Scott Pruitt’s Deadly Delays

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By Caeleigh MacNeil, Earthjustice Scott Pruitt spent much of his energy as Oklahoma attorney general suing the EPA. Now that he’s heading the agency, Pruitt is trying another tactic—delaying new rules that protect our air and water, rather than challenging them head-on in court. Earthjustice is...
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New Report: With Assault on Safeguards, Trump Trounces Constitution, U.S. History

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Today, Neomi Rao is likely to take one step closer to becoming the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) – that is, the Trump administration’s “regulatory czar” – with the Senate Homeland...
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Want to Squash Science? Follow Pruitt’s Lead at the EPA

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The Trump Administration doubled down on its overhaul of the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) this week, notifying members whose terms would be ending in 2017 and early 2018 that their terms will not be renewed and cancelling subcommittee...
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Court Sides with FERC, Against Consumers and Clean Energy

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By Jennifer Chen, Natural Resources Defense Council The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of controversial new rules for America’s largest power market. We are disappointed because these rules unnecessarily funnel money from...
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U.S. Treasury Report a Gift to Wall Street, a Threat to CFPB and Everyone Else

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department came out with a report mandated by a Presidential executive order. As feared, the report is a Wall Street wish list, with a few crumbs thrown to small banks (but make no mistake, the Wall Street bankers are hiding...
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Not Normal: Coal-Industry Lawyer Is the “Moderate” Candidate for No. 2 at the Trump-Pruitt EPA

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By David Arkush, Public Citizen Today Axios reports that Andrew Wheeler, coal lobbyist and former staffer to Sen. James “Snowball” Inhofe, is no longer the front-runner for the No. 2 spot at EPA. Whew, we sure dodged a bullet there. The new leading candidate is not a coal lobbyist but—wait......
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Triclosan: Not Safe, Not Effective

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By David Andrews and Samara Geller, Environmental Working Group The time has come to wash our hands of triclosan and other unnecessary antimicrobial chemicals for good. Triclosan and other antimicrobials, added to many soaps and other everyday products – and found in the bodies of more than...
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CPR Scholar Op-Eds Hit Assault on Our Safeguards from Trump and Congress

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By Matthew Freeman, Center for Progressive Reform Four recent op-eds by CPR Member Scholars underscore the scope and danger of the current assault on our safeguards now being mounted by the president and the congressional leadership. Highlights of the most recent pieces follow, but you can...
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In Defense of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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By Brian Young, National Consumers League In its short tenure, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), under Director Richard Cordray has done an excellent job  of preventing consumers from harm and helping wronged consumers get the recourse they deserve. The American people have seen...
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Treasury’s Treasures for Wall Street

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By Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen In the Treasury Department’s 150-page inaugural financial sector report, responding to a presidential Executive Order, perhaps the most revealing sentence that explains why its recommendations threaten to run the industry off the guardrails is this: “The...
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Congress Made the Wrong Choice: Destroying Financial Reform

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By Amy Traub, Demos Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to gut financial reform. Members of Congress wrapped up their vote in high-flying language about “choice,” “freedom,” and “jobs,” but there was no hiding the underlying substance: razing the financial reforms enacted to prevent a...
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Another Week of Weakening Labor Laws and Making Us More Susceptible to a Financial Crisis

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By Heidi Shierholz and Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute In the midst of a chaotic week, Congress and the Trump administration found time to quietly attack important worker protections and undermine the rules and regulations that make our economy fairer for working people and their...
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