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Big banks' predatory practices hurt customers and workers

Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau levied the biggest fine in the agency’s history -- $100 million -– against Wells Fargo, to stop the predatory banking practices that are harming consumers and to stop managers from...

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Refugees and labor market integration: making ends meet

We have seen the news footage and know the statistics—65 million people around the world have been displaced by violence and oppression. The situation is so acute that just today the United Nations General Assembly hosted an unprecedented...

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Money can’t buy you love

Each year, the United States spends over $35 billion on foreign aid. While the efficacy of such aid is one of the most hotly debated topics in international policy, few will deny that well-administered funds can bring significant...

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Protectionism: the curse that keeps on taking

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” warned the Spanish philosopher George Santayana more than a century ago.

Listening to our major presidential candidates talk about trade, I’m worried that we’re about to...

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The unfulfilled promise of mental health parity

Earlier this summer, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill aimed at fixing this country’s broken mental health system. It contained some good proposals and was a welcome, if small, step forward. However, the bill failed to...

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Do we still need a renewable fuel standard?

Headlines tell us the world is awash with oil. Gas costs less than bottled water in many places, and petroleum markets are in a prolonged slump that’s wreaking havoc on the industry’s bottom line.

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