September 6, 2017

DeVos Embrace of Predatory For-Profit Colleges Is Breathtaking

Betsy DeVos, whose interest in education prior to the Trump administration seemed mostly focused on K-12 schools, has made her mark as Secretary of Education instead with a remarkably blatant embrace of the worst demands of the for-profit college industry. The reputation of that industry, which at its peak a few years ago had 10
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August 31, 2017

Trump Terrible 10: Harvey Edition

Our hearts go out to the people of the Gulf Coast. It seems almost a quibble at this time to point out that their president and his team are a disgrace. But it’s not a quibble. Their disgracefulness relates directly to suffering and dangers in the Gulf (see especially Scott Pruitt, 2 below), and their
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August 31, 2017

Burning Houston Chemical Plant Highlights Trump-Pruitt Refusal To Improve Chemical Safety

This morning a flooded chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, 20 miles from Houston, continues to burn, after explosions there overnight sent plumes of smoke into the air. The plant, which has lost electric power, is owned by France’s Arkema Group, one of the world’s biggest chemical companies. An Arkema spokeswoman told the Associated Press that the fire “will
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August 4, 2017

Trump Terrible 10 – Statue of Liberty Law of the Land Edition

We’re heading out on vacation, and, to curry favor with POTUS, we’re staying at a premium Trump property, not some dump. It will be tremendous, and we’ll have very little time for watching TV. Or reading about alleged grand jury activity. Believe me. Despite the departures of fratricidal Reince and Mooch, and the arrival of
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July 31, 2017

Trump Terrible 10 — Transgender Fake News Amazon Boy Scout Very Unfair Leaker Edition

Counting down the week’s 10 most disgraceful figures in the Trump administration Lordy. If Republic Report hadn’t launched this feature nine weeks ago, we’d have to start it now. With North Korea threatening a nuclear strike on our cities, terrorist attacks around the world, acceleration of global climate change, and stagnating wages, crumbling infrastructure, and
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July 30, 2017

The Exxon-Treasury Fight and the Roots of Russiagate

Putin and Exxon Have Aimed Relentlessly At Ending U.S. Sanctions, But Scandal and Congress Have Now Tied Trump’s Hands This article was co-written with Kert Davies. When the Treasury Department announced on July 20 that it had fined ExxonMobil $2 million for violations of U.S. sanctions against Russia, there were multiple ways to view the dispute.
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July 26, 2017

DeVos Dystopia: What Trashing For-Profit College Rules Means for Students

  Now that the former head of the scam Trump University is the President of the United States, the landscape has shifted dramatically for America’s predatory for-profit colleges — the ones that have been systematically ruining students’ lives through a toxic mix of deceptive recruiting, sky-high tuition, low spending on instruction, and weak job placement.
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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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