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  • The Most Outrageous Tax of the Year

    Government Blog 

    It just may become the latest outrage during a year of outrages. At the precise moment when the federal government finally delivers a modicum of justice and some economic relief to millions of homeowners victimized by the nation’s largest banks, the government threatens to beat those victims over the head with a punitive old favorite revenue raiser — a tax on forgiven debt. Here’s the backstory: After years of standing on the sidelines and ignoring […]

  • Hail to the Thief: Clinton Speech B-Roll Opens Door to ID Theft

    Politics Blog Identity Theft 

    Was it excessive exuberance? Was it judgmental deficiency? Was it the thrill of hearing a barnburner by the President of the World? Well, whatever it was, it was a dangerous mistake. Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, during a particularly rousing segment of President Clinton’s forceful and unabashed dissection of the Republican depiction of Obamacare as a destroyer of Medicare, an enthusiastic Democratic Delegate waved her Medicare card in front of a national news […]

  • What’s in Your Wallet? Hopefully Your Share of the National Mortgage Settlement

    Government Mortgages Blog Personal Finance 

    Hell has frozen over! After years of lawsuits and investigations by federal and state law enforcement agencies — not to mention some hard-ass negotiations by the U.S. Department of Justice and 49 state Attorneys General (shout-outs to AGs Eric Schneiderman of New York, Beau Biden of Delaware, and Kamala Harris of California) — mortgage servicers are finally being forced to repay some of the billions of dollars they stole from American consumers. Unfortunately, the timing […]

  • MegaBanks Finally Ready to Modify Mortgages… Don’t Miss Out!

    Financial Literacy Money 

    Hell has frozen over! After years of lawsuits and investigations by federal and state law enforcement agencies — not to mention some hard-ass negotiations by the U.S. Department of Justice and 49 state Attorneys General (shout-outs to AGs Eric Schneiderman of New York, Beau Biden of Delaware, and Kamala Harris of California) — mortgage servicers are finally being forced to repay some of the billions of dollars they stole from American consumers. Unfortunately, the timing […]

  • Romney’s Rage Against Regulation

    Personal Finance 

    The people who brought you the Great Economic Meltdown of 2008 have a new idea for you — although if they get their way, you’ll never hear about it. In fact, one of the most striking things about the new push to undo the consumer-friendly financial reforms that followed the crash is the open contempt its backers show for American democracy. Since this week’s Republican National Convention will present their carefully orchestrated vision of a […]

  • For Ransom: Your Medical Records

    Data Security Blog Privacy 

    It started out as a data breach like many others. The hackers penetrated the computer network of a small medical practice in a wealthy suburb of northern Illinois, The Surgeons of Lake County, and broke into a server containing email and electronic medical records. But instead of sneaking out undetected and selling the stolen data on the black market, they took a novel tack — encrypting the data and posting a message demanding a ransom […]

  • 7 Big Ticket Items (Including NASA’s Annual Budget) ID Thieves Could Fund With Your Stolen Tax Refunds

    Data Security Government Blog Identity Theft 

    Now that Governor Mitt Romney has picked U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential running mate, there is little doubt that the budget will be a major issue in the 2012 campaign. While both parties will vigorously debate which path should be taken regarding taxes and spending, one area of little dispute will be the efficient collection and proper refunding of taxes. After all, refunds have their own kind of stimulus effect. Obviously, […]

  • The Profound Failure of Congress on Cybersecurity (and Why You Should Care)

    Data Security Government Blog Privacy Technology 

    On August 2, Congress did it again. They acknowledged the looming threat of cyberwarfare while discussing the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, and then they “kicked the can down the road.” It’s what they do best. The “Party of No” hurt us all on a critically necessary piece of cyber-security legislation, and continued the U.S. Senate’s proud tradition of failing to do anything to deal with our absolute vulnerability to an attack by state-sponsored hackers and […]

  • The Wisconsin Department of Revenue: A Bargain for the Identity Theft Collective

    Data Security Government Blog Identity Theft 

    Scott Walker has earned a national reputation for his hack-and-slash approach to government spending. Working hand-in-glove with both houses of the GOP-controlled legislature, the Wisconsin Governor gutted the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. While tight with the purse strings when it comes to public employees and a self-proclaimed advocate for small business (though very well-funded by big business), apparently the Walker administration does support full employment for at least one group of workers […]

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    5 Ways to Become a Credit Adult

    Financial Literacy Blog Personal Finance Money 

      Let’s word associate: banks, mortgage brokers, credit card companies, credit reporting agencies, debt collectors, payday lenders…. Words like “daunting,” “challenging,” “black box” and “scary” come to mind. Most consumers I speak to express fear of the unknown — and fear of being humiliated at the checkout counter, the restaurant, in front of friends and family. Imagine, if you will, you are a grown-up at your own circumcision. How do you challenge them? What do […]

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