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Monday, April 13, 2009

Great Recession Roundup — April 13, 2009

Items of Interest:

Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Tea Parties Forever -- This is a column about Republicans — and I’m not sure I should even be writing it.

Today’s G.O.P. is, after all, very much a minority party. It retains some limited ability to obstruct the Democrats, but has no ability to make or even significantly shape policy.

Beyond that, Republicans have become embarrassing to watch. And it doesn’t feel right to make fun of crazy people. Better, perhaps, to focus on the real policy debates, which are all among Democrats...

discussion:
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel: The Tea Party Movement: Who's In Charge?
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NY Times:
‘Surgical’ Bankruptcy Possible for G.M. -- The Treasury Department is directing General Motors to lay the groundwork for a bankruptcy filing by a June 1 deadline, despite G.M.’s public contention that it could still reorganize outside court, people with knowledge of the plans said during the weekend...

The goal is to prepare for a fast “surgical” bankruptcy, the people who had been briefed on the plans said. G.M., which has been granted $13.4 billion in federal aid, insists that a quick restructuring is necessary so its image and sales are not damaged permanently.
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USAToday.com:
Average college credit card debt rises with fees, tuition -- As college costs soar, students are charging more educational expenses to plastic, helping boost credit card debt to record levels...
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OptionARMageddon:
Housing Crisis Slideshow: “Why There is More Pain to Come” -- [the] argument, that there is more pain to come, is based on mortgage reset/recast schedules. We’ve come through the worst of the subprime default wave, but Alt-A, Option ARM and Jumbo Prime still loom. Not to mention Commercial Real Estate...

The authors of the slideshow have a book coming out in May, More Mortgage Meltdown.


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Calculated Risk

MishTalk - Mike Shedlock

Paul Krugman - NY Times

The Big Picture - Barry Ritholtz

naked capitalism - Yves Smith

Pragmatic Capitalism

Washington's Blog

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