David Dayen

A Liberal Lion With No Roar
How the Senate has frustrated Jeff Merkley
July 11, 2013

In another time, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley would have a list of liberal accomplishments a mile long.

Unnatural Disaster
How mortgage servicers are strong-arming the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado (among others)
June 17, 2013

On May 20, a massive EF5 tornado whipped through heavily populated Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 and injuring nearly 400. That tragedy has now shifted into the drudgery of recovery.

Jamie Dimon Blackmailed His Own Bank—and Won
May 22, 2013

By threatening to resign as CEO, the JPMorgan honcho gave shareholders no choice but to keep him as chairman as well.

Guerrillas in the Boardroom
Shareholder activists are getting smarter—and could soon claim their biggest scalp
May 14, 2013

Shareholder activists are getting smarter—and could soon claim their biggest scalp.

Newark's Terrible New Foreclosure Fix Idea
Activists in the city think eminent domain can save their neighborhoods
May 08, 2013

Activists in the city think eminent domain can save their neighborhoods—but the plan would never work.

Fannie and Freddie Are Stronger Than Ever
The reviled companies are the only players in the secondary mortgage market
April 04, 2013

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-backed guarantors of residential mortgages, hold a particularly reviled place in our political culture.

Does Climate Change Skew Jobs Data?
Why February's great report may be overstated
March 11, 2013

Why February's growth may be overstated.

Your New Landlord Works on Wall Street
Hedge funds are snatching up rental homes at an alarming rate
February 12, 2013

Hedge funds are snatching up rental homes at an alarming rate—and a new bubble may be forming.

Back from the Brink
Progressives have achieved the impossible: They balanced California's books
January 28, 2013

California's budget woes were supposed to be unsolvable. But a coalition of progressives has finally brought order to the state's books.

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