David Segal

David Segal is the executive director of the Demand Progress Education Fund.

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By custom, the Senate minority leader has broad authority to name commissioners to independent agencies. Schumer must select Democrats willing to take on corporate power. Read more



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The Senate Minority Leader mismanaged an appointment to the agency last year, keeping a Democratic seat open for months. Will he do the same again? Read more

, Economic Policy


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Republicans have stymied the filling of Democratic seats in independent agencies. There doesn’t appear to be any plan to confront this. Read more

, Money, Politics and Power


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Rumors of Rob Jackson’s departure would give Wall Street a boost, with anti-regulatory Republicans in complete charge of the agency. Read more

, Economic Policy