Mick Mulvaney’s Master Class in Destroying the Government From Within Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature The C.F.P.B. was created to protect Americans from predatory lenders after the financial crisis. President Trump’s new chief of staff took it apart on his way to White House. Credit Credit Typography by Tyler Comrie Supported by ByNicholas Confessore April 16, 2019 One rainy afternoon early in February 2018, a procession of consumer experts and activists made their way to the headquarters of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington to meet Mick Mulvaney, then the bureau’s acting director. The building — an aging Brutalist layer cake, selected by the bureau’s founders for the aspirational symbolism of its proximity to the White House, one block away — was under renovation, and so each visitor in turn trudged around to a side entrance. Inside the … [Read more...] about Mick Mulvaney’s Master Class in Destroying the Government From Within
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Officer Alfie G. Acol, with the Laurel Police Department, connects his head mounted-point of view video recording system to the docking station that charges and downloads the video from the unit. A Washington, D.C. man filed a lawsuit Thursday, alleging that Alcol performed an illegal and public strip search during a traffic stop. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz) While many governments across Maryland charge 25 or 50 cents a page for copies of public documents, police departments’ fees are several times as much. Police commonly require $5 or $10 for copies of accident or incident reports, even for a single page. Fees run higher in Baltimore County, which charges $15, and Salisbury in Wicomico County, which charges $20. The flat fee in Sykesville in Carroll County — $25 for a report regardless of the number of pages — was the steepest among more than three dozen departments reviewed in a Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association project. Maryland’s Public … [Read more...] about Md. police agencies in higher realm for public records fees
People at loggerheads over issues are nothing new for Portland. But this city and other communities have made efforts in the last decade or two to create forums where people can work on differences over hard choices about housing, social services and the environment – not just shout at each other. Government at the state level in Maine, as in Washington, D.C., has unfortunately not been able to do likewise for some time. Now there is an opportunity to get back to the business of the future of our state. As a longtime consensus-building trainer, I know that when just one of the parties needed for action will not do the hard work of problem-solving, others must often fight for their interests. But you don’t solve complex problems or create new value that way. Facing the future by grasping for the past is a false promise. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jack Kartez, professor emeritus of community planning and development at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public … [Read more...] about Maine Voices: Get to ‘yes’ for Maine’s future, despite disagreements
When this consumer affairs column was born, it had a simple mandate: to help consumers who believed they were being wronged by a company or government agency. We would step in when consumers couldn't resolve an issue despite their own attempts, and we would cut through the red tape and encourage organizations to do the right thing. It's a rewarding column to write, actually helping real people with real problems, but it's also incredibly frustrating to see issues come across our desk that should have been corrected without outside intervention. Here's one of those cases. We received an email from a consumer who had a very simple billing issue after a hospital visit. She had figured out the solution to the problem, but for more than six months, no one would help her solve it. We stepped in, and in a couple of days, the billing issue was resolved. Why was this so hard to fix without a nudge from the media? Unfortunately, we don't have an answer. Here's what happened. JoAnn Corry of … [Read more...] about ER patient keeps getting bills for covered treatment. Why was this so hard to fix?
opinion Letters to the editor The Register Published 2:37 PM EDT Oct 4, 2018 HOW TO SUBMIT A LETTER TO THE EDITOR We need Hubbell's steady gaze on Iowa One quote stuck out for me in Kevin Hardy’s piece in the Des Moines Register last week about Fred Hubbell [Fred Hubbell, scion of Iowa royalty, puts policy over personality in his race for Iowa governor]. Janet Altes was quoted as saying, "You can tell by the way he looks at you and what he says that he means business,” and that struck a chord. I have had brief encounters with Hubbell over the past 15 years or so. I was surprised to see him at a Democratic caucus gathering in the mid-80s. More recently, I have worked with him and his wife, Charlotte Hubbell, on public health matters. I feel like we know each other pretty well. However, there have been times when I have been taken aback by his steady gaze and tough questions on tough issues. This is a serious man. This is an adult who is his own person. … [Read more...] about Letters: We need Hubbell’s steady gaze on Iowa