FROM Peter Ticktin
Robo-Signers, Foreclosures and the Battered Housing Market More than 100,000 home mortgages were foreclosed in the month of September, a national record. At the same time, foreclosure fraud is so widespread it threatens economic recovery.
Home Foreclosures and Economic Recovery For the first time in a single month, September saw more than 100,000 home foreclosures . Foreclosure sales are now one-third of the housing market. At the same time, the attorneys general of all 50 states are investigating claims of foreclosure fraud by the entire banking industry. Where is Washington? Is it time for a foreclosure moratorium, or would that bring a grinding halt to the housing market and a threat to economic recovery? We hear the details of foreclosure fraud and why lending practices mean that nobody knows who really own millions of houses.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?