About: David Halperin

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.

June 6, 2020

Where Did the Daily White House Coronavirus Briefing Go?

Watching Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York deliver his daily fact-, science-, people-driven coronavirus briefing today, I was thinking: Where did the daily White House coronavirus task force briefing go?  Has the pandemic ended? Not by a long shot. About 10,000 of the 110,000 U.S. deaths occurred in the past ten days. In some states,
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June 4, 2020

A Racist White Supresident, Still Supported By a Majority of White Americans

When the campaign to succeed Barack Obama as president started heating up in 2015, I came across a video on social media that showed a confrontation in a parking lot between a black man and a white man. Though neither was yielding, the white man was angry and aggressive, while the black man remained measured
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June 3, 2020

A Presidential Poem

I was rushed to the bunker for an inspection. I was rushed to the hospital for a physical. I don’t know who marked Alabama on the map. I wouldn’t want to get into my favorite Bible verse because to me that’s very personal. I alone can fix it.

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June 1, 2020

The Most Vile, Corrupt, Incompetent President in U.S. History

Monday morning, United States President Donald J. Trump, abruptly taking over a conference call scheduled between U.S. governors and Vice President Mike Pence, demanded that states accept the deployment of military troops in the face of nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Trump demeaned the governors. “Most of
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June 1, 2020

Roundup: Amid Protest and COVID Crises, Blatant Trump Corruption Goes On

Our nation faces twin traumas: violent protests and police violence across America in the wake of the brutal police murder of George Floyd, and a deadly pandemic that threatens to resurge. President Trump’s handling of each crisis has been not merely grossly incompetent but also malevolent; his concerns regarding the pandemic have nakedly focused on
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May 30, 2020

It’s Not #MAGANIGHT At Our House

After unleashing another torrent of tweets Saturday morning threatening violence against people who dare protest against him, Donald Trump added, “Tonight, I understand, is MAGA NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE???”  Later, asked about the tweet by reporters, Trump acted all coy, saying, “I have no idea if they are going to be here. I was
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May 30, 2020

WATCH: Trump Threatens Violence, Then Barr Blames Violence on Antifa

Donald Trump and his henchman William Barr are seeking to destroy the rule of law, respect for truth, and our very nation. Over the past two days, in the wake of the brutal killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, Trump has used Twitter to threaten violence against protestors, posting on Friday, “Any
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May 29, 2020

Trump Vetoes Bill To Protect Students and Taxpayers from Scam Colleges

Donald Trump just vetoed the bipartisan student debt relief bill. Trump chose to stand with Betsy DeVos and the wealthy owners of predatory for-profit colleges, operations similar to his own fraudulent Trump University, and to stand against defrauded students, i.e. all the people that, as a candidate, he promised to help: veterans, “forgotten” working people,
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