S.E.C. Investigates, Sudan Considers the Big Break-Up

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FDIC Chair Sheila Bair, Fed Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke and California Public Employees Retirement System CIO Joseph Dear applaud as President Obama signs the the financial reform bill, July 21
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The Security and Exchange Commission investigates the country's largest pension fund in California, puting all others on shaky ground; Rafer and Kristen give their take on "Country Strong"; The day's unemployment report may offer more cautious optimism; Tears offer more than simple show of emotions at the microscopic level; China tackles the problem of the young leaving the old without care; Sudan prepares for a potentially seismic split; A new agenda for a new Congress; killing funding for organ transplants may be killing people in Arizona; Good writing — an endangered species; Russell Simmons on being himself.