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Do any normal people read Drudge? I know the wingnuts love him, and as the media types are proud to proclaim, he rules their world!

But I thought most normal people ignored him, since it’s so obvious he’s used as a conduit for Republican leaks. True or false?


Don’t forget to vote in today’s primary!

Republican family values

I know, you’re shocked too, right?

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, separated after she learned he had fathered a child more than a decade ago — before his first run for office — with a longtime member of their household staff.

Shriver moved out of the family’s Brentwood mansion earlier this year, after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the paternity. The staff member worked for the family for 20 years, retiring in January.

It never fails to astound me, the number of grown men who wouldn’t think of using a condom — which is a lot cheaper than child support.

Good news

This isn’t the good news, because I don’t for one minute believe the feds will go after these guys:

Shahien Nasiripour scoops that HUD’s inspector general audited Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial and referred its finding to the Department of Justice for possible prosecution. A welcome shift for HUD, which is usually the demonized and not the demonizer. “The audits accuse the five major lenders of violating the False Claims Act, a Civil War-era law crafted as a weapon against firms that swindle the government. The audits were completed between February and March, the sources said. The internal watchdog office at HUD referred its findings to the Department of Justice, which must now decide whether to file charges…The resulting reports read like veritable indictments of major lenders, the sources said. State officials are now wielding the documents as negotiating props in their ongoing talks with mortgage companies aimed at forcing them to agree to pay fines to resolve allegations of routine violations in their handling of foreclosures.”

Nope, here’s the good news!

Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York attorney general, has requested information and documents in recent weeks from three major Wall Street banks about their mortgage securities operations during the credit boom, indicating the existence of a new investigation into practices that contributed to billions in mortgage losses.

Officials in Mr. Schneiderman’s office have also requested meetings with representatives from Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, according to people briefed on the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly. The inquiry appears to be quite broad, with the attorney general’s requests for information covering many aspects of the banks’ loan pooling operations. They bundled thousands of home loans into securities that were then sold to investors such as pension funds, mutual funds and insurance companies.

It is unclear which parts of the byzantine securitization process Mr. Schneiderman is focusing on. His spokesman said the attorney general would not comment on the investigation, which is in its early stages.

This means for all practical purposes, that cozy little state attorney generals’ coverup the administration wants so desperately is coming undone. Hallelujah, sometimes ambition and the best interests of the people coincide!

More here.

Bye to probable cause

Cops can pretty much kick in your door for almost any reason at all now!


Still one of my heros for standing up for working people everywhere. And yes, I still watch her show.

People my age

John Gorka:


If you have the stomach, go read how Obama turned against whistleblowers and launched a crusade against leaks:

Jack Balkin, a liberal law professor at Yale, agrees that the increase in leak prosecutions is part of a larger transformation. ”

We are witnessing the bipartisan normalization and legitimization of a national-surveillance state,” he says. In his view, zealous leak prosecutions are consonant with other political shifts since 9/11: the emergence of a vast new security bureaucracy, in which at least two and a half million people hold confidential, secret, or top-secret clearances; huge expenditures on electronic monitoring, along with a reinterpretation of the law in order to sanction it; and corporate partnerships with the government that have transformed the counterterrorism industry into a powerful lobbying force. Obama, Balkin says, has “systematically adopted policies consistent with the second term of the Bush Administration.”

Part 1

Shock therapy for economics.

Louisiana 1927

Randy Newman:

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