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Some of the opponents of the recently enacted health care legislation may have been premature with their warnings about "death panels." A death panel of sorts can be found in the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010, the financial regulation bill that has Congress divided once again along partisan lines. The bill would establish in the U.S Bankruptcy Court in Delaware an ominous-sounding Orderly Liquidation Authority Panel to preside over the (presumably) orderly process of putting out of business a large bank or non-banking financial firm whose "financial distress or failure" could create "risks to the financial stability of the United States..."

Goldman Sachs HQThe Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit April 16 against New York-based investment bank Goldman Sachs. The SEC alleges that Goldman committed systematic fraud in marketing a package to investors without revealing a major conflict of interest.

unemploymentAccording to the U.S. Labor Department, the economy added 162,000 jobs in March, the most since the beginning of the worst recession since the 1930s. This was below expectations that predicted 190,000 jobs.

model houseThe Federal Reserve ended its largest intervention in the housing market on April 1, ceasing its purchase of Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) that began in September of 2008 in order to keep the housing market from imploding.

Voice of America on April 1 quoted U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s statement that the U.S. jobless rate will be "unacceptably high" for a long time.

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