FROM Michael Crittenden
Finance Reform: Public Anger and Partisan Politics Yesterday, all the Senate Republicans and one Democrat voted not to allow a finance reform bill to go to the floor for debate. They claim they're trying to make improvements before they vote on the measure itself.
Roadblock on the Path to Financial Reform As a Senate committee was grilling Goldman Sachs executives today, Democrats called for another vote on finance reform , less than 24 hours after the last one. They claim all the Republicans voted "no" yesterday to protect Wall Street from a real crackdown. Republicans insist they just want a better bill. Behind the political theater, both sides seem to expect eventual action, because public anger has reached high-level intensity in this election year. Will the current measure shrink banks that are too big to fail? Will it protect taxpayers against future bailouts? Do we need more — or better — regulation?
White House Modifies Mortgage-Rescue Plan The Obama Administration has announced a major new initiative to help millions of troubled homeowners. It will let those who are underwater – owing more on their mortgages than their properties are worth – get new loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration. It also includes assistance for unemployed homeowners. The announcement comes after months of criticism that Washington has not done enough to prevent foreclosures. Michael Crittenden is finance reporter for Dow Jones newswires.
Obama Administration's Bank Rescue Plan Last month, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's outline of plans to stabilize the banking system was panned as being short on substance. Today, when details were explained , stocks soared on Wall Street and markets around the world. President Obama said the public-private partnership will allow banks to get bad assets off their books. Michael Crittenden is finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires .
AIG, a Bottomless Pit for Bailout Money? American International Group , the world's largest insurance company, got $150 billion in federal bailout money in the last quarter of 2008 and still lost $62 billion. The Obama administration has promised AIG $30 billion more. Today an angry Senate Finance Committee threatened not to go along, unless it finds out where that federal money is going. But the Federal Reserve said revealing AIG's creditors would destroy the company, which is so big it could take the world's financial system along with it. How did it get that way? Where has all that taxpayer money been going? Is there an option to pouring in billions more?
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?
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?