Florida man who tied dumbbell to pit bull’s neck gets 40 days in the doghouse McClatchy (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
Volcanic eruptions emerge as lead cause for Little Ice Age Christian Science Monitor
Portrait of the Trust-Buster As a Young Man George Washington. A Men’s Health cover set of pecs.
Lamberth and the art of judicial writing McClatchy (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
EU summit: UK and Czechs refuse to join fiscal compact BBC (hat tip Marshall Auerback)
EU Nears Confrontation Over Greek Rescue Bloomberg
Portuguese storm gathers as EU leaders fight over Greece Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
Banks set to double crisis loans from ECB Financial Times
Driver ‘said he provided protection for the Murdochs’, court told Independent (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
Gingrich won’t win, and Bibi will be in a lose-lose situation Haaretz (hat tip reader May S)
Financial Systems and Italian Cruise Ship Captains Global Economic Intersection
Romney’s attack tactics anger rivals Financial Times
Second Year In, Republican Governors Back Off New York Times
New York police spokesman comes under fire Associated Press. Buzz Potamkin: “He deserves this. A truly bad, evil person.”
New Fund Hopes to Prove Thesis of Outspoken Analyst New York Times
Banks Fight to Exempt Half of Swaps Books Bloomberg (hat tip mathbabe)
U.S. Gets Tougher on Debt Collecting Wall Street Journal. Of course, Obama waits till right before the election.
Treasury Investigates Freddie Mac Investment New York Times. Ahem. How often have you seen Treasury jump immediately on a news story to launch an investigation? I can’t think of a single previous instance under Geithner. We’ve been told Geithner is enormously frustrated at his inability to bring DeMarco to heel. Not that we think DeMarco’s stance on principal mods or pushing foreclosure timelines is correct, but this does not pass the smell test (see our post for the longer form discussion).
Obama Bluffs on ReFi? Bruce Krasting. I’m not a fan of DeMarco, but BK makes a plausible case re refi plan posturing.
US economy stumbles MacroBusiness. Quelle surprise!
More Great Moments in Libertarian History: Ancient Sumerian Word For “Libertarian” Was “Deadbeat”, “Freeloader” (Updated!) Yasha Levine, eXiled. OMG, you cannot make this stuff up! From last week but still worth reading.
Liability Release Not the Only Stumbling Block in Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Dave Dayen, Firedoglake (hat tip reader Aquifer)
Occupy protests in Oakland and New York: a weekend of police clashes Guardian (hat tip Lambert)
Occupy Monsanto with Farmers: Jan. 31, Foley Square (NYC) Food Freedom (hat tip reader Aquifer)
A veteran Wall-Streeter confronts the Occupy movement Stephen Roach, Financial Times. You have to read this. Roach is reduced to near terror by having to talk to people who are Not One of Us.
‘Davos consensus’ under siege Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
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