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Fixing what’s broken about payday lending

Given that my company will be affected by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed payday lending rules, we were, perhaps not surprisingly, met with some initial skepticism after announcing our support of them. 

The rules...

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Achieving the American dream for generations to come

When I was sworn in to Congress in April of 2009, we were at the height of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Unemployment shot up to 10 percent, median household wealth plummeted by almost 40 percent and nearly five million...

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Moving past the immigration impasse in a bipartisan way

America's presidential primaries and the recent Brexit signal a troubling tendency towards isolationism and a heightened anti-immigrant rhetoric fueled by fears of demographic diversity, terrorist threats and middle class concerns about...

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A plea to young Bernie supporters

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Democratic National Convention

From mentions of Lucifer on-stage to accusations of high treason and repeated chants of “lock her up!”, this year’s Republican National Convention amounted to little more than a cacophonous kumbaya of Hillary hate. A convention so offensive and...

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The death toll rises

It is comforting to believe that when our military veterans return from the battlefields, they are home safe and sound. They have put their lives on the line for our security, and many of them did not make it back alive, but those that did get...

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Peter Thiel does not make the GOP pro-gay

Donald Trump’s recent coronation failed to deliver the star-power he once promised. Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal, however, was presented as a noteworthy name -- not because of his policy or personal beliefs, but largely because Thiel is...
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Elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat possible

With the right tools, targeted public health campaigns can save lives around the world.

For proof, look no further than the effort to eradicate the Guinea worm – a parasitic infection spread by contaminated drinking water that causes severe...

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So do we have a gun violence problem or not?

It took Donald Trump’s “gloom and doom” acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last week to make President Obama realize that violence in the United States isn’t really as bad as he has been telling us.

For years, the...

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