Revealing the Secret Teams Tasked With Gutting Public Protections

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By Bret Thompson, Public Citizen The Trump Administration’s legislative record has been nearly as contradictory as the rest of Donald Trump’s presidency. He’s (falsely) claimed to having passed more legislation in less time than any other president in history “with the exception of FDR.” While...
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Murphy Oil May Be the Last Workers’ Rights Case the Supreme Court Has the Opportunity to Consider

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By Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed its brief in NLRB v.Murphy Oil, which will be argued in the Supreme Court in October. The case will determine whether mandatory arbitration agreements with individual workers that prevent...
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Well, Well, Wells Fargo! Poster Child for Defending CFPB, Dodd-Frank

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG As the big Wall Street banks, payday lenders and other opponents of consumer protection intensify pressure on Congress to weaken financial reform and gut the CFPB like a fish, reports of further Wells Fargo malfeasance serve as a warning that the Consumer Financial...
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Payday Lenders Have a Pal at the White House

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By Jim Lardner, Americans for Financial Reform During a recent appearance on “Meet the Press,” unofficial Trump advisor Corey Lewandowski called forthe removal of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. His statement seemed to come out of nowhere, prompti...
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CFPB Finds So-Called Overdraft Protection Costs Some $450/Year

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rolled out draft “Know Before You Owe” disclosures for marketing so-called “Standard Overdraft Protection,” a controversial product that requires consumers to “opt-in” for...
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This Guy Thinks CEOs Should Control the Internet

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By Candace Clement, Free Press Think the CEOs of the largest phone, cable and internet companies should call all the shots when it comes to Net Neutrality? Rep. Greg Walden (R–Oregon) does. Also the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Walden is inviting those execs to testify...
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Trump Threatens to Strip Away Overtime Pay

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By Amy Traub, Demos The Trump administration is getting ready to give working Americans a big pay cut. The Department of Labor recently moved to begin rolling back the overtime pay rule, taking a critical benefit away from millions of working people and their families. The retrenchment puts the...
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New Report Shows State Endangered Species Laws Come Up Short in Protecting Imperiled Plants, Animals, Habitats

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By Alejandro Camacho, Center for Progressive Reform In spite of its documented success in conserving vulnerable species and ecosystems, as well as robust and enduring support among American voters, the federal Endangered Species Act has not been spared from calls to devolve funding and...
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Is Carl Icahn’s Big Trump Gamble Going South?

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By Alan Zibel, Public Citizen Carl Icahn must be getting grouchy these days. Icahn, the activist investor, friend and adviser to President Donald Trump, has used his role as a friend and adviser to the president to push for in federal fuel regulations that would mean big profits for Icahn and...
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The Trump Deregulatory Agenda: Health, Safety, Environmental, and Consumer Protection Rules in the Crosshairs

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By Rena Steinzor and Elise Desiderio, Center for Progressive Reform Obama’s Fall 2016 Versus Trump’s Spring 2017 Unified Agendas On July 20, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it was going to kill hundreds of rules considered by previous administrations to protect public...
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It’s Emotional, Stressful, and Confusing. Trump’s About to Make It Worse.

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By Remington Gregg, Public Citizen Moving a loved one to a nursing home can be one of the most difficult things someone will do in their life. Now the Trump administration is trying to make it even harder to shine light on neglect and abuse. This week, Public Citizen is...
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Does Species Triage Make Sense for the Fish and Wildlife Service?

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By Jarryd Page, Center for Progressive Reform This post is the first of a pair focused on the challenges facing the Endangered Species Act and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the 21st century. You can read the second post here. Imagine yourself in a sinking ship. The water is rising...
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