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Scott Hits the Fan and GOP Hits the Czar

HuffPost Radio | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

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AIDs cases pile up but POTUS40 says nothing. After three Ebola patients in Dallas, POTUS44 sends 4000 troops/medical personnel to West Africa, creates CDC SWAT teams, appoints Czar -- NOT ENOUGH says GOP! Ebola Derangement Syndrome?

Most Foods Labeled 'Natural' Actually Contain GMOs

Reuters | Posted 12.07.2014 | Business

By Carey Gillam Oct 7 (Reuters) - A majority of U.S. packaged foods labeled as "natural" and tested by Consumer Reports actually conta...

Time to Blow the Whistle on Sports TV Blackouts

Chris Meyer | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Chris Meyer

Back in 1975, the Federal Communications Commission put a rule in place that says cable companies can't carry games that have been blacked out locally, and that rule was eventually extended to satellite TV providers as well.

iPhone 'Bendgate' May Be Overblown: Consumer Reports

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Technology

“Bendgate” may be a bit overblown. Consumer Reports ran lab tests on the two new iPhone models, and found that it is difficult to bend the devi...

What Really Happens To Leftover Food In Your Dishwasher?

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 09.25.2014 | HuffPost Home

File this under the more you know. Thanks to the geniuses who put a GoPro camera inside a dishwasher, we now know the magic that happens when we he...

Read This Before You Even Think About Buying A Vacuum

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 08.25.2014 | HuffPost Home

Vacuuming is a no-brainer. You flip the switch, clean out the filter every now and then, and go to work on that area rug your dog likes better than hi...

Airfare Bill Shouldn't Be Cleared for Takeoff

Chris Meyer | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Meyer

As summer turns to fall, plenty of consumers are shopping around for deals on airline tickets. The bad news is it's getting harder to figure out the bottom-line cost. And a bill making its way through Congress would make things much worse.

Tesla Hit By Another Harsh Review

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business

Tesla just got another dent. "Tesla Model S has more than its share of problems," read the headline of Consumer Reports' review, which was posted o...

The Country's Best Burger Comes From A Chain You've Probably Never Heard Of

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 07.29.2014 | Taste

Excuse us?

Classic Fast Food Giants Are In Big Trouble

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business

July 2 (Reuters) - Fast-food titans McDonald's, Taco Bell and KFC are conquering the globe, but they are losing to the likes of In-N-Out Burger, Chi...

Time to End the Era of 'Too Big to Fail'

Chris Meyer | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Meyer

Elizabeth Warren and John McCain aren't often on the same side of a debate in Washington. But the freshman Democratic senator and the veteran Republican lawmaker do agree that banking should be simpler and safer.

What Kind of Privacy Pipe Is Facebook Smoking? Consumers Don't Want Targeted Ads

Jeff Fox | Posted 08.24.2014 | Technology
Jeff Fox

Make no mistake. Under this new system, Facebook will not only drop ads for products into your news feed just because you "Liked" related products on Facebook. The social giant also plans to show you ads based on your "activities" on sites outside of Facebook.

Protecting You From Credit Report Errors, Unreliable Scores

Pamela Banks | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
Pamela Banks

Aleta from Mena, Arkansas, has had a hard time getting a decent rate on a car loan all because of a mistake on her credit report. The problem started...

I Want a Bigger Cable Company, Said No One Ever

Chris Meyer | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business
Chris Meyer

A combined Comcast/Time Warner has implications for millions of consumers around the country, so it's no wonder that this issue has struck a chord with so many people.

GM Recall: What Needs to Happen Next

Ami Gadhia | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Ami Gadhia

As the answers come to light, Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, has a list of policy recommendations to raise the bar for accountability and help prevent another safety crisis.

Will ACA Late Surge Dismay GOP Fans?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

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Bob Shrum and Torie Clarke diagnose Obamacare on April deadline. Growing from six enrollees on website's first day to nearly seven million now, is the biggest comeback since Kentucky, down 31, beat LSU by 2 in 1994?

Consumer Reports -- New Ratings for Your Home

Marianne Cusato | Posted 05.26.2014 | Miami
Marianne Cusato

Is it time to fix up your kitchen, redo your bathrooms or simply add a fresh coat of paint to your house? Navigating the endless options to select the...

Hanging Up on Robocalls

Chris Meyer | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
Chris Meyer

Do you feel like you're getting bombarded with robocalls -- those annoying, prerecorded calls from telemarketers?

Five Questions Reporters Should Be Asking About Those Cancelled Policies

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

As a former newspaper reporter and insurance company executive, I'd like to make a few suggestions to journalists who are approached by people claiming that because of the Affordable Care Act, they'll have to pay far more for coverage next year than they're paying now.

Hospital Lobbyists Aren't So Savvy in Dealing With Hospital Ratings

Leah Binder | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

Hospitals need to find more sophisticated approaches to this new era of consumerism and transparency. To understand the bankruptcy of their current strategy, think of it this way. Imagine that movie studio heads formed a committee and wrote a report denouncing all the film reviewers.

The Incredible Shrinking Airline Industry

Bill McGee | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Bill McGee

Now that the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways appears to be moving forward, questions linger about how the deal will impact air travelers.

Why You Don't Have to Wait to Do Your Health Insurance Research

Chris Meyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Meyer

You need to beware of other websites posing as marketplace look-a-likes. The policies may be real, but they won't necessarily be the same plans available through your state's marketplace, and you may be passing up a chance at getting a better deal and financial help with your premiums or out-of-pocket costs.

The Best (And Worst!) Bacon Brands At Grocery Stores

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 10.07.2013 | Taste

When you buy bacon, you want to be sure you're getting your money's worth.

Too Much Medicine Is Bad for Our Health

Allen Frances | Posted 11.13.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The evidence is compelling that we in the developed countries (especially the US) are overtesting for disease, overdiagnosing it, and overtreating.

Consuming Antibiotics

Katy Keiffer | Posted 10.05.2013 | Green
Katy Keiffer

Given the dearth of new medications in the pharmaceutical pipeline, consumers must participate in any way they can to ensure the elimination of antibiotics in livestock, save for treating specific illnesses.