Making Sense Curbing Wall Street

Editor’s Note: We’re publishing a series of “Making Sense” fact sheets on key economic issues to help you win the debate on the core issues facing middle-class families. Each fact […]
Zach Carter
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The French Connection That Jailed Banker Raises US Issues

Remember 2003, when so many Americans hated France for refusing to participate in the Iraq invasion? The airwaves were filled with insults about “effete” and “cowardly” Frenchmen, the phrase “cheese […]
Richard Eskow
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Why Wall Street Reform Should Hammer Bank Profits

Of the universal-policy-bloggers who occasionally wade into financial waters, Matt Yglesias is generally one of the best. But sometimes he’s just flat wrong, and his post today on financial profits […]
Zach Carter
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Crony Capitalism Wall Streets Favorite Politicians

A full 90 members of Congress who voted to bailout Wall Street in 2008 failed to support financial reform reining in the banks that drove our economy off a cliff. […]
Zach Carter
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Wall Street Noir Moodys Double Agent Ratings

What happened to Moody’s is what happens to every “agent” who thinks he can serve two masters. The sad thing is that it keeps happening, even though we’ve seen this […]
Richard Eskow
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After Summers Which Path Will the President Take

Now that Larry Summers is leaving, the President has a decision to make. His choice of a replacement will send a signal about the next two years of economic policy. […]
Richard Eskow
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Wall Street Wrecked The Economy Not Big Government

Over at bloggingheads, my CAF colleague Bill Scher discusses the new international banking standards with Conn Carroll, a conservative blogger for The Heritage Foundation. Carroll actually agrees with a lot […]
Zach Carter
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Is Obama Selling Out Elizabeth Warren

ABC News is reporting that President Barack Obama will appoint Elizabeth Warren to a “special advisory” position to set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. We don’t know the details, […]
Zach Carter
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Chris Dodd is Embarassing Himself

Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., is grasping at straws to block Elizabeth Warren’s nomination as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He’s making a fool of himself, and hurting his […]
Zach Carter
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Liveblogging Bernanke & Bair

1:20 All done. Lesson: Break Up The Banks. ****************** 1:00 Most of the discussion surrounding too-big-to-fail at this hearing has dealt with a relatively short period in time: the decision […]
Zach Carter
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Bernanke Admits It Too-Big-To-Fail Lives On

Last week, Federal Chairman Ben Bernanke finally acknowledged that his preferred “solution” for ending Too-Big-To-Fail is likely unworkable. When the financial crisis exploded in 2008, top Fed and Treasury officials […]
Zach Carter
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CNBC Does Not Understand How Regulation Works

A lot of CNBC anchors do not seem to understand how regulation works. In fact, it seems like the network’s anchors don’t really get how competition works. If you’ve tuned […]
Zach Carter
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There Are Zero Good Reasons To Block Elizabeth Warren

No reformers question whether Elizabeth Warren is the best candidate to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She’s a lauded scholar, an inspiring advocate who will draw talented and […]
Zach Carter
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Wall Street Reform Clears Final Filibuster

Good news: The Senate just secured 60 votes to proceed on Wall Street reform, clearing the way for the legislation’s final passage today or Saturday. The legislation garnered the votes […]
Zach Carter
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Will The Tea Party Movement Die Out?

The following was my contribution to The Hill’s weekly “blogger face-off,” as the conservative Ace of Spades and myself answered the question “Like Sen. Graham said, will the Tea Party […]
Bill Scher
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Don’t Let Goldman Sachs Off The Hook

When the nation’s most prestigious investment banks found themselves on the verge of total annihilation in the fall of 2008, the most radical and effective government response was not the […]
Zach Carter
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Do Democrats Want Toxic Campaign Cash From Goldman Sachs?

Heavy-hitting Wall Street political donors are withholding their money from the Democratic Party’s campaign coffers, according to a Washington Post report making the rounds on Capitol Hill today. In a […]
Zach Carter
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Feingold v. Fernholz: Vote For Wall Street Reform

Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., is defending his decision to vote against the Wall Street reform bill on the grounds that it is simply too weak to prevent future crises, and […]
Zach Carter
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Wall Street Reform: A Good First Step

Members of Congress finished ironing out their differences on Wall Street reform last night, and the resulting bill deserves unequivocal support from progressives and conservatives alike. But while the final […]
Zach Carter
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The Bank Lobby Gets Desperate on Derivatives

Astonishingly, as Wall Street reform enters its final hours a tired, generic corporate refrain against regulation is gaining traction. As bigwig bankers and their lobbyist brethren fight to defeat tough […]
Zach Carter
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A Last-Minute Wall Street Sell-Out By New Dems?

A coalition of conservative New Democrats, whose leader is being investigated by a Congressional ethics committee over Wall Street fundraising, has officially come out in favor of gutting financial reform. […]
Zach Carter
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Will Wall Street Reform Be Gutted By A Technicality?

The tough derivatives overhaul proposed by Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., has emerged as the key fight in Wall Street reform. That status is well-deserved. Despite Lincoln’s record as a stooge […]
Zach Carter
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We Won’t Be Sister Souljah’d, Lanny Davis

Corporate lobbyist Lanny Davis, former legal counsel for President Clinton, is launching his own firm next week, and he is previewing his tactics with a slimy and erroneous diatribe against […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Conference Committee Must Strengthen Wall Street Reforms

Conference Committee negotiations on Wall Street reform begin today, with several key battles still unresolved. Thanks to intense progressive pressure, those negotiations are going to be televised live. You can […]
Zach Carter
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Liveblogging in AFN: Financial Reform Panel Discussion

We’re here at AFN – the America’s Future Now conference – liveblogging a session called “Curbing Wall Street: Strategies Going Forward.” It’s a subject close to our heart. The panelists […]
Richard Eskow
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Warren Buffett, Rating Agencies and Corruption

Today’s Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission hearing on credit rating agencies promises to shed quite a bit of light on one of the most profitable and corrupt businesses in Corporate America. […]
Zach Carter
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