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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.

Holiday Gift Cards: Better Watch Out

Chris Meyer | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Chris Meyer

For a lot of holiday shoppers, the must-buy gift this season isn't a laptop or a Lego set. It's neither a necktie nor a necklace. It's the gift card.

Trouble in Toyland

Nasima Hossain | Posted 02.09.2013 | Parents
Nasima Hossain

It's a holiday morning and kids all over the world are waking up to open their presents. Big smiles and laughter abound. What could be wrong with this picture?

Five Things Senator Elizabeth Warren Should Do Right Away

Harvey Rosenfield | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Harvey Rosenfield

Washington wants Elizabeth Warren to play the game, wait her turn, not rock the boat. Or she can damn the torpedoes and go full speed ahead in support of popular consumer reforms, at the risk of angering and alienating those who might otherwise be her allies.

5 Ways President Romney Would Screw the 47 Percent

Adam Levin | Posted 12.02.2012 | Money
Adam Levin

Mitt Romney's now-infamous statement, "My job is not to worry about those people," pretty much sums up the Republican nominee's true feelings about who he represents. And if you're in serious debt, it looks like he's talking about you too.

Obama Administration Backwards On Food Safety

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 11.14.2012 | Home
Wenonah Hauter

The 56-page 2012 Democratic Party Platform included no mention of food safety or the President's monumental signing of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

May I Practice Law... On You?

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 11.11.2012 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

Is the counselor fresh from 15 years of seeking property tax reductions for shopping centers any more qualified to represent a home buyer than a fresh-faced law graduate? Probably not, but only one of them is claiming "I have been focused on property law since 1997."

What's the Difference?

Daron Acemoglu | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Daron Acemoglu

2012-08-28-scblog2.png Though the policies advocated by Republicans and Democrats are diametrically opposed on the surface, their implications and their constituencies may be much more similar.

Collateral Damage: The Hidden Pain of a Bank Whistleblower

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.04.2012 | Business
Jerry Ashton

Ever wonder what happens to the friends, fortune and family of a whistleblower? Taking it all in stride and landing a better-paying job? Vacationi...

Obama or Romney: Which One Is Better for Debtors

Steve Rhode | Posted 10.29.2012 | Money
Steve Rhode

With the election coming up and the choice left to either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, anyone concerned about their personal finances might want to look at the positions of the two candidates and factor that into their voting strategy.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the Verizon-Cable Pact

Joel Kelsey | Posted 10.27.2012 | Technology
Joel Kelsey

Congress and the FCC need to confront the looming monopoly environment most consumers now face for broadband service. If they don't reverse course and start dealing with the reality they've created, even the best conditions will be meaningless.

A Romney Court, the Middle Class and 1% Justice

Jamin Raskin | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Jamin Raskin

Everyone knows that the Supreme Court will be the locus of struggle over reproductive rights, voting rights and civil liberties, but it is important to remember that the fate of America's struggling middle class is also intertwined with the direction of the Supreme Court.

Consumers Fight Big Banks for a Day in Court

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 10.17.2012 | Business
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

The public at large is finally learning about abuses in the credit card banking industry. Over time, the banks may change their policies. But as a consumer, you must learn your rights, and you must insist that your rights are upheld.

FCC Ruling Will Save Verizon Wireless Customers Big Bucks

Joel Kelsey | Posted 10.10.2012 | Technology
Joel Kelsey

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission handed down a decision that could save millions of Verizon Wireless subscribers up to $240 a year.

How Chase Ripped Off Its Own Credit Card Customers

Larry Bodine | Posted 10.01.2012 | Money
Larry Bodine

Consumer fraud and unfair business practices have become the hallmarks of how banks have been treating their customers.

Tricks, Traps, and Accountability

Sen. Elizabeth Warren | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

A working market needs rules, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is starting to level the playing field. That's a good thing for consumers -- and it didn't come a moment too soon.

Dodd-Frank and CFPB Provide Stimulus to Economy With Milestone

Adam Levin | Posted 09.18.2012 | Money
Adam Levin

In it first 365 days, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has already done more to protect the American public than this do-nothing Congress has accomplished since it was sworn in back in the dawn of 2011.

Fly First Class To Hong Kong For $33

AP | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ | Posted 07.19.2012 | Money

NEW YORK -- It was an airfare deal too good to be true: fly first class to Hong Kong for just 4 frequent flier miles and $33 in taxes. Clearly, it wa...

Catherine New

Should You Freak Out About A Stolen Credit Card Number?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 02.13.2014 | Money

There is some likelihood that your credit card number is for sale in a dark corner of the Internet. The selling price? As little as $3.50 per number. ...

A Hotel Guests' Bill Of Rights

Room 77 | Posted 08.21.2012 | Travel
Room 77

To us, there's nothing that induces relaxation quite like checking into a luxurious hotel: no cooking or cleaning required, and you can enjoy an array of amenities. But no matter how great a hotel is, there are a few things that can quickly sour your stay. That's why we created the Hotel Guests' Bill of Rights.

With Gas Prices It's 'Heads I Win, Tails You Lose'

Tyson Slocum | Posted 07.25.2012 | Business
Tyson Slocum

You might think that the declining price of gasoline means that we don't have to pay attention to all that talk about oil speculation driving up the price of oil. Right? Wrong.

Wall Street Bankers Who Broke the Law Belong in Jail

Eric Griego | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
Eric Griego

In Washington, I will fight to hold Wall Street accountable.