Stories to Watch: 10/6/11
Another gorgeous day. Going to have to do something about all the leaves soon, though. I actually kind of like raking, if the weather’s nice. A good excuse to get outside and just do a pleasant and undemanding chore. It’s all very zen. Now here’s the news…
In the Massachusetts Senate race, Republican incumbent Scott Brown decides that being a dick is a real smart move. He might consider a strategy that involves more friend-making and less enemy-making in the future, since the ‘baggers plan to cut him loose.
Republicans want President Obama’s blackberry messages in a Solyndra probe. It would be poetic justice for the president to tell them, “What George W. Bush said.”
Scientific idiocy in the pages of the Wall Street Journal? Imagine my shock.
Lindsey Graham plays the victim card on Rick Perry’s behalf. It seems that you can’t get away with racism in the south anymore and this is a terrible, terrible thing. Or something. Serious, I can’t make heads or tails of this argument.
Jobless claims seem to be holding pretty steady, hovering “near levels normally associated with improving labor market conditions.” Economists said this is “yet another sign the ailing economy was not falling back into recession.”
Westboro Baptist Hate Cult are now officially clowns.
The health insurance industry jumps aboard the campaign to save healthcare reform.
How to hand down the death penalty — without a trial.
Finally, Bank of America’s decision to charge a fee for debit cards is beginning to look Netflixian in its stupidity. The bank’s website may have actually been brought down several times by all the customers rushing to close their accounts. Of course BoA won’t confirm this, other than to say that traffic has been heavy lately.
Stories to Watch: 8/23/11
Have no idea what to eat tonight. So that probably means burgers. Can’t go wrong with burgers. Now here’s the news…
That east coast earthquake earlier today? Yeah, that was Obama’s fault.
Bank of America looks to be collapsing. While total failure would no doubt be a big hit to the economy, it couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch.
Rick Perry is now officially at war with Rick Perry. Which is good. Someone’s got to take him down, he’s the world’s most successful serial killer.
Like so many really great Republican economic ideas, raising the eligibility age for Medicare would cost more money than it saves.
Steve Kornacki has a way to rid the world of a high-profile Facebook troll: have her actually run for president. A Palin campaign, according to him, would be an “epic, humiliating defeat, the sort of disaster that might once and for all convince the political and media worlds that the empress has no clothes.”
A former Clinton speechwriter urges President Obama to drop the post-partisan crap. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. And yes. If you need evidence that it’s not working, here ya go.
Meanwhile, Democrats gear up for a decidedly partisan fight on the payroll tax. Note to the White House: lead on this one or get the fuck out of the way.
And here’s what the rhetoric in that fight should look like.
Finally, John Boehner is a shameless liar.
This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: A 70-year-old Florida woman and her terminally ill husband are being foreclosed upon by Bank of America because they paid their mortgage a week in advance.
The Bullingtons, who have lived in Pasco County for 15 years, ran into financial trouble when James fell ill and their medical expenses skyrocketed. The couple asked the bank to reduce their monthly mortgage payment through a modification plan, and the bank agreed.
Sharon Bullington sent in her first payment under the revised plan on December 23, and, even though it wasn’t due until January 1, the bank accepted it. In January, Bullington attempted to pay February’s installment over the phone, but got her routing number wrong — a mistake she didn’t find out about until several weeks later.
The couple was summarily ejected from the plan in March.
Confused, Bullington wrote a two-page letter to Bank of America president Brian Moynihan to clarify that the payment made in December was meant to cover January. Moynihan aide Ana Olivera wrote Bullington to reiterate the requirement that all payments under the Home Affordable Modification Program must be made “in the month in which [they are] due.”
Olivera went on to say that the foreclosure process could not be halted, and that Bullington’s only recourse was to sell the home in a short sale or sign it over to the bank. “I understand that you may be disappointed with our final resolution and appreciate the opportunity to clarify this matter,” Olivera’s letter concluded. “While this may not be the response you were hoping for, I trust I have addressed your concerns.”
“It’s like death to me,” Bullington, who is her husband’s sole caregiver, told the St. Petersburg Times. “My husband is bedridden. It’s almost more than I can bear.”
Reached for comment by the paper, Olivera decline to speak on the matter, but a Bank of America rep said in an email that the Bullingtons’ case will be re-reviewed.
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Gawker’s Adrien Chen points out that a member of the hacker group Anonymous going by the handle OperationLeaks on twitter is claiming to have damning docs on the bank that will likely be released Monday.
OperationLeaks has been teasing all day on twitter about having received documents on the bank from a disgruntled employee.
Chen’s own sources within Anonymous suggest there’s something real to the leaks.
Keep an eye on http://anonleaks.ch/.