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The non-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has released this analysis of Trump's budget. Listed below are the Committee's five key findings. The first three seek simply to state what the Trump Administration says is coming, including the Administration's... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
Many of our readers have no doubt heard news reports of Trump's recent interview with The Economist. If you read this blog, you are probably interested in consumer policy, and, in turn, may be interested in economic policy. If so,... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's the name of this article by law prof Daniel Hemel. Here's the abstract: Breaking from a decades-old norm of presidential tax transparency, Donald Trump has refused to make his federal income tax returns available for public inspection. Congressional leaders... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Go here or click on the embedded video below. Not surprisingly, Oliver hates the House bill. And he's worried that the Senate will do little to make things better. Rather, he's concerned that the Senate will just "cut a sh*t... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's the name of this opinion piece by Peter Suderman. Suderman is a critic of the Affordable Care Act who thinks Trumpcare is far worse than the ACA. Some brief excerpts: I have been a critic of Obamacare since it... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's the name of this opinion piece by Peter Suderman. Suderman is a critic of the Affordable Care Act who thinks Trumpcare is far worse than the ACA. Some brief excerpts: I have been a critic of Obamacare since it... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Jonathan Gruber, an MIT econ prof and a key parent of Romneycare and the Affordable Care Act, has written Trump says Obamacare is broken. He’s the one who broke it. Here's an excerpt: What supporters of [Trumpcare] are not admitting,... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at CL&P Blog
I thought our readers might be interested in why conservative Andrew Sullivan believes that Trumpcare Destroys Any Notion That American Conservatism Gives A Damn. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Sarah Light has written about the concept of Advisory Nonpreemption, using regulation of driverless cars as an example. Here's the abstract: We are living in an era of dramatic and unpredictable technological and business innovation. Federal agencies have been at... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's a quote from the abstract of Valuing Black Lives: A Constitutional Challenge to the Use of Race-Based Tables in Calculating Tort Damages by law profs Kim Yuracko and Ronen Avraham. Here's the full abstract: In 2011, a young couple... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at CL&P Blog
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Nader -- who took the airlines all the way to the Supreme Court way back when, and won -- has written this USA Today op-ed on the use of consumer power to bring the airlines down a few notches. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at CL&P Blog
This article by Abha Bharrarai reviews anecdotal evidence and data from Internet searches for flights to the U.S. indicating that, as a result of Trump's travel ban, far fewer people want to travel to the U.S. for tourism, conferences, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's the name of this article by Steven Harper (subscription possibly required). Harper begins by telling us that his concerns over [Secretary of Education Betsy] DeVos's willingness to deal effectively with student-loan policy "goes far beyond the embarrassing ignorance on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at CL&P Blog
It's often claimed that patent law and its enforcement (or not) affects consumer well-being. We know, for instance, that the presence of a patent (or not) often has a significant effect on a drug's price. And drug companies maintain that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at CL&P Blog
This article by Bobby Allyn discusses a program, begun by the Obama Administration in 2015, to step up use of private law firms to collect student-loan debt through federal-court lawsuits. The program apparently includes obtaining judgments and then placing liens... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at CL&P Blog
This article by Jonathan Swan and David Nather about the republicans' continuing efforts to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act starts with something that would be laughable if it weren't so serious: House Republican leaders are worried that a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Tobie Stanger has posted this piece at Consumer Reports comparing no-cost and low-cost tax preparation options from the major commercial tax preparation companies and the IRS. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Ya know how your credit card company now gives you your FICO credit score for free each month? And what about all those online companies peddling "free" credit scores? (They are sometimes free, sometimes not, and the companies are usually... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at CL&P Blog
There's been a good bit of news on the financial disclosures for the people who work in the Trump white house. Go here to read each employee's disclosure form. (Click on the pdf for each employee, listed in alphabetical order.)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The D.C. Circuit today issued a 2-1 decision in Bais Yaakov of Spring Valley v. FCC, which tossed a Federal Communications Act rule requiring senders of so-called "solicited" faxes to provide recipients notice of a right to opt-out. The first... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at CL&P Blog
This article (registration possibly required) by C. Ryan Barber covers an appearance yesterday by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in which, among other things, Cordray explained his views on regulating via across-the-board... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That is the name of this article by Hillel Bavli and John Felter. It may be useful to counsel seeking class certification based on what is sometimes referred to as representative proof. Here is the abstract: The 2016 Supreme Court... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at CL&P Blog
This article by Eric Wolff explains that "[a] supervisor at the Energy Department's international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases 'climate change,' 'emissions reduction' or 'Paris Agreement' in written memos, briefings or other written communication."... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Supreme Court today issued its decision in Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman. The cert petition posed the question in the case this way: Ten states have enacted laws that allow merchants to charge higher prices to consumers who pay... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Read this piece by James Hohmann, which argues that the importance of Trump's loss on health care is being overblown and that, in fact, Trump is largely succeeding so far. It includes this passage: Despite the chaos and the growing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at CL&P Blog