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Zach Carter

Warren Pushes Back On Insurance Deregulation | Zach Carter | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Thursday approved new bipartisan legislation to deregulate the insurance indu...

TAFTA (Part 2): Citizens of the Food Movement, Be Prepared!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

Given that around 26 states in the U.S. have moved to enact more comprehensive labeling requirements for GMOs, any trade measures that could threaten the rights of U.S. citizens to democratically determine higher standards in food labeling, should be opposed.

TAFTA: Code Word 'Harmonization,' a Race to the Bottom or the Top?

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 08.02.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

The majority of binding and enforceable rulings of the WTO and those of other trade bodies such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) demonstrate a consistent pattern of lowering food, environmental, labor, or consumer safety standards in behest to trade agendas.

Undocumented Consumers: Include Consumer Protection in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Norman I. Silber | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Norman I. Silber

Will Congress structure the legalization process to ensure that eligible applicants don't get detained or deported based on their efforts to hold others accountable for incompetence or fraud?

Equity Crowdfunding: Next Generation of Angel Investors Is Not Sorry to Disrupt

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 07.06.2013 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Nikola Tesla wrote once, "The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine." I can see this being quoted by any supporter of equi...

Trade Talks Put Health Safeguards in Danger

Nasima Hossain | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Nasima Hossain

The U.S. and the European Union are beginning trade negotiations on a major new treaty designed to strengthen the lagging economies on both sides of the pond. Unfortunately, if history is any guide, the negotiations threaten to wreak havoc on our public health and safety protections.

In the Public Interest: Senator McConnell Says We Shouldn't Have a CFPB At All

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 06.22.2013 | Business
Ed Mierzwinski

What are some of the protections we wouldn't have at all, if Senator McConnell and Wall Street have their way and we didn't have a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at all?

Eleazar David Melendez

Overdraft Fees Continue To Make Banks Richer, Poor Poorer | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 03.29.2013 | Business

Financially struggling Americans paid an increasing amount of money in overdraft fees last year, in spite of a 2010 rule designed to prevent abusive o...

Monsant-Oh No!

Alex Palombo | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Alex Palombo

The Monsanto Protection Act is a continuation on the trend of corporations getting away with shafting their customers out of millions, leaving consumers worse for the wear and letting corporations off scot-free.

Affordable Care Act at 3: Looking Forward and Expanding Access

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Sebelius

Americans are getting more value for their health care dollars due to the health care law. Affordable Care Act initiatives are promoting coordinated care; paying for quality, not quantity; and dramatically reducing fraud and waste, contributing to the slowest growth in national health spending in 50 years.

Affordable Care Act at 3: Abby's Story

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

I'd like to introduce you to Abby Schanfield, who has an important and inspiring story to tell about how the Affordable Care Act has changed her life. She recently attended the State of the Union address as a guest of the First Lady.

Eleazar David Melendez

Consumer Protection Agency Will Regulate Student Loan Debt Collectors | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 03.14.2013 | Business

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday announced new rules aimed at cracking down on alleged abuses by companies that collect debts for ...

Elizabeth Warren Accuses Senate GOP Of 'Keeping The Game Rigged'

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) blasted Senate Republicans on Thursday for continuing to stall Richard Cordray’s nomination to lead the Consumer Fin...

My Anti-Skid Consumer Slip-Up

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 05.13.2013 | Comedy
Jeffrey Shaffer

I'm an irresponsible consumer. I recently bought a common household product and failed to register the item, so if something goes wrong I probably won't get a refund or replacement. I'm talking about a shower mat -- a flexible rectangle with suction cups on the bottom.

Reward Investors in Banks That Break Up

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business
Brent Budowsky

I agree with George Will about as often as the Boston Red Sox agree with the New York Yankees, but as the law of broken clocks suggests, we must both be right at least twice a day.

How the Health Care Law Protects You

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Sebelius

Today marks the beginning of National Consumer Protection Week, which makes this the perfect time to talk about some of the new rights and protections Americans have under the Affordable Care Act.

Eleazar David Melendez

The Big Loser In The American Airlines-US Airways Merger | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 02.08.2013 | Business

Air travelers may end up losing big in a deal that would create the largest airline in the U.S., consumer advocates told The Huffington Post, after va...

Client Protection and Microfinance: Crossing a Threshold

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

The global microfinance industry realized a significant and long-awaited goal this week with the introduction of Client Protection Certification as pr...

Walmart Accused Of Scam For 2nd Year In A Row

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 01.22.2013 | Business

Sure go ahead and regift that present your friend bought for you at Walmart, but whatever you do, don't return it. The world's largest retailer is ...

How to Be Your Own Consumer Advocate in Pursuit of Products and Services Promised, Speak to the Supervisor, and Still Be Nice

Mary Crescenzo | Posted 03.20.2013 | Business
Mary Crescenzo

Have you ever gotten nowhere over the phone with a manager, consumer relations person, or an automated help-line and just given up? Next time, be nice but determined on your quest for quality on the road to consumer power.

No More Newtowns

T. Berry Brazelton, MD | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
T. Berry Brazelton, MD

Let's not allow mental illness to be further stigmatized by events like the Newtown tragedy, nor to distract us from the solutions that are closer at hand. It's a lot faster, easier, and cheaper to reduce the number of assault weapons in circulation.

Banding Together

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.13.2013 | Business
Ralph Nader

As technology has evolved, so should our expectations about how Congress and state legislatures can advance civic values and consumer interests by facilitating people banding together in effective citizen groups.

Oh No! Someone Just Walked Away With My iPad Mini!

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 02.26.2013 | Technology
Hemanshu Nigam

As you welcome your new digital gear into your home this holiday season, you will want to protect your personal information, identities and beloved technical equipment in the best way possible.

The Darker Side of Online Shopping

Richard Stephens | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
Richard Stephens

The general consensus among consumers is that online shopping is more convenient and cost-effective, as e-stores continue to slash prices in a bid to drive more and more traffic their way. Of course, not everything in life is quite that simple.

Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come

Katherine McFate | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
Katherine McFate

When the American public recognizes the way sensible standards and safeguards undergird the quality of life we all take for granted, our Christmases yet-to-come will be something grand.