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Joss Stone:


On Virtually Speaking at 9pm EST, I will be co-hosting with Culture of Truth, author of the very funny Bobblespeak Translations.

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As expected:

President Obama said Sunday that he would nominate Richard Cordray, the former attorney general of Ohio, to lead the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, passing over Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard law professor who was the driving force behind the agency’s creation.

Was this a decision that “reflects political realities”, as the report says? Well, the report itself refutes that claim:

While Ms. Warren received the brunt of the scrutiny, Wall Street executives also bristled at the selection of Mr. Cordray to lead the bureau’s enforcement team. Seen as a zealous prosecutor of financial crime, Mr. Cordray is a similarly contentious figure among bankers and lobbyists.

Republicans made it clear on Sunday that they were no more likely to confirm Mr. Cordray than Ms. Warren. Forty-four Republican senators have signed a letter saying they would refuse to vote on any nominee to lead the bureau, demanding instead that the agency replace a single leader with a board of directors.

What’s going to happen, then, is no director for the CFPB in any case. But meanwhile Obama has passed up a chance to symbolically align himself with the public and against the banksters.

Now why would he distance himself from his friends?

I don’t know what it is

Rufus Wainwright:

Summer’s cauldron



This is a good pick. Now let’s see if the Republicans will confirm him:

President Barack Obama will nominate former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head a powerful new consumer protection agency, White House officials said.

At a White House event Monday, Obama will announce his choice of Cordray, 52, who is currently serving as director of enforcement for the new agency called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

By picking Cordray, Obama hopes to avoid a bruising Senate confirmation battle that would have occurred had he selected Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard law professor who came up with the idea and ultimately helped to set up the agency.

“Richard Cordray has spent his career advocating for middle class families, from his tenure as Ohio’s Attorney General, to his most recent role as heading up the enforcement division at the (bureau) and looking out for ordinary people in our financial system,” Obama said.

On the road again

Canned Heat:



I never dreamed you’d leave in summer

I never noticed how much this song is like “If ever I would leave you” from Camelot. Hmm.

Stevie Wonder:


Email I got from an astrology list today:

As a former writer for the London tabloids, I can tell you this: everyone knew this crap was going on. There are relatively few newspapers that are not involved. Once again we have some evidence that the horoscope is the most honest part of the newspaper.

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