February 21, 2017

Court Win For Students Over Predatory For-Profit Colleges

Minutes ago, United States District Judge Reggie Walton denied a motion filed by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) for a preliminary injunction that would have blocked the U.S. Department of Education from proceeding with the de-recognition of the organization. ACICS needs Department recognition in order for the colleges it accredits to
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February 20, 2017

Trump, Putin, Exxon: What Is Russiagate Really About?

This article was co-written with Kert Davies. Any analysis of Russiagate, and the fateful phone calls between Michael Flynn and Russia’s ambassador to the United States, must address the critical fact that U.S. sanctions on Russia are severely damaging Vladimir Putin’s economic power. In particular, these sanctions — imposed by Barack Obama, supported by Hillary
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February 10, 2017

Today in Trump: The Lowlights

Every day in Donald Trump’s incompetent, dishonest, kleptocratic administration brings new outrages and absurdities. As midnight approaches, and the President presumably is safely in his bathrobe, here are some of the highlights just from today: 1. Meeting with 10 senators, mostly Democrats, about the Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination, Trump claimed “thousands” of Massachusetts residents voted
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February 10, 2017

DeVos Faces Protest, Lawsuit On Second Day

On her second day on the job as U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos faced a protest as she visited a District of Columbia middle school. She also was sued by a group of cosmetology schools in a District of Columbia federal court. DeVos quickly fled the protest in an SUV. How she will react to
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February 9, 2017

George Mason Students Sue For Records on Koch Donations

Today, students at George Mason University sued their school and a private foundation tied to the school in a Virginia state court, seeking records related to donations from the billionaire Koch brothers. The students are concerned that Koch donations to GMU, a state university, come with inappropriate conditions; they launched their campaign on this issue in
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February 8, 2017

Legislation Advances to Allow Xcel Energy to Build Natural Gas Plant that Bypasses Usual Regulatory Review

On February 2, the Minnesota Senate Committee on Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy voted 7-2 in favor of giving Xcel Energy the certainty to build a 780-megawatt natural gas power plant. The new gas units will replace two coal-fired electric generating units at the Sherburne County plant, otherwise known as Sherco, in Becker, that
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February 6, 2017

DeVos Showdown Looming, Think Tank AEI Offers Misleading Defense of Nominee

With the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be the Trump Secretary of Education facing an impending Senate vote, there has been a strong effort by concerned citizens across the country to find the one more Republican senator who could potentially block the controversial nominee. Right now, Senate Democrats are in the midst of a planned all-night
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