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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Trump EPA Nominee Answers Senators With Contempt & Extremism

By John Walke, Natural Resources Defense Council President Trump has nominated Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to be administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Pruitt’s career reflects an extreme antagonism to the very agency the president wishes him to head, after...
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Trump’s Federal Government Hiring Freeze Hurts Taxpayers and Workers

By Karla Walter, Center for American Progress Action Fund On January 23, President Donald Trump signed a freeze on the hiring of federal employees, a move that echoed President Ronald Reagan’s action 36 years earlier to block new federal hiring. Both men were delivering on campai...
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The First Week: Trump’s Assault on River Protection

By Amy Souers Kober, American Rivers Since President Trump took office on January 20, his administration has begun aggressively stripping away protection for rivers, wetlands and clean water. If successful, these actions will have lasting impacts on our clean drinking water supplies, the health...
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Science Must Trump Politics at the USDA, Especially During Turbulent Times

By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists It has been a rough week for scientists at federal agencies. As the administration has changed over and new leadership is beginning to find its footing, there has been a flurry of emails and directives coming down to agency staff. There are...
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Government Gag Orders Put Public at Risk

By Sean Moulton and Emily Manna, Project on Government Oversight Every new administration brings with it changes in policy, priorities, and messaging. That’s normal. What’s not normal, however, is the Trump administration’s attempt to place a number of federal agencies under secretive...
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Rep. Mulvaney is the Wrong Choice for OMB–Two Constituents Say Why

By Jim Lardner, Americans for Financial Reform Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Donald Trump’s choice to oversee the federal budget, said he hears only complaints about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). That could be because he is listening to the financial services lobby, not the ordinary...
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