So while Trump tweets about Bannon's quotes in Wolff's book, the march towards watering down the functionality of everything that ever helped defend any ordinary American from predation by industry segments continues. Betsy deVos now seeks to move the needle towards universities and away from students in cases where loan forgiveness is sought on the basis of fraudulent representations by the schools. Ed Department Considering More Stringent Rules on Loan Forgiveness For Fraud Victims Excerpt: Trying to change Obama-era rules, the Trump administration is one step closer to making it more difficult for students to have loan debt wiped clean in cases involving fraud by universities. The Department of Education has been making incremental moves toward watering-down the policies for months, but a draft proposal obtained by Politico, lays out the administration's new vision, which places a higher burden of proof on students seeking to obtain debt forgiveness and requires applicants to individually present evidence that their college's deception was intentional. The existing program, called Borrower Defense to Repayment, provides relief to federal student loan borrowers who attended a school that misled them or engaged in other misconduct in violation of certain laws. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos convened a special committee to rewrite the policy last June saying the regulations are "overly burdensome and confusing" and need to be streamlined. "It is the Department's aim, and this Administration's commitment, to protect students from predatory practices while also providing clear, fair and balanced rules for colleges and universities to follow," DeVos said in a statement at the time. According to Politico, the draft proposal says applicants would have to establish "clear and convincing evidence" of their fraud claim. This is a change from the standard set under President Barack Obama which required only a "preponderance of evidence." In the meantime the administration has apparently suspended review of applications for debt forgiveness, and there's a backlog of fifteen thousand of them file since Trump took office on January 20th, 2017 up through July 2017. Further excerpt: A department spokeswoman explained the moratorium on reviewing new applications would remain until a new system to adjudicate pending claims had been developed. PBS reports that in the final year of the Obama administration the department approved more than 28,000 claims filed by former students of Cornithian Colleges. Those claims totaled $558 million. In June, NPR reported attorneys general from 18 states and Washington, D.C., filed suit against DeVos and her department, accusing DeVos of breaking federal law and giving free rein to for-profit colleges by rescinding the Borrower Defense rule. The rule had been put on hold less than one month after DeVos said her agency would re-evaluate it.