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 •  February 23

NEW YORK — Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they’re done shopping? Old school. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles. For customers, scanning as they go can be faster and make it simpler to keep track of spending. For stores, the big expansion...

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 •  February 20

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers on a House investigative panel are asking the credit-monitoring company Equifax Inc. to provide free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for at least three years. Equifax has offered up to one year of complementary protections after a massive data breach last year compromised personal information for...

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 •  February 14

Richard Cordray was director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2012 to 2017. He is running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Ohio. President Trump talked a lot about “forgotten Americans” during the 2016 campaign. That led many people who are struggling in this country to believe he would have their backs in the White...

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 •  February 13

Since November, the Trump administration has taken steps to overhaul the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) — the Obama-era consumer watchdog agency that Democrats created after the global financial crisis to monitor American consumers’ financial interests. Based largely on a proposal from then-Harvard law professor (and now U.S. senator...

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 •  February 12

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget and the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, arrives for a news conference in November. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) The White House on Monday proposed a major restructuring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that would significantly cut the watchdog agency’s...

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 •  February 8

Retailers such as Target and Amazon are embracing mobile applications to help consumers save money and time with features like digital wallets and augmented reality. When used strategically, apps can streamline in-store trips and online purchases, but shoppers could also find that convenience comes with a risk: impulsive decisions and...

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 •  February 7

LOS ANGELES — Thirty-six people were indicted in connection with an international identity theft ring known as a “one-stop shop for cybercriminals” that sold stolen credit card information on the dark web, leading to losses of more than $530 million, U.S. prosecutors said Wednesday. The Infraud Organization — founded in 2010 and operated under the...

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 •  February 6

Since taking control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau two months ago, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has faced a barrage of criticism from Democrats and consumer groups who complained he was attempting to weaken the agency. On Tuesday, Mulvaney received support from another financial regulator, Comptroller of the...

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 •  February 1

The White House and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are at odds over who should lead the watchdog agency as its acting director: its former director's chief of staff, Leandra English, or White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who has called the bureau a "sick" joke. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) The Trump administration has...

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 •  January 31

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is constitutional and that its director can be fired by the president for cause only. The split decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a blow to the Trump administration, as well as longtime Republican and...