FROM Nell Minow
Judge Stuns Wall Street, Tosses Out SEC Pact with BofA Executives at Merrill Lynch got $3.6 billion in bonuses just as their firm was about to be merged with Bank of America, but neither company told shareholders before they approved the deal. The Securities and Exchange Commission settled the case for $33 million. Yesterday Federal Judge Jed Rakoff said that fails to meet "the most elementary notions of justice and morality." Nell Minow is Editor at the Corporate Library and author of three books on corporate governance.
Public Outraged at Wall Street Excess With layoffs reaching massive proportions and the government spending billions to bail out financial institutions, Wall Street bankers gave themselves nearly $20 billion in bonuses. Private jets and expensive interiors are not things of the past. President Obama responded today by calling such bonuses “ the height of irresponsibility .” What can be done? Nell Minow is editor at the Corporate Library and co-author of three books on corporate governance .
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?