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February 18, 2019 | By Defender News Service

In recent months, many economists and lawmakers have frequently touted how the nation’s economy is performing really well. Often citing historically low unemployment rates, I’ve always felt that such pronouncements failed to consider the untold millions of Americans who are eking out a living on low or no raises, or others who work multiple jobs trying to piece together a living for their families.

February 17, 2019 | By Seattle Medium

Rhythm & News interview with Charlene Crowell, with the Center for Responsible Lending, about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s pending reversal of their payday lending policy. Interview by Chris B. Bennett.

February 11, 2019 | By MARYUM ELNASSEH | US News and World Report

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One of Shekinah Mitchell's favorite memories in Richmond is walking out of her favorite corner store 10 years ago and serendipitously meeting the man who would become her husband.

Today, that corner store no longer exists.

Mitchell's story is part of a larger pattern that policy experts said is becoming increasingly common in Richmond and around the nation: gentrification.

February 11, 2019 | By John Micek | Casper Star Tribune

Here’s another reminder that, when it comes to the Trump administration, it’s more important to watch what the White House does rather than what it says.

The payday lending industry scored a huge win when the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed to weaken Obama-administration rules governing an industry that makes its money by exploiting people in desperate financial straits.

That’s pretty much the exact opposite of what the agency was created to do. But, hey, this is Donald Trump’s Washington.

February 9, 2019 | By Alessandra Malito | Market Watch

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said its proposal to roll back regulation for payday lenders will give consumers more access to credit — but as far as senior citizens are concerned, that may not be a good thing.

February 8, 2019 | By Ted Knutson | Forbes

The benefit of the doubt new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger received from some consumer advocates evaporated this week when she indicated she would ax payday lending standards developed under Obama CFPB Chief Richard Cordray.

On the day last December Kraninger was confirmed by the Senate Cordray appeared to ask his followers not to oppose her from the get-go with a tweet: “Like me, she had not run an agency before.”

February 7, 2019 | By KALENA THOMHAVE | The American Prospect

The cycle of the payday loan is a well-known horror story. A person needs money, and they need it fast, so they visit a payday lender with names like EZ Cash or Cash Express. They get their money on the spot. The trouble comes later, when it’s time to repay the loan. Most borrowers default on that small-dollar loan, which is how EZ Cash profits—as the loan is renewed or rolled over and the fees rack up.

February 6, 2019 | By JIM PUZZANGHERA | LA Times

The nation’s new consumer financial watchdog proposed Wednesday to significantly water down tough pending rules on payday and other short-term loans designed to prevent lenders from taking advantage of cash-strapped Americans.

February 6, 2019 | By Kelly Anne Smith | Bankrate

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced it plans to roll back its Payday Lending Rule aimed at protecting consumers from the high-interest short-term loans. The proposed changes would be one of the first major policy implementations made by new director Kathy Kraninger.

February 6, 2019 | By Sylvan Lane | The Hill

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Wednesday proposed striking certain borrower safeguards from a 2017 regulation on short-term, high-interest loans.

The bureau on Wednesday kicked off a proposal to loosen the bureau’s rule on “payday” loans, a measure meant to protect vulnerable consumers from bottomless debt.

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