The Incredible, Shrinking Presidency of Barack Obama Counterpunch (CB)
Jamie Dimon’s perp walk: Why it could be this year’s Christmas miracle David Dayen, Salon
Volcker Rule Report Card: Occupy the SEC (OSEC) Gives the Volcker Rule a Grade of “C-” [PDF] Occupy the SEC. “Notably, they failed to properly define the scope of ‘covered funds’ ….”
Subprime Mortgage Loan Servicer Ocwen Agrees to $2.2 Billion Settlement Times. No admission of wrongdoing imposed by CPFB. Ohio readers: Any thoughts on CPFB’s Cordray? Because maybe Senator Warren should ask him about this.
How did reputed mob figure land major city contract in Philly? Philadelphia Inquirer (PT). Repairing police vehicles. Seems reasonable….
Woman sues over vaginal, anal exams in El Paso drug search El Paso Times. And then the hospital billed her $5,000!
Supreme Court strikes down Canada’s prostitution laws Globe and Mail. Also, file “Cartagena” under “Bad Apples.”
The 40-Year Slump American Prospect
The Obamacare Slippery Slope––What’s Your “Hardship?” Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review
The sign-up challenge for Obamacare Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News (BC). “When people find out about the nuts and bolts, they are going to be pissed.”
A real Obamacare fix: Let thirtysomethings sign up for Medicare LA Times. No. Just lower eligibility to age zero. Done.
93 percent of hospital executives think Obamacare will make health care better Ezra Klein, WaPo. Sign me up!
Women’s rights sold out again: McAuliffe’s betrayal Salon. Just like De Blasi hiring Bratton; the Democrat betrayal took what, 48 hours?
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Judge Leon to NSA: “No. It’s not legal.” And Obama doesn’t care about us. Marcy Wheeler interviewed. Corrente. I like the spoken Marcy Wheeler.
Exclusive: Secret contract tied NSA and security industry pioneer Reuters. NSA $10 million contract with RSA, not much to build a back door in the world’s encryption standard.
Fury and frustration over Target data breach AP (CB). “Inside job”?
Sinking Land Brings Calls for Pumping Alternative Times. Two words: “Invade Canada.”
A Solar Boom So Successful, It’s Been Halted Scientific American
Australia: Sydney court prosecutes gas firm for forest crime Asian Correspondent
The high cost of cheap chicken Consumer Reports
Beer Domesticated Man Nautilus
Sree Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma – obituary Telegraph (RS)
Idoru Crooked Timber
9/11 Families ‘Ecstatic’ They Can Finally Sue Saudi Arabia ABC. It will be interesting to see the Saudi defense….
Bunches of Guys LRB. Al Quaeda.
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