Cuomo denies taking a ‘step back’ on fracking

Briefing: Cuomo and staff in Syracuse. (Dennis Nett via Post-Standard Syracuse)
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Washington

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he expects other lawyers on the federal mortgage task force to bring suits too. [Nick Reisman]

A blogger argues that bringing civil suits, and getting small settlements, "reinforces President Obama’s story that the banks didn’t do anything illegal and it’s too hard to go after them." [Matt Browner Hamlin]

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