DoJ Settles – Again – With Countrywide on Fair Lending Claim

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 12:57 pm

The Department of Justice has announced a $335 million settlement with Countrywide, the former subprime mortgage giant now subsumed into Bank of America, on claims of housing discrimination. The Justice Department on Wednesday announced the largest residential fair-lending settlement in history, saying that Bank of America had agreed to pay $335 million to settle allegations [...]

Arpaio Cited By DoJ for Unconstitutional Policing

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 10:15 am

In a stinging report, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division released their findings of a two-year investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, showing that he unfairly targeted Latinos and discriminated against them at the expense of other crimes in his jurisdiction, including sexual assault crimes. After an investigation that lasted more than two years, [...]

DoJ Civil Rights Division Investigating Wells Fargo for Mortgage Fraud

By: Wednesday July 27, 2011 10:11 am

Many observers have noted that one of the few bright spots in the Justice Department under Barack Obama has been the Civil Rights division, under the direction of Thomas Perez. They have restored that division to its core mission of protecting minorities. So it’s no surprise that they, not the new financial fraud task force, [...]

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Speaks Out on Obama’s Immigration Policies

By: Wednesday June 22, 2011 12:09 pm

People have been mesmerized today by writer Jose Antonio Vargas’ revelation in a New York Times Magazine piece that he is an undocumented immigrant. He didn’t find this out until he tried to get a driver’s license on his 16th birthday, and he was told that his papers were fake. In fact, he was smuggled [...]

Obama Administration Transforming DoJ Civil Rights Division

By: Wednesday June 1, 2011 12:49 pm

There are plenty of areas where the Obama Administration has dashed hopes and failed to live up to expectations. However, while I’m not an expert on the reorganization of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, two recent stories by reporters I respect make it seem that things are moving in a positive direction. [...]

Gay Marriage “Inevitable,” Says Vice President Biden

By: Friday December 24, 2010 12:36 pm

It’s pretty clear that when the President talks about his views on marriage equality as “evolving,” as he has in recent days, he’s not talking about his actual views, but the political climate. Obama supported gay marriage in 1996 when he ran for the Illinois State Senate. He continues to support gay civil unions and [...]

Haley Barbour’s White Citizen’s Council Revisionism

By: Monday December 20, 2010 10:32 am

It’s a slow news day, so I might as well join the chorus in talking about Haley Barbour’s revisionist history. He claims that Yazoo City, Mississippi, his hometown, was an island of indifference amid a sea of racial intolerance in the Deep South. Both Mr. Mott and Mr. Kelly had told me that Yazoo City [...]

Paul’s Race-Baiting Has Deep Roots

By: Saturday May 22, 2010 4:51 pm

The benefit of this Rand Paul escapade is that his sincerely held views are on full display, and thus the ideology of the “liberty” movement gets a serious airing for the first time. But it’s not like anyone should be surprised by these views. Paul’s father said almost verbatim the same thing on Meet the [...]

Rand Paul’s Civil Rights Blunder

By: Thursday May 20, 2010 7:20 am

This interview with Rachel Maddow is what Rand Paul will face for the next six months. And if he continues with these kinds of performances, he’ll show the ugly side of the liberty movement has has cultivated. Here’s a representative quote: If you decide that restaurants are publicly owned and not privately owned, then do [...]

Republicans Can Be Shamed Into Denouncing Slavery

By: Thursday April 8, 2010 6:40 am

On Tuesday, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell caused a stir by designating April Confederate History Month for the first time in the state in eight years. In particular, McDonnell, a far-right conservative who paraded as a moderate during the 2009 gubernatorial election, angered many by neglecting to even mention slavery in his announcement. McDonnell apparently went [...]

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