May 27, 2014

Obama Must Stop Giving Taxpayer Billions to Colleges That Ruin Students’ Lives

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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
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May 23, 2014

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

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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
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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.
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May 13, 2014

Marco Rubio: The Dirty Energy President

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On Sunday’s ABC “This Week,” Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) expressed two notable opinions. First, he said he’s ready to be president of the United States. Second, he asserted that climate change is not caused by humans and cannot be slowed by regulation: RUBIO:  I don’t agree with the notion that some are putting out there, including
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May 12, 2014

Pro-Keystone XL Consulting Firm May Have Violated Ethics Laws

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One of the many consulting firms retained to build support for the Keystone XL, a controversial pipeline to bring oil sands in Canada to gulf coast refineries, failed to disclose its activities as federal appears to have required. Through a records request, Republic Report has found that the Alberta government hired a public relations company called Feverpress to
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May 12, 2014

Federal Judge Dismisses Libel Suit Brought By Coal CEO Robert Murray: The Opinion

This morning, United States District Judge Gregory L. Frost dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by Robert Murray, CEO of coal company Murray Energy, against blogger Mike Stark and the Huffington Post.  Some reporting on the case is here and here.  Stark was represented by the ACLU of Ohio and me.  Below I’ve posted Judge Frost’s
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May 6, 2014

Suze Orman Warns Against Private Student Loans, Yet Teaches at University of Phoenix

Last year I reported that Suze Orman had been hired by the University of Phoenix to teach an online personal finance course and had appeared at a Capitol Hill event where she promoted the school, which is the largest for-profit college in the country.  It was difficult to understand how a woman who proclaims herself
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May 5, 2014

Exposed: For-Profit Colleges’ Blueprint for Blocking Obama Regulations

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Posted on the website of an accounting firm in Puerto Rico is a revealing PowerPoint presentation dated February 20, 2014, and credited to Steve Gunderson, the CEO of APSCU, the trade association of for-profit colleges. It outlines APSCU’s plan for defeating the Obama Administration’s key regulation aimed at holding for-profit colleges accountable for leaving students
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