Michael Shnayerson

Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair

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President Obama will likely propose another huge investment of public money in private banks and brokerages houses.  The mismanagement that caused them to collapse has made them very…

Getting the Biggest Bang from the Next Bailout

President Obama will likely propose another huge investment of public money in private banks and brokerages houses.  The mismanagement that caused them to collapse has made them very…

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Big chunks of America's biggest banks are now owned by the taxpayers and, with billions more bailout money to come, they're going to own more.

Getting the Biggest Bang from the Next Bailout

Big chunks of America's biggest banks are now owned by the taxpayers and, with billions more bailout money to come, they're going to own more.

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