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Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

August 16th, 2010

Ben Bernanke: Wall Street's Servant

Last week, the Fed announced that it would use the proceeds from retired mortgage-backed securities to buy up more government bonds. This may have a very modest effect in keeping long-term interest rates low, thereby giving a small boost to the economy.Such a measure would be reasonable if the economy ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

May 27th, 2010

The Cult of Subprime Central Bankers

The world is suffering from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. The crisis has left tens of millions unemployed in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere. The huge baby boomer generation in the United States, now on the edge of retirement, has seen much of its wealth destroyed with the ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

May 14th, 2010

Will They Get Fooled Again?

While it may not be the job of the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board to deceive Congress to advance the interests of the big banks, apparently no one has informed Ben Bernanke of this fact. Some people may recall the role that Mr. Bernanke played in helping to get ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

April 22nd, 2010

The Speech: The Good, The Bad and The Missing

The Good: The president had strong language for backing real derivative reforms. The Bad: Vague language about the "Volcker rule" will not stop Too Big To Fail; but a plan like this (or even one like this) for breaking up the current mega-banks and limiting their liabilities will. The Missing: ... continue reading

April 20th, 2010

Transcript & Video: Bill Black Testimony on Lehman Bankruptcy

Bill Black scorched everyone with his testimony on the failure of Lehman Brothers before the House Financial Services Committee today. His prepared remarks can be found here (PDF).CHAIRMAN KANJORSKI: And now we’ll hear from Mr. William K. Black, Associate Professor of Economics and Law, the University of Missouri, Kansas City ... continue reading

March 26th, 2010

Larry Summers May Be Leaving Obama Administration

The conventional wisdom in Washington and on Wall Street has been that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner -- the target of populist outrage over Wall Street bailouts and high unemployment -- would be the first to leave the Obama administration’s economic team after the mid-term elections. But the FOX Business Network ... continue reading

January 27th, 2010

Geithner draws fire defending Fed on AIG bailout

WASHINGTON – Democrats and Republicans alike pummeled Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Wednesday over his role in the $180 billion bailout of insurance giant AIG Inc., venting public anger over Wall Street's return to prosperity while 10 percent of Americans are still jobless.Geithner, one of the original architects of the ... continue reading

January 23rd, 2010

Lawmakers Ask for Review of AIG Bailout

Two House lawmakers asked Congress' investigative arm on Thursday to review the Federal Reserve's role in the rescue of the insurer American International Group Inc. The request came from Rep. Edolphus Towns D-New York, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is conducting its own probe into ... continue reading

January 23rd, 2010

Bernanke second term in doubt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ben Bernanke's confirmation to a second term as Federal Reserve chairman suddenly appeared in jeopardy on Friday even after U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would back him. Two Senate Democrats on Friday announced they would oppose Bernanke, citing concerns about the economy that promise ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

January 23rd, 2010

Say Goodbye to Ben

Bernanke's approval is clearly on the ropes. This has prompted the Wall Street and elite media crew to rustle up all the tricks they used to push TARP through back in October of 2008. First and foremost, they are pointing to the decline in the stock market as evidence that ... continue reading

January 6th, 2010

'Big is bad' catches on in Congress

The populist angst aimed at Wall Street banks is already spilling into Senate deliberations on regulatory reform, and a powerful new sentiment — big is bad — is being echoed by liberals and conservatives alike.The anger at the nation’s financial behemoths is taking shape in a variety of ways, most ... continue reading

January 4th, 2010

New Year's Resolution: Clean House

President Obama's own instincts on how do deal with the economy seem to be somewhat better than those of his most senior advisers. At the White House jobs summit in December, he sounded less like Larry Summers or Tim Geithner and more like the man we heard on the campaign ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

November 29th, 2009

Bernanke Forgot About His Role In Causing the Great Recession

Ben Bernanke's column in the Washington Post has to be absolutely infuriating to anyone old enough to remember the events of 2008. In this column, Bernanke lectures the public about the need for the Federal Reserve Board to preserve its independence from Congress, explaining that:"The government's actions to avoid financial ... continue reading

October 31st, 2009

Break Up the Banks

As the battle over financial reform takes shape, it's become clear there are essentially three camps. The first, represented by the American Bankers Association, which convened in Chicago for its annual conference in October, is the do-nothing camp. Oh sure, ABA's Ed Yingling will say he favors reform and offer ... continue reading

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Apr 15th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
10:13 PM
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

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