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Oakland Just Voted to Explore Public Banking

The City of Oakland, California joins a host of other communities exploring public banking.

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Trump's $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan: Lincoln Had a Better Solution

In Donald Trump’s victory speech after the presidential election, he vowed to rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, and hospitals. It sounds great; but as usual, the devil is in the details.

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A Message from PBI Chair Walt McRee

Let’s stand together and move forward.

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Wall Street Heads Spin Over Trump Weighing Dimon For Treasury

Yesterday, CNBC announced that anonymous sources had told the cable business news outlet that Trump’s advisers were considering JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon for U.S. Treasury Secretary. The rumor nugget was quickly spread by other media outlets. The likelihood is that the rumor is coming from Jamie Dimon’s hyper-charged public relations machine rather than from Trump’s closest advisers.

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Trump Win Helped Wells Fargo Erase All Losses From Phony Accounts Scandal

After news of its phony accounts scandal broke in August, Wells Fargo’s stock got a long drag through the mud. But with expectations of a presidency that will be much friendlier to the financial industry, investors are finally beginning to show a little forgiveness.

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Germany's Financial Watchdog Warns Against Financial Deregulation

President-elect Trump said throughout his campaign he would oppose financial regulations and in May said he would repeal the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, which was passed in the wake of the financial crisis and empowered federal regulatory agencies to restrict banks' ability to make risky investments. Felix Hufeld, Germany’s financial watchdog, warned that loosening or scrapping of existing laws would lead to a new financial crisis.

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Voters Regulate Payday Lending

In South Dakota, where payday loan interest rates average a whopping 652 percent and are among the highest in the nation, voters have struck back by approving a 36 percent rate cap.

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NY Times Has a Fatal Wall Street Bias

The New York Times is the one paper in America that should be viewed with particular skepticism when it comes to Wall Street. It was a cheerleader for years on its editorial page, promoting the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act. The Times apology, coming after the deregulated Wall Street had crashed the U.S. financial system and left millions of innocent Americans without jobs and in foreclosure, was too little too late.

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The Economist Issues a Myopic Defense of the White-collar Criminal

An editorial called "Jail bait" is the latest in a line of salvoes against what The Economist imagines is a wave of politically driven regulatory actions against corporate executives. It's bad enough that the self-pitying jerks on Wall Street who read magazines like The Economist think that paying taxes or giving employees benefits or adhering to any labor or environmental standards are unconscionable burdens. Now we're supposed to be so grateful for their sociopathic pursuit of profits that we should excuse them from the criminal code, too?

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