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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October 15, 2017

Trump Terrible 10: Self-Imposed National Crisis Edition

Donald Trump is darn angry and unhinged. He’s insulting his own cabinet members, malevolently tearing down health care, imperiling national security, acting as if Puerto Rico, where conditions remain bleak, is part of the Lesser Antilles. He hasn’t accomplished a single positive thing. He’s made the world much more ugly. Is there any way to
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October 9, 2017

Trump Terrible 10: Adult Day Care Edition

  We had hoped Donald Trump’s disgracefulness wouldn’t include provoking a nuclear war. Lordy. Yeah, this was another disgraceful week in Trumpland. In fact, it’s been just four days since the end of the last disgraceful week. The Trump team’s disgracefulness is coming so fast that we now base our weeks on cat years. Since mid-2017, Republic
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