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LATimes: Obama's consumer protection legacy defined by aggressive agency

[This weekend, the Los Angele Times chronicled President Obama's consumer protection record, with heavy emphasis on the history and fight over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB):]

"[...] Launched in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the bureau is one of President Obama’s signature accomplishments. [...] “I think you have to consider him a tremendous president for consumers,” said Ed Mierzwinski, consumer program director at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group."

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Blog Post | Transportation

A World Without Carbon Pollution – Closer Than You Might Think | John Olivieri

For many, a world without carbon pollution seems like a distant utopia. To some, this even seems unobtainable. The size and scope of the challenge before us can be daunting, yet, there is good news -- a world without carbon pollution is closer than you think.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

As CFPB Escalates Drive Toward Protections, Study Finds CFPB Enforcement Works | Ed Mierzwinski

This month the CFPB issued its proposed rule prohibiting class action bans in small-print mandatory arbitration clauses; in June it is expected to release its high-cost small dollar lending (payday and auto title loan) proposed rule. Meanwhile, as CFPB's industry opponents hide behind astroturf front groups and Congressional opponents use backdoor attacks, a law professor has released a major report finding that "from its inception [in 2011] through 2015 the agency had a 122-and-0 track record in its publicly announced enforcement actions" and that 93% (over $10.5 billion) of funds recovered for consumers have been for deceptive practices -- "[f]ar from a novel legal theory."

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Blog Post | Transportation

Why Is Our Infrastructure So Terrible? | Sean Doyle

America is facing a $1.4 trillion infrastructure funding crisis. This isn't some distant problem; it's already having a real effect on everyday Americans.

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Good Things Come to Those On Bikes | Sean Doyle

Pull the bike out of the closet, pump up those tires, and dust off the helmet because it's Bike to Work Week!

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News Release | Georgia PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

New Survey: Small Businesses Crushed By Rising Health Costs

A survey hundreds of small business owners and managers across the country, makes clear that small business owners want and need health care reform

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News Release | Georgia PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

New Report: Health Care Reform Can Save Georgia $73 BILLION

Press release for a Georgia PIRG report that provides estimates for how much various cost-saving proposals can reduce health spending – all while improving the quality of the care we receive.

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News Release | Georgia PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

Consumer Group Praises House's Introduction of Strong Health Care Reform Bill

A recent Georgia PIRG report identified increased support for comparative effectiveness research (CER - medical research into which treatments work best for different kinds of patients) as one of the touchstones for increasing quality and lowering costs. The draft legislation provides ongoing funding for this research and ensures that findings will be disseminated to doctors.

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News Release | Georgia PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Traffic Congestion Badly Hurts Georgia

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News Release | Georgia PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

Gaps in Medical Research Result in Poorer Care and Higher Costs

A new report by the consumer watchdog U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) finds that for the majority of medical conditions, no studies exist that determine the most effective course of treatment among all available options.

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