Personal finance

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, jokes with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left, during a news conference following a GOP caucus meeting, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. At right is Rep. French Hill, R-Arkansas. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
July 24, 2018 - 4:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have launched an effort to expand the massive tax law they muscled through Congress last year, aiming to make permanent the individual tax cuts and small-business income deductions now set to expire in 2026. The pre-midterm elections push, which clicked into gear...
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FILE - This April 2017 file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
July 16, 2018 - 10:16 am
Researchers and startups say all kinds of weird data can predict your creditworthiness. What kind of smartphone you have, who your friends are and how you answer survey questions may foretell how likely you are to pay back a loan. Don't expect this alternative data to displace the three-digit...
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July 13, 2018 - 1:11 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved Oklahoma's Medicaid program for a first-in-the-nation drug pricing experiment that supporters say could save taxpayer dollars and provide patients with the most effective medications for their ailments. Under...
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FILE - In this June 18, 2018 file photo, dignitaries take a tour of Southwest Key Programs Casa Padre, a U.S. immigration facility in Brownsville, Texas, where children who have been separated from their families are detained. The American Civil Liberties Union says it appears the Trump administration will miss a Tuesday, July 10 deadline to reunite young children with their parents in more than half of the cases. The group said the administration provided it with a list of 102 children under 5 years old who must be reunited by Tuesday under an order by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego. It said in a statement that it “appears likely that less than half will be reunited” by that deadline. (Miguel Roberts /The Brownsville Herald via AP, File)
July 13, 2018 - 4:40 am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds. Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare...
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh listens to Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a meeting Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 12, 2018 - 5:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The vetting of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is just beginning, but his public financial disclosures make one thing clear: He's not as wealthy as many already on the high court. Public disclosure forms for 2017 show that the federal judge would come to the nation's highest...
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July 10, 2018 - 8:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says pharmaceutical company Pfizer is "rolling back price hikes, so American patients don't pay more." Trump is tweeting that he and Health Secretary Alex Azar discussed the issue Tuesday with Pfizer CEO Ian Read. Pfizer has issued a statement saying Read...
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2010, file photo, a jar of Smucker's preserves is displayed in Philadelphia. J.M. Smucker is doing just about everything asked of it in trying to find areas of faster growth, while ditching some of the packaged foods that fewer people seemingly want. It’s got a long way to go, however, and that may be what is being reflected Tuesday, July 10, 2018, as investors sell off shares of J.M. Smucker as well as other companies in the sector Tuesday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
July 10, 2018 - 5:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — J.M. Smucker is doing just about everything asked of it in trying to find areas of faster growth, while ditching some of the packaged foods that fewer people seemingly want. It's got a long way to go, however, as seen Tuesday in Wall Street's humdrum reaction to the sale of some...
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FILE - In this July 24, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks about healthcare in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington.The Trump administration says it’s freezing payments under an ‘Obamacare’ program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases next year. Making the announcement Saturday, July 7, 2018 officials say the administration is acting because of conflicting rulings in lawsuits filed by some smaller insurers who question whether they’re being fairly treated. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
July 08, 2018 - 5:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Saturday it's freezing payments under an "Obamacare" program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases next year. At stake are billions in payments to insurers with sicker customers...
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In this Wednesday, June 27, 2018, photo, an open house sign is seen on a street corner in Waukee, Iowa. On Thursday, July 5, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
July 05, 2018 - 10:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, offering a slight degree of relief to would-be homebuyers. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages dropped to 4.52 percent from 4.55 percent a week ago. Rates have declined in five of the past...
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Charles Rettig listens during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination for Internal Revenue Service Commissioner, Thursday, June 28, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate is assessing President Donald Trump's choice to head the IRS, Charles Rettig, a Beverly Hills tax lawyer who would face the colossal challenge of overseeing the most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code in three decades. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
June 28, 2018 - 1:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under sharp questioning from some Democratic senators, President Donald Trump's choice to head the IRS promised on Thursday to work for the benefit of ordinary taxpayers in administering the massive new tax law. Charles Rettig is a Beverly Hills tax lawyer who has represented...
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