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Politico: Tubman replacing Jackson on the $20, Hamilton spared

Harriet Tubman

By Ben White and Nolan D. McCaskill
Published: 04/20/16 – 11:56 AM EDT
Updated: 04/20/16 – 08:05 PM EDT

  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew reverses a plan to bump Hamilton after receiving fierce blowback.

Harriet Tubman will bump Andrew Jackson from the front of the $20 bill while Alexander Hamilton will stay put on the $10 — a historic move that gives a woman prime placement on U.S. currency and quells a controversy kicked up by Hamilton super-fans.

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U.S. Treasury Building

Contributions to the Treasury Department’s MyRA program can be made through direct deposit from a paycheck or a banking account. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the department is emphasizing the program in hopes that people will use some of their tax returns to begin saving for retirement. (J. David Ake / Associated Press)

Sarah D. Wire
March 11, 2016

A recent study shows nearly half of California workers don’t have a retirement savings plan available at work, and the U.S. Treasury Department is hoping a new no fee, no minimum deposit retirement saving program will fill the gap.

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Reuters: Treasury’s Lew says U.S. will hit debt ceiling around November 5

Debt Limit

Thursday, October 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — The federal government will hit a legal debt limit and be unable to borrow more money around Nov. 5, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Thursday.

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Debt Limit

By Jim Puzzanghera
March 13, 2015

The Treasury Department has started taking steps to extend the federal government’s borrowing ability as the U.S. hits its debt limit again Monday, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew told lawmakers Friday.

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SacBee (AP): Lew tells Congress of emergency measures to avoid debt limit

Debt Limit

By Martin Crutsinger
AP Economics Writer
03/06/2015 – 4:41 PM

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress on Friday that he will start using the package of emergency measures he has used in the past to keep the federal government from going over the debt limit next week.

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U.S. Department of Treasury

By Philip Klein | February 26, 2015 | 6:11 am

The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations.

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WashPost: Obama administration delays another health care rule for small businesses

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The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department are postponing the enforcement of yet another rule tied to the president’s health care law. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By J.D. Harrison
February 19, 2015 at 3:11 PM

One of these days, employers will experience the full effects of Obamacare — but not yet.

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KQED: People Found Ineligible for Obamacare Coverage Must Repay Subsidies

Hand Out

August 29, 2014 | 12:03 PM | By state of health
By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News

Consumers getting government subsidies for health insurance who are later found ineligible for those payments will owe the government, but not necessarily the full amount, according to the Treasury Department.

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LATimes: Regulators act to require stronger bank capital

General Views Of Wells Fargo Locations Ahead Of Earns Figures

Wells Fargo and seven other banks will have to add about $68 billion in capital to their reserves to meet new requirements. (Bloomberg News / October 10, 2012)

Associated Press
April 8, 2014, 3:16 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Regulators are acting to require U.S. banks to build a sturdier financial base to lessen the risk that they could collapse and cause a global meltdown.

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LATimes: Banks get a primer on pot money

Medical Marijuana

Obama administration offers institutions new guidance in an effort to bring dispensaries into the mainstream.

By Timothy M. Phelps and Jim Puzzanghera
February 14, 2014, 6:09 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, taking the first regulatory step to accommodate the country’s growing state-approved marijuana businesses, issued guidelines Friday designed to bring dispensaries into the banking system and end their risky reliance on stashing large amounts of cash.

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WashPost: The White House is relaxing the employer mandate again


By Sarah Kliff
February 10 at 4:15 pm

The Treasury Department on Monday rolled out more tweaks to the health-care law’s requirement that all large employers–those with 50 or more workers–provide insurance coverage to their workers. This is the part of Obamacare was supposed to take effect at the start of 2014, but was delayed by the White House this past summer as the White House was facing significant push back from employers.

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LATimes: Big U.S. banks keeping door open to another financial crisis


Big banks have watered down rules aimed at keeping them from fobbing bad loans off on investors and ensured loopholes in transparency rules. ‘Fundamentally not that much has changed,’ an analyst says.

By Michael Hiltzik
September 13, 2013, 11:23 p.m.

There are two ways to think about how far we’ve come in protecting against a repeat of the financial meltdown five years ago that plunged the world into recession.

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Politico: Debt limit to be hit by mid-October

U.S. Department of Treasury

By BRIAN FALER | 8/26/13 4:35 PM EDT

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Monday warned congressional leaders that the government will run up against its borrowing limit by mid-October, setting up an earlier-than-expected deadline for what will be the fall’s most contentious battle between the Obama administration and Republicans.

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U.S. Department of Treasury

August 14, 2013 – 4:15 AM
By Terence P. Jeffrey

( – The Treasury Department’s Financial Management Service (FMS), which publishes both the federal government’s official Daily Treasury Statement and its official Monthly Treasury Statement, is reporting that in July the federal government ran a deficit of $98 billion but that the federal government’s debt remained exactly $16,699,396,000,000 for the entire month.

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Reuters: Exclusive: IRS manual detailed DEA’s use of hidden intel evidence


Mon, Aug 5 2013
By John Shiffman and David Ingram

WASHINGTON | Thu Aug 8, 2013 9:54am EDT

(Reuters) – Details of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program that feeds tips to federal agents and then instructs them to alter the investigative trail were published in a manual used by agents of the Internal Revenue Service for two years.

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LATimes: Top IRS official pleads the 5th Amendment at testy House hearing

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The star witness at a hearing investigating the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups invoked her constitutional right to not answer questions.

By Richard Simon and Melanie Mason
May 22, 2013, 8:47 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A top Internal Revenue Service official invoked the 5th Amendment and declined to testify Wednesday before a House committee investigating the agency’s mishandling of applications by some conservative groups for tax-exempt status.

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WashPost: With more clarity, White House adds to confusion on IRS

The White House

By Dan Balz,
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

It is never good for an administration when a front-page newspaper article about an ongoing controversy begins as follows: “The White House offered a new account Monday of how and when it learned . . . ” That’s what readers of The Post awoke to on Tuesday. In trying to contain the controversy and protect President Obama, White House officials have only added to questions about what happened.

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U.S. Department of Treasury

By Zachary Goldfarb
Published: May 20, 2013 at 11:00 pm

The Treasury Department was informed on three separate occasions that the Internal Revenue Service planned to disclose that it targeted conservative groups for scrutiny, and on one occasion, Treasury expressed concern about the form of the disclosure, a Treasury official said on Monday night.

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Elspeth Reeve
May 17, 2013

The IRS official who revealed the IRS had inappropriately targeted conservative groups on Friday did so on purpose — by asking a tax lawyer to ask her about it at American Bar Association tax section’s annual meeting.

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Barack Obama

By Carol D. Leonnig
Published: May 16, 2013

When the Barack H. Obama Foundation sought tax-exempt status to raise money for good works in Kenya, the Internal Revenue Service provided quick help.

The IRS approved charitable status for the foundation, which was run by President Obama’s brother and named after his father, in about a month’s time. The IRS also agreed to give the group this important financial status retroactively, back to 2009, when it had begun its fundraising.

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By Zachary A. Goldfarb and Juliet Eilperin
Published: May 15 E-mail the writers

President Obama on Wednesday demanded and accepted the resignation of the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Steven T. Miller, as part of a multi-pronged effort to quell controversies that threaten to dominate his second term.

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WashPost: Obama struggles to get beyond a scandal trifecta

Barack Obama

President Obama addressed the IRS controversy Wednesday evening, announcing that the acting commissioner of the IRS has resigned. Obama reiterated that he “would not tolerate this kind of behavior.”

By Karen Tumulty
Published: May 15 E-mail the writer

The most corrosive political scandals are the ones that feed a pre­existing story line — which is why the White House could have difficulty putting the current ones behind it any time soon.

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By Michael A. Memoli
May 15, 2013, 9:15 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Republican congressional leaders, faced with an array of crises threatening to overwhelm the White House, appear to have singled out the targeting of conservative political groups by the IRS as the most fertile — and politically advantageous — to focus on.

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The Atlantic: Democrats in Triage Mode on White House Scandals

Shane Goldmacher
May 14 2013, 4:39 PM ET

As three separate scandals – the IRS targeting the tea party, the Justice Department’s phone-records grab from the AP, and Benghazi – erupt simultaneously, congressional Republicans are hoping to fold them into a single narrative of an unaccountable and overreaching White House that cannot be trusted.

As Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., put it colorfully during a Fox News appearance, “This sounds like a president somewhat drunk on power.”

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Barack Obama

By Scott Wilson
May 13, 2013

There was a guiding principle early in President Obama’s first term that in Washington it is always better to be pitching than catching.

The stimulus bill, the bank and auto industry bailouts, Wall Street regulation, health-care legislation, Muslim outreach abroad — the first two years featured Obama as pitcher.

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By Juliet Eilperin
Published: May 12, 2013

At various points over the past two years, Internal Revenue Service officials singled out for scrutiny not only groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names but also nonprofit groups that criticized the government and sought to educate Americans about the U.S. Constitution, according to documents in an audit conducted by the agency’s inspector general.

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AP: AP Exclusive: IRS knew tea party targeted in 2011


WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 2011, according to a draft of an inspector general’s report obtained by The Associated Press that seemingly contradicts public statements by the IRS commissioner.

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The admission that the IRS improperly investigated conservative political groups only means more trouble for the roll-out of the health care law.

By Nancy Cook
Updated: May 12, 2013 | 9:05 a.m.
May 10, 2013 | 3:33 p.m.

The Internal Revenue Service’s admission that it inappropriately targeted conservative political groups for special scrutiny during the 2012 presidential election only gives congressional Republicans more ammunition as they try to defund and weaken the agency.

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WashPost: Higher revenue, lower spending might mean debt limit breather


By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Published: April 25, 2013

The next battle over the federal debt limit appears to be further away than many expect — and perhaps not until well into autumn.

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WashPost: Treasury: We won’t mint a platinum coin to sidestep the debt ceiling


Posted by Ezra Klein
January 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm

The Treasury Department will not mint a trillion-dollar platinum coin to get around the debt ceiling. If they did, the Federal Reserve would not accept it.

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WashPost: Senate Democrats urge Obama to bypass Republicans on the debt ceiling

Money Printing Press

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Published: January 11, 2013

Democratic leaders in the Senate on Friday urged President Obama to consider bypassing Congress to prevent the nation from defaulting on its spending obligations if lawmakers cannot agree to raise the nation’s $16.4 trillion debt ceiling next month.

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LATimes: Treasury to take steps to keep paying bills as debt limit nears

U.S. Department of Treasury

By Jim Puzzanghera
December 26, 2012, 2:22 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The federal government will begin taking special steps this week to continue paying its bills as the nation prepares to hit its debt limit next week, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said Wednesday.

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Sunday, December 22, 2012 – 11:30 a.m.

The U.S. Treasury has announced it will begin to liquidate its stake in General Motors at a huge loss. A loss so significant it will likely wipe out any profit from the bank bailout.

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WashPost: U.S. to sell off its remaining GM shares


By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Thursday, December 20, 2012

The much-debated bailout of Detroit is finally nearing an end after four years — and it looks like the ultimate cost to taxpayers will be between $10 billion and $20 billion.

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InlandPolitics: U.S. National Debt to exceed $16 trillion mark on Tuesday

Monday, September 3, 2012 – 05:00 p.m.

This week the Democratic National Convention (DNC) is being held in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Bloomberg: Secret Fed Loans Helped Banks Net $13B

$ 7.7 Trillion Loan!


By Bob Ivry, Bradley Keoun and Phil Kuntz – Nov 27, 2011 4:01 PM PT
Bloomberg Markets Magazine

The Federal Reserve and the big banks fought for more than two years to keep details of the largest bailout in U.S. history a secret. Now, the rest of the world can see what it was missing.

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InlandPolitics: Markets down for 7th day over debt problems

Friday, November 25, 2011 – 11:45 a.m.

U.S. stocks ended lower for the seventh trading session in row on Friday,

While investment analysts cry that “Stocks are cheap.”, “It’s a buying opportunity.”, “I like stocks here.”, and “Investors shouldn’t panic.”, the markets continue to recede.

Even the recent trading range doesn’t look too warm and fuzzy.

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CNSNews: Fed Now Largest Owner of U.S. Gov’t Debt—Surpassing China

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

By Terence P. Jeffrey
November 16, 2011
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( – At the close of business on Tuesday, the debt of the federal government exceeded $15 trillion for the first time–with the largest single owner of the publicly held portion of that debt being the Federal Reserve.

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LATimes: U.S. credit rating facing another cut soon, Bank of America warns

AA ?

Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
October 23, 2011 | 2:40 pm

America’s credit rating is likely to take another hit before the end of 2011, threatening renewed market turmoil, Bank of America Merrill Lynch economists warn.

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FinancialTimes: Concerns grow over Fannie and Freddie debt

October 9, 2011 7:58 pm
By Henny Sender in Hong Kong and Michael MacKenzie in New York

Asian and Middle Eastern central banks and sovereign wealth funds are increasingly anxious about the safety of their investments in the debt of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac , despite the assurances of US government officials.

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LATimes: Federal regulators bent rules to let banks repay TARP money early

Bank of America, Wells Fargo and PNC Financial’s quick exits from the bailout program raise questions about whether government officials put repayment ahead of ensuring that the banks were financially strong enough to survive on their own.

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2011

Reporting from Washington— Federal regulators bent the rules to allow Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co. and PNC Financial Services Group Inc. to repay their bailout money early, missing a chance to force them into further bolstering their finances.

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The Sun: Wesley Hughes: Double-dip a misnomer

Planet Wes
Wesley G. Hughes, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/14/2011 04:46:33 PM PDT

The “experts” keep talking about a double-dip recession.

That’s all wrong. You can’t dip back into something you never got out of.

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

By Zachary A. Goldfarb and Neil Irwin
Published: August 14

Barely two years after the financial crisis ended, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke were back at it about a week ago. They were working the weekend phones with their counterparts in Europe, urging them to use overwhelming force to contain the continent’s spreading debt crisis, which was unnerving markets on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Bloomberg: S&P 500 Extends Worst Slump Since 2008 Bear Market

By Rita Nazareth – Aug 8, 2011 1:08 PM PT

U.S. stocks tumbled, extending the biggest slump for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index since 2008’s bear market, amid concern that a downgrade of the nation’s credit rating by S&P may worsen an economic slowdown.

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Monday, August 8, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

Standard and Poor’s downgrade of the sovereign credit rating of the United States was a long time coming.

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InlandPolitics: S&P lowers US credit rating to AA+


Friday, August 5, 2011 – 06:00 p.m.

As expected, rating agency Standard and Poors lowered the soverign credit rating of the United States from AAA to AA+ late Friday afternoon.

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InlandPolitics: Reality sets in, National debt hits 100% of GDP

Thursday, August 4, 2011 – 10:45 a.m.

Reality continues to set in on Wall Street this Thursday morning, with the major stock indices suffering a major pullback that has not only wiped out all of this years gains, but is now starting to erase last years.

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DailyBulletin: Senate kills House debt plan, moves toward compromise

By Neil Nisperos Staff Writer
Created: 07/29/2011 10:18:37 PM PDT

The Republican-controlled House approved Speaker John Boehner’s debt limit plan on Friday only to have Senate Democrats scuttle the measure without so much as a debate on its merits.

Boehner’s plan included a requirement for the submission of a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget.

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LATimes: Apple has more cash than the U.S. Treasury

Apple is sitting on a pile of money that’s bigger than the Treasury’s dwindling balance.
By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
July 29, 2011, 9:10 p.m.

Apple Inc. may not have more money than God. But it’s got more cash than Uncle Sam.

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LATimes: Dollar gets trashed as U.S. debt fears deepen

Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.

July 26, 2011 | 6:00 pm

The strongest sign of worry about the U.S. debt drama may be showing up in the dollar, which is on track for its third straight weekly decline.

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YahooFinance (Reuters): U.S. likely to lose top rating: economists

‘AA’ ?

On Tuesday July 26, 2011, 3:11 pm EDT
By Pedro da Costa and Andy Bruce

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – The United States will lose its top-notch AAA credit rating from at least one major rating agency, according to a Reuters poll that also found wrangling over the debt ceiling has already damaged the economy.

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By James Nash – Jul 25, 2011 9:01 PM PT

Overseers of 10 public pension funds with combined assets topping $1 trillion joined a call for a deal on raising the U.S. debt ceiling, warning that a failure by leaders in Washington would have “devastating” consequences.

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LATimes: Debt-ceiling standoff grinds on

By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
July 24, 2011, 10:13 p.m.

Reporting from Washington— Congressional leaders missed a self-imposed weekend deadline for reaching a debt agreement that would stave off federal default, leaving Democrats and Republicans aligned behind competing proposals as financial markets watched closely for signs of progress.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011 – 06:00 p.m.

If it doesn’t alarm you it should.

The U.S. Federal Reserve is holding $2.6 trillion in U.S. Government-issued bonds and bank-issued mortgage-backed securities on its balance sheet.

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LATimes: U.S. gets debt-rating warning from S&P, following rival Moody’s

Money & Company Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
July 14, 2011 | 6:19 pm

The U.S. got another warning on its credit rating late Thursday, as Standard & Poor’s said there was a “substantial likelihood” it could lower its AAA grade on Treasury debt because of the political battle over the federal debt ceiling and spending cuts.

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CNBC (Reuters): Fed Will Buy $50 Billion of Treasurys in Final QE2 Push

Published: Friday, 10 Jun 2011 | 2:58 PM ET
By: Reuters

The flood of Federal Reserve money that has supported Wall Street and the rest of the U.S. economy for two and a half years will shrink to a trickle with the conclusion of the Fed’s bond purchases announced Friday.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011 – 09:30 p.m.

The situation for Americans in general isn’t so hot these days, and it’s likely to worsen.

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The Hill: US government hits the debt ceiling

By Peter Schroeder – 05/16/11 08:32 PM ET

The U.S. government officially hit the federal debt limit Monday, prompting the Treasury Department to invoke new measures to prevent a default.

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WSJ: As Debt Limit Reached, Agreement Still Far Off

Monday, May 16, 2011


The U.S. government is expected to hit the $14.294 trillion debt ceiling Monday, setting in motion an uncertain, 11-week political scramble to avoid a default.

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LATimes: Insolvency looms for federal entitlement programs, government warns

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, pictured Thursday leaving a Blair House meeting on the budget, announced that insolvency looms for government entitlements. (Evan Vucci, AP Photo)

By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
May 13, 2011, 11:19 a.m.

Caught in the sluggish recovery from the last recession, Social Security and Medicare face an increasingly dismal fiscal future, the federal government reported Friday in its annual review of the two mammoth entitlement programs.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville owes IRS $82K

April 18, 2011 4:31 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The city owes $82,628 to the Internal Revenue Service, including $14,330 in late fees for a refund that should’ve been made nearly four years ago.

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CNBC: S&P Affirms US AAA Rating, Cuts Outlook to Negative

Published: Monday, 18 Apr 2011 | 10:43 AM ET

Standard & Poor’s on Monday downgraded the outlook for the United States to negative, saying it believes there’s a risk U.S. policymakers may not reach agreement on how to address the country’s long-term fiscal pressures.

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The Sun: Deadline tonight for tax returns

Extension forms may be scarce
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/18/2011 12:26:13 AM PDT

Tonight at 11:59 is the deadline to file postmarked or electronically send 2010 tax returns or request an extension on them, and accountants have a simple message for procrastinators: Good luck.

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YahooFinance (Reuters): PIMCO now betting against U.S. government debt

On Monday April 11, 2011, 11:36 am

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The world’s largest bond fund began betting against U.S. government debt last month on the expectation that shaky finances will jolt interest rates higher.

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LATimes: Tax changes for health insurance buyers, home buyers and the unemployed

A new deduction for self-employed workers, multiple home buyer credits and an expired break for the jobless are among the vexing issues this tax season.

By Kathy M. Kristof Personal Finance
March 27, 2011

Welcome to tax season — the most dreaded time of year.

It’s not just that preparing a tax return is time-consuming and costly — although it’s clearly both. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that it takes roughly 23 hours and costs about $300, on average, to compile and file a Form 1040.

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LATimes: As Japan seeks to finance reconstruction, U.S. debt costs could rise

Tokyo may need to raise money to rebuild after the earthquake, but selling their U.S. Treasury bonds could create problems of its own. The nuclear power shutdown will affect production throughout Japan and boost demand for oil.

By Don Lee and Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
March 14, 2011, 6:12 p.m.

Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles —

Japan’s need to raise huge amounts of money for reconstruction after the disastrous earthquake raises the prospect of higher U.S. costs to finance its own budget deficit and ultimately higher costs to American consumers on financing everything from houses and cars to credit card debt.

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
March 8, 2011 | 2:38 pm

The Treasury Department has recovered 70% of the money distributed under the $700-billion bailout fund after American International Group paid back $6.9 billion of the money it owed.

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LATimes: A damning post-mortem of the financial meltdown

Though few have paid attention, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission’s conclusions clearly point out the failures by regulators — and the (un)regulated — to rein in excesses that predictably led to ruin.

By Michael Hiltzik
February 6, 2011

The public reaction to major man-made disasters always follows the same life cycle: First come shock and outrage, then demands for investigation and retribution against the guilty, and finally resignation about God’s mysterious ways, fatigue and ennui.

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The PE: Inland bank faces scrutiny by feds

10:44 PM PST on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Premier Service Bank is under closer scrutiny by the U.S. Treasury Department after missing six dividend payments through the Troubled Asset Relief Program, and by regulators, who have ordered the bank to raise capital ratios by the end of the month.

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CNBC: Accounting Tweak Could Save Fed From Losses

Published: Friday, 21 Jan 2011 | 4:58 PM ET

Concerns that the Federal Reserve could suffer losses on its massive bond holdings may have driven the central bank to adopt a little-noticed accounting change with huge implications: it makes insolvency much less likely.

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FinancialTimes: America: Paydown problems

By James Politi
Published: January 13 2011 22:15 | Last updated: January 13 2011 22:15

It was the most startling of warnings. If the US does not get its finances in order “we will have a European situation on our hands, and possibly worse”, claimed Paul Ryan, the new Republican chairman of the House of Representatives budget committee.

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YahooFinance (AP): US debt passes $14 trillion, Congress weighs caps

By Tom Raum, Associated Press – January 15, 2011

WASHINGTON – The United States just passed a dubious milestone: Government debt surged to an all-time high, more than $14 trillion.

That means Congress soon will have to lift the legal debt limit to give the nearly maxed-out government an even higher credit limit or dramatically cut spending to stay within the current cap. Either way, a fight is ahead on Capitol Hill, inflamed by the passions of tea party activists and deficit hawks.

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CBSPolitics: National Debt Tops $14 Trillion

January 3, 2011 5:57 PM
Posted by Mark Knoller

The latest posting today of the National Debt shows it has topped $14 trillion for the first time.

The U.S. Treasury website today reported that as of last Friday, the last day of 2010, the National Debt stood at $14,025,215,218,708.52.

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InlandPolitics: Businesses tied to local developer clear ‘random’ IRS audits

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 – 06:45 p.m.
Last Updated: December 15, 2010 – 09:00 a.m.

The term ‘random’ just took on a new meaning when it comes to being a target.

Rancho Cucamonga Developer Jeffrey Burum, the ongoing favorite target of San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, over a 2006 settlement between San Bernardino County and Colonies Partners, L.P., was recently treated to additional scrutiny.

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InlandPolitics: Treasury rates continue climb

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 – 10:40 a.m.

Interest rates on U.S. Treasury securities continued climbing today with the rate on the 10-year treasury bond now hitting 3.13% this morning.

The 10-year treasury instrument remains the benchmark for mortgage loans.

InlandPolitics Commentary: Banks gutted Obama and democrats chances

Monday, November 1, 2010 – 11:30 a.m.

President Barack Obama and congressional democrats can place a major portion of the blame for their pending gutting at the polls tomorrow squarely at the feet of the banking industry.

There are several factors in-play here.

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InlandPolitics: Cities, counties still fail to realize “worst” is yet to come

Sunday, August 29, 2010 – 12:30 pm
Updated: August 29, 2010 – 08:50 pm

It’s baffling to hear the rhetoric, chatter, and the denials regarding the condition of the state and local economy.

Yes, it’s going to get worse. A situation that’s bad for everyone. Politicians, businesses, and everyday folk. Denial is still in full swing.

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SacBee: 42,000 of California’s jobless will get help with mortgages

By Jim Wasserman
Published: Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 6B

More than 42,000 laid-off California homeowners are about to get a break.

Starting Nov. 1, the government will help them make mortgage payments while they look for another job.

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DailyBulletin: Raids cast shadow

John “JP” Pomierski

Cloud over Upland

Mayor’s future is on the line
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/10/2010 07:08:31 AM PDT

UPLAND – Mayor John “JP” Pomierski was elected by Upland voters to save the city from the verge of bankruptcy.

The citizens trusted his abilities as an Upland businessman to lead them to the financial stability the city enjoys now, 10 years later.

But his own business dealings have come under scrutiny by federal investigators. A June 10 raid by FBI and IRS agents on Pomierski’s home, City Hall and two local businesses has left residents questioning the integrity of the mayor who helped pull the city out of its fiscal darkness, and wondering what his future might be.

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Raids by the FBI, IRS came as `big surprise’
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/10/2010 07:08:27 AM PDT

UPLAND – A recent raid by FBI and IRS agents at the mayor’s home and City Hall may have some residents wondering who their mayor is.

John “JP” Pomierski has been mayor since 2000. Most of the news coming out of the city has been related to finances and development, but on June 10 the focus changed to Pomierski himself.

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The US workforce shrank by 652,000 in June, one of the sharpest contractions ever. The rate of hourly earnings fell 0.1pc. Wages are flirting with deflation.

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Published: 9:33PM BST 04 Jul 2010

“The economy is still in the gravitational pull of the Great Recession,” said Robert Reich, former US labour secretary. “All the booster rockets for getting us beyond it are failing.”

“Home sales are down. Retail sales are down. Factory orders in May suffered their biggest tumble since March of last year. So what are we doing about it? Less than nothing,” he said.

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YahooFinance (CNBC): Fannie-Freddie Bailout Could Cost Taxpayers $1 Trillion

On Tuesday June 29, 2010, 9:01 am EDT

For American taxpayers, now on the hook for some $145 billion in housing losses connected to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, that amount could be just the tip of the iceberg.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the losses could balloon to $400 billion. And if housing prices fall further, the cost to the taxpayer could hit as much as $1 trillion.

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The administration of President Barack Obama has been continuously stressing that it wants to keep Americans in their homes.

After all, the U.S. Federal Reserve System is giving the money center banks including Wells Fargo, virtually free money so the same banks can turnaround and lend it back to the U.S. Treasury keeping the interest paid by the same Treasury as profit. Isn’t it great? Borrow money from taxpayers at an interest rate of 0.00%-0.25% and then lend it back to taxpayers at a substantially higher interest rate. A practice known as making money on the spread.

Why modify mortgages when you can force the borrowers out of their homes and use taxpayer money to cushion the loss?

Now along comes Wells Fargo Bank.

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Today agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service executed search warrants at Upland City Hall and three locations related to Mayor John Pomierski and a business partner.

Sources say Pomierski’s residence, business, and the office of a business partner are also involved in today’s activity.

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Agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service are at this time serving search warrants at Upland City Hall and three locations related to Mayor John Pomierski and a business partner.

Sources say Pomierski’s residence, business, and the office of a business partner are also involved in today’s activity.

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