Financial, Labor Regulators Would be Crippled Without Key Appointments

By: Monday December 19, 2011 1:50 pm

The recess appointment fight nominally only concerns Richard Cordray, the nominee to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Republicans want to block his confirmation because they stop the agency from gaining regulatory powers over non-bank financial institutions if they remain without a director. But a number of other nominees are caught in the crossfire of this fight, in particular nominees to lead other key financial industry NLRB regulators.

OCC Trying to Protect Banks on Volcker Rule

By: Monday October 17, 2011 6:15 pm

The finance lobby wants to weaken the Volker rule that limits proprietary bets by regular banks. They find the weakest link in the regulatory chain and ride that link to achieve their ends. And the weakest link is usually the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, colloquially known as the Office of Bank Advocacy.

Well-Timed Lawsuits and Investigations of Banks Spurring Foreclosure Fraud Settlement

By: Thursday July 7, 2011 4:50 pm

With more rumblings of a foreclosure fraud settlement in the air (you’ll notice that the New York Post’s not-believable figure of a $60 billion settlement has been revised down to $25 billion, and that none of the AGs who have repudiated the deal are quoted here), the more significant actions are happening, paradoxically, at the federal regulatory level.

Financial Regulatory Appointments Eyed by White House

By: Saturday June 11, 2011 7:52 am

The White House appears finally ready to make a number of financial regulatory picks, readying nominees to replace the heads of the FDIC and the OCC, who have left or are in the process of leaving.

60 Minutes Tackles Foreclosure Fraud Tonight, Exposing Unresolved Chain of Title Problems

By: Sunday April 3, 2011 4:00 pm

I am definitely looking forward to tonight’s 60 Minutes special on foreclosure fraud. In it, the head of the FDIC, Sheila Bair, will call for a cleanup Superfund to cleanse the country of toxic mortgages.

Preet Bharara and Jenny Durkan Should Read The FDIC Suit Against Officials of Washington Mutual

By: Sunday April 3, 2011 10:40 am

The Great Muddle Through Plan of the Obama Administration lets banksters off the hook for everything and sticks the costs of the Great Crash on the innocent. The US Attorneys’ role in the Great Plan is to refuse even to investigate the possibility that there were crimes.

FDIC Sues Washington Mutual Executives for $900 Million

By: Friday March 18, 2011 8:18 am

This is really the first attempt at the federal level to hold responsible the executives who made the decisions that crashed their own businesses and the greater economy. The Angelo Mozilo lawsuit by the SEC ended up going nowhere, and former Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis could face a lawsuit by the New York Attorney General’s office. But the FDIC’s action, which they are under a legal obligation to bring if they find wrongdoing at a bank they wind down, clearly takes this up a notch.

More on the “Global Settlement” on Foreclosure Fraud

By: Saturday March 5, 2011 4:00 pm

There’s more about a potential settlement in the foreclosure fraud scandal, which once again looks to be a civil rather than criminal matter. This hasn’t stopped bank executives from whining and screaming about it, however. And they’re joined by the OCC, which might as well be the “Office of Bank Advocacy” at this point.

The John Walsh-Liz Warren-Investors & Homeowners Cage Fight

By: Saturday February 26, 2011 6:00 pm

Apparently, the banksters think that $20 billion is just a “crazy figure” that will never be imposed. The actual homeowners affected by the banksters’ crime, however, believe it is “chump change.”

Bernanke: Job Growth Not “At the Pace We’d Like” in 2011

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 2:20 pm

This is a critical moment for the unemployment crisis. After a tick downward, first-time jobless claims hiked back up last week. Increases in commodity prices like food and oil, which are tied more to global growth than inflationary by-products of monetary policy, are starting to be worthy of conversation as a net lag on the economy. The economic indicators remain mixed at best, and at the top, people still need jobs.

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