Deregulation Can Kill You

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By Ross Eisenbrey, Economic Policy Institute When you hear politicians singing the virtues of deregulation, remember the Grenfell Tower fire. Last month, 80 people, including young mothers and children, died in an inferno that destroyed the 24-story Grenfell Tower apartment building in London....
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The Unclean Water Rule

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By Evan Isaacson, the Center for Progressive Reform One question I’ve been asked a number of times over the last several years is, “What does the Clean Water Rule mean for the Chesapeake Bay?” With EPA’s recent proposal to repeal the rule, I’m once again hearing...
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On Labor Nominations, What a Difference a President Makes

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By Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute Tomorrow, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) is set to consider President Trump’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), as well as Trump’s pick for Deputy Secretary of Labor. Both the NLRB...
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FDA: Vomiting, Burning, and Pain From Using Baby Wipes, Other Kids’ Cosmetics

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By Galen Roth, Environmental Working Group These are some of the effects children as young as 5 months experienced after using cosmetics and other personal care products, according to data collected by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA received reports of adverse health effects caused...
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Strong Safeguards Protect Our Loved Ones

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By Pete Altman, National Resources Defense Council Last month’s inferno at Grenfell Towers in London was a horrific tragedy. It cost more some 80 people their lives, leaving families grief-stricken and neighbors in shock. Sadly, the victims had no idea of the danger they were in until it was...
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10 Things AT&T Could Do to Actually Support Net Neutrality

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By Craig Aron and Candice Clement, Free Press We’re still picking ourselves off the floor from all the laughing we did when AT&T issued a press release this afternoon announcing that it was joining the “Day of Action for preserving and advancing the open internet.” As co-organizers of this...
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Spin Class for Wall Street Apologists

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Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen Why do Wall Street lobbyists make the big bucks? One reason may be the unembarrassed ability to spin, to cast bad policy as good medicine. Sometimes, they even proffer “facts” from an alternate universe. On June 8, the House of Representatives debated HR 10, the...
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Chamber’s Brief Lays Bare Crackpot Theory at Heart of Two-for-One Order

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By Amy Sinden, Center for Progressive Reform I don’t know what executive order the Chamber of Commerce is defending in the amicus brief it filed Monday in Public Citizen v. Trump. But it doesn’t appear to be the one at issue in that lawsuit. The lawsuit charges that Trump’s...
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Signed, Sealed, Delayed? The New Fate of the Added Sugar Rule and Other Safeguards

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By Geena Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The FDA announced this week that it “intends to extend compliance dates” for the nutrition facts label final rules, which will include the separate line for added sugars. We celebrated the finalization of this rule last May as science-based advocacy...
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By Rescinding the Persuader Rule, Trump Is Once Again Siding With Corporate Interests Over Working People

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By Marni von Wilpert, Economic Policy Institute Yesterday, the Trump administration took yet another step against working people by announcing that the Department of Labor (DOL) will rescind its “persuader rule,” which would have helped level the playing field for workers by letting them know...
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Craft Brewers to EPA: Keep Protecting Clean Water

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By Becky Hammer, National Resources Defense Council Last month, EPA asked the public to suggest regulations for possible modification or repeal. Instead, the agency got an earful from folks across the country—hundreds of thousands of them—demanding that our nation’s environmental safeguards be...
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Financial Sector Oversight Will Be Harmed by New Legislation

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By Susan Ervin, Project On Government Oversight U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, DC (Photo: Securities and Exchange Commission / Flickr) Legislation is moving through Congress that would put the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) invaluable whistleblower...
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