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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March 13, 2017

For-Profit Colleges Renew Efforts to Destroy Key Accountability Rule

Buoyed by the ascendancy of Donald Trump, America’s predatory for-profit colleges are renewing their multi-front fight to destroy a key measure to hold them accountable: the gainful employment rule. The new battle plan includes pushes in Congress and before the Betsy DeVos Department of Education, plus two new lawsuits aimed at the regulation, including one, in Arizona,
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March 13, 2017

Pentagon Yields to McCain, Delegates College Probes to PriceWaterhouse

The U.S. Department of Defense has announced a new policy for addressing misconduct by colleges that receive DoD Tuition Assistance (TA) money to educate military service members. According to a report in Military Times, in unveiling its plan at a military education conference last week, “DoD stressed that its primary goal is to identify potential problems and
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March 2, 2017

Sessions Leads The Pack, But At Least 6 Trump Cabinet Members Gave False Statements to the Senate

Attorney General Jeff Sessions provided a false statement in his confirmation hearing when Senator Al Franken (D-MN) asked him about possible “evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign,” and Sessions replied, “I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called
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February 20, 2017

Trump, Putin, Exxon: What Is Russiagate Really About?

This article was co-written with Kert Davies. Any analysis of Russiagate, and the fateful phone calls between Michael Flynn and Russia’s ambassador to the United States, must address the critical fact that U.S. sanctions on Russia are severely damaging Vladimir Putin’s economic power. In particular, these sanctions — imposed by Barack Obama, supported by Hillary
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February 10, 2017

DeVos Faces Protest, Lawsuit On Second Day

On her second day on the job as U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos faced a protest as she visited a District of Columbia middle school. She also was sued by a group of cosmetology schools in a District of Columbia federal court. DeVos quickly fled the protest in an SUV. How she will react to
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February 6, 2017

DeVos Showdown Looming, Think Tank AEI Offers Misleading Defense of Nominee

With the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be the Trump Secretary of Education facing an impending Senate vote, there has been a strong effort by concerned citizens across the country to find the one more Republican senator who could potentially block the controversial nominee. Right now, Senate Democrats are in the midst of a planned all-night
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February 2, 2017

Trump, Tillerson, Exxon: American Kleptocracy

Donald Trump won the presidency by pledging to fight for the forgotten man and woman, the people left behind by corporate globalization and Washington corruption. But it’s clear now that it was simply another false promise from a career con artist. This morning, when Trump’s Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, arrived to start work, what was
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