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Nobody wants the US government to take over the banking industry, but more and more people are saying it might happen. Three hundred billion dollars given to banks by the Bush Administration is hardly small change, but bank losses may add up to two trillion anyway. On Reporter's Notebook, opening up the records.

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal
Andrea Brody
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis
Gary Scott

Main Topic Is Nationalization the Next Chapter in the Banking Crisis? 35 MIN, 24 SEC
US banks have swallowed up 300 billion dollars in bailout money and they’re still in trouble. The promise of more federal assistance could be making things worse by creating a sense that government intervention is inevitable—at shareholders’ expense. There’s even talk of nationalizing the banking system. We’ll hear about the few, grim options available to the Obama Administration.

Guests:
Binyamin Appelbaum, New York Times (@BCAppelbaum)
Peter Cohan, President, Peter S. Cohan and Associates
Felix Salmon, Reuters (@felixsalmon)
Simon Johnson, former Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund

Making News Obama Signs Order to Close Guantanamo, End Renditions 6 MIN
Hillary Clinton made her first visit to Foggy Bottom today as Secretary of State, joined by the new President. Earlier at the Obama White House, the President signed a much-awaited executive order to close Guantanamo Bay.

Guests:
Jonathan Landay, McClatchy Newspapers (@JonathanLanday)

Reporter's Notebook Obama’s “New Era of Openness” 7 MIN, 38 SEC
No President has done so much on the first day in office to make his administration "transparent.”

Guests:
Meredith Fuchs, General Counsel of the National Security Archive

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