Legislation Regulations

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    A year after a new law put tobacco regulation in the hands of the Food and Drug Administration, one thing is clear: It will likely be years before any of the most aggressive steps to reduce deaths from smoking might happen.

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    New financial services regulations will be so disastrous that Congress will need to repeal them to undo the damage they will cause, banking analyst Dick Bove said Monday.

  • A sign warns the public away from the beach on Grand Isle, Louisiana. With oil covering many of the beaches, officials closed them to the public indefinitely on Saturday. Officials now say that it may be impossible to clean the coastal wetlands affected by the massive oil spill that continues gushing in the Gulf of Mexico.

    BP deserves acknowledgement for the claims it has made to date to the Gulf of Mexico region and its residents and its agreement last week with the government to pay out some $20 billion, Ken Feinberg, BP escrow account administrator, told CNBC Monday.

  • Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker

    Industry lobbyists — and sympathetic members of Congress — are pushing for provisions to undercut a central pillar of the financial reform legislation, known as the Volcker Rule, which would forbid banks from using their own money to make risky wagers on the market and would force them to sell off hedge funds and private equity units. The NYT reports.

  • Marijuana & Money: A CNBC Special Report

    UK-based bio-technology firm GW Pharmaceuticals launched the first prescription medicine derived from cannabis Monday, following regulatory approval late last week.

  • James Mulva

    The public, both the American and those throughout the world, will demand greater regulation of the oil industry in light of the BP  Gulf of Mexico spill, James Mulva, chairman and CEO of industry giant ConocoPhillips,  told CNBC Friday.

  • I’ve been warning about for some time about how doing stress tests are great, but there are at least two more steps that need to be taken for reduction of uncertainty over European banks and countries.

  • There’s a certain group of traders that is causing some irregular moves in stocks, Cramer said. Get the full story here.

  • The company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission say no injuries have been reported yet but urge consumers to stop using the belts and return them for a full refund through the voluntary recall program

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    The Justice Department says it has made the arrests since March, in a probe of mortgage fraud called Operation Stolen Dreams.

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    If you listen to Washington and New Yorkers working for bailed out institutions or in offices 100 floors above Wall Street, the recovery is weak because banks, and now small banks in particular, won't lend money to small businesses.

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    The Buy America Bonds (BABS) program needs to be deep-sixed, political consultant Paul Equale told CNBC Wednesday, because banks selling bonds to municipalities and states are now advising investors on how they can profit should the governments default on their commitments.

  • He checked in with Senator Kaufman, a leader on this issue, to find out what’s going on.

  • FDA

    Federal health regulators said Wednesday the first pill designed to boost the female sex drive failed to make a significant impact on libido in two studies.

  • A sign warns the public away from the beach on Grand Isle, Louisiana. With oil covering many of the beaches, officials closed them to the public indefinitely on Saturday. Officials now say that it may be impossible to clean the coastal wetlands affected by the massive oil spill that continues gushing in the Gulf of Mexico.

    With up to 60,000 barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf on a daily basis, the $20 billion Gulf fund may be something worthwhile for investors.

  • The Collins amendment, requiring fixed capital ratios for some banks, to the financial regulations reform bill isn’t needed, the Robert Kelly, the CEO and chairman of Bank of New York Mellon , told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Silicone Chip

    The Obama Administration is waging a silent, unwise war on high-tech, hell-bent on taming a few targets to bolster a get-tough image. The feds’ enmity toward what we’re best at—technology and making money on it—threatens our long-term economic recovery.

  • The European Debt Crisis - See Complete Coverage

    The stock market wants to go higher though. It is sloughing off bad news. Be it a headline in the Wall Street Journal that says Spain is in trouble financially, Greece being downgraded by a rating agency or German sentiment taking a downturn, the market forges ahead. I guess bad news is just the formula for a rising market.

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    The State Senate on Tuesday, clearing aside decades of opposition, put New York on a course to adopt no-fault divorce. The NYT reports.

  • The European Debt Crisis - See Complete Coverage

    The argument is widely heard in Europe and elsewhere: If only Greece and other struggling euro-zone countries could let their currency depreciate, as other collapsing economies have done when hit by debt crises – in Asia and Latin America, for example.