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Cheyenne Hopkins

Sen. Sherrod Brown, center, takes his seat beside Sen. Jon Tester and Sen Robert Menendez, right, before the confirmation hearing of Richard Cordray, nominee for director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Mary Jo White, nominee for chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on March 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown, center, takes his seat beside Sen. Jon Tester and Sen Robert Menendez, right, before the confirmation hearing of Richard Cordray, nominee for director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Mary Jo White, nominee for chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on March 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Could ‘Break Up the Banks’ Senator Take Johnson’s Spot?

Lawmakers and lobbyists in Washington are busy chewing over the possibility that one of the main advocates of breaking up the big banks could be in the running to take over the Senate Banking Committee in 2015. The current chairman...

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, questions regulators during a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington on Feb. 14, 2013.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, questions regulators during a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington on Feb. 14, 2013.

Elizabeth Warren Decries ‘Too-Big-For-Trial’ Approach to Banks

If there was any thought that Elizabeth Warren, who portrayed herself as an anti-Wall Street cop during her 2012 Senate campaign, would soften her attacks on banks once in office, she quickly dismissed such notions today. Warren used her first hearing as a member...

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A Bank of America Corp. branch in New York City.

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A Bank of America Corp. branch in New York City.

Bill to Limit Too-Big-to-Fail Bank Risk Prepared in House

Rep. John Campbell plans to offer legislation aimed at reducing the size of “too-big-to-fail” banks by requiring them to hold more capital including long-term debt. Campbell’s bill comes as a number of lawmakers and regulators from both parties — including Federal Reserve Governor Daniel...

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Elizabeth Warren, shown testifying at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Washington on July 14, 2011.

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Elizabeth Warren, shown testifying at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Washington on July 14, 2011.

Elizabeth Warren Quickly Fundraises Off AIG Decision

Elizabeth Warren has barely had time to warm her seat as the new U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, but she wasted no time sending a new fundraising note today — claiming some credit for stoking a populist backlash against the American...

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