Feds Wait Until Home Goes Into Foreclosure & Ex-Servicemember Dies Before Coughing Up Pension Benefits

Veterans die awaiting pension benefits In November, more than a year after Vietnam veteran John Conrad died of leukemia, the VA sent his widow a letter acknowledging his cancer was caused by exposure to the toxic defoliant Agent Orange. The decision marked a reversal for the agency, which had denied Conrad’s claim for disability benefits for … Read more

IRS 4506-T Electronic Signatures Begin on Last Holdout Mortgage Origination Document to Verify Income of Borrowers

4506-T electronic signatures begin On Jan. 2, President Obama used an autopen to sign the fiscal cliff bill, while vacationing in Hawaii. This may be a sign as to the trend for the 2013 mortgage market: electronic. Five days after President Obama signed the bill, the Internal Revenue Service will begin accepting electronic signatures on … Read more

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi: Secret and Lies of the Bailout

Secret and Lies of the Bailout The federal rescue of Wall Street didn’t fix the economy – it created a permanent bailout state based on a Ponzi-like confidence scheme. And the worst may be yet to come It has been four long winters since the federal government, in the hulking, shaven-skulled, Alien Nation-esque form of … Read more

Police State | Revealed: How the FBI Coordinated with the Banks to Crackdown on Occupy

Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy New documents prove what was once dismissed as paranoid fantasy: totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall – so mystifying at the time – was not just coordinated … Read more

Los Angeles Attorney, Tony Tolbert, Offers His House to Homeless Family for a Year

Man offers his house to homeless family for a year (CBS News) For most parents, when a child leaves the nest it’s usually for good. But at age 51, Tony Tolbert has come home again. And it’s for all the right reasons — or so says his mom. “He is so giving, and he’s always … Read more

Charlotte NC FBI Special Agent in Charge Chris Briese Retires, Takes Job at Bank of America

“Briese began working in the Charlotte division in April 2011. After leaving the agency on Friday, he will take a job with Bank of America, officials said.” ~ Charlotte FBI leader Briese retiring The head of the Charlotte division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is retiring after 25 years with the agency. Special Agent … Read more

Foreclosure Settlement With Banks Questioned by U.S. Lawmakers

  Foreclosure Settlement With Banks Questioned by U.S. Lawmakers Leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are questioning a settlement pending between U.S. banking regulators and mortgage servicers to close a years-long review of mortgage servicers’ foreclosure misdeeds. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, a California Republican, and the panel’s ranking Democrat, Elijah Cummings of … Read more

Pending Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Achieves New Level of Abject Regulatory Failure

Pending Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Achieves New Level of Abject Regulatory Failure After too many years to count of regulatory failure and limp-wristed reforms, it’s hard to be surprised. Nevertheless, I hope to convince you that a yet another mortgage settlement, leaked on New Year’s Eve when hopefully no one would notice, achieves the difficult task … Read more