Trump Just Signed a Law Ditching Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

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By Andrea Johnson, National Women’s Law Center As promised, President Trump just signed into law a bill overturning the regulations implementing Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. Because who wants to be paid fairly and be safe at work?! Um . . . last I checked,...
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Congress OKs Ruthless Killing of Iconic Wildlife—What Next?

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By Nora Apter, Natural Resources Defense Council Republicans in Congress just did the unthinkable, and by all counts risked political suicide, by bringing to the Senate floor—and then passing—legislation (H.J.Res.69) that would allow egregious and inhumane “predator control” practices to be...
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EPA Chief’s Big Test: Ban Pesticide Hazardous to Kids’ Brains

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By Sonya Lunder, Environmental Working Group As one of his first major decisions as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt must rule by the end of this week on the safety of chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate pesticide that can harm children’s developing brains and...
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USDA Announces That It Won’t Test Food for Roundup

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By Anna Low-Beer, U.S. PIRG Coming on the heels of newly released emails showing Monsanto pressured Environmental Protection Agency officials to declare glyphosate is not a carcinogen, the USDA’s testing of glyphosate residues in food has coincidentally been put on hold. The USDA had...
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The Importance of Dodd-Frank, in 6 Charts

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By Gregg Gelzinis, Michela Zonta, Joe Valenti and Sarah Edelman, Center for American Progress Introduction This week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and House Financial Services Committee both hold hearings on topics that involve the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...
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Net Neutrality Protesters Face FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

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By Amy Kroin, Free Press This morning, more than a dozen protesters from Free Press, Demand Progress, Open Media, Popular Resistance and the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press took a stand for Net Neutrality at the FCC. Activists wearing “Protect Net Neutrality” T-shirts filed into the...
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Regulation Is Not Dead Yet

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By Phil Mattera, Good Jobs First Donald Trump tries to give the impression that his crusade against business regulation is moving ahead rapidly. While several rules have been rescinded and more are threatened, it turns out that for now the enforcement systems at most agencies are functioning...
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The Safety of Coal Miners — and Every Worker in America — Is at Risk

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists Three and counting.  That’s how many coal miners have been killed on this job so far in the first two and a half months of this year. Two in West Virginia and one in Kentucky. You don’t know them, but you can be...
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No More Bumbling — Bee Cleared for Endangered Species Listing

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By Daniel Raichel, Natural Resources Defense Council There are times—even today—when law and science triumph over politics. Hard to believe, I know, but that’s exactly what happened this week when the Trump Administration backed away from its “freeze” on listing the rusty patched bumble bee as...
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Trump’s Torrent of Extremism Distracts from Major Issues like Lead Poisoning

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By Keith Rushing, Earthjustice Nearly two months of President Trump’s “shock and awe” tactics have much of the nation understandably reeling from an unprecedented onslaught of extremism. We’ve seen nationalistic chest-thumping, immigrant bashing and Islamophobia. Trump mixes his paranoid...
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Efficiency Standards & Test Procedures: No Reason for Delays

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued delay notices this week for two energy efficiency standards and three test procedures, which does nothing but create uncertainty for manufacturers and industry where there should be none. Taken...
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Urgent Action Needed: Help Small Farmers Fight Back Against Big Business

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By Amit Narang, Public Citizen It likely won’t come as a surprise to readers of this blog that big spending Big Business special interest lobbyists have a chokehold on policymaking in Washington DC. Nowhere is that more true than when it comes to the desire of Big Business to kill...
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