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Shahien Nasiripour

Deutsche Bank Accused Of Massive Mortgage Fraud By U.S. Government | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 07.03.2011 | Business

The Justice Department sued Deutsche Bank AG, one of the world's 10 biggest banks by assets, on Tuesday for at least $1 billion for defrauding taxpaye...

Suburban Official Used Government Credit Card For Flowers, Cigars, Gym Membership: Report

Posted 06.28.2011 | Chicago

Chicago is known the world over for political corruption. But every so often, the suburbs have a way of reminding us that they, too, are not immune. ...

Some Congressional Hearts Are in the Right Place; But Homeless Kids Will Still Suffer

Pat LaMarche | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

Recent congressional budget impasses have prompted folks from all across the country to organize in front of the capital's largest homeless shelter.

HUD Says Medical Marijuana Rules Up To Local Housing Authorities

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A Colorado-based non-profit has received a statement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) making it clear that local housin...

Protecting Those Who Served

Maria Cuomo Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maria Cuomo Cole

Support of armed services personnel, during and after their active duty, is a commitment more important than all others. We turned our backs on American service men and women who deserve much better.

Mortgage Settlement Talks Plagued By Infighting Between Regulators, Prosecutors

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

CHARLOTTE, N.C./WASHINGTON (By Joe Rauch and Dave Clarke) - U.S. regulators' efforts to settle with banks over improper mortgage foreclosures are ...


Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

The pillars of American middle classdom keep tumbling down. Supports have been giving out like trees in an empty forest. Few seem to hear the thud. Th...

Obama and Housing -- Is Anybody Home?

David Coates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Coates

We are in the middle of the greatest housing crisis we have known, and yet the president failed to make a single reference to it in his State of the Union Address, and his latest proposals fall far short of what's needed.

Government Releases First Ever National Report On Veteran Homelessness

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

A new report released today confirms what many Americans have long known: veterans make up a disproportionate amount of the nation's homeless populati...

Laura Bassett

Federal Homelessness Program Runs Out Of Money As Need Rises | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- Homelessness has significantly risen in the U.S. as a result of surging foreclosures and joblessness caused by the recession, but a new ...

Why Rand Paul Is Wrong on Public Housing

Peter G. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter G. Miller

If you think public housing is a bad idea, then no public housing is a worse idea. Unlike jobs, we can't ship the poor overseas.

Village Green: Six Sustainable Communities Stories to Watch in 2011

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

2010 was a robust year in the world of environmentally responsible land development. While 2011 looks to be different in some respects, I predict it ...

One Thing the Deficit Commission Got Right -- There's a Better Way to Subsidize Housing

Sheila Crowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheila Crowley

There has been remarkable accord among tax and policy experts from the left, right, and middle about one provision the debt-reduction commission addressed: reforming the tax deduction for mortgage interest.

Inside Job or Internal Greed?

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Shermer

A review of Inside Job, produced, written, and directed by Charles Ferguson, produced by Audry Marrs, 108 minutes, narrated by Matt Damon. By Michael...

Veterans Advocates Reject Debt Commission's You're On Your Own Economics

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

At a time when we strive to honor generations of service, the Debt Commissions comes out with draconian cuts that will have drastic consequences for veterans and military families. They must be stopped.

Village Green: An Impressive Month for Federal Aid to Sustainable Communities

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

In a breathtaking series of press conferences and releases along with publication of a new report, the federal Partnership for Sustainable C...

Foreclose on the Foreclosure Fraudsters, Part 1: Put Bank of America in Receivership

William K. Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
William K. Black

If the government does not hold the fraudulent CEOs responsible, who is supposed to stop the epidemic of elite financial fraud? The Obama administration's answer is the fraudulent CEOs themselves. You can't make this stuff up.

Why Should We Care About Housing?

Tom Silva | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Silva

The Obama administration - fresh on the heels of its financial regulation reform legislative victory - has now set its sights on the housing market. P...

The Final HUD OIG Report on AHCOA

Mike Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Shea

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of the Inspector General (HUD OIG) has issued a final report evaluating the use of grant fund...

Wells Fargo's 'College-Application-Type Essays' Violate Fair Housing Act | TARA SIEGEL BERNARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

When Linda Falcão applied for a mortgage from Wells Fargo, she didn't realize she would be required to write the type of essay that's more commonly i...

Prejudice Under the Doormat

Zack Isaacs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

Just like Walter Younger -- Sidney Poitier's character in A Raisin In The Sun, George Wilborn and his family learned that the color of money cannot always stop some folks from looking at the color of their skin.

Friday Talking Points [134] -- Some Reality For Gibbs

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Happy Friday the Thirteenth, everyone. It's actually a fitting day for this column, which I'll explain in a bit. Because before we get to that, we si...

The Remarkable Life and Career of Patricia Neal

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

What sets artists apart from stars and competent actors is originality and authenticity. Patricia Neal had these and other rare qualities in spades.

Chicago Couple Accused Of Refusing To Sell Home To Black Buyers

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago couple faces federal discrimination charges after allegedly refusing to sell their South Side home to a black couple because of their race. ...

Shahien Nasiripour

Sputtering Obama Foreclosure Program May Threaten Recovery | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The number of new homeowners entering the Obama administration's signature foreclosure-prevention effort dropped 35 percent to a one-year low in June,...