Trump Swamp Threatens Waters of the US

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By Derrick Z. Jackson, Union of Concerned Scientists Last month, the Trump EPA finally issued its intended replacement to the Obama administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and R.D. James, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil...
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Unemployment Insurance and the Government Shutdown: What Federal Workers and Contractors Need to Know

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By Michele Evermore, National Employment Law Project The government shutdown is hurting workers and families across the country—many of whom do not earn enough money to withstand this shutdown financially. Unemployment Insurance (UI) is an earned benefit that may provide some temporary...
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Wheeler Hearing Provides Opportunity to Learn More About ‘Benefits-Busting’ Rule

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform During his tenure, former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt launched multiple assaults on environmental and public health safeguards. His attacks on clean air standards and water quality regulations made so little...
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Biggest Wall Street Banks Kill Fed Nomination, Demand Dangerous Deregulation

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By Better Markets The Trump administration nominated one of the most qualified people possibly ever to the Federal Reserve Board last September, Nellie Liang, who just withdrew her nomination.  While there’s been a number of reasons offered for this surprising action, the Wall Street Journal...
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A Failure of US Biosecurity: How Federal Regulators Helped a Japanese Beetle Cross the Border

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By Christy Leppanen, Union of Concerned Scientists With a partial government shutdown now in its 3rd week, many Americans are learning the hard way about the wide range of functions their federal government normally serves. One of those little-known functions is preventing the spread of...
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