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These will be the big news stories of 2014

Brace yourselves: 2014 is going to be another big year for news.... Read more»

Ex-SEC chief now helps companies navigate post-meltdown reforms

On March 11, 2008, Christopher Cox, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said he was comfortable with the amount of capital that Bear Stearns and the other publicly traded Wall Street investment banks had on hand. Days later, Bear was gone, becoming the first investment bank to disappear in 2008 under the watch of Cox’s SEC. By the end of the year, all five banks supervised by the SEC were either bankrupt, bought or converted to bank holding companies.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Isquierdo talks about the 'New Sunnyside'

An interview with controversial Sunnyside Superintendent Manuel Isquierdo, plus Tucsoncitizen.com Administrator Mark B. Evans, Tucson Padres GM Mike Feder on the wind-up of Tucson baseball, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Middle East expert Prof. Stephen Zunes.... Read more»1

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: City Council meeting recap

Washington commentator Jimmy Zuma, Ward 2 Councilman Paul Cunningham, TUSD Boardmember Mark Stegeman, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik.... Read more»

Spinning Obama’s climate change plan

President Barack Obama’s climate change plan had both sides busy spinning data.... Read more»

Freddie Mac didn’t set out to profit from homeowners trapped in high-rate mortgages

Federal watchdog says mortgage giant had no coordinated plan to bet against homeowners, though Freddie held billions of dollars of investments that paid off if borrowers stayed stuck in high-interest loans. ... Read more»

Bernanke: Recovery close to faltering

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a Congressional committee on Tuesday that "the recovery is close to faltering," The New York Times reports. ... Read more»

Analysis

Job creation requires spending

A range of economists and independent forecasters say boosting the economy and getting people back to work should be job number one for Congress and that ideological objectives should be set aside until that’s been accomplished.... Read more»

Bernanke offers no new plan for stimulus

In his closely watched remarks this morning in Jackson Hole, Wyo., U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke offered no plan for immediate economic stimulus.... Read more»

Did Rick Perry just threaten Ben Bernanke?

Yes, it's political silly season. But, campaigning in Iowa, Texas governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry has just said something shocking. He's unleashed the "T" word, and I don't mean taxes: treason. (with video)... Read more»5

Busy week for Congress weighing financial reform

Major banks with at least $50 billion in assets and any other companies that are designated as systemically important will be subject to stricter regulation to protect the U.S. financial system from another meltdown. ... Read more»

U.S. adds 244,000 jobs in April

The numbers appear to show a bit of momentum for jobs in the United States, a key figure for the economy as consumers tend to spend more money when they have paychecks flowing in.... Read more»

Backgrounder

The battle over hidden debit card fees

A provision within the financial reform bill that would regulate debit card transaction fees could be postponed by a year or two following fierce objections from banks.... Read more»