December 8, 2017

Utility regulators receive free travel to secretive beach conference organized by Julia Johnson, board member of utility companies

Two months after being sworn in as Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Neil Chatterjee was enjoying a dip in the Atlantic Ocean at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, a luxury hotel in Manalapan, Florida. It was only a week since he had been pushed front and center in the news thanks
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December 4, 2017

Devos Department Meeting Again Stalls Over Opposition to Live-Streaming

Last month the Department of Education’s first meeting on rewriting the Obama “borrower defense” rule for student loans stalled for nearly the whole day over opposition by for-profit colleges and Department representatives to the organization Generation Progress / Higher Ed Not Debt and others live-streaming the meeting. Today, when the Department convened a parallel set
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November 13, 2017

DeVos Stands with Scoundrels, Not Students

The U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Betsy DeVos this week began the process of dismantling the rules issued under President Obama to constrain the predatory abuses of for-profit colleges. At the end of the troubling first day of what’s called negotiated rulemaking, members of the public were given an opportunity to speak. I was
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November 13, 2017

DeVos Department Tries to Block Public Streaming of Student Debt Hearing

Staff of the U.S. Department of Education this morning refused to let attendees live-stream its negotiated rulemaking meeting, the first in a series of sessions where the Trump-DeVos department is aiming to roll back Obama-era rules to protect students and taxpayers from predatory practices by for-profit colleges. It then actively resisted proposals from negotiators representing
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November 6, 2017

Trump Terrible 10: Always Russian Edition

Why are fire engines red? Whatever. An incompetent, ignorant, unstable, Putin-backed con artist is somehow still president of our United States. Since 2017, Republic Report‘s “Trump Terrible 10” has ranked the week’s 10 most disgraceful figures in the Trump universe. Republic Report, which focuses on how money corrupts democracy, has met its abusive dream mate with the kleptocratic
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October 31, 2017

Ivanka and Jared’s Ethics Lawyer Somehow Wins Ethics Award

Since Donald Trump was elected president, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have  demonstrated a remarkably troubling record regarding adherence to government ethics standards and disclosure requirements. Yet somehow their chief ethics lawyer, Washington corporate attorney Jamie Gorelick, has just been honored by a legal group as one of a group of lawyers who are “making
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October 25, 2017

Trump Populism Has Won the GOP Civil War? Not a Chance

I’m puzzled by the claims we’ve heard in the media all day, triggered by the retreats of establishment conservative senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, that Trump “populists” have won the GOP civil war. While Roy Moore did win his Alabama senate primary over Mitch McConnell ally Luther Strange, and Steve Bannon preens around the
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October 17, 2017

Jared-Ivanka “Ethics” Lawyer Helped Pharma Weaken Opioid Enforcement

A blockbuster Washington Post / 60 Minutes report Sunday detailed how the pharmaceutical lobby managed to strip the Drug Enforcement Administration of its best tool against drug companies that fuel the deadly opioid crisis by supplying prescription narcotics to crooked doctors and pharmacists. A 2016 law, pushed by revolving door Washington lobbyists and industry-friendly members of
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