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When a Bank Owns 100 Oil Tankers, It Can Mess With the Price of Gas

A two-year Senate investigation of the financial sector has found that banks can meddle with the economy in new and frightening ways.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE



How Much Control Does Goldman Sachs Have Over the Federal Reserve?

A confidential report and a fired examiner’s hidden recorder penetrate the cloistered world of Wall Street’s top regulator—and its history of deference to banks.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America

The abandonment of Gazans, some of the planet’s most powerless people, illustrates how all who are vulnerable are now routinely sacrificed by our political elites.

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The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals

The upcoming climate change march in New York is the last gasp of conventional liberalism. The time for reform and accommodation has ended. We will build a radical movement or be extinguished in a climate inferno. 

Posted on Aug 31, 2014 READ MORE


A Century of Collusion Between Washington and Finance

Former Wall Street executive, financial journalist and Truthdig contributor Nomi Prins tells “Democracy Now!” how a small number of bankers have played critical roles in shaping a century’s worth of financial, foreign and domestic policy in the United States, a series of events that she documents in her new book, “All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power.”

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The Inevitability of Income Inequality

Inequality is endemic to the core structure of an America that operates more as a plutocracy than a democracy. It is an inherent result of the consolidation of a substantial amount of both financial power and political influence in the hands of a few families.

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Food Behind Bars Isn’t Fit for Your Dog

Privatization has led to hunger and food poisoning among inmates in jails and prisons. Corporations such as Aramark, which gets away with serving skimpy or disgusting meals, have turned mass incarceration and misery into a lucrative business.

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Documents to Remain Open in Examiner’s Lawsuit Against Fed

A federal judge rejected the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s plea to seal documents in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former bank examiner who claims she was fired for doing her job.

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N.Y. Fed Moves to Seal Documents in Ex-Bank Examiner’s Suit

Carmen Segarra filed a lawsuit against the New York Fed and three of its employees alleging she had been wrongfully terminated last year after she determined that Goldman Sachs had insufficient conflict-of-interest policies.

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Corporate Leaders Bemoan Tea Party Default Crisis Created by Their own Donations

The frightened corporate leaders surely know how this happened—because their money funded the tea party candidates and organizations responsible for the crisis.

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Regulator Says She Was Fired for Not Covering Up Goldman Sachs’ Conflicts of Interest

Carmen M. Segarra, formerly of the New York Fed, says she was fired after she refused to change her mind about Goldman Sachs, an investment firm that, she found, put its own greed ahead of its clients.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Larry Summers and the ‘End-Game’ Memo

A 1997 memo retrieved from the filing cabinet of investigative reporter Greg Palast shows the involvement of Lawrence Summers—Obama’s current favorite for chairman of the Federal Reserve—in a successful plan to help big bank CEOs “rip apart financial regulation across the planet.”

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Gag Me With Lawrence Summers

President Obama thinks his former economic adviser is brilliant, but as Summers’ second trip through the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street reveals, he’s just greedy.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



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More Than $100 Billion in Subsidies for Too Big to Fail Banks

A Bloomberg Markets magazine study estimates that dirt-cheap borrowing programs and other benefits have saved the nation’s six largest banks—JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley—$102 billion since 2009.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE



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The Housing Market Recovery Is ‘A Complete Hoax’

Homeownership is at its lowest level in 18 years, but housing prices are rising. Why? Because banks are creating real estate scarcity by buying up homes and selectively stalling foreclosures.

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE


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2012: Bonuses for the Bull

While profits tripled and layoffs commenced in the banking industry last year, Wall Street divided at least $20 billion in gifts made of cash and stock among its employees.

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It’s Good to Be a Goldman

Here’s a get-out-of-jail-free card, and while we’re at it, take this obscenely huge bonus for having wrecked the economy.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE



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The Natural Gas Bubble

The natural gas industry is waging an aggressive public relations campaign to bolster investor confidence, despite evidence showing that shale gas is an unreliable resource and that the production process releases large amounts of methane into the atmosphere.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE



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CEO’s Demand Austerity to Fix Budget, Not End to Corporate Welfare

A group of corporate CEOs that contributed to the burgeoning deficit crisis want the poor and elderly to largely pay for the mess the greedy Wall Street fat cats helped create.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE



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The Enemy of My Enemy Is My President

Barack Obama must have done something right, or the hucksters at Goldman Sachs wouldn’t hate him so.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE



Ryan VP Buzz, Romney’s ‘War on Religion’ Charge, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a new tax defense from Mitt Romney and what is possibly the most ridiculous claim ever about President Obama.

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE



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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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Goldman Sachs to Invest Millions in Inmate Rehabilitation

Goldman Sachs has announced its intention to invest $9.6 million in a prisoner rehabilitation program at New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail in a move that could net the company a $2.1 million return.

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE



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To Catch a Bankster

Traditional investigations by regulators of all the suspect hanky-panky in the banking industry have produced nothing in the way of fundamental reform and protected the worst repeat offenders. So why not bribe big bankers to turn one another in?

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Facebook Sued by Investors Over IPO

Facebook faced more bad news Wednesday in the wake of its botched initial public offering. Shareholders filed a lawsuit against the social networking company, lead underwriter Morgan Stanley and several other Wall Street banks, alleging that they misled them about Facebook’s revenue projections ahead of the IPO.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE


‘Job Blackmail’ and ‘Piracy’ Give Corporations Your Tax Money

Across the U.S. over the last 20 years, deals struck between big businesses and state governments have diverted at least $5.5 billion in state income taxes from workers’ paychecks into their employers’ bank accounts. David Cay Johnston reports.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE


Muppets Demand Justice From Goldman Sachs

The Muppets will not stand for the kind of insult that Goldman Sachs execs, according to famous defector and detractor Greg Smith, heaped on their felty heads by calling clients “Muppets” in a derogatory fashion.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Gated Intellectuals, Fortress America, and the Politics of Occupy

A group of right-wing extremists would have the American public believe it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of a market society.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Going for Brokered?

Who benefits if Republicans head to Tampa, Fla., at the end of August without a decisive winner? President Obama’s poll numbers are down with gas prices up. But what can he do about it?

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Greg Smith

Yes, as a high-level executive for Goldman Sachs for more than a decade, Greg Smith was part of the toxic culture he decried in the resignation letter printed in Wednesday’s New York Times and re-posted around the world. Thus, he was part of the problem.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 READ MORE



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At Last, Some Decency on Wall Street

By the time you read this, the PR hacks of Goldman Sachs will be vigorously pressing their efforts to destroy the reputation of whistle-blower Greg Smith.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Goldman Sachs Exec Exits With a Bang

We’re guessing that outgoing Goldman Sachs executive director Greg Smith’s last day on the job Wednesday was pretty awkward, given what he had to say about his employer in a scorching Op-Ed article printed in The New York Times for the occasion.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Thank You for Standing Up

We can vote for Romney or Obama, but Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil and Bank of America and the defense contractors always win. However, the iron grip of corporations over our lives will, eventually, be broken.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE


Season’s Greetings From Occupy Harvard

Harvard’s “Occu-Elves” deliver lumps of coal to “naughty boys,” including the school’s former president, Lawrence Summers, and Robert Rubin, two men who helped engineer the economic meltdown.

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Time’s Person of the Year: The Protester

For “once again becoming a maker of history” two sleepy decades after political soothsayer Francis Fukuyama declared Western liberalism the end point in the evolution of human society, Time magazine named “The Protester” 2011’s Person of the Year.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Occupy Movement Invades West Coast Ports

Protesters successfully shut down some operations in three major ports spanning the Western United States on Monday. Coordinated action in Washington, Oregon and California was designed to interfere with commerce, bolster the spirits of the evicted and—why not?—inconvenience Goldman Sachs.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Laurie Penny

Every social movement needs to guard against the inevitable attempts of mainstream media sources to warp its message, defend its targets and recast its members as lazy, crazy or fringy malcontents. Luckily for the Occupy movement, British journalist Laurie Penny is more than capable of taking on, and taking down ... (more)

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 READ MORE


British Journalist Squares Off Against Former Goldman Partner

A rich banker who appears to have learned none of the lessons of 20th-century economic history. A newscaster who snickers at an impassioned argument. And a reporter dismissed as a young girl who will one day learn better. This exchange between a former Goldman Sachs executive, a BBC correspondent and British journalist Laurie Penny ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



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OWS Prepares for Winter Hibernation

As members of the OWS encampment in New York City head into what promises to be a brutal winter, activists with differing notions about where the movement should go next can all agree on one thing: survival. (more)

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 READ MORE


The People v. Goldman Sachs

Last Thursday, Chris Hedges, Cornel West and others held a mock trial of Goldman Sachs in Zuccotti Park.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Finding Freedom in Handcuffs

The wealthy and the powerful behind the glass at Goldman Sachs laughed and snapped pictures of us as if we were creatures in a cage, which in fact we soon were.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Chris Hedges Arrested in Front of Goldman Sachs

The New York Daily News reports that at least 15 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested after about 300 marched from Zuccotti Park to the front door of Goldman Sachs. Among them was Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE


Money Wars: Goldman Sachs vs. OWS

In this clip from Tuesday’s “Democracy Now!” we hear the story of Goldman Sachs’ recent move to back out of a fundraiser for the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union after the financial giant caught wind that the event would pay tribute to the Occupy Wall Street movement. But, as Amy Goodman and investigative reporter … (more)

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Goldman Sachs Sags in Third Quarter

Even bad news has a way of turning around fast for Goldman Sachs. The financial giant was forced to concede Tuesday that it did not, for once, defy the laws of market physics as it has done even in the throes of the ongoing recession (you can keep your sketchy recession timeline, New York Times), and that it had ... (more)

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Nine Wall Street Big Shots Who Cashed In on the Crisis

With Americans across the country realizing that they are not the only ones fed up with the CEOs, bankers and policymakers responsible for the current damage to the U.S. economy, now is a good time to read up on the Wall Street executives who profited most from the bubble and federal bailout. (more)

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Government Lawsuits Against Big Banks Are a Go

Federal regulators filed lawsuits against 17 financial institutions Friday afternoon for allegedly misrepresenting the poor quality of mortgage securities they sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at the height of the housing bubble. (more)

Posted on Sep 3, 2011 READ MORE


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