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The Democrats' Fight Over Finance

The New Yorker

On October 29, 2013, Hillary Clinton joined Lloyd Blankfein, the C.E.O. of Goldman Sachs, for a discussion at its Builders and Innovators Summit, at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain resort, near Tucson. During the discussion--one of more than fifty appearances for which Clinton received two hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars since leaving the State Department--she lamented that the public's wariness of Wall Street had made it difficult for top people in finance to move into government. For one thing, in order to avoid conflicts of interest, they often faced demands to relinquish financial holdings. "There is such a bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives. You know, the divestment of assets, the stripping of all kinds of positions, the sale of stocks--it just becomes very onerous and unnecessary," she said, according to a transcript released last month by WikiLeaks. That is not the kind of thing that Senator Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, likes to hear. Warren supports Clinton, and has been one of her most effective advocates during the current campaign, but she has also made it clear that, if Clinton is elected, she will closely monitor the people she names to key posts. On September 21st, in a speech at the Center for American Progress, a left-of-center think tank based in Washington, D.C., Warren said, "Personnel is policy. When we talk about personnel, we don't mean advisers who just pay lip service to Hillary's bold agenda, coupled with a sigh, a knowing glance, and the twiddling of thumbs until it's time for the next swing through the revolving door--serving government, then going back to the very same industries they regulate.


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AAAI Conferences

Fannie Mae, the nation's largest source of conventional mortgage funds, has made a commitment to use technology to improve the efficiency of processing a loan by reducing the time, paperwork and cost associated with loan origination. The Desktop Underwriter (DU) system which was developed as a result of this commitment, is an automated underwriting expert system that applies both heuristics and statistics to the problem. The system supports both the wholesale and retail mortgage environments and is built to reason and underwrite loans with incomplete, unverified and conflicting data. The system generates a credit recommendation based on the loan's conformity to credit standards and an eligibility recommendation based on the loan's conformity to eligibility


Who Is Octomom? Treasury Pick Steve Mnuchin Mentions Nadya Suleman In Senate Hearing

International Business Times

The hedge fund manager and former Goldman Sachs partner was addressing concerns about subprime mortgage loans by a bank he formerly ran when the name came up. "The most troubling loan was actually to the Octomom and we worked very, very hard... to move her to another home," Mnuchin said while addressing the practice of offering subprime loans. And here is the moment a Trump cabinet nominee referenced Octomom at his confirmation hearing. In a matter of moments, the moniker "Octomom" became a nationally trending topic on Twitter. The bank in question was OneWest, which Mnuchin formed to purchase what was left of subprime lender Indy Mac from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 2009 following the country's massive financial crisis, CNN reported last month.