Tuesday , June 2 2020
Home / CEPR Blog

CEPR Blog



Articles by CEPR Blog

Who Exactly Are Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg’s Bundlers?

January 31, 2020

Beginning in the fall, the Revolving Door Project was one of a handful of voices drawing attention to Democratic primary candidates’ failure to release the names of their most important fundraisers. In op-eds, newsletters, and across other forums throughout the fall we repeatedly made the case that this consequential information could not stay hidden. Why …

Read More »

Dem Prez Candidates Fundraising from Union-Busting Lawyers

January 29, 2020

The Iron Workers Union endorsed Joe Biden last week, citing his dedication to “defend rights and jobs of American workers”, and calling him “a friend to union ironworkers”. The union endorsement marks one of many that Democratic candidates are fighting for by unveiling detailed labor plans and promising to overturn “right-to work laws” that weaken …

Read More »

Lifting Hold on Public Charge Rule Evokes Antebellum Slave Codes

January 28, 2020

In a 5-4 decision yesterday, the Supreme Court temporarily lifted a nationwide preliminary injunction that had kept the Trump administration from implementing its rule that vastly expands the reach of the public charge provision in federal immigration law. Immigration officials will now be able to deny lawful permanent resident status (“green cards”) to immigrant spouses …

Read More »

Year in Review – What Changed at Independent Agencies in 2019?

January 27, 2020

As we have previously highlighted, independent federal agencies receive too little attention relative to their importance to our collective safety and prosperity. The Revolving Door Project has worked through multiple channels to shed light on these overlooked agencies and the threats that they face. We hope public education will generate pressure to safeguard the independence …

Read More »

Marital-Status Discrimination Reduces Fertility in China

January 23, 2020

Building on recent posts by Dean Baker in his Beat the Press Blog (responding to NYT and Washington Post here and Ross Douthat here) that debunk the idea that there is a “demographic crisis” in China, there’s also an important family justice aspect to fertility in China.  Although Douthat attributes China’s fertility rate (1.6 births …

Read More »

The Revolving Door Project and Demand Progress Call On Lawmakers to Investigate Revolving Door’s Influence on SEC’s WeCompany Review

January 13, 2020

On January 13, the Revolving Door Project and the Demand Progress Education Fund called on the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees to “open an investigation into the Securities and Exchange Commission’s review of WeCompany’s aborted Initial Public Offering (IPO) and the integrity of its investigation into potential …

Read More »

Coalition Requests Moderators Ask About Executive Branch

January 6, 2020

To: CNN, The Des Moines Register, and the moderators of the January 14th Democratic debate We, the undersigned organizations, urgently request that you ask each Democratic presidential candidate about how they would wield powers specific to the executive branch at the next debate on January 14th. In particular, we request that you ask about what …

Read More »

Should We Care How Many People LBJ Would Think are Poor Today?

December 18, 2019

In a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper, Richard Burkhauser and his coauthors argue that only 2.3 percent of Americans lived in poverty in 2017, if we define poverty in the way they claim “President Johnson defined it.” By comparison, the OECD put the US poverty rate at 17.8 percent using the …

Read More »

Modern Family Progressivism, Part Two: Reply to Kevin Drum

December 12, 2019

This is the second part in a series of posts. You can read the first post here. Writing in the New York Times, family sociologist Christina Cross notes that “America has a long and troubled history of viewing racial inequality primarily through the lens of family structure.” She cites her own and others’ research in …

Read More »

Coalition Requests Moderators Ask About Executive Branch

December 9, 2019

To: Judy Woodruff, Tim Alberta, Amna Nawaz, Yamiche Alcindor, PBS NewsHour, Politico, and the organizers of the December 19th Democratic debate We, the undersigned organizations, urgently request that you ask each Democratic presidential candidate about how they would wield powers specific to the executive branch at the next debate on December 19th. In particular, we …

Read More »

Modern Family Progressivism

December 4, 2019

In a recent New York Times’ column, Thomas Edsall defends progressives against Attorney General William Barr and other social conservatives who charge them with wanton destruction of the family. Edsall is right to call out Barr and others for “marketing apocalyptic hogwash” to get Trump reelected, but his argument concedes too much to social conservatives.  …

Read More »

November Update on the State of Independent Federal Agencies

December 2, 2019

As we have previously highlighted, the federal government’s forty independent federal agencies receive too little attention relative to their importance to our collective safety and prosperity. The Revolving Door Project has worked through multiple channels to shed light on these overlooked agencies and the threats that they face. We hope public education will generate pressure …

Read More »

Committee on Ways and Means Must Investigate Opportunity Zones

November 19, 2019

Lawmakers sold opportunity zones as a solution for this country’s poorest communities but, two years into the program, that claim does not seem to be holding up. Rather than infusing poor communities with much-needed cash, it seems that many zones are padding the already bursting pockets of some of the country’s wealthiest individuals. No story …

Read More »

Coalition Requests Moderators Ask About Executive Branch

November 15, 2019

To: Moderators Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Kristen Welker, Ashley Parker, MSNBC, and The Washington Post We, the undersigned organizations, urgently request that you ask each Democratic presidential candidate about how they would wield powers specific to the executive branch at the next debate on November 20th. In particular, we request that you ask about what …

Read More »

Dems Must Confront GOP Attacks On Independent Agencies

November 12, 2019

TO: INTERESTED PARTIES FROM: Revolving Door Project & Demand Progress Education Fund RE: Dems Must Confront GOP Attacks on Dem Seats at the Independent Agencies  Date: 11/13/19   Trump & McConnell’s Stealth Nuclear Attack on Independent Agencies It is no secret that President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will abandon the basic …

Read More »

Freshman Democrats Seek to Make Corporate Oversight Routine Again

November 7, 2019

Rep. Ayanna Pressley introduced legislation last week to require the CEOs of the country’s largest banks to testify before Congress at least once per year. While this might seem a perfectly run-of-the-mill measure from an outside vantage point, it is a marked departure from this Congress’ aversion to most oversight (especially of corporations). Indeed, most …

Read More »

Inflation Inequality and the Poverty Measure

November 6, 2019

For over half a century, the United States has measured income poverty by comparing a family’s income to a standardized dollar amount (a “poverty line”) that varies by family size. For a family of four, this poverty line was initially set at $3,104 in 1963. The current official poverty line — $25,701 for a family …

Read More »

Declining Labor Shares of GDP: Is There Something to Be Explained?

November 5, 2019

One of the tasks that are keeping economists employed these days is explaining the drop in labor’s share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This is supposed to be a major cause of concern since the vast majority of people get most or all of their income from working.  A wide variety of theories have been …

Read More »

October Update on the State of Independent Federal Agencies

November 1, 2019

As we have previously highlighted, the federal government’s forty independent federal agencies receive too little attention relative to their importance to our collective safety and prosperity. The Revolving Door Project has worked through multiple channels to shed light on these overlooked agencies and the threats that they face. We hope public education will generate pressure …

Read More »

Trump’s Hidden Attention to Detail in Avoiding Accountability

October 23, 2019

With each passing day, President Trump’s criminal syndicate looks weaker. Until recently, hoping for defections on the scale we’re seeing now might have seemed like a pipe dream, but it turns out that several of Trump’s former associates do have limits on what they will tolerate (even if it is sometimes puzzling where exactly they …

Read More »

Comment on Davis, Haltiwanger, Handley, Lipsius, Lerner, and Miranda, “The Economic Effects of Private Equity Buyouts”

October 8, 2019

The research team that brought you a study that compared employment dynamics in companies taken over by private equity with similar companies not acquired by PE (“Private Equity, Jobs, and Productivity,” American Economic Review 2004) is out with a new paper. The news for workers, already troubling in their earlier report, is even worse this …

Read More »

Revolving Door Project Joins Partners to Tell Trump: Rescind Executive Order Cutting Federal Advisory Committees

October 4, 2019

Today, the Revolving Door Project joined civil society partners to call on President Trump to rescind his Executive Order on Evaluating and Improving the Utility of Federal Advisory Committees. This recent Trump executive order calls for the elimination of one-third of existing Federal Advisory Committees (FAC) that are not statutorily mandated. The Order claims to …

Read More »

CEPR’s Impeachment Briefing

October 2, 2019

When Nancy Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry of Trump last Tuesday, CEPR’s Revolving Door Project (RDP) was already ahead of the news. RDP’s director, Jeff Hauser answered when reporters asked if Democrats would seek impeachment after the whistleblower allegations. Last year, he warned of then-Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh’s proven willingness to rule “that the president …

Read More »

September Update on the State of Independent Federal Agencies

October 1, 2019

As we have previously highlighted, the federal government’s forty independent federal agencies receive too little attention relative to their importance to our collective safety and prosperity. The Revolving Door Project has worked through multiple channels to shed light on these overlooked agencies and the threats that they face. We hope public education will generate pressure …

Read More »

With Impeachment (Slowly) Underway, Other Oversight is Still Needed

September 24, 2019

Impeachment proceedings are officially underway, meaning that the tedious debate over whether or not to open an inquiry is (at least, hypothetically) behind us. Following revelations last week that President Trump has taken Congress’ refusal to impeach as a blank check, it is even becoming plausible that the days of Nancy Pelosi’s ridiculous ongoing opposition …

Read More »

Key House Democrats Are Giving Betsy DeVos A Free Ride

September 23, 2019

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testified before the House Education and Labor Committee five months ago. She sat down, cleared her throat, and proceded to dodge basic yes-or-no questions about everything from transgender rights to literacy programs to arming teachers for several hours. Through her evasiveness, and the many issues Democrats wanted to bring up, there …

Read More »

Revolving Door Project Probes Thiel’s White House Connection

September 16, 2019

Washington is awash with proposals for a new regulatory agency centered on Silicon Valley. Often lost in that important conversation is the fact that the executive branch already has some positions with a direct focus on the technology sector, though they are limited in scope and scattered across the alphabet-soup of agencies. Perhaps no tech-focused …

Read More »