By David Freddoso

Barack Obama is casting quite a few stones over today’s financial crisis. He blames deregulation (wrong) and greed (partly right). But if he wants to know how the current economic crisis unfolded, he might want to look instead at his own campaign team. Not only does it contain two former CEOs of Fannie Mae -- the government-backed actor that caused most of today’s problems in the secondary mortgage market -- but it also includes a banker whose strategy of aggressive subprime lending caused a bank to collapse, according to federal regulators.

Penny Pritzker was that banker, and she currently serves as Obama’s national finance chairwoman. She has been a supporter of Obama ever since the summer of 2002, when she first agreed to help finance his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign. She is also one of America’s wealthiest women, coming from the family that owns the Hyatt hotel chain. In her family, they don’t fight over the remote control. They fight over who took a billion dollars from whose trust fund -- this was literally the subject of an intra-family lawsuit in 2002.

Aside from the money she has raised from others on Obama’s behalf, Penny Pritzker’s family contributed roughly $39,000 to his 2004 Senate campaign. They have continued their generosity toward his presidential effort, giving some $48,000 in all as of this summer.

Pritzker was chairwoman of the board for her family’s bank, Superior Bank FSB, until 1994, when she became director of its holding company. In 1993, she had overseen the fateful decision to adopt a new business strategy of aggressive subprime lending. The bank would actually come in for some criticism for this on the Left -- in 2000, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) sent a letter to federal bank regulators to alert them to Superior’s subprime lending practices, accusing the bank of poor risk management and of targeting minorities for subprime loans at a rate that far exceeded other financial institutions.

They were at least right about the poor risk management. But as Superior neared collapse in May 2001, Pritzker penned a letter promising to “once again restore Superior's leadership position in subprime lending.” Superior’s collapse that July caused 1,400 people to part of their savings, and prompted a $750 million bailout by the FDIC. Such bailouts do not directly affect taxpayers, but they do ultimately create extra costs for all banks and bank customers.

The subprime strategy that Pritzker had endorsed was a major part of the problem leading to the bank’s insolvency, according to the federal Office of Thrift Supervision. As that government agency reported at the time:

Superior Bank suffered as a result of its former high-risk business strategy, which was focused on the generation of significant volumes of subprime mortgage and automobile loans for securitization and sale in the secondary market.

The FDIC places much of the responsibility for the collapse on the board and managers at Superior, saying they “ignored sound risk-management principles and failed to adequately oversee Superior's operations.” The Pritzkers agreed to pay a $460 million settlement—$100 million up front, and the rest (without interest) over a period of 15 years. According to the Associated Press, the Pritzkers’ settlement “barred government action against the owners,” who “admitted no liability.”

In April 2008, Pritzker told USA Today: “I regret that Superior Bank failed.” She went on, “My family voluntarily agreed to pay the FDIC $460 million … without litigation or any allegation by federal regulators of wrongdoing. I am proud of how my family responded to this situation.”

In other words, she was proud that her bank had returned some of her customers’ money. For even after the large legal settlement and the FDIC bailout, some 1,400 account holders came up $10 million short, on aggregate. The Chicago Sun-Times quoted one of the people who lost money, a 63-year-old woman who had unfortunately deposited her retirement savings in Superior just before the collapse: “They still owe me $113,000,” she said.

Aggressive subprime lending is an important component of the economic crisis we currently face. So when you hear Barack Obama discuss the current problems, don’t forget that his campaign’s top money-woman was one of the actors in this drama, who gambled in the subprime mortgage market, and lost millions for her bank customers.

David Freddoso, a staff reporter for National Review Online. This essay is based on a section from Chapter 11 of his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media’s Favorite Candidate.

On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

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