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  • Primer on the Federal Bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

    Who are Fannie and Freddie?: Fannie and Freddie are private corporations implicitly (until Saturday; now explicitly) backed by the federal taxpayers. Congress chartered both companies (Fannie in 1938, Freddie in 1970) to "create liquidity" in the mortgage...
  • (Some) Light At The End Of The Tunnel For MTA

    If you're in what seems to be a large club of people expecting, like, flying trains or something to come from the stimulus package currently working its way through the Senate, expect to be bummed when the final version hits President Obama's desk this...
  • Oil Speculators to be Curbed?

    The New York Times' Ed Andrews had an interesting story yesterday which appeared on the paper's splash page and then quickly disappeared. The story said that U.S. financial regulators—in particular the Commodity Futures Trading Commission—...
  • Income Tax Rates Fall for Most Deserving

    Good news, taxpayers! The tax burden on the 400 most accomplished Americans—the linchpins of our modern economy—has fallen precipitously over the past two decades, even as their earnings have increased. They used to make only about 3,000 times...
  • Corporation Runs for Congress?

    Citing the Supreme Court's Jan. 21 decision to allow unlimited corporate financing of political "issue ads," a Kensington-based public relations firm has announced its intention to run for Congress. Pledging to run a campaign that "puts people second, or...
  • Catherine Pancake On the Impact of Black Diamonds, Her 2006 Film About Mountaintop Removal

    The devastation wrought by mountaintop-removal mining was brought into tight focus by Catherine Pancake of Baltimore (a native West Virginian), with the 2006 release of her documentary Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal and the Fight for Coalfield...
  • Robert Strupp Leaving Community Law Center

    Robert Strupp | Image by Frank Klein Robert Strupp is leaving the Community Law Center (CLC). Since 2006 Strupp has been the director of research and policy for the nonprofit law firm, which provides free or reduced-cost legal aid to nonprofits and...
  • ACORN Housing Becomes Affordable Housing Centers of America

    According to a recent story in The Baltimore Sun, the embattled organization ACORN—Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now—has closed up shop for good in Maryland. Former co-chair of the state chapter of the national grassroots...
  • Taking Back Our Country for Tax Fraudsters

    I got an e-mail yesterday from an old volleyball teammate with this link and the expressed hope "that she hits the charts with it." My former teammate seems a very normal American Citizen, with a job and a family, a little house, and a backyard grill....
  • Grand Theft Paycheck

    Ryan Chittum of the Columbia Journalism Review ran through the Goldman coverage and  unearthed a few nuggets on a theme: The banker bosses lied to Congress. Whether this actually matters remains to be seen, of course. But it's worth noting anyway, for the...
  • Ten Years Ago in City Paper: May 17, 2000

    The two-pack of features is Dan Kennedy, on alt-press infighting over flawed journalism that wins awards, and Eileen Murphy, on writer Sophie Kerr and the Washington College literary prize that bears her name. In the news, the Nose pokes around a...
  • Bill Thomas Is a Funny Loser

    Today's  Washington Post has a very funny first-person account of Republican Bill Thomas' woefully inadequate stab at taking Chris Van Hollen's seat in Congress this year. Maryland's 8th Congressional District, which includes most of Montgomery and a...