Meet the Four Horsemen of the EPA-Pocalypse

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club Every week, another decision that endangers our families seems to come out of Scott Pruitt’s and Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The latest facepalm/outrage comes in the form of confirmation hearings that start this week for four completely...
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Senate to Hold Confirmation Hearing on Another Round of Industry-Friendly EPA Nominees

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By Matt Shudtz and Evan Isaacson, Center for Progressive Reform Three influential EPA offices – the Offices of Air, Water, and Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention – share a common attribute. Each is at the center of a defining battle over its future. What is the future of climate...
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Wells Fargo Scandal Tracker

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By Jim Lardner, Americans for Financial Reform In September 2016, Wells Fargo admitted to opening millions of unauthorized accounts and signed a settlement requiring payment of $185 million in penalties. That news, remarkable as it was, has turned out to be very far from the whole story of the...
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The Top-Five Threats to Your Rights to Connect and Communicate in the Trump Era

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By Free Press The Trump administration, the FCC, Congress and greedy companies are attacking people’s rights to connect and communicate so relentlessly that staying on top of everything that’s happening can feel like an impossible task. That’s why we’ve put together this handy list of five of...
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No Job and No Paycheck After Harvey and Irma

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, thousands of Texans and Floridians are out of work, some indefinitely. Without knowing when their employers might reopen for business (if at all) , many are uncertain how they’re going to afford their...
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Self-Driving Vehicle Policy: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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By Josh Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Automakers and their advocates have been busy in the halls of Congress and Department of Transportation. The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that will make it easier for self-driving cars to hit the road, the Department of...
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Forced Arbitration and Work: What You’re Signing Away in the Fine Print

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By the National Employment Law Project What if your employer could short you on overtime pay, steal your wages, or discriminate against you without fear of repercussions? If you signed a forced arbitration provision when you got your job, they probably can. More and more, companies are forcing...
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OSHA’s Claims About Hiding Information on Worker Deaths Fall Flat

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By Rebecca Reindel, AFL-CIO Since January, government agencies under the Donald Trump administration have taken steps to hide information from the public–information that was previously posted and information that the public has a right to know. But a recent move is especially personal....
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FDA Approvals: On a Fast-Track to Disaster

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By Caila Brander, National Women’s Health Network Most of us want to be confident when we start a newly prescribed treatment that the medication we take will improve the ailment we seek to treat. We believe that our drugs have been tested and proven effective. We assume that the U.S.......
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The Chamber’s Small Business Sham

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By Grace Aylmer, Public Citizen This week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Small Business Summitin Washington, DC. The stated purpose of the three day event is to provide small businesses with tools and strategies “to successfully compete in today’s rapidly changing business...
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These Numbers Show the Danger of Trump’s Delay on the Chemical Disaster Rule

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By Jessica Hodge, Earthjustice The last thing that a community battling hurricanes and floods should have to worry about is a hazardous chemical release in its neighborhood, but that’s exactly what occurred after the Arkema chemical plant outside Houston caught fire following Hurricane Harvey....
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GOP Runs Roughshod Over Democratic, Environmental Safeguards

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By Nora Apter, Natural Resources Defense Council Surely readers are as tired of reading this headline as the advocate is of writing it. Too bad for us, GOP members of Congress and their counterparts in the Administration have somehow not grown tired of brazenly attacking fundamental...
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