Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from January 2012

Nevada’s Attorney General is a bad ass

January 31st, 2012 · 3 Comments

There has been a lot of attention paid – deservedly so – to the work of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden. They were two of the first AGs to voice objections to the federal government’s push with the state AGs fore a weak settlement deal around robosigning. So […]

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Tags: Democrats · Economy · Rule of Law

Kuttner on Schneiderman and bank accountability

January 30th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Robert Kuttner, in the course of a long post about the federal mortgage fraud task force and what it means to have New York AG Eric Schneiderman on it as a co-chair, includes a number of details about the fecundity of various avenues of investigation. Kuttner looks at the wide assortment of frauds associated with […]

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Tags: Economy · Rule of Law

A more optimistic take on the Schneiderman task force

January 26th, 2012 · Comments Off

Yesterday I was somewhat sour on the chances of the mortgage fraud task force that Eric Schneiderman will co-chair of succeeding in producing positive results. I think the reasons for caution remain, but David Dayen reports on a number of new facts which could make positive outcomes much more likely. In short, Dayen and his […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Economy · Rule of Law

Schneiderman joins a federal investigatory task force

January 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I’d really like to be enthusiastic about the announcement of a new federal investigatory task force looking at the foreclosure crisis. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, much like Elizabeth Warren, has done enough to show his commitment to holding Wall Street accountable for their crimes to trust that his motives are good and his […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Economy · Rule of Law

No bank settlement deal on housing for now

January 24th, 2012 · Comments Off

Originally posted at AMERICAblog Yesterday I posted on the news of a pending settlement between the federal government, some state Attorneys General and the nation’s five largest banks around robosigning and other foreclosure fraud issues. The deal looked really bad and there was strong opposition coming not only from large progressive organizations, but a core […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Economy · Rule of Law

Failures of Justice

January 24th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I know it’s gauche for progressives to care about silly things like the rule of law, transparency, and opposing torture or war crimes, but nonetheless it’s worth pointing out Glenn Greenwald’s look at three parallel cases which demonstrate the sad state of equal justice in America today. Greenwald puts side by side the case of […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Rule of Law

Conservatives like conservatism

January 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off

Andrew Sullivan had a piece in The Daily Beast last week which got a lot of coverage and sparked a great deal of debate about how to assess the Obama presidency. In short, Sullivan thinks Obama’s governance style is one which may not please either liberal or conservative partisans, but will wear well and includes […]

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Tags: Barack Obama

Obama admin on verge of a horrible bank settlement deal

January 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off

There’s lots of talk about the pending deal between what used to be 50 state Attorneys General and the nation’s five largest banks around what started out around robosigning, but seems to have expanded to broadly include foreclosure fraud and securities fraud. It looks like the Obama administration is on the verge of announcing a […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Economy · Rule of Law

Fight for the Future – Stop SOPA & PIPA

January 18th, 2012 · Comments Off

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Tags: Technology

De Boer on Paul

January 17th, 2012 · Comments Off

Freddie De Boer: I could never vote for Ron Paul, for a thousand reasons. I have been arguing against many of his policies and the worldview that generated them for the entirety of my adult life. But I have to value his voice in the national debate because almost no other national political figures will […]

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Tags: Foreign Relations · Republicans · Rule of Law