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August 2018

What are the best buys at the Labor Day sales this year?

Summer’s coming to an end and parents and kids are busy with back-to-school shopping. What are the best deals for Labor Day sales? WalletHub, a personal finance website, offers a report “Best Labor Day Deals and Sales” to help shoppers save money. Best deals and sales Treadmills are the best... Read more →


Heavy metals found in packaged baby, toddler foods, Consumer Reports says

Nine out of 10 parents with kids under the age of three feed their children packaged food at least occasionally, according to a Consumer Reports survey. So Consumer Reports’ analyzed 50 packaged foods from nine brands, including baby cereals, packaged fruits and vegetables, entrées, and snacks, such as cookies, crackers,... Read more →


Are you in an ‘in between’ spot?

Tom Sightings of Sightings Over Sixty says he’s in an "in between" spot. Summer’s almost over, but fall hasn’t yet begun. His children and grandchildren are getting ready to go back to school, and he’s preparing to tutor kids and teach a foreign policy course at the senior center. And,... Read more →


Vortex electric space heaters recall being reannounced by Vornado Air following death report

A recall of about 350,000 VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters is being reannounced. The recall was first announced in April 2018. The electric space heater can overheat when in use, posing fire and burn hazards. In December 2017, a 90-year-old man in Chanhassen, Minnesota, died as a result of... Read more →


Nominee to head federal consumer finance agency is inexperienced and favors corporations, consumer groups say

On a party-line vote, the U.S. Senate Banking Committee Thursday approved the nomination of Kathleen Kraninger to be director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Kraninger currently works at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, lauds the committee’s Democrats for their rejection... Read more →


Manafort, guilty – Cohen, guilty: What’s next?

Paul Manafort Michael Cohen Photo: Voice of America Photo: IowaPolitics.com If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I’ve written dozens of articles about how the Trump administration is slashing environmental and consumer laws and regulations as fast as it can. To me, yesterday was a great... Read more →


Coalition of state and local agencies will sue if Trump administration replaces plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants

The Trump administration proposed Tuesday to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, the nation’s first limit on climate change emissions from existing fossil-fuel power plants. The plan is the result of efforts by states and cities, in cooperation with the federal government, to require cuts in the emissions of climate change... Read more →