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Editor of finance and economics and Money section for @GuardianUS. @wsj alum. Both Rush Limbaugh and Barney Frank got mad at me. Hi.

Restore Ability to Benefit Program with Limits to Prevent Abuses

edcentral.org — As Inside Higher Ed reported yesterday, lawmakers from both political parties are pushing for the restoration of a program that allows college-ready students who haven't earned a high school diploma or GED to receive federal financial aid funds to pay for college. That's good news.

State Lawmakers Realize Early Education Importance

edcentral.org — "Let's do what works and make sure none of our children start the race of life behind. Let's give our kids that chance!" These were President Obama's words during his 2013 State of the Union Address, where he called on the nation to expand access to early childhood education.

Fed chair Janet Yellen decries increasing inequality in the US

theguardian.com — Janet Yellen, the chair of the US Federal Reserve and the most powerful woman in American finance, has taken a strong stance suggesting that the growing rift between the rich and the poor in the US is a cause for great concern.

If Ben Bernanke can't refinance his mortgage, what hope is there for us?

theguardian.com — "I recently tried to refinance my mortgage and I was unsuccessful in doing so," said Ben Bernanke. Bernanke is a man who knows about locking in low rates. As the chairman of the US Federal Reserve, he championed bringing interest rates down to zero, where they have languished since 2010.

US unemployment crisis: economists and lawmakers offer their solutions

theguardian.com — The US economy has a problem: millions of Americans are not part of it. While the unemployment numbers may look good to economists, they are dismal to the growing number of Americans who find their lives stagnating, the work they desire just out of reach.

Why Play is the Work of Childhood

fredrogerscenter.org — When my daughter was about a year old, she would pretend to talk on the phone. She held up a banana or a plastic toy to her ear and carried on an animated conversation-mostly babbling, with some real words and phrases mixed in. Now, at age 3, her pretend play has become more intricate and complex.

Bill Gates: 'Ebola is shutting down the healthcare system' in African countries

theguardian.com — The Sibos banking conference in Boston - a yearly gathering of more than 7,500 people in financial services - recorded its biggest audience ever for its closing interview. The lure? Bill Gates, the co-founder of both Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

US adds nearly 250,000 jobs in September as jobless rate dips to 5.9%

theguardian.com — fter dismal summer employment numbers, the US added a robust 248,000 jobs to the economy in September, but the unemployment crisis continues as two other key measures are still unnervingly high: long-term unemployment and number of people in jobs they don't want. The report appears to show significant improvement in the jobs outlook in September.

Wall Street billionaires lose lawsuit over 2008 Fannie and Freddie bailout terms

theguardian.com — A trio of billionaire hedge fund managers lost their quixotic lawsuit against the federal government for its $187bn bailout of housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. US district judge Royce Lamberth dismissed the case by Perry Capital, Fairholme Funds and Arrowood Indemnity Co on Tuesday.

Ex-regulator releases 'Ray Rice tapes of finance' in bid to win legal fight

theguardian.com — A former US bank examiner who alleges she was fired for being too tough on Goldman Sachs has released hours of secretly recorded tapes to add muscle to her argument as she tries to win a legal appeal. Carmen Segarra is a former New York Federal Reserve bank examiner who butted heads with her bosses over her policing of Goldman Sachs.
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Oct 24, 2014

Mozart Concerto No. 3 in G Major. Perfect writing and editing music to make sure stories have soul.

Oct 24, 2014

"Say one thing for New York City: when the apocalypse comes, there will be churros." theguardian.com/us-news/2014/o…

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