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John Celock

Failing Grade Leads To State 'Cleanse'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

New York politics is going through an ethics "cleanse" after receiving a failing grade in ethics enforcement earlier this year and a string of politic...

Peter S. Goodman

Homeowner Hell Continues: Mortgage Companies Fail To Abide Foreclosure Settlement

HuffingtonPost.com | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 10.25.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- Katie Diaz arrives at the Bronx County Courthouse hoping for clarity, if not a reprieve from the foreclosure case threatening her home. Fi...

U.S. States Probing Banks Over Rate-Rigging Scandal

Reuters | Posted 09.14.2012 | Business

By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK, July 15 (Reuters) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched a probe into ...

As the Rot Spreads: Holder, Don't Hold Back

Mike Lux | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

We are left with one thing we could do now to go straight at the heart of darkness: prosecute these bankers. The president, to his credit, set up a task force to do just that. So why doesn't anything seem to be happening?

Court Rules In Favor Of Gay Marriage In New York

AP | MICHAEL HILL | Posted 09.05.2012 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — A state appeals court rejected a challenge to New York's year-old same-sex marriage law Friday, ruling closed-door negotiations a...

Settlement Will Bring $405 Million To Madoff Victims

AP | MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 08.24.2012 | Business

ALBANY, N.Y. — A settlement announced Sunday will bring $405 million to victims of Bernard Madoff's historic investment scam, the state attorney...

How to Fight Wall Street -- and Transform a Nation

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.21.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Many Americans re-adopted a mythology about wealth that had been discredited and abandoned by most of the world in the 20th century. We need to transform ourselves, remove the blinders, and see things as they really are.

Zach Carter

Eric Schneiderman's Office Spars With Foreclosure Activist, Blogger

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Relations have soured between some foreclosure activists and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who earned praise for hi...

Are Banking Reparations Justified?

D. Sidney Potter | Posted 06.08.2012 | Business
D. Sidney Potter

I love the smell of "banker repentance" in the morning. Case in point: One of the multi-billion-dollar settlements that's in the pipeline and simmerin...

Zach Carter

Obama Foreclosure Program Criticized By Expert Panel

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

40 Million Strong: Underwater Homeowners Can Fight and Win ... If They Get Organized

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.26.2012 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The number of people living in underwater homes is larger than the number of people living in twenty-two states and the District of Columbia. Underwater homeowners could become an enormous political force.

Congressman John Conyers - The People's Advocate Shares Some of His Vision

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

There are still some exemplary public servants out there who spend their political careers on the right side of issues. I felt that it would be worthwhile to contact to Rep. John Conyers, Jr. find out what he thinks about the current state of our politics.

The Empire State Strikes Back: New York Launches New Open Government Website

Alexander Howard | Posted 08.04.2012 | New York
Alexander Howard

Last week, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman launched NYOpenGovernment.com, a new website that his office touts as a means for "voters, the media and government watchdogs to hold state government accountable."

Schneiderman: Group Tasked With Probing Mortgage Crisis Needs 'More Resources'

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 05.25.2012 | Business

When it comes to getting to the bottom of the financial crisis, it seems everyone could use a little bit more help. A government task force known a...

The Despicable Act of Paying for Prisoners!

Russell Simmons | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Russell Simmons

This is a new America. An America that believes that drug addiction is a disease and not a crime. We will no longer subject ourselves to the old ways of destruction. We will fight for a fair justice system that uplifts our people from the drug war devastation of the past 39 years.

Protecting Democracy in the Wake of Citizens United

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Eric T. Schneiderman

Nothing less than the integrity of our democracy is at stake. That's why New York is leading a bipartisan coalition of twenty-two states and the District of Columbia in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold state restrictions on corporate campaign spending in the wake of Citizens United.

Man Accused Of Scamming 200 Homeowners, Pushing Some Into Foreclosure

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.22.2012 | Business

A bunch of homeowners in one state are facing foreclosure and they say it's the fault of one man. At least six homeowners are accusing Deowraj "Deo...

Mortgage and Securitization Fraud: Where Is the Task Force?

Dean Baker | Posted 07.21.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

It was almost four years ago that Ben Bernanke, Henry Paul Paulson, and Timothy Geithner ran to Congress warning that the end of the world was near. They said the banks were drowning in bad debt and without a massive bailout they would soon be forced into bankruptcy. Congress quickly coughed up the money in the form of $700 billion in TARP loans. The Fed contributed trillions more. Undoubtedly most of the bad debt was due to stupidity, which does not seem to be in short supply on Wall Street despite the high paychecks. But there was more than just stupidity involved here. There was an epidemic of mortgage fraud that was identified by the FBI as early as 2004. And yet, in its first three years, the Obama administration did almost nothing to investigate criminal practices that contributed to the bubble and the subsequent meltdown.

Matt Sledge

In State AG Campaigns, Foreclosure Often The Missing Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The nation's attorneys general flexed their legal muscles earlier this year when they signed off on a $25 billion national mortgage settle...

15 Percent Of NYC Doctors Prescribed 82 Percent Of All Painkillers In 2010

Posted 05.04.2012 | New York

A new report conducted by the New York City Health Department reveals the number of opioid painkiller prescriptions is steadily on the rise, with more...

Banking Wars

Mike Lux | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

One of the biggest unresolved issues in the 2012 election will be whether President Obama can convince the swing voters who are both angry at Wall Street and skeptical of government that he will actually hold Wall Street accountable.

Burden of Proof: Geithner, the President, and Wall Street's Unpunished Crimes

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The real problem is this: As long as bankers know they won't be prosecuted for committing crimes they'll commit them again.

Landmark Decision in Nassau Crime Lab Scandal

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.26.2012 | New York
Anthony Papa

No one should be rotting away in prison, sentenced from a crime based on tainted evidence. What will happen to the potentially several hundred prisoners whose cases could have been tainted by problematic testing procedures?

Ben Hallman

New York AG, Feds On Defensive About Mortgage Fraud Task Force

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Hallman | Posted 04.19.2012 | Business

It's been a little less than three months since President Barack Obama announced the creation of a new task force to investigate the mortgage and bank...

The White House and Mortgage Fraud: So Far It's All Talk, No Action

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The administration's mortgage settlement was always profoundly flawed, but it provided some opportunities for further action -- or we were told it did. But there's very little evidence anybody's acting on these opportunities -- and time is running out.