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April 6, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Compensation for chief executives at AIG, Ally Financial and GM -- all of which received exceptional TARP assistance during the financial meltdown -- is being frozen at last year's levels, the Treasury Department said. The ruling from Patricia Geoghegan, acting special master for executive compensation under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, also notes that the government has recovered 75% of the funds it invested in American International Group Inc. General Motors Co. has reduced its obligations by nearly half, while Ally Financial Inc. (formerly GMAC)
March 21, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
On the day one Bush -- Jeb -- endorsed his candidacy, Mitt Romney praised another -- former President George W. Bush -- for the actions he took that Romney said averted a second Great Depression. In response to a question at a town hall meeting in suburban Baltimore about "too big to fail," Romney criticized the Obama administration's handling of the auto bailout. From there, he pivoted to discuss the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, which Bush administration had adopted to ensure the U.S. banking system remained solvent, though he never invoked the four-letter acronym.
October 16, 2011 | Doyle McManus
Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's impossible prime minister, has committed almost every sin that modern politics affords. He entertains barely-of-age girls as overnight guests and brags about it. He appoints business cronies and television starlets to government jobs. He's under perpetual investigation for corruption. But voters in Berlusconi's conservative base have always seemed willing to forgive him — until now. The prime minister survived a close vote in Parliament last week, but the talk in Italy is increasingly of how soon he will fall.
September 30, 2011 | Jim Puzzanghera
Federal regulators bent the rules to allow Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co. and PNC Financial Services Group Inc. to repay their bailout money early, missing a chance to force them into further bolstering their finances. The banks pushed for the repayment requirements to be eased in part because they wanted to avoid tough executive compensation restrictions attached to the Troubled Asset Relief Program, according to an audit released Thursday by the special inspector general monitoring the bailout fund.
September 9, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
For much of the summer, the towering creation stood hidden behind a draping of blue and black tarps, looking like nothing more than a big home construction project. On Thursday, workers stripped away the shrouds to reveal a startling, four-story-high art installation. Surrounded by homes in a quiet pocket of Santa Monica, the display consists of a series of 150 square panels spray-painted yellow-orange, magenta, purple, sky blue and sea foam green. Each panel also bears a series of unidentifiable, white-painted characters that seem like a message scrawled by extraterrestrials.
July 28, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
"Tea party" icon Sharron Angle lashed back at John McCain Thursday, ridiculing him as a creature of the political establishment and highlighting the deep fissures within the GOP that the debt-ceiling debate have again laid bare. Angle, who failed in her bid to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada last year, wasted little time in responding to McCain, who, quoting a Wall Street Journal editorial, derided tea party politicians as “hobbits” a day earlier. Angle referenced McCain's support of the Wall Street bailouts in a statement.
March 30, 2011 | By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
The chairman of the utility that runs the crippled Fukushima power plant on Wednesday said the facility's four tsunami-battered reactors would have to be scrapped, and he apologized to the Japanese public for the nuclear disaster. Tsunehisa Katsumata, chairman of the Tokyo Electric Power Co., expressed his deep remorse for the accident at Fukushima in northern Japan, including explosions, the release of radiation and contamination of crops and tap water. Although Katsumata referred only to scrapping reactors No. 1 through 4, government officials and other experts have been saying for more than a week that the entire complex, including the less problematic reactors 5 and 6, eventually would have to be decommissioned.
March 9, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
The Treasury Department has recovered 70% of the money distributed under the $700-billion bailout fund after insurance giant American International Group Inc. paid back $6.9 billion of the taxpayer bailout it received. The once financially ailing AIG made the repayment Tuesday after selling its holdings in MetLife last week. About $59 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program still is invested in AIG. Altogether, AIG received about $125 billion in a complex, multistep bailout from the Treasury and the Federal Reserve starting in the fall of 2008.
March 2, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera and E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill agree that the Obama administration's foreclosure prevention efforts have been ineffective, but the parties are at odds on whether Congress should kill the programs. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) said at a House hearing Wednesday that the Treasury Department's Home Affordable Modification Program should be ended because it was doing "active harm" to at-risk borrowers by allowing banks to string them along. Under the program, a struggling homeowner can make temporarily reduced mortgage payments as part of a trial loan modification while the lender determines whether the modification can be made permanent.
February 28, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Almost three years after a series of government bailouts began, what many feared would be a deep black hole for taxpayer money isn't looking nearly so dark. The brighter picture is highlighted by the outlook for the bailouts' centerpiece ? the $700-billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. "It's turning out to cost one heck of a lot less than what we all thought at the beginning," said Ted Kaufman, a former U.S. senator from Delaware who heads the congressionally appointed panel overseeing TARP.
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