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Warren debates rivals in Massachusetts Senate race

BOSTON – Consumer advocate and former Obama administration official Elizabeth Warren squared off with Democratic rivals in her first political debate on Tuesday as she campaigns to unseat Republican Scott Brown in next year’s Massachusetts Senate race. Democrats are eager to take back the seat Brown won in an upset…

Ralph Nader: Palin should be commended

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader said Thursday on CNN that Sarah Palin should be commended for recent speeches in which she was critical of corporations’ influence on the government. “Judging by her comments, she is squarely in the camp of conservative populism, opposed to corporatism and its corporate state,” Nader previously…

Report: Warren to be passed over as nominee to head Consumer Bureau

Bloomberg News is reporting as of Friday evening that President Obama has chosen somebody other than Elizabeth Warren to be nominated as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. According to the report, which is based on an anonymous source, an unidentified individual who already works at the agency will…

Labor union urges recess appointment for Elizabeth Warren

The labor union umbrella group AFL-CIO is urging President Barack Obama to make a recess appointment for Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), even as Republicans search for any way to stifle her. “No matter who gets the recess appointment of President Obama,…

Digital health tech on display at electronics show

Technology companies showed off the latest innovations on the digital health care front at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) alongside the newest smartphones, touchscreen tablet computers and 3D television sets. For the second year, organizers staged a full-day “Digital Health Summit” featuring sessions such as “The Doctor in Your…

Consumer groups: Breaking up banks ‘crucial’ to avoid another meltdown

Volcker rule ‘most important reform initiative’ WASHINGTON — As the Senate debates financial reform, consumer groups are urging Congress to break up the biggest banks and impose strict limits on proprietary lending, virtually guaranteeing a “repeat” of the 2008 meltdown if those actions aren’t taken. The two components comprise the…

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