Wall Street Invests Billions to Avoid Regulation

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By Rio Tazewell, People For the American Way During the last election cycle, Wall Street banks and financial interests spent more than $2 billion on lobbying and campaign contributions, according to a new report out by Americans for Financial Reform. This equates to more than $2.7 million per...
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Time Is Ripe for EPA to Lead on Drinking Water Issues

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By Anjali Waikar, Natural Resources Defense Council When President Trump announced that the person slated to head the EPA was, in fact, the same person whose mission appeared to be to gut the EPA, we all cringed. And yet, during his nomination hearing, then-Attorney General Pruitt confirmed...
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If the CFPB Is Weakened, Won’t the Credit Bureaus Run Amok (Again?)

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Many are aware of the great work the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been doing since it was set up just over five years ago. It has already provided consumer refunds or other relief totaling nearly $12 billion to 29 million consumers harmed by unfair...
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The FCC and Congress Are Messing With Your Privacy

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By Amy Kroin, Free Press Your online privacy is at risk. Last October, the FCC adopted strong rules requiring internet service providers to get your consent before they surveil, sell or collect personal information beyond what’s needed to provide broadband access. Hardly anyone, of course, is...
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Why I Reject Trump’s “Dirty Water Order”

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By Kim Noble, Green for All Last Tuesday, Trump signed an executive order gutting protections for wetlands and drinking water sources for more than 117 million Americans. But what really caught my attention was that on the same day, he signed another order to supposedly strengthen White House...
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Why the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act Is Bad for Science

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Congress’ perennial bill, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, has again reared its ugly head. The bill seeks to change the requirements for the EPA’s advisory committee to give industry greater influence while adding extra burdens that make it...
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Congress Passes Rollback of Contractor Accountability Measure

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By Neil Gordon, Project on Government Oversight On Monday, a resolution overturning rules implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order cleared the Senate and was sent to the White House. The measure blocks Labor Department regulations requiring contractors to disclose to the...
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