March 28, 2016
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Obama EPA Must Act To Prevent Chemical Plant Catastrophe

Tomorrow I’m scheduled to speak at an EPA public hearing addressing a new rule that the agency has proposed regarding dangers from America’s chemical plants. I will draw my remarks from a formal comment submitted today by: retired Army Lieutenant General Russel Honoré, former commander of Joint Task Force Katrina; retired Army Major General Randy Manner, former acting director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency; and me. (I’m a former staff member of the National Security Council and the Senate Intelligence Committee, and an advisor to Greenpeace on these issues.)  Our written comment is below. Here’s what it’s about:

In 2006, …

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March 25, 2016
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Education Dept To Give Debt Relief To More Corinthian Students

The U.S. Department of Education says that at an event scheduled for today in Boston with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. will announce that students who attended 91 former Corinthian Colleges campuses nationwide between 2010 and 2014 “have a clear path to loan forgiveness under evidence uncovered by the Department while working with multiple state attorneys general.” These students will be able to apply immediately to have their federal direct student loans forgiven because of alleged fraudulent conduct by Corinthian.

The Department’s special master for debt relief issues, Joseph A. Smith, who is also scheduled …

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March 17, 2016
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Top Democratic Lawyer Pushed Pentagon To End U. of Phoenix Suspension

Lawyer Jamie Gorelick, who served in the Bill Clinton Administration as general counsel of the Department of Defense and later as Deputy Attorney General, this year successfully pressed the Pentagon on behalf of the nation’s biggest for-profit college, the University of Phoenix, to lift a suspension of the school for alleged recruiting abuses directed at U.S. military service members.

The University of Phoenix, which has been getting $2 billion to nearly $4 billion a year in taxpayer funds, has a troubling record of spending too little on instruction, charging high prices, and leaving many students worse off than when they …

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March 8, 2016
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Arizona: For-Profit College Paradise?

 

As government regulators and law enforcement agencies in Washington and around the country have come to recognize that some of the biggest for-profit colleges have been deceiving and abusing students, and as media reports have exposed these abuses, and as many students have started to look elsewhere for their educations, at least one State — Arizona — seems to remain firmly in the political clutches of for-profit schools.

Arizona is not just the site of the only NFL stadium who naming rights are purchased by a for-profit college. It’s also where for-profit colleges, backed by sympathetic legislators, …

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March 4, 2016
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Wall St Journal Again Posts Anti-Student Op-Ed Without Disclosing For-Profit College Ties

The Wall Street Journal today published an op-ed arguing against providing broad student loan debt relief for people who were deceived by their colleges. The co-authors of the article, Jorge Klor de Alva and Mark Schneider, contend that such relief will be expensive — potentially more than $1 billion for students of now-shuttered for-profit Corinthian Colleges alone. They note that the U.S. Department of Education is considering not only issuing new debt relief rules and beefing up enforcement efforts against school misconduct, but also pondering new rules to allow the Department to recoup discharged loan costs from …

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March 3, 2016
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Romney & Rubio Attack Trump University, But Both Are Tied to Predatory Colleges

Mitt Romney will charge in a speech today, according to excerpts released in advance, that Donald Trump’s “promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.” Romney’s attack follows Marco Rubio’s recent hits on Trump’s unlicensed for-profit business “school”; at the last GOP debate, Rubio charged, “There are people that borrowed $36,000 to go to Trump University, and they’re suing him now. And you know what they got? They got to take a picture with a cardboard cutout of Donald Trump.”

But it is a testament to the long-standing political influence of the for-profit college industry that both …

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January 26, 2016
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Energy Lobbyists Gather, Blame Obama and the Pope

Last week, on the day after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that 2015 was by far the hottest year on record, the energy industry’s chief lobbyists gathered in a downtown Washington ballroom to tell each other that the real problem was not global warming, but rather efforts by the Obama Administration — and Pope Francis — to contain global warming.

The remarks of these lobbyists suggested that many of them live on a different planet, where climate change is not an urgent challenge but rather is the obsession of ideological malcontents.

The meeting, held annually, is sponsored by the United States Energy Association, …

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January 6, 2016
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Ex-Congressman Solicits $80,000 From For-Profit Colleges for Court Paper Aimed At Shielding Fraud

The Republican ex-congressman who now works as the chief lobbyist for the troubled for-profit college industry has ushered in the new year with an email asking for-profit college owners to finance a legal brief aimed at limiting the legal risk of companies in fraud cases.  The amount that Steve Gunderson, CEO of the industry trade group APSCU, says he needs to pay for the single, short brief he proposes to file with the U.S. Supreme Court? $80,000.

The email, obtained by Republic Report, opens with a hearty “Happy New Year!” greeting but then gets down to business, with Gunderson describing what’s at …

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