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Trump chooses fear mongering over economic promise

July 22, 2016

The White House hopeful was anointed at the GOP convention. He and other speakers, like tech investor Peter Thiel, presented a dire picture. The economy is stable but violence at home and abroad has unnerved voters. The grim message, coupled with populist appeal, could resonate.

U.S. presidential race has a lone bank-buster

January 9, 2012

GOP hopeful Jon Huntsman’s desire to break up big banks sets him apart from other candidates in his party, and even President Obama. But his financial reform plan would require a fickle Congress to go along and poses practical difficulties. Dodd-Frank actually does the trick.

Empowered GOP may have fun kicking Bernanke around

November 3, 2010

The newly empowered U.S. Republican Party may have fun kicking Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, around. Whether or not the party ends with control of the Senate, it will find budget cutting difficult and often unpopular. However as several regional Fed bank presidents -- along with many Republicans -- support tighter money it's easy to see a GOP Congress making sport of harassing the central bank chairman.