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It's Time to Put the Brakes on Building Big Highways

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

American transportation money should be spent on fixing the roads we have, as well as investing in non-driving transportation modes that are increasingly attractive to the public, especially the massive millennial generation, which will be the chief user of today's transportation investments.

Costly Driving Time Warp at the U.S. Department of Transportation

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

A sensible approach, especially given the recent decline in driving and increasing demand for transit, would be to plow a greater share of those limited resources into expanding access to public transportation and active transportation modes while focusing highway spending on fixing our existing roads and bridges.

Protect Student Consumers on Campus

Ethan Senack | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Ethan Senack

In recent years, we've seen a major spike in deals that allow financial service providers to disburse federal financial aid to students through products like debit cards. These deals, which have raised serious concerns from consumer advocates, were shown to have significant risks for students.

Back to School, Back to Sky-High Textbook Prices

Ethan Senack | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Ethan Senack

It's that time of year again. Students and families are packing up their cars and heading off in pursuit of higher education. Here's some advice from a former college student: Visit the college bookstore before your parents leave.

Shahien Nasiripour

White House, Senators Reach Student Loan Deal Decried By Elizabeth Warren

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan Senate accord supported by the White House to overhaul the federal student loan program is forecast to boost government pro...

Trouble in Toyland

Nasima Hossain | Posted 02.09.2013 | Parents
Nasima Hossain

It's a holiday morning and kids all over the world are waking up to open their presents. Big smiles and laughter abound. What could be wrong with this picture?

Young People Who Serve Have Right to be Heard This Election

Steven Culbertson | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Steven Culbertson

Young people are volunteering and serving their communities at record rates -- and they deserve the right to ask candidates questions, and to be engaged in this election.

Small Businesses Pay The Price For Corporate America's Tax Havens

The Huffington Post | Janean Chun | Posted 04.12.2012 | Small Business

When big corporations use offshore tax havens, small businesses pay the price -- literally. If they were to cover the cost of corporate abuse of tax h...

In The Public Interest : Money Changes Everything

Janet Domenitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Domenitz

It's a good bet that Cyndi Lauper was not anticipating the U.S. Supreme Court's actions when she sang "Money Changes Everything" back in 1984. But th...

CALPIRG's Critical Role in the Campaign for Public Transportation in LA

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

CALPIRG is working with Metro, Move LA, and a host of businesses and civic, environmental and labor groups to help LA expand its public transportation system.

In The Public Interest: In the Nick of Time for Democracy

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

The DISCLOSE Act, the core legislative reaction to the overwhelmingly unpopular Citizens United decision, comes in the nick of time. If it passes, it ...

Will Chicago Privatize Its Water?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicagoans are understandably wary of privatization deals, where the city sells off public services to private contractors for an immediate payoff. Bu...

In The Public Interest: Students Need a Strong Financial Watchdog Too

Andrew Merki | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Andrew Merki

The level of debt I took on for my degree was my choice, regardless of the consequences. But at the very least, students and families should be assured that the private loan products are fair and transparent.

In The Public Interest: Get toxic chemicals off our dinner table

Elizabeth Hitchcock | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Hitchcock

We ask a lot of questions about food. What's the fat content? How much sugar? Is there enough fiber? What about trans fats? Is this the brand of (...

In The Public Interest: Sallie Mae, That's Just Not Right!

Chris Lindstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Chris Lindstrom

These days, Sallie Mae doesn't seem to be focusing much on helping students find "the right student loan." Instead, the company is campaigning heavily against the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act.

In The Public Interest: Shareholder Roles & Rights in the Brave New Post-Citizens United World

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

It's a brave new world of corporate power, thanks to the Supreme Court's Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission decision, and corporations, i...

In The Public Interest: States Take Important First Steps on BPA

Elizabeth Hitchcock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Hitchcock

Ask any new parent about their child's first steps. It's as if they took a walk on the moon instead of toddling from the sofa to the ottoman. In the ...

In The Public Interest: Fast track the Citizens United Bill

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lisa Gilbert

Not so long ago, "Citizens United vs. the Federal Elections Commission" was just a pending obscure decision facing the Supreme Court. But on January ...

Too High a Price for High Octane

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The refineries in this country still using unnecessarily hazardous hydrofluoric acid must ensure their workers and the residents of their neighborhoods live to see Labor Day 2010.

American Students Hit Hard By Rise On Credit Card Interest Rates

The Huffington Post | Matthew Palevsky and Thibault Chareton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Surging credit card rates over the past few months have created a desperate situation for many college students and graduates. While the percentage o...

Small Donors are Going on Strike: A Strike for Change

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

We're giving Congress a choice: you can either have our money or money from special interests, but not both. We'll reward the reformers. But those who oppose reform won't get any money from us.

Keep the Gifts Under the Tree Toxics-Free

Nena Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nena Baker

A group called HealthyToys.org tested 1500 toys this year and found 20 percent of them contained lead, with children's jewelry leading the most contaminated category.