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10:57 AM, June 27th, 2012
Frontpage: Wednesday, June 27th
1. Obama Maintains Narrow Lead: A new Wall Street Journal poll shows that President Obama still has a narrow lead over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, even though there has been some bad economic news lately.
2. 32,000 Flee ‘Epic’ Colorado Blaze: Wildfires in Colorado continue to rage. As of Wednesday morning, the 6,200-acre blaze had been only 5 percent contained, and 65 mph winds blew the fire through containment lines into northwest Colorado Springs on Tuesday.
3. Judge Blocks Samsung Galaxy Tab: A U.S. judged ordered Samsung to stop selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 after Apple requested an injunction on the product and called it “blatant copying.”
4. Bank’s Crafting ‘Living Wills’: Five of the nation’s largest banks are writing contingency plans to be used if they go under. The plans are one of the requirements of the Dodd-Frank financial-reform law.
5. Egypt to Appoint Woman VP: Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, plans to appoint a female vice president. His policy adviser Ahmed Deif said: “For the first time in Egyptian history—not just modern but in all Egyptian history—a woman will take that position.
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Photo by George Rose/Getty Images:

Writer, director, and producer Nora Ephron passed away Tuesday at 71. This photo is from 1978, at age 37, during a portrait session in Los Angeles. See more of Nora Ephron’s life in pictures here.

Frontpage: Wednesday, June 27th

1. Obama Maintains Narrow Lead: A new Wall Street Journal poll shows that President Obama still has a narrow lead over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, even though there has been some bad economic news lately.

2. 32,000 Flee ‘Epic’ Colorado Blaze: Wildfires in Colorado continue to rage. As of Wednesday morning, the 6,200-acre blaze had been only 5 percent contained, and 65 mph winds blew the fire through containment lines into northwest Colorado Springs on Tuesday.

3. Judge Blocks Samsung Galaxy Tab: A U.S. judged ordered Samsung to stop selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 after Apple requested an injunction on the product and called it “blatant copying.”

4. Bank’s Crafting ‘Living Wills’: Five of the nation’s largest banks are writing contingency plans to be used if they go under. The plans are one of the requirements of the Dodd-Frank financial-reform law.

5. Egypt to Appoint Woman VP: Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, plans to appoint a female vice president. His policy adviser Ahmed Deif said: “For the first time in Egyptian history—not just modern but in all Egyptian history—a woman will take that position.

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Photo by George Rose/Getty Images:

Writer, director, and producer Nora Ephron passed away Tuesday at 71. This photo is from 1978, at age 37, during a portrait session in Los Angeles. See more of Nora Ephron’s life in pictures here.

12:00 PM, October 28th, 2011

Which Bank Is the Worst? Redux.

Gary Rivlin reacts to readers’ votes yesterday asking which is the worst bank of all.

Five big banks to choose from, a raft of odious acts by each as laid out in this piece I wrote for The Daily Beast – and yet Bank of America wins our #TheWorstBank contest on Facebook running away, taking 3 in every 4 votes cast. After researching the bad acts of each of the five biggest banks (BofA, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citi, and Goldman Sachs), I was ready to declare Wells Fargo my “worst,” with JPMorgan Chase and Goldman in a close tie for second. But then I was basing my opinion on factors like bid rigging and abusive race-based lending and illegally foreclosing on military personnel — and not on a bank’s checking and debit card policies, like many people were apparently doing on Facebook and Twitter given their comments.

A moot point, though.  My apologies for not including an ‘all of the above’ button. As a Twitter voter named Gary Griffith wrote,  “picking the worst bank is like trying to choose between which terminal illness you want.”

News this morning is that big banks JP Morgan, U.S. Bancorp, Citigroup, PNC Financial Services, and KeyCorp are all backtracking on their proposed debit fees. Not Bank of America, though.

11:33 AM, October 27th, 2011
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