Friday News Roundup - Hour 1

July 1, 2011

Diane and her guests discuss President Obama's challenge to the GOP on deficit negotiations, Bank of America's partial pay back to toxic mortgage investors, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's entry into the Republican presidential candidate race and other top national news stories of the week.

William Cohan: "Money and Power"

May 24, 2011

A former Wall Street insider on the history and culture of Goldman Sachs. How the firm came to dominate global markets, influence the federal government and play a controversial role in the mortgage meltdown.

The Crackdown on Insider Trading

May 16, 2011

The founder of one of the world's largest hedge funds was convicted on 14 counts of insider trading. The message for Wall Street - and Main Street - investors.

Fairness in the Tax Code

May 10, 2011

A congressional committee on taxation reported that 51 percent of Americans paid no federal income tax in 2009. Diane and guests explore the debate over fairness of the federal tax code.

The Future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

May 5, 2011

A House subcommittee approves a trio of GOP-backed bills to limit the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Implications for President Obama's overhaul of financial regulations.

The Fed: Policy and Transparency

April 28, 2011

For the first time in the Fed's 98-year history, the chairman holds a news conference. What the move toward greater transparency means for economists, analysts and average investors.

State Budgets and Public Unions

February 21, 2011

In Madison, Wisconsin protesters for and against Governor Scott Walker’s plan to end collective bargaining rights for some public employees are gathering for a seventh day. State employees have already largely agreed to accede to the...

President Obama's 2012 Budget Proposal

February 15, 2011

President Obama's $3.7 trillion budget proposal slashes many popular programs and aims to substantially reduce the deficit over a decade, but Republicans want far deeper cuts. Analysis of partisan budget battles ahead.

The Government’s Role in the Housing Market

February 10, 2011

White House proposals for reducing the government’s role in the housing market: The future of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and what the changes could mean for home buyers and sellers.

Financial Strains on Cities

January 25, 2011

The city of Camden, New Jersey, is cutting nearly half its police force. A city in California proposes to pay creditors only a fraction of what they're owed: Tax hikes, service cuts and threats of bankruptcy in cash-strapped U-S cities.

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