Archive for May, 2011

The Failure and Collapse of Wall Street

This 600+ page report – Wall Street and the Financial Crisis: Anatomy of a Financial Collapse – from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (also known as the Levin-Coburn Committee), presents in readable fashion the steps that led to the meltdown of 2007-2009; a recapitulation of events from the 1990s adds to this report’s value. Highlights and recommendations are included. The report does not pull punches; no one really comes out looking that well. Please read The Levin-Coburn Report Coverage from The Columbia Journalism Review to see how mainstream media did or did not report on this withering document. And here is a video of the committee from C-SPAN on the day of the report’s release. A listing and links to the hundreds of Congressional hearings on the financial crisis is also available.

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Oil and Gax Tax Hearings

For those of you who are interested in yesterday’s activities before the Senate Committee on Finance, the entire hearing is available via a webcast as well as by transcripts. Additional information can be read at: The New York Times, Accounting Today, Natural Resources Defense Council, ProPublica (with many links), PBS, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, Oil & Gas Journal, and Houston Chronicle.

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2011 CEO Compensation

Compensation packages for CEOs of ┬áthe largest 350 American public companies have been produced by The Wall Street Journal. Sorting can be done by company, salary, stock options, total compensation, etc. There is also an embedded link to the company’s proxy statement from which these figures were derived.

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2011 NJCU Commencement Photos

Some photos are here courtesy of nj.com (the online home of the Jersey Journal and The Star-Ledger among others). Over 200 photos are available thanks to our own Lou Tiscornia. Here is a link to a story of NJCU’s oldest graduate, an eighty-four year old great-grandmother.

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Death of Osama bin Laden – Policy Considerations

This CRS report – Osama bin Laden’s Death: Implications and Considerations – addresses the impact that bin Laden’s demise will have on national policy/security issues.

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Status of Governor Christie’s “Tool Kit” Proposals

Last year Governor Christie presented a “tool kit” of 33 proposals aimed at reducing property taxes, reforming civil service, and revamping the pension systems. This informative article from The Star-Ledger gives us an update of where things now stand. And just this morning Senate President Steve Sweeney gave us his take on the “tool kit” proposals; this reiterates a previous statement he had┬ámade. Here is the Governor’s opinion on his stalled proposals as voiced at the recent Manalapan Town Hall Meeting.

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2011 Fortune 500

The Fortune 500 for 2011 has just been published. For the second year in a row, Wal-Mart tops the list, but Exxon Mobil, at number 2, is the most profitable company. One can peruse the full company list where a brief profile of the company along with key financial figures are available, or you can search by a variety of criteria: by state, top companies to work for, CEOs, or industry sector. Information is available back to 1955 (although this needs to be used with a little caution; the 1955 list has Exxon Mobil as number 2. In fact, back then, the company was called Standard Oil of New Jersey or more commonly – Esso. We were still working for Esso when the name change to Exxon occurred in 1972.)

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