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The Hearing: May 24, 2009 - May 30, 2009

One Regulator to Rule Them All?

Yesterday, The Post reported that the administration is considering a plan to centralize banking regulation in a single agency: The new regulator would assume responsibility for the safety and soundness of banks, currently divided among the Fed and three other...

By James Kwak  |  May 29, 2009; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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The Showdown Over Chrysler and GM

GM is now likely to follow Chrysler into bankruptcy Monday. But the key issue is not whether it goes into bankruptcy, but what happens once it gets there. The plan, according to both GM and the Treasury Department, is for...

By James Kwak  |  May 28, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Autos , TARP  
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Why Government Regulators Need Corporate 'Boot Camp'

This is the first blog post in a new series on The Hearing called "Making Financial Regulation Work." This guest post was written by Lawrence Baxter and Joel E. McPhee. Some of our banker friends say that government should stay...

By Sara Goo  |  May 28, 2009; 6:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Banking , Regulation  
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Making Financial Regulation Work

One of the major political battles shaping up for the rest of this year is the fight over how to regulate the financial sector. There is a virtual consensus that the regulatory scheme must be overhauled; even before the peak...

By James Kwak  |  May 28, 2009; 5:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Regulation  
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Where Sonia Sotomayor Stands on Business Issues

Economic policy questions will play a trivial role, if any, in the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Her opponents are likely to focus on affirmative action, abortion, and gay marriage - even though Sotomayor has virtually no...

By James Kwak  |  May 27, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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What's Next?

Congress takes a break this week, but behind the scenes there continues to be intense debate around three main issues. First, should there be a Pecora-type commission to investigate either how we found ourselves in a major financial crisis or...

By Simon Johnson  |  May 27, 2009; 5:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Health care , Regulation , The Week Ahead  
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Oil: What a Difference a Year Makes

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) filed this guest blog post: Last year, as gas prices eclipsed four dollars a gallon, you couldn’t walk the halls of Congress without hearing lawmakers crying out for a new energy policy that would reduce...

By Sara Goo  |  May 25, 2009; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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