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A Point For Democracy: Obama Advances Toward an Executive Order on Political Disclosure for Federal Contractors

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Last June, I wrote an open letter to President Obama asking him to issue an executive order to bring more transparency to corporate political disclosure. This is a step that I, along with many others, want to see Obama take...
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We Don’t Need Another Cable Giant

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By Mary Alice Crim, FreePress Earlier this week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler admitted that he “has not done enough” to encourage competition between cable giants. “We want low-income, offline Americans to have multiple options for getting online … and that means choice, and my...
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Save Our Arctic and Atlantic Waters Now

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council This week, NRDC and our environmental partners called on President Obama to take precious Arctic and Atlantic waters off the table, permanently, to oil and gas drilling and all the harm and hazard it brings. Today we also delivered...
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CFPB Criticizes Banks Re Account Opening and Overdrafts, Offers Consumer Tips

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Today, right now, the CFPB is holding a field hearing in Louisville on problems consumers face when opening bank accounts. (If you miss the live video, it will be webcast-archived in a few days). A new CFPB report finds that access to bank accounts...
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Risky Business: Court Requires EPA to Issue Financial Assurance Rules for Industries Handling Hazardous Waste

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By Katie Schaefer and Greg Wannier, Sierra Club Last Friday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a settlement the Sierra Club and other environmental groups reached with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that establishes a timeline for the agency to issue...
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Senator Warren on Attempts to Further Rig Our Justice System (H.R. 766)

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By Alexis Goldstein, Americans for Financial Reform In a speech on the Senate floor on February 3rd, Senator Elizabeth Warren described America’s criminal justice system as “rigged” in favor of big corporations and the wealthy and powerful. The Senator also condemned attempts in...
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Polluters’ Last-Ditch Bid to Stay Clean Power Plan Faces Long Odds at Supreme Court

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By David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council Just days after the federal court of appeals in Washington rejected their bid to block President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the coal industry and its political allies are pleading for immediate relief from the U.S. Supreme...
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Why Volkswagen’s Cheater Emission Crimes Are Worse than We Knew

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By Frank O’Donnell, Clean Air Watch There is fresh evidence that Volkswagen’s dangerous emissions are worse than we knew — especially for children and others with asthma. The evidence comes in a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report summing up the...
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Good Times for Gig Workers Won’t Last Forever

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By David Brodwin, American Sustainable Business Council The on-demand economy (which includes companies like Uber, Airbnb and TaskRabbit) has brought a firestorm of controversy about the nature of work and the meaning of the social contract. On one side of the controversy are the...
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Government Run Like a Business Poisons Kids

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By Leo Gerard, United Steelworkers The people of Michigan hired themselves a GOP businessman to be governor in 2011. And what they got was children poisoned by public water in Flint. That is, what they got was a government run based on GOP business values. To line the pockets...
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