About: David Halperin

Twitter: @DaHalperin
Bio: David Halperin engages in public advocacy work on a wide range of issues, including higher education and climate change. He also advises organizations and companies on strategy, policy, communications, and legal matters, and he is of counsel to Public.Resource.org. Halperin was previously: founding director of Campus Progress and senior vice president at the Center for American Progress; senior policy advisor for Howard Dean's presidential campaign; founding executive director of the American Constitution Society; White House speechwriter and special assistant for national security affairs to President Clinton; co-founder of the Internet company Progressive/RealNetworks; and counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee. He has represented clients in the U.S. Supreme Court and various state and federal courts. He writes at Republic Report, and his articles also have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, Politico, Slate, Foreign Policy, and other outlets. In recent years he has testified before the House Oversight Committee and at the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Transportation, and spoken at major events held by the National Consumer Law Center, Consumer Federation of America, Arizona State University, American Educational Research Association, and Center for American Progress. Halperin has served for more than a decade on the board of directors of Public Citizen. He graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School.

February 26, 2020

Blue Shield of California Is Steering Employees to College Sued by California for Fraud

On Tuesday, Blue Shield of California announced a new partnership with California-based for-profit education provider Zovio — a deal that offers employees of the non-profit health insurance company opportunities to attend Ashford University, a college formerly owned by, and now serviced by, Zovio. According to a press release, under the deal “full-time Blue Shield employees
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February 26, 2020

For-Profit College Lobbyist Desperately Sought Face Time With DeVos

Over three years, the for-profit college industry has gotten almost everything it has wanted from the Trump administration — the cancellation of Obama-era regulations aimed at holding poorly-performing and deceptive colleges accountable, a dramatic scaling-down of enforcement efforts to crack down on fraud and abuse, the deep-freeze or rejection of thousands of claims by ripped-off
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February 24, 2020

Oil Execs Threaten Sanders, Biden, and Warren In the Most Arrogant Way Possible

In a full-page advertisement in the New York Times today, the CEOs of about 50 oil and gas companies attack Democratic contenders Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren for criticizing executives from their industry. “Sen. Bernie Sanders,” their ad proclaims, “calls oil and natural gas executives criminal. Vice Pres. Joe Biden wants us in
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February 24, 2020

FBI Raids For-Profit College Owned By Tennessee State Senator

The FBI executed a search warrant Friday at The Healthcare Institute, a Memphis for-profit college owned by Tennessee state senator Katrina Robinson (D), according to numerous media reports. The FBI also searched Robinson’s home. Witnesses saw FBI agents removing file cabinets, boxes, and computers from the school. Students told TV channel FOX13 that agents asked
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February 21, 2020

This Is A National Emergency

This is a national emergency. The constitutional republic established in 1789, and the rule of law, is under attack by the President of the United States. This President was impeached by the House of Representatives for abuse of office, pressuring Ukraine to help him cheat in 2020 election, and obstruction of Congress. Before that, the
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February 19, 2020

Introducing Perdoceo: Under DeVos, Predatory Practices Pay

On January 2, Career Education Corporation (CEC) changed its name to Perdoceo, thus becoming the latest big for-profit college business to shed a name associated with predatory misconduct and switch to a pharmaceutical name. (Previous examples: Zovio, Adtalem.)  Today, on a quarterly investor call, Perdoceo CEO Todd Nelson bragged of increased company revenues. Trump education
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February 19, 2020

Student Advocates Again Challenge DeVos in Court For Trashing Obama-Era Rules

Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos has trashed two key rules that the Department of Education, during the Obama administration, painstakingly developed to discourage for-profit colleges from deceiving and abusing their own students. With a new lawsuit filed today, advocates for students are now in court fighting to cancel both of the DeVos anti-rules and keep
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February 14, 2020

McCabe Cleared: Justice 10, Trump 0

The U.S. Justice Department today declared that it would not pursue criminal charges against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. The decision continues a remarkable streak since Trump’s inauguration three years ago: No matter how blatantly Trump has sought, behind the scenes and in his public attacks, to use the Justice Department to prosecute his
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