August 14, 2018

Trump Terrible 10: #MAGA-Land Theme Park Edition

Since 2017, Republic Report‘s “Trump Terrible 10” has ranked the week’s 10 most disgraceful people in Trump world. We’re on vacation this week! But it’s fun to have togetherness activities here in the vacation house, and I hate board games and, especially, puzzles. So we’ve developed attractions for a new theme park, #MAGA-Land, where over-priced emoluments will
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August 10, 2018

Kushner Teaming With For-Profit College Backers As Trump-DeVos Assault on Students Mounts

The trade publication Inside Higher Ed today reports that Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner convened a meeting last week at the White House to discuss innovation in higher education. Reviewing the reported attendee list, and considering that the meeting comes on top of three Department of Education announcements attacking Obama-era higher ed regulations,
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August 7, 2018

Scammers Use My Pictures To Swindle People on Facebook

With the recent and mounting revelations of Russia creating fake profiles to influence U.S. elections, of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica misusing personal data, of celebrities buying phony Twitter followers to pump up their reputations, and other troubling online behavior, I want to tell about another social media scam, for which I am, somehow, one of
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August 6, 2018

Trump Terrible 10: Crooked Vile Racist President Edition

Since 2017, Republic Report‘s “Trump Terrible 10” has ranked the week’s 10 most disgraceful  figures in Trump world. This week’s list is simply for the record; we don’t have anything to offer that others didn’t say convincingly over the weekend. But damn. As with Charlottesville a year ago, there’s little point in counting down nine other dishonest,
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August 2, 2018

DeVos Aide Tailors Decisions to the Predatory Colleges That Employed Her

In a meeting early this year at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters, a group of Department staffers led by senior adviser Diane Auer Jones told a delegation from Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH) led by CEO Brent Richardson to publicly represent that two of the company’s Art Institutes schools remained accredited, even though the
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August 1, 2018

Coverage of Obama Official’s Attack on Climate Lawsuits Fails to Mention He’s An Oil Industry Lawyer

Ken Salazar, a former Obama Interior Secretary and Democratic senator, spoke at an oil and gas industry gathering last Thursday and was critical of the wave of lawsuits brought by U.S. cities and counties seeking damages from the industry for the effects of climate change. “I don’t agree with those who take those positions into the
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July 26, 2018

Trump Terrible 10: Vile Yes Men Edition

President Don Trump is in full out-of-control control now, with General Kelly all passive-aggressive-checked-out, and grownups like McMaster and Cohn long gone. Those thriving now are the yes men and a few yes women who swiftly and disgracefully rationalize POTUS’s lies and execute his Orwellian orders. So this countdown, as usual, writes itself. Since 2017, Republic
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July 25, 2018

New Trump-DeVos Loan Relief Rule Trashes Students’ Rights, Aids Predatory Colleges

The Betsy DeVos Department of Education, about an hour ago, released a proposed rule to repeal and replace the 2016 Obama borrower defense regulation, which was aimed at cancelling federal student loan debts for people who are ripped off by predatory colleges. The new DeVos rule represents a complete negation of the important reforms in
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