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  Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 10:15 AM ET

Governors Tell Obama EPA Is Killing Jobs

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco
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CNBC has learned before President Obama leaves for Rio, he'll be getting a letter signed by more than 18 GOP Governors calling on the President for more energy options.

The detailed letter obtained by CNBC lays out concerns over the EPA's policy and regulatory initiatives, saying these regulations will "within the next five years which will significantly impact the energy industry, increase burdensome costs to consumers, and hurt the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers."

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  Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 9:20 AM ET

Japanese Supply Chain Concerns Grow

Posted By: Ash Bennington
  Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 4:44 PM ET

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Posted By: Ash Bennington
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St. Patrick's Day Rally! [MarketWatch]

President Obama seeks to reassure on Japan crisis—but the phrase "We Do Not Expect Harmful Levels of Radiation" doesn't exactly sound definitive. [CNBC]

UN moves to approve no-fly zone. [FT]

The New York Times has begun—rather rudely—autoplaying video on its front page. Check it out. [NY Times]

And now—with their new paywall—you can pay them for the privilege of having your music interrupted! [CNBC]

Bank CEOs to get rich(er) [DealBook]

Hacked! 50 celebs have phones and emails broken into. [NYPost]

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  Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 4:22 PM ET

'Good' Corporate Governance and the Unbent Spoon

Posted By: John Carney
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Whenever I critique efforts to legislate for proxy access or other measures designed to make corporate governance more democratic, I inevitably get attacked for being a shill for management.

A gentler form of that attack came recently from Nell Minow, board member of GovernanceMetrics International and a film critic for Belief.Net. (Full disclosure: that sounds like a pretty sweet combination of jobs to hold.)

In response to one of my semi-regular diatribes against shareholder democracy, Minow writes:

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  Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 4:15 PM ET

Will the Jury Believe Anil Kumar's Testimony Against Raj Rajaratnam?

Posted By: Courtney Comstock and Katya Wachtel, Business Insider
Raj Rajaratnam co-founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund.
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Raj Rajaratnam co-founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund.

There are two different ways the jury can take Anil Kumar's testimony, which finished yesterday.

The final argument between the defense and Kumar, the prosecution's witness, basically sums it up.

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  Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 3:32 PM ET

Why Shareholders Don’t Want Shareholder Democracy

Posted By: John Carney
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Have you ever noticed how few public companies are run on anything like a democratic basis?

They have some of the trappings of democracy. Elections for directors; ballots on important—and sometimes unimportant—questions of corporate governance or strategy; investor meetings that sometimes resemble a New England townhall.

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  Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 2:35 PM ET

What Not to Do: A President's Guide

Posted By: Ash Bennington
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President Jimmy Carter leaving Three Mile Island for Middletown, Pennsylvania April 1,1979.

"The challenges, on a global scale, are considerable: A nuclear power disaster; concerns about anemic growth and inflation; Middle Eastern discord; oil supply worries."

When I wrote that, earlier today, the irony hadn't yet fully occurred to me—especially in the context of advice to a president .

If the plotline of this movie sounds familiar that's because it is. The original melodrama is set in 1979—the power plant is Three Mile Island, and the president is Jimmy Carter. And the precedent for a remake isn't a favorable one.

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  Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 2:20 PM ET

Where is Our President?

Posted By: Ash Bennington
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If you happen to see our president tell him this: Now might be a good time to put together a little soirée in the East Room of the White House—just to let the folks hear your voice and to let them know you're still at the helm.

Because your countrymen are getting restive.

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  Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 12:11 PM ET

How Twitter and Instant Messaging Make You a Better Trader

Posted By: John Carney
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Instant messaging and twitter may allow traders to be more profitable than when they work alone or under centralized command.

A new study by a team at the Kellogg School of Management found that internet tools that allow traders to collectively process information without central coordination can increase trading profits.

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  Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 11:29 AM ET

Mark Zandi: No Global Impact From Japan

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco
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The emotional investor roller coaster is on hyperdrive as the nuclear situation in Japan remains unknown. With 2011 gains wiped out and now the Yen soaring the markets wait to see if the central banks will intervene.

With all these questions weighing on the markets, I asked Mark Zandi, Chief Economist at Moody's Analytics to offer us his insight.

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