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Marcus Baram

Dodd-Frank Progress Report: What's Going On? | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Welcome to our new blog, "The Watchdog," which will keep a close eye on regulatory agencies and how their actions impact the lives of everyday America...

Marcus Baram

How Much Pesticide Residue Is On Your Food? | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Welcome to our new blog, "The Watchdog," which will keep a close eye on regulatory agencies and how their actions impact the lives of everyday America...

Zach Carter

Community Banks Win By Losing: Inside The K Street Hustle | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON - During the fight over Wall Street reform, community banks were most often pitted against their behemoth rivals. Small banks, which hold g...

Elise Foley

Senate Dems Prepare For Financial Regulatory Funding Battles With House | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats are steeling themselves against an assault from the House GOP, which currently aims to starve financial-oversight agenc...

Making All the Wrong Moves

Jim Worth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Worth

The unfortunate truth about Obama's first two years is a potentially great presidency is being portrayed as only an adequate presidency.

Henry Paulson: Lehman Brothers Had To Fail

CNBC | Jeff Cox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The government let Lehman Brothers fail during the financial crisis because there was no other choice, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said We...

Simon Johnson: With Banking Reform, Question Everything | SIMON JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

President Obama's signing of the financial reform bill on Wednesday does not end our intense debates over banking. Rather, it just moves them to a new...

Financial Reform Bill Passes -- And Regulators Left To Sort Out Bill's Details

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — In the end, it's only a beginning. The far-reaching new banking and consumer protection bill that President Barack Obama intends to...

Yo, Congress, Keep on Truckin' -- Can You Dig It?

Bill Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bill Singer

There is an obligation upon those drafting laws and regulations to do so with sufficient clarity so as to convey what precise conduct is proscribed or...

Weak Financial Regulation Is Further Defanged

Jeff Madrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Madrick

A significant story on the front page of today's New York Times explains just how easy it will probably be for the financial community to flaunt new regulation. High risk on Wall Street will go on.

Decline of the Middle Class as Metaphor for the Decline of America

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

'Disproportionate' is the freighted word that shackles our society: over the past few years some two-thirds of the gain in national income has gone to the top one percent of Americans.

I'm Just Absolutely Astonished

Mary Jo Kilroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Jo Kilroy

Do you know how my opponent, former lobbyist Steve Stivers commemorated yesterday's passage of Wall Street reform? He attended a fundraiser hosted by banking and financial services lobbyists who want to repeal Wall Street reform.

Wall Street Reform: Five Key Fights After the Bill Is Signed

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

The Wall Street bill has much to be said for it, but the unfortunate truth is that it ducks several of the most critical reforms needed to protect our economy from banker abuse.

SEC Chief Appearing Before Congress In Wake Of Financial Reform, Goldman Deal

AP | MARCY GORDON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission is appearing before Congress days after the passage of sweeping financial regula...

The Trouble With Tim's Treasury

Marshall Auerback | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marshall Auerback

One of the major impacts of the FinReg bill passed last week by Congress is the accretion of new power to Obama's Treasury Secretary. Geithner stands to inherit vast power to shape bank regulations.

The Summer(s) of Our Discontent

Marshall Auerback | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marshall Auerback

The late 90s surpluses were not the reason for that period's prosperity. The surpluses are what ended the prosperity. And until the public understands this, we should expect no fundamental improvement in economic policymaking.

Friday Talking Points [131] -- Democratic Campaign Advice

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week, Congress -- moving with its usual less-than-blinding speed -- passed a Wall Street reform bill, a mere two years after the crisis hit. Wal...

Ryan Grim

Wall Street Reform Passes | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Nearly two years after major banks brought the global financial system to the brink of collapse, triggering a steep economic decline and crisis-levels...

Arthur Delaney

Ben Nelson Bucks Party, Helps GOP Block Jobless Aid | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ben Nelson is nothing if not sensitive. In May, as the Senate stuffed a Wall Street reform amendment that would have done away with exorbitant ATM fe...

Ryan Grim

Reid Bringing Wall Street Reform To Senate Floor | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will file cloture on the Wall Street reform report on Tuesday, paving the way for a final vote later this week. On the Senate...

Ryan Grim

Elizabeth Warren To Head Consumer Protection Bureau? | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Once President Obama signs Wall Street reform into law, the battle will move off the front pages, but it'll be far from over. Who the president picks ...

Big Victory in the House, but Big Fight Remains

Heather Booth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Booth

We are close to winning passage of reforms that will keep billions of dollars in consumer's pockets and begin the reversal of decades of deregulation. We can't lose momentum now.

Jason Linkins

Ben Nelson Denies That Buffett Influenced FinReg Vote | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The financial regulatory reform bill currently wending its way through Congress incorporated a reform of the derivatives market, prompting famed inves...

Ryan Grim

Dodd: Wall Street Reform Conference Committee Will Be Reopened | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

UPDATE - 4:19 p.m. - The conference committee will meet at 5:00 Tuesday afternoon to make final changes to Wall Street reform. Ahead of the gathering,...

Ryan Grim

Scott Brown Will Oppose Wall Street Reform If Wall Street Is Taxed | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

UPDATE - Tuesday - 12:15 p.m. - Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), after securing a loophole in the final Wall Street reform bill, announced Tuesday that he ...