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The Swampby Mark Silva There's all kinds of gracious hospitality surrounding a presidential nominating convention, and the giants of the troubled home mortgage industry - poised for some federal bailouts - say they're obligated to some parties already promised....
The Swampby Frank James Listen to both major-party presidential campaigns and you'd think right about now that neither one had very good (that is, generous) friends on Wall Street. Well, both Republican presidential nominee John McCain and his Democratic rival,...
Spin CycleA development of potentially seismic proportion in Rudy Giuliani's world: Russell Harding, son of the former mayor's political guru Ray Harding, who headed the Liberal Party, has finished his jail term on embezzlement and other charges -- carried out...
Tags: Ethics, Rudy Giuliani, Upper East Side, Intel Corp., Values
Spin CycleWith Congressional Democrats carrying Obama's water in their attacks on McCain, the GOP turns its opposition research guns on them -- and finds a target rich environment attacking the likes of Frank, Dodd and our own Chuck Schumer for......
The Swampby James Oliphant and Richard Simon Since President-elect Barack Obama laid out plans for the largest injection of federal spending into the economy since the New Deal, just about everyone has started angling for a piece of the action. With......
Spin CycleFormer Rep. Rick Lazio, a real-estate executive of JPMorgan Asset Management mulling a run for governor, is chairing a June 3 National Housing Conference gala in Washington that will honor one of his old colleagues and adversaries: the liberal......
Mayo on the Side: Broward news columnist Michael Mayo | Sun-Sentinel BlogsHypothetical question: If gas was $2.89 a gallon in March and $2.75 a gallon in April, would you say gas prices rose or fell? In my mind, that would constitute a price decline. But in the bizarre, rose-colored glasses world......
Tags: Family, Credit and Debt, Homes, Palm Beach County, Prices
Reports of the death of the McMansion appear to be greatly exaggerated. In the early days of the recession, it became the new mantra of the homebuilding industry that Americans had renounced their fondness for the ever-bigger houses that had gotten many...
"Florida is on fire," proclaimed a real estate newsletter that came my way recently. It heralded new and apparently better days for the state's homebuilding industry, which was decimated when the housing bubble burst. Florida was one of four so-called...
Even if the real estate market were in Armageddon mode, many real estate industry types could still be expected to give you an enthusiastic "yes!" if you asked them, "Is now a good time to sell my house?" But given the near-avalanche of somewhat...
First-time buyers make the housing wheel go 'round: As they segue from renting to owning, they set off the sequence of move-up purchases that, in theory, will help the overall market get well. These days, Hispanic consumers seem to be pushing that wheel...
Would you support a tax reform measure that could help reduce the federal deficit, remove a needless distortion in the economy and make the system fairer? Me too, which is why I'm taking aim at a sacred cow: the home mortgage interest deduction. That'...
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