John Oliver Broke the FCC’s Website … Again

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By Candace Clement, Free Press Last night John Oliver broke the FCC’s website … again. The comedian spent the bulk of his show on Net Neutrality — and laid into FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for his plan to destroy the open internet. Seconds after Oliver urged viewers to file comments...
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How the CFPB Helps Protect Older Americans

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By Elizabeth Ridlington, U.S. PIRG In the 1990s, my grandmother lost $60,000 to a financial scammer who took advantage of her age and vulnerability. A lucky, and perhaps illegal, phone call from her bank flagged the problem to the family. Today, thanks to the Consumer Financial Protection...
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Trump Wants to Weaken Clean Air Protections, But He Will Fail

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By Andrea Issod, Sierra Club Last week, Trump’s EPA convinced the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to put a hold on a case brought by industrial polluters and their state allies that challenged a 2015 Clean Air Act rule eliminating “startup, shutdown, or malfunction” (SSM) loopholes that allow...
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Internet Users Score Another Victory in Court

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By Gaurav Laroia, Free Press Internet users and Net Neutrality advocates won again in court this week. A majority of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit refused to grant a motion, filed by the ISPs suing to overturn the FCC rules, that asked the court to reexamine...
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Please Stand Up for Clean Water Now!

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By Jon Devine, Natural Resources Defense Council The Environmental Protection Agency implements the Clean Water Act, the Nation’s primary tool to prevent pollution of our waterways and to clean up ones that are too polluted. Consequently, those of us who swim, fish, drink water, or use products...
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Don’t Believe Pai’s Lies

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By Dana Floberg, Free Press Earlier today, Politico reviewed Ajit Pai’s first 100 days as Trump’s FCC chairman. While the piece noted Pai’s disturbing drive to slash crucial internet protections — including Net Neutrality — it also gave credence to his preferred excuse for this deregulatory...
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The Regulatory Accountability Act Would Severely Threaten TSCA Implementation

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By Richard Denison, Environmental Defense Fund Last week, as anticipated, Senator Rob Portman introduced his updated Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA).  Sens. Hatch, Heitcamp and Manchin cosponsored the bill. While it’s new, it can’t be said it’s improved.  Some problems raised with Sen....
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EPA Regulatory Safeguards Prevent Pesticide Poisonings

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council In accordance with a new Trump White House Executive Order, E.O. 13,777, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticides is asking the public – including the regulated pesticide manufacturing industry – for...
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Do Consumers Need the CFPB?

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By Elizabeth Ridlington, U.S. PIRG The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau helps protect consumers in the financial marketplace, which includes banks, debt collectors, mortgage and vehicle lenders, credit card companies, credit bureaus, payday lenders, student loan servicers, and other...
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Sierra Club Challenges Pruitt’s Illegal Stay of Coal Water Toxics Rule

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By Casey Roberts and Joshua Smith, Sierra Club Today, the Sierra Club, Earthjustice, Environmental Integrity Project, Clean Water Action, Waterkeeper Alliance, and several other public health and environmental groups filed a lawsuit challenging Scott Pruitt’s illegal and indefinite postponement...
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Banks Cook Books to Promote Wrong Choice Act, Attack CFPB

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Today the House Financial Services Committee is considering (marking-up or voting on)  the so-called Financial Choice Act, which we call a Wrong Choice or a Cruel Choice, to repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 and leave the...
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100 Days Later: Net Neutrality and Resistance

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By Craig Aaron, Free Press Saturday marked the end of the first 100 days of the Trump administration. Shortly after Donald Trump was elected, I wrote about how Free Press would approach this era: “This isn’t a time to tinker around the edges. There is no compromise or engagement strategy...
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