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 .
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Is the United States losing its moral authority in the world? American support for human rights has often been criticized as more about words than it is about action. President Trump is creating more skeptics than ever. What are the consequences for America's role in the world?
Free speech and the ideological fight for college campuses Conservatives claim that American colleges and universities are bastions of liberal orthodoxy, shielding students from alternative ways of thinking. What better place for a protest than UC Berkeley? What better agent of controversy than Ann Coulter?
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?