Consumer protection and advocacy

Kathleen Kraninger, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, testifies before a Senate Banking Committee hearing on her confirmation on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 19, 2018 - 1:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the confirmation hearing for Kathy Kraninger (all times local): 1:30 p.m. After roughly three hours, the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's nominee to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ended. Kathy Kraninger did not appear to win any...
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July 19, 2018 - 10:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kathy Kraninger, President Donald Trump's nominee to take over the nation's watchdog for banks, credit cards and payday lenders is facing the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday, where is she is expected to undergo extremely hostile questioning from Senate Democrats. President...
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EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager holds a press conference on a Competition Case involving Google Android at the European Commission building, in Brussels on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. he European Union's antitrust chief has fined Google a record $5 billion for abusing the market dominance of its Android mobile phone operating system. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
July 18, 2018 - 9:15 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps. The European Union said Google's practices restrict...
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh smiles during a meeting with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a member of the Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The Senate GOP leadership wants to have the confirmation process for Kavanaugh completed in time for him to join the high court at the start of its new term in October. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 18, 2018 - 4:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats opposing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's nomination are seizing on remarks he made in 2016 saying he would like to put the "final nail" in a Supreme Court precedent upholding an independent counsel law as constitutional. Republicans are pushing back, saying...
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July 18, 2018 - 2:20 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge in San Francisco has thrown out a lawsuit over the Trump administration's decision to cut Affordable Care Act subsidies. The ruling by Judge Vince Chhabria on Wednesday came after California and other states that sued said a workaround was largely succeeding in...
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July 12, 2018 - 6:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's consumer watchdog agency is accusing the Education Department of impeding a lawsuit that could potentially bring financial relief to millions of student loan borrowers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing Navient Solutions, alleging one of the nation's...
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June 21, 2018 - 12:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York federal judge says the U.S. government's beleaguered consumer finance watchdog agency is unconstitutionally structured. Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan reached the conclusion about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a written decision issued Thursday. She said...
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June 16, 2018 - 10:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump intends to nominate an associate director at the Office of Management and Budget to lead the government's consumer watchdog agency, the White House announced Saturday. In a statement announcing the decision, spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said Kathy Kraninger "...
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In this May 8, 2018, file photo, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, speaks with members of the media after meeting with House GOP members on Capitol Hill in Washington. Members of a group of outside experts required by law to meet twice a year with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau say the group has been dissolved by Mulvaney, acting director of the CFPB. On Wednesday, June 6, Mulvaney told the 25 members of the Consumer Advisory Board on Wednesday morning that they will be replaced and the board will be reconstituted, according to two of the members. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
June 06, 2018 - 5:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau dissolved a group of outside experts that acts as a sounding board for the federal watchdog agency on important economic and financial issues as well as policy. Bureau officials told the 25 members of the Consumer Advisory Board...
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FILE - This Sept. 6, 2012, file photo, shows the Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif. Amazon will block Australians from buying from its international e-commerce websites and restrict them to a smaller local platform from July in response to new tax rules that consumer advocates fear will reduce the range of choice for customers in Australia, Amazon said in a statement on Friday June 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
May 31, 2018 - 11:42 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Amazon will block Australians from buying from its international e-commerce websites and restrict them to a smaller local platform from July in response to new tax rules that consumer advocates fear will reduce the range of choice for customers in Australia. Shoppers...
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