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Maria Cantwell, Monday-Morning-Quarterbacking the Financial Crisisnew

It's a regular lovefest for Sen. Maria Cantwell, who recently teamed up with Sen. John McCain to try to re-regulate Wall Street. A week ago, Tina Brown's The Daily Beast declared Cantwell one of a dozen "rising political stars."
Seattle Weekly  |  Mark D. Fefer  |  01-11-2010  |  Politics

Why We Hate Banks

For years, banks and insurance companies have insulted, exploited and gouged their customers. Now they want us to bail them out?
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  03-24-2009  |  Economy

Man Sues Bank Over Debit Card Feesnew

Dennis Charlton is taking one of Greater Cincinnati's largest corporations to court in a legal showdown that potentially could affect thousands of local banking customers.
Cincinnati CityBeat  |  Kevin Osborne  |  12-11-2008  |  Economy

After the Crash, There's Little Recourse for Those Wronged by WaMunew

The problem for plaintiffs in suits against WaMu is who to go after now. Rob Williamson, an attorney who filed a class-action suit against WaMu over what he claims were hidden and excessive fees, puts it this way: "The defendant no longer exists."
Seattle Weekly  |  Nina Shapiro  |  12-02-2008  |  Economy

From Bank Crisis to Food Crisisnew

According to former agricultural banker Ben Gisin, whose magazine Touch the Soil is chronicling the local foods movement across the nation, the housing-cum-banking crisis foreshadows and ever deeper, looming global catastrophe: massive food shortages.
Boise Weekly  |  Tim Andreae  |  11-14-2008  |  Economy

Public Transit Agencies May Pay Billions for Risky Deals with Bankersnew

San Francisco is suddenly at risk of paying $140 million to bankers who six years ago convinced the city to use its Muni trains in a $1 billion sham tax shelter. Cities such as Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York are suddenly facing similar potential payouts.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  11-05-2008  |  Economy

Henry Paulson's Power Grabnew

The new and revised bailout plan will likely be offered to every U.S. bank with more than $500 million in assets, financial experts say. How'd we get here? Essentially by making Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson God.
Creative Loafing (Charlotte)  |  Tara Servatius  |  10-29-2008  |  Economy

Contemplating a Charlotte Without Wachovia or Bank of Americanew

Why are we building a center city for the future on a banking industry model of stability that died in the 1980s?
Creative Loafing (Charlotte)  |  Tara Servatius  |  10-21-2008  |  Economy

Is It Open Season on the 401(k)?new

In yet another troubling sign for the U.S. economy, more Americans are borrowing against their 401(k) retirement plans to make ends meet. What's more, some banks are making it easier by offering people debit cards that tap into their retirement funds.
Shepherd Express  |  Ken Reibel  |  08-01-2008  |  Economy

Home Equity Loans Threatened in Mortgage Crisisnew

As property values drop, many banks are freezing their customers' home equity loans.
East Bay Express  |  Anna McCarthy  |  06-04-2008  |  Housing & Development

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