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Shahien Nasiripour
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Shahien Nasiripour is Chief Financial and Regulatory Correspondent for the Huffington Post, where he covers student debt, financial regulation and policy, and consumer finance issues. He previously focused on large financial groups, Wall Street and Washington, and the ongoing global response to the financial crisis. He is based in Boston. Previously, he was Financial and Regulatory Correspondent for the Financial Times. Prior to that, he was Senior Business Reporter for the Huffington Post, Reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Researcher for ESPN, and Reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Providence Journal. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He can be reached at shahien@huffingtonpost.com or 917-267-2335, and found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nasiripour or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/shahien.

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Starbucks Is Selling Nearly A Half-Billion Dollars In 'Sustainability' Bonds

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 10:35 AM

Starbucks Corp. is asking investors to fund as much as $496 million on what the coffee giant describes as "sustainability" projects, the latest move in a growing push by companies to reduce the potentially negative impact of their activities on the environment.

The funds would come from debt the company...

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An Obama Policy 'To Protect Students And Taxpayers' Is In Danger Of Not Happening

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 2:06 PM


For years, the Obama administration has promised to punish for-profit colleges that produce graduates who can't afford their student loan payments. The plan, known as the gainful employment rule, would publicly shame colleges that do their students more harm than good, and would...

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Why Suing Your Bank Could Help Others Avoid Being Ripped Off

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 8:37 AM

new proposal by the nation's chief consumer watchdog could help government regulators and prosecutors stop big banks' dubious practices more quickly.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday suggested a ban on clauses tucked into contracts for credit cards, student loans and other financial products that prohibit consumers...

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Education Department Secretly Reappoints Top Official Accused Of Harming Students

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 3:37 PM


The Obama administration thinks the Department of Education division responsible for overseeing colleges, managing the student debt crisis and policing loan contractors has done such a good job that it secretly reappointed its chief to a new five-year term.


James Runcie, chief operating...

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America's Largest Student Loan Firm Abused Borrowers And Broke The Law, Officials Say

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 6:50 PM

Navient Corp., the nation’s largest student loan company, violated state laws that ban unfair or abusive practices by paying call center workers based on how quickly they could get struggling borrowers off the phone, a group of more than two dozen state attorneys general alleged.

The...

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Colleges Face Student Protests Over Fossil Fuel Investments

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 10:21 AM

Students at nearly a dozen U.S. colleges have planned protests in recent weeks targeting their schools' investments in the oil, gas and coal sectors, part of a coordinated push to stop colleges from funding companies that contribute to global warming.

Nearly 700 students and their supporters have already staged sit-ins...

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Tackling Climate Change Could Jump-Start The Economy

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 1:22 PM


There's little doubt that curbing pollution and halting the relentless rise in global temperatures would improve the environment. Turns out, it could also create countless jobs and stimulate the global economy.


That's the takeaway from remarks by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, who spoke...

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College Could Be Free In America If Corporations Paid Reagan-Era Taxes

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 10:14 AM


If corporations paid the same tax rate as they did under Ronald Reagan, governments in the U.S. would have enough money to fund prekindergarten for every 4-year-old in America and higher education for every American attending public colleges and universities, according to a Huffington Post review...

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Obama Should Price Carbon Emissions To Curb Climate Change, Report Argues

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 6:21 PM


The U.S. government doesn’t attach a price to harmful greenhouse gas emissions when it evaluates long-term energy projects. An influential Washington policy group with close ties to the Obama administration argues that it should.


The Center for American...

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Investors Revolt Over Pay Hike For Oil CEO

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 11:56 AM

Shareholders of British oil company BP repudiated a 20 percent pay bump for Chief Executive Bob Dudley on Thursday, with about three in five votes objecting to Dudley's raise in one of the strongest investor...

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No, Obama Didn't Kill Too Big To Fail

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 6:30 PM

President Barack Obama came into office promising to curb some of the Wall Street excesses that led to the recession and trillions of dollars in taxpayer-backed bailouts.

But Obama's 2010 reform of financial regulations, known as Dodd-Frank, wasn't enough to satisfy everyone, including Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Sen. David Vitter...

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Here's Where Your Taxes Go

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 3:02 PM

The nation's tax bill comes due on Monday, when Americans rushing to file their federal income tax returns may find themselves wondering: What am I paying for?

It can be a difficult question to answer, considering Washington's dysfunction and the bureaucratic nightmares often faced by everyday Americans...

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Here's How Obama Could Discourage Financial Secrecy

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 1:29 PM

President Barack Obama could substantially curb financial secrecy in the U.S. by requiring federal contractors to disclose their owners, a basic step that financial transparency advocates say would help reverse America’s burgeoning reputation as one of the world’s biggest tax...

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Barack Obama Just Cracked Down On Wall Street

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 11:47 AM


After six years of debate and lobbying, the Labor Department rolled out a major new regulation on Wednesday that will require virtually all financial advisers to legally act in their clients' best interests.


Known as the fiduciary rule, the new standards are aimed...

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Elizabeth Warren Lambasts Former Colleague In War Over Financial Rules

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 1:53 PM

There is a well-worn Washington playbook that the financial industry and Republicans use when they want to kill a proposal meant to protect households from dodgy financial practices: They claim the costs of the proposal exceed its...

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IMF Boss Urges U.S. To Raise The Federal Minimum Wage

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 10:13 AM


The U.S. should increase the federal minimum wage, expand a key tax credit for low-income workers and enact more "family-friendly" policies if it wants to boost the economy, Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said Tuesday.


The IMF, an international...

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Arianna: News Media 'Mainstreaming' Trump's 'Extreme' Statements

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2016 | 12:56 PM

The American news media isn't sufficiently challenging leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for encouraging violence or making "misogynistic" comments, Huffington Post Media Group Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington said Sunday.

As a result, Huffington said, the news media is "mainstreaming" Trump's "extreme" statements, such as proposing to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. or repeatedly questioning whether President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. (He was born in Hawaii.)

"By not challenging these statements again and again and again," Huffington said during a televised interview on CNN's "Reliable Sources," the news media is "allowing them to become part of the conversation, to become part of the mainstream."

"We're getting used to these absurdities," Huffington said.

She cited a recent Washington Post interview with Trump as an example. A review of the transcript reveals that the publication chose not to ask Trump about his past statements on Obama's birthplace or his apparent advocacy for violence at his campaign rallies.

"These topics are rather important. If you're a birther, it's a little bit like a candidate who believes that the Earth is flat. It is something that is absolutely and unequivocally false," Huffington said.

Trump's erratic behavior could be a result of his lack of sleep,
Huffington added. The candidate boasts of his sleep deprivation as if
it's a "badge of honor," Huffington said.

"It's a little bit like a candidate saying, 'I'm perpetually drunk,'"
Huffington said, noting that such a comment would prompt questions
about the candidate's judgment. "Every day we have more and more
examples of [Trump's] lack of judgment."

Editor's note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the...

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Republican Party Boss Dismisses Trump Threat To Run As Independent

(3) Comments | Posted April 3, 2016 | 10:58 AM


Republican presidential candidates were merely "posturing" this week when they refused to confirm that they'd honor past promises to back the eventual party nominee, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday.


Otherwise, the party boss said, candidates such as Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Ohio...

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Ben Carson: Donald Trump Has 'Major Defects'

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2016 | 9:40 AM


Donald Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, has "major defects" and there are "probably" better people for the White House, said supporter Ben Carson, the former Republican presidential candidate.


"He has some major defects, there's no question about it -- just like the rest of us," said the...

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The Easiest Way To Reduce Your Student Loan Payment

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 12:36 PM

You don't need income or a job to remain current on your federal student loans.

It's one of the little-known facts about the government's student loan program, from which some 42 million Americans have collectively borrowed more than $1.2 trillion to pay for higher education.

More than 1 in 4...

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