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Wells Fargo Fined For Illegally Repossessing Over 400 Service Members' Vehicles

Wells Fargo Fined For Illegally Repossessing Over 400 Service Members' Vehicles

Wells Fargo will pay $24 million to settle allegations that it mistreated members of the military -- including illegally repossessing their cars.

The bank, already reeling from a scandal over fake accounts, will pay $4.1 million to settle Justice Department charges that it seized 413 cars owned by service members without a court order, a violation of federal law.

The Justice Department said the illegal repossessions took place from 2008 to 2015. The first complaint came from an Army National Guardsman in North Carolina who said the bank seized his car while he was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.

Wells Fargo then auctioned his car and tried to collect a balance of $10,000 from his family, the Justice Department said.

The bank will pay $10,000 to each of the affected service members, plus lost equity in the cars with interest, and repair their credit.

Click here for more of Jackie Wattles' story from CNN Money. 

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Veterans Are Dying Of Cancer Due To Massive Delays At VA Hospitals And The Obama Admin Isn't Doing A Damn Thing About It

Veterans Are Dying Of Cancer Due To Massive Delays At VA Hospitals And The Obama Admin Isn't Doing A Damn Thing About It

Patients at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in New Mexico who were eventually diagnosed with cancer experienced delays in care that put their health at risk, according to the agency’s inspector general.

Dozens of veterans who tested positive for colorectal cancer at the New Mexico VA Health Care System in Albuquerque were not notified of their results in a timely manner, according to the inspector general report released this week, which faulted a lack of oversight from the system’s leadership.

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Screening can detect the cancer in its early stages, making it easier to beat.

Nine veterans who sought care at the New Mexico VA hospital in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and who were eventually diagnosed with colorectal cancer “experienced delays and, in some instances, significant delays that may have affected the patients’ clinical outcomes,” investigators found.

These patients represented 38 percent of the veterans serviced by the hospital who were diagnosed with colorectal cancer during the two-year period reviewed.

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Flashback: Hillary Clinton promised to silence critics of Islam

Hillary ClintonIn a book published in 2015, national security expert Stephen Coughlin said that while serving as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton promised Islamic countries the U.S. government would intimidate Americans who speak out or criticize Islam, theDaily Callerreported. The 2011 closed-door meeting with Islamic countries lasted three days and, the Daily Caller said, puts Clinton’s “willingness to defend the Constitution in serious doubt.”

According to Coughlin, Clinton told representatives of the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation the U.S. government would “use some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming” to intimidate and silence those who criticize Islam or Muhammad. At the time of the conference, we reportedthat Traditional Values Coalition President Andrea Lafferty was identified as a “security threat” to Clinton and was even detained by her security personnel.

Lafferty was one of those attempting to monitor the meeting. It seems Lafferty had good reason to be concerned, as Coughlin notes in his book.

“An official of the United States, in an official communiqué, went to a foreign land to commit to a foreign leader that the United States Government would engage in the extra-legal practice of intimidating American citizens in the exercise of what is otherwise their protected free speech rights under the First Amendment,” he told the Daily Caller. Clinton’s move is discussed in his book, “Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad.”

“If her willingness to sell out Americans First Amendment rights to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation by categorizing as ‘hate speech’ anything that is deemed offensive to Islam is any indication, she may be the least qualified candidate to support and defend the Constitution,” he added. Coughlin, the Daily Caller said, is an attorney, a decorated intelligence officer and an expert on Islamic law and terrorism who consulted the Joint Chiefs of Staff for about a decade following the 9/11 terror attack. The Muslim Brotherhood, Rachel Stoltzfoos said, “allegedly convinced the White House to ban him and ‘outlaw’ his briefings.”

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How The Tea Party Became Trumpism

How The Tea Party Became Trumpism

For years, while those in Washington were going along like business as usual, a boisterous movement was bubbling across America. In 2010, the tea party allowed into office conservative underdogs like Marco Rubio, and launched the political careers of the likes of Christine O’Donnell and Rand Paul. While the tea party wave of 2010 may have been an indicator of Trumpism to come, it wasn’t the birth of it.

In 2014, another GOP wave took America by storm, resulting in GOP control of both chambers of Congress.

In the 2014 cycle, Republicans ran on the platform of repealing and replacing Obamacare, building the Keystone Pipeline, and standing in the way of President Obama’s so called illegal, unconstitutional, and nefarious plan to give amnesty to the millions of undocumented immigrants residing within our borders.

I remember these promises quite well. Because while the Washington elite were sunbathing in the rays of power, I was getting sunburn in the rays of the sun — knocking on countless doors across the 12th Congressional District of Georgia peddling the talking points that, “Republicans can fix Washington this time” and asking them to give the party one more chance. They’ll repeal this, pass that, and get this done. Just trust me.

As I flowed through my talking points, the voters were almost uniformly expressionless. It was as if they’ve heard all this before, as if the phrases leaving my mouth had become horribly routine. Or they were wondering why I wasn’t in school.

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OscarsSoWhite And Selective Outrage

OscarsSoWhite And Selective Outrage

As a young boy, I was told the world is mine for the taking and my skin color isn’t an impediment, but an accessory. So when it comes to the ‪#OscarsSoWhite‬ controversy, admittedly, I’m conflicted.

At 7, I dreamed of becoming famous. The endless racks of People Magazine, the red carpet, and hordes of fans screaming the names of famous singers and movie stars made the concept of fame quite appealing. Even second graders strive to be adored and liked by all.

While I’d like to consider my younger self an optimist, I didn’t play games with reality. Being 7, I didn’t necessarily understand if my success would be hindered by the color of my skin. but I did know I’d have to work hard. That principle had been drilled into ever since I could walk. I told myself, “The only way you’ll ever make it is if you can act or sing.”

Sadly, I wasn’t blessed with vocals or dance moves.

But I am quite the drama king. So I settled on acting.

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