Don’t let Scott Pruitt’s first class travel distract you from an even bigger scandal

It has been a rough week for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt. On Sunday, the Washington Post reported that Pruitt spent at least $90,000 on first class and business class plane tickets while traveling for official government work last June. On Tuesday, Pruitt…

Mitch McConnell just created a DACA crisis

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is giving the Senate the rest of this week only to consider permanent legislation to protect the nearly 800,000 young immigrants known as Dreamers before he moves on to “other things.” On Tuesday, McConnell said the Senate would limit…

House Republicans want to make it harder for people with disabilities to access businesses

This week, Congress is expected to vote on a bill that would significantly weaken the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act and let businesses off the hook for failing to provide accommodations for accessibility. The ADA Education and Reform Act was introduced by Rep. Ted Poe…

Workers Should Not Have to Choose Between Retirement and Caring for Their Families

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which for the first time provided workers with job-protected family and medical leave. Once a fringe issue and sometimes viewed exclusively as a “women’s issue,” paid family and…

A Second Status Update on ACICS Colleges

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it will hold a May meeting to help decide whether the problematic accrediting agency Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) should again be allowed to grant access to federal financial aid. In late 2016,…

Trump says Democrats who didn’t applaud his speech are ‘treasonous’

Last week, Donald Trump in his first State of the Union address, called for bipartisanship and unity. “I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people…

A membership that walks the walk

Last week in federal district court, the Attorneys General of Maryland and DC laid out their case that Trump, by maintaining ownership of his businesses, was violating the Constitution. Observers were surprised that the federal judge overseeing the case seemed receptive to their arguments. Among…

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