Hugh Hewitt a Helpful Reminder of Just How Radical the Right is in 2010

By: Friday December 31, 2010 10:30 am

The biggest problem with American politics today is that we’ve only got two parties. One of them is corrupt, and the other is corrupt and crazy. Now, mind you — I don’t use that term lightly. I mean really, absolutely nuts, certifiable — head-trauma crazy. And today, Hugh Hewitt’s unhinged column at Clownhall demonstrates just how crazy the right has become.

 

Indiana Court Case: Servicer Contractually Bound to Federal Servicing Guidelines

By: Friday December 31, 2010 8:15 am

Even though the Treasury Department isn’t sanctioning servicers for their failure to comply with HAMP guidelines, it looks like in some cases, the courts could. In a case in the Indiana Court of Appeals, a foreclosure case was reversed for essentially one reason — failing to follow FHA guidelines when proceeding to foreclosure, guidelines which aren’t substantially different from HAMP guidelines.

Lamo’s Two (?!) Laptops

By: Friday December 31, 2010 7:05 am

It’s just a data point — but the story of Adrian Lamo being involuntarily hospitalized in response to reporting having his laptop taken is a whole lot different than it is if he has just had his drugs taken away.

Student Loan Reform: Best Progressive Victory of 2010

By: Friday December 31, 2010 6:05 am

Looking back on the year, I believe that the best victory for progressives was student loan reform, which was passed as part of the reconciliation measure. While not as large in scale as some of the bills passed by this Congress, it still was a substantial measure that ends over $60 billion in government waste. I’m proud of the role FDL played when our “Students, Not Banks” campaign helped make sure uncompromised student loan reform was passed this year. Looking back at the year, I wish progressives had been given the chance to have more clear fights like this one.

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Early Morning Swim

By: Friday December 31, 2010 4:45 am

Let us end the year with some schadenfreude

By: Friday December 31, 2010 1:30 am

Apparently there is one right-winger punished over pushing the Iraq War…naturally it’s a woman.

Late Night: We Screwed Ourselves with Success

By: Thursday December 30, 2010 8:00 pm

We could comfort ourselves with the idea that this bankster-created economic crisis could have been far worse, had it not been for the success of the social safety net we’ve created since the Great Depression. But that’s just denial talking. We have to do something about this situation; while we cannot morally create any more pain for our fellow Americans, we surely must tell their stories.

How Senate Rules Are Changed Is Much More Important Than What Changes Are Made Now

By: Thursday December 30, 2010 7:00 pm

If the rules are changed at the beginning of the next Congress, it will happen one of only two ways: either they will employ the “Constitutional option” using a simple majority or there will be a bipartisan compromise using a traditional two-thirds vote. Given how modest the changes being debated are, both potential paths might produce very similar changes this time, but which process is used could have a huge long-term impact.

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