Will a Pharma Fox Run the Health Care Henhouse?

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By Alan Zibel, Public Citizen Just weeks after denouncing “out-of-control” prescription prices, President Donald Trump showed that giant pharmaceutical companies have nothing to fear from the Trump administration. In fact, they couldn’t be more pleased. By nominating a former pharmaceutical...
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CPR Member Scholar Hammond Brings a Real EPA ‘Back to Basics’ Lesson to Senate

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Today, CPR Member Scholar Emily Hammond is testifying at a Senate subcommittee hearing that will examine four bills that amount to “rifle shot” attacks on the Clean Air Act’s public health and environmental protections....
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Halloween Over, But Congress Mixing Up Witches’ Brew of Bank Rollbacks Anyway

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG It’s Halloween again in the banking committees on Capitol Hill, with tricks for consumers and taxpayers, and treats for banks and payday lenders. The 2008 financial collapse? Their view: Really? That economic collapse of 2008 is so much just yesterday’s...
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Scott Pruitt Is Still Dancing to the Beat of Big Polluters

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By Juanita Constible and David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council The Environmental Protection Agency’s Scott Pruitt asked Americans in April how they feel about rolling back health and environmental safeguards. More than 468,000 people responded, a fact the EPA boss celebrated in a...
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Pai’s Big-Media Handout Won’t Help Communities

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By Dana Floberg, Free Press FCC Chairman Ajit Pai claimed in a New York Times Op-Ed Thursday that his ill-conceived plans to overhaul media-ownership rules are in fact a long-overdue move to rescue the struggling newspaper industry. The chairman’s piece is rife with lies of omission that render...
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The Government Should Block the AT&T-Time Warner Deal — But Not Because Trump Hates CNN

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By Timothy Karr, Free Press AT&T’s plan to take over Time Warner has hit a snag at the Justice Department. According to press reports, top DoJ officials have told AT&T executives that they may need to divest Time Warner’s Turner Networks — including CNN — for the regulator to approve......
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McCain, Flake, Pence and Trump: Wall Street Collaborators

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By Lisa Gilbert, Public Citizen On Oct. 24, U.S. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Vice President Mike Pence voted to help Wall Street steal from Main Street consumers. At issue was whether customers who have been ripped off or scammed by a bank, credit card company...
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Would Chemical Safety Measures Under Dourson Protect Military Families? Probably Not.

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By Charise Johnson, Union of Concerned Scientists Dr. Michael Dourson, a toxicologist with a history of providing consultation to the chemical industry, could become the head of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Dourson...
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Scientists, Please Don’t Listen to Scott Pruitt

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists Everything about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s directive to change the agency’s science advisory boards was damaging to the way that science informs policy at our nation’s premier public health agency. Mr. Pruitt based his action on a set of...
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Trump’s Consumer Advocate Nominee Often Fights Consumers

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By Jessica Knoblauch, Earthjustice Most people probably don’t think or hear much about the Consumer Product Safety Commission—that is, unless their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 ignites or loose blade pieces from their Cuisinart end up chipping their teeth. But the commission best known for product...
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USDA Secretary Sidelines Science, Sells Out Farmers, Workers and Eaters

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By Karen Perry Stillerman, Union of Concerned Scientists Lest you think the Trump administration’s headlong rush toward rejecting science in favor of industry deregulation is mostly a problem in Scott Pruitt’s EPA, recent less-reported developments at the US Department of Agriculture...
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ENERGY STAR Is a Success. Fund It, Don’t Change It!

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council ENERGY STAR®, the extremely successful, voluntary labeling program for the more energy efficient appliances, equipment, and buildings, will be the subject of a congressional hearing tomorrow centering on a draft proposal to dramatically alter...
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