March 31, 2014

Quiz: Which For-Profit College Are You?

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Time to find out how badly you rip off students and taxpayers. Read the book here. PARODY. Not affiliated with anyone else’s Feed. This article also appears on Huffington Post.

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March 28, 2014

Which For-Profit College Lobbyist Are You?

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I’ve just published a new 100-page e-book, Stealing America’s Future: How For-Profit Colleges Scam Taxpayers and Ruin Students’ Lives. You can buy it for 99 cents on Amazon. I hope you’ll read it, because it is a critical moment for Americans to examine and speak out on the issue of for-profit colleges, the trade schools that bombard
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March 25, 2014

Staffers Managing Gardner’s LNG Export Hearing Are Former Gas Lobbyists

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Today, the congressional subcommittee on Energy and Power is scheduled to hold a hearing on Rep. Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) bill to force the Obama administration to approve all application for new liquefied natural gas terminals used to export natural gas. A close look at the staffers involved with this particular subcommittee reveals that several have
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March 22, 2014

Shame: Wall St Journal Compares Rule for Predatory Colleges to Obamacare

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I thought it was a matter of time before defenders of America’s predatory for-profit colleges tried to equate President Obama’s effort to regulate those schools with Obamacare. In seeking to block Obama’s “gainful employment” rule, which would penalize career colleges that consistently leave their students worse off than they started, the industry’s arguments have been
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March 19, 2014

Pundit, Politician Demands to Solve Crimean Crisis Fueled by Gas Lobby

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A small group of pundits and politicians with close ties to the fossil fuel industry are using the crisis in Crimea to demand that the United States promote natural gas exports as a quick fix for the volatile situation. But such a solution, experts say, would cost billions of dollars, require years of development, and
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March 18, 2014

Exxon’s Ongoing Love Affair With Russia

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Rachel Maddow covered this subject pretty well last night in a piece titled “Oil mega-corporations key to leverage over Russia” but really scratched the surface on the pressure Exxon may be exerting on the State Department right now over sanctions against Russia. Her interview with Former Russian Ambassador Michael McFaul, who quit the post a month
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March 14, 2014

Regulating For-Profit Colleges: On To The Next Round

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This morning, the Obama Administration released its new proposed “gainful employment” rule, aimed at ending taxpayer support for college programs that claim to train people for careers as medical assistants, air conditioner repair technicians, or software coders, but instead consistently leave their former  students with shaky job prospects and insurmountable debt. Most of the big
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March 13, 2014

Are Prison Labor Companies Lobbying to Keep Prisoners in Jail for Nonviolent Offenses?

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In recent months, a broad, cross-ideological coalition has pressed forward to reform mandatory minimum prison sentencing. In some cases mandatory minimum sentencing can lead to a lifetime in jail for nonviolent offenders. But a strange group has appeared on lobby disclosure forms reviewed by Republic Report. Prison labor companies are attempting to influence the bill, and
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