HAMP Suffered From Extremely Poor Oversight

By: Tuesday October 4, 2011 2:40 pm

New documents obtained by ProPublica through the Freedom of Information Act provide new insights into what a complete disaster the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) has been. HAMP was supposed to facilitate mortgage modifications but the Treasury apparently had little or no real oversight of the program that was rife with problems.


Regulations Are an Opportunity for Job Creating Innovation

By: Sunday September 18, 2011 5:00 pm

It is an article of faith among Republicans (and far too many Democrats) that all those pesky “regulations” are to blame for the lack of jobs today and the ongoing economic slowdown. Just the first of this month, McClatchy had an article where they had surveyed small business owners across the country and the consensus was that in fact regulations are not the problem for small business but lack of demand is.

Unemployment Tap Dance Shows Beltway Fantasy Land in Operation

By: Friday April 29, 2011 2:00 pm

It is almost impossible for me to freshly describe the ongoing disconnect between what we see and hear coming out of the mouths of people in and around the Beltway Village and the facts on the ground for the rest of the country. I won’t say that they must be on drugs because I’ve used drugs and I never was as far away from reality as the Beltway Village Idiots Pundits, Politicians, and Courtiers. They just live inside a fantasy bubble. It might be acceptable if the decisions they make each day didn’t have such negative consequences for the rest of us.

What Do We Want? Jobs! When Do We Want Them? Now!

By: Thursday April 14, 2011 7:16 pm

I guess things are getting better, except for the long term Un and Underemployed, who are seemingly being forgotten by most of the people in power.

More Republican “Respect” for the Workers

By: Saturday February 19, 2011 6:00 pm

On Wednesday, I wrote a post with the (admittedly rhetorical) title “Is Cutting Jobs Programs to Create Jobs Like Cutting Taxes to Increase Revenues?”

Today, I’d like to offer up a few more examples of how the new governors’ of Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin are treating workers within their states as they “create” jobs.

Top 10 Firedoglake Blog Posts of 2010

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 11:55 am

2010 gave us a lot to write about here at Firedoglake. From passing student loan reform, to covering the BP oil disaster, to elevating the national conversation around marijuana policy, FDL bloggers and diarists came through with amazing reporting and analysis on the wide variety of issues facing the country.

Here’s a round-up of the top 10 blog posts at Firedoglake in 2010 (based on pageviews) — feel free to share your favorite FDL posts from last year in the comments!

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Greg Mitchell, The Campaign of the Century: Upton Sinclair’s Race for Governor of California and the Birth of Media Politics

By: Saturday December 11, 2010 1:59 pm

It’s a propitious time to be welcoming in Greg Mitchell for a discussion about his book “The Campaign of the Century.” Over the past couple weeks, Mitchell has virtually turned over his blog at The Nation to painstakingly chronicling the Wikileaks story, and chronicling how the political, corporate and media elite have mounted an effort to discredit, destroy and punish Julian Assange. 76 years earlier, these forces came together in an electoral context, to disable the candidacy of Upton Sinclair for Governor of California.

Does Fidelity National’s New Policy Reveal Role in Foreclosure Fraud Cover-Up?

By: Thursday October 21, 2010 7:55 am

I’ve got a slightly different take than DDay on the news that Fidelity just established a policy requiring lenders to warrant all foreclosure sales going forward. I take it as an admission from Fidelity National that it cannot or will not adequately do that main part of its job: review the documents on a house and make sure the documents say what they appear to say.

“The Battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party is Joined!” – Obama-Biden vs. FDL’s David Dayen

By: Wednesday September 29, 2010 6:02 am

Lawrence O’Donnell ropes FDL Newser David Dayen into some high-flying hyperbole, announcing the battle for the soul of the Democratic Party is joined! Between, according to Lawrence, the Leader of the Free World and his Vice President of the United States on one side — and a blogger on the other. Good luck, David!

Playing the CFPB Nomination Game

By: Saturday August 14, 2010 9:35 am

Now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been created, everyone is waiting for Obama to nominate someone to head it. The longer this drags on, it becomes a less a question of “Who?” and more a question of “Why not Elizabeth Warren?”

That’s a question that the Obama White House does NOT want to answer.

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