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Bank Bailout News Video: Ben Bernanke And Sheila Bair Discuss The Banking Crisis

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke answers questions about the banking crisis.  Video runs 5 minutes.


Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the government needs to address the too big too fail problem at the Independent Community Bankers of America Convention in Phoenix.  Full speech runs 25 minutes.


Head of the FDIC Sheila Bair answers questions about the nation's bank bailout crisis.  Video runs 2 minutes.


FDIC chair Sheila Bair discusses the financial crisis and the role of community bankers at the Independent Community Bankers of Association Convention in Phoenix.


Four videos of their speeches Friday before the Independent Community Bankers of Association Convention in Phoenix.




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Just as Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner finds himself wrestling with the bear that's mauling the US economy, he's also tussling with another: Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Mar 22, 2009 at 1:08 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Fed Chief Calls for Scrutiny of Executive Pay Policies

Mar 22, 2009 at 1:09 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

Citigroup Inc. defended the continuing redesign of the executive floors of its New York headquarters, estimating that the project will "generate savings in the next few years well in excess of the project costs."

Separately, the company is seeking to do a "reverse split" of its shares, which would have the effect of boosting the stock price, which recently slid close to $1 apiece, breaching that level in intraday trade.

Mar 22, 2009 at 1:15 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department is expected to unveil early next week its long-delayed plan to buy as much as $1 trillion in troubled mortgages and related assets from financial institutions, according to people close to the talks.

The plan is likely to offer generous subsidies, in the form of low-interest loans, to coax investors to form partnerships with the government to buy toxic assets from banks.

Mar 22, 2009 at 1:16 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Mar 22, 2009 at 1:18 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Mass Hysteria Over AIG Obscures Simple Truths: Michael Lewis

Mar 22, 2009 at 1:18 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Well, it was only a matter of time before Tim Geithner ruined one of my weekends, and apparently, it's going to be this one, to be followed, possibly, by all the rest of them. Yes, the Obama administration has leaked the details of their banking fix, and as it turns out, the whole thing might as well be titled Plan 9 From Goldman Sachs. What they intend to propose is nothing more than the same TARPy goodness they've already run up the flagpole, that's not substantively different from anything Hank Paulson did, that didn't get credit flowing to Main Street, and that won't offer the banking system the systemic shock it needs to change its behavior.

Mar 22, 2009 at 1:19 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Excellent read. Mark Sanford is a fiscally sound leader.

Why South Carolina Doesn't Want 'Stimulus'

Mar 22, 2009 at 1:21 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN KILLS AT GRIDIRON: “Axelrod really wanted me to do this on teleprompter -- but I told him I’m much better when I wing it. … I know these evenings run long, so I’m going to be brief. Talk about the audacity of hope. … President Obama does send his greetings, though. He can’t be here tonight -- because he’s busy getting ready for Easter. (Whisper) He thinks it’s about him. …

“I know that no president has missed his first Gridiron since Grover Cleveland. Of course, President Cleveland really did have better things to do on a Saturday night. When he was in the White House -- he was married to a 21 year old woman. … I understand these are dark days for the newspaper business, but I hate it when people say that newspapers are obsolete. That’s totally untrue. I know from firsthand experience. I recently got a puppy, and you can’t housebreak a puppy on the Internet.

Vice President Biden at Gridiron, on Easter and the President (whispering): 'He thinks it’s about him'

Mar 22, 2009 at 1:22 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
You're not Googling us: The Blairs, House of Commons and Google boss won't have THEIR privacy invaded on Street View

Mar 22, 2009 at 1:41 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
" you can't housebreak a puppy on the internet " PRICELESS LOL I love that guy

now, if it was Cheney?? " you can't eat a puppy with the internet "

Rumsfeld?? " you can't torture a puppy with the internet "

Bush?? ' The internets can't practice their..love with puppy's "

Mar 22, 2009 at 2:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterSoCalWoodworker
Tiny Tim Geithner and Helicopter Ben Bernanke are going to ruin this country. They both need to GO!

Mar 22, 2009 at 9:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterTalitha
What the ...!? Why do people keep swallowing this lie: "We just didn't have the regulatory framework....blah blah blah... AIG...blah blah blah... and so we just couldn't do anything else but funnel billions of dollars to Goldman Sachs...blah blah blah..."

I'm calling bullshit on this one. No one in Washington gives a rat's patooty about the finer points of the law. They can do, and do do (indeed), whatever they want, when they want. There is no reason under the sun that Sheila and the boys couldn't have converted AIG into a bank, just like they did the investment banks, and then shut it down. What baloney. And they still haven't resolved Citi and BAC and they have the express authority and OBLIGATION to do precisely that. Sheila Bair is no "heroine" as I heard someone describe her recently. I love Chris Whalen, but Sheila's gotta go, too.
Mar 23, 2009 at 10:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterJames H
@ Socal

Funny stuff.

@ James

Good points. They run roughshod over the law when it serves their interest.

I think Whalen should be Treasury Secretary. Not sure if anyone knows the banks as well as he does.
Mar 24, 2009 at 1:45 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

My economic dream team would include Chris Whalen as Treasury Secretary and Walstreetpro2 at the god damn mutha fuckin' Fedral Resarve.

BTW, did you see Whalen's testimony at the SBC today? The written statement is on the IRA site, but do you know if there's video?
Mar 24, 2009 at 11:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterJames H
@ James

Walstreetpro running the fed is classic. There would be gold and more gold and everyone would be out of a job. A nice change.

Here's teh link to Whalen's testimony and also the link to cspan. I don't have time at the moment to find it.


Mar 24, 2009 at 12:22 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
@ DailyBail

Awesome. Hadn't thought to check C-Span.

Also, I'm new to this site, but did you happen to cover the Matt Taibbi piece in Rolling Stone? I saw some excerpts quoted just this morning and apparently good ol' Matt talked to a "government official" who was there at the original bailout of AIG and he said that the idea they couldn't shut AIG down was, and I quote, "bullshit." Wow. I hadn't read the piece before, but that's pretty damning stuff. Now, maybe -- just maybe -- Bernanke and the boys really were scared shitless about what AIG would set off in terms of CDS's, but that also means they've carefully orchestrated a whole spate of lies over the last few weeks saying "We didn't have the regulatory... blah blah blah..."
Mar 24, 2009 at 1:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames H

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