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Puerto Rico Statehood|HR 2499 calls for a Puerto Rico vote UPDATE

UPDATE – April 28 – The U.S. House of Representatives has passed HR 2499, the bill calling for a vote on Puerto Rico statehood. HR 2499 passed 223-169 and now moves on to be considered by the Senate. The U.S. Natural Resources Committee has moved to bring HR 2499, a bill regarding Puerto Rico statehood,
If you need credit repair help, make sure you know who you are working with.

Credit Repair Scams are on the Rise

Credit Repair History Credit repair services started out with an honorable mission: to help people get out of debt and live the American Dream. They were originally designed to help people get back on track financially, while repairing the damage done due to a variety of circumstances that ruined their credit in the first place.
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New Type of Loan Called Bail Bond Loans

There is a new type of loan available to help those caught up in the criminal justice system. If you, your family or a friend needs to get bailed out but you are having trouble coming up with the 10% up front, you can get an unsecured short term bail bond loans through bailbondlenders.com. Read on! →
Mother Duck and Ducklings

Proposed consumer protection agency to target lenders

In the wake of the Wall Street collapse and the ongoing investigation of Goldman Sachs, there are calls for a consumer protection agency, or multiple ones. There seems to be a real need for some financial reform, but which consumer protection laws should be put forth are a point of contention.  Part of the proposed
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Congressional commission investigating clean-energy loan promises

For the last two years, the Department of Energy has been offering a financial helping hand to clean-energy companies. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the DOE guaranteed billions of dollars in loans. Some of those companies did not grow as expected, and Congress is now questioning the decisions of the DOE. Clean energy
Hacking into others' phones? Yep, unfortunately, there's an app for that. Image from Flickr.

SpoofCard: Good for Privacy, Bad for Hacking

Is SpoofCard as harmless as it seems? SpoofCard is, put simply, a service that allows you to change the phone number that shows up on someone else’s phone when you call. It sells its services under the slogan “Be who you want to be,” and advertises itself as a tool to protect your privacy. It
A hanged mannequin wearing the sign "Eat the bankers."

EU banker bonuses capped by European Parliament

The global economic crisis was caused in no small part by the shenanigans of the banking and investment industries, so the European Parliament has voted 625-28 in favor of EU banker bonuses being capped as soon as possible. Excessive pension payouts will also fall under new guidelines. The Associated Press reports that any short-term cash
JFK airport

TSA agents arrested at JFK, accused of stealing $160,000

Two TSA agents were arrested at JFK airport this morning. The two Transportation Security Administration screeners are accused of stealing more than $160,000 worth of cash and items from airline luggage. The two were discovered after $39,000 was stolen from one bag at JFK. TSA agents arrested at JFK Davon Webb, 30, and Couman Perad,
Harry Reid

Senate tax cut bill passes by wide margin

The Senate passed the tax bill by a very wide margin after compromises by both sides of the aisle. The bill will extend the Bush tax cuts and make some other key changes. The bill still must pass the House of Representatives to become law. Senate tax bill pass with flying colors A lot of
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FTC fines company $250,000 for sock puppet reviews

When shopping online, the reviews of a product often play an important role in decision-making. In a landmark case, the Federal Trade Commission has fined a company $250,000 for creating false online reviews. Legacy Learning Systems reportedly paid affiliates for false endorsements that resulted in $5 million in sales. FTC ruling on online reviews In
One bad apple

Trista Joy Lathern Gives Charity a Bad Name

Shame on you, Trista Joy Lathern People have all kinds of excuses for not donating to charity. Most of the people I know and I don’t hand out money to people asking for change on the streets because we all agree that unless we know what they’re going to use it for, we might be
A Paris “die-in” demonstration in which most of the participants are wearing while death masks.

Texas prosecutors stand mute over state of death penalty

The constitutionality of the death penalty is currently under review in Texas, the state where more than half of U.S. executions are committed, according to various sources. As the Houston Chronicle indicates, some Texas lawmakers aren’t too keen on the idea of the death penalty being labeled unconstitutional. Local Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos
Photo of the type of strap-down table used by prisons when administering lethal injections to death row inmates. Darryl Durr, a convicted kidnapper, rapist and murderer, was put to death via injection in spite of the fact that he complained that he was allergic to the anesthesia used.

Darryl Durr: Too allergic to die argument fails to stop execution

Darryl Durr, 46, was convicted of raping and murdering 16-year-old Angel Vincent in 1988. According to ABC News, the death row inmate’s counsel attempted to appeal his impending execution, claiming that his anesthesia allergy made him “too allergic to die.” However, Ohio District Court Judge Gregory Frost “ruled there wasn’t enough evidence given that the
wisconsin public employee unions protest

David Koch poser gets Wis. Gov. Scott Walker to reveal ploy

A pair of right wing billionaires known as the Koch brothers were major backers of Republican Scott Walker, the newly elected Wisconsin governor. Walker, who is trying to bust public employee unions in Wisconsin, was punked by a phone prankster posing as David Koch. In the conversation, Walker was tricked into revealing his strategy to
With this debit transaction cost $35 more than you think?

Should Government Limit Bank Overdraft Fees?

Over-the-top overdraft fees The Associated Press reports that some senior congressional Democrats want to draw up legislation that would limit how much banks can charge customers in overdraft fees. Personally, I have been slapped with $105 in overdraft charges before for transactions that equaled a lot less than that, so I certainly would feel better
Close-up of a man's hand signing a legal settlement.

Online payday loan company settles with W.Va. consumers

Payday cash loan portals provide a segment of the public with a useful short-term credit resource, but not everyone supports the terms of such online payday loan products. For online payday loan companies, lending to credit-impaired individuals involves a significant amount of risk that many would argue justify a certain fee level. However, the state
File photo of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at a book signing.

Julian Assange police report leaked; legal team enraged

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may be out on bail right now, but that doesn’t mean his legal team is happy. The Australian reports that Julian Assange’s police report has leaked to the British newspaper The Guardian. According to reports, not only was the report intended to be confidential, but the sexually graphic details leaked are