The Senate Financial Regulatory Reform Bill

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Two weeks ago, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) released the most recent version of a proposal to overhaul regulation of the financial sector. The introduction of this bill into committee represents what is likely the final push toward accomplishing a rearrangement of financial regulation (FinReg) this year. With health care policy largely off the table after recent passage, the Administration has explicitly signaled that passage of a bill along these lines is a major priority.

40 Years Later: Air Quality Has Never Been Better By Mark Perry

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Earth Day (April 22) is only six weeks away, and I just noticed that the EPA recently updated air quality data for 2008 and thought it was worth featuring now in anticipation of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day: Predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970: “Air pollution is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone,” Paul Ehrlich in an interview in Mademoiselle magazine, April 1970. Ehrlich also predicted that in 1973, 200,000 Americans would die from air pollution, and that by 1980 the life expectancy