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October 28, 2022
Ethics in GovernmentGovernment CapacityIndependent AgenciesRight-Wing Media
Hack Watch: Debunking the Big Budget Bogeyman
It seems pretty incontestable that a big part of the media’s job is “informing the public of things they need to know.” Accordingly, the media’s coverage of how the government spends money is a spectacular example of how it fails. Congress has enabled a vacuum of sensible, accessible information about the appropriations bills it’s supposed to pass each year to fund government activity, and the media has not stepped in to fill the void.
October 26, 2022 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
Politicking Is Storytelling; Stories Need Conflict
Much has been made of recent polls showing the erosion of support for Democrats ahead of the midterms, tied to voters’ profound economic pessimism. As always, wading through the morass of bad takes (looking at you, Ross Douthat) can put many off the task of meaning-making about public political opinion altogether. Our line of thinking in these final weeks before the election remains much the same as it was back in January, when our Jeff Hauser and Max Moran outlined an argument for what Biden’s message should be.
October 24, 2022 | The American Prospect
Consumer ProtectionEthics in GovernmentFinancial RegulationIndependent AgenciesRevolving Door
The Unlikely Origins of the Chamber-Chopra War
Big business could soon get their chance to kill the CFPB for good, thanks in part to former Obama aide William Daley.
October 21, 2022
Big Real Estate's Hackery On Housing
The news media keeps citing industry PR flacks, not tenants, as experts on the housing crisis.
October 21, 2022 | Common Dreams
Kroger Goes From Supermarket to Superpower
Is the corporate media doing a good enough job of explaining the machinations and implications of a merger between the nation’s two largest grocery chains?
October 19, 2022 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
Biodiversity Is A Government Afterthought
Last week, a new comprehensive study of almost 32,000 populations of 5,230 species around the world estimated that wildlife on earth has decreased by almost 70 percent since 1970. The mind can’t really wrap around the scale of loss conveyed by this number.
October 17, 2022
Independent Agency Update Summer 2022
Personnel is policy, which means that the people who make up our federal institutions matter. Which means that the partisan Republican assault on the staffing up of the federal agencies that regulate so much of the public’s everyday life also matters greatly. Unfortunately, as we have highlighted for months and will continue to highlight for as long as it persists, the federal government is being gutted from the inside out by a blockade of overdue qualified leadership.
October 14, 2022 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter.
Hack Watch: Raimondo's Constituency: New York Times Pundits
The Commerce Secretary’s commitment to 90’s centrism has won her support from the Gray Lady, and hostility from actual voters.
October 14, 2022
Hannah Story Brown Timi Iwayemi Fatou Ndiaye
Omnibus Awareness Month in Review
If Congress regularly met its own deadlines, then October—the first month of the fiscal year—would also be the first month when federal agencies could implement their new and improved budgets. Unfortunately, the modern Congress regularly fails to pass an omnibus spending package for the next fiscal year, which bundles several appropriations bills for different parts of the federal government into one whole-of-government budget, by the end of the previous fiscal year. This autumn is no different.
October 12, 2022
Tenant Organizers Call On Biden To Tackle Rent Inflation
The grassroots Homes Guarantee campaign has an executive branch playbook to protect tenants, but will the Biden administration acquiesce?
October 07, 2022 | Revolving Door Project Substack
Larry Summers And Jason Furman Aren't Really Democrats
Identifying people who don’t support the party’s key policies as Democratic thought leaders only serves to reinforce outmoded center right ideology.
October 07, 2022 | The American Prospect
How Banks Are Defending Their Right To Discriminate
To any normal person, the idea that discrimination might not be “unfair, deceptive, or abusive” is ridiculous.
October 05, 2022 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
Another Eleventh-Hour Stopgap Spending Bill
October means a lot of things in the political world: the end of a fiscal year and the beginning of a new one; SCOTUS returning from a long recess; and, every two years, the final stretch before a general election. If the congressional appropriations process worked as designed, October would also be the month when federal agencies began implementing their new budgets for the next fiscal year. If only things could work so smoothly.
October 04, 2022
Possible Treasury Secretary Is Anti-Worker, Anti-Choice, Pro-Monopoly, Pro-Corporate
“Promoting Gina Raimondo would contradict every part of Biden’s rightly celebrated economic achievements.”
October 03, 2022
Gina Raimondo: Fire Acting Director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) Jamie Rhome
Today the Revolving Door Project released a petition calling on Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to remove Acting Director Jamie Rhome from his position running the National Hurricane Center (NHC) at the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA).