The mission of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissionis to keep Americans safe from unreasonable risk of injury or death at the hands of consumer products. Unfortunately, one of President Donald Trump’s nominee nearly her entire career defending corporations in product safety cases, not looking out for consumers. As a partner at the corporate law […]
If at first you don’t get a regulatory rollback, try, try again. That appears to be the reality in Donald Trump’s Washington. After pushing unsuccessfully for regulatory changes that would benefit his oil refining business, billionaire Carl Icahn appears to have found a new way to accomplish the same goal. At the start of the Trump […]
When you sit on a chair, you expect that it won’t break. When you start your coffeemaker, you expect that it won’t catch on fire. When you put your child on a tricycle, you expect that the wheels won’t fall off. But product manufacturers don’t just test their products for safety out of the goodness […]
“We’re not burning it down.” That’s Mick Mulvaney describing his management of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Yet he keeps setting fires – terminating enforcement, ignoring supervision, slashing funding, leaving vacancies unfilled and closing outstanding cases. John Michael “Mick” Mulvaney also serves as the Senate-confirmed director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Running OMB should […]
Did Administration Officials’ Financial Entanglements with China Delay Trump’s Promised Tough-on-China Trade Policy?
Washington insiders and pundits are obsessed with an “ideological” battle over trade in the White House. They argue that philosophical battle lines have been drawn between a pro-status-quo team led by exiting National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and a trade-change team led by White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro and U.S. Trade Representative Robert […]
On a Saturday afternoon about a week into his term, President Trump issued an ethics executive order designed to implement his campaign pledge to “drain the swamp.” The ethics order came as a surprise to many and borrowed some key provisions from President Barack Obama’s earlier ethics executive order. A key provision of the ethics order […]