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On World Water Day, Say No to the EPA’s Dirty Water Rule

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By Dalal Aboulhosn, Sierra Club Today, we celebrate World Water Day,a global day of action to ensure that every person on the planet has clean, safe and affordable water. And while EPA head Andrew Wheeler this last week acknowledged the global crisis of reliable drinking water,...
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Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Vehicle Standards Are Working, According to EPA Study

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By Consumer Reports Imagine for a moment a road without rules. No speed limit? No waiting at red lights? As a driver, this might sound exciting! That is, until you think about the other cars on the road. Suddenly, it becomes obvious the rules are really important. They keep...
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Trump Administration Budget Threatens Public Health, Environment

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club The Trump administration’s recently released proposed 2020 budget is a nightmare for everyone who needs clean air, clean water, and a healthy climate. The budget includes deep cuts to virtually every program in government that protects people from...
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20 Years of Clean Water Wins

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By Marc Yaggi, Waterkeeper Alliance Today, on World Water Day, I can’t help but reflect on the billions of people around the world without access to clean and safe water. But there’s a path toward achieving the United Nations’ 2030 goal of universal, equitable access to safe,...
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Fannie, Freddie Should Use Updated Credit Scoring, CFA and Other Consumer and Civil Rights Groups Urge FHFA

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By Barry Zigas, Consumer Federation of America CFA joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR), National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and Woodstock Institute in urging the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to support more rapid Adoption Of Alternative...
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Reducing Air Pollution From Cars and Trucks: The Success of the Cleaner Car Standards

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By Will Barrett, American Lung Association The American Lung Association’s Year of Air Pollution and Health seeks to raise awareness of the health impacts of air pollution, and to generate support for the solutions needed to provide healthy air for every American. This month’s...
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NRDC and Partners Sue to Force Overdue Protections Against Chemical Spills

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By Natural Resources Defense Council In 1990, Congress passed Clean Water Act amendments that required the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to better prepare for worst-case-scenario spills of hazardous materials, such as those caused by extreme storms or flooding. Now, after...
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On Cosmetics Safety, U.S. Trails More Than 40 Nations

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By Alyssa Katzenelson and Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group U.S. regulation of chemicals and contaminants in cosmetics is falling behind the rest of the world, according to an EWG analysis. More than 40 nations – ranging from major industrialized economies like the United...
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EPA Announces 20 Toxic Chemicals It Won’t Protect Us From

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By Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council Today EPA announced the first 20 chemicals it plans to prioritize as “high priority” for assessment under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Given the Agency’s record of malfeasance on chemicals policy over the past two years,...
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Bravo to the SEC for Directly Attacking Some Dysfunctional/Predatory Market Structure Problems

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By Better Markets SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and Director of Division of Trading and Markets, Brett Redfearn, appeared together at anevent at Fordham University in New York City this week and addressed the SEC’s recent efforts in reforming our fragmented, dysfunctional and too...
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Trump EPA Back in Court to Defend Pesticide Toxic to Kids

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By Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Natural Resources Defense Council Next week the Trump Administration will show us, once again, how far it will go to protect polluters at the expense of children’s health. On March 26, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear, for a...
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A Timeline of (Some of) the Trump-Pence Administration’s Attacks on Birth Control

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By Hannah Finnie, Michelle Banker and Mara Gandal-Powers, National Women’s Law Center In June 2018, we filed a lawsuit against the University of Notre Dame and the Trump-Pence administration for illegally teaming up in order to deny Notre Dame students and staff their birth...
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DOE’s Process Rule: More Harm Than Good

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council It will soon be more difficult and cumbersome to set strong standards for the appliances and electronics in our homes and businesses, if the Trump administration’s Department of Energy has its way. At issue is a change in the...
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Public Interest Community Calls on EPA Administrator to Halt Dangerous ‘Benefits-Busting Rule’

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Today, the Center for Progressive Reform and 46 other environmental, labor, and public health organizations sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler calling on him to withdraw the...
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Boeing Crash Shows Perils of Allowing Corporations to Regulate Themselves

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By Alan Zibel, Public Citizen The death of 157 people on an Ethiopian Airlines flight earlier this month was an awful human tragedy. It’s also a cautionary tale about what happens if we allow corporations to regulate themselves. The public is starting to learn more about the...
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RIP FSOC As It Puts Another Nail Into Its Own Coffin, Endangering All Americans

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By Better Markets The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) was an innovation created by Dodd-Frank in response to several clear lessons learned in the 2008 crash.  It was primarily to ensure that (1) all financial regulators would meet jointly to address...
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Tell EPA: Keep Mercury Limits Strong

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By Larissa Liebmann, Waterkeeper Alliance Thanks to air emissions standards created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act in 2011, important progress in reducing mercury pollution in our waterways has been made. But Trump’s EPA is now taking...
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States and Retailers: The Chemical Industry Is Lying to You

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By Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council Every year the chemical industry holds a conference known as “Global Chem”—and every year representatives of the chemical industry say things that are revealing, scary, ridiculous, or delusional (or sometimes all four);...
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Study: Elevated Levels of Toxic Chemicals Found in Menstrual Pads and Disposable Diapers

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By Carla Burns and Kali Rauhe, Environmental Working Group Many brands of menstrual pads and disposable diapers contain elevated levels of chemicals linked to developmental and reproductive harm, according to a recent study published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology. The...
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Perdue’s Paradox: Proposed USDA Reorganization Would Undermine Farmers and Science-Based Research

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By Mike Lavender, Union of Concerned Scientists Presidential budgets are wish lists. Very detailed and public wish lists. That’s why on Monday, when the Trump Administration released its FY2020 Budget, it was alarming to see a 7 percent reduction to the U.S. Department of...
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Reducing Air Pollution From Power Plants: The Success of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

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By the American Lung Association “Where Does Air Pollution Come From?” That’s our theme for the month of March as part of the Year of Air Pollution & Health, and we are doing a series of blogs featuring success stories of reducing pollution from major sources. First up: The...
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Sunshine Week: How “Free” Is the Information?

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Bu Susan Harley, Public Citizen This week marks Sunshine Week, when the media, civil society organizations and the government all join together to celebrate transparency and the power of open government. Named in reference to the famous quote from Supreme Court Justice Louis...
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A Bar Too Low: National Wolf Delisting

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By Sylvia Fallon, Natural Resources Defense Council No one was surprised when the Trump administration proposed removing Endangered Species Act protections from wolves across the entire Lower 48 states with the exception of the small, struggling population of Mexican wolves in...
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Clean Water Act Rollbacks Further Expose Greater Houston to Flooding

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By Ellen Simon, Waterkeeper Alliance As Houston grows, the city and its suburbs are devouring its wetlands. Building subdivisions on top of wetlands has made the nation’s fourth-largest city vulnerable to the stronger and more frequent storms that come with climate change, as...
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A Comment Guide for Fighting the EPA’s Attacks on Mercury Standards and Cost-Benefit Analysis

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By Rachel Cleetus, Union of Concerned Scientists A couple of days after Christmas last year, during the federal government shut-down, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler somehow found time to issue a pernicious proposal to undermine a crucial clean air rule, the Mercury and Air...
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Bury the Science, Then Claim It Doesn’t Exist: Interior Department Undermines Arctic Drilling Review

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By Joel Clement, Union of Concerned Scientists Laws are good to have. Take the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires the federal government to complete a science-based Environmental Impact Assessment for any project that might damage the surrounding landscape,...
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Enforcement of Consumer-Protection Laws Sinks Under ‘Tough-on-Crime’ Trump

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By Alan Zibel, Public Citizen Law enforcement activity at three large U.S. consumer protection agencies has fallen sharply under President Donald Trump, as the White House continues to put corporate interests ahead of the middle class. A new Public Citizen report, “Consumer...
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Trump Budget Short-Changes Water Safeguards

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By Jon Devine, Natural Resources Defense Council The White House released its proposed federal government budget this week and it’s a plan only water polluters can love. If followed, it would mean more polluted drinking water supplies, make restoring the fisheries of the...
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Bathroom Restrictions on Transgender Students Violate the U.S. Constitution and Title IX

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By Lauren Hoffman and Sunu P. Chandy, National Women’s Law Center At NWLC, we’re committed to fighting back against sex discrimination in schools, workplaces, and elsewhere. That’s why we’re proud to highlight two recent amicus briefs that we filed in support of transgender...
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Using Tech to Inform Consumers About Dangerous Products

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By Grace Sullivan, Public Citizen Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released its new recall “app.” The CPSC, the nation’s chief product safety regulator, released the app in an effort to make recall information more accessible to consumers and as part...
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EPA, Chemical Industry Version: Killing Workers Is Job One

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By Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council When he was a candidate for President, Donald Trump (in)famously said that he could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot somebody, and he wouldn’t lose any voters. While he hasn’t taken that particular step, his...
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Can the House Save Science From the Trump Purge?

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By Laurie Ristino, Center for Progressive Reform The Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives has a weighty agenda – from policy reform to oversight of the Trump administration. Given all that the House Democrats have on their plate, urging them to restore policy...
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How the Clean Water Act Could Become a Dirty Water Rule

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By Christopher Williams, American Rivers On February 14, the Trump Administration published a proposed federal rule that would roll back protection for streams and wetlands across the United States. But we don’t have this accept this awful valentine — Write to the Administration...
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New Proposal Would Keep Millions of Working People From Getting Overtime

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By Kelly Ross, AFL-CIO The Donald Trump administration is proposing a new overtime regulation that would protect at least 2.8 million fewer workers than the overtime regulation proposed by the Barack Obama administration in 2016. The AFL-CIO and other overtime advocat...
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Trump Administration to Remove Wolves From Endangered Species List

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By Sierra Club Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, gray wolves have now started to recover in the continental United States after human persecution brought them to the brink of extinction. But gray wolves are still functionally extinct in the vast majority of places where they...
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CFPB’s Kraninger Provides Opaque Statement to Committee; Questions and Second Panel Will Be Critical

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Today, new CFPB director Kathy Kraninger testifies to Congress for the first time (since her confirmation hearing) to deliver the Semi-Annual Report To Congress of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Chairwoman Maxine Waters and the House...
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The Missing Ingredient in the Green New Deal

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform To this point, much of the focus in the discussion over the Green New Deal has been on the substance of the vision it lays out for a better society – and why shouldn’t it be? There’s some really exciting stuff included...
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“Wasted Energy:” DOE’s Illegal Inaction on Energy Efficiency

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By Kit Kennedy, Natural Resources Defense Council In the search for powerful climate change action that can win support from both parties in Congress, it’s hard to beat energy efficiency standards. Long-established federal efficiency baselines for appliances and equipment...
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EPA Report Shows Vehicles Are Most Efficient Ever But Is Trying to Roll Back That Progress

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, EPA published the latest in a series of annual reports looking at the fuel economy and emissions of passenger cars and trucks. The news is both good and completely unsurprising: vehicles are more efficient than ever before, and...
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Automakers Meet Standards, Says the EPA, Making Cars More Efficient, Cleaner

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By Luke Tonachel, Natural Resources Defense Council The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s annual vehicle fuel economy report shows, yet again, that clean car standards are making new cars better for consumers and the planet. In other words, the EPA’s own report show...
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We Sued the Trump Administration and Won

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By Sunu P. Chandy, National Women’s Law Center The more information you have about a problem, the more likely you will be able to craft a solution to fix it. That’s especially true for workplace pay inequity. It would be much easier to close discriminatory wage gaps if we...
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Less Stress Sometimes Is a Bad Thing

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By Better Markets Will altering the frequency of big bank stress tests from annual to every other year leave the big banks less prepared for a future financial crisis?  That is the question addressed in comment letters filed by Better Markets with the Fede...
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The EPA Won’t Do Its Air-Protection Job, So We’re Putting It on Notice

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By Seth Johnson, Earthjustice Sometimes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s job can be complicated. Sometimes it has to explore questions on the cutting edge of science. But sometimes its job is really simple. This is one of those times — and yet the EPA still hasn’t done...
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Drinking to Your Health? Weed Killer Roundup Lurks in Many Beers and Wines

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By Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG Having a beer or a glass of wine at happy hour or a backyard barbecue shouldn’t include gulping down a potentially hazardous pesticide. But that’s likely the case, according to a new U.S. PIRG report, The study tested 20 different beers, wines and...
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National Labor Relations Board Turns Its Back on Contract Workers

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By Laura Padin, National Employment Law Project Two recent actions by the National Labor Relations Board will make it harder for outsourced workers to organize and gain a voice at their workplace. First, on September 14, 2018, the NLRB announced its intent to engage in rulemaking...
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Resolution of Disapproval: Call for Repealing the CRA Featured in ‘The Environmental Forum’

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform The return of divided government promises to bring with it a welcome, albeit temporary, reprieve from the unprecedented abuse of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that we witnessed during the 115th Congress. As I argue i...
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SunTrust-BB&T Merger: Deregulation Is Encouraging the Creation of Regional Megabanks

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By Americans for Financial Reform The merger between SunTrust and BB&T announced last week is a big deal, literally and figuratively. The deal merges two of the twenty largest banks in the U.S. to form the eighth largest bank in the country. The new entity, with over $430...
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Remember the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster? The Trump Administration Wants You to Forget

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By Joel Clement, Union of Concerned Scientists In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig suffered an uncontrollable well blowout and a series of explosions that killed 11 people. Two days later the rig sank 5,000 feet to the ocean floor and the well continued to...
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Standing Up For Clean Water

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By Jon Devine, Natural Resources Defense Council I’m posting this from Kansas City, Kansas, where the Trump administration is holding its one and only public hearing on its plan to radically roll back the safeguards of the Clean Water Act for critical streams and for wetlands...
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Glyphosate Contamination in Food Goes Far Beyond Oat Products

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By Alexis Temkin and Olga Naidenko, Environmental Working Group Seems like every time a government agency or public interest group tests food for Monsanto’s weedkiller glyphosate, which has been linked to cancer, they find it. Last year, two rounds of tests commissioned b...
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The NWHN Testifies for the Use of Better Evidence at the FDA

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By National Women’s Health Network In 2016, the FDA reclassified transvaginal mesh used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) as a Class III device—the highest risk category—in response to over 20,000 adverse event reports during a three-year period alone. The NWHN actively...
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Toxic Paint Strippers: Ace (Finally) Acts; Trump EPA Stalls

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By Sujatha Bergen and Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council Yesterday, Ace Hardware Corporation became the 13th U.S. retailer to publicly commit to stop selling and distributing paint removers that contain the toxic chemicals methylene chloride and...
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Confirmed: Andrew Wheeler’s Love of Polluters, Disdain for Science and Public Health

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists Andrew Wheeler’s confirmation as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is creeping up on us like watching a coal ash spill flow down a gentle slope. It slowly lays waste to the landscape as it advances, then...
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SEC Doesn’t Take Away Ripped Off Shareholders’ Rights…Yet

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By Better Markets There’s some good news to report in the fight to preserve ripped off shareholders’ rights to seek justice in court, rather than being forced into biased, unfair and secret arbitration proceedings.  On Monday, February 11, 2019, SEC Chairman Jay Clayto...
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When the Trump-Pence Administration Tries to Hide Its Efforts to Roll Back Our Rights, We Don’t Back Down!

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By MiQuel Davies, National Women’s Law Center Since day one, the Trump-Pence Administration has been trying to roll back our rights and take away protections against sex discrimination. One of the ways they are trying to do this is by redefining the word “sex” to erase...
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After Two Years, Trump’s USDA Is Making Good on Promises (to Agribusiness)

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By Karen Perry Stillerman, Union of Concerned Scientists This week, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is set to appear before Congress for the first time in a year. When he testifies on the state of the rural economy at a hearing of the House agriculture committee, he’ll have...
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FERC Can’t Just Check the Climate Box

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By Gillian Giannetti, Natural Resources Defense Council Federal law requires that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) take a “hard look” at a proposed energy’s project’s effect on climate change. In last week’s order approving the Calcasieu Pass liquefied natural gas...
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Five Regulatory Questions for Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell

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By Gregg Gelzinis, Center for American Progress This week, Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and U.S. House Committee on Financial Services on the state of the U.S. economy and the Fed’s...
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Five Ways the Trump Administration Uses Disinformation and Why We Need Oversight

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Throughout history, special interests have worked studiously to deny, distort, or manipulate science to interfere with policy outcomes and rig the game so that they may continue profiting, usually at the expense of public health or...
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Who Will Support Real Cosmetics Reform?

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By Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group In coming weeks, members of Congress will again introduce bipartisan bills to ensure that the chemicals used in cosmetics and other everyday personal care products are safe. As The New York Times noted, it’s been 30 years since Ron...
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Wheeler’s Steal

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By Michael Brune, Sierra Club Andrew R. Wheeler, the acting administrator of the EPA, is Donald Trump’s nominee to succeed the disgraced Scott Pruitt. From Trump’s perspective, Wheeler’s a smart choice. Where Pruitt acted like a gung-ho commando who had...
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What Broadband Privacy?

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By Sean Davis, National Consumers League When you ask consumers about the kind of information that they’d like to keep private, location data is usually near the top of the list. That’s why Motherboard’s recent investigation into cell phone companies’ location data sharing...
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Home Care Workers Sticking Together for Dignity and Respect in the Face of Anti-Worker Attack

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By the SEIU Karlene Whonder, a home care worker and proud SEIU District 1199NE member from New Haven, Conn., provides the essential care her client, a woman with autism and schizophrenia, needs so she can remain living at home. “I love helping my client and enjoy the feeling of...
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Frustrated with Trump Administration’s Dirty Energy Agenda, Poll Finds Strong Support for Climate Action

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By Grace McRae, Sierra Club This morning, the Sierra Club released results of a seven-state poll which reveals how out-of-touch the Trump administration is with the public on issues concerning energy and the environment. We asked Global Strategy Group to survey registered voters...
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Trump Regulators Gave Oil Industry a Pass to Injure Whales, and We’re Fighting Back

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By Jessica A. Knoblauch, Earthjustice The low, guttural bellows and high-pitched calls of the North Atlantic right whale may soon be drowned out—or altogether silenced—by the continuous blasts of seismic airguns used to identify dirty energy deposits deep within the Atlantic...
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Improving Infrastructure to Benefit Communities—Without Harming the Environment

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By Jim Lyons, Center for American Progress Improving and upgrading U.S. roads, bridges, and transportation networks; energy production and transmission systems; and other elements of human-made infrastructure is long overdue. As the new Congress begins its bipartisan, bicameral...
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Trump’s WOTUS Puts Cape Fear at Risk

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By Ellen Simon, Waterkeeper Alliance Stocking Head Creek’s headwaters are a forest spring. Once this tributary to North Carolina’s Cape Fear River leaves that forest, however, its sources become considerably less pristine. Part of a watershed where 94,000 swine and 1.3 million...
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PFAS in Drinking Water: Hazardous at Ever-Lower Levels

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By Olga Naidenko and Dave Andrewst, Environmental Working Group Last week, as he unveiled the Environmental Protection Agency’s toothless “action plan” on fluorinated chemicals, acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler maintained that the current guideline of 70 parts per trillion, or...
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120 Countries Discuss Climate-Friendly AC & Fridge Standards

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By Alex Hillibrand, Natural Resources Defense Council Energy and environment regulators from 120 of the world’s developing countries are gathering this week in Paris to tackle a growing climate threat – cooling in an increasingly warming world. They’ll be reviewing a suggested...
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Agribusiness’ Secretive Plans to Unravel Food Safety and Worker Protections

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by Sharon Anglin Treat, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy As Congress and the public debate the pros and cons of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), or New NAFTA, behind the scenes and in the shadows transnational corporations are doubling down on their...
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EPA’s PFAS Indecision Hurts Military Families

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By Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG On Valentine’s Day this year, consumer and environmental groups waited with excitement to hear the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s much-touted national plan to crack down on PFAS contamination. EPA’s national plan t...
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Rubio’s Bill Is an Empty Promise

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By Sean Davis, National Consumers League Last month, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined the growing list of Members of Congress, advocacy groups, and industry players who have released privacy bills. Rubio’s bill, the American Data Dissemination Act (ADD Act), exists primarily to...
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Five Things You Should Know About D.C. Circuit Nominee Neomi Rao

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By Theresa Lau, National Women’s Law Center Neomi Rao is Trump’s pick for a lifetime position on the D.C. Circuit. Rao has been in the spotlight recently because of her appalling writings that range from rape apologist pieces from college to defending the cruel practic...
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PFAS “Action” Plan Is a Toxic Valentine for Water Drinkers

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By Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council When it comes to protecting the public from cancer-causing chemicals, Andy Wheeler, EPA’s Acting Administrator is afraid of commitment. The “action plan” to address PFAS chemicals—released by the Agency today in an effort to...
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Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Wheeler Claims Action on PFAS, How Much Is True?

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists At a press conference in Philadelphia this morning, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the long-awaited action plan for the class of toxic chemicals known as PFAS. During an ABC News interview last night, Wheeler called...
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The PFAS Crisis: Will the EPA Act?

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By Erik D. Olson and Anna Reade, Natural Resources Defense Council The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue its “PFAS management plan” tomorrow. PFAS, or poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, are a widely used large class of highly toxic chemicals. This is an...
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The Clean Water Act Depends on You

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By Larissa Liebmann, Waterkeeper Alliance The Trump administration is implementing its treacherous strategy to eliminate Clean Water Act protections for waters—and communities—across the country through a rulemaking that removes historically protected rivers, streams, lakes,...
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Action Needed to Protect Americans From Toxic EtO Pollution

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By Dan West, Natural Resources Defense Council Ethylene oxide (EtO) is a common, highly hazardous industrial chemical linked to breast cancer and immune system cancers like non-Hodgkin lymphoma and lymphocytic leukemia (see EPA IRIS Exec Summary, Dec 2016). Concerned community...
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5G and the FCC: 10 Reasons Why You Should Care

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By Sharon Buccino, Natural Resources Defense Council As an environmental lawyer for over 25 years now, I have become intimately familiar with the workings of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior. I didn’t have occasion to watch what was happening...
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Will Trump’s EPA Protect Americans From Toxic PFAS Chemicals?

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By Melanie Benesh and Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group The toxic chemicals known as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a national crisis demanding action. They’re found everywhere we look. They’re in the blood of virtually all Americans, including newborn...
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“New NAFTA” Would Worsen the Family Farm Crisis and Keep Consumers in the Dark About Their Food

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By Karen Hansen-Kuhn, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy The economic state of U.S. agriculture is dire. The Federal Reserve Banks of Kansas City, Minneapolis and Chicago report that a growing percentage of U.S. farmers cannot pay the interest on their loans. Five years...
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EPA Head Lies About Fuel Economy Fines in Push for Weaker Car Standards

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists In an interview with Bloomberg Media on February 4th, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler stated that manufacturers have paid $77 million in fines for not complying “with the current Obama numbers,” going on to say that “it’s...
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‘State of Tobacco Control’ – A Wakeup Call About the E-cigarette Epidemic

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By Harold P. Wimmer, American Lung Association Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans a year. For 17 years, our “State of Tobacco Control” report has tracked and graded efforts to...
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Comcast Just Got 3 Gifts from the GOP

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By Free Press Republicans in Congress just dropped three totally B.S. fake Net Neutrality bills — and we need to expose them for what they really are and stop them in their tracks. We’ve seen these fake compromises masquerading as real Net Neutrality before, and these bills are...
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DOE Lighting Rollback Proposal Will Cost Consumers Billions

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By Noah Horowitz, Natural Resources Defense Council The U.S. Department of Energy’s proposal to dramatically narrow the scope of light bulbs covered by the upcoming federal 2020 energy efficiency standards will cost consumers up to $12 billion on their utility bills and cause up...
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Kids and Mercury Don’t Mix. You Have 60 Days to Tell the Trump Administration.

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler is true to his word. With a masterful sense of timing and irony, the EPA has announced that on Thursday, February 7, it will publish its proposal to revise (read: roll back) the agency’s own...
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Coal Ash and Clean Water: The Dan River Spill Five Years Later

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club On February 2, 2014, a Duke Energy coal ash pit spilled more than 39,000 tons of toxic coal ash into North Carolina’s Dan River, creating an emergency and raising concerns about environmental and economic impacts for communities for miles...
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DOE Proposal Sets Hurdles for Efficiency Standards

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council The Department of Energy (DOE) today announced major and unnecessary changes to its procedures for administering its unequivocally successful energy efficiency standards program, which currently saves the average U.S. household...
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Rao Would Impose Her Lifetime Ideology from the Bench

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By Paul Gordon, People For the American Way At D.C. Circuit nominee Neomi Rao’s hearing before the Judiciary Committee, her work as administrator of the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) played a central role. She did not assuage concerns that her...
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Will the Real State of the Union Please Stand Up? 7 Things President Trump Won’t Say

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists A great public servant and one of my mentors, William Ruckelshaus, always emphasized to me that the State of the Union was a time to put big ideas on the table, to talk about the truly great challenges facing the country, and to...
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Children’s Exposure to PFAS Chemicals Begins in the Womb

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By Olga Naidenko and Dave Andrews, Environmental Working Group The Environmental Protection Agency reportedly has decided not to set legal limits for the toxic fluorinated chemicals PFOA and PFOS in drinking water. The news is deeply disturbing, because an estimated 110 million...
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Rao’s Record as Regulatory Czar Raises Red Flags

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Tomorrow morning, Neomi Rao, the current administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), is set to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing on her nomination to the U.S. Court...
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The State of the USDA: A Quiet Dismantling

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By Ben Lilliston, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy As President Trump prepares the State of the Union address at the midpoint of his term, fights over the U.S.-Mexico border wall, the Russia investigation, and his latest tweet are dominating headlines. But beneath the...
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The Shutdown Is Over. Now Follow the Money.

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By Jacob Shea, Sierra Club It was the longest government shutdown in US history, and work at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) nearly ground to a halt. Some 7,000 of its 9,260 employees were furloughed. Public education programs and conservation corps maintenance ceased. The...
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More Proof That Banks Are Strong and Financial Protection Rules Work

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By Better Markets Despite their protests that more and more deregulation is needed to ensure their strength, it was reported that for the first time since the years before the 2008 financial crisis, there was not a single bank failure in the United States last year. Reaffirming...
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EPA’s Administrator Must Be Serious About Protecting Us From PFAS. Wheeler Is Not.

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists After Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s confirmation hearing for the agency’s top job earlier this month, he responded to a long list of questions for the record that had been submitted by senators. In the questions related t...
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Independent Science Takes Another Hit at the EPA: New Science Advisory Board Members Announced

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The EPA released the names of eight new members of its Science Advisory Board (SAB) yesterday. The verdict? In general Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler is continuing the trend of undermining the independence and quality of...
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Flipping the Conservative Agenda

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By Daniel Farber, Center for Progressive Reform Conservatives, with full support from Donald Trump, have come up with a menu of ways to weaken the regulatory state. In honor of National Backward Day – that’s an actual thing, in case you’re wondering, and it’s...
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Trump Administration’s Science Shutdown Endangers Public Health

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By Jonathan Hahn, Sierra Club President Trump wastes few opportunities to demonstrate that he doesn’t believe in science. Most recently, he confused weather with climate by suggesting (not for the first time) that a short-term cold weather event—the polar vortex plunging the...
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We’re Fighting to Protect Your Right to a Day in Court

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By Better Markets Fighting for the right for all Americans to have their day in court, Better Markets joined lots of other advocacy groups in a letter to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, urging him to reject a pending attempt to take away shareholders’ rights to recovery when ripped off...
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