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Thursday, May 24, 2018

JPMorgan Faces Suit Over $10 Bn In Mortgage Bonds

A NY federal judge dismissed JPMorgan Chase’s objections to a lawsuit filed in 2009 that accused the bank of “packaging mortgages into the bonds that did not meet stated underwriting standards, had false appraisals, and false loan-to-value ratios.”

October 1, 2014

Russia, Europe Differ On Diplomatic Path Out Of Ukraine Crisis

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Diplomatic efforts to quell violence in Ukraine hit an impasse Tuesday, with the visiting German foreign minister warning against interference with the country’s May 25 presidential election and his Russian counterpart saying there will be no peace until Ukraine’s interim leaders agree to negotiate with the […]

May 13, 2014

Europe In Fresh Push For Talks On Ukraine Crisis

Kiev (AFP) – Europe stepped up diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine Tuesday, with the German foreign minister in Kiev pushing authorities and pro-Moscow rebels to come together at the negotiating table. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s efforts came amid guarded optimism after the OSCE East-West security body said Moscow supported its road […]

May 13, 2014

Spanish PM Hails ‘Rebuilt’ Economy

Madrid (AFP) – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy boasted of a “rebuilt” economy Thursday as fresh data showed the nation’s strongest growth rate since a job-wrecking 2008 property crash. The eurozone’s fourth-largest economy expanded by 0.4 percent on a quarterly basis in the first three months of 2014, the sharpest increase in six years, the […]

April 24, 2014

Biden Arrives In Ukraine As Militants Seize More Buildings In East

By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Vice President Joe Biden on Monday embarked on a mission to show U.S. support for Ukraine’s embattled interim leaders as pro-Russia gunmen took over more government buildings in eastern Ukraine and the Kremlin’s top diplomat blamed Washington for the growing crisis. Biden […]

April 22, 2014

Let’s Just Call Them The “Deadbeat Party”

As I write, it’s impossible to guess how the latest made-for-TV partisan crisis in Washington will end. We’ve reached the point where the president of the United States felt he needed to deliver a prime-time speech essentially defending the post-Enlightenment values of reason, evidence and compromise against an obscurantist movement more like a religious cult […]

July 28, 2011