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Income inequality in the early 20th century (and now)

Beverly Gage, associate professor of 20th-century U.S. history at Yale University, has a fascinating post at Slate about the Commission on Industrial Relations created by President William Howard Taft in 1912 near the end of his term to address the growing fears of a…

James Fallows on Obama

James Fallows of the Atlantic has a 12,000 word piece that takes a thoughtful look at Barack Obama as the end of his first term approaches, comparing and contrasting him with his predecessors and trying to assess his strengths and…

The weekly TSA report

Parade de Cirque (Circus Sideshow), 1887-88. Georges Seurat, French (Metropolitan Museum) Here is what’s on the TSA’s list of accomplishments for the period between January 30th and February 5th, 2012. 1 artfully concealed prohibited item found at checkpoints 17 firearms found at…

Foreclosure fraud: forgery charges against DocX in Missouri

Last week a Missouri grand jury handed up an 136-count indictment accusing DocX  of forgery. DocX, a now-closed unit of Lender Processing Services of Jacksonville, Florida, was one of the largest companies that provided home foreclosure services to lenders across the…

FDA whistleblowers file lawsuit

Six people, who were part of a review committee for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have filed a suit in federal court alleging that the agency retaliated against them because they tried to expose flaws in the process for…

Foreclosure fraud: Fannie Mae ignored warnings for years

In 2003, Nye Lavelle, a rich Florida businessman who had spent years investigating the mortgage industry following his own experience with foreclosure on a family-owned property, made a list of what he found wrong and shared it with the nation’s…