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  • General warns: ‘Egypt is heading into a civil war’ judges answer Morsi’s referendum with a boycott

    12/04/2012 8:22:13 AM PST · by Fred · 17 replies
    A controversial decision by Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council to completely refrain from supervising a referendum on the recently approved constitution remains the top story in the Arab press. “Egypt: Judiciary boycotts the referendum… and the constitutional committee suspends work,” reads the main headline of the London-based daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat, long known for its anti-Islamist leanings. The paper reports that judges on the council — all appointed by deposed former president Hosni Mubarak — feared for their safety when they saw crowds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters blocking the roads leading to the gates, “climbing the fences… and inciting the people against...
  • U.S. moves to sell, rent 92,000 foreclosures Administration looks for buyers for U.S.-owned REOs

    08/10/2011 2:13:26 PM PDT · by Fred · 31 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 081011 | Ronald D. Orol
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Struggling to clear its inventory of foreclosed properties, the Obama administration said Wednesday it’s looking for investor ideas for converting more than 92,000 foreclosed properties owned by the U.S. government into rental units, a sign of the depths to which the U.S. housing market has sunk. “Exploring new options for selling these foreclosed properties will help expand access to affordable rental housing, promote private investment in local housing markets and support neighborhood and home-price stability,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a statement. The Obama administration is working with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator for...
  • Again, slumlords are Overlooked!

    04/28/2010 10:25:47 PM PDT · by PizzaDriver · 4 replies · 239+ views
    04/28/2010 | self
    Once again, the "border jumper issue" writers are IGNORING the Slumlords. The Media & "team Pelosi/Reid/Obama want to ignore the Fact that "illegals" ARE moving into our Slums. The Slumlords, that Welcome and prey on "Wetbacks", aren't Freepers or Republicans.
  • President Shifts Focus To Renting, Not Owning Home

    08/16/2009 9:01:49 AM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 182 replies · 7,061+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 8-16-09 | Joseph Williams
    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration, in a major shift on housing policy, is abandoning George W. Bush’s vision of creating an “ownership society’’ and instead plans to pump $4.25 billion of economic stimulus money into creating tens of thousands of federally subsidized rental units in American cities. The idea is to pay for the construction of low-rise rental apartment buildings and town houses, as well as the purchase of foreclosed homes that can be refurbished and rented to low- and moderate-income families at affordable rates.
  • Obama Advisor Valerie Jarrett Linked to Real Estate Scandals

    11/14/2008 3:49:09 PM PST · by xtinct · 37 replies · 1,862+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | 11/14/08 | Press Office
    Jarrett Managed Housing Project Deemed "Uninhabitable" Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents linking Valerie Jarrett, an advisor to Barack Obama and the co-chairman of the President-Elect's transition team, to a series of real estate scandals, including several housing projects operated by convicted felon and Obama fundraiser/friend Antoin "Tony" Rezko. According to the documents obtained by Judicial Watch from the Illinois Secretary of State, Valerie Jarrett served as a board member for several organizations that provided funding and support for Chicago housing projects operated by real estate developers...
  • The Mortgage Meltdown – Why is McCain Afraid to Pin the Blame Where It Belongs?

    10/11/2008 5:46:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 75 replies · 1,371+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | 10/10/2008 | Joel Himelfarb
    For John McCain and the Republicans, there’s nowhere to go but up. Cut through all of the self-congratulatory talk about how foresighted and responsible they were in voting for the $700 billion mortgage bailout and the truth is that the GOP today is staring into a political abyss. The stock market has fallen, and the remarkable political bounce that Republicans had gained with Sarah Palin’s vice-presidential nomination is gone. Obama has surged into the lead in the polls by depicting McCain as out of touch, aided by the Arizona senator’s erratic, muddled performance on the bailout. First, he temporarily suspended...
  • Dodd reacts to financial crisis (Dems prepare a hurricane of lies)

    09/17/2008 3:14:24 AM PDT · by red flanker · 22 replies · 532+ views
    The Connecticut Post ^ | September 17, 2008 | Peter Urban
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd was spitting nails Tuesday at the Bush administration, blaming its deregulatory philosophy for fostering abuses that have put financial markets in crisis. "It's important to note that these events that we talked about are not natural disasters. They happened, in my view, because of mismanagement and deregulation that occurred on basically an eight-year-old coffee break by the administration," Dodd said during a press conference in the U.S. Capitol. The Connecticut senator briefed reporters Tuesday on what steps he is taking to address what he described as a deepening economic crisis that at...
  • Obama’s law days effective but brief (WORKING FOR SLUMLORDS)

    09/06/2008 5:22:54 AM PDT · by igoramus08 · 29 replies · 347+ views
    LA Times ^ | April 06, 2008 | Dan Morain
    The head of his former firm says he did good work. But not all of it was related to voting and civil rights... In one instance, Obama defended a nonprofit corporation that owns low-income housing projects against a lawsuit in which a man alleged that he slipped and fell because of poor maintenance. Obama got the suit dismissed. In another case, Obama appeared on behalf of a nonprofit corporation that provided healthcare for poor people. A woman who claimed income of less than $8,000 a year had sued Obama’s client to obtain a $336 payment for baby-sitting services; Obama’s client...
  • Barack Obama - The Wizard Of Oz

    03/30/2008 10:39:37 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 105 replies · 3,767+ views
    Countercurrents.org ^ | March 28, 2008 | Evelyn Pringle
    Barack Obama - The Wizard Of Oz By Evelyn Pringle 28 March, 2008 Countercurrents.org The most trusted leaders of the Democratic party, such as John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, ought to be ashamed of themselves for supporting Barack Obama. With use of the internet, a fifth grader could connect the dots to show a picture of a guy who was picked up in college and carried up the political ladder by a corrupt gang of influence peddlers. John McCain is just drooling waiting for Obama to become the nominee so that he can come out with the trail of dirt...
  • Vacancies in rental houses, condos at 6-year low ( Denver)

    09/19/2007 11:18:42 AM PDT · by SaxxonWoods · 26 replies · 182+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | September 19, 2007 | John Rebchook
    The overall vacancy rate for-rent single-family homes, condos and other non-apartment unit properties in metro Denver dropped to a six-year low of 4 percent during the second quarter, a state report released today shows.
  • Illegal rooms found during Freeman Street fire

    06/13/2007 8:36:54 AM PDT · by pabianice · 18 replies · 663+ views
    Metrowest Daily News ^ | 6/13/07 | Miller
    FRAMINGHAM, MA - Firefighters putting out a blaze yesterday discovered illegal apartments in the basement of a Freeman Street apartment building. Mark Levine of Needham will be issued a citation, fining him probably less than $300 for having the illegal rooms in the basement of 9 Freeman St., said Inspectional Services Director Mike Foley. "He rented it to a family on the first floor and he gave them permission to sublet it to others," said Foley. "We want him to be aware this is a very serious issue in town." The fire displaced at least seven people. The apartment at...
  • ACLU Sues Texas Town for Not Renting to Illegals

    12/27/2006 4:59:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies · 1,369+ views
    Newsmax ^ | December 26, 2006 | Associated Press
    Two civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a suburb's new law that outlaws renting to illegal immigrants, alleging the ordinance violates federal law and forces landlords to act as immigration officers. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund filed the suit on behalf of Farmers Branch residents and landlords. The law, along with a measure that made English the official language of the city, was passed in November and is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 12. The lawsuit claims the ordinance is so poorly drafted that it excludes even legal...
  • Landlords Bullied L.A. Tenants Out to Gentrify Apartments, Suit Says

    06/15/2006 9:47:11 AM PDT · by CAWats · 8 replies · 446+ views
    LAT ^ | June 15, 2006 | Cara Mia DiMassa and Ashraf Khalil
    For the first time the office, in addition to imposing fines, is seeking to seize the landlords' properties, using a statute in the state code normally applied to antitrust cases. Authorities allege that the landlords sought to circumvent local renter-protection laws by locking tenants out of their buildings, failing to make timely repairs, making false and misleading representations that the building was being condemned and turning off utilities. At the low-rent Huntington Hotel downtown, electricity and water were turned off for extended periods, according to court documents, and tenants were threatened with violence or the removal of their property unless...
  • Entrepreneurs' unusual tactic: Buying up homes by hundreds

    03/05/2005 8:05:02 AM PST · by Willie Green · 71 replies · 2,903+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Saturday, March 05, 2005 | James R. Hagerty, The Wall Street Journal
    TRENTON, N.J. -- Many people agonize for months before deciding to buy a house. Jonas P. Lee is more decisive: He often buys several in a day. This year, the 38-year-old Mr. Lee says he plans to buy more than 1,000 homes for Redbrick Partners LP, a New York firm he runs with the help of an MIT economist to invest in single-family rental property. What millions of mom-and-pop landlords do locally, Redbrick is trying to do on a grander scale. Mr. Lee, a former Web entrepreneur who grew up in New York's posh Westchester County, doesn't see much value...
  • It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... a grown-up?

    04/01/2004 9:30:01 AM PST · by Willie Green · 18 replies · 184+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Thursday, April 1, 2004 | Mike Seate
    <p>It's a shame superheros don't exist. If they did, city officials could turn in times of crisis to a hero whose powers are distinctly suited to our region.</p> <p>I'm speaking, of course, of The Grown-Up.</p> <p>His adult reasoning and mature negotiating skills are needed on the North Side. At the intersection of Brighton Road and Beech Avenue, mild-mannered resident and first-time real estate developer Andy Wolfinger has been toiling away attempting to transform vacant office space into upscale condominiums.</p>
  • Judge issues fine over 'historical piece of junk'

    10/18/2002 9:33:00 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 35 replies · 248+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Friday, October 18, 2002 | Matthew Junker
    <p>A Fayette County district justice fined a Churchill couple $25,200 for failing to maintain a Brownsville property — one of more than a hundred they own.</p> <p>Ernest and Marilyn Liggett were fined by Connellsville District Justice Ronald Haggerty for failing to fix the structure of the former Plaza Theater.</p>