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What Do Chase Bank, Condoms, The Tea Party, And Petty Fraud Have In Common?

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics

In mid-March, a division of JPMorgan Chase rejected an application to process payments for the fledgling New York City condom company Lovability, citi...

Over-Reliance on Solitary Confinement Is Inhumane, Counterproductive to Public Safety

Jim Liske | Posted 05.03.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

Rick Raemisch, the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, volunteered to do something few would dare -- he spent 20 hours in 'Ad-Seg,' or solitary confinement, in one of his own prisons.

Zach Carter

Why Democrats Might Cave On Social Security Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Sunday opened the door to Social Security cuts as part of a budget deal with congressional Republicans. But...

Zach Carter

Jeff Flake Blasts Obama For Making GOP Vote On Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) pressed Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday over the Obama administration's decision to seek congressiona...

Top Dem Seeks Answers On Spying

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Exactly how many phone records of Americans does the National Security Agency collect in its massive surveillance program? Sen. Di...

Friday Talking Points -- Rest In Peace, Fourth Amendment

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We gather here today to mourn the passing of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Although weakened and battered in the past, it seems that it has finally succumbed and will be heard of no more.

Zach Carter

Fiscal Cliff: House Democrats Close Ranks Against Social Security Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said Tuesday that Social Security cuts should not be part of any deal to avert the "fiscal cliff." Van Hollen's comme...

Sitting Out Starbucks

Sen. Dick Durbin | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Sen. Dick Durbin

A few years ago Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks, spoke to a group of Democratic Senators at a luncheon on Capitol Hill. His speech was about ...

Catherine New

Americans Borrowing More To Pay For Essentials

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 07.11.2012 | Money

College student Simone Bernstein, 20, is using her credit cards to cover her living expenses this summer. She chalks up the debt to an opportunity cos...

Zach Carter

Swipe Fee Fallout Has Small Banks Relishing Rare Advantage Over Wall Street

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics

Last year's wild legislative melee over debit card swipe fees featured a curious contradiction: Although big Wall Street banks stood to lose the most ...

Catherine New

Banks Tap Reliable Money Maker: Credit Cards

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 01.20.2012 | Business

After being rebuffed in its efforts to charge $5 per month for debit card use, Bank of America is gambling on the optimism of American consumers and g...

Janell Ross

Bank Of America Taps Unemployment Benefits For Debit Fees

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

CORDOVA, S.C.-- Shawana Busby does not seem like the sort of customer who would be at the center of a major bank's business plan. Out of work for much...

The Case For Pulling The Plug On The US Commission on International Religious Freedom

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Joseph K. Grieboski

The Commissioners are now more interested in maintaining their institution and their positions on the Commission than truly advancing the cause.

Zach Carter

Swipe Fee Shocker: Fed Caves To Wall Street

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 08.29.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve delivered the punchline Wednesday to the year-long joke that has been the lobbying blitz over debit card swipe fees....

Zach Carter

Tester Backpedals On Swipe Fees

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) softened his call for a two-year delay of the regulatory crackdown on debit card swipe fees. In ...

Zach Carter

Bair Cries Foul At Bernanke Over Swipe Fees

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve chairman and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation chairwoman insisted Thursday that regulating the fees banks can c...

Takeover Takeaways

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

Congressional Republicans who think the outcome of this election is a mandate for their view of governance are overstating the case and run the risk of the kind of overreach some say the hurt the Democrats.

Ryan Grim

Durbin, Number Two Senate Democrat, Backs Breaking Up Banks

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the Senate's number two Democrat, took to the floor Tuesday to back an amendment to Wall Street reform that would break up big b...

They Keep Stealing -- Why Keep Paying?

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dylan Ratigan

Nearly a quarter of all Americans are currently underwater in their mortgage, and if you are one of them, chances are you didn't do anything wrong. You didn't cause this mess. They did.

Slashing Workers' Wages and Benefits? Why Not CEOs' Too?

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rep. John Conyers

It's a story told so often that we know the ending well before the last chapter: the same executives who steer a company to the brink of collapse are given preferential treatment with the remaining assets. It's time we changed the ending.

Senate Fight for Transportation Equity

Laura Barrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Eight powerful senators struck a blow for the millions of Americans who depend on public transportation, introducing the Public Transportation Preservation Act.

Silence of the Lambs

Diana Meehan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diana Meehan

I'm an ethical being and I'm tired of living in a wealthy society that does not care for the most vulnerable in our midst -- the elderly, the children, the poor and, yes, the women.

Friday Talking Points [115] -- Git 'Er Done!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Call it the calm before the storm. What everyone's waiting on is for Congress to leap into action. But, in a surprising twist, this time it might actually happen.

Sam Stein and Ryan Grim

Nancy Pelosi Will Not Include Public Option In Final Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein and Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Thursday that she would not include a public option in a health care reconciliation package that the House wil...

Dick Durbin Positioning Himself For A Majority Leader Run?

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Democrats are hungry for a hardball strategy against a resurgent Republican Party, and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin is positioning himself as a le...