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In The Public Interest: House Kneecaps Wall Street Reform Funding, But Goal Is Worse: Repeal

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Mierzwinski

The House is trying to starve our consumer cops to death. It's now in the public interest for the U.S. Senate to pass its own budget resolution that puts consumer and investor cops back on the beat. Otherwise, what happened on Wall Street will happen again.

The Broken Covenant Between Rich and Middle Class

Nicholas Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Nicholas Carroll

Regardless of individual politics, middle class Americans who want to remain middle class should accept -- or insist -- that Big Finance once again be closely regulated at the Federal level.

The Big Banks' Battle Against Consumers and Homeowners

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Lux

Trying to build a new agency whose actual mission is to act on behalf of consumers in times like these is a treacherous undertaking, and Elizabeth Warren is battling on two major fronts of her own.

Consumer Protection Chief Seeks Allies In Faith Leaders

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHIGNTON (RNS) The architect of the Obama administration's new consumer protection bureau met with faith-b...

Why Do Progressives Favor Regulation -- and Should We?

Alan Krinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Krinsky

Progressives should consider opposing government regulation when it is ineffective or unnecessary. But in areas where regulation protects public safety, progressive should also proudly embrace it.

Three Secrets of Safe Microfinance

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elisabeth Rhyne

Like sex, microfinance can be safe if practiced responsibly. Recently, however, we've seen that not all participants in the microfinance industry are practicing safe microfinance.

As Banks Raise Fees, You Have Options

New York Times | RON LIEBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

So now we know what the big banks' New Year's resolution was: Keep the profits flowing from basic checking accounts. Earlier this month, Bank of Amer...

Consumers' Right To Class-Action Suits In Danger In The Supreme Court

Los Angeles Times | David Lazarus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It hasn't gotten a lot of press, but a case involving AT&T that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week has sweeping ramifications for potentiall...

Shahien Nasiripour

Holly Petraeus To Be Elizabeth Warren's Pick For Top Post In New Consumer Protection Agency (EXCLUSIVE) | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Elizabeth Warren, the Obama administration appointee now establishing a consumer financial protection agency, plans to name the wife of General David ...

Feds Dismiss Recall Of Lead-Laced Glasses Over Technicality

AP | JUSTIN PRITCHARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LOS ANGELES — A federal agency reversed itself Friday and said lead-laced Wizard of Oz and superhero drinking glasses are, in fact, for adults &...

It's Time to Act on Food Safety

Patricia Buck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Patricia Buck

It has been 70 years since we last saw major food safety legislation for FDA and we simply can't wait any longer. Now is the time.

We Don't Need BPA to Make a Baby Bottle

Sen. Dianne Feinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

As many companies have already shown, alternatives do exists and you don't need BPA to make a baby bottle. The chemical lobbyists won a round when I was prevented from offering my BPA legislation, but this fight is just beginning.

What Should Google Do?

Jeff Jarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jeff Jarvis

As Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other private players come to be the law of the land online, they need to start acting like public players with Constitutions and Bills of Rights.

The AT&T Settlement: A Reason to be Thankful This Holiday Season

Andrew Tucker Avorn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrew Tucker Avorn

This holiday season, you may rest easy, knowing that there is a class action lawyer out there who might be the only force between you and the company that is trying to rip you off.

Growing Concerns Over Internet Privacy

John M. Eger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John M. Eger

It is becoming clear that in our increasing zeal to promote the marvels of the Internet, we may be seriously eroding the fundamental rights of the average citizen and consumer.

Chemical Industry Lobbyists Block Measure to Protect Infants and Toddlers

Sen. Dianne Feinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

We should not use our kids as guinea pigs by taking chances on a chemical that can seriously harm their immediate and long-term health. No chemical should be used in food products until it is proven to be safe.

A Plea to the Courts: Stop the Quiet Death of a Critical Consumer Protection

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

The right of consumers to band together to take action against corporate rip-offs is something that is enshrined in case law, enforced by the state co...

What's Hot -- and Not -- About Prepaid Debit Cards

Beverly Blair Harzog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Beverly Blair Harzog

With a credit card, you're protected by federal law. With a debit card, though, it's as if you paid cash and there's no recourse if the seller skips town.

In The Public Interest: Next Up For the Supreme Court That Brought You Unlimited Corporate Campaign Cash: Do Consumers Have the Right to Band Together To Fight Corporate Crime?

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Mierzwinski

On November 9th, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a very important case that if wrongly decided will allow powerful special interests to u...

How An All-GOP Ohio Supreme Court and Sky Bank KO'd Your Grandma

Jeff Coryell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Coryell

Ohio's seven-member Supreme Court had been an exclusively Republican club until Gov. Ted Strickland appointed Chief Justice Eric Brown last April. Now...

No More 'Trick or Treat' Phone Bills

Sen. Tom Udall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Sen. Tom Udall

It's happened to far too many Americans. You open up your phone bill and wonder why there's an extra zero, or several, on the amount that you owe.

An Open Letter to Elizabeth Warren

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

"The industry is trying to fix itself right now" Elizabeth Warren, speaking on "In Business with Margaret Brennan" Dear Ms.Warren, What an important...

Credit Card Benefits You've Probably Never Used

Tim Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tim Chen

We all know how to calculate and compare rewards, interest rates, and fees. However, credit card companies offer all kinds of other benefits that most of us know very little about and can't really quantify for our decision-making.

Shahien Nasiripour

Elizabeth Warren Extends Olive Branch, Borrows Idea From Lenders In First Major Speech | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In her first major speech as a member of the Obama administration, middle-class advocate Elizabeth Warren reached out to the heads of the nation's big...

Weekly Audit: Can Elizabeth Warren Save the Economy?

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Zach Carter, Media Consortium blogger President Barack Obama's decision to appoint Elizabeth Warren to set up the new Consumer Financial Protection...