David Dayen


David Dayen is the executive editor of The American Prospect. His work has appeared in The Intercept, The New Republic, HuffPost, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and more. His first book, Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud, winner of the Studs and Ida Terkel Prize, was released by The New Press in 2016.

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Day One Agenda

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Defense contractors are denying the military the right to repair its equipment. Unless the FTC rules otherwise, the contractors do it themselves—for a fee. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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The bill, H.R. 3, has gotten considerably stronger from its initial concept, but questions remain. Read more

Health and Social Policy


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The story of Katharine Gun, a whistle-blower who exposed NSA spying in the lead-up to the Iraq War, gets the Hollywood treatment. Read more

America and the World


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Biden makes use of the “Gingrich-Edwards” loophole to avoid payroll taxes. Read more

Economic Policy


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The plan, with an immediate $200 per month benefit increase, sets the left edge of the possible on a bedrock Democratic program. Read more

Economic Policy


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Its plainly political investigation of auto companies that agreed to California’s emission standards is just that absurd. Read more

Law and Justice


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Victims get an email clearly intended to throttle cash awards for the data breach. A bunch of lawyers stand to gain $80 million in the exchange. Read more

Economic Policy


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There are lots of reasons why health care bills will get passed this fall. There are also lots of reasons why they won’t. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Commissioner Rohit Chopra dissented from a fine against Google for violations of child privacy laws, but the FTC redacted his explanation of how the fine was smaller than the earnings from the violations. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture


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The opioid manufacturer wants a global settlement. Americans need personal accountability. Making Purdue a public beneficiary trust company could yield some interesting options. Read more

Economic Policy

Trump’s “regulators” have allowed banks to play fast and loose with your deposits. It’s time to make banks’ speculation with your money flat-out illegal. Read more

Economic Policy


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The co-founder of Demand Justice has called on the next Democratic president to reject corporate lawyers for judicial nominations. Read more

Law and Justice


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Of the Democratic field, only Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have returned the money.  Read more

Economic Policy