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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White National Public Radio’s economic show Marketplace is often host to conservative commentators arguing against consumer protection or elucidating the evils of Keynesian theory. But I’ve never heard them kowtow so low to Wall Street as they did Wednesday evening. In a commentary titled, “Don’t Subject Payday Lenders to Reform,” [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White As the U.S. stock market opened this week, investors were treated to plummeting prices due to poorly-performing regional banks. While the “too big to fail” banks are trying to decide how massive their bonus checks should be and how best to avoid new regulations from the federal government, the [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White As the U.S. stock market opened this week, investors were treated to plummeting prices due to poorly-performing regional banks. While the “too big to fail” banks are trying to decide how massive their bonus checks should be and how best to avoid new regulations from the federal government, the [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White It’s tough to put a rosy face on the unemployment numbers released Friday morning. While we saw this same jobless rate as recently as 1983, the plunge mimics a much older feeling. Since the beginning of the recession in December 2007, the unemployment rate has doubled to 9.8 percent, [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White As workers and the unemployed alike fret over news that jobless numbers may be the last economic indicator to rebound from this recession, some newspapers seek out rosier undertones of the economic crisis. Tales of Americans’ new savings accounts and the appeal of simplified lifestyles abound. I have no [...]

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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White It seems like everyone’s falling all over themselves recently to proclaim a victory in the Govs. v. Prez stimulus battle that’s been raging for weeks now. South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford was the last in a group of Republican governors, most notably including Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal, [...]

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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White In tough times such as these, it can be comforting to slip into nostalgia and fantasy, which has got me thinking about Congress in late 1999. Lawmakers were falling all over themselves praising the passage of the landmark Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which effectively repealed much of the Glass-Steagall regulations [...]

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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White The Senate has just this week decided we have a housing crisis, and it’s not because we accidentally left the coffeemaker on. To solve it, they’re retooling the stimulus package. OK, let’s think back to when this whole economic downturn began. Back in the final months of 2007 [...]

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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White It became conventional political wisdom late in this most recent election that the failure of Republican candidates to connect with voters on fiscal issues was inextricably linked to the failure of Reaganomics. The imbalance of funds shunted to the wealthiest Americans had finally reached a critical point at [...]