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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: The Early Days of Bain Capital

Thursday, September 13, 2012

ProPublica’s Jesse Eisinger looks at the early days of Bain Capital, the private equity firm that Mitt Romney ran in the early 1990s. The firm’s work in turning around Staples is well known, but Bain was also sued several times for buying companies and selling them for a profit, without paying a finder’s fee.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Jill Lepore, Ryan Lizza, and James Surowiecki discuss Obama's attacks on Romney's business record.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Jill Lepore, Ryan Lizza, and James Surowiecki discuss Obama's attacks on Romney's business record.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Bill Clinton and Cory Booker are Right About Bain

Monday, June 04, 2012

The former President and the Mayor of Newark were both critical of Obama's attack ads against Romney. Democrats should listen up if they want to attract swing voters in November.

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The Takeaway

A Defense of Private Equity, and of Romney's Years at Bain

Thursday, May 24, 2012

As the race for the presidency heats up, President Obama's reelection team continues to attack Mitt Romney's career at Bain Capital, while questioning private equity's role in the American economy. Edward Conard, former managing director at Bain Capital and author of "Unintended Consequences," worked with Mitt Romney throughout the Republican candidate's years in private equity. Conard explains why he believes Romney's experience in private equity will prove essential should the Republican candidate take the White House this fall.

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Listen to Lucy

Beware the wild management consultants

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Beware the wild management consultants

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The Takeaway

Edward Conard Argues for Income Inequality in 'Unintended Consequences'

Thursday, May 10, 2012

In 1987, Wall Street came to be personified by the Oliver Stone film of the same name, by Michael Douglas’s Gordon Gekko. "The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good," Gekko famously preached. Today, the Occupy Wall Street Movement seems to be fighting against this same idea. How, exactly, does the one percent feel about that? Edward Conard, former managing director of Bain Capital, offers his opinion.

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The Takeaway

Romney Reveals His Tax Returns

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

It's no secret that former governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a wealthy man. His time at Bain Capital, a private equity company, has been used against him by his fellow GOP nominee hopefuls. Specifically, their attack ads suggest that his business practices benefit the "one percent" at the expense of the rest of the 99. But what his experience as both an expert on private equity and CEO actually means on his policies has been largely unexplored.

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The Takeaway

Friday Follow: New Hampshire Primary, Gingrich Attack Ads, and 'The Obamas' book

Friday, January 13, 2012

Mitt Romney's win in the New Hampshire primary, Newt Gingrich's ad campaign attacking Romney's past in private equity, a new book about Michelle Obama's role as first lady were — for better or worse — the stories that dominated the headlines for the last week. The Takeaway has assembled a panel of analysts to rundown, dissect, and wrap-up all the major stories of the week.

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On The Media

When Republicans Go Populist

Friday, January 13, 2012

With Mitt Romney's Republican opponents labeling him "corporate raider" and a "vulture" for his career in private equity, journalists are wondering whether this marks an inflection point for the hardline free-market ideology of the Right. Brooke talks with San Francisco State University Professor Charles Postel about the history of populism in American campaigning, and in what he calls "The Second Gilded Age."

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