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In an "unprecedented" trial that challenges the Obama administration's official position on who was responsible for the 2008 financial meltdown, a Sacramento jury in late August thwarted a federal prosecutor's effort to charge borrowers with mortgage fraud after the defense successfully argued that executives who signed off on the loans didn't care whether answers given on mortgage applications were accurate.

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Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa responded to recession in his country with increased spending on education, health care and infrastructure, and the economy is rebounding fantastically.

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Independent cities run entirely by the business class? They're in the making in Honduras, where President Porfirio Lobo Sosa has proposed the creation of autonomous, nondemocratic, privatized metropolises, or "Ayn-Randias," as University of Missouri-Kansas City economist William Black calls them.

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William K. Black made a name for himself busting bad bankers and the lawmakers who loved them during the savings and loan scandal. His book, "The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One," says it all. Here he tells Bill Moyers that the treasury secretary is a failed regulator engaged in the cover-up of a massive fraud.

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