Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) slammed the acting Federal Housing Finance Agency director Ed DeMarco during a rally on Tuesday supporting a Minneapolis homeowner in her fight against the foreclosure of her home.
“We need to be finding ways to keep people in their homes, not kicking them out,” Ellison said, according to Occupy Homes Minnesota, which took part in the protest. “Ed DeMarco has consistently refused to write down these loans to make them affordable. Other members of Congress and I have taken the extreme but reasonable step of calling for him to be fired. Big banks need to change the way they’re doing business in our communities. Enough is enough.”
The protest was held in conjunction with a settlement court hearing involving local homeowner Rose McGee and housing giant Fannie Mae and another mortgage company, Citimortgage.
KARE-TV reported that McGee and her supporters have accused the company of using a tactic called “dual tracking” to attempt to evict her while allegedly negotiating a loan modification.
The hearing ended without a settlement being reached. An attorney for the two firms told the station he believed McGee “wanted to live in her house for free.” Her lawyer, Jonathan Drewes, said in court that the two firms did not provide her with the proper paperwork during their negotiation.
Besides the rally on behalf of McGee, demonstrators also delivered a petition with 2,600 signatures to the U.S. Attorney’s office for Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. Similar petitions were taken to other offices in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
The rally was organized by New Bottom Line, a homeowners advocacy group that also protested DeMarco’s testimony during a March 19, 2013 meeting of the House Committee on Housing Finance.
Watch KARE’s report on the rally in support of McGee, aired Tuesday, below.
‘America is running away like rats’: Watch angry Kurds blame US troops for dead babies as they withdraw
The Associated Press obtained video of Kurds pelting American military vehicles with fruit as they withdrew from Syria.
The video was first captured by a Kurdish news agency, the AP said in a report on Monday.
“Like rats, America is running away,” one man shouted in Arabic. Another shouted obscenities and talked of babies in Kurdish-held Syria who had died in the Turkish offensive.
The scene encapsulated the Kurds’ feelings of betrayal and added a new indignity to a US withdrawal that has been rushed and involved several close brushes with Turkish-backed forces.
WATCH: White House protesters chant ‘impeach Trump’ loud enough for aides to hear
Protesters gathered in front of the White House on Sunday to call on President Donald Trump to be removed from office.
Videos circulated online showed protesters chanting "impeach Trump" close enough to the White House for staff to hear the demonstration.
In other videos, protesters were blowing loud whistles.
Meanwhile, demonstrators also greeted Trump as he visited his New Jersey golf course. Pro-impeachment protesters were also reportedly out on the streets in Boston and New York City.
Watch some of the video clips below.
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White House urged diplomats to stay quiet about withheld aid to Ukraine: ‘Nothing to see here’
As Democrats proceed with impeachment, there are explosive new revelations almost daily related to President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that top diplomats were instructed to keep quiet about the temporary freeze on the $141 million package of aid to Ukraine.
“Keep moving, people, nothing to see here,” Brad Freden, the State Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary of Europe and Eurasia, said in an email.