FROM Shahien Nasiripour
The President's Latest Message: 'There's No Time to Lose' With a sense of urgency, President Obama has announced a host of new financial regulations . His stated goals are to protect retirement accounts, make big corporations pay their taxes, and bolster organized labor. Business interests and Republicans call it a "regulatory rampage" -- but disappointed progressives say he's waited too long. Stakes include the legacy of the Obama Administration. In this week's address to the people, the President highlighted two of the new regulations he's imposed to make financial advisors responsible to their clients and to stop corporations from merging with foreign companies to avoid US taxes. During a news conference last week, he explained, "When companies exploit loopholes like this it makes it harder to invest in the things that make the economy work for future generations. It sticks the rest of us with the tab and makes hard working Americans feel like the deck is stacked against them"
Five Biggest Mortgage Firms Accused of Fraud America's five largest mortgage companies are accused of defrauding taxpayers in their handling of home foreclosures. Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Ally Financial are collectively holding three out of every five home loans. The accusations arise from audits by the Department of Housing and Urban Development . That's according to Shahien Nasiripour of the Huffington Post .
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Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.