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The Voter Fraud Commission wants your data—but experts say they can’t keep it safe

Newly revealed records show sloppy practices that could put millions of people’s information at risk. By Jessica Huseman and Derek Willis The voter-fraud-checking program championed by the head of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity suffers from data security flaws that could imperil the safety of millions of peoples’ records, according to experts. Indivisible Chicago, a progressive a ...

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How the Bankruptcy System Is Failing Black Americans

Black people struggling with debts are far less likely than their white peers to gain lasting relief from bankruptcy, according to a ProPublica analysis. Primarily to blame is a style of bankruptcy practiced by lawyers in the South. by Paul Kiel with Hannah Fresques Novasha Miller pushed through the revolving doors of the black glass tower on Jefferson Avenue last December and felt a rush of déjà vu. The bu ...

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Lawmakers Seek End to Triple-Digit Interest on Payday and Car-Title Loans

By Charlene Crowell A group of Capitol Hill lawmakers are combining efforts and influence to legislatively crack down on predatory lending, nationwide. Seventeen Members of the U.S. House and eight U.S. Senators are supporting companion bills that would slash the cost of payday and car-title loans from their typical 300 percent annual interest rate to no more than 36 percent—the same rate protection that Co ...

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NNPA Honors Eight with Leadership Awards

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Congressional Black Caucus Chair Cedric Richmond and Federal Communications Commission Chair Mignon Clyburn were among eight honored with the National Newspaper Publishers Association 2017 National Leadership Awards. Curley M. Dossman Jr., the president of Georgia Pacific Foundation; William Hawthorne III of Macy’s; former education secretary John B. King Jr., C ...

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What You Should Know about the Equifax Data Breach

Equifax Data Breach Leaves at least 143 Million Consumers at Risk CFPB rule allowing consumers to seek class action suits for corporate wrongdoing in jeopardy By Charlene Crowell (Communications Director, Center for Responsible Lending) Record-breaking, back-to-back hurricanes in Houston and Florida brought unprecedented winds and rains affecting millions of Americans. Yet another storm just as brutal, but ...

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Bulk Buying and Other Resourceful Consumer Trends

(NewsUSA) - When the economy nosedived, and companies had reason to be scared, a few businesses got resourceful. Low incomes and record job losses pushed consumers toward trends like buying in bulk and using group discount websites. And where there was demand, supply soon followed. In came the success of wholesalers like Costco, Sam's Club and BJ's. But warehouse clubs weren't the only stores seeing growth ...

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