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Edward Snowden: It was worth it

TCF fellow, Barton Gellman has been mentioned in a Politico article about the Edward Snowden leaks.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden on Saturday defended his disclosure of reams of classified information and said his actions were worth fleeing his seemingly idyllic life in Hawaii and ending up in hiding in Russia, where he was joined by his girlfriend in July.
“It was about getting the information back to people so they could decide if they cared about it, and on that account … I could not have been more wrong in thinking that people wouldn’t care,” he told a New Yorker Festival audience Saturday afternoon via webcast from an undisclosed location in Moscow.

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Tags: snowden nsa, snowden leaks, snowden, nsa leaks, edward snowden and the nsa, edward snowden

Remember, kids, crime doesn’t pay — unless you’re rich, powerful, and VERY careful

October 14, 2014 BY: Patrick Radden Keefe TOPICS: Additional Focus, General Policy

TCF fellow, Patrick Radden Keefe has been mentioned in a Before It's News article about his latest piece on the downfall of S.A.C. Capital Advisors.

With a weekend coming up, and perhaps time for some more leisurely reading, I highly recommend taking advantage of The New Yorker's apparently still-continuing policy of letting the magazine's content all hang out for free online and reading a riveting and extensively as well as minutely reported account by Patrick Radden Keefe of what's described on the contents page as “the biggest-ever hedge-fund scandal”: “The Empire of Edge: How a doctor, a trader, and the billionaire Steven A. Cohen got entangled in a vast financial scandal.”

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Tags: patrick radden keefe, hedge funds, financial regulation, financial advice

Martoma’s wife speaks out

TCF fellow, Patrick Radden Keefe has appeared on CNBC to discuss his latest story on the downfall of S.A.C. Capital Advisors.

Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker staff writer, provides insight to his interview with Rosemary Martoma, the wife of Mathew Martoma about her husband's 9 year prison sentence for insider trading while at Steve Cohen's former hedge fund SAC Capital.

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Tags: wall street, hedge funds, financial regulation, financial advice

ALEC is coming to a city block near you

October 6, 2014 BY: Amy Dean TOPICS: Additional Focus, General Policy

TCF fellow, Amy Dean writes about how the conservative think tank, The American Exchange Council (ALEC) is expanding its influence over local governments in an article for AlJazeera America.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has long made headlines as a conservative policy-sharing network that has pushed an agenda of voter suppression and dismantling of public education at the state level. Now the group, backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, is going local with its new initiative, the American City County Exchange (ACCE). Soon, city government or county commission policies could be generated at the same right-wing think tank that has attacked environmental protections, attempted to undermine the rights of workers and made it harder for people to vote.

At a time of congressional gridlock and partisan rancor, local policies are easier to come by at the local level, with business and citizen groups coming together to generate solutions to problems such as affordable housing, public transit, open space and good-paying jobs. At the heart of these efforts is the spirit of regional collaboration among people who will have to live with the consequences of policy.

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Tags: think tanks, privatization, policy makers, policy, governance, conservatives

Why so few sketchy bankers are behind bars

October 1, 2014 BY: Robert C. Hockett TOPICS: Additional Focus, General Policy

TCF fellow Robert C. Hockett has been quoted in a CBS News article about the accountability of high-ranking bankers connected to the financial crisis.

When future historians write about Attorney General Eric Holder's tenure leading the U.S. Department of Justice, one topic sure to get much discussion is why no high-ranking bankers connected to the financial crisis received criminal charges. It's a question that legal experts say has no easy answer.

Under Holder's leadership, Justice has collected billions in fines through civil actions and has gotten two banks to plead guilty to criminal charges, but bringing charges against top Wall Street executives, which Holder says hasn't been ruled out, won't be easy.

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Tags: wall street, wall st, financial crisis, eric holder, department of justice, bankers, attorney general eric holder

Scholar Zeke Emanuel says he wants to die at 75. Here’s why this author hopes to live.

September 30, 2014 BY: Harold Pollack TOPICS: Additional Focus, General Policy

TCF fellow Harold Pollack has written an article for the Washington Post about living past 75 years of age.

I have spent much of my adult life trying to provide basic financial security for my wife and my children. I would end my life if it could only be prolonged by creating huge financial burdens—not because I will have lost my zest for living, but because I don’t want to defeat one of my life’s most important efforts. I would derive greater satisfaction using my wealth to help finance a grandchild’s education than I would rolling the dice on some uncertain chemotherapy for metastatic cancer.

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Tags: healthcare costs, health insurance


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