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Bloomberg:

Regulators conducting the stress tests are increasingly focusing on the quality of loans banks made after finding wide variations in underwriting standards, a regulatory official said on April 20. They concluded that banks’ lending practices need to be given as much weight as macroeconomic scenarios in determining the health of each bank, the person said.

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Politics and Media Headlines 4/22/09

MakeThemAccountable (thanks to diy.despair.com)

A Lexicon of Disappointment (by Naomi Klein, The Nation) Read more about Politics and Media Headlines 4/22/09

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Nurses Union Targets Congressional Healthcare Leaders in New Ad Drive

Just received this from California Nurses:

Nurse Blog Ads Demand Congress Protect Patients with Single-Payer Reform

The National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association (NNOC/CNA), the nation's largest RN union and professional association, today announces a national online advertising campaign beginning this week that calls on key Congressional leaders to protect the public – not the profit motives of the insurance industry – through a system of guaranteed, single-payer healthcare reform. The ads are also sponsored by the Massachusetts Nurses Association. View the blog ad, the first phase of the campaign, www.CalNurses.org. Read more about Nurses Union Targets Congressional Healthcare Leaders in New Ad Drive

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Letters to the editor for HR 676

MoveOn is asking us to write a letter to the editor in support of Obama's health care plan. Since Obama's plan has not been submitted, it is hard to know what we are supporting. However, we know what Medicare for All is, write a letter to the editor in support of HR 676. PNHP has a sample letter, but DON'T copy and paste. Write your own letter, it is much more powerful. Read more about Letters to the editor for HR 676

Surreal

Nassim Nicholas Taleb:

In France in the 1980s, the socialists took over the banks. In the US in the 2000s, the banks took over the government. This is surreal.

Oui! Read the whole thing, but point 10 sounds just like what the doctor ordered: Read more about Surreal

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Frank Pallone on the public heath care option

Frank Pallone has a diary over at Blue Jersey:

We're working hard in our drive to "Make Health Care Work For New Jersey." Last Thursday, I was in Trenton with my good friend, AFL-CIO President Charlie Wowkanech, where we heard from working families confronted with America's broken health care system. Their stories really hammered home how, now more than ever, we need comprehensive health reform.

Pallone is chair of the House Health subcommittee. He owes us an explanation as to why he won't even schedule a hearing on HR 676. Read more about Frank Pallone on the public heath care option

Evil

What Krugman said:

Let’s say this slowly: the Bush administration wanted to use 9/11 as a pretext to invade Iraq, even though Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. So it tortured people to make them confess to the nonexistent link.

There’s a word for this: it’s evil.

Yes.

And Krugman gives a nice shout-out to McClatchy, too. Read more about Evil

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Out of Control: El Paso PD Officer vs. News Crew

Thread: 

I hope to spend a few days in El Paso soon. This is a bit discouraging:

The good news is the officer who did this is on desk duty pending investigation. The bad news is Read more about Out of Control: El Paso PD Officer vs. News Crew

Made him!

WaPo:

President Obama yesterday declined to rule out legal consequences for Bush administration officials who authorized the harsh interrogation techniques applied to "high-value" terrorism suspects, saying the attorney general should determine whether they broke the law.

Good. Morally good, Constitutionally good. Politically good? Not in the short term. Read more about Made him!

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Pro bono work out, health care parasites in

Thread: 

Lobby Terminations Up Over Last Year

Paul Lee, a former staffer to ex-Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.) who started the firm Strategic Health Care 15 years ago, said his shop had to cut loose a number of pro bono clients in order to meet the brisk demand for hand-holding, as the White House plots to upend the nation’s health care system.

“We do a lot of pro bono work for hospitals and other health care providers, and our work has actually picked up so much in the last six months or so that we don’t have as much time to do the pro bono work anymore,” Lee said. “We just made a decision that we can’t do as much of that anymore because we’re getting too busy.”

In which lambert apologizes, again, for being prematurely correct (on torture)

[Welcome, Susie Madrak and empty wheel readers!]

Here's the post in its entirety. 2004-05-09, from Corrente's old site on blogger:

Sunday, May 09, 2004 Abu Ghraib tortures: Who let the dogs out?

Maybe there is a smoking gun.

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See Jane turn shrill

High snark from Glenn on Jane Harman's sudden conversion from Serious advocate of extra-legal surveillance to civil-liberties Extremist.
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Don't cave now, cave later!

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