November 17, 2017

Trump Terrible 10: Turkey Pardon Edition

I got a call from Bernie Bernstein of the Washington Post, offering me $300 to keep writing this feature. I was caught off-guard and blurted that I would probably still write it even without the money. I really regret that. But I’m thankful this week that we’re at 10 months out of 48 and we
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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 12, 2017

Trump Terrible 10: Big Olde’ Fat Man Edition

Since 2017, Republic Report‘s “Trump Terrible 10” has ranked the week’s 10 most disgraceful figures in Trump world. Between Bob Mueller’s expanding Russiagate probe, and the fine people who cast their ballots last Tuesday against the ugliness of this presidency, Trump world is finally taking a beating. But there’s a long, long way to go, and meanwhile
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November 9, 2017

Owner of Troubled, Closed Texas College Now Advises Another For-Profit School

Betsy DeVos has turned her back on students hurt by predatory colleges. Look what happens when accountability is weak. When I called for-profit Quest College this week and asked to speak with Larry Earle, the receptionist insisted there was no one to reach there by that name. But that wasn’t true. Lawrence Earle, the for-profit
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November 8, 2017

Trump and Obama Are So Much Like “Goofus And Gallant” From Highlights Magazine That It’s Insane

A video posted today of Barack Obama kindly shaking hands with everyone while on jury duty, while Donald Trump is slamming around Asia, underscored that Trump and Obama are so much like “Goofus & Gallant,” a long-time feature from the children’s magazine “Highlights,” that it’s insane. The boorish Trump and the mannerly Obama are perfect
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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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