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Obama in danger of Hoovering the economy

The ringmasters of Obama’s economic policy must go. Obama is becoming another Hoover, incapable of turning from the advice of the money masters, writes David Hirst.

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AP | PLAYERS|

REVEALED: Who’s on Timothy Geithner’s speed dial?

The AP has obtained seven months of US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s appointment records, finding he spends more time chatting with executives from Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Citigroup than the President himself. Is he getting too close to Wall St?

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Washington Post | ECONOMY|

What China’s economy can learn from the US

While America’s public finances are troubling, Beijing and the rest of the world should examine the future for economies, including China’s, that have become overwhelmingly dependent on exports.

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The Atlantic | ECONOMY|

This pie chart could solve the GFC

While the politicians quibble over bailout packages, the real heroes of the GFC could be those dour dudes at the Fed. Here’s a pie chart that puts into perspective the size their involvement.

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American Spectator | UNITED STATES|

Geithner’s loophole

Why would Obama go to such lengths to protect Timothy Geithner after revelations he avoided $35,000 in tax? Perhaps it was precisely for this ability to manoeuvre around the rules, suggests Timothy Carney.

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Huffington Post | ECONOMY|

Obama’s big mistake

Obama’s first 100 days has been marred by the disastrous appointment of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, says Ben Rosen.

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Wall Street Journal | COMPANIES|

Citigroup in bonus payout shame

It’s difficult to think of a worse time for the world’s biggest bank to be pushing the banker bonus issue.

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Strike two for US Treasury Secretary

He stuffed-up the release of the first outline of his bank help plans in February and it’s only got worse from there.

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New York Times | ECONOMY|

Geithner gets cushy in the bankers’ club

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s audacity in sidling up to the investment bankers responsible for the financial crisis is galling.

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Dyer’s business wrap: Mixed signals from the US … Google cuts hard

US markets have again shaken off more poor news on the economy, writes Glenn Dyer.

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Geithner: saving banks and bankers from themselves

For the new plan to work, the Obama Administration has to work with many of the people blamed for some of the excesses of the credit bubble, and use some of their techniques, until values settle down, writes Glenn Dyer.

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Kohler: Geithner’s middle way

The US Treasury Secretary’s clear-up of toxic loans looks like the worst possible plan, except for all the others, writes Alan Kohler.

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Kohler: Geithner’s middle way

The US Treasury Secretary’s clear-up of toxic loans looks like the worst possible plan, except for all the others, writes Alan Kohler.

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The Geithner plan: a Crikey wrap

Wall Street appears to have given US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s $1tn toxic assets plan the thumbs-up, with the Dow surging nearly 500 points on Monday. But what do the pundits think?

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Bank DeathWatch: US lenders go to the wall

Three small regional US banks were shut over the weekend, taking to six the number of failures in January, writes Glenn Dyer.

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