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March 2017

Trump breaks promises, failing to ‘drain the swamp’ and separate himself from his businesses, report shows

President Donald Trump has failed to keep his pledge to “drain the swamp,” instead turning over the government to lobbyists and big donors and enriching his own bottom line, a report released by Public Citizen and Every Voice shows. The report, “Broken Promises: How Trump Is Profiting Off the Presidency... Read more →

EPA, under Pruitt, kills ban of pesticide that damages children’s brains, nervous systems

In one of his first major decisions as Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt sided with the pesticide lobby over scientists in a last minute decision to stop the agency's proposal to ban chlorpyrifos – an insecticide that at small doses can harm children's brains and nervous systems – from... Read more →

Nationstar Mortgage fined $1.75 million for flawed mortgage loan reporting

Nationstar Mortgage will pay a $1.75 million fine for failing to report accurate data about mortgage transactions for 2012 through 2014. The penalty is the largest brought under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said. Nationstar had been on notice since 2011 for mortgage reporting problems,... Read more →

Watch out for ‘free’ trial offers: You could end up paying for items you don’t want

If a company offers you a free trial, you may be getting yourself into a lot of trouble if you sign up. Hidden strings attached to a deal can get you involved up in hard-to-escape buying plans that charge you for products or services you don’t want. That happened to... Read more →

Spring brings tax time and stress

Oh, the trauma of getting your income taxes prepared. Meryl Baer, blogging at Six Decades and Counting, describes her frustrations trying to prepare her taxes. In order to use Turbo Tax, she had to upgrade her OS, operating system. That happened to me several years ago. I was stunned after... Read more →

Little Giant ladders recalled by Wing Enterprises due to fall hazard

Wing Enterprises is recalling about 37,000 Little Giant multipurpose ladders. The ladder’s locking pins/rung fasteners can fail, posing a fall hazard to consumers on the ladder. Wing Enterprises has received two reports of locking pins/rung fasteners failing. No injuries have been reported. This recall involves Little Giant Velocity, LT and... Read more →

RyanTrumpCare fails in its first attempt in Congress

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and President Donald Trump couldn't get enough votes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act Friday, despite the fact that Trump pushed hard for the proposal. Ryan withdrew the bill. "We couldn't reach consensus today," Ryan said, adding that's why he decided... Read more →

Experian to pay $3 million for deceiving consumers about credit scores

Experian is being fined $3 million for deceiving consumers about the use of credit scores it sold to consumers, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Thursday. Experian claimed its credit scores were used by lenders to make credit decisions, but lenders don’t use Experian’s scores in the process. The bureau ordered... Read more →