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Inside Politics: Brown kicks off re-election campaign
Mr. Brown timed his Thursday evening event in Worcester to coincide with the anniversary of his special election win in 2010 that catapulted him into the office once held by the late Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
In a portion of his prepared remarks released by his campaign earlier Thursday, Mr. Brown again targeted President Obama’s health care law, which he had pledged to help block.
Mr. Brown also criticized what he calls “establishment candidates” who wage class warfare by pitting one group of Americans against another and attacking the country’s free enterprise system.
New watchdog agency reviews payday lending
BIRMINGHAM — The Obama administration’s new consumer protection agency is holding its first hearing in Alabama on payday lending, an industry that brings in some $7 billion a year in fees nationwide with relatively little federal oversight.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said testimony from the session Thursday in Birmingham will help guide future regulations. Director Richard Cordray said the bureau recognizes the need for short-term loans, but the lending must help consumers, not harm them.
The agency has been in the spotlight because of Republican opposition to its formation and because of President Obama’s use of a recess appointment to install Mr. Cordray as director.
The bureau said about 19 million American households now have payday loans and lenders take in more than $7 billion annually in fees.
The 51-year-old Monmouth County legislator said he converted his federal exploratory committee to a campaign account and will formally announce his candidacy soon.
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