12:00am

Wed June 27, 2012
Crisis In The Housing Market

Morale Takes A Hit At Beleaguered Fannie, Freddie

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 3:47 pm

Created by the federal government during the Great Depression, Fannie Mae became a Washington powerhouse: a highly profitable, private company, protected by the government and boasting huge lobbying clout. But today, Fannie Mae has essentially become a ward of the state.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

The collapse of the housing market has led to plenty of finger-pointing in Washington. Two easy targets are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

These government-backed mortgage giants had to be rescued by taxpayers and now owe the government $188 billion. Still, Fannie and Freddie, which currently make the vast majority of home loans possible, are crucial to supporting the housing market right now.

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12:00am

Wed June 27, 2012
Poverty

Today on Your Call: What will it take to reverse the trend of deep poverty in the United States?

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Peter Edelman, author of So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America.  The latest census data shows that 46 million Americans ae now living in poverty. At the same time, social safety nets are being dismantled. Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. What will it take to seriously tackle this issue? It’s Your Call, with Holly Kernan and You.

Guest:

Peter Edelman, author of So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America.

Resources:

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8:00pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Remembrances

Ephron: From 'Silkwood' To 'Sally,' A Singular Voice

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 2:59 pm

Author and screenwriter Nora Ephron died Tuesday in New York. She was 71.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Nora Ephron brought us two of the most indelible scenes in contemporary cinema — and they're startlingly different.

There's the infamous "Silkwood shower," from the 1983 movie, with Meryl Streep as a terrified worker at a nuclear power plant, being frantically scrubbed after exposure to radiation.

Then there's the scene in which Meg Ryan drives home a point to Billy Crystal at Katz's Deli, in 1989's When Harry Met Sally. You know — the one that ends with "I'll have what she's having."

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7:03pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Sweetness And Light

The Man Who Painted Sport, Bright and Beautiful

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 9:44 am

Artist LeRoy Neiman, who died last week at 91, signs serigraphs of baseball's Mike Piazza (left) in 2000.
Kathy Willens AP

Framed in my library is a sketch that LeRoy Neiman dashed off of me on the back of a menu, when he was watching me speak several years ago. LeRoy, who died the other day, was somewhat better known for another sketch, the "nymphette" that has appeared in Playboy since 1955 — but, of course, he's ever famous for simply being our most celebrated sports artist.

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6:59pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Superintendwents Message

Superintendents Message

Outgoing Superintendent Carlos Garcia delivers his final message 6/26/12

6:52pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Book Talk

Book Talk July 1, 2012

Frank Deford

Alan talks with Frank Deford about his memoir, "Over Time - My Life as a Sportswriter.

5:56pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 26, 2012

Caltrain engineers coping with suicides, what the UC system can learn from Chile about its rising costs, a jazz perspective on Sue Terry, and local musician A Girl Named T.

4:45pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Transportation

Caltrain engineer talks about coping with track deaths

In the past six weeks, five people have died on Caltrain tracks, hit by trains that could not stop in time to avoid them. Every year, an average of 12 people die on Caltrain tracks, and most are suicides. This is a small percentage of suicide deaths each year – only about one percent of suicides in the U.S. are by train.

Caltrain has built 10-foot fences along much of the route, commissioned studies about location and prevention, put up signs with suicide hotline numbers along its tracks, and partnered with mental health agencies. But it is a tragic problem that persists.

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4:25pm

Tue June 26, 2012
U.S.

Future Murky For Arizona's Immigration Law

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 4:27 pm

A defiant Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio answers questions about the Justice Department's lawsuit against him during a news conference in Phoenix last month.
Ross D. Franklin AP

As Arizona officials prepare to apply the one provision of the state's immigration law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, some local authorities doubt they can properly enforce it.

"We will do our best to enforce the law. But we are in uncharted territory on this issue," Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said in a statement released by the Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit organization of police chiefs. The group says the law "will seriously undermine local law enforcement."

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3:49pm

Tue June 26, 2012
The Two-Way

'Guardian' Publishes More Allegations Of Collusion In Mexican Presidential Race

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 4:01 pm

Student protesters stage a demonstration front of Mexico's Federal Election Commission on Tuesday in Mexico City.
John Moore Getty Images

Two big pieces of news in Mexico's presidential race today:

-- A new poll finds that the PRI's Enrique Peña Nieto has maintained a big lead over his rivals Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Josefina Vázquez Mota. The election is this Sunday and a few polls before this one showed Obrador had narrowed the gap.

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