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Ever Heard a Beatboxing Harpist? Phillip King's Unconditional Love Frequency Campaign Hums in the City of Angels

Jesse Damiani | Posted 10.08.2015 | Arts
Jesse Damiani

Los Angeles is a city full of characters, and Phillip King is no exception. A tall man who exudes positivity in his seemingly permanent ear-to-ear smile, Phillip has been bringing his distinct style to different corners of the city for the past few years, becoming something of a fixture for locals.

Harpist's Cover Of Taylor Swift's 'Style' Is Just Too Damn Good

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.04.2015 | Arts

The harp dates back to as early as 3500 B.C., which makes it a sufficiently ancient kind of instrument. Emilie Kahn, however, is a contempor...

Lights Go On, Part XXXVIII -- Friends

Thomas Bähler | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

As much as I feel at home in New York, it is when I come to Los Angeles that I engage and re-engage with the irreplaceable pleasure of lifelong frie...

Mel Watt Lights Up the Real Estate Industry

D. Sidney Potter | Posted 07.17.2014 | Business
D. Sidney Potter

For those in the real estate finance and home building industry, the coming of Mel Watt as the newly inducted Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency could not have come at a more propitious time.

Living Traces of Wales at Folk Alliance 2014

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Welsh music is either the poor stepchild of the Celtic world, or its best-kept secret. So I was glad to see a whole contingent of Welsh musicians showcasing and schmoozing at the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City.

Music With Political Messages More Influential Than Political Punditry

DeeDee Garcia Blase | Posted 02.12.2013 | Arts
DeeDee Garcia Blase

How is it that a John Lennon or Marvin Gaye song has everlasting global and sustaining reach when they sing of peace or war? Why is a lyricist/musician more influential than a political pundit?

Ben Hallman

The 1 Thing Obama Must Fix To Secure His Economic Legacy | Ben Hallman | Posted 11.09.2012 | Business

President Barack Obama secured reelection while managing to talk around one area of economic policy in which experts frequently charge him with failur...

Why Romney, Ryan (and Rand) Make a Lousy Threesome for the Economy

D. Sidney Potter | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
D. Sidney Potter

Nothing puts the fear of God into Democrats with the realization that the male reincarnation of Ayn Rand is only a heartbeat away from being the next president of the United States.

Ben Hallman

DeMarco Takes Moral Stand Against Mortgage Debt Relief | Ben Hallman | Posted 08.07.2012 | Business

Five years into a housing crisis that never seems to end, a dispute over offering homeowners assistance has come down to morality. Edward DeMarco, ...

More Underwater Homeowners Using Obama Program

Reuters | Posted 09.15.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON, July 16 (Reuters) - The number of underwater U.S. homeowners refinancing through an Obama administration anti-foreclosure program has pi...

Zach Carter

Obama Foreclosure Program Criticized By Expert Panel | Zach Carter | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Former Wall Street bailout watchdog Neil Barofsky blasted the banking industry on Friday for inflicting a litany of abuses on Amer...

DeMarco Speaks! (With Closed Captioning for the Mortgage-Impaired)

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

DeMarco's still an unelected ideologue with too much power, and he still needs to go. But yesterday, he finally spoke up. To anyone with the right political or emotional closed-captioning device the message was loud and clear: Don't rush me, Mr. President -- and find yourself another fall guy.

Banks Profitting Off Government Program Aimed At Struggling Borrowers

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 03.29.2012 | Business

Perhaps the government's homeowner assistance program should be renamed the bank assistance program. Big banks have profited from HARP 2.0, the gov...

Zach Carter

President Obama's New Financial Crimes Team Has Bank Ties | Zach Carter | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama vowed during Tuesday's State of the Union Address to establish a new financial crimes unit dedicated to investiga...

Trulia's Real Estate Crystal Ball for 2012

Jed Kolko | Posted 02.20.2012 | Business
Jed Kolko

My crystal ball is never as crystal-clear as I'd like, but I do think that we can expect a gradual economic recovery to move the housing market a few steps back toward normal in 2012.

Fannie, Freddie To Cut Lenders' Risk To Boost Refinancing Program

Posted 11.16.2011 | Business

Fannie Mae (FNMA.OB) and Freddie Mac (FMCC.OB), the largest sources of U.S. housing finance, both said on Tuesday they would relieve lenders from ...

Voters With Housing Woes Giving Up On Politicians

AP | By JERI CLAUSING | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Like just about everyone in the Phoenix area, Jen Pollock has lost several neighbors to foreclosure and short sales. And, like hun...

Zach Carter

New Obama Foreclosure Plan Helps Banks At Taxpayers' Expense | Zach Carter | Posted 12.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is introducing a new program on Monday designed to lower monthly mortgage payments for more troubled homeowners...

Medication for Middle-Class Mortgage Mania

Adam Levin | Posted 11.02.2011 | Business
Adam Levin

These are extraordinary times and extraordinary times require public and private sector utilization of extraordinary measures to solve societal issues like the housing crisis. This issue cannot be properly addressed piecemeal.

Making Wall Street Face The Music: Enforcing the Mandate to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing

Lisa Rice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lisa Rice

The financial services industry must take steps to meet its fair housing obligations. In the past, the industry's policies and practices have worked against fair housing achievements, promoting residential segregation.