June 23, 2017

Trump Team Disgracefulness Power Rankings – Week 3

Obviously, Republic Report is super-busy and doesn’t have time to do its regular job and still publish Trump Team Disgracefulness Power Rankings every week, but there’s been so much disgracefulness this week that we don’t have time to think about that. Republic Report, which focuses on how money corrupts democracy, has met its dream mate with the kleptocratic administration
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June 14, 2017

Confirmed: Trump Trashing Rules to Protect Students from Predatory Colleges

It is now confirmed: Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos are trashing the Obama rules created to protect students and taxpayers from scam for-profit colleges. The purpose of these rules is to determine which career training programs are actually helping students build careers, and channel taxpayer dollars to those schools, rather than to overpriced, low-quality schools
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June 13, 2017

Senators Tell DeVos That Delaying Student Loan Rule Would Violate the Law

Four influential Democratic senators — Dick Durbin (IL), Patti Murray (WA), Sherrod Brown (OH), and Elizabeth Warren (MA) — have written to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to warn that her department cannot, without engaging in an extensive process, delay or cancel an Obama administration rule providing debt relief for defrauded students. The Senators assert
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June 10, 2017

Trump Team Disgracefulness Power Rankings

Republic Report, which focuses on how money corrupts democracy, has met its perfect mate with the administration of President Donald J. Trump. Trump and his lieutenants personify how money and greed, mixed with angry bigotry, disrespect for constitutional freedoms, and know-nothing ignorance, can really, really corrupt democracy. Eyeing the awful kleptocratic corruptness of the Trump administration
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May 25, 2017

For-Profit Colleges Sue To Block Protections for Defrauded Students and Taxpayers

A California-based trade group largely comprised of for-profit colleges late Wednesday sued Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to block a 2016 Obama administration regulation, called the borrower defense rule, aimed at protecting students from predatory college practices. The rule they attack (1) implements a law already on the books that permits students who are defrauded by
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May 11, 2017

Trump is a Crook; House Should Start Impeachment Probe

  Donald Trump is a crook. He had freshly-confirmed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein write a little essay about Hillary Clinton emails and called that the reason for firing FBI director James Comey, but then tons of Trump associates immediately blabbed to the press with the real, obvious reason. Trump was “screaming” at the TV about
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May 10, 2017

After Comey: How To Be a Patriotic Insider

With unprecedented secrecy and increasingly disturbing acts inside the Trump administration, how can federal employees expose the truth? On April 27, Donald Trump signed an executive order creating within the Department of Veterans Affairs a new office charged with protecting whistleblowers, that is, Department staff who want to report wrongdoing inside the VA.  The administration trumpeted this
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March 29, 2017

Breaking: DeVos Opposes Court Challenge to Obama Rule on For-Profit Colleges

It might just be career government lawyers doing their jobs, and doing them well, until the Trump Administration can catch up and work its malevolence, but in court papers filed today, the Trump Justice Department defended the Obama Administration’s gainful employment rule, a measure aimed at curbing predatory abuses by for-profit colleges. The rule penalizes
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