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Banks and Stores, Not CFPB, Spy on Consumers

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Ed Mierzwinski

It's time to stop making stuff up about the CFPB. It's not spying on Americans. It's out there protecting American consumers -- from families to seniors, from students to veterans -- from unfair financial practices.

Privatization Battles Loom

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

As more cash-strapped municipalities consider outsourcing services to try to save money, one public interest group is hoping to turn privatization eff...

Seismic Shifts in Education Politics

John Thompson | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
John Thompson

Before our students can benefit from education research, we must find a way to fight for them in a political world that looks more and more like an oligarchy.

In the Public Interest: Deficit Reduction That Should Be Easy

Dan_Smith | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Dan_Smith

The decision on how we achieve deficit reduction now returns to the full Congress. They can do right by the American people and end wasteful subsidies, close corporate tax loopholes and direct taxpayer money to important public priorities.

In The Public Interest : Food Safety Delays Make Us Sick

Elizabeth Hitchcock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Hitchcock

Last week, I met an extraordinary eighth grader from Henderson, Nevada. Rylee Gustafson may be only 13 years old, but she got excused from school to...

In The Public Interest: More Jobs for the Same Money

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

With almost one in ten Americans currently unemployed, local governments have a special obligation to create jobs. To that end, they also have an ob...

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 ...

In The Public Interest: Why Do We Let Companies Abandon Ship on Taxes?

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

While much of the focus of the BP oil spill has rightfully been on the families, the environment and the businesses affected, it has also allowed anot...

In The Public Interest: An Oil Industry Tax-Dollar Leak No Amount of "Top Kill" Can Stop

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

President Obama and Congress need to get some serious "top kill" going on the corporate tax loopholes which allow greedy corporations to shirk their responsibilities and billions of dollars to tax bills of those who play fair.

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: The Root Cause of Our Oil Addiction

John Krieger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John Krieger

We will never be safe from oil disasters, domestic and foreign, until we reduce our consumption, and we can't do that until we finally invest in ways to ditch the gas pumps and drive less.

In The Public Interest: Something for Nothing 2.0

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

Every year, American taxpayers who play by the rules - individuals, small businesses and even a lot of bigger businesses - have to pay a lot of extra "something" because of all the tax dodgers who pay nothing.

In The Public Interest: Close the Loophole. Really.

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

On Saturday Night Live, the "Weekend Update" sometimes includes a segment in which Seth Myers and Amy Poehler will report a fairly ridiculous - but tr...

In The Public Interest: Following Your Money 2.0

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Phineas Baxandall

As Americans scramble to file their taxes this season, they can take heart in knowing that it's getting easier to track where the money goes.

In The Public Interest: A Stroll Down Main Street Finds Fans of Financial Reform

Shannon Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannon Nelson

Main Street in Wisconsin is just like Main Street everywhere else, and we're wondering if the U.S. Senate back East will stand up for us this spring. ...

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 (...

Lawsuits Against MMS Weigh in For the Public Interest

RP Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
RP Siegel

Two groups filed suit in Alabama yesterday against the MMS, the bureau that is responsible for issuing natural gas, oil and other mineral resource permits, and also for collecting royalty fees.

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 | Food
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 ...

In The Public Interest: What's Next for High-Speed Rail?

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Phineas Baxandall

Given sufficient, sustained government investment, a high-speed rail network could compete with intercity commuter air travel while benefiting America's economy and environment.

In The Public Interest: A Tale of Two Tax Rates

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

Obama has recently pledged to end "tax cuts for fund managers," the legal loophole that allows multimillionaire hedge fund managers to be taxed at the same rate as someone earning minimum wage.

In The Public Interest: Corporate Democracy - The Citizens United Opinion

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

On Thursday the long-delayed Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission yanked open the floodgates to corporate money...

In the Public Interest: Rein in the Financial System That Failed

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Mierzwinski

In my 20 years in Washington, I've witnessed the deregulation of the financial marketplace and the ruin that goes along with it. I am determined not to let it happen again.