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Occupy Wall Street, the 2012 election and the problem of income inequality in America

Occupy Wall Street has big plans. But what should the protesters be talking about? Deciding who’s to blame for inequality might be a place to start.

Occupy Wall Street: Unemployment is not going away, and neither are we
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  Jeff Madrick on the politics of protecting consumers

Jeff Madrick, senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, discusses the new consumer protections enacted as part of the Wall Street reform bill passed last year.

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  Stacy-Marie Ishmael and Joe Nocera on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

The bipartisan federal commission created by Congress to get to the roots of the 2008 financial crisis issued its final report this week. Stacy-Marie Ishmael, an editor with the Financial Times, and Joe Nocera, a business columnist for the New York Times, speak with Alison Stewart about why it was so hard for the commission to determine who was to blame.

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The true cost of the bank bailout

Thought the financial crisis only cost taxpayers $700 billion? Think again. New reports have shown that, at one point last year, the government had lent, spent or guaranteed $12.8 trillion to Wall Street.

How to commit the perfect crime

Note: Dan Ariely’s new book, “The Upside of Irrationality,” was released this week. See the video below for more from Dan about the book. There is a certain perverse pleasure in contemplating the perfect crime. You can apply your ingenuity to the hypothetical issues of choosing a target, evading surveillance and law enforcement, dealing with [...]

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