FROM Heidi Moore
If Dodd-Frank disappears, what happens to the US economy? President Trump says he wants to get rid of Dodd Frank, the legislation reining in big banks. We talk about what that would do to the economy and consumers.
Why Hasn’t the Carried Interest Tax Loophole Been Eliminated The average hedge fund lost money for investors last year, but top 25 American hedge fund managers raked in $13 billion. That’s more than the entire economies of many countries. One reason for all this wealth is the carried interest tax loophole, which allows incentive fees earned by investment managers to be treated as capital gains, which are taxed at a rate about 20 percent less than income. The so-called loophole is something all three presidential candidates want to eliminate, and yet President Obama hasn’t done so. Why not?
When $182 Billion Just Isn’t Enough One of the biggest financial bailouts of all time is going on trial today. The former CEO of A.I.G., Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, is suing the government, claiming that the $182 billion bailout was illegal... because it was too low. We look at what the trial could reveal about big decisions made during and after the financial crisis.
Herbalife Troubles The Federal Trade Commission opened an investigation yesterday into whether Herbalife operates as a pyramid scheme. The L.A.-based company sells vitamins, protein shakes and other health supplements. It relies on about three million independent distributors worldwide to move its products. We talk about the latest issues the company faces, and we hear how one billionaire hedge fund manager pushed for the government investigation.
Are America's Financial Institutions Still 'Too Big to Fail?' Five years ago this week, the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers led to America's worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The Bush and Obama Administrations used billions of taxpayer dollars to bail out banks that were so big their failure would have hurt the economy even more. Now some of those banks are bigger than ever. Will that lead to another round of excessive risk-taking by executives and investors confident of another government bailout? JP Morgan Chase is America's biggest bank. Today, JP Morgan Chase made a rare admission that it did wrong — to the tune of $920 million in fines to four regulatory agencies. The Dodd-Frank bill was supposed to prevent a repeat of the Great Recession. We talk to former Congressman Barney Frank and others. Should Main Street be worried about the future of Wall Street?
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.