Democrats want President Obama’s campaign to release the vast, rich amount of data they gained throughout 2012 for use by statewide and local campaigns. I don’t think they should hold their breath.
|By: David Dayen Friday November 16, 2012 5:47 am|
It’s clear that Democrats need the pressure.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday November 13, 2012 10:23 am|
President Obama meets with labor and progressive leaders today about the fiscal slope. I hardly want to be accused of being cynical, but he’s meeting with the group furthest to the left in the conversation the furthest away from the actual negotiations on the deal; tomorrow, he welcomes business leaders to the White House.
|By: David Dayen Monday November 12, 2012 6:30 pm|
The prospects for Elizabeth Warren nabbing a spot on the Senate Banking Committee brightened in recent days.
|By: David Dayen Saturday November 10, 2012 7:52 am|
As we try to soak in what the President just had to say, keep in mind that there’s a growing citizen-led movement, backed by labor and progressive groups, to push Democrats away from anything approaching a grand bargain that would cut Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security (they should also be protective of regular discretionary spending, but that’s besides the point at the moment). Scenes like this are playing out all over the country.
|By: David Dayen Thursday July 12, 2012 11:43 am|
This shift toward Holder, however, deserves scrutiny. There have been plenty of documented stories of reluctance toward investigation from Treasury and the SEC and HUD. This centers all the attention on DoJ, however. It’s not entirely credible that Holder is operating independently to slow-walk an investigation that has been slow-walked by virtually every official in the Obama Administration at one point or another. It feels as if Holder has become the “rotating villain” in this scheme, someone to deflect attention away from the whole policy framework to let the banks off for their crimes. Ultimately, the buck has to stop at the very top, with the President.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 27, 2012 1:20 pm|
One school of thought in progressive circles, if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act, is that this will afford an opportunity to return to the public with a full-throated call for “Medicare for All,” a single-payer system that would use taxes to fund health coverage for all of the country’s citizens, as is done throughout the world. The idea appears to have some traction at the state level, especially in states like Vermont and California that have already considered the idea.
|By: David Dayen Friday May 25, 2012 6:47 am|
Here’s a new development in this Nancy Pelosi/Bush tax cut situation. Last night, a new coalition called “Americans for Tax Fairness” was formed, composed of nearly 30 labor unions and progressive groups. They have a Facebook page here. The Wall Street Journal has a story about them here. And their entire reason for being is to call on Congress to let the Bush tax cuts expire beyond $250,000. This is the same figure that’s in the President’s budget. But it’s not the figure Nancy Pelosi used in her letter this week to John Boehner.
|By: David Dayen Thursday April 12, 2012 6:01 am|
A small band of foreclosure fraud fighters in Florida, ground zero for the housing crisis, decided to get involved in public service at one of the most basic levels possible. These activists want to become the public official who tracks the transfer of mortgages in their respective counties. Sometimes this is called a register of deeds, or recorder of deeds, or a clerk of court. It’s traditionally a backwater for legacy types who, if they’re lucky, never get their name in the papers. But since the foreclosure fraud crisis, a few of these registers of deeds have shown real leadership in exposing criminal fraud in the mortgage document process. Inspired by their efforts, one of the leading foreclosure fraud activists in the nation, Lisa Epstein, is running for office.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday April 11, 2012 1:10 pm|
Progressive organizations who were hopeful that the foreclosure fraud investigative unit would do its job are still waiting for the promised investigators to be idenditified and begin work. Some groups are starting to believe they’ve been had, fearing the announced unit was just to buy them off. No kidding.