According to a letter obtained by Firedoglake, 12 United States Senators have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to convey their opposition to the “prospect of renewing Trade Promotion Authority” or fast track authority. Specifically mentioned in the context of that opposition is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Two trade bills that shred national sovereignty as well as labor, environmental, and financial regulations passed in democratic governments.
|By: DSWright Thursday January 16, 2014 10:50 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 2, 2013 2:03 pm|
This hearing was yet another example of the power of leaks to influence elected officials. The senators would not have asked questions about whether NSA was creating dossiers on Americans if it had not been for Snowden or the story published by the Times.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday November 30, 2012 1:06 pm|
It’s expected that Liebowitz will leave the FTC by the end of the year, and he’d like to wrap up the Google antitrust case before he does. But if he decides that his swan song will be another softball settlement for Google, his legacy at the FTC would likely be the agency’s irrelevance in the digital age.
|By: David Dayen Friday September 21, 2012 9:05 am|
The federal conservator of Fannie and Freddie wants to put its thumb on the scale in favor of faster foreclosures and diminished due process. The Federal Housing Finance Agency wants to be able to foreclose on lenders in Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida without concern for whether the documents are legitimate, without concern for whether the bank and the borrower can come to a resolution on a modification.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 28, 2012 8:00 am|
Republican Linda McMahon actually holds a small lead in the Connecticut Senate race. According to a new Qunnipiac poll she holds a three point lead over Democrat Chris Murphy in the race to replace Joe Lieberman.
|By: David Dayen Thursday November 10, 2011 6:06 am|
It’s almost not even worth getting to Walsh’s core charge, that the government forced banks to lend to people who couldn’t pay them back. I suppose the government forced banks to slice up those loans into securities and then either lose the paperwork or fail to honor the procedures demanded by the pooling and servicing agreements. Or the government forced banks to sell the securities to investors without telling them they were taking the other side of the bet against the securities. Or that they knew about the irregularities with the loans, and received them at a discount from the originators, without passing on the information to investors who thought the loans were highly rated and perfectly legitimate. And on and on.
|By: David Dayen Friday October 1, 2010 3:05 pm|
I think we can conclude that this was simply the policy of the entire industry. Nobody looked too hard at the foreclosure documents because nobody really wanted to see what was contained in them – dodgy claims to ownership and even document forgeries.
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 30, 2010 5:55 pm|
The DSCC has secured an ad buy in Connecticut, where they thought they wouldn’t have to pay attention to the race between Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) and WWE executive Linda McMahon (R). This $250,000 ad buy – with more likely to come – starves other candidates of potential resources. West Virginia, where the DSCC just dropped some money, also fits into this category.
But Democrats may have just caught a break in Connecticut. McMahon, appearing at a news conference that she abruptly shut down, made comments about the minimum wage that are a gift for her opponents to paint her as out of touch.
|By: Jon Walker Monday May 24, 2010 1:00 pm|
Dem. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is weathering last week’s revelations that he fudged some accounts of his Vietnam-era military service, his campaign’s internal poll shows. One other poll finds a different result.