Starting with a little self-promotion…
Obama Vows to Shame Colleges Into Keeping Costs Down NYT. Full plan here. More of the nudge-ocracy, and bound to be particularly ineffective, if this is correct about how colleges could easily game the rankings. If you really wanted to nudge things in a decent direction, you could auto-enroll debtors into income-based repayment, but that’s not in there. Better than that (and just as possible, given all the money already spent on various credits and nudges and things)…
Start funding college like high school David Sirota
What Happened to Clemency NYT. Just in case you were wondering about a Manning pardon. Obama doesn’t “do” pardons, for anyone, really.
Larry Summers Decided to “Take the Gloves Off” In Fed Campaign Atlantic Wire. I guess this is why we got that “Yellen is too prepared and professional!” nonsense article the other day.
2009 And All That Paul Krugman
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch:
Obama, Surveillance, and the Legacy of the March on Washington The New Yorker. “The moral arc of the universe is long, and it bends toward irony.”
FBI suspected William Vollmann was the Unabomber Washington Post
Advocate of Secret Infiltration, Cass Sunstein, on Obama’s “Committee To Make Us Trust the Dragnet” Emptywheel. Also, Peter Swire, who ran HAMP, is on the committee. Confidence-inspiring.
If chemical attack proved, France says, nations should respond ‘with force’ Washington Post. Syria.
Council Overrules Bloomberg on Police Monitor and Profiling Suits NYT. Quite a victory, as I understand it.
Mortgage Rates Up on Taper Timing Speculation Freddie Mac. Refis are basically dead.
360 Mortgage Grows Dramatically in Three Years Housing Wire
Sen. Warren: Local gov’t should keep tabs on bank foreclosures Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Filner Will Resign Political Wire
California discourages needy from signing up for food stamps LA Times. This is a Schwarzenegger/minority veto legacy that Jerry Brown hasn’t exactly been swift to remedy.
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