Republicans Angry That SEC Allowing Public Comment Period for a Rule Change

By: Monday December 3, 2012 7:05 am

Normally you would attack a regulator for corruption on their way in the door, not on their way out. But Patrick McHenry (R-NC) claims that SEC Chair Mary Schapiro, in one of her final acts, burnished her legacy by delaying a rule that would allow companies trying to go public to solicit donations through public [...]

CFPB Looks Into Deceptive Mortgage Advertising

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 6:18 am

With the dismaying foreclosure fraud settlement in the rear view mirror and happy days here again for the housing market (at least that’s what the analysts tell me), you’d be surprised to know that lenders continue to work their hardest to rip off their customers. Two regulators have opened an investigation into their deceptive marketing [...]

Yes, This University Of Phoenix Ad Lies About Unemployment Situation to Sell Kids Expensive, Worthless Degrees

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 11:07 am

Matt Yglesias uses his perch at Slate for the important work of criticizing a tweet I made a few days ago about a University of Phoenix ad I saw. Yglesias makes a distinction between saying on a macro level that there exists a mismatch in skills for employees in America, and saying on a micro [...]

Rush Limbaugh Boycott Up to at Least 36 Advertisers

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 6:56 am

I was somewhat dubious that this sponsor boycott of Rush Limbaugh for his days of misogynistic comments against Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke would be able to gain steam. But as of now, at least thirty-six advertisers have cancelled their ads for the show. Think Progress puts it at 39 advertisers. This includes large advertisers [...]

Backlash Against All-American Muslim Leads to Bigger Backlash

By: Tuesday December 13, 2011 1:40 pm

The latest overreach from the theocratic right concerns their bid to get advertisers to dump their support of a television show on TLC called All-American Muslim. The eight-episode series follows the lives of families in Dearborn, Michigan, home to the highest concentration of Muslim-Americans in the US. And it’s a pretty mundane rendering of the [...]

In a Country Tilted Toward the Rich, Unemployment Crisis Accords No Urgency

By: Wednesday June 1, 2011 8:35 am

The new employment numbers for May come out on Friday, but a preview of private employment statistics from the firm ADP is not encouraging. They show that private employment only increased by 39,000 in May, off from an expected 178,000. Since public-sector jobs have consistently shrunk throughout this period of budget-cutting, if this ADP data [...]

Another Shot At Big Pharma: Taking Away Their Tax Deduction For Marketing?

By: Thursday October 22, 2009 3:42 pm

Karen Tumulty and Michael Scherer wrote a very depressing story about how the pharmaceutical industry got its way in the health care debate. While the public has focused on the insurance industry’s fight against reform, the drugmakers have actually spent more (about $600,000 a day), and gotten more for their money. Their deal with the [...]

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