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Goldman Sachs gored

The credit bubble was inflated by a series of Wall Street mistakes: Investment banks such as Bear Stearns borrowed too much; credit-rating agencies such as Moody’s bestowed their seal of approval on junk securities; supposedly professional investors poured money...

By Sebastian Mallaby  | April 27, 2010; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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The Town Hall Debate: This Is American?

A couple of points on Tuesday’s debate. When the candidates were asked whom they might appoint as Treasury secretary, Obama dodged the question -- as one might expect. But McCain straight-talked it, which turned out to be a big...

By Sebastian Mallaby  | October 8, 2008; 6:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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McCain Misfires

John McCain has just demonstrated his vulnerability as a presidential candidate. Speaking from prepared remarks at an Iowa rally today, he said that he would fire Chris Cox, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. This outburst demonstrates...

By Sebastian Mallaby  | September 18, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (196)
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Obama's Faulty Logic

Bill Clinton beat Papa Bush in 1992 by blaming him for economic woes, even though the downturn of that year was over by the time of the election. Now Barack Obama is hoping to blame that hyphenated adversary, Bush-McCain,...

By Sebastian Mallaby  | September 16, 2008; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (212)
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A Maverick Act With Limits

The Fannie-Freddie bailout has allowed the McCain campaign to press its newfound advantage as the change ticket. Not so long ago, you will recall, it was Barack Obama who promised to shake up Washington. But with his convention speech,...

By Sebastian Mallaby  | September 9, 2008; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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