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In its training manuals and at its annual conferences, HomeVestors teaches the Sandler system, and central to this sales strategy is building rapport with homeowners in order to 'find the pain.'

HomeVestors of America has developed a system for snapping up problem properties, but while part of the company mission is a promise not to take advantage of anyone who doesn’t understand the true value of their home, franchisees use deception to pursue rock-bottom prices. Read more»

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at the swearing-in of Sonny Perdue as the 31st Secretary of Agriculture on April 25, 2017.

Billionaire real estate magnate Harlan Crow paid the tuition at a private boarding school for the teenage grandnephew of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas - payments Thomas did not report on his annual financial disclosures. Read more»

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at the swearing-in of Sonny Perdue as the 31st Secretary of Agriculture on April 25, 2017.

For more than two decades, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas accepted lavish vacations, virtually every year - including on a private jet and a superyacht - without disclosing them, a failure that appears to violate a disclosure law passed after Watergate. Read more»

Leo had taken a leave of absence from the Federalist Society to advise President Trump on judicial appointments, helping shepherd the appointments of Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and helping to fill more than 200 other positions in federal district and appellate courts.

Leonard Leo, the longtime Federalist Society leader who helped create a conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court, has moved on to the Teneo Network, a little-known group he called “networks of conservatives that can roll back” liberal influence. Read more»

Abortion rights measures in more states are expected on the ballot in 2024.

For decades, lawyers at the Thomas More Society have backed provocateurs and long shot causes in hopes of winning severe restrictions on abortion in the U.S. - now, the organization has embraced relentlessly questioning the integrity of elections. Read more»

TMX Finance and its biggest brand, TitleMax, operate in 16 states, including Arizona. TMX Finance reported revenue topping $712 million in 2021.

A federal consumer watchdog group has fined TitleMax $15 million for predatory lending practices and intentionally evading laws meant to protect military families from predatory lenders and, separately, charged illegal insurance fees to more than 17,000 customers. Read more»

The release of cancer-causing pollution is just one of several significant problems that have plagued attempts to convert discarded plastic into new things.

Almost half of products cleared so far under the new federal biofuels program are not in fact biofuels — and the EPA acknowledges that the plastic-based ones may present an “unreasonable risk” to human health or the environment. Read more»

The deaths of several soldiers at Fort Hood, including Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén, who was sexually harassed by a supervisor before being killed by another soldier in 2020, spurred calls to reform the military justice system.

More than a year has passed since Congress adopted reforms that promised to overhaul the U.S. military justice system - however, the reforms, which will not go into effect until the end of this year, may have created additional challenges. Read more»

In March 2022, the FTC sued Intuit over deceptive ads for its so-called 'Free' edition.

After both Intuit and H&R Block left the Free File program, the future of the program is unclear, and it’s still difficult to find truly free tax filing options. The IRS created a tool to help you find this year’s Free File options as it looks into creating a public filing system. Read more»

True the Vote leaders Gregg Phillips and Catherine Engelbrecht testify at a May 31, 2022, informal hearing in the Arizona Senate discussing alleged evidence of election fraud in Arizona.

True the Vote, a group that spread discredited election conspiracy theories, “abandoned” The Freedom Hospital in April 2022, according to its lawyers - yet board member Gregg Phillips continued to seek donations for the project for months afterward. Read more»

Law enforcement can obtain people’s data from tech companies such as Google, whose privacy policies say the companies reserve the right to share users’ data with law enforcement.

Some sites selling abortion pills use technology that shares information with third parties like Google - and law enforcement can potentially use this data to prosecute people who end their pregnancies with medication. Read more»

A pascola dance ramada scene and informational panels now reside at the Pascua Yaqui Tribe's Itom Mahtawa'apo Community Education and Cultural Center, having been moved from the Arizona State Museum.

Many institutions continue to hold Indigenous remains, funerary objects and cultural items — and in some cases resist their return despite the 1990 passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Read more»

A late-2021 strategy to include the syndication-killer language in Biden’s Build Back Better bill had unraveled at the hands of Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, then a Democrat, who demanded that it be stripped out as a condition of her critical vote to win passage of the larger measure.

The recently signed $1.7 trillion spending bill could accomplish what six years of IRS audits and DOJ prosecutions could not: shutting down “syndicated conservation easements” that exploit a charitable tax break meant to preserve open land. Read more»

Hobbs speaks at Planned Parenthood in Tucson during the early days of her campaign.

Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs is taking the state’s child protective services agency in a radically different direction in the wake of an investigation into the racial disparities that have plagued the child welfare system here. Read more»

Medicare wasn’t the only government program targeted for laboratory fraud - health care providers found quick access to money in the federal fund for testing people without insurance.

Medicare’s COVID-19 testing costs reached over $2 billion in 2022 - and the growing costs concern some experts, who say financial incentives and a lack of regulation early in the pandemic led to fraud and overspending. Read more»

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