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  • Merkel: situation in Germany 'much improved' in past year

    09/07/2016 5:13:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 07 Sep 2016 12:25 GMT+02:00 | DPA/The Local | With AFP
    Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her refugee policy on Wednesday, saying that the situation had improved drastically — for Germans as well as refugees. “We have just been through a year that demanded a lot from us, but the situation now is so much better than it was a year ago,” the Chancellor told the Bundestag in a discussion which was actually on the federal budget. Merkel mentioned reinforcement of the Frontex EU border defense agency, a new NATO mission in the Mediterranean and a refugee deal signed with Turkey in March as evidence of progress in coping with an influx...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA) Holds First Gay Wedding at National Office

    09/18/2015 11:44:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/18/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    The national office for the mainline denomination Presbyterian Church (USA), located in Louisville, Kentucky. The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States recently hosted a same-sex wedding at its national office in Louisville, Kentucky. An official with Presbyterian Church (USA) officiated a wedding last Thursday between Paul Kempf and Robb Gwaltney at the Presbyterian Center's chapel. A PC(USA) spokesperson told The Christian Post that the ceremony had "perhaps 25 people in attendance, a combination of family and friends, along with a few staff." Gregg Brekke of the Presbyterian News Service wrote "… the ceremony [was conducted] by the Rev. David...
  • America's transgender moment [link only]

    [click if you want to read a webpage full of Sodomite propaganda.]
  • New Zealand’s National Party marches back to power

    09/21/2014 5:41:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:05am EDT | Gyles Beckford
    New Zealand’s ruling National party stormed to a third term in government in the country’s general election on Saturday with the center-right party securing an outright election night majority on a platform to continue tight economic policies. Prime Minister John Key’s party won 48.1 percent of the vote, translating into 61 of 121 parliamentary seats and improving its performance from the 2011 vote. “I think people saw the country was on the right direction and they rewarded us,” Key told reporters as he headed to a victory rally. “What you saw was people saying they were going to vote for...
  • 'I love sex and I love men... I'm from a family of whiskey drinkers': John McCain's daughter

    03/16/2012 1:44:33 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 81 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | March 15, 2012 | Meghan Keneally
    A spread in Playboy is a well-tested move for rebellious political spawn. And while former Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s daughter Meghan chose to keep her clothes during her interview with the lad mag this month, she was certainly open to talking about her sexual preferences. ‘I’m not a lesbian, if that’s what you’re asking. I’d be the first person to tell the world I was gay. I’m not private about anything. I think you should live how you should live. But I’m strictly dickly. I can’t help it. I love sex and I love men,’ she told Playboy. The...
  • Mexican police force on strike after grenade attack[Zihuatanejo]

    02/24/2009 10:58:06 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 28 replies · 1,938+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 23, 2009 | Mica Rosenberg
    MEXICO CITY, - The entire local police force in a Mexican beach resort town walked off the job on Monday demanding better pay and benefits to compensate for the rising dangers they face from drug violence. More than 300 municipal police officers in Zihuatanejo, a town on the Pacific coast north of Acapulco popular with foreign tourists, went on strike after grenades were lobbed at their offices over the weekend. (snip) "We are seeing a lot things here that we have never seen before. It is our job to serve the citizens, but we need assurances that our families will...
  • Gunmen attack governor's convoy, kill guard

    02/24/2009 1:35:31 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 19 replies · 1,311+ views
    AP ^ | February 24, 2009
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Gunmen shot at a convoy carrying the governor of a violence-wracked border state, killing one of his bodyguards and wounding two other agents. The federal Attorney General's Office said Monday it did not appear that Chihuahua Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza was the target of an assassination attempt. State investigators believe the shooting erupted over a traffic altercation between the bodyguards at the back of the convoy and armed men in two other cars, the office said in a statement. It did not provide further details.
  • Gunmen attack Mexican governor's convoy, kill bodyguard

    02/23/2009 1:04:05 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 33 replies · 812+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Feb. 23, 2009
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Gunmen have attacked a convoy carrying the governor of a violence-wracked border state, killing one of his bodyguards and wounding two other agents. It was not clear if the attackers were targeting Chihuahua Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza, but he canceled a trip today to meet with federal officials in Mexico City about security problems in his state, where hundreds have died in drug-related violence in recent months. Baeza said gunmen in two cars fired high-powered weapons at a vehicle two cars behind his in a convoy in the state capital, Chihuahua city, on Sunday night. The...
  • Real estate: More price drops, more layoffs

    10/17/2007 6:05:33 AM PDT · by Hydroshock · 8 replies · 300+ views
    <p>BOSTON (CNNMoney.com) -- For those in the real estate industry and for those looking to buy or sell a home, it could take until 2009 to catch a break.</p> <p>That's the forecast from Doug Duncan, chief economist for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), who will present his outlook to an auditorium full of real estate professionals on Wednesday morning.</p>
  • Housing starts, permits plunge

    <p>NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Builders continued to slam the brakes on new homes in September, as the government's latest reading on the battered market out Wednesday showed housing starts and permits were weaker than expected at levels not seen for more than a decade.</p>
  • Pending home sales at record low

    10/02/2007 7:52:07 AM PDT · by Hydroshock · 14 replies · 260+ views
    <p>NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The meltdown in the mortgage market in August dried up the supply of buyers for homeowners looking to sell their homes, as an industry group report showed the lowest level of homes under contract on record.</p>
  • California cities fill top 10 foreclosure list

    <p>NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The binge that many housing markets went on in the early- to mid-2000s is over, and some of the hottest markets like California are now experiencing the worst hangovers.</p> <p>But other areas, especially many that recorded slower home price growth earlier this decade, have seen little increase in foreclosure rates, according to the latest data released Tuesday from RealtyTrac, the online marketer of foreclosure properties.</p>
  • Credit card defaults keep rising, report says

    <p>NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- American consumers are defaulting on their credit cards at a sharply higher rate compared to last year, in what could be another consequence of the recent subprime mortgage market crisis, according to a report published Tuesday.</p>
  • No Savior for Mortgage Biz

    08/28/2007 6:45:15 AM PDT · by Hydroshock · 24 replies · 490+ views
    <p>Waiting to see big banks piling into the mortgage business a la Bank of America (BAC - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr - Rating)? Don't hold your breath.</p> <p>BofA surprised Wall Street last week by making a $2 billion bet on struggling Countrywide (CFC - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr - Rating). The news, announced after the close last Wednesday, gave Countrywide's sinking stock a one-day reprieve.</p>
  • US recession risk highest since 9/11 -- ex-Treasury secretary [OH NO! WE'RE DOOOOOOOMED!!!!]

    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former US Treasury secretary Larry Summers said Sunday it was too early to declare the financial markets crisis over and said chances had risen sharply of an economic downturn in the United States. ADVERTISEMENT Despite interventions by the US Federal Reserve last week which appeared to reverse heavy selling pressure over the collapsing US housing debt market, Summers said the risk of recession was its highest since the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. "We certainly saw some repair and some return to normality this week, but I think it would be far premature to...
  • Countrywide CEO sees recession ahead

    08/25/2007 5:59:22 AM PDT · by Hydroshock · 153 replies · 2,205+ views
    <p>NEW YORK (Reuters) - Countrywide Financial Corp Chief Executive Angelo Mozilo said on Thursday the U.S. housing downturn is likely to lead the country into recession, but that the largest U.S. mortgage lender will survive.</p> <p>In an interview, Mozilo also said that to promote liquidity, the U.S. Federal Reserve should cut the rate it charges banks to borrow.</p>
  • Bonds still riding high on credit fears (Depression on Steroids!!)

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Bond remained higher Friday despite a surprisingly strong durables goods reading as credit worries continued to trouble investors. The dollar fell against the euro and the yen. Video More video Luke Newman joins CNN to explain how a private investor can build a balanced portfolio in uncertain times. Play video The 10-year benchmark note gained 8/32, or $2.50 on a $1,000 note, to yield 4.62 percent, down from 4.64 late Thursday. Bond prices and yields move in opposite directions. Bernanke: The un-Greenspan The closely watched three-month Treasury bills, which have been the focus of the market...
  • Homeowner group slams Countrywide

    08/24/2007 6:41:18 AM PDT · by Hydroshock · 49 replies · 1,124+ views
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Countrywide Financial, the nation's biggest home lender and one of those most affected by the subprime mortgage crisis, found itself the target of stinging criticism Thursday from an organization trying to help homeowners in peril. The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America said Countrywide (Charts, Fortune 500) was not doing enough to help people who took out subprime adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) over the past few years and now may lose their homes. Subprime loans are issued to borrowers with poor credit histories who often lack the funds to make large down payments. Justin Urquhart Stewart of Seven...
  • Rating Firms' Next Subprime Role: Defendant

    As the carcasses of subprime mortgage-backed securities lie rotting on Wall Street, the buzzards are circling heretofore untouchable prey: the rating agencies. Critics say the ratings industry was too late in downgrading mortgage-backed securities, echoing cries after past crises involving Enron, WorldCom and Russian debt, among others. But the current episode comes with a different twist: Rather than merely third-party observers, some sources say Moody's (MCO - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr - Rating), Standard & Poor's and their smaller rival Fitch Ratings played active roles in structuring MBS and related securities. Therefore, they could be deemed underwriters and exposed to...
  • Hedge Funds' World of Hurt

    Remember when Wall Street would obsess over the next leveraged buyout candidate, and hedge fund masters of the universe could raise ungodly war chests with just a handful of phone calls? What a difference a few months make. Lately, hedge fund implosions have replaced the LBO parade as the market's signature event. Investors have seen huge setbacks at funds run by Bear Stearns (BSC - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr - Rating), UBS (UBS - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr - Rating) and Goldman Sachs (GS - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr - Rating), among others, as the credit environment has grown fraught...