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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (left) talks with Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney during a break in the Republican presidential candidates debate in Florida

Rancour as Gingrich and Romney spar in debate

Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, learned to his cost last night that he is not alone among Republicans vying for the presidential nomination able to conjure righteous indignation when it matters.  Mitt Romney showed a debate audience here that he has quite the talent for it too.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid about $3 million in federal income taxes in 2010

Mitt Romney reveals details of tax payments

Mitt Romney has ripped into Republican rival Newt Gingrich attacking what he said was the former speaker of the House of Representatives' disgraced exit and subsequent work as a Washington influence peddler.

Gingrich's chequered past presents a huge political target

Gingrich will hand victory to Obama, claims Romney camp

If Republican voters select Newt Gingrich as the party's 2012 presidential nominee they would be handing President Barack Obama a second term in the White House, the campaign for Mitt Romney claimed last night.

Former Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac CEOs charged with fraud 

Two former CEOs at mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac yesterday became the highest-profile individuals to be charged in connection with the 2008 financial crisis.

BofA was 'let off lightly' over sub-prime fiasco

Bank of America was treated too leniently in settlement talks over mortgage fraud at the company, robbing the US taxpayer of billions of dollars of potential compensation, according to a damning report.

Joia Shillingford: It will take more than a bashing to get the banks lending again

This was a good week for bank bashing.

British banks hit by mortgage lawsuits from US regulator

Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and HSBC were among 17 giant banks sued last night by a US government agency, seeking billions of dollars in compensation over their packaging and selling of mortgage bonds in the run-up to the credit crisis.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac chiefs could face charges

The former chief executives of the US mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could become the next senior figures facing fraud charges, as regulators pursue wrongdoing in the lead up to the credit crisis.

Government still crucial to US housing, Geithner told

Withdrawing federal government support for the US mortgage market could wreck the economy and leave US house prices moribund for years, a leading bond fund manager has warned the Obama administration.

Professor Zahir Irani: Have we quite finished beating up the bankers?

Professor Irani is the head of Brunel Business School, Brunel University

Davos Summit 2010: Banks must get real on profits, says WEF report

Annual meeting to focus on 'rebuilding the global financial architecture'

Too Big To Fail, By Andrew Ross Sorkin

Time passes and it heals, or at least it bandages up. Wall Street's banks are raking billions once more, the global economy is sputtering back to life and the chances of wresting control of our destinies from unfettered finance recede with each incremental improvement. Andrew Ross Sorkin wants Too Big To Fail to be a reminder of just how close to the abyss the whole system came last year when Lehman Brothers crashed and AIG crumbled, and a call to arms in favour of reform. Actually, he has written a book that douses the very fury which might lead to radical change. It is a reasonable book, methodically researched and persuasive. There are no villains here, and a good few heroes. So be it.

Stephen Foley: America on bailout red alert again

US Outlook The US is back on Bailout Red Alert, and this time round the federal government looks like it might have to pay to bail out – itself. No one should be surprised to learn that the Federal Housing Administration has found itself facing big losses, what with so many Americans failing to pay their mortgage. Republican politicians scent a scandal of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac proportions, and are already making hay, but this is no time for the Obama administration to go defensive about its support for the US housing market.

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