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.

January 15, 2020

The 30 Most Disgraceful People of the Trump Administration, So Far

On Monday we will be three full years into the Donald Trump presidency, a period marked by relentless corruption of our democracy to benefit wealthy special interests, as well as to soothe Trump’s own vanity and vindictiveness. Until late 2018, Republic Report published a weekly “Trump Terrible 10,” counting down the ten most disgraceful people
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January 7, 2020

Judge Rejects Dream Center Claim of Blamelessness in Art Institutes Deceptions

A federal judge in Chicago on Monday rejected a motion by the Dream Center Foundation to be dismissed from a lawsuit brought by former students who claim they were deceived by the Illinois Institute of Art. The Dream Center Foundation (DCF), a faith-oriented charitable organization based in Los Angeles, in 2017 acquired the Illinois school,
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January 6, 2020

GOP Senator Offers Lame Counter to Bipartisan Bill Protecting Vets from Predatory Colleges

Thread (forgive the duplicates): Faced with growing bipartisan support for strengthening 90/10 rule to better protect US @studentvets & @GIBillRights, Sen. Enzi introduced bill to gum up the works to benefit GOP patron for-profit college industry. Enzi must have been proud of bill to drop it right before holiday https://t.co/vPXfpDnFa7 — David Halperin (@DaHalperin) January
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December 22, 2019

Florida Man Impeached

A Florida man was impeached this week. Donald J. Trump, 73, of Palm Beach, was charged in a complaint by a neighbor living near Trump’s summer home in Washington, DC. The neighbor, Nancy Pelosi, reported that Trump, a federal government employee, abused his office by pressuring the president of Ukraine to announce a bogus investigation
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December 11, 2019

Faced With Proof Colleges Scammed Students, DeVos Insists Students Are the Con Artists

Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos is scheduled to testify tomorrow before a House Education and Labor Committee hearing on student debt issues. DeVos already has expressed this week her continuing concerns about an epidemic of fraud and abuse in the for-profit college sector. Unfortunately, DeVos seems to believe the con artists are not the for-profit
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December 10, 2019

FTC Nails University of Phoenix For Ad Whose Deceptions Reflect Disturbing Deal

I’ve written here before about the shameful practice of many large employers offering a dubious benefit to their employees: “discounted” tuition to overpriced for-profit colleges, some of them schools that have faced numerous law enforcement actions for fraud and deception. I’ve questioned why these employers would want to steer their employees to schools that ruin
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December 9, 2019

DeVos-Backed College Operator Gets Court OK To Strip Students Of Their Rights

Betsy DeVos has been under pressure from congressional Democrats and others because of evidence that her Department of Education facilitated deceptions against students by a failed predatory college operation, Dream Center Education Holdings. At the same time, she’s taken heat, and been held in contempt by a federal judge, because the Department has illegally pursued
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November 13, 2019

GAO Probing For-Profit College Conversions As DeVos Retreats on Approvals

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the watchdog agency that works for Congress, is investigating Department of Education and Internal Revenue Service oversight of for-profit college conversions to non-profit status. The GAO study was requested last year by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), now the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee; Sen. Patty Murray
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