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Screw mortgages, here’s the real banking crisis

Title sarcastic, in case that wasn’t obvious. The banking industry’s blatant refusal to work with the federal government on this mortgage relief program is as blatant as class warfare gets. On paper, working with the government to create a situation where people get to keep their homes and banks get…

Right wing populism: simple, stupid

Rachel Maddow brought Frank Rich on to talk about the teabaggers after he wrote this column. The column I found largely unobjectionable, but some of the stuff from the interview sat wrong with me. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Upon rewatching it, I…

SOTU, after a good night’s rest

First of all, let me say I was wrong about one thing in the liveblogging last night. The way that Obama phrased the student aid plan last night set off all sorts of alarm bells for me. The way he explained it was that they would eliminate subsidies and replace…

President Obama Will Use The Constitution As A To-Be-Named Paper Product

I may be a lowly law student, but I’m pretty sure that David Rivkin and Lee Casey are flat-out wrong when they say that a federal mandate for health insurance would be unconstitutional. I think that it’s terrible policy, personally, and that a Medicare-for-all single payer system would be a…

Why who’s President does matter, example 3

Nothing about this isn’t awesome. White House officials tell CNN Obama Chief Staff of Staff Rahm Emanuel sent a memo Tuesday to all agencies and departments of the federal government. The memo halts further consideration of pending regulations throughout the government until a legal and policy review can be conducted…

Study: teen virginity pledges don’t work

A Jesus ring to help you say “I don’t,” before you say “I do”. From Hall Jewelers. Duh. Praying and promising to daddy that they won’t knock boots results in sex occurring just as often in the “pledged virgins” population as the average teen demo, but increases the chance that…

Fox can’t guard the henhouse if the fox is extinct

Bush wants science where it really belongs: in the hands of the federal government. The Bush administration wants federal agencies to decide for themselves whether highways, dams, mines and other construction projects might harm endangered animals and plants. New regulations, which don’t require the approval of Congress, would reduce the…

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