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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?

Tesla Model S Is Consumer Reports' Top Pick

AP | Posted 02.25.2014 | Technology

DETROIT (AP) — The Tesla Model S electric sedan is Consumer Reports' top pick in this year's automotive survey. The magazine cited the Model S's sp...

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.

'Green News Report' - May 16, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.16.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'...

Beyond the Tea Party: How the IRS Is Killing Nonprofit Media

Dan Kennedy | Posted 07.16.2013 | Media
Dan Kennedy

Over the past few years the IRS has virtually stopped approving 501(c)(3) status for nonprofit news organizations. Even when applications for 501(c)(3) status aren't rejected outright, they are stacking up, unacted upon, for months and even years.

'Green News Report' - May 14, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.14.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'...

'Green News Report' - May 9, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.09.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S...

Tesla Model S Gets Top Score

AP | TOM KRISHER | Posted 07.09.2013 | Business

DETROIT -- The Tesla Motors Inc. Model S electric car has tied an older Lexus for the highest score ever recorded in Consumer Reports magazine's autom...

Public Health Warning: This Meat May Contain Life-threatening Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Andrew Gunther | Posted 07.01.2013 | Green
Andrew Gunther

Is it acceptable that an accidental spillage in the kitchen refrigerator or the incorrect handling or cooking of meat at a restaurant can now result in a life-threatening -- yet entirely preventable -- antibiotic-resistant disease? Well, Big Ag seems to think so.

Study: More Than Half Of Ground Turkey Contaminated With Fecal Bacteria

The Huffington Post | Carey Polis | Posted 05.03.2013 | Healthy Living

More than half of ground turkey samples are contaminated with fecal bacteria, according to a new study from Consumer Reports. In addition, the magazin...

Unsafe at Any Range: Treat Guns Like the Consumer Products That They Are

Norman I. Silber | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Norman I. Silber

As we prepare for the next round of struggle, we should think of guns as the most dangerous products that consumers can buy in the American marketplace, and find ways to make them safer.

What Nonprofits Can Learn from Consumer Reports and the Potato Chip

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

When my parents were first married in the mid 1960's, money was tight. My dad was in the air force and my mom was a nurse. My mom recently told me...

Time to Stop Backroom Deals That Drive Up Drug Prices

Chris Meyer | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Chris Meyer

One way you can try to save at the pharmacy is choosing a generic version of the drug, instead of the brand-name medication. But some consumers may not have that option, especially when it comes to higher-priced prescriptions.

An Agenda to Make Sure Consumers are Heard

Chris Meyer | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Chris Meyer

Eight of the nation's leading consumer groups are calling on President Obama and Congress to give consumers a greater voice in Washington.

Consumer Reports Got It Dangerously Wrong on Identity Theft

Adam Levin | Posted 04.03.2014 | Business
Adam Levin

These risks are very real. Identity theft continues to morph and evolve in complexity and gains even greater traction with more organized criminal enterprises as their crime of choice. So you can imagine my frustration when I read the article in Consumer Reports.

The Best Car Seat For Your Baby, Inside and Out

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 05.06.2013 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Parents are realizing that just keeping their children safe in a crash isn't the end-all, be-all of car seats. We also need to think about the long-term implications of exposing our kids to the toxic chemicals the seats can be made with.

Read This Before Buying A Mattress

The Huffington Post | Michelle Manetti | Posted 05.06.2013 | HuffPost Home

Consumer Reports put the top brands to the test.

Making Our Food Safer

Chris Meyer | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Chris Meyer

Deadly outbreaks of foodborne illnesses have been all too common in recent years, from salmonella-tainted peanut butter to E. coli in vegetables. We now have a real opportunity to reverse this disturbing trend, if we do it the right way.