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  • MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd, a Harvey Weinstein ‘Friend,’ Still Silent on Sexual Abuse

    11/15/2017 7:40:51 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 7, 2017 | BY: Brent Scher
    The Motion Picture Association of America and its chief, former Democratic senator Chris Dodd, have yet to comment on the slew of sexual assault allegations against Hollywood giant Harvey Weinstein, a longtime friend and political donor of Dodd's. Dodd, who took the reins of MPAA in 2011 after a 30-year stint in the U.S. Senate, has made no public comment on the rape and sexual assault allegations against Weinstein that have piled up after numerous women told their stories to the New York Times and The New Yorker a month ago. The MPAA, which works with major film studios including...
  • Guess who runs the Motion Picture Association of America in the Weinstein era

    10/20/2017 8:22:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-20-17 | James V. DeLong
    It seems as though everyone and his publicist is commenting on Harvey Weinstein and the Hollywood sex culture, but there is an interesting exception: the Motion Picture Association of America.  The scandal is not noted on its blog, nor in its news section, nor in its press releases, nor in the recent speeches by its chairman extolling the First Amendment and the institution of copyright. One would normally expect a major trade association to be active on such a big issue, but the explanation for the silence seems pretty easy.  The MPAA chairman (until the end of this year, which...
  • U.S. planning to keep corrupt Latin American officials out

    03/11/2002 1:17:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies · 391+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | March 10, 2002 | Andres Oppenheimer: The Oppenheimer Report
    ''People will understand that we are serious about going after government corruption,'' he added. ``There is a very selfish reason for this: We end up paying for the bill when these people steal the money, because we have to provide aid, or accept the citizens as refugees or as migrants.'' The Bush administration says it is about to unveil a new weapon to help fight corruption in Latin America: a list of corrupt government officials from the region who will be denied entry visas to the United States. The anti-corruption drive is being led by Otto J. Reich, the...
  • Too Orange To Jail? US Government Drops Suit Against Countrywide's Mozilo

    06/17/2016 11:38:19 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    zerohedge.com ^ | 6/17/16 | Tyler Durden
    U.S. prosecutors have abandoned their case against Angelo Mozilo, the over-tanned character at the center of the risky subprime mortgages that fueled the financial crisis, after a two-year quest to bring a civil suit against him. As Bloomberg reports, The Justice Department has decided not to sue Mozilo, according to people familiar with the matter, ending a decade-long hunt for someone, anyone to jail over what happened.
  • Shadowy federal bureau probably has your credit card information

    01/17/2016 11:53:37 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Watchdog ^ | January 15, 2016 | M.D. Kittle
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remains "the most out-of-control, unaccountable, and nontransparent agency in the federal government... And we can say that without reservation because this is one of the only agencies that literally operates outside of congressional oversight," added Wise, whose Virgina-based organization "works to protect consumers' right to access free-market goods and services." The CFPB, created under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, is funded largely by fees banks pay to the Federal Reserve. While its director, Richard Cordray, has bragged that his bureau has levied more than $141 million in fines used for CFPB education programs or reparation to...
  • Three Republicans file papers to challenge Dodd

    07/14/2003 7:45:11 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 14 replies · 151+ views
    WTNH-TV, New Haven ^ | July 14, 2003 | Staff
    (Hartford-AP, July 14, 2003 6:11 AM) _ Three Republicans have stepped forward to challenge Connecticut's senior senator in 2004. Miriam Masullo of New Canaan, Paul Streitz of Darien and William Bentley of North Haven have all filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to challenge Democratic Senator Chris Dodd. The three have a tough road ahead of them. Dodd has served four terms in the Senate and has almost two million dollars already for his re-election campaign. But Dodd's challengers say they're not daunted by his political experience. Bentley, who manages a Taco Bell in Wallingford, says his lack of...
  • U.S. to bolster Cuba broadcasts, aid to dissidents (to speed "transformation")

    08/08/2003 11:46:52 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 302+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | Aug. 8, 2003 | William E. Gibson
    Washington · Otto Reich, President Bush's chief adviser on Latin America, said on Thursday that the administration will step up efforts to pressure the Fidel Castro regime, aid dissidents and hasten the political transformation of the island. "I know that President Bush is interested in doing more to accelerate the process of change in Cuba, and it's safe to say that in the next few weeks and months you will see some additional steps," Reich said. "It's been very difficult for this president to implement this policy for Cuba and the Western Hemisphere because up to this week he was...
  • Justice Dept. may seek $13B from Bank of America

    04/25/2014 9:53:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Market Watch ^ | April 25, 2014 | By Barbara Kollmeyer
    U.S. prosecutors could make Bank of America Corp. pay more than $13 billion to resolve probes into the lender's sale of bonds backed by home loans in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, Bloomberg reported on Friday. Last month, the bank agreed to pay $9.5 billion to resolve Federal Housing Finance Agency claims, and the new settlement would come on top of that, according to Bloomberg.
  • Bank of America to Pay $6.3 Billion to Settle Mortgage Securities Suit

    03/26/2014 4:30:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 26, 2014 | By MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN
    Bank of America is paying $6.3 billion to settle a lawsuit arising out of troubled mortgage-backed securities it cobbled together and sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the run-up to the financial crisis. Including this latest settlement, the housing finance agency has recouped $16 billion in cash payments from banks and financial firms that sold mortgage-backed securities. The regulator, which filed 18 lawsuits, still has claims pending against seven banks and financial institutions.
  • The Financial Crisis: Why Have No High-Level Executives Been Prosecuted?

    01/09/2014 8:35:15 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 61 replies
    New York Review of Books ^ | January 9, 2013 | By Jed S. Rakoff
    Five years have passed since the onset of what is sometimes called the Great Recession. While the economy has slowly improved, there are still millions of Americans leading lives of quiet desperation: without jobs, without resources, without hope. Who was to blame? Was it simply a result of negligence, of the kind of inordinate risk-taking commonly called a “bubble,” of an imprudent but innocent failure to maintain adequate reserves for a rainy day? Or was it the result, at least in part, of fraudulent practices, of dubious mortgages portrayed as sound risks and packaged into ever more esoteric financial instruments,...
  • Exclusive: U.S. plans new bank fraud cases in early 2014 - attorney general

    12/04/2013 4:55:00 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 4, 2013 | by Karen Freifeld
    The U.S. Justice Department plans to bring mortgage fraud cases against several financial institutions early in 2014, using as a template the case that ended last month in JPMorgan Chase & Co's $13 billion settlement, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday. In an interview with Reuters, Holder would not say which companies or how many could face lawsuits but said the Justice Department was in contact with them and it was hard to say whether the talks would lead to settlements. "We have a number of investigations that are coming to a head at the same time," he...
  • Dodd-Frank: Making it Harder For You to Get a Mortgage

    11/18/2013 6:44:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, sarcastically known as Dodd-Frankery and Dodd-Frankenstein, was passed into law in response to the financial crisis and recession of 2008. It contains the most drastic changes to financial regulations since the regulatory reform after the Great Depression. Proposed by Obama in 2009 and signed into law in 2010, the Democratic bill was the handiwork of former Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) in the House and former Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) in the Senate. It was supposedly going to stop banks from making loans to risky buyers who...
  • Your Dreams Not Included

    07/20/2013 3:50:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2013 | John Ransom
    Over the last several weeks we have heard Congress caterwauling, stonewalling, stalling and wailing about so called "bank reform". So, cover your eyes and get the kids of out the room because this is about to become bi-partisan.* Here it is: According to both parties- I know you'll find this hard to believe- banks apparently aren't reformed enough. Yes, the problem that Barney-Frank and Chris-Dodd supposedly fixed with huge Democrat majorities from 2000-Obama to 2000-O'Tea Party, apparently isn't fixed, both Democrats and Republicans agree. For example, the other day we heard Barney-Frank both defend and condemn the Dodd-Frank banking reform...
  • The Obama Hypocrisy: US sues S&P over pre-crisis mortgage ratings

    02/08/2013 6:33:10 AM PST · by Madhattan · 1 replies
    In charges filed late Monday in Los Angeles federal court, the Justice Department said S&P gave high marks to mortgage-backed securities that later went sour, even though it knew they were risky. The government said S&P misrepresented the risks because it wanted more business from the banks. The case is the government's first major action against one of the credit rating agencies that stamped their seals of approval on Wall Street's mortgage bundles. It marks a milestone for the Justice Department, which has been criticized for failing to make bigger cases against the companies involved in the crisis. "Put simply,...
  • new study confirms democrats crashed the economy DUH...

    12/21/2012 8:24:03 AM PST · by raygunfan · 20 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 12/21/2012 | ROBERT MOON
    A new study from the widely respected National Bureau of Economic Research released this week has confirmed beyond question that the left's race-baiting attacks on the housing market (the Community Reinvestment Act
  • Hacktivist's Mom Has a Few Questions for Anonymous

    03/15/2012 8:48:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2012 | John Ransom
    When hacktivist Jeremy Hammond was arrested last week in Chicago as a part of a wide government investigation in the online group Anonymous, his mother, Rose Collins, called him a genius without any wisdom. “Again?” she asked when informed by the Chicago Tribune that her son had been arrested for hacking. “I love my son, but he is a genius with no brain. He has a 168 IQ, but he has no wisdom.”  In an attempt to educate the world at-large about the dangers of Anonymous, Rose Collins reached out to Townhall Finance and spoke about Jeremy and Anonymous. She ended by asking a...
  • CBS, AP: Dem chair of House Oversight covered up ties to Countrywide for himself, colleagues,

    08/17/2012 7:14:11 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 17,2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    A Democratic committee chairman overrode his own subpoena three years ago in an investigation of former subprime mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. to exclude records showing that he, other House members and congressional aides got VIP discounted loans from the company, documents show. The procedure to keep the names secret was devised by Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y. In 2003, the 15-term congressman had two loans processed by Countrywide’s VIP section, which was established to give discounts to favored borrowers. Issa exposed Towns’ coverup by issuing a second subpoena, which disgorged all of the records: The effort at secrecy was reversed...
  • Report: Countrywide won influence with [Dodd and Conrad] discounts

    07/05/2012 7:02:09 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    The former Countrywide Financial Corp., whose subprime loans helped start the nation's foreclosure crisis, made hundreds of discount loans to buy influence with members of Congress, congressional staff, top government officials and executives of troubled mortgage giant Fannie Mae, according to a House report.
  • ‘The Financial Crisis Was the Result of Government Housing Policy’

    05/18/2012 9:01:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Reason ^ | June 2012 | Anthony Randazzo
    The American Enterprise Institute’s Peter Wallison on how government, not greed, was the essential ingredient in the 2008 meltdown. In January 2011, a bipartisan, 10-member, government-created body called the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) issued a comprehensive report assigning blame for the 2008 financial meltdown. The main culprits: “widespread failures in financial regulation and supervision,” “dramatic failures of corporate governance and risk management at many systemically important financial institutions,” “a combination of excessive borrowing, risky investments, and lack of transparency,” a government that “was ill prepared for the crisis,” and “a systemic breakdown in accountability and ethics.” The four Republicans...
  • Libya Taps Nicaraguan as Its Envoy at the U.N.

    03/30/2011 9:03:51 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 8 replies
    NYT ^ | March 30, 2011 | Dan Bilefsky
    UNITED NATIONS — A former Nicaraguan foreign minister who once called President Ronald Reagan “the butcher of my people” has been appointed to represent Libya at the United Nations after its delegate was denied a visa, the Nicaraguan government said on Wednesday. Nicaragua said the former minister, Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, 78, an outspoken critic of the United States and a Catholic priest, would replace the Libyan diplomat Ali Abdussalam Treki, who had been unable to obtain a visa to enter the United States. Libya’s ambassador to the United Nations, Abdurrahman Mohamed Shalgam, defected in late February after denouncing Col. Muammar...