FROM Andrew Ross Sorkin
Wall Street Gets a Grilling Phil Angelides said today the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission is probably the last hope for uncovering the causes of what's now called the Great Recession. A former California State Treasurer, Democrat Angelides now chairs the bipartisan commission established by Congress. In its first public meeting today, the commission heard from the heads of America's four biggest banks, JPMorgan Case , Bank of America , Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs .
Wall Street and a Disaster of a Different Kind Phil Angelides said today the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission is probably the last hope for uncovering the causes of what's now called the Great Recession. A former Treasurer of the State of California and a Democrat, Angelides chairs the bipartisan commission established by Congress. In its first public meeting today, the commission got tough with the heads of America's four biggest banks, JPMorgan Chase , Bank of America , Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs . At one point, Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein compared the financial crisis to "earthquakes" and other "acts of God," to which Agnelides responded, "These were acts of men and women." Are the right questions being asked? Can the commission help prevent another financial disaster?
AIG: Political Outrage and Financial Stability President Obama said today he shares public outrage over bonuses paid to failed executives with public money. Meantime, the head of the failed insurance giant AIG told Congress he would never have approved the contracts that required those bonuses to be paid. Is there a way to get the money back? Why are executives given incentives for assuming so much risk that they threaten the world's financial stability? What's AIG doing to pay back at least some of its $200 billion government bailout? We ask those and other questions.
Chandler Family in Talks to Bid on Tribune Company Today's New York Times has more details on a story that could impact the Los Angeles Times , once owned by the Chandler family and now the largest shareholder in the Tribune Company of Chicago. Tribune has put the LA Times and other assets up for auction, but there hasn't been very much interest, so the Chandlers might be forming a consortium to buy some of those assets or to start a bidding war.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?