Throughout December, Ben Sachs and I will take turns writing about our ten favorite films that had their Chicago premieres this year.

More than one Republican senator blocking the nomination of Richard Cordray for director of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency has claimed that the real problem is not Cordray, a respected former attorney general of Ohio, but the sweeping powers granted to him under the Dodd-Frank law that established the agency. The Republicans want the directorship replaced with a five-person committee and the agency’s budget directly controlled by Congress. In a typical GOP statement, Louisiana senator David Vitter told the Los Angeles Times something had to be done to limit the new agency’s “unbridled, unprecedented authority.” Of course, this is a load of crap: what Vitter and company want is to emasculate the agency at the behest of their high-rolling campaign donors in the financial system.