Republicans Put Big Telecom Profits Before Protecting Consumers’ Privacy

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By Amit Narang, Public Citizen Yesterday, Republicans in Congress used an obscure law, the Congressional Review Act, to gut an essential consumer privacy regulation that the Obama administration finalized in its last days. Privacy has never been a partisan issue, so why would Republicans want...
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Policy Watch: Tracking Congress and the Administration’s Rollback of Workers’ Rights

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By Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute Last week, the Perkins Project launched the Worker Rights and Wages Policy Watch, which tracks actions by the Trump administration, Congress, and federal agencies that affect working people and the economy. A review of Policy Watch posts to date...
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Banks Made Over $30 Billion From Overdraft Fees in 2016

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By Maureen Mahoney, Consumers Union Overdraft fees are a real money-maker for banks. According to the Wall Street Journal, overdraft revenue is up 2.5% to $33 billion since 2015. Overall, in 2016, the top 10 biggest banks made $7.5 billion. These fees are costly for consumers. The Consumer...
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Savings From Fuel Economy Regulations (Already in the Billions) Keep on Ticking Up

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists By the time you’ve finished reading this sentence, American drivers will have saved another $4,000 in fuel costs thanks to the current fuel economy and global warming emissions regulations.  And that number will keep on ticking upwards with each new...
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Congress Votes Against Consumers and Internet Privacy

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By Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG Most Americans use the internet on a daily basis to complete necessary tasks like online banking, job searching, homework, or to get directions. And while Americans browse the web, their Internet Service Provider (ISP) is collecting their browser information....
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Don’t Let Financial Scammers Tear Down the CFPB

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By Amy Traub, Demos Unscrupulous financial corporations could make a whole lot more money if the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau didn’t stand in their way. Since it opened its doors in 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) has stood up to credit card companies deceiving...
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Trump EPA Rejects Pesticide Ban, Threatening Kids’ Health

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By Miriam Rotkin-Ellman and Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council Toxic pesticide residues on food will remain a threat to children’s health as a result of the Trump administration’s rejection of the proposed ban on chlorpyrifos—a pesticide linked to increased risk of learning...
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Faced With a Mountain of Potential Recusals as Chair, Clayton Is Not Fit to Lead the SEC

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By Rachel Curley, Public Citizen At last week’s nomination hearing it was clear that Walter “Jay” Clayton, tapped to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by President Trump, is an unacceptable choice for the job. Mr. Clayton will likely have to recuse himself often from agency...
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Clean Power Plan Halted: What This Means For You

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By Jason Kuruvilla, Consumers Union Withdrawing the Clean Power Plan is a mistake that will increase costs for consumers through higher energy and health care bills. The Clean Power Plan requires states to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and encourages investments in energy efficiency...
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Scientific Integrity Policies Do Not Make Agencies the Fact Police

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists Recently, the Sierra Club filed a complaint with the EPA Inspector General alleging that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt violated the agency’s scientific integrity policy by making false statements about climate change science. Reuters is...
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GOP Lawmakers’ Many Privacy Hypocrisies

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By Dana Floberg, Free Press Internet users took a hard loss this week in the fight for broadband privacy and internet freedom — but if you listen to the Republican lawmakers who trashed our privacy rights, you’d think they’d done the opposite. “Consumers deserve to have the autonomy to...
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