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Closing Wall Street’s casino

November 20th, 2011  |  Source: http://blogs.reuters.com/


Not so long ago — before casinos, currency and commodities speculation, and credit default swaps became big business — U.S. courts would not enforce gambling debts.

Restoring this principle offers a simple way to shrink the rampant speculation in derivatives that was central to the 2008 meltdown on Wall Street.


Does the STOCK Act have legs?

November 18th, 2011  |  Source: citizensforethics.org


Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and other good governance groups sent letters to members of Congress urgingpassage of the “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act” (“STOCK Act”).   

Campaign and Lobbying Expenditures Promote Fracking Big Time

November 15th, 2011  |  Source: NPQ

Source: Common Cause | The venerable clean government organization, Common Cause, has an excellent, digestible report available on the politics—or the money in politics—concerning the “fracking” controversy. The report describes the problems with fracking:

Where's the Money, Jon Corzine?

November 14th, 2011  |  Source: The Motley Fool


This should be a really easy question for former MF Global (OTC: MFGLQ) CEO Jon Corzine. We should be able to ask, "So, Corzine, where is the money?" and he'd point us in the right direction.

But in the wake of MF Global's whirlwind bankruptcy, that question has been anything but easy.

Trouble in Richistan

November 11th, 2011  |  Source: FT.com

The dream – or myth – of mobility was the glue that helped keep America together

What does it take to get a new lobbyist around here?

November 10th, 2011  |  Source: FT.com

In “The Broken Contract“, his essay in the latest edition of Foreign Affairs, New Yorker staff writer George Packer argues that the source of widening US inequality is to be found when…

Organized money and the conservative movement seized the moment back in 1978 to begin a massive, generation-long transfer of wealth to the richest Americans.

A Preoccupying Book About The Future

November 6th, 2011  |  Source: MarketForum.com/Amazon.com


By guest reviewer Alex McCallum, Moderator of www.MarketForum.com

Changing Our World: Solutions for a Future


Patent troll: Billion-Dollar Patent Lawyer Hunting Facebook, Twitter

October 27th, 2011  |  Source: Paid Content

Patent troll is a pejorative term used for a person or company that enforces its patents against one or more alleged infringers in a manner considered by the target or observers as unduly aggressive or opportunistic, often with no intention to manufacture or market the patented invention.



Capitol Gains: Are members of Congress guilty of insider trading—and does it matter?

October 13th, 2011  |  Source: The Atlantic

IN 1995, WHEN Alan Ziobrowski was an associate professor of finance at Lander University, in South Carolina, he found himself at home one night watching “one of those 60 Minutes–type shows.”

That evening’s story caught his interest: Gregory Boller, a professor of marketing at the University of Memphis, had found some striking coincidences in which members of Congress, between 1990 and 1995, bought or sold stock in companies that could be affected by ongoing government activity.

HP Chairman Ray Lane: A profile in courage

September 26th, 2011  |  Source: Real Dan Lyons.com


HP board chairman Ray Lane is lashing out at critics who are pinning the blame for HP’s mess on the board of directors, who are described in this New York Times article as the “worst board in the history of business.”

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