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Truthdigger of the Week: Ex-TARP Investigator Neil Barofsky

In late 2008, Neil Barofsky was appointed the Treasury Department’s investigator of the bank bailouts. In the time since, he has suffered dismissal and deprecation from his colleagues and the corporations they’re supposed to regulate.

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Mortgage Debt Relief? Not on His Watch

The Federal Reserve announced last week that it would launch no new stimulus programs to jump-start the economy, and editors at The Washington Post applauded Edward DeMarco, acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, for refusing to refinance mortgages for struggling homeowners.

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Mountain of Corporate Cash Sits Idle (Video)

Figures from the Internal Revenue Service suggest that nonfinance companies based in the United States are holding more than $5 trillion in cash, triple what the Federal Reserve reports—idle money that Reuters columnist David Cay Johnston suggests would be better spent creating jobs, paying dividends and sharing the burden of taxes.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Fed, Geithner Knew of False Libor in 2008

The Federal Reserve and the U.S. government knew back in 2008 that Barclays was filing false reports about Libor, the interest rate that international banks charge one another for short-term loans, according to documents released Friday.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Petition Demands Dimon Be Fired From Fed Board

On Monday, economist Simon Johnson presented officials at the Federal Reserve with a petition containing 38,000 signatures appealing for the removal of JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Who’s Not Putting Americans Back to Work

With the encouragement of Mitt Romney, House Republicans are doing everything they can to keep Americans from getting work, just to defeat President Obama.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 READ MORE



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No New Stimulus, Bernanke Says

In spite of May’s weak jobs report, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke still sees no reason for the central bank to expand its efforts to boost the American economy. The Fed is assessing whether the economy would continue to grow fast enough to reduce the unemployment rate without further intervention, he said.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Treasury Projects a Profit From Bailout

Just as Mitt Romney has locked up the Republican nomination on a boast of fiscal conservatism, President Obama’s Treasury Department has said it expects to turn a tidy $2 billion profit from TARP and other extraordinary measures taken to bail out the financial industry.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Fed Shrugged Off Warnings, Let Banks Pay Shareholders Billions

In late 2010, a major regulator warned the Federal Reserve: Banks are not healthy enough to increase dividends, and the economy could implode again. But the Fed ignored that advice.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Employment Numbers Get an Unexpected Bump in January

The first month of 2012 turned out to be the best in three years in terms of the ongoing unemployment crisis in the U.S. Although 8.3 percent is nothing to get too excited about, it was supposed to tally up at 8.5 percent for January, so we’ll take it. 

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Fed to Keep a Lid on Rates Through 2014

The Federal Reserve lent weight to economists’ warnings of a long and slow recovery on Wednesday when it announced plans to keep short-term interest rates near zero for at least the next three years. The idea is that low rates will encourage borrowing and investment in American businesses, helping resurrect the economy.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Riedel

Marginalizing Ron Paul

Paul is being denigrated as a presidential contender even though on the vital issues of the economy, war and peace, and civil liberties, he has made the most sense of the Republican candidates.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



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A Closer Glance at the Fed Audit, Please

It’s been available for almost six months now: the first independent audit of the Federal Reserve. In case you haven’t read it top-to-bottom, former Congressman Alan Grayson, who petitioned the study along with Rep. Ron Paul, wants to draw your attention to some of his favorite parts.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Occupy This and That

In this week’s installment of “Left, Right & Center,” panelists Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley, Matt Miller and Chrystia Freeland take stock of the unemployment crisis in our country, which is a gigantic enough topic as it is. But wait—there’s much more.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Secret Fed Loans Gave Banks Big Profits During Bailout

Here we have some news that Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown believes “can unite the tea party and Occupy Wall Street.” Sound implausible? Well, Bloomberg News’ parent company went to court to access 29,000 pages of documents from the Federal Reserve, from which the outlet gleaned ... (more)

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

Paulson Tipped Hedge Funds About Market Meltdown

Back in July of 2008, when most of us were still blissfully ignorant about the approaching economic apocalypse, then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson was very aware of some important market distress signals, and he chose to share some of those with an elite group of financial executives, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Fed Changes Growth, Employment Forecast for the Worse

Back in June, the Federal Reserve predicted a sunnier economic future for the U.S. than it did Wednesday, when the Fed released revised figures for both growth (it’ll happen more slowly) and unemployment (it’ll continue to hover around 9 percent) through 2012. But the news wasn’t all gloomy.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE


Bernanke and Buffett Talk About Occupy Wall Street

Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke and multibillionaire Warren Buffett spoke to CNN Money about the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Mortgage Rates Reach Record Low

U.S. mortgage rates on 30-year fixed loans have fallen to a record low after the Federal Reserve last week announced its plan to reduce borrowing costs by replacing short-term debt with more long-term debt. (more)

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Recession Fears Rattle World Markets

Stocks around the world dropped sharply Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve acknowledged a day earlier that the economy won’t improve any time soon. (more)

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Wall Street’s Not-So-Little Secret

In 2008, the 10 biggest U.S. banks and brokerage firms took $829 billion in emergency loans from the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve. Until now, who got what had been a secret. ... (more)

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



The World’s Most Powerful Gay Man

The media ignore the fact that new Apple CEO Tim Cook is gay; the ratings of both the Republican and Democratic parties decline; and the consequences of the defeat of Gadhafi’s regime are still up in the air. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Another Bailout Joins the Goofball Economy

The whole thing is nuts. The economy is a shambles, saved from a free fall only by the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented promise of free money for banks for at least two years.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Troop Timetable, Budget Breakdown, Fed Forecast

So, now we know Obama’s big plan for pulling American troops out of Afghanistan, but it hasn’t exactly been well received. This week’s “Left, Right & Center” panel—featuring Tony Blankley, Matt Miller, Robert Scheer and Chrystia Freeland—offers no exception to the naysaying.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Susan Walsh

Bernanke Baffled by Troubling Economic Trends

This is not really the kind of headline we want to read about the Federal Reserve right now, but top banana Ben Bernanke acknowledged at a news conference Wednesday that the Fed was “caught off guard by recent signs of deterioration in the economy.”

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Iraq: The Case of the Missing $6.6 Billion

Benjamin Franklin may be one of the most wanted men in Iraq right now, as the country’s officials threaten to take the Pentagon to court to recoup some $6.6 billion in cash airlifted from the U.S. in 2004 for the purpose of Iraqi reconstruction. (more)

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Big Finance Argues Its Irrelevance

Don’t mistake the claims of relative unimportance coming from the big shots on Wall Street before an audience of federal regulators over the past several months for some sort of newfound humility. (more)

Posted on Jun 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alex Brandon

The Bernanke Scandal: Full-Frontal Cluelessness

How I wish that Ben Bernanke would get caught emailing photos of his underwear-clad groin. Otherwise we don’t stand a chance of reversing this administration’s economic policy, which is shaping up to be every bit as disastrous as that of its predecessor. 

Posted on Jun 7, 2011 READ MORE



A Road Map to Economic Armageddon

In “Reckless Endangerment,” Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner argue that cozy connections between government and the financial industry were the primary cause of the financial crisis.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Geithner and Goldman, Thick as Thieves

What was Timothy Geithner thinking back in 2008 when, as president of the New York Fed, he decided to give Goldman Sachs a $30 billion interest-free loan as part of an $80 billion secret float to favored banks? The sordid details of that program were finally made public this week in response to a court order for a Freedom of Information Act release, thanks to a Bloomberg News lawsuit.

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE



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Access Journalism: The Movie

It is not true, as a Wall Street Journal reviewer claimed, that the HBO movie version of Andrew Sorkin’s book “Too Big to Fail” was “Too Boring to Watch.” On the contrary, the problem with the film, as with the richly anecdotal book, is that it is all too effectively misleading. 

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Birthers and Bernanke; Petraeus and Panetta

The American political climate took on a certain circus-like quality this week, with GOP showman Donald Trump stirring up the birther controversy yet another—and, given the result, hopefully the last—time. Thankfully, we have “Left, Right & Center” regulars Robert Scheer, Matt Miller, Tony Blankley and special guest Mary Matalin to cut through the noise on that issue.

Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE


The Fed Makes a Show of Transparency

When you sit back and ponder all the ways in which our government’s functionality might be improved, you immediately seize upon the notion that if Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke held news conferences, we’d be that much closer to a true democracy, right?

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

The False Debate on the Debt

In the ever-so-smug company of the rich and powerful, it is a given that there is never to be any expression of remorse or other acknowledgement of the pain they have inflicted on the lesser mortals they so cavalierly plunder.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Fed Makes More Hopeful Noises

The latest economic assessment-slash-prognostication from the Federal Reserve isn’t all bad—in fact, CNN Money goes so far as to characterize it as relatively “bullish,” despite mitigating factors such as soaring oil prices and the crisis in Japan.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Thar Be Gold in Them Hills

You know Fox News is all over this story: The Utah House of Representatives is fixin’ to vote on a measure that would make gold and silver coins a viable alternative to the boring—and inflation-prone—forms of currency currently in national circulation.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE



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And Now, Some Slightly Better News from The Fed

On Wednesday, newly released minutes from the Federal Reserve’s late-January meeting reflected a more optimistic stance vis-à-vis the next phase of the U.S. economy, but unfortunately, the slightly brighter outlook didn’t extend to the Fed’s take on the job market.

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 READ MORE


Bernanke
AP / Susan Walsh

Bad News Bernanke Strikes Again

As if the last couple of years haven’t been brutal enough, here comes Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke with the exasperating news that the job market isn’t going to markedly improve for “several years.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Two-Year Economic Report Card

There are two potential ways to measure the economic performance of a political leader. One is by the profitability, stock prices and executive bonuses of a nation’s corporations. The other is by the financial condition of the majority of its population.

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE



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Banking Regulation Team Pitches New Payment Rules

An international panel of banking regulators from 27 nations is aiming to crack down on outlandish pay packages for industry executives by proposing a new set of rules that call for more transparency and, wonder of wonders, some correlation between ...

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: What a Wiki-Week It Was

What WikiLeaks revealed might have embarrassed some bigwigs around the world, but will the released information really hurt U.S. interests? America’s jobs outlook is still heading downward as the unemployment benefits of thousands expire. Does the deficit matter more than people do?

Posted on Dec 3, 2010 READ MORE



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New Data Show Extent of Fed’s Free Money Programs

Thanks to Bernie Sanders and the new financial regulation passed by Congress, we’re learning more about the Federal Reserve’s $3.3 trillion bailout of Wall Street in 2008. It turns out the Fed lent money ... (more)

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Bad-Touched by TSA

How’s that touchy-feely thing working for you, TSA? It apparently doesn’t work for some Americans. Other headlines making their way onto this week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center” include GM’s IPO, tax break shenanigans and Afghanistan withdrawal confusion.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / LM Otero

The Life and Times of Bush the Clueless

The Harvard MBA is the degree that George W. Bush and his last treasury secretary, Henry Paulson, had in common, and their shared ignorance as they presided over the collapse of the U.S. economy is on full display in the former president’s newly published memoir.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Frank Franklin II

Wall Street Wins Again

In the wake of the election, the Fed pulled off a move detected only by downtown Manhattan. It quietly announced a purchase of $600 billion in Treasury securities (read: our debt) while pundits on the left and right were dissecting the role of the tea party in political life as we know it.

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Political Upheaval, Bernanke’s Billions

There’s a lot of unpacking for “Left, Right & Center” regulars Tony Blankley, Robert Scheer and Matt Miller to do after last Tuesday’s midterm elections. What does the vote mean? Where are we headed? And did Obama really pick up what Americans were putting down, so to speak, at the polls?

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Federal Reserve Finds $600 Billion in the Couch

Trying to follow the amount of money the Federal Reserve has pumped into the economy (and the banks) can be truly mind-boggling, and it’s not getting easier. (continued)

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: More Mortgage and Midterm Messes

Mortgages take center stage yet again on “Left, Right & Center” as the gang discusses Ben Bernanke and the possibility of Fed intervention. Also the final arguments around the midterm elections: Have Democrats made the case, and are Republicans being forced into positions even they don’t want to hold?

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Hey Michelle, Read My Book

On Tuesday, I received yet another deceptively personal e-mail addressed to “Robert” from Michelle Obama asking me once again to contribute to the “amazing journey” toward “progress” that her husband has led.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Cliff Owen

The Big Guy’s on Our Side

Paul Volcker, or the “big guy,” as President Barack Obama refers to the former Federal Reserve chair who heads his Economic Recovery Advisory Board, nailed it in a series of blistering remarks on the sorry state of our economy.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE


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