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Credit card hotline is latest issue in consumer bureau fight

The latest fight over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau involves a credit card hotline that would compile complaints about card companies.
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Defense attorneys call for Blagojevich/Obama subpoena

Defense attorneys in the Rod Blagojevich trial have requested the President to testify. A Blagojevich Obama subpoena could go anywhere...
Rod Blagojevich

Better Business Bureau ratings plagued by alleged corruption

Though it is a trusted institution by the public, the Better Business Bureau ratings system has been repeatedly accused of corruption.
Robber

Payday Loans and How You Can Protect Your Personal Information From Identity Theft

Encryption of your data is just the basic level of protection you need to look for. You can also check to see if the page has HTTPS in the address bar when on application page.
Encryption of your data is just the basic level of protection you need to look for. You can also check to see if the page has HTTPS in the address bar when on application page.

Which banks benefited from the bailout?

As the Wall Street reform bill heads to the President's desk, what happened to the TARP program? Who got the most bailout money? READ ON...
Breadline at FDR memorial

US embassy in Tripoli shuttered with Libya sanctions pending

The U.S. embassy in Tripoli has been mostly evacuated. Economic sanctions against Libya are going to be implemented soon.
Gadhafi

iPhone available from Verizon starting February 10

The ordeal is finally over, and people can stop talking about the iPhone and Verizon already. The Verizon iPhone is available on Feb 10.
iPhones

How People Are Taking Advantage of Installment Loans To Cover Budget Shocks Today

Budget shocks are something very common these days. Many middle class Americans have started using installment lending products to get through tough times.
Budget shocks are something very common these days. Many middle class Americans have started using installment lending products to get through tough times.

Diplomats react differently to WikiLeaks and Cablegate

Reactions from diplomats and governments have been mixed to WikiLeaks and "Cablegate." Some condemn the release, while others approve of it.
Benjamin Netanyahu

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have quite the tab

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have cost taxpayers almost $150 billion. The CBO expects it to get worse. How long will this keep up? READ ON...
Sinkhole

Mortgages becoming very low interest loans

Mortgage rates are lower than they ever have been. Mortgages are becoming some seriously low interest loans, if you can access the credit.
Davis Mansion

Short Term Loans Are Available Without Credit Checks - What Does That Mean For You?

Having access to a short term loan online when every you want without credit checks is a tempting offer but what should you know before applying?
Having access to a short term loan online when every you want without credit checks is a tempting offer but what should you know before applying?

Snow Hurricane set to hit East Coast

A Nor'easter is set to hit New Jersey this week, bringing hurricane winds and over a foot of snow, dubbed a "Snow Hurricane." READ MORE...

20 percent of homeowners under water on mortgage loans

Recent studies show that despite some improvement, more than 20 percent of mortgages are underwater and foreclosures are still increasing.
Submarine

Paying mortgages getting easier, but housing still depressed

Surveys of consumers are revealing that homeowners are finding it easier to pay the mortgage, but the housing market is still depressed.
Foreclosure sign

You Are Not Supposed To Know Cash Advances Online Do Not Require Any Credit

Credit is not a factor with cash advances online. There are not credit checks so their is no hard inquiry on your record to lower your credit score.
Credit is not a factor with cash advances online. There are not credit checks so their is no hard inquiry on your record to lower your credit score.

Sirhan Sirhan claims to not remember Robert Kennedy shooting

Sirhan Sirhan says he does not remember killing Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. His lawyer maintains Sirhan was the victim of a brainwashing plot.
Robert Kennedy

How to find a cheap couch or love seat

Replacing furniture can be a chore. However, it's easy to replace a couch, love seat or recliner very inexpensively with the right shortcuts.
Couch

UK election results in a hung parliament

The UK election results are in, and Great Britain has a hung parliament. That means the British Government is powerless. What will they do?
A Noose

Personal Online Lending and How It Can Make or Break Your Family Budget During Hard Times

Hard times befall us all but you do not have to break your budget to pay your bills. Use personal loans responsibly to avoid penlaties and late fees.
Hard times befall us all but you do not have to break your budget to pay your bills. Use personal loans responsibly to avoid penlaties and late fees.

Use of credit cards rises for first time in two years

Credit cards are starting to make a comeback, as credit card use has risen for the past three months after two consecutive years of decline.
Credit Card

Ways to save instant cash on leisure activities

There is no reason to pay full price for leisure activities if one does not need to. Learn to cut corners, and the savings can add up fast.
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