Law and Order/Legislation
Coins

Futures Trading and SEC fighting Congress for funding

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission are supposed to be the financial police officers of the economy. The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act was meant to increase the power of these agencies to protect consumers and keep an eye on Wall Street. The funding to carry out these tasks, however, is caught in
Sign posted at a school that reads "Bully-Free Zone." School bullying led to the suicide of Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old freshman at South Hadley High School in Massachusetts.

Phoebe Prince tormentors indicted for role in her death

South Hadley, Massachusetts is the nice, comfortable middle-class suburb where Phoebe Prince was driven to commit suicide after incessant taunting, bullying and intimidation from a clique known as the “Mean Girls of South Hadley.” Nine teenagers in total have been indicted by Massachusetts District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel for a series of actions that are believed
Payday loans

Texas lawmakers propose SB 253 and HB 410 to limit payday loans

In Texas, there are more than 3,500 payday lenders. Two new pieces of legislation — Texas SB 253 and Texas HB 410 — have been introduced as a way to limit this short-term lending. Both of these bills seek to redefine “Credit Service Organization” to exclude payday loan stores. The Credit Service Organization exemption Texas

Renee Bowman | Children need better advocates

Renee Bowman stuffs adoptees in freezer, gets murder in the first Do jokes that put Trig Palin in or near the crosshairs bother you? They’re nothing compared to this. Renee Bowman, 44, is not the first person to adopt children for the state stipend. Debt survival is tough, and people of limited means have to
Rock Creek Park

Ingmar Guandique convicted for murder of Chandra Levy

The Chandra Levy case has seemingly been closed with the conviction of Ingmar Guandique. Guandique, an immigrant from El Salvador, was found guilty after the jury deliberated for four days. The case is still controversial, as some believe Guandique has been framed. Ingmar Guandique convicted for killing Chandra Levy After years of the case going
They laugh, but caning is no laughing matter (Photo: flickr.com)

Caning | 40 Lashes for Sharia Law and the Mindless Masses

Does the punishment fit the crime? Corporal punishment has a tradition that can be traced back into the governing history of many nations. Some claim to find enlightenment and “grow out” of the process, while others cling to it because they either believe that it is an effective deterrent against crime, are “authorized” to do
Close-up of a solitary lacrosse stick sitting alone on a grassy field. The UVA Lacrosse death has left a great hole that people who knew Yeardley Love will not be able to fill for some time.

UVA Lacrosse death rocks campus community

The recent UVA Lacrosse death has delivered a somber blow to a University of Virginia campus that had been riding a wave of excitement as graduation approaches. The deceased Yeardley Love, 22, was a beloved daughter, friend, teammate and student, reports CBS News. The spiritual keystone of the women’s lacrosse team was looking forward to
Witness a caricature photograph of a man watching his money literally go down the drain. That's the way many customers who have had to deal with bank overdraft feel. As laws clamp down on what banks can charge, will banks simply fire customers?

Without overdraft fees, will banks fire customers?

Bank overdraft fees have been a thorny issue for consumers who have argued long and hard that a single $.01 in the red transaction should not trigger a $35 penalty plus additional daily penalties. Congress has listened to consumers, and recent financial reforms voted into place will affect just how much banks are able to
A US Immigration Official.

Controversy erupts over Arizona Immigration bill

The recently passed Arizona immigration measure, Arizona Senate Bill 1070, has ignited a firestorm of controversy.  Opposition from Latino members of Congress to the clergy have decried the bill as tantamount to making racial profiling not only legal, but de facto policy for Arizona police.  The state of Arizona is among the hardest taxed states

Woman kills boyfriend by sitting on him, get probation

“I feel there wasn’t no justice” Sit on my face and tell me that you love me, I’ll sit on your face and tell you I love you, too. – “Sit on My Face,” Monty Python Dysfunctional relationships and domestic abuse are not laughing matters. If you feel you are in a dangerous relationship, contact
Puerto Rico

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.
BailBondLenders.com

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
Solar panel

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