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2017

November

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  • House passes GOP tax bill, upping pressure on Senate effort. House Republicans passed legislation that would overhaul the U.S. tax code, a crucial step forward in their effort to enact the centerpiece of President Trump’s economic agenda.  Trump and Republican leaders in Congress are aiming…
  • We need a watchdog at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The federal agency charged with safeguarding consumers is in jeopardy. Richard Cordray, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, announced last week that he’s leaving by the end of the month. Cordray’s departure gives…
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  • Richard Cordray's CFPB has done its job well. President Donald Trump will soon get a chance to remake the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, one of the signature creations of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law. The current director, Richard Cordray, has just announced…
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  • These are the best Black Friday deals in tech. Black Friday — which this year is Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving—is just around the corner. Retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and even Amazon have already started promoting their big deals—and some Black…
  • Senate plans to end Obamacare mandate in revised tax plan. Senate Republicans have decided to include the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most people have health insurance into the sprawling tax rewrite, merging the fight over health care with the high-stakes effort…
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  • Will cash disappear?. Cash is unlikely to go away soon. Coins and paper currency remain the most popular ways to pay for things in most countries. But longer term, cash appears to be in a losing battle with…
  • Robbing blue states to pay red. Much of the debate over the Republican House and Senate tax plans has centered on how they will shift income toward the affluent. But there is a second kind of redistribution in the plans—from Democratic…
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  • What's your citizen 'trust score'?. Take George Orwell’s 1984. Now sprinkle in that episode of "Black Mirror" where characters live in a world in which every aspect of their lives is dominated by ratings.  That’s one way to think about the…
 

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