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  • Brexit

    What Does Brexit Mean for American Travelers?Politics, Money

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    In the midst of summer travel season, United Kingdom citizens voted to leave the European Union. With “Brexit” came a drop in the value of the British pound, which is lower than it has been in about 30 years, giving Americans a chance to get more for the dollar if they want to pack their bags and head to Europe. (As of this writing, the conversion rate is 1 pound to 1.33 U.S. dollars. The exchange rate has been as […]

  • Could Your Campaign Contribution Expose You to Identity Theft?Politics, Identity Theft

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    Over the past few years, we’ve experienced more ginormous data breaches than any of us can, or would even care to, remember. Against this backdrop, reflect upon the fact that political campaigns know as much, if not more, than advertisers about us — what inspires us and what will move us to vote. The Wild West Consider the various kinds of information a campaign crunches to determine who might be persuaded into voting for their […]

  • Tax return

    Bernie vs. Hillary: How Do Their Tax Plans Really Stack Up?Financial Literacy, Politics

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    Tax policy is a crucial component of any political campaign, but as important as taxes are to many voters, they’re not easy to understand. Expert analysis comes in handy, but due to the complex nature of tax policy, even that can be puzzling. Take, for example, recent joint research from the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution. Researchers from the left-leaning think tanks’ tax policy centers assessed the tax plans from Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and […]

  • Election Scam

    One More Thing to Hate About Election Season: ScamsPolitics, Consumer Protection

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    In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s an election year, and with that comes the onslaught of election-related phone calls, emails, snail mail, campaign signs, TV ads, radio ads … yeah, it’s enough to make you stop paying attention. But within that onslaught are things you do need to pay attention to: The scammers that are hoping you’re too fatigued or too naive to notice that they’re not on the up-and-up. They want to lift your […]

  • Cyber wall

    The National Security Nightmare the Candidates Aren’t DiscussingData Security, Politics

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    Whether you love it, or it makes you want to move south of the border, Donald Trump’s Great Wall of Mexico is an idea whose time has come. That said, the Republican presidential candidate has a few things wrong. First, The Donald’s wall is misnamed. It should be called the Great Cyber Wall of America or the American Cyberdome or, at any rate, something denoting a digital information and communication protection system. The second thing […]

  • Donald Trump

    Would Gawker Be Able to Punk President Trump?Politics

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    On the Sunday before Super Tuesday, Donald Trump did something that would have been a serious misstep for any other campaign, and yet it was lost in conversations about renounced, or un-renounced, KKK endorsements and Hillary Clinton’s rout of Bernie Sanders in South Carolina. What happened was simple. Mr. Trump retweeted a quotation that had been tweeted at him a little after six in the morning. The quotation in question certainly sounded like something The […]

  • How Serious is the US CentCom Twitter Hack?Press, Government, Politics, Blog, Technology

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    While President Obama was announcing his initiative to boost cyber security, the U.S. Central Command’s Twitter and Youtube accounts were hacked by a pro-ISIS group. How concerned should we be? Has Cyber War replaced the Cold War? Adam Levin discussed this on the Willis Report this week – see the interview below:

  • Welcome to the Fiscal Blip. Demand More in 2013Government, Politics, Blog

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    In what Democrat pundits are trying to spin as white-flag politics today, it would appear a deal is imminent and each side will spin the merits, or lack thereof, for the purposes of the overblown shadow play that we’ve witnessed around the so-called “fiscal cliff.” The difference between right and left isn’t much when you consider the kind of money that people are making these days in the more rapacious sectors of our economy. The […]

  • The Dodd-Frank Act Paved the Way for Effective Gun LawsGovernment, Politics, Blog

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    I admit that I am no expert on the gun industry, but I am sufficiently experienced in politics, lobbying, finance and public advocacy to know that the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting made it possible to change our gun laws. I remember a time when even the most optimistic consumer advocate believed that the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series before banks and credit card companies would be reined in; that the lords of high […]

  • The Disturbing Inaction of Congress on the Mortgage CliffGovernment, Mortgages, Politics, Blog

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    With the presidential election over, the fiscal cliff is all anyone can talk about. The “cliff” is actually a drastic metaphor for a chronic political logjam caused by partisanship. There’s another cliff on the horizon that is about to hit much closer to home for a lot of Americans. It’s not the product of echo chamber hype. It’s a family killer. Worse, unless Congress drops the obstructionist approach, this second cliff is going to be […]

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