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Overhaul Outdated NY Telecom Rules, Groups Demand

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Advocates and elected officials say Albany can improve New Yorkers' phone and internet service.

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New Carbon Regulations May Provoke Political Fight

Monday, June 02, 2014

Today President Obama announces new rules on carbon emissions for existing, coal-fired power plants. The EPA’s proposals would cut carbon dioxide emissions by up to 30 percent, but not without a few lawsuits and political battles in the process.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Are Wall Street Regulations Effective?

Monday, February 17, 2014

The financial meltdown in 2008 triggered nationwide outcry over the lack of regulation and oversight on Wall Street. But how much has changed since then? Leonard interviewed Larry Doyle about that in January, and we're re-airing the conversation today. Doyle argues that Wall Street, politicians, and the regulators themselves have conspired for personal and industry-wide gains while failing to protect investors, consumers, and taxpayers. In In Bed with Wall Street discusses recent scandals, such as the multi-billion dollar trading losses at JP Morgan Chase, the manipulation of interest rates via the LIBOR scandal, and money laundering with North American drug cartels and rogue nations such as Iran.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

In Bed with Wall Street

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The financial meltdown in 2008 triggered nationwide outcry over the lack of regulation and oversight on Wall Street. But how much has changed since then? Larry Doyle argues that Wall Street, politicians, and the regulators themselves have conspired for personal and industry-wide gains while failing to protect investors, consumers, and taxpayers. In In Bed with Wall Street discusses recent scandals, such as the multi-billion dollar trading losses at JP Morgan Chase, the manipulation of interest rates via the LIBOR scandal, and money laundering with North American drug cartels and rogue nations such as Iran.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

AG Schneiderman: Campaign Finance Reform

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

New York's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, talks about the new regulations on non-profits, including 501(c)(4)s, that spend more than $10,000 on elections.

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The Takeaway

The Evolution of Marijuana Culture

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Marijuana culture in this country is changing. There was legalization of recreational marijuana use back in November in Washington and Colorado. Medical marijuana is still legal in California. Today, we explore the different issues that weed legalization and use pose.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Making Government Simpler—and Better

Monday, April 08, 2013

Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s former “regulatory czar,” talks about his time in the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, overseeing a far-reaching restructuring of America’s regulatory state. He explains what was done, argues that Americans are better off as a result, and explores what the future has in store. His book Simpler: The Future of Government discusses the benefits of simpler government with smarter regulations.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: What Happened at Standard Chartered

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Earlier this week, the British bank Standard Chartered announced that it would pay $340 million in civil penalties to a New York State regulator to end an inquiry into whether the bank had processed $250 billion in transactions with Iran. On today’s Backstory, Thomas Easton, New York Finance and Economics Correspondent for the Economist, explains what happened at Standard Chartered, why other agencies are now investigating what happened, and what this and recent incidents tell us about bank regulation today.

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The Takeaway

Senate Report Exposes Regulatory Failures at HSBC

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

HSBC spent ten years failing to comply with regulatory measures, according to a new report from the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. They enabled drug lords to launder money in Mexico, did business with banks linked to Al Qaeda, and bypassed American Sanctions against Iran.

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The Takeaway

You'll Need A License For That

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Today, about 30 percent of Americans’ jobs require licenses: hair dressing, interior design, earth drilling, even floristry in some states. It’s a percentage that’s on the rise. Professional licenses can promote high standards and excellence in health and safety. But in our turbulent economy, where the unemployed turn to the service industry for work, regulation is often a burden. 

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The Takeaway

Oscar-Winner Charles Ferguson on 'Predator Nation'

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Just over a year after the release of his Oscar-winning documentary “Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson returns to the topic of the 2008 financial crisis with his latest book “Predator Nation.”

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The Takeaway

JOBS Act Makes it Easier for Small Businesses to Raise Money

Monday, April 09, 2012

Last Thursday, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, which included many policies intended to help small and emerging businesses grow into larger, more successful companies.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Matt Taibbi on Bank of America

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi takes a look at the fragile situation at Bank of America. The bank that was deemed too big to fail and received a $45 billion government bailout has, Taibbi argues, defrauded investors and insurers, homeowners and the unemployed.

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The Takeaway

Joe Nocera on the Regulation of Big Banks

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The issue of how to keep big banks in check is the topic of national conversation as the country slowly climbs out of the recession. Questions on how to prevent another economic recession and regulate the financial sector are part of the heated debate. Joe Nocera, Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times explains how "complexity risk" — what results when there are too many regulations — could pose a threat to the financial system.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Petroleum, Power, and High Finance

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Greg Palast discusses his investigation into how the oil and banking industries manage to avoid government regulation. In Vulture’s Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores, he shows how environmental disasters like the Gulf oil spill, the Exxon Valdez, and lesser-known tragedies such as Tatitlek and Torrey Canyon are caused by corporate corruption, failed legislation, and veiled connections between the financial industry and big energy.

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It's A Free Country ®

How Would You Change Regulation?

Monday, September 19, 2011

No one could possibly know every rule, and that's one of the problems with it...The rules are so dense that literally no one can comply with them. If you're a mean-spirited government inspector, you can find non-compliance in any workplace, in any home in America.

Philip K. Howard, founder and chair of Common Good and author of The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Takeaway

Citibank as a Government Entity?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Many of the big banks received huge bailouts from the government during the great recession. If they faced a crisis again, what would stop them from expecting another bailout the next time around? That question has led one Fed official, Thomas Hoenig, president of the Kansas City Fed, to raise the issue of whether big banks should be reclassified as government sponsored entities, kind of like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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It's A Free Country ®

Obama's New Stance on Competitiveness and Regulation

Monday, January 24, 2011

There's few groups in America that are less hostile to the free market in many cases than large business interests and that misunderstanding creates a convenient way to push for more regulation when people have a certain resistance to big business. But in fact it doesn't comport with reality. Big business loves regulation because big businesss have big compliance departments that allows them to deal with regulatory barriers to entry and the small businesses which are competing with them do not have that.

Jerry Bowyer, author of the Free Market Capitalist's Survival Guide, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama's Regulation Review

Monday, January 24, 2011

President Obama is modernizing regulations - removing outdated and "dumb" ones and creating new ones to address current issues. Rena Steinzor, President of the Center for Progressive Reform, and Jerry Bowyer, author of the Free Market Capitalist's Survival Guide offer opposing perspectives and discuss the administration's new focus on "competitiveness".

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues Wonk Wars: Net Neutrality

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Jim Harper, director of Information Policy Studies at the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute, thinks the Internet doesn’t need government regulation and Josh Silver, president and CEO of Free Press, thinks the Internet needs some kind of government regulation.

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