– The Watchdog Protecting Consumers May Be Too Effective – the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is doing good work, so of course Republicans want to cripple it. Sigh.
– Republicans Are Moving to Scrap Rules That Limit Overdraft Fees – I think it’s cute that Gruber thinks this should be a bipartisan issue. Sadly, when there’s big business on one side and poor people on the other, often Republicans will help big business.
– Barney Frank: Here’s how to not waste your time pressuring lawmakers – good advice that largely lines up with the Indivisible Guide. But it’s good to hear it confirmed by a former representative!
– Here’s what really caused the housing crisis – it wasn’t lending to low-income households… (thanks David!)
– A Tax Overhaul Would Be Great in Theory. Here’s Why It’s So Hard in Practice. – path dependency is a big deal.
– The Puzzling Popularity of Back Surgery in Certain Regions – seems to be based on physician preferences.
– When ‘The Simpsons’ Came Out of the Closet – neat! Interesting to see that the episode (which I didn’t see until a while after it aired originally) was a pretty big deal at the time.
– 11 Amazing Hotels for Book Lovers – someday… (although that Alice in Wonderland one looks kinda creepy)
– The horror of blimps – hah!