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Lawmakers are helping industry donors beat back tougher rules. Every business sector has its friends in Washington. Financial companies — from the biggest megabanks to small payday lenders — have some of the best. Read more»

Holly Petraeus, CFPB's top official for military issues, with Elizabeth Warren, who championed the bureau and was later elected to serve in the U.S. Senate.

Debt collectors are targeting members of the Armed Services by calling their superior officers, threatening reduction in rank and even courts-martial, despite stepped-up efforts to protect them from abuse, according to a government report issued last week. Read more» 1

At least six federal agencies including the Justice and Treasury departments are coordinating a broad probe of online payday lenders that charge enormous interest and fees to low-income borrowers who need quick cash. Read more»

Page from a flyer sent to people targeted by the government to sign up for Direct Express.

A government initiative aimed at saving money by eliminating paper checks is hurting some recipients of federal benefits while earning the bank that operates the program millions in fees charged to consumers. Read more»