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Yesterday I had two reference photo shoots for book covers I'm working on. That means a train ride to the city. Here's a medley of ball point pen on newsprint doodles I did along the way. In The Heights wins the Tony Award for Best Musical Chris Dodd, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, accepts sweetheart loan from Countrywide. Gore backs Obama. Governor of NY to tap Richie Kessel to run NY Power Authority. CIA Director Hayden likens Iraq to Vietnam. ...

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Last year 2.2 million Americans filed for foreclosure. Predator lenders were making risky loans at a level never before seen. Wall Street was packaging said loans into securities and spreading the risk across the entire economy. The CEO of Counrtywide, the nations largest mortgage lender, sold 138 million dollars of Countrywide stock in an eight month period right before the price of the stock tanked by 80%. Were our leaders looking the other way? Last week the story of how Jim Johnson, as CEO of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae for short) accepted millions of dollars in sweetheart loans from Countrywide Mortgage at below market interest rates. Now Senator Kent Conrad, head of the Senate Budget Committee admits he unknowingly accepted a sweetheart loan from Countrywide and wants to atone by giving 10,500 dollars to charity. Counrtywide is being tight lipped abou ...

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