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June 2018

As expected, Trumps consumer finance agency sides with banks, donors

Photo: Gage Skidmore Although the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s settlement with Citibank announced Friday requires the bank to pay $335 million in restitution to consumers for failing to reevaluate and reduce the annual percentage rates for about 1.75 million consumer credit card accounts, the agency didn’t find Citibank. The bureau... Read more →


Comcast continues its poor customer service

On Wednesday evening, something happened to my Comcast internet connection. I was just starting to upload thousands of photos into iCloud which hadn’t been uploaded since early this year for some reason. It was about bedtime, so I was hoping that when I woke up Thursday, it would be working.... Read more →


Trump administration proposal to merge labor and education departments will harm children and workers

President Donald Trump’s administration recommended Thursday merging the U.S. departments of Education and Labor. The change would require congressional approval. “The Trump administration’s DOA proposal to combine – and shrink – the departments of Education and Labor reveals its contempt for both the children and workers of America,” said Robert... Read more →


Study suppressed by Trump administration shows exposure to toxic nonstick chemicals should be 10 times lower than EPA estimates

A much lower safe level for toxic fluorinated, or PFAS, chemicals than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s advisory level is being recommended by a government report. The report, released Wednesday, was suppressed by the EPA, Department of Defense, and White House for fear it would cause a “public relations nightmare,”... Read more →


Baby boomers ready for summer as it begins to unfold

It’s time for summer fun, at last, in the Northern Hemisphere, and boomer bloggers have a lot to say as the days get warmer. They’re writing about the best places for a summer road trip, movies about love, an age-appropriate birthday celebration, what keeps you on track, stress reduction, the... Read more →


Aluminum telescoping ladders recalled by Werner due to fall hazard

Werner is recalling about 78,000 multi-purpose telescoping aluminum ladders. The ladders can break while being used by consumers, posing a fall hazard. The firm has received one report of a ladder breaking while in use, resulting in one injury to the left side and elbow of the consumer. This recall... Read more →


NIH to end alcohol study due to funding, credibility concerns

The National Institutes of Health plans to end funding to the Moderate Alcohol and Cardiovascular Health Trial, the agency announced last week. The decision is based on concerns about the study design that led to questions about its credibility. This includes whether the study would address other significant consequences of... Read more →


New York sues six companies for $38 million over firefighting foam

New York is suing 3M and five other companies to recoup at least $38 million the state has spent cleaning up environmental contamination caused by toxic chemicals in their products. The lawsuit alleges that the use of firefighting foams made by the companies at military and civilian airports in Newburgh... Read more →


Trump administration strikes another blow on health care: Associated health plans approved that skimp on benefits 

The Trump administration’s “junk plan” rule, finalized Tuesday, would allow insurers to sell health care plans without adequate coverage for essentials such as prescriptions and quality maternity care. Enrollees who get sick may be responsible for significant expenses, forcing them into debt for care and risking medical bankruptcy. “The Trump... Read more →