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Who Is The Ultimate Game Changer In Politics?

Huffington Post   First Posted: 09/15/10 12:07 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:25 PM ET

HuffPost's Game Changers series celebrates 100 innovators, visionaries, and leaders in 12 categories who, whether working in the spotlight or under the radar, are changing how we look at the world and the way we live in it. We salute them for their willingness to look at things and take the risk of saying, "I think I have a better way."

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Changed the game by ... being a tireless champion for America’s beleaguered middle class -- and forcing Congress to acknowledge that banks and credit-card companies were ripping off consumers. The plain-spoken Harvard Law professor was tapped in 2008 to run the Congressional Oversight Panel, an agency responsible for monitoring the Wall Street bailout, and she used that position to shine a light on the shadowy bailouts and take to task those who doled out hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars with little strings attached. Her idea for an agency that would regulate financial products such as credit cards and mortgages in the way that the FDA regulates drugs was eventually embraced by lawmakers and the White House. Banking lobbyists fought desperately to derail the proposal but in the end the wisdom of Warren’s idea prevailed – and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was enacted into law.

She said it: "There should never be a doubt about the point of any government action: it should always be to help families directly, or help markets in ways that help families. If that isn't clear, I think the action is wrong, or the description of the action is wrong."

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