October 24, 2019

Breaking: Judge Holds DeVos in Contempt For Pressing Students To Make Bogus Loan Payments

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim today issued an order holding Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education in contempt of court and fined them $100,000 for violating her order that they stop trying to collect on loans from former students of for-profit Corinthian Colleges schools. The Department, during the Obama administration, determined that the
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October 24, 2019

Ukraine Scandal’s Gordon Sondland Invested in Predatory College Loans

  American Banker has examined investments held by Gordon Sondland, the hotelier who parlayed donations to the GOP into a post as U.S. ambassador to the European Union and apparently sought to implement President Trump’s disgraceful effort to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden. The publication found that, in addition to operating luxury hotels, Sondland
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October 16, 2019

Our Country Needs To Wake Up

Our country needs to wake up. We have a president who is extraordinarily corrupt, dishonest, incompetent, unbalanced, racist, misogynist, and who acts with utter contempt for the law and utter disregard for our security. It’s time for everyone, every day, to say this person is not capable of serving as president. Today, the President said
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October 7, 2019

Juul Deploying Big Tobacco Playbook to Preempt Local Control

In a new white paper by Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) and Illumination Investigations, Evan Vorpahl and Lisa Graves document how Juul has flooded statehouses with lobbyists to advance T-21 legislation – bills to raise the purchase age of tobacco to 21, but that include poison pill measures preempting local governments from further regulating tobacco
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September 17, 2019

Warren Probes Private Equity Owners of For-Profit Colleges

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), joined by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), has written to six U.S. private equity firms regarding their investments in for-profit colleges. In light of growing evidence that private equity-owned for-profit colleges are some of the worst actors in an industry rife with bad behavior, Warren and Pocan have asked the firms to
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September 10, 2019

Warren, Colleagues Ask Collapsed For-Profit ECA Not To Sell Student Debt to Collectors

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rep. Bobby Scott (R-VA), and other members of Congress have written to the collapsed for-profit college chain Education Corporation of America (ECA) and its court-appointed receiver asking that ECA not sell its outstanding student loan debt to a financial firm that would seek to collect payments from former students. The letter,
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September 9, 2019

Falwell, Trump’s Favorite College President, Pioneered the Scam Non-Profit College

When the head of fraudulent Trump University became President of the United States, he quickly anointed Jerry Falwell, Jr., as his favorite college president. The Liberty University head had endorsed Trump for the White House in January 2016. In return, at least according to Falwell, president-elect Trump offered to make Falwell his Secretary of Education.
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August 2, 2019

For-Profit College Where Top DeVos Aide Worked Is Paying $30 Million to Settle FTC Deception Probe

The giant for-profit college company Career Education Corporation (CEC) says it has agreed to pay $30 million to resolve a Federal Trade Commission investigation into whether it engaged in deceptive marketing to prospective students. The $30 million, which CEC says includes “restitution,” presumably for students, is a pittance compared to the billions of dollars —
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