putin. In Russia, there is little difference between the government and the business oligarchs. Best, Don Bauder

In order to make money as an oligarch and stay alive in Russia, the word i s out that Putin gets a cut of the top on every business deal that goes through Russia. Have seen stories/reports that Putin could be worth close to 100B dollars that he has stolen and skimmed out of the closely controlled Russian system and is hiding offshore. Those that don't "play ball" with Putin, end up dead or in prison on trumped up pun intended.

SportsFan0000: A hundred billion sounds like a lot. That would top both Buffett and Gates. But since the loot is stashed in offshore banks -- Cyprus is a Russian favorite -- who knows? Best, Don Bauder

Oil and gas Revenues add up fast.

Some Russian Oligarchs are worth 10's of billions of dollars

Don, I saw a story online that someone hacked Manafort's daughter's tweets. Daughter was complaining about 'blood money" from the Ukraine. Apparently, Manafort was also advising the former Pres of Ukriane who was thrown out of office when he went against his people and parliament who wanted to align with the EU instead of Moscow. Ex Pres then fled Ukraine to Moscow for Putin's protection. And, not sure if it has been properly verified, but saw a media report that stated the blood money that Manafort's daughter was allegedly tweeting about?! Manafort may have been , allegedly, advising the former Pres of Ukraine when government troops opened fire and massacred protesters.

Manafort and his wife were going to get a divorce according to the tweets. But, that is on hold because the Manaforts to not want Judges, lawyers and a Divorce Court tracing the source of his money to Ukraine, Russia and the Kremlin. We may find out about all that anyways if a Special Prosecutor is appointed.

SportsFan0000: Manafort's ties to Russia appear to be manifest. The AP reported that he was paid $10 million a year to promote Putin in the media, including U.S. media. He seems to have been on the wrong side in the Ukraine imbroglio.

Yes, a special prosecutor MUST be appointed. But what if the majority Republicans block it? And what if Trump, as president, kills the FBI investigation completely? Think abut it. It's possible. Sorry to frighten you so late at night. Best, Don Bauder

Trump has so pissed off the Intelligence Community that if he tries to sabotage the FBI investigation. then Intelligence Agencies will just start leaking the badly incriminating documents that will completely ruin Trump and his presidency. The FBI Director was appointed by "W" Bush to a 10 year term and left in office by Obama. Comey says he is not going anywhere. If Trump tries to remove Comey,And, if Comey refuses to leave, then it will go to to the US Supreme Court on Obstruction of Justice charges. US SCT will rule against Trump like they just reversed Gorsuch on the Autism case 8-0 last week (where Gorsuch ruled a family was not entitled to benefits under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Remember the "Saturday Night Massacre" firing of the Special Prosecutor under Nixon?! It created a firestorm of protest and accelerated the rush to Impeachment and forced the resignation of Nixon. Again, if Republicans in Congress refuse a Special Prosecutor, then my educated guess is that the Press will take its place and used leaked documents to try Trump and his cronies in the press. AND IT IS POSSIBLE THE US SUPREME COURT COULD ORDER THE CASE REMANDED AND A "SPECIAL MASTER" WITH SUBPOENA POWER BE APPOINTED WHICH IS THE SAME AS A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR.. SPECIAL MASTERS ARE APPOINTED IN VERY COMPLICATED CASES WHERE EVEN THE JUDGES CANNOT SORT OUT THE HIGHLY SPECIALIZED INFORMATION And, the FBI/Justice Dept could be issuing Indictments of many of Trump's Cronies very soon.They do not need a special prosecutor to indict people based on facts already collected and investigated. Lack of cooperation, stone walling, covering up by Trump and the Republican Congress could create a huge backlash and cause Repubs to lose the US Senate in 2018. Then, they lose the WH in 2020 and the Congress. After Trump is out of office, then prosecutors will go after him like they have just indicted the just Impeached Pres of S Korea. McCain and Lindsey Graham have already called for an independent investigation. US Senate can act without consulting Trump since they are a co equal branch of government. McCain and Graham despise Trump.

SportsFan0000: I hope you are right that if Trump tried to end the investigation, using his power as president, the investigative agencies would continue forward with their probe. i do think that if Trump tried such a thing, it would be grounds for impeachment. Republicans would finally be smart enough to disassociate from this ill man. Best, Don Bauder

It was "obstruction of justice" when Nixon tried it and one of the Impeachment counts drawn up...Repubs went to the WH and told him the jig was up...He didn't have a dozen votes for acquittal in the Senate and resigned

FYI, Comey was not appointed by Bush. He was appointed by Obama, confirmed by a Democratic led Senate by a vote of 93-1 and took office in September of 2013. IF he serves his complete 10 year term, he would be only the 2nd or 3rd to do so since term limits were imposed after J Edgar. Several years ago, the CRS wrote a report providing an overview of the process for appointing the Director of the FBI. It found that there are no statutory conditions on the President’s authority to remove the FBI Director. The Congress could also remove him thru the impeachment process. Most likely, if Trump wants him out, he’ll ask him to resign his post. If he refuses, Trump will simply have the DNI, to whom the Director reports, and the AG, as the FBI is an agency of the Department of Justice, remove (read fire)him on the grounds that he can no longer effectively lead the bureau and law enforcement community. The Appointments Clause, Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the Constitution gives POTUS the power to appoint and Congress the power to approve, or not, those appointments. That power is absolute. ALL appointees serve at the pleasure of the President! There will be no review by SCOTUS.

Comey was Deputy US Attorney General Under "W: Bush

SportsFan0000: That is something that is easily checked. Best, Don Bauder

Correct. However, your comment was that Comey was appointed by "W" Bush to a 10 year term and left in office by Obama. He was Deputy AG under Bush for less than 2 years. He left the DoJ in 2005 and entered the private sector. It was Obama. He remained in the private sector until 2013 when Obama nominated him for the position of Director. He was confirmed and then sworn in in Sept of 2013. All of this info on Comey's has been discussed in minute detail since he "became involved" in the election last summer.

Correct. Comey was a Republican when appointed...I think he re registered as an independent since then. Obama was trying to promoted bipartisanship.. little did he know that Repubs had plotted to stab him in the back repeatedly.

Review can be taken by the US Supreme Court if Comey were to be removed in an attempt to "obstruct justice".

If Comey were to be removed to try to derail an Impeachment investigation and derail indictments of Trump Administration officials for major felonies including possible treason, then, yes, it could be appealed to the US Supreme Court. It would be a very rare event. But, it could happen if the corruption is so pervasive. There is precedent. A Federal District Judge ruled that Nixon's dismissal of the Special Prosecutor was "illegal"... along the lines of "obstruction of justice"/cover up etc...

That could be a basis to challenge any dismissal of the FBI Director for the purposes of killing the corruption and treason investigation against Trump and his associates

SportsFan0000: The things I would like very much to come out are the multiple uses of offshore banks. I have been writing about these egregious abuses for a couple of decades, and few people seem interested. This would make them wake up. Best, Don Bauder

And the massive money laundering of dirty Russian money and dirty money from many of the former Soviet Republics into Trump properties...many paying a huge premium above the asking price both in NY and the Russian oligarch who purchased a Trump property in Florida.

I am of the opinion that your comparisons are apples to oranges. The dismissal of Cox was ruled illegal because of the absence of a finding of extraordinary impropriety as specified in the regulations establishing the special prosecutor's office. The special prosecutor's appointment did not fall under the Appointments Clause. The position of FBI Director does fall under it. I think that would render your "precedent" mute. Just my opinion Opinions vary.

SportsFan0000: But who would trust the Supreme Court in its current makeup? Best, Don Bauder

danfogel: The reasons you cite are the reasons that this terrifying possibility gets media mentions. I still believe that if Trump called a halt to the investigations, he would be impeached and convicted on SOME grounds -- maybe not these. Best, Don Bauder

After they indict numerous Trump Administration officials, then Trump would be Impeached on Obstruction of Justice and Abuse of Power, Conflicts of Interest etc.

If Trump fired the FBI Director he would not get away with it. Since Hoover abused his power as FBI Director, both Parties agreed to give the FBI Director a 10 year more limited term and to appoint someone on a bipartisan basis. Firing the FBI Director when the investigation was closing in on Trump and for purely political and legal reasons would be Trump's "Saturday Night Massacre" and cause a firestorm and huge backlash against Trump.

I don't think there was ever a Supreme Court case about National election recounts etc either until Bush v Gore.

You can bet your house that their would be a major lawsuit that would go to the US Supreme Court if Comey was fired when he was closing in on Trump for criminal and/or treasonous activities with Putin and the Russians.

The Court just ruled 8-0 against Gorsuch in a special education case where Gorsuch had ruled against an autistic boy and his family getting special education services.

You think the Supreme Court wouldn't rip Trump a new one especially since Trump has been openly attacking Federal Judges in the Media that did not agree with his travel bans?:! OR his Trump University SCAM?!

Trump would be toast if a case goes to the Supreme Court regarding the FBI Director removal to cover up and or obstruct justice in a corruption and treason investigation.

danfogel: I have no dog in this hunt, but I believe Trump would be making a mistake if he arranges the firing of Comey. If Trump kills the entire investigation -- and I question whether he can -- that would be a huge mistake.

Many say Nixon should have destroyed the tape. He may have gotten away with that. After all, it was the contents of the tape which, among many things, did him in. Best, Don Bauder

If Nixon had burned the tapes, then he would have been Impeached on "Obstruction of Justice charges.

And, LBJ, the intelligence community had Nixon and Kissinger on Treasonous meetings with N Vietnam(telling them not to sign the LBJ peace deal and wait till after the election,,that they would get a better deal from Nixon..(.ALL COMPLETE LIES) and sabotaging LBJ's peace plan to end the War prior to the election...That alone was enough to send Nixon out of office and into the Slammer.

My mistake on the appointment...Pres Obama appointed the Republican Comey, who had previously worked for the Bush Administration, to signal/show bipartisanship. Repubs did not reciprocate.

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