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It's A Big Day For Trump’s Budget Pick, For Social Security And For America's Millionaires

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.17.2017 | Home
Richard (RJ) Eskow

A full Senate vote is expected sometime Thursday afternoon on Donald Trump’s pick for White House Budget Director, Rep. Mick Mulvaney. That means th...

Justice Department Said Trump’s Refugee Ban Is Legal. They Didn’t Say It Was A Good Idea.

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.30.2017 | Home

WASHINGTON ― Just what the hell is the Justice Department doing while President Donald Trump is churning out chaos-inspiring executive orders, Sen. ...

Trump Promised To Back The Police. Now Cops Worry He’ll Kill Their Grants.

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.27.2017 | Home

WASHINGTON ― In the months leading up to the election, Donald Trump touted his support for law enforcement on the campaign trail, telling police off...

Bernie Sanders Slams Trump's Budget Chief Pick For Wanting To Defund Planned Parenthood

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 01.25.2017 | Home

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) grilled Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), the White House budget chief nominee, on Tuesday over his 2015 crusade to defund Plan...

Trump Budget Director Pick Does Not Believe Climate Change Is A Major Risk

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 01.24.2017 | Home

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget said Tuesday he does not believe that climate ch...

Trump Budget Nominee All But Admits Obama Got Bigger Inauguration Crowd Than Trump

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 01.24.2017 | Home

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s nominee to be director of the Office of Management and Budget all but admitted on Tuesday that former Presid...

Trump's Budget Nominee Still Thinks Social Security Is A Ponzi Scheme

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.30.2017 | Home

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s choice to manage the federal government’s budget admitted Tuesday that Social Security is in fact constitu...

What Does The Trump Victory Mean For Climate Change Policy?

Robert Stavins | Posted 11.10.2016 | Home
Robert Stavins

After I've had an opportunity to reflect more calmly and carefully on the implications of the forthcoming Trump presidency for environmental, natural resource, and energy policy, I will return to this topic.

Can California Provide A Good Model Of Progressive Climate Policy?

Robert Stavins | Posted 10.13.2016 | Home
Robert Stavins

California can play a very important role by showing leadership -- in two key ways. One is to demonstrate a commitment to meaningful reductions in GHG emissions. In this regard, California has more than met the bar, with policies that are as aggressive as -- if not more aggressive than -- those of most countries.

Market Mechanisms In The Paris Climate Agreement: International Linkage Under Article 6.2

Robert Stavins | Posted 08.30.2016 | Home
Robert Stavins

There are a substantial number of issues that negotiators will eventually need to address, and likewise, there are a set of questions that researchers (including within the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements) can begin to address now.

Accountable, Transparent Government: The Promise of the DATA Act

Joel Gurin | Posted 06.07.2016 | Home
Joel Gurin

Every political observer knows that we're living in a time of historically low trust in government and high partisan polarization. But a growing federal commitment to accountability and transparency could begin to change that.

The IRS Request That Could Help Identity Thieves

Adam Levin | Posted 12.18.2016 | Home
Adam Levin

In September, the IRS proposed giving nonprofits the option of providing more information about people who contribute $250 or more. What kind of information you ask?

Kate Sheppard

Obama Administration Comes Out Swinging Against GOP Environmental Spending Bill | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.07.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday strongly criticized a Republican budget proposal that would undermine regulatory work at the Environ...

Sam Stein

White House Moves Closer To Major Executive Action On Overtime Pay | Sam Stein | Posted 05.05.2015 | Home

The Obama administration on Tuesday morning put in motion one of the last major elements of the president's economic agenda, a reform to overtime rule...

Obama: Stop Wall Street Brokers From Putting Their Interests Above Clients Saving for Retirement

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 04.25.2015 | Home
Dennis M. Kelleher

We're not suggesting that everyone who gives retirement investment advice is taking advantage of their clients, since many advisers do act in their client's best interest. But, because the law does not require them to do so, far too many do not. That's why the President's recent action is so important.

The $65 Dollar "Solution"

Dan Cardinali | Posted 01.17.2015 | Home
Dan Cardinali

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays when we tend to think about the less fortunate, and this year, I'll be thinking specifically about two numbers: $49 and $65.

What Are the Benefits and Costs of EPA's Proposed CO2 Regulation?

Robert Stavins | Posted 10.08.2014 | Home
Robert Stavins

The Obama Administration's proposed regulation of existing power-sector sources of CO2 has the potential to be cost-effective, and if you accept these numbers, it can also be welfare-enhancing, if not welfare-maximizing.

Environmental Groups Say Obama Administration Watered Down EPA Pollution Rule

The Huffington Post | Kasey Varner | Posted 06.27.2014 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Environmental advocacy groups have filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit accusing the White House of withholding documents the grou...

White House Meeting Logs: Big Rail Lobbying Against 'Bomb Train' Regulations It Publicly Touts

Steve Horn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Home
Steve Horn

Big Rail has talked a big game to the public about its desire for increased safety measures for its trains carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Bakken Shale. What happens behind closed doors, the meeting logs show, tells another story.

Managing the State Department

Tom Fox | Posted 08.17.2014 | Home
Tom Fox

Heather Higginbottom is deputy secretary for management and resources at the State Department. She previously served as deputy director of the Office ...

Laura Bassett

Obama's New Health Secretary May Change How Washington Works | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.05.2014 | Home

Sylvia Mathews Burwell is about to inherit one of the most difficult jobs in Washington. As President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Department of...

Political Gridlock Is an Enemy of Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.01.2014 | Home
Bruce Lesley

With important issues facing our nation, very little is getting done. And for our nation's children, stalemate in Congress precludes action on addressing a wide array of problems.

Kate Sheppard

EPA Says Power Plant Rules Will Be Ready By June 1 Deadline | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.18.2014 | Home

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency says it is on pace to release its new draft standards for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from exis...

White House To Release Budget Data

Reuters | Posted 04.14.2014 | Home

(Corrects first name to Sylvia from Sheila in paragraph 8) By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - In an unusu...

Kate Sheppard

North Carolina Coal Ash Spill Renews Push For Long-Delayed Federal Regulations | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.06.2014 | Home

WASHINGTON – Between 50,000 and 82,000 tons of coal ash flowed into North Carolina's Dan River on Sunday, prompting renewed calls for long-delayed f...