This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Aug. 31, 2011 for week ending Sept. 9, 2011


"The big banks being investigated for mortgage and foreclosure fraud want a quick settlement and not be held culpable."

-- Liz Ryan Murray, policy director at National People's Action and member of The New Bottom Line campaign, on how attorneys generals in all 50 states and major banks are negotiating a settlement regarding the banks' improper conduct on mortgage servicing and alleged hundreds of thousands of fraudulent "robo-signed" mortgage documents.

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New York Attorney General Working to Hold Big Banks Accountable for Foreclosure Fraud, Dismissed from Multistate Mortgage Abuse Panel

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Interview with Liz Ryan Murray, policy director at National People's Action and member of The New Bottom Line campaign, conducted by Scott Harris


Representatives of all 50 states are negotiating with the largest U.S. banks to settle charges of improper conduct on mortgage servicing and their involvement in producing hundreds of thousands of fraudulent “robo-signed” mortgage documents. But Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, who is spearheading the investigation, has recently dismissed New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman from the 13-member executive committee guiding the negotiations, charging that Schneiderman had undermined the group’s effort to reach a settlement.  Story continues

Energy Industry Political Allies Resist Legislative and Grassroots Efforts to End Natural Gas Hydraulic Fracturing

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Interview with Emily Wurth, water program director of Food & Water Watch, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Shale gas development has been touted as the biggest breakthrough in U.S. fossil fuel production in decades, allowing the natural gas industry to drill in areas that were previously inaccessible. Media ads claim that the process, known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the "clean, safe, domestic" power of the future. But fracking – in which millions of gallons of water, a secret mix of toxic chemicals and sand are injected into wells to break apart shale and release trapped gas – has been found to pollute ground water.  Story continues

Newly Organized Progressive Coalition Challenges Corporate-Funded Tea Party Agenda in Washington, D.C.

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Interview with Natalie Foster, CEO of Rebuild the American Dream campaign, conducted by Scott Harris


Earlier this year, Van Jones, the former Obama administration’s special adviser for Green Jobs who resigned after right-wing groups attacked his past affiliations and character, launched a new project called Rebuild the American Dream campaign. The campaign’s goal is to steer the nation away the tea party-driven austerity, tax-cut political agenda in Washington, and focus instead on strengthening working families by creating good jobs and making sure that all Americans pay their fair share of taxes.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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