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Warren Buffett's Mobile Home Industry Traps Poor People With Predatory Loans

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Warren Buffett's mobile home lending schemes relies on predatory sales practices, exorbitant fees and interest rates that can exceed 15 percent, leaving many buyers trapped.

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Money Talking

Warren Buffett Punts On Coke's Compensation Plan

Friday, April 25, 2014

The business world took note this week when Buffett abstained from voting against a pay package for Coke executives he'd previously called "excessive."

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The Buffetts on Feeding the Hungry

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Howard G. Buffett, his son Howard W. Buffett, and father, the investor Warren Buffett, discuss their philanthropic work and how to bring food security to those around the world who need it. In 2006, when Warren Buffett announced that he was leaving the bulk of his fortune to charity, he posed this question to his son: If you had the resources to accomplish something great in the world, what would you do? Howard G. Buffett set out to help the nearly one billion individuals who lack basic food security. His book 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World is about Howard’s journey and the lessons he’s learned in places from his own back yard to some of the most dangerous places on earth.

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Obama Touts Buffett Rule Despite Bill's Tough Odds

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

President Barack Obama urged Congress to pass the so-called Buffett Rule while speaking in Florida Tuesday – despite the bill’s poor chances of becoming law.

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The Takeaway

Buffett Invests $10.7 Billion in IBM

Monday, November 14, 2011

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett announced on CNBC Monday morning that his Berkshire Hathaway holding company has bought $10.7 billion of stock in IBM. Buffett said the company began investing in March, and now owns 64 million share of IBM, or 5.5 percent of the computer and technology company. The buy is a bit of a shift for Buffett, who has in the past avoided purchasing tech stocks. Erik Holm of The Wall Street Journal reports on the latest.


Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: Paris Launches Electric Car Share, Warren Buffett Gets Into Urban Redevelopment, Furloughed FAA Employees Get Paid

Monday, October 03, 2011

Top stories on TN:

NJ and the federal government reach a settlement on ARC tunnel money. (Link 1, link 2)

A Bluecar on Paris's Boulevard Sérurier (photo by Portemolitor via Flickr)

Paris launched an electric "bubble car" auto sharing program. Paris transportation head: "It's the same principle as Velib'; you use the car, leave it and that's it. Simple." (Los Angeles Times, The Guardian)

Warren Buffett joined an effort described as "a holistic approach to urban redevelopment." (USA Today)

Forbes magazine: don't bother making transit pretty. "The point of transit is to transport. Money buys movement, and funds are finite."

Furloughed FAA employees will receive back pay for the time they missed. (The Hill)

The Boston Globe interviewed Janette Sadik-Khan: "Change is messy, and change is hard...but it’s really important that we don’t get stuck in an approach that’s 25 years old."

The New York Post looks at who taxi medallion owners  give campaign donations to local politicians, and concludes "they are often getting their money's worth."

New York Times editorial: say no to the Keystone XL pipeline.

DC's Police Complaints Board said that district police need to become better versed in the bike laws they enforce. (Washington Post)

Is the Tysons Corner Metrorail link on schedule or not? Fairfax County says no; the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says yes. (WAMU)

Countdown clocks come to Chicago bus shelters. (Chicago Tribune)

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It's A Free Country ®

New Rep. Bob Turner Talks Capital Gains, Obama Plan

Monday, September 19, 2011

People weren’t prepared to lose their jobs. They weren’t prepared to go without income for as long as they have. Even for families higher up the economic ladder, people had too much debt and not enough savings, so this recession has hit everyone hard.

—Newly-elected congressman Bob Turner (NY-9) on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Takeaway

Obama to Unveil Deficit Reduction Plan

Monday, September 19, 2011

President Obama will announce a deficit reduction plan that will reduce government spending by $3 trillion through cutting entitlements, tax increases, and war savings. The plan is the White House's opening offer to the Congressional "super committee," which has until Dec. 23 to reach a deal on deficit reduction. GOP lawmakers have already labeled the proposed tax hikes "class warfare," particularly the so-called "Buffet Rule" — a minimum tax rate on those earning more than $1 million per year named for billionaire Warren Buffett.

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The Takeaway

Inside Bank of America's Woes and Warren Buffett's Mind

Friday, August 26, 2011

Since the beginning of the year, Bank of America has lost more than half of its stock market value. Earlier this month, AIG sued the bank behemoth for alleged mortgage securities fraud, and just this past week the company laid off 3,500 workers. With more in mortgage holdings than any other bank, its future success is essentially tied to the state of the faltering housing market. But yesterday, Warren Buffett announced he's investing $5 billion in Bank of America. What's in store for the beleaguered company?

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The Takeaway

Big Ideas to Fix the Economy: Cap CEO Pay

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

This week we’ve been asking listeners to suggest ideas on how to fix the economy. So far we’ve talked about raising inflation and boosting housing prices. Today we're talking about capping the total compensation that CEOs earn — including salary, benefits and bonuses — at $5 million. Any additional money would go back to the company, hopefully creating more jobs. Who would step up to do this? Perhaps Warren Buffett, in light of his recent op-ed for The New York Times.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Warren Buffett Was Right on Taxes, But He Didn't Go Far Enough

Monday, August 15, 2011

Common sense ideas like this, on how we can in one fell swoop, make the tax system more fair, cut deficit spending and stimulate the economy where it needs the stimulation are exactly the kinds of ideas we need right now.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Takeaway

President Obama Reassuring As Markets Plummet

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The markets started off jittery yesterday and throughout the morning they just kept dropping. Later in the afternoon President Obama made an attempt to reassure Americans. During a statement at the White House he said, "Markets will rise and fall, but this is the United States of America. No matter what some agency may say, we've always been and always be a triple A country."

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