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One of the sharpest lines of attack against the Obama Administration’s response to the financial crisis is that they over-prioritized saving banks instead of keeping the housing market from collapsing — more than half of the qualified 1.6 million people who originally took advantage of its 2009 housing assistance program have already dropped out — and it looks like they are finally trying to publicly make clear that they need to address the problem.

On Wednesday, President Obama admitted that he “needed to go back to the drawing board” to better deal with the ongoing foreclosure crisis, and so on Thursday he took a first step in making good on that promise. Starting next month, unemployed homeowners will be allowed to miss their monthly mortgage payments for a year. The guarantee by the Federal Housing Administration won’t apply to more than a quarter of existing to mortgages, but the hope is that the move will get Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — the two government entities that back 90% of all mortgages — to take it easier on people struggling to make their payments.

“Our hope is that this will have broader effects,” said Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan during a conference call, according to the AP.

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Fort Worth Police at the scene of a violent crime.

Photo by Brandon Harer (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

If you're worried by the rise in violent crime — a real and troubling phenomenon — don't ask Republicans for solutions. All they can offer is a blame game that relies on dubious cherry-picked data. To get their message, just glance at Breitbart.com, the home of hard-right hackery: "Violent Crime Surges 25 Percent in 2021 With Democrats in Washington." You can find dozens of similar headlines across right-wing platforms, which invariably announce "skyrocketing crime rates in Dem-run cities." (Stay tuned for grainy video of a disturbing attack.)

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GOP Senate Campaign Chief Blasts 17 Colleagues Who Support Infrastructure Deal

Reprinted with permission from American Independent

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) scolded 17 of his Republican colleagues on Thursday for helping Democrats pass "reckless spending." But as chair of the party's campaign arm, it's his job to get them re-elected.

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