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Consumer protection bureau gets rid of restriction on payday lenders

Consumer protection bureau gets rid of restriction on payday lenders

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau formally scrapped a rule — originally proposed in 2017 under an Obama appointee — that would have put limits on payday lenders. As written, the rule would have imposed an underwriting requirement on payday lenders. The revised regulation instead won’t require lenders to determine whether a customer can afford paying…MORE

Birx’s nod to mask fashion is more than just sartorial

Birx’s nod to mask fashion is more than just sartorial

The White House coronavirus response coordinator began her remarks Wednesday with a seemingly light remark. “Masks can be a fashion statement,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, noting another positive reason — aside from the public health standpoint — for Americans to wear them. But amid the ongoing debate about wearing masks, led by President Donald Trump’s…MORE

Trump administration proposes blocking asylum seekers on public health grounds

Trump administration proposes blocking asylum seekers on public health grounds

The Trump administration unveiled a new regulation Wednesday that would bar asylum seekers coming from countries with disease outbreaks, marking the latest push that would make it more difficult for migrants to seek refuge in the United States. The proposed regulation from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice provides the administration…MORE

Houston mayor cancels Texas GOP in-person convention

Houston mayor cancels Texas GOP in-person convention

The Democratic mayor of Houston on Wednesday stopped the Texas Republican Party from holding its state convention in-person next week amid a spike in coronavirus cases. Escalating his push for the Texas GOP to hold its convention virtually, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner had said earlier in the day that he had asked the city’s legal…MORE

Tim Scott says he’s moved back to the ‘drawing board’ on police reform

Tim Scott says he’s moved back to the ‘drawing board’ on police reform

The architect of the GOP’s failed police reform bill said Wednesday that he was talking to senior House Democrats and moving closer to a potential deal on the thorny issue that had consumed policy circles in Washington following George Floyd’s death. Speaking alongside Attorney General William Barr after a meeting with church leaders in Columbia,…MORE

New satellite imagery shows activity at suspected North Korean nuclear facility

New satellite images obtained by CNN show recent activity at a previously undeclared North Korean facility that researchers suspect is being used to build nuclear warheads. The imagery, captured by Planet Labs and analyzed by experts at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, indicates that the facility, which is in the village of Wollo-ri near…MORE