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Warren Buffett's mobile home empire preys on the poor

Warren Buffett’s mobile home empire preys on the poor
Source: Center for Public Integrity

Buffett’s mobile home empire promises low-income Americans the dream of homeownership. But Clayton relies on predatory sales practices, exorbitant fees, and interest rates that can exceed 15 percent, trapping many buyers in loans they can’t afford and in homes that are almost impossible to sell or refinance, an investigation by The Center for Public Integrity and The Seattle Times has found.

Business And Economics

At Rolling Stone, doubt preceded publication

Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the journalist at the heart of the Rolling Stone rape-story scandal, harbored doubts about “Jackie,” her principal source, all along — or, at the very least, had come to doubt her by the time the story was published. 1,044 more words


Fight the Power: Money erases votes in elections

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When U.S. Supreme Court decisions are such monumental travesties of justice, they merit milestones in their existence: It’s been five years since the Court effectively turned over democracy to monied special interests in the Citizens United vs. 261 more words

Fight The Power

The public is listening and associations are spending

As a public relations professional, imagine my excitement when I stumbled across a new report that found associations are spending an unprecedented amount of money to sway public opinion. 580 more words


The state of city-run Internet

The state of city-run Internet
Source: Center for Public Integrity

The fight against city-owned Internet networks may just be beginning.

The telecommunications giants including Comcast, AT&T and Time Warner Cable have spent millions of dollars to lobby state legislatures, influence state elections and buy research to try to stop the spread of public Internet services that often offer faster speeds at cheaper rates.

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Business And Economics