Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from February 2012

What I’m Reading

February 29th, 2012 · Comments Off

Rolling Stone: Exclusive: Homeland Security Kept Tabs on Occupy Wall Street Naked Capitalism: Yet Another Mortgage Scam: Homeowners Not Getting Cancelled Notes After Foreclosures, Hit by Later Claims Allison Frankel: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the MBS sleeper defense David Dayen: Donovan Pressed on Foreclosure Fraud Settlement in Senate Banking Committee Huffington Post: Q&A With [...]

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Romney holds off the white knight for now

February 29th, 2012 · Comments Off

Originally posted at AMERICAblog Elections: The Right’s Field Jonathan Karl, ABC News, February 17, 2012: A prominent Republican senator just told me that if Romney can’t win in Michigan, the Republican Party needs to go back to the drawing board and convince somebody new to get into the race. “If Romney cannot win Michigan, we [...]

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What I’m Reading

February 28th, 2012 · Comments Off

Clay Johnson: Change Dot Biz Wall Street Journal: For the Costliest Homes, Foreclosure Comes Slowly Bloomberg: Buffett: Banks Victimized by Excesses of Ousted Homeowners (This is b.s.) Washington Business Journal: D.C. owed $30.6M in condo conversion fees, audit says Politico: Cuomo shuns media, gets attention Dean Baker: Is Joe Nocera right when he says that [...]

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What I’m Reading

February 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

Think Progress: University of Virginia Football Player Goes On Hunger Strike To Get Living Wage For University Employees Think Progress: STUDY: Ron Paul Never Attacked Romney Once During 20 Debates, But Attacked Romney’s Rivals 39 Times Barry Ritholtz: Foreclosure settlement a failure of law, a triumph for bank attorney Naked Capitalism: Abigail Field: Insider Says [...]

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The tragedy of our circumstances

February 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

To close out a very strong piece on the lack of honesty in public discourse around housing and the economy, Matt Stoller writes: There is no honesty among our political elites, and by that statement, I don’t mean that they are liars. There are liars everywhere, and truthtellers as well. Most of us are concurrently [...]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Economy

What I’m Reading

February 24th, 2012 · Comments Off

Washington Post: Maryland Senate passes same-sex marriage bill Baltimore Sun: Gay marriage law will likely be up to voters Reuters: FDIC Lawsuits Yielded Big Penalties, But Bankers Haven’t Paid Up Naked Capitalism: Fannie Putting More Dubious New Loans Back to BofA, So BofA Will Stick Them to Freddie Instead Felix Salmon: Matter’s vision for long-form [...]

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What I’m Reading

February 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off

I’m going to try doing a periodic (daily?) roundup of what I’m reading. NPR: With Banks As Landlords, Some Tenants Neglected (h/t Lynn Syzmoniak) Dealbook: Responding to Critics, S.E.C. Defends ‘No Wrongdoing’ Settlements Bloomberg: Bank Lobby Widened Volcker Rule Before Inciting Foreign Outrage (via Neil Barofsky on Twitter) NY Times: Mutated Trout Raise Concerns Near [...]

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SEC hope – or missing the point – on Wall Street prosecutions

February 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off

It’s being reported that the SEC and the mortgage fraud task force co-chaired by Eric Schneiderman that “[f]urther legal action is likely before the end of the year against firms involved in the origins of the housing bubble.” Obviously seeing criminal prosecutions of banksters would be a good outcome, as would much larger civil suits [...]

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Tags: Economy · Rule of Law

Elizabeth Warren on who the country is working for

February 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off

Here’s a hint: it isn’t you or me.

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Economy

Things Rick Santorum Used to Say

February 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off

It’s debate day – today the remaining major candidates will debate in Arizona, days before the Arizona and Michigan primaries. There hasn’t been a debate in a while, something that one could rarely write before this month, and the landscape has shifted dramatically since Santorum swept Colorado, Missouri, and Minnesota. He is now the front-runner [...]

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Tags: Elections · Republicans