Banks: 472, Homeowners: 1
In what's being hailed in some gleeful quarters as a major blow to the banking industry, the House Thursday passed a mortgage relief bill that gives troubled homeowners a break by allowing bankruptcy judges to lower their mortgage payments. In the you've-gotta-be-kidding department, Republicans opposed to the 'Helping Families Save Their Homes Act' argued that it rewarded irresponsible behavior and bad choices. Okay, repeat after us. AIG, Citibank, Merrill Lynch.