Happy 6th Birthday CFPB!

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By the Consumer Federation of America Watch this video Senator Elizabeth Warren made for the CFPB’s 6th birthday: Check out this video made by U.S. PIRG celebrating CFPB’s birthday: Originally posted here.
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Court Allows EPA to Continue Delaying Toxic Pesticide Ban

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By the National Resources Defense Council In late March, after U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt reversed an Obama-era recommendation to ban chlorpyrifos—a widely used, highly toxic pesticide found by the EPA itself to cause learning disabilities and developmental delays...
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New Analysis Exposes the Trump Administration’s Rulemaking Delays

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By Rena Steinzor and Elise Desiderio, Center for Progressive Reform Early in the Trump administration, news about delayed and “disappeared” rules emerged in several media outlets. Many of these delays were driven by a memo issued by Trump White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on...
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The Wall Street Journal Gets It Wrong on EPA Scientific Integrity…Again

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The Wall Street Journal ran an opinion piece yesterday titled “A Step Toward Scientific Integrity at the EPA” written by long-time critic of the EPA and purveyor of anti-science nonsense, Steven Milloy. His piece commends Administrator Pruitt o...
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Telco, Cable Guys Assault State Broadband Privacy Efforts, Sacramento Key Battleground

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By Ed Mierzwinksi, U.S. PIRG After the new FCC chair Ajit Pai and Congress, through a Congressional Review Act legislative veto signed by the president, rolled back Obama-era broadband privacy rules applying to collection and use of your personal information by Internet Service Providers...
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House and Senate Hit Endangered Species Act in One-Two Punch

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By Nora Apter, National Resources Defense Council Today Congress is holding not just one, but two legislative hearings on six separate bills that would undermine the Endangered Species Act and the species that benefit from its protections. Those who are familiar with the Endangered Species Act...
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Government Agencies Fail to Take Water Safety Seriously

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By Anjali Waikar, National Resources Defense Council Is my water safe to drink? This is a fundamental question that government officials should be able to answer without hesitation. Unfortunately for residents in East Chicago, the answer remains a troubling uncertainty. This weekend, an EPA...
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‘Recovery’ Plan for Mexican Gray Wolf Further Threatens This Endangered Species

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By Kristin Carden, Earthjustice In his essay Thinking Like A Mountain, legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold describes a time in his youth when he “had never heard of passing up a chance to kill a wolf.” But as he watched the “fierce green fire” fade from a dying wolf’s eyes, he began...
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When Asbestos Is Found in Tween Makeup, It’s Time Congress Acts

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By Sonya Lunder, Environmental Working Group An investigation by a Raleigh, N.C., TV station found asbestos – a deadly carcinogen for which there is no safe level of exposure – in a popular line of cosmetics marketed to young girls and tweens. WTVD purchased eight Just Shine makeup products...
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Does TSCA Reform Have a Future?

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform June 22 marked the one-year anniversary of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the first major update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) since its original enactment in 1976. The measure set a one-year deadline...
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How President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Would Harm Early Career Scientists

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By Jacob Carter, Center for Science and Democracy Kaila Colyott is coming close to graduation as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kansas, but she’s not finishing with the same enthusiasm for her career prospects that she began graduate school with.  At the beginning, she wasn’t...
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CFPB Arbitration Rule: Chamber Sides with Wall Street Over Consumers & Small Businesses

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By Grace Aylmer, Public Citizen The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wasted no time in opposing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s final arbitration rule that was released Monday, criticizing it as a “brazen” act. Too often, consumers are blocked by “rip-off clauses”, a fine-print trick that...
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