Tornadoes, extreme weather tear through southern Plains

Extreme weather continued to batter huge swaths of the Midwest and the southern Plains on Tuesday, leaving survivors just grateful they weren’t killed or seriously injured. A tree crashed through the home More »

MBS RECAP: Bonds Make Good on Threats of Weakness

Bonds have been threatening to end their pleasantly surprising stint of gains over the past few weeks on each of the past 4 business days.  Yesterday’s weakness was technically enough to start More »

MBS RECAP: Bonds Make Good on Threats of Weakness

Bonds have been threatening to end their pleasantly surprising stint of gains over the past few weeks on each of the past 4 business days.  Yesterday’s weakness was technically enough to start More »

Together again? Kristen Stewart reunites with ex Stella Maxwell

Together again? Kristen Stewart had dinner with her ex-girlfriend Stella Maxwell on Monday, May 20. The former couple stepped out for a low-key night in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles More »

Together again? Kristen Stewart reunites with ex Stella Maxwell

Together again? Kristen Stewart had dinner with her ex-girlfriend Stella Maxwell on Monday, May 20. The former couple stepped out for a low-key night in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles More »

Tornadoes, extreme weather tear through southern Plains

Extreme weather continued to batter huge swaths of the Midwest and the southern Plains on Tuesday, leaving survivors just grateful they weren’t killed or seriously injured.

A tree crashed through the home of Lisa Watson, but the Tulsa, Oklahoma, mom said she couldn’t care less about property damage as long as her family was safe.

“I’m just trying to take a breath. It was so scary. I just thank God we’re all OK,” Watson said, her voice quivering in an interview with NBC affiliate KJRH. “That’s all that matters is we have our lives. Thank God for that.”

She added: “You can replace your home and your cars, not your family.”

Watson recounted the terrifying, early morning moments when she and her husband realized they needed to take cover.

“Yes, we were in bed and then the alarms were going off, so my husband and me, the first thing to do was get the kids,” Watson recalled. “We got the kids, made sure they were OK, and then we got them and put them in the hallway. We got blankets and put it on top of us and just huddled together and stayed and prayed.”

Residents of the southwestern Oklahoma town of Mangum were picking up the pieces Tuesday from a tornado that struck Monday. While there was property damage in the rural community, somehow the livestock survived.

“The pigs are walking around wondering what happened to their house,” Greer County Emergency Management Director Glynadee Edwards said.

Strong winds, downpours and hail were forecast for Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois on Tuesday.

Much of the Sooner State was under a flash flood warning.

A woman in Oklahoma City desperately held on to tree branches as fast-rushing waters overtook N.W. 178th Street and Council Road.

A helicopter for NBC affiliate KFOR captured the dramatic momentsat about 10 a.m. local time when bystanders used tow rope and jumper cables to pull the woman to safety.

Marissa Whitman, 20, wades in about 3 feet of floodwater from the swelling Mississippi River, while guiding a boat carrying her boyfriend Brendan Cameron and his mother, Tory Cameron, to their home along Pet Street, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in East Foley, Mo. “I just need to see if the water reached inside,” said Tory. The family had to evacuate Saturday when the water rose suddenly. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

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‘RHOBH’: Lisa Vanderpump slammed for ‘transphobic’ comment about Erika Jayne

Lisa Vanderpump is under fire once again, this time for a comment she made about fellow cast member Erika Jayne on this week’s episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

During the episode that aired on Tuesday night, Vanderpump took part in a self-elected lie detector test to attempt to prove to both viewers and her cast mates that she didn’t plant a story in Radar Online about co-star Dorit Kemsley and a dog that she adopted from Vanderpump Dogs. In a confessional segment that was edited into the scene, Vanderpump declared her innocence and said that there are “some things” that she “can’t lie about.”

“Just don’t ask me if Erika’s tucking it under, or something like that, because there are some things I can’t lie about,” Vanderpump quipped, alluding a practice commonly used by trans women.

SEE ALSO: Will Lisa Vanderpump attend the ‘RHOBH’ reunion? Andy Cohen gives an update (Exclusive)

Almost immediately after it aired, viewers took to Twitter to air out their distaste for Vanderpump’s comment, which many called “transphobic.”

“Who knew Lvp was transphobic? Well, we know NOW,” cast member Lisa Rinna, who is one of Vanderpump’s most outspoken critics, tweeted.

“Oof. Making transphobic jokes is soooo not cool, even if you are someone who does a lot for the LGBTQ+ community. Know better. Be better,” People writer Dave Quinn tweeted. “Or maybe transphobic jokes is just part of that British humor thing she talks about all the time?”

Actress Candis Cayne, who is trans herself, also spoke out against Vanderpump’s comment with a tweet of her own that included a clip of the moment in question. It’s worth noting that Jayne retweeted Cayne’s post.

“Oh come on @lisavanderpump joking about @erikajayne ‘tucking,'” she wrote. “Ugly Trans jokes marginalizing our community are not acceptable. Being an ally doesn’t give you a free pass To make transphobic remarks. Do better.”

SEE ALSO: Kyle Richards explains what made her Lisa Vanderpump feud ‘so much worse’ (Exclusive)

Both Quinn and Cayne made sure to mention that Vanderpump has a long history of using her platform as a reality star and successful restauranteur celebrating the LGBTQ community, but noted that that doesn’t excuse any disparaging remarks about said community.

Lisa Vanderpump has yet to respond to the backlash she received for the comment.

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Pelosi Remarks on Centennial of House Passage of the 19th Amendment

Washington D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks at a reception in Statuary Hall to celebrate the 100th anniversary of House passage of the 19th Amendment, on May 21, 1919.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

Speaker Pelosi.  Good afternoon!  Yes, indeed, this afternoon is very much a cause for celebration and cheering for what happened 100 years ago today in the House of Representatives.  I want to thank the U.S. Army String Quartet for making it so pleasant for us.

[Applause]

I am honored to be here with Leader McCarthy and bipartisan Members of Congress, mostly our women Members of Congress.  We salute our Co-Chairs of our Bipartisan Caucus for Women’s Issues, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence and Congresswoman Debbie Lesko.

[Applause]

And let us welcome Cokie Roberts, a trailblazing force for women in journalism and her daughter, Rebecca, an outstanding journalist in her own right, writing about women.

[Applause]

As many women Members know, the Lindy Boggs Room, the only room named after a woman in the Capitol, is named for Cokie’s lovely mother and Rebecca’s grandmother, Lindy Boggs.  Let us thank Lindy Boggs for her leadership.

[Applause]

Further acknowledgments – we thank the Bipartisan Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission for their leadership to educate the American public about the suffrage movement.  We are honored to have Kay Coles James, the Chair of the Committee, Senator Barbara Mikulski, the Vice Chair and Rebecca Kleefisch, the Executive Director, here with us today.  Let us acknowledge them.

[Applause]

And to each and every one of you, I could name you all for the contributions you make in expanding freedom and opportunity in our country, especially today as we acknowledge that for women.

How wonderful it is to see so many yellow roses, bright in this room – such a beautiful symbol of the courage of the men and women who fought for and won the right to vote.  We are all inspired by the purple ribbons that we see, a lovely tribute to the unsung women of color who led the march for suffrage for all women.

Emancipation Hall, as you may know, a few years ago, we installed a bronze bust for Sojourner Truth, commemorating her immeasurable contributions to the cause of equality and that of all women of color who fought for suffrage.  We are pleased to see Sojourner Truth take her rightful place in the Capitol along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Susan B. Anthony.

Here we are, 100 years since that eventful day since suffragettes succeeded in having that resolution pass the House of Represenatives.  And here we are, 100 years after that day with over 100 women serving in the Congress of the United States.

[Applause]

That’s pretty exciting!  Almost as rowdy as the suffragettes themselves.  We welcome all of the Members of Congress present and former and, especially, the women Members.

So, 100 years ago, that resolution, the House passage of the 19th Amendment passed the House.  Earlier today, we passed a resolution observing that historic vote.  In two weeks, the Senate will pass their resolution, 100 years since the passage in the Senate.  And then, states across the nation will join in celebrations for the ratification through next August – one hundred years since the 19th Amendment.  So, for about a year and a half, we will be hard at work celebrating the passage of the 19th Amendment.

When this Amendment first passed – the press wrote, ‘Women Given the Right to Vote.’  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  Women weren’t given anything.  Women earned, worked for, marched, fought, starved, were starved, sacrificed everything for expanding freedom in our country.

Since the birth of our democracy, women have not waited for change, but have worked for change.  Now, we stand on the shoulders of suffragettes, we call them suffragists now, as we fight to protect the sacred right to be heard at the ballot box for all Americans.

The promise of suffrage remains unfulfilled until every woman can exercise the right to vote – every American really.  Thank you all for your leadership.  To those who are helping us commemorate it, for a brighter, more equal America and thank you for the joy that your presence brings to this celebration today.

Just think back 100 years when that vote took place in this House of Representatives, I do believe that any one of us has served or is serving now are colleagues to those women – well, the men who made the vote there – for women to have the right to vote.  Think of the cheers that went up in the gallery.

Now, let us welcome the distinguished Leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, Congressman Kevin McCarthy of the great state of California.  Thank you all!

 

Article source: https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/52119-3/

Pelosi, Schumer Joint Statement on Budget Caps Negotiations

Newsroom

May 21, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Today, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement after a meeting with Congressional leaders and Trump Administration officials to discuss budget caps negotiations: 

“Democrats are committed to working on a bipartisan basis to avert devastating cuts of the sequester.  We continue to insist that there be parity in increases between defense and non-defense, and that we adequately fund critical domestic priorities, including the Census and our commitments to our heroic veterans.

“Conversations among the Congressional leaders and Trump Administration officials were productive. We look forward to continuing to meet to discuss how we can best address the needs of hard-working families, as we again work across the aisle to avert sequestration.”

Article source: https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/52119-4/

Pelosi, Schumer Joint Statement in Advance of White House Infrastructure Meeting

Newsroom

May 22, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi issued this statement in advance of Wednesday’s meeting with the White House on a $2 trillion infrastructure plan::

“Three weeks ago, we were pleased to have had a productive meeting with the President, during which he agreed to a $2 trillion plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure and to provide ideas for pay-fors.  On Wednesday, we look forward to hearing the President’s plan for how to pay for this package.

“In our conversations with the President, Democrats will continue to insist on our principles: that any plan we support be big, bold and bipartisan; that it be comprehensive, future-focused, green and resilient; and that it be a jobs and ownership-boost with strong Buy America, labor, and women, veteran and minority-owned business protections.

“America has an historic opportunity to forge the infrastructure of the future, and an urgent responsibility to create good-paying jobs, promote commerce, protect public health and public safety, and improve quality of life.  The American people demand and deserve transformative action – and Democrats are proud to work to deliver results in their lives.”

 

Article source: https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/52119-5/

In mortgages, these banks zigged while many others zagged

Several banks have revved adult efforts in debt lending, even as others have headed for a exits.

University Bancorp in Ann Arbor, Mich., Colony Bancorp in Fitzgerald, Ga., and KeyPoint Credit Union in Santa Clara, Calif., are among a lenders that are possibly shopping debt operations or employing personnel.

Efforts to build scale are holding place during a time when altogether debt income is down, regulations are severe and nonbank foe continues to feverishness up. Profit per loan was cut in half final year, to $367, according to a Mortgage Bankers Association.

Still, some banks trust there is opportunity, including a $267 million-asset University Bancorp.

The association recently bought certain resources and brought on 52 employees from Huron Valley Financial, a secretly hold debt bank. The understanding gave University an entrance indicate into indiscriminate and retreat mortgages.

“The final dual months have been comprehensive records,” Stephen Lange Ranzini, University’s boss and CEO, pronounced in an interview. “We’ll substantially tighten $100 million of loans this month for a initial time ever.”

The company’s University Lending Group division, that operates nationwide, originated $875 million in mortgages final year. Powered by debt lending, a association projects that a altogether distinction will scarcely triple in 2019 from a year earlier, to $6.4 million.

University could have done some-more loans if not for a housing necessity in a home market.

“We’ve given $60 million of preapprovals, though people can’t find houses,” Ranzini said.

The $1.3 billion-asset Colony Bancorp also became desirous in a bid to benefit scale, similar final month to buy a debt lending business of Planters First Bank in Cordele, Ga.

The pierce should boost Colony’s annual debt fad volume over $200 million, T. Heath Fountain, a company’s boss and CEO, pronounced in a press recover announcing a deal.

Efforts to strech Fountain for additional criticism were unsuccessful.

The $1.3 billion-asset KeyPoint Credit Union hired Michele Murphy, a maestro Bay Area debt lender, to enhance a home lending operations. KeyPoint, that originated $148 million in mortgages final year, wants Murphy to sinecure some-more lenders.

KeyPoint is inspire by continued low unemployment. At a same time, northern California’s housing register increasing by double digits final year, and a series of rarely competent debt lenders have turn accessible after their employers scaled back.

“Based on a conditions we’re seeing, a event is still there,” pronounced David Luu, KeyPoint’s arch credit officer. “We feel a genuine estate marketplace is returning to normalcy.”

KeyPoint’s margin of membership includes several distinguished record firms and organizations, along with a far-reaching swath of executive and southern California, so it has copiousness of room to expand.

“Our idea is to enhance over a internal area,” Luu said. “We wish to support a members wherever they are.”

Some of a banks that are bulking adult have struggled to boost mortgage-related income as refinance activity has slowed.

At a $3.6 billion-asset Mercantile Bancorp, income from debt banking activities fell by 7% final year from a year earlier, to $4.1 million. However, a Grand Rapids, Mich., association has requisitioned some-more loans in each entertain given it entered a business in May 2016. First-quarter debt income totaled $1.1 million, adult 20% from a year earlier.

Mercantile, that hired 3 debt lenders in a initial quarter, believes volume will continue to increase. Like University, a association warned in a quarterly filing with a Securities and Exchange Commission that it sees a “headwinds of an ongoing housing register shortage.”

Other appearing factors could means expanding lenders to rethink their strategies, with law and nonbank foe heading a charge.

“You have 3,000 sovereign and state fad and servicing requirements,” Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase’s authority and CEO, said during final month’s gain discussion call. “It is litigious. You only demeanour during history, we can see that. Nonbanks [are] apropos outrageous competitors and they don’t have a same regulations.”

The regulatory weight could turn heavier if a stream grant from a order capping debt-to-income levels during 43% for competent mortgages is authorised to finish during a finish of 2021, pronounced Robert Broeksmit, boss of a Mortgage Bankers Association.

“Unless these problems are fixed, we fear that many loans that validate as QMs currently will possibly pierce to FHA … or not get done during all. That’s not right,” Broeksmit pronounced Monday during a association’s National Secondary Mortgage Conference in New York.

For now, growth-minded bankers trust they have what it takes to hang tough with mortgages.

University’s low cost of supports helps isolate it from marketplace shocks, Ranzini said, adding that a company’s rival position has gotten stronger as rivals dump out. Another strength is University’s continued importance on a simple formula.

“If we wish to be successful long-term, we have to concentration on mention business from centers of change like Realtors and attorneys,” Ranzini said.

“You have to be monomaniacally focused in support of that business,” he added. “The value in this attention is combined by a people. It’s a peculiarity of a people and a support we given them that are a differentiating factors.”

Article source: http://www.nationalmortgagenews.com/news/in-mortgages-these-banks-zigged-while-many-others-zagged

MBS RECAP: Bonds Make Good on Threats of Weakness

Bonds have been threatening to end their pleasantly surprising stint of gains over the past few weeks on each of the past 4 business days.  Yesterday’s weakness was technically enough to start packing up the party supplies, but an isolated day of trend breakage is always more meaningful when it brings a friend.

Today was the friend–only in our case, it’s the friend of an enemy.  In other words, today’s moderate bond market weakness confirms the breakout of the stronger trend that had been intact during the previous 2 weeks.  

The losses can’t be traced to any singular event although we can see that most of the weakness occurred during European hours overnight.  News of a potential Brexit re-vote added to the mid-day weakness and actually prompted bond yields to hit their highs of the day.  But as details emerged, the truth was a bit less dramatic than the initial headlines suggested.  Bonds calmed back down and managed to end the day only about 1bp higher in 10yr yields and 1 tick (0.03) lower in Fannie 3.5 MBS prices.

Article source: http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/mortgage_rates/blog/910969.aspx

MBS RECAP: Bonds Make Good on Threats of Weakness

Bonds have been threatening to end their pleasantly surprising stint of gains over the past few weeks on each of the past 4 business days.  Yesterday’s weakness was technically enough to start packing up the party supplies, but an isolated day of trend breakage is always more meaningful when it brings a friend.

Today was the friend–only in our case, it’s the friend of an enemy.  In other words, today’s moderate bond market weakness confirms the breakout of the stronger trend that had been intact during the previous 2 weeks.  

The losses can’t be traced to any singular event although we can see that most of the weakness occurred during European hours overnight.  News of a potential Brexit re-vote added to the mid-day weakness and actually prompted bond yields to hit their highs of the day.  But as details emerged, the truth was a bit less dramatic than the initial headlines suggested.  Bonds calmed back down and managed to end the day only about 1bp higher in 10yr yields and 1 tick (0.03) lower in Fannie 3.5 MBS prices.

Article source: http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/mortgage_rates/blog/910969.aspx

Together again? Kristen Stewart reunites with ex Stella Maxwell

Together again? Kristen Stewart had dinner with her ex-girlfriend Stella Maxwell on Monday, May 20.

The former couple stepped out for a low-key night in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles before heading back to Stewart’s nearby home. The Twilight star, 29, rocked a white button-down shirt, ripped black jeans, mid-calf socks, a pair of old sneakers, a red and blue headband and wayfarer sunglasses.

The model, also 29, tried to keep a low profile with similar shades, which she paired with a navy T-shirt, rolled-up jeans and black sneakers.

Kristen Stewart Reunites With Ex Stella Maxwell for Dinner Amid Sara Dinkin Romance
Kristen Stewart steps out for a dinner date with ex-girlfriend Stella Maxwell in Los Feliz, California, on May 20, 2019.BACKGRID

“Stella is saying that she is just friends with Kristen,” a source tells Us Weekly.

Us exclusively confirmed in December 2018 that Stewart and Maxwell, who once lived together, had called it quits after dating for nearly two years. “They stopped seeing eye to eye and were living very different lives,” a source said at the time, noting that being long-distance “didn’t help” their relationship.

The actress quickly moved on with stylist Sara Dinkin, with whom she was first spotted in late December. The new couple spent the holidays together in L.A. and more recently attended Coachella in April. They were spotted kissing and holding hands at the Indio, California, music festival during The 1975’s set.

Prior to Maxwell and Dinkin, Stewart dated her Twilight costar Robert Pattinson from 2009 to 2012. She cheated on him with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, but Stewart and Pattinson, 33, were briefly linked again in 2013. She later romanced visual effects producer Alicia Cargile and singers Stephanie “Soko” Sokolinski and St. Vincent.

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Ambiguity is my favorite thing ever. In terms of sexuality? For sure,” Stewart told Mastermind Magazine in September 2018. “And also in making films, if you perfectly answer every question, you don’t allow for people to have their own experience and really indulge in thought. I feel that same way about how we f–k each other. You don’t want to know everything all the time.”

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