Cayman Islands Investment Becomes Obstacle For Treasury Secretary Nominee

By: Monday February 11, 2013 6:01 am

Jack Lew’s nomination for Treasury Secretary was already proving to be contentious but now questions are being raised on Lew’s personal financial activities. Lew reportedly made an offshore investment in the Cayman Islands that may have been an attempt to avoid taxes.

British Might End Too Big To Fail Banking

By: Monday February 4, 2013 7:38 am

After a global financial crisis, an epic price fixing scandal, and embarrassing criminal conduct British regulators are considering ending Too Big To Fail Banking. British Finance Minister George Osborne has proposed legislation that if banks do not shield their riskier investment activities from day to day banking they will face restructuring.

Lew Nomination Finds Opponents On Left And Right

By: Friday January 11, 2013 6:36 am

When President Obama announced Jack Lew’s nomination for Treasury Secretary he promised Lew would help bring people together, I doubt this is what he meant.

Obama to Announce Jack Lew as Treasury Secretary Today

By: Thursday January 10, 2013 7:39 am

ack Lew, veteran of Citigroup and current White House Chief of Staff, will be our next Treasury Secretary.

Nomination Advice for President Obama

By: Friday December 14, 2012 6:35 am

Scene: the Oval Office

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA and CHIEF OF STAFF JACK LEW are seated on the sofas facing one another, with a single sheet of paper in front of LEW on the coffee table between them. Neither looks happy.

Tim Geithner’s Lead Negotiating Position on Fiscal Slope Should Cause Concern

By: Tuesday November 27, 2012 6:08 pm

The White House absolutely wants the Treasury Secretary to be deeply involved with budget issues. But we know this because they’ve already designated current Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in the lead negotiating role on the fiscal slope. So while Lew may have the resume, Geithner already has the job, and he has indicated he will not step down until the negotiation gets resolved somehow.

Reports: Bowles Rules Out Treasury Secretary Job

By: Friday November 16, 2012 9:12 am

Erskine Bowles told Maria Bartiromo last night that he would not serve as the nation’s next Treasury Secretary. This apparently happened off-air, but it has been confirmed in local papers in North Carolina, Bowles’ home state.

Treasury Rumors: Replacements for Geithner on Either Side a Fairly Sorry Lot

By: Monday October 1, 2012 3:23 pm

The next Administration, whoever it may be, will feature a new direction on policies around economic and finance issues. That’s because, even if Barack Obama wins re-election, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has announced that he would leave his post. So you either get a Romney Presidency and an entirely new direction on these policies, or a second Obama term and a potential new direction. With fiscal issues sure to take prominence in 2013, this is a critical changeover.

So who’s on the Washington short list?

Fatster’s News Roundup from July 1, 2012

By: Monday July 2, 2012 6:15 am

Fatster compiles headlines and links from the stories you might have missived over the weekend, including articles on rendition, drone strikes, Burma, Barclays Bank thieves, House GOP underfunding, dumb ALEC, Rick Scott’s voter purge, private prisons, flood insurance, Jack Lew, Eric Holder ConED strike, phony pregnancy centers, reproductive rights, and much more.

Again, New Accents But Same Songs in Obama Budget

By: Monday February 13, 2012 8:55 am

The FY 2013 budget that the Administration will release today is, in the long run, a meaningless document in substantive terms, so I don’t want to spend that much time on it. But I was a little surprised with the pushback I received about my assessment that it reflects a shift in tone rather than policy. It’s a simple fact that the Administration has wanted a deficit deal for some time, and that this budget will build in a deficit deal. They’re going about it in a smarter way with a higher bid in the negotiations.

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