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The Hearing: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

Your Hearing: Financial Consumer Protection

One idea that got a lot of press this week was a Financial Product Safety Commission, an idea widely associated with Elizabeth Warren, chair of the TARP Oversight Commission and a professor at Harvard Law School. On Tuesday, esdewey submitted...

By James Kwak  |  May 22, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Your Hearing  
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Can Geithner, Legally, Just Keep it 'Rolling'?

University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business professor David Zaring filed this guest blog post: House Democrat Brad Sherman (Calif.) and Senate Republican Jim DeMint (S.C.) are both troubled by the Treasury Department’s position on repaid bailout money. In his...

By Sara Goo  |  May 21, 2009; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Banking  
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Tim Geithner Has a Tough Job

Tim Geithner was back on Capitol Hill today before the Senate Banking Committee, in his unfortunate role as a prop for congressmen to make political points and distance themselves from an increasingly unpopular bailout of the banking sector. There was...

By James Kwak  |  May 20, 2009; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Banking  
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The Economic Consequences of Rising Oil Prices

University of California, San Diego economics professor James D. Hamilton filed this guest blog post: This morning, the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress took up the implications of rising world oil demand for the U.S. economy. I was...

By Sara Goo  |  May 20, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Energy and Environment  
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Preventing the Next Crisis: The Case for Boring Banks

Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.), chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee's investigations subcommittee, filed this blog post. Our subcommittee has championed scientific integrity as necessary to informing public decisions. There is plenty of room for debate about policy implications,...

By Tim Lawson  |  May 19, 2009; 8:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Banking , Regulation  
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Does the Credit Card Bill Change the Game for Consumers?

The credit card bill that we covered last week has passed in the Senate. The bankers are still upset over the bill, but the 90-5 vote on the final version indicates that they decided not to put up a backs-to-the-wall...

By James Kwak  |  May 19, 2009; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Banking  
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Should the Government Get in the Credit Ratings Business?

The Capital Markets subcommittee of House Financial Services is looking into "Approaches to Improving Credit Rating Agency Regulation target="_blank"" on Tuesday afternoon. The credit rating agencies are one part of the financial system that everyone agrees needs to improve, including...

By James Kwak  |  May 19, 2009; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Regulation  
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Your Turn: A Financial Product Safety Commission?

Starting at 10 this morning, the investigations and oversight subcommittee (part of the House Committee on Science and Technology) will hold a hearing on “The Science of Insolvency.” Chairman Brad Miller (D-N.C.) apparently wants to explore what we know...

By Simon Johnson  |  May 19, 2009; 5:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Banking , The Hearing Poll  
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What's Getting a Hearing This Week: May 18-22

The sense of panic over the financial system seems to be abating, though there is considerable debate over (a) whether the economy will recover nicely or is just bottoming out for a prolonged period and (b) whether our banking system...

By James Kwak  |  May 18, 2009; 5:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Banking , Regulation , The Week Ahead  
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