What’s At Stake? Trump’s Potential Anti-Environmental, Anti-Public Health Orders By the Numbers

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club The Washington Post has reported that the Trump administration may announce a number of executive orders in the coming days. The rumored targets – the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Water Rule, and the federal coal leasing moratorium – protect our air and...
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Congress Does Industry’s Bidding by Cutting Public Safeguards

By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The past month has not been kind to environmental and public health protections. A bevy of science-based rules are now on the chopping block thanks to the congressional sleight-of-hand called the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows a simple...
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Marginalizing Transgender Students Weakens Science and Diminishes America

By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists Yesterday, the Trump administration turned back the clock on civil rights by giving schools more rights to discriminate against and bully transgender kids, some of the most vulnerable people in our society. The New York Times reports that the...
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Tracking Obama’s Corporate Crime Crackdown Coda

By Neil Gordon, Project on Government Oversight In the 72 days between Election Day last year and the inauguration, federal agencies obtained more than $20 billion in penalties and settlements from dozens of companies accused of defrauding consumers or risking public health and safety. That’s...
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Nearly 200,000 People Urge the FCC to Protect Net Neutrality

By Katherine Fuchs, Free Press On Valentine’s Day, tens of thousands of Free Press members sent out love letters to the open internet that described why they need Net Neutrality. Today we delivered these messages to the FCC —  including these two: “Don’t harm innovation — save Net Neutrality...
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Why Records Matter to Worker Safety

By Jordan Barab, Economic Policy Institute Another week and Congressional and White House attacks on worker rights and safety continue. Here’s another proposed Congressional action guaranteed not to make headlines, but which will nevertheless have a damaging impact on worker safety. Last week,...
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Banking Interests Target the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

By Maureen Mahoney, Consumers Union The sharks are circling around the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPB), the consumer watchdog that was created to defend consumers – and protect the economy – in the wake of the financial crash of the late 2000’s. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen...
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