Inquiring Consumer Archive: January, 2012

Homeowners in 'financial jail,' and Freddie Mac profits

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Because of a Freddie Mac rule, Bonnie and Jay Silverstein of Bucks County say they're in "financial jail" - unable to refinance their home... Read more

Apple's harsh Chinese factories: Are we to blame?

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With $13 billion in quarterly profits, largely driven by explosive sales for its iPhones and iPads, Apple has to expect extra scrutiny. But... Read more

Apple in China: Shades of the 19th century?

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I love Apple products, and am fascinated by the near-mythical company behind them. So for personal as well as professional reasons, I was... Read more

Reid yields, delays Senate anti-piracy vote

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The Great Internet Blackout worked - for now. In an announcement this morning, two days after an online protest produced this astonishingly... Read more

Internet protest, by the (astounding) numbers

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Wikipedia and thousands of other websites went dark Wednesday, or remade their home pages, to protest what they called misguided anti-piracy... Read more

Oops. Romney makes case for Obamacare

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Mitt Romney's line about enjoying the ability to "fire" his insurance company if he doesn't like the service it provides may have been unfairly... Read more

With director, CFPB hits the ground running

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Even after its July 2011 launch, the new federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau couldn't fulfill all its duties without a director in... Read more

Defying GOP, Obama names Cordray to head the CFPB

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Defying Republican leaders, President Obama has decided he can use the congressional recess to appoint Richard Cordray, the former Ohio attorney... Read more