Take Back the American Dream Conference: Building Off the #OccupyWallStreet Movement

By: Monday October 3, 2011 2:00 pm

The Campaign for America’s Future expected their conference to be a launching pad for an American Dream Movement that would be a counterpart to the Tea Party, a left populist movement that would branch out across the country. But it found itself overtaken by the #OccupyWallStreet movement.


NN11 Closing Festivities Live Feed: Keith Ellison Keynotes

By: Saturday June 18, 2011 4:00 pm

The honor for closing speaker tonight goes to progressive favorite Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN). His remarks will be preceded by words from Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), and State Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Cenk Uygur hosts. With music from Outernationals and Jill Sobule.

Portrait of HAMP Failure: How HAMP Went from the Bank’s Counter Offer to the Whole Enchilada

By: Monday September 13, 2010 3:25 pm

In fact, the banks essentially created HAMP. It was their counter-offer to cramdown, their attempt to put a foreclosure-mitigation scheme friendlier to their interests in place. Under the proposal, the banks would be allowed to work out their terms with borrowers first, before resorting to a bankruptcy judge. This is how it worked in the House version of cramdown, which passed in March 2009; the homeowner had to negotiate a voluntary loan mod with the lender before going to the bankruptcy judge. And this may have worked, but only because, for the servicers, cramdown would have loomed in the background as a big stick, forcing a negotiation with a level playing field for the borrower.

Instead, you ended up with a voluntary program that provided meager incentive payments to the servicers, but didn’t force them in any way to work out terms. You got all carrot but no stick.

DISCLOSE Act Senate Vote on Motion to Proceed Set for Tuesday

By: Monday July 26, 2010 8:00 am

The DISCLOSE Act will get a vote on a motion to proceed tomorrow in the Senate, in all likelihood, with a newer version from Chuck Schumer that includes some changes from the House version, some good, some bad

Accountability Now: Successes and Failures in Arkansas

By: Friday June 11, 2010 11:30 am

Ryan Grim and Sam Stein have an excellent piece on the coordinated efforts of various groups to support Bill Halter’s challenge to Blanche Lincoln. It represents the evolution of the efforts behind the Ned Lamont and Donna Edwards races, and now that the election is over, deserves some discussion.

If Donna Edwards Can’t Keep Her Word, She Should Give Back the Money

By: Tuesday March 16, 2010 10:05 am

After avoiding direct questions for months, Donna Edwards signed the July 31 letter saying she would vote against any health care bill that didn’t have a public option. I caught up with her at Netroots Nation and she asked me to have a fundraiser for all the members of Congress who signed the letter.

“Carrots, not sticks,” she said.

Is Donna Edwards Catching the #Rahmflu?

By: Saturday August 22, 2009 12:00 pm

It was somewhat disconcerting when Donna Edwards would not confirm to the Hill this week Edwards, who signed the letter, that she would vote against any bill through conference that did not have a public plan.

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