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Demanding More of the Wealthy

If you’re tuned into your social surroundings, you’re likely to hear people arguing over whether raising taxes on the rich would be a good thing or a bad thing for Americans. With election season on its way, the noise and volume are bound to rise. (more)

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



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One Betrayal Too Many

With a record 46.2 million Americans living in poverty, it’s getting too late to give President Obama a pass on the economy.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 READ MORE



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BofA Confirms Plan to Lay Off 30,000 Employees

Bank of America has confirmed a plan to eliminate 30,000 jobs “over the next few years,” 10,000 fewer than what The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The layoffs will amount to about 10 percent of the bank’s workforce. Update (more)

Posted on Sep 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Quicksand of Debt for U.S. College Students

According to the Project on Student Debt, the average arrears for graduating U.S. students is $24,000, but that figure is low for many who are entering a state of sustained debt peonage during the wonder years of young adulthood. (more)

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Government Lawsuits Against Big Banks Are a Go

Federal regulators filed lawsuits against 17 financial institutions Friday afternoon for allegedly misrepresenting the poor quality of mortgage securities they sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at the height of the housing bubble. (more)

Posted on Sep 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Amnesty for the Indefensible

The administration has rushed to the aid of the banks once again and is attempting to intimidate the few state attorneys general who have the gumption to protect the public interest they are sworn to serve.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE



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A Look at the ‘Bush-Obama’ Presidency

Essayist, Yale English professor and TomDispatch contributor David Bromwich takes a careful accounting of the “sacked” and “saved” members of the Obama administration in an attempt to reveal the similarities between his presidency and George W. Bush’s. (more)

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Naomi Klein on Riots and Resistance

Britain’s riots were not political, we are assured, and looting is simply un-British, but “Shock Doctrine” author Naomi Klein takes a different view: From Iraq to Argentina, when corrupt elites pass the bill to the struggling masses, civil unrest is to be expected.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE


Barbarians at the Gate









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AP / Carolyn Kaster

Debt Madness Was Always About Killing Social Security

Republican hypocrites are out to settle ideological scores that have nothing to do with the debt they themselves ran up.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Sorry Elizabeth, Wall Street Said No

Obama’s gutless decision to abandon Elizabeth Warren comes after the president populated his administration with the very people who created the financial meltdown.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren Out, Another Bank Critic to Lead Consumer Agency

Fearing a tough confirmation fight, the Obama administration has decided that Elizabeth Warren will not head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Instead, the White House will nominate Richard Cordray, who was already selected to be the agency’s top enforcer and who, in his previous gig as Ohio’s attorney general, had put himself on the map by suing big banks. (more)

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 READ MORE


WikiLeaks Has a New Commercial

The biggest threat to WikiLeaks isn’t the house arrest of Julian Assange or the militaries of frustrated world governments—it’s the financial blockade by PayPal, Bank of America, Visa and other institutions that has cut off $15 million in donations (by WikiLeaks’ estimate).

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Truthdigger of the Week: Eric Schneiderman

This week we celebrate New York’s attorney general for refusing to let Wall Street off the hook. (More, including honorable mentions, after the jump).

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Throw Out the Money Changers

These are remarks Chris Hedges made in Union Square in New York City last Friday during a protest outside a branch office of the Bank of America.

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State Crises Mean New Language of Deceit

For most of history, we had undebatable definitions of words such as bailout and bankruptcy. Sadly, that’s not the case during a deficit crisis that is seeing language redefined in ideological terms.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE


Two Public Pay Standards, One Statement of Values

Decisions by bought-off elected officials highlight a larger corporatist ideology—one that says attracting the best and brightest to the “greed is good” financial industry is more important than attracting that work force to common-good endeavors.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE


Govt’s Loan Mod Program Crippled by Lax Oversight and Deference to Banks

With millions of homeowners still struggling to stay in their homes, the Obama administration’s $75 billion foreclosure prevention program has been weakened, perhaps fatally, by lax oversight and a posture of cooperation—rather than enforcement—with the nation’s biggest banks.

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Bank of America Reports $1.2 Billion Quarterly Loss

Bank of America has reported its second straight quarterly loss, $1.2 billion for the last three months of 2010 after a devaluation of its mortgage business.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama’s New Chief of Staff Makes $8.3 Million From Wall Street Gig

In preparation for his new White House job, William Daley sold $8.3 million of JPMorgan Chase stock. Thanks to government regulations, Daley can postpone paying the capital gains on that haul until he leaves public life, which, given how fast the door between Obama’s White House and Wall Street spins, shouldn’t be too long.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks Banker Fined by Swiss Court

A Swiss judge fined the former banker who gave confidential files to WikiLeaks roughly $6,250, but spared the whistle-blower a prison sentence. Rudolf Elmer was found guilty of violating Switzerland’s confidential banking laws, which have protected such people as tax-dodging Americans and the Nazis.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Swiss Banker to Give Bank Data to WikiLeaks

A former Swiss banker is set to hand over even more financial data to WikiLeaks. Rudolf Elmer, a former Julius Baer employee, claims he has data on how the mega-rich have used offshore accounts and institutional loopholes to avoid tax payments.

Posted on Jan 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Gag Me With a Banker

Having learned nothing from his midterm drubbing, President Obama is reportedly considering making JPMorgan Chase executive William Daley his chief of staff. Because what this administration needs is more sympathy for the hooligans on Wall Street.

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The Information Technology Roller Coaster

A glance at The New York Times this morning (downloaded to my iPad in Rome) and it’s evident we’re already inhabiting a Matrix world. ... (more)

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE


Cutting Medicare and Social Security









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New Data Show Extent of Fed’s Free Money Programs

Thanks to Bernie Sanders and the new financial regulation passed by Congress, we’re learning more about the Federal Reserve’s $3.3 trillion bailout of Wall Street in 2008. It turns out the Fed lent money ... (more)

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 READ MORE



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No TARP in Iceland

Iceland’s President Olafur Grimsson, surveying the global financial mess, including the pending $112 billion bailout of Ireland’s shaky banking sector, can gloat a bit. His country, he says, is in better shape because it let private banks fail two years ago.

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Soccer Star Boots the Banks

While European economies stutter and protests in a number of European countries continue to go unanswered, it’s almost hilarious that we may turn to 1990s soccer sensation Eric Cantona for help. A Cantona interview has become a YouTube sensation, launching an online political movement based on non-participation within capitalism.

Posted on Nov 21, 2010 READ MORE



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$50 Billion for Irish Bailout

Although it may sound like a delicious alcoholic beverage rather than a $50 billion rescue of Ireland’s capitalist apparatus, an Irish bailout by the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank is being discussed as the island country reels from debt and failed banks.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE


It’s the Stupidity, Stupid

What could cause the intensifying politics of free-market fundamentalism at the very historical moment that proves the failure of such an ideology? Two new academic studies suggest all roads lead to ignorance.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE


Bad Guys of the Foreclosure Crisis

The crisis over faulty or fraudulent paperwork in mortgage foreclosures—which is either a big deal or a humongous deal, depending on which experts you believe—is the fault of arrogant, greedy lenders who played fast and loose with the basic property rights of homeowners.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE


When Banks Are the Robbers

The big banks that caused the collapse of the global finance market, and received tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded bailouts, have likely been engaging in wholesale fraud against homeowners and the courts.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE



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Bank of America Ends Foreclosure Ban

Bank of America said Monday it will resume foreclosures in 23 states. The country’s largest bank stopped processing foreclosures nationwide while it investigated a mess of paperwork that cast doubt on the validity of home seizures. A self-imposed ban remains in 27 states.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE


Good Witch O’Donnell









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Lies of the Tea Party

The disaffection and demoralization of Democrats have created a dangerous political vacuum that is being filled with misleading data, urban legends and outright lies.

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Banks Can’t Be Bothered With Foreclosure Paperwork

You know how financial institutions have a way of wielding fine print like a weapon? Well it turns out that when it comes to foreclosures, many of the nation’s lenders are either willfully ignoring procedure or are woefully incompetent at paperwork. Take your pick.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Summers and Volcker, GOP Pledge, Taxes, Schools

This week on “Left, Right & Center,” the gang chats about the shakeup in Obama’s economic team, the GOP’s alleged new ideas, the Democrats’ spine on taxes, and the ever important but little-discussed issue of schools. Tune in to find out more.

Posted on Sep 25, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



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Doing the Elizabeth Warren Shuffle

Opinions are divided over the news that Elizabeth Warren, progressives’ pick to head the new consumer protection agency, will be appointed to get said agency off the ground but (in all likelihood) not be its first director.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Too Big to Fail, Except Online

JPMorgan Chase is America’s second biggest bank, further fattened from gobbling up the carcasses of Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual, so it stands to reason that millions of Americans have been inconvenienced by the inexplicable meltdown of the company’s website.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 READ MORE



More Champagne for Goldman Sachs

You know you have it made when a $550 million settlement with the SEC boosts your stock by $3 billion. Goldman Sachs’ penalty for selling a fancy investment it secretly bet against was about half what was expected, amounting to just 14 days of earnings. You might say they got away with it.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE



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New England Republicans Assure Financial Reform Passage

Scott Brown of Massachusetts has decided to support the anemic financial reform bill because, as The Washington Post reports, “he got nearly everything he wanted.” The bill is now expected to pass with the support of at least two other Republicans, including Maine’s Olympia Snowe.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Corporate America’s First-Class Recovery

While the rest of us patiently await the signs of economic recovery, corporate America has apparently skipped to the front of the line: Major companies are expecting to announce some of their highest profits in years.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Regulators Made Sure Goldman Sachs Got All of Its Bailout Money

A devastating report in The New York Times documents how Timothy Geithner’s New York Fed worked tirelessly to make sure that AIG was forced to pay banks such as Goldman Sachs 100 percent on dubious contracts that might otherwise have been slashed or subjected to lawsuits. (continued)

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Richard Drew

Bank Shares Zoom in Wake of Regulation Deal

Bank stocks had a surprisingly good day Friday, outperforming the rest of the market after it became clear that financial reform legislation hammered out in Congress would not meddle with precious bank profits.

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AP / Richard Drew

Wall Street Reform Bill Nailed Down

After a marathon final negotiating session, Congress has cobbled together a historic overhaul of financial regulations for Wall Street. The bill is expected to win final approval next week and land on President Obama’s desk.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE


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