Cooperative Banking in the Aquarian Age

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Ellen Brown: Globally, the burgeoning movement for local, cooperatively-owned and community-oriented banks is blazing the trail toward a new, sustainable form of banking.

The Dog That Didn’t Bark: Obama on JP Morgan

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Robert Reich: Obama can can take on Romney and the system that allows private-equity managers to continue to make huge profits at the expense of average Americans.

B of A Lawyer Threatened Occupier Helping Fraudulently Foreclosed Family

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Cheryl Aichele: Rodriguez asserts that in addition to the threat against Marroquin, Redy used high-pressure tactics to get her sign away her Rights.

World Bank: Drastic Reformer Needed to Right a Failing Agenda

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Matt Kavanaugh: The blogsophere and Washington rumor-mill are working overtime right now on the question of who might be the next president of the World Bank.

Move Our Money: New State Bank Bills Address Credit and Housing Crises

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Ellen Brown: We may not be able to beat the banks, but we don’t have to play their game. We can take our marbles and go home.

Fighting Foreclosures: Compassion in Action

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Matt Ward: Nationwide, the Occupy movement’s defense of foreclosed homes and individuals is an embodiment of the compassion espoused by the history’s greatest prophets and philosophers.

Foreclosures 101 – Part 1

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Kwazi Nkrumah: For years the banks, real estate agents and investors in real estate securities on Wall Street were making money hand-over-fist. They did all this while pretending to break from their previous established history of gross discrimination and red-lining against the disproportionately non-white borrowers whose limited financial resources forced them into “sub-prime” status in the first place.

Robo-Signing Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

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Ellen Brown: The evidence to date suggests that “robo-signing” was not a mere technical default or sloppy business practice but was part and parcel of a much larger fraud, the fraud that brought down the whole economy in 2008.

California AG Kamala Harris Standing Firm Against Foreclosure Settlement

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Sharon Kyle: Kamala Harris standing firm on decision to reject bank settlement that could garner the state $15 billion but would release bank liability.

Ex-Marine Fights Freddie Mac to Save His Home

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Peter Dreier: recent report sponsored by bank reform groups reveals that if banks lowered the principal balance on all underwater mortgages to their current market value, it would pump over $70 billion per year back into the economy.

Will Obama Administration Now Go After Massive Mortgage Banking Frauds?

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Ellen Brown: In his State of the Union, President Obama announced that he would be creating a mortgage crisis unit to investigate wrongdoing related to real estate lending.

The Way to Occupy a Bank Is to Own One

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Ellen Brown: The campaign to “move your money” has gotten a groundswell of support. Having greater impact would be to “move our money” — move our local government revenues out of Wall Street banks into our own publicly-owned banks.

Pulling Back the Curtain on the Wall Street Money Machine

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Ellen Brown: We are indentured to a Wall Street money machine that creates our money and lends it back to us at interest, money our sovereign government could be creating itself, with full democratic oversight and accountability to the people.

Do State-Owned Banks Violate State Constitutional Provisions? No

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Ellen Brown: The recent interest in state-owned banks has provoked challenges on grounds that they violate state constitutional prohibitions against lending the credit of the state. The argument is not valid.

Why Obama Should Break Up Big Banks

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Robert Reich: What better way for Obama to distinguish himself from Romney than to condemn Wall Street’s antics since the bailout, and call for real reform?

The Public Banking Option: The German Model

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Ellen Brown: Publicly-owned banks were instrumental in funding Germany’s “economic miracle” after the devastation of World War II. Although the German public banks have been targeted in the last decade for takedown by their private competitors, the model remains a viable alternative to the private profiteering being protested on Wall Street today.

Banks Lose Control of the Optics

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Joseph Palermo: If JPMorgan Chase and the rest of the money cartel cared one whit about people perceiving them as being slightly more tolerable corporate citizens, they would have long ago voluntarily offered a lifeline to underwater mortgage holders and to local governments.

I Will Stand with Occupy Wall Street

Brent Budowsky: With Bank of America the latest bank to grind its heels on the necks of patriots who paid for its bailout, something powerful and profound is happening in America.

Behind Europe’s Debt Crisis Lurks Another Giant Bailout of Wall Street

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Robert Reich: Republicans and Wall Street executives who continue to yell about Dodd-Frank overkill are dead wrong. The fact no one seems to know Morgan’s exposure to European banks or derivatives – or that of most other giant Wall Street banks – shows Dodd-Frank didn’t go nearly far enough.

The Bailed-Out Bankers’ Boys

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Brent Budowsky: Rick Perry’s impersonation of Ron Paul is caused by Perry’s panic while his campaign collapses, while terrified Republicans try to entice the freshman governor and unqualified Chris Christie to enter the race.

California Legislature Passes Bill to Study State-Owned Bank

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Ellen Brown: California, like North Dakota, is resource-rich. A state-owned bank will allow it to capitalize on its resources to full advantage, by providing the credit needed to realize its potential.

Financial Regulation Kills Jobs? Perhaps Not

Marian Wang: But separate from the jobs created to actually handle new regulation, others have pointed out that regulations can have a long-term, positive effect on overall economic growth by preventing the types of crises that put an industry on life-support.

North Dakota’s Economic “Miracle”—It’s Not Oil

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Ellen Brown: North Dakota is the only state to be in continuous budget surplus since the banking crisis of 2008.

Nevada Wallops Bank of America With Sweeping Suit

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Paul Kiel: Nevada’s action signals that the banks’ problems with home mortgages—the main cause of the financial crisis—continue to burden them and rattle investors.

The Shameful Murder of Dodd Frank

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Robert Reich: Wall Street has effectively neutered the Dodd-Frank law, which is the best argument I know for applying the nation’s antitrust laws to the biggest banks and limiting their size.

The Rich Are Destroying the Economy

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Shamus Cooke: Because both parties simply threw money at the banks and hedge funds instead of punishing them, a condition of “moral hazard” was created, meaning, that banks would assume another bailout would come their way if they destroyed the economy again — too big too fail, remember?

Treasury Slow Fixing Foreclosure Prevention Program

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Marian Wang: By the end of last year, the program had given nearly 1.5 million households “a chance” of a mortgage modification through a trial modification. For most, that chance never turned developed into permanent help.

Dems: Obama Broke Pledge to Force Banks to Help Homeowners

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Paul Kiel and Olga Pierce: The Obama administration has relied on a voluntary program with few sticks, that simply offers banks incentives to modify mortgages.

Bank Errors Cause Damage to Credit, Distress to Homeowners

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Marian Wang: Some consumers have been surprised to see damage to their credit score after requesting information from the banks.

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