September 3, 2019

FTC Exposes Egregious Deceptions by, Then Slaps Wrist of, For-Profit College Where DeVos Aides Worked

We reported last month on the for-profit college operation Career Education Corporation’s (CEC) announcement it had reached a settlement with Federal Trade Commission staff of an investigation into deceptive practices by the company. Now the FTC has announced that it has approved that settlement.  Although the commission staff deserves credit for going after bad actor
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October 12, 2018

Trump’s Aggressive Plans to Stifle Democracy

In a Trump administration where policy, on issues from taxes to education to the environment, is skewed sharply in favor of wealthy special interests and driven by officials who previously served as corporate lobbyists, and where the president himself mocks victims of sexual assault, makes common cause with racists, and seems to believe the justice
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May 17, 2018

Trump Terrible 10: Search for the Leakers Edition

Since 2017, Republic Report‘s “Trump Terrible 10” has ranked the week’s 10 most disgraceful figures in Trump world. This week we’re actually counting down the top 15. Because sifting through all the backstabbing leaks and other disclosures from this administration, it took us hours this morning to cut down the list from over 100 disgraceful people, and
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January 23, 2018

Report: States Flunk Test of Curbing For-Profit College Abuses

With Trump Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos starkly abandoning protections for students from predatory for-profit colleges, there is a real danger that bad actors in the industry will be able to once again accelerate their sleazy practices and ruin the lives of another generation of Americans. Can anyone fill the vacuum and protect against deceptive
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November 27, 2017

Student Loan Whistleblower Case Heads to Trial

A jury trial is set to begin Tuesday in federal district court in Alexandria, VA, of a long-standing whistleblower lawsuit filed by former U.S. Department of Education civil servant Jon Oberg against the student lender and collection agency Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). This case may at last provide a public verdict regarding the notorious
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October 30, 2017

Trump Terrible 10: Manafort Indictment Edition

Since mid-2017, Republic Report‘s “Trump Terrible 10” has ranked the week’s 10 most disgraceful figures in the Trump administration. Republic Report, which focuses on how money corrupts democracy, has met its abusive dream mate with the kleptocratic administration of President Donald J. Trump. Trump and his lieutenants personify how money and greed, mixed with disrespect for constitutional values,
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May 10, 2017

After Comey: How To Be a Patriotic Insider

With unprecedented secrecy and increasingly disturbing acts inside the Trump administration, how can federal employees expose the truth? On April 27, Donald Trump signed an executive order creating within the Department of Veterans Affairs a new office charged with protecting whistleblowers, that is, Department staff who want to report wrongdoing inside the VA.  The administration trumpeted this
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January 20, 2017

Trump’s Inaugural Address: A Disgraceful Deception

Donald Trump’s inaugural address was a disgraceful extension of the deceptive sales pitch he used to get elected. Trump repeated his campaign promise to stand up for the forgotten working Americans, to fight the establishment, and drain the Washington swamp of corruption. But Trump already is breaking that promise by filling his Administration with out-of-touch billionaires,
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