June 10, 2014
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SNL “Making Copies” Guy, In Business With For-Profit College, Attacks Obama

Barack. Barack-O. Barack-O-Rama. The Obamanator!  Makin’ some copies. Copying the Gainful Employment Rule. 845 pages!

You remember Rob Schneider on “Saturday Night Live” with his breakout character, the guy who sat by the office copy machine and annoyed people with a stream of comments? You don’t?  C’mon.

Well, Schneider, also the star of such film classics as “The Hot Chick” and “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” has now joined Suze Orman, Colin Powell, Shannen Doherty, Trent Lott, Jeb Bush, Bob Kerrey, Marc Morial, Steve Forbes, and other hired celebrities who validate and endorse the for-profit college industry, a sector where …

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June 6, 2014
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Obama Task Force on Chemical Dangers: Strong Enough?

Last year, a devastating chemical plant explosion in the town of West, Texas,  killed 15 people and injured 160 more.  The tragedy seemed to reawaken in President Obama a determination to improve safety and security at America’s industrial chemical facilities, whose dangers, from catastrophic accident or terrorist attack, led him, as a Senator, to call them “stationary weapons of mass destruction spread all across the country.”  Obama spoke movingly at a memorial services for the Texas victims.  And he issued an executive order directing federal agencies to develop a plan for action to prevent future disasters.

The President’s task force, minutes …

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June 5, 2014
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Leader of Attack on Obama Global Warming Plan? Rudy Giuliani’s Firm

After the attacks of September 11, 2001, New York’s Rudolph Giuliani became “America’s Mayor,” mobilizing his city and standing as a defiant foe of the forces of terrorism. Then, after the devastating force in the New York area of superstorm Sandy, Giuliani, campaigning in 2012 for Mitt Romney, again presented himself as a protector of the people, charging that President Obama’s reaction to Sandy was “disgraceful.”

But when it comes to curbing forces that could lead to more violent storms like Sandy, Giuliani is decidedly not on the side of protecting people. Because there is an overwhelming scientific consensus that the burning …

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June 2, 2014
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Matt Miller, Which Hat Is He Wearing?

Out of a crowded field of candidates hoping to replace retiring Representative Henry Waxman in Los Angeles, Democrat Matt Miller has attempted to distinguish himself by touting a variety of experiences. Miller’s campaign advertisement lists his various positions as a radio show host, education expert, former Clinton administration official, and business advisor. As he announced his candidacy, Miller took a leave from the Washington Post and NBC, where he was a columnist and contributor. What hasn’t been widely reported is his other bread-winning job: PR consultant.

Ethics forms filed by Miller to the House Clerk’s office, a standard procedure for …

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June 2, 2014
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For-Profit College Enrolls, “Exploits” Student Who Reads At Third Grade Level

A librarian at a southern California campus of Everest College abruptly resigned last week, deeply upset that the for-profit school had admitted into its criminal justice program a 37-year-old man who appears to read at a third grade level.  The man, who shakes, speaks haltingly, and may suffer from a developmental disability, told the librarian he expected to be a police officer after completing the program. But the librarian, Laurie McConnell, is certain he can never obtain such a job.

McConnell, who had been devoting much of her time at work to helping the student with his reading assignments, wrote to …

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May 27, 2014
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Obama Must Stop Giving Taxpayer Billions to Colleges That Ruin Students’ Lives

Tonight at midnight ET is the deadline for people to comment on the Obama Administration’s gainful employment rule for career college programs.  Below is the text of my comment (pdf here), just submitted. 

To: Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Re: Program Integrity – Gainful Employment, Docket ID ED-2014-OPE-0039

Dear Secretary Duncan:

I participate in the work of the coalition of more than 50 organizations, from the AFL-CIO to Consumers Union, the NAACP to National Council of La Raza, Paralyzed Veterans of America to Young Invincibles, who have today submitted a comment urging you to strengthen the gainful employment rule with specific changes, and …

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May 23, 2014
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Top Donor for House Education Chair is For-Profit College Facing Federal and State Fraud Probes

As reported yesterday by OpenSecrets, Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) has no serious opposition in her bid for reelection, yet has received more than $800,000 in campaign contributions. More than half of that money has come from outside North Carolina, much of it from corporate special interests.

The biggest industry donating to Foxx, who is chair of the House subcommittee on higher education, is the for-profit education industry, which is fighting to stop the Obama Administration’s “gainful employment” rule.  That regulation, for which public comments are due on Tuesday, would hold predatory companies in the career education industry accountable for its …

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May 16, 2014

Ed Gillespie Made $3 Million Advising Big Oil and Gas Lobbyists, Other Corporate Clients

You won’t find Ed Gillespie, the likely Republican nominee to challenge Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) this fall, on the official list of lobbyists maintained by the Secretary of the Senate’s database. That’s because Gillespie isn’t registered. But not being registered doesn’t mean he doesn’t help big corporations and lobbying firms advance their interests in Washington.

As a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Virginia, Gillespie’s recently filed ethics forms show that he made $2,958,800 over the last year from his consulting firm, aptly named Ed Gillespie Strategies.

Though Gillespie was for many years a registered lobbyist, through his previous firm …

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