About: David Halperin

Twitter: @DaHalperin
Bio: David Halperin engages in public advocacy work on a wide range of issues, and he advises organizations on strategy, policy, communications, and legal matters. He 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 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. He graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School.

June 24, 2018

Trump Terrible 10: Tearing Children From Parents Edition pt. 2

If Trump is still president in 2020, and if he is defeated that November (neither givens, but both real possibilities), it may well be up to generals Mattis and Dunford, or whoever is left running the Pentagon, or maybe FBI director Wray, to make sure Trump actually vacates the White House on inauguration day. That
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June 21, 2018

Oil Companies and Lobbyists Say They’re Ready To Solve Climate Change. Check The Fine Print.

On Wednesday, former senators Trent Lott (R-MS) and John Breaux (D-LA) announced, with a big public relations blitz, a new campaign, Americans for Carbon Dividends, to address the threat of climate change. The effort is being heralded as a breakthrough by some because it is endorsed by big oil and gas companies Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell,
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June 20, 2018

Scott Pruitt Is An Ethics Nightmare, But So Is Ryan Zinke

A Westerner appointed to President Trump’s cabinet, he’s drawn attention for his penchant for expensive travel, vanity perquisites of office, abuse of agency staff time, and cozy personal financial deals with business executives whose industries he oversees. Meanwhile, he has denied the dangers of climate change, met extensively with corporate lobbyists, and gutted the environmental protections
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June 19, 2018

Trump and DeVos Trashing of Obama College Rules Will Hurt Students

Today Alexis Goldstein of Americans for Financial Reform and I met with officials of the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Education as part of the process of developing a Trump administration regulation that would repeal and replace the Obama administration’s gainful employment rule, which was aimed at protecting students
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June 18, 2018

Trump Terrible 10: Tearing Children From Parents Edition

They are tearing little children from their parents. And lying about it. What more do we need to know about this vile president and his ugly administration? We need a countdown, I guess. 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
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June 18, 2018

Former Rep. Kline Continues Shilling for For-Profit Education

Rep. John Kline (R-MN) defended and protected for-profit higher education businesses while chairing the House education committee, even after many companies in the industry were caught engaging in widespread predatory and deceptive practices. Now that he’s retired, Kline is cashing in, serving on the board of Education Corporation of America (ECA), which operates poorly-performing for-profit
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June 13, 2018

Trump Terrible 10: Very Dishonest and Weak Edition

  Trump finally found a champion pro athlete to praise. Huge surprise: That athlete is Russian and super-pals with Putin. But even if Ovechkin loves Putin, and Trump loves Ovechkin, we still love Ovechkin — for bringing D.C. fans a crown (cup) at last, and for being drunk and swearing in public in front of a
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June 13, 2018

ITT Tech CEO Is Sued For Serving Himself As Company Collapsed

Kevin Modany, the long-time CEO of the for-profit college chain ITT Tech, spent the months before the company’s collapse focused on increasing his financial take from the business and trying to preserve his reputation, rather than protecting ITT’s investors — let alone the interests of ITT students or of U.S. taxpayers, who have provided billions
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