How President Bill Clinton Prepared to Justify Criminalizing All Leaks of Information

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 12:50 pm

When President Bill Clinton vetoed anti-leaks provision in 2000 that would have made nearly all unauthorized disclosures of information by officials a felony, he warned of a “serious risk that this legislation” would have “a chilling effect on those who engage in legitimate activities.” But a draft signing statement released by the Clinton Library this month show how he would have defended the legislation if he had decided to sign it into law.


Cordray Bows and Scrapes at Senate Banking Committee Hearing; Republicans Immovable

By: Wednesday September 7, 2011 4:07 pm

He won the praise of a few Senate Republicans. But because they are opposed to the entire concept of the agency, they remained in opposition to Cordray’s confirmation. The 44 Republicans who signed a letter vowing to oppose any nominee for CFPB unless the agency is gutted remain opposed.

Richard Shelby Gives Boost to Elizabeth Warren’s Nomination for CFPB

By: Friday May 6, 2011 6:40 am

Shelby tells the White House that NOBODY is confirmable. All things being equal, then, the Warren nomination becomes incredibly attractive. Not to mention the fact that there’s a built-in deadline to get a director up and running by July 21 or else CFPB loses the ability to regulate non-bank financial institutions.

Hoyer Continues to Keep Retirement Age Increase “On the Table”

By: Wednesday February 9, 2011 1:25 pm

It’s completely different to support raising the retirement age, which is mainly a benefit cut and an attack on workers in menial labor jobs who cannot hold out the way someone sitting at a desk can, than it is to “consider all options, including raising the age,” according to Hoyer. I’m not sure it’s so different, really.

Liveblog: Senate Banking Committee on Foreclosure Fraud

By: Tuesday November 16, 2010 2:21 pm

Liveblogging of the Senate Banking Committee hearing on foreclosure fraud continues. Senator Richard Shelby was actually pretty good, but then Sens. Mike Johanns and Bob Bennett went to some length to try to pretend the banksters weren’t doing what they were doing.

Liveblog: Senate Banking Committee Hearing on Foreclosure Fraud

By: Tuesday November 16, 2010 12:35 pm

This hearing is the latest example of national policymakers getting involved in the foreclosure fraud issue. The Congressional Oversight Panel warning of the enormous risk from the failures of servicers was the first report of its kind at the federal level to take full measure of the situation, and this is the first Congressional hearing. Senators on the Democratic side like Jeff Merkley and Sherrod Brown are sure to press the bank representatives aggressively on why foreclosure mitigation programs have failed, and why they used false documents to evict people from their homes. The ranking member on the Republican side, Richard Shelby, wants to investigate failures at the major loan servicers.

Mortgage and Foreclosure Fraud: Richard Shelby’s Selective Investigation

By: Friday November 12, 2010 12:45 pm

Let me make a rare statement: I agree with just about everything Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) said in his call for an investigation of mortgage servicers. But Shelby’s choice of targets sure does bear watching.

Republicans Just Obstructing for Sport Now

By: Friday August 6, 2010 7:06 am

There’s really nothing that can be done to improve the rules of the world’s most deliberative body, Senator Dodd?

Agreement Reached on 51-Vote Threshold for Amendments… Maybe

By: Wednesday May 5, 2010 2:10 pm

Chris Dodd just said on the floor that “it is my hope” that nobody will filibuster amendments, and that they’ll get an up or down vote. In other words, the agreement reached was not to have artificial 60-vote thresholds, but it’s entirely possible that an individual Senator will filibuster a specific amendment.

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