Another Delay of Chemical Safety Rule Is Dangerous and Unwarranted

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists Last week was just chock full of setbacks and assaults on our public protections coming out of Washington. You’ve probably heard about President Trump’s all-out attack on climate policy; EPA Administrator Pruitt got right on it.  No surprise...
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Lawsuit Seeks EPA Action to Protect Kids from Pesticide

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By Miriam Rotkin-Ellman and Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council Toxic pesticide residues on food, unsafe drinking water, and contaminated air cannot be allowed to threaten children’s health. NRDC and partners (Pesticide Action Network and Earthjustice) are taking EPA...
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Americans Are Worried About Their Drinking Water

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By Alex Formuzis, Environmental Working Group Lead, PFCs, hexavalent chromium, fertilizer and pesticides are just a few of the dangerous contaminants found in U.S. drinking water. According to a new nationwide survey, Americans’ concerns about water quality is high – and growing. The poll,...
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The GOP’s Race to Repeal

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By Matthew Freeman, Center for Progressive Reform This June marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, the great sea battle that was the turning point of the war in the Pacific. The American victory over the Japanese at Midway, a tiny atoll literally midway between California and...
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The CFPB Protects Us From Bad Banks; Republicans Want To Kill It

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By Richard Eskow, Our Future The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, has been remarkably effective at reining in lawless banks. How effective? So much so, that Republicans now target the agency for destruction. And some Democrats may be...
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A Possible Sneak Attack by the Trump Administration to Undermine Nondiscrimination Protections for Women and LGBTQ Folks? NWLC Is On It.

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By Erika Hanson, National Women’s Law Center This week, language on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) website – which assured the public that the agency would protect individuals from sex discrimination in health care – was surreptitiously removed. This change raises red...
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Republicans Put Big Telecom Profits Before Protecting Consumers’ Privacy

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By Amit Narang, Public Citizen Yesterday, Republicans in Congress used an obscure law, the Congressional Review Act, to gut an essential consumer privacy regulation that the Obama administration finalized in its last days. Privacy has never been a partisan issue, so why would Republicans want...
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Policy Watch: Tracking Congress and the Administration’s Rollback of Workers’ Rights

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By Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute Last week, the Perkins Project launched the Worker Rights and Wages Policy Watch, which tracks actions by the Trump administration, Congress, and federal agencies that affect working people and the economy. A review of Policy Watch posts to date...
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Banks Made Over $30 Billion From Overdraft Fees in 2016

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By Maureen Mahoney, Consumers Union Overdraft fees are a real money-maker for banks. According to the Wall Street Journal, overdraft revenue is up 2.5% to $33 billion since 2015. Overall, in 2016, the top 10 biggest banks made $7.5 billion. These fees are costly for consumers. The Consumer...
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Savings From Fuel Economy Regulations (Already in the Billions) Keep on Ticking Up

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists By the time you’ve finished reading this sentence, American drivers will have saved another $4,000 in fuel costs thanks to the current fuel economy and global warming emissions regulations.  And that number will keep on ticking upwards with each new...
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Congress Votes Against Consumers and Internet Privacy

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By Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG Most Americans use the internet on a daily basis to complete necessary tasks like online banking, job searching, homework, or to get directions. And while Americans browse the web, their Internet Service Provider (ISP) is collecting their browser information....
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Don’t Let Financial Scammers Tear Down the CFPB

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By Amy Traub, Demos Unscrupulous financial corporations could make a whole lot more money if the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau didn’t stand in their way. Since it opened its doors in 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) has stood up to credit card companies deceiving...
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