December 26, 2017

Trump Terrible 10: Holiday Emoluments Edition

Happy holidays from all of us at Trump Terrible 10!  If you’re like us, you’ve been spending your holiday time eating, watching Fox News, playing golf at your emolument, insulting people on Twitter, and treating your relatives and guests poorly, except when you were giving them a tax cut. For all you believers, Merry Christmas.
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December 20, 2017

New DeVos Loan Forgiveness Plan: Another Assault on Students and Gift to Predatory Schools

It took Betsy DeVos nearly a year to take any action on the nearly 100,000 applications by former students who assert that they were deceived and abused by predatory for-profit colleges like Corinthian, ITT, and Kaplan. But the new process announced today appears to be a step backwards, a new attack on students, and a
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December 15, 2017

Trump Terrible 10: Misogynist Disgrace Edition

Who are we referencing in the headline? We’ll be letting you know in two or three weeks. Kidding! We’ll tell you today. Since 2017, Republic Report‘s “Trump Terrible 10” has ranked the week’s 10 most disgraceful figures in Trump world. Republic Report, which focuses on how money corrupts democracy, has met its abusive dream mate with the kleptocratic
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December 8, 2017

Trump Terrible 10: Pensacola Rally Edition

On the heels of the Senate’s massive tax giveaway to the ultra-rich, the tilt by Mitch McConnell and other establishment GOP senators toward awful bigot and accused predator Roy Moore shows that the Republican Party has become a disgracefully dirty alliance between corporate interests and malicious people, with corrupt businessman / accused predator Donald Trump
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December 8, 2017

Utility regulators receive free travel to secretive beach conference organized by Julia Johnson, board member of utility companies

Two months after being sworn in as Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Neil Chatterjee was enjoying a dip in the Atlantic Ocean at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, a luxury hotel in Manalapan, Florida. It was only a week since he had been pushed front and center in the news thanks
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December 6, 2017

Will DeVos Turn Over Policy to Earth’s Most Entitled People?

At this week’s Department of Education ongoing public meeting to advance Betsy DeVos’s plan to repeal and replace the Obama rules on for-profit colleges, owners and executives of those institutions repeat familiar themes, both during formal sessions and in hallway conversations. Faced with evidence that many for-profit college students end up dropping out, or graduating
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December 4, 2017

DeVos Stands With Scoundrels, Not Students – part 2

The U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Betsy DeVos this week began the next step in dismantling the rules issued under President Obama to constrain the predatory abuses of for-profit colleges against students and taxpayers. Last month the Department moved toward taking apart the “borrower defense rule,” which created standards and procedures for students injured by
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December 4, 2017

Devos Department Meeting Again Stalls Over Opposition to Live-Streaming

Last month the Department of Education’s first meeting on rewriting the Obama “borrower defense” rule for student loans stalled for nearly the whole day over opposition by for-profit colleges and Department representatives to the organization Generation Progress / Higher Ed Not Debt and others live-streaming the meeting. Today, when the Department convened a parallel set
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