July 14, 2017

Gorelick Steps Back, But Her Task Remains Troubling

Ten days before Donald Trump was inaugurated, Republic Report wrote about Jamie Gorelick, the Democratic power lawyer and long-time Bill and Hillary Clinton associate who, it had just been revealed, was advising Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump on ethics issues related to their joining the White House staff. We gave Gorelick’s decision to represent the
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July 9, 2017

DeVos Should Stop Stalling, Enforce Obama Rules to Protect Students From Fraud

This week, the Department of Education is holding hearings (Monday in DC, Wednesday in Dallas) at which members of the public can comment on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s announcement that she will conduct a “Regulatory Reset” – a new round of rule-making proceedings to reconsider two college accountability rules issued by the Department in
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June 29, 2017

Trump Team Disgracefulness Power Rankings – Week 4

It hurts so bad, and you wish you could quit it. But you’re driving down the highway and it comes on the radio, or you’re at the newsstand to get gum and you see the headlines — you can’t get the disgracefulness of Donald Trump and his crew out of your face, or out of
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June 28, 2017

Who’s Lobbying for For-Profit Colleges in the Trump-DeVos Era?

Now that former Trump University pitchman Donald Trump is the President of the United States, his Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, appears ready to gut the efforts made by the Obama Administration to hold for-profit colleges accountable for engaging in the same kind of deceptive, predatory behavior exhibited by Trump’s real estate “school.” A for-profit college industry
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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 19, 2017

Should This College Operator Run A Key Federal Oversight Panel?

For some people engaged in the world of higher education politics, watching Arthur Keiser ascend the dais at a Washington, DC, hotel Tuesday morning as the new chair of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) — the group of experts charged with advising the Department on the
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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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