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01 августа, 16:14

"You Know What You Did": Scaramucci Punked By Email Spoofer Pretending To Be Priebus

The first two times infamous email spoofer @SINON_REBORN struck, the UK was scandalized when first Barclays CEO Jes Staley, then the head of the BOE, Mark Carney himself, were duped into lengthy email conversations with the "prankster" as the FT reported at the time. Staley, thinking he was being emailed by Barclays chair John McFarlane, offered his effusive praise to his respondent, saying among other things that he had "all the fearlessness of Clapton." Carney, in turn, responded to emails from the imposter pretending to be Anthony Habgood, the chairman of the court of the BoE. Then, in June, the spoofer extended his winning streak by also punking Goldman's Lloyd Blankfein and Citi's Michael Corbat into believing he was someone else. Now, the same prankster, a 38-year-old web designer from Manchester according to the FT, has struck again, this time fooling several highly placed White House officials on several occasions, most remarkably Anthony Scaramucci, into thinking he was someone else. As CNN reports, the exchange between the prankster and the Mooch may have played a role in the tensions between the now former White House Communications Director and the since-fired White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, who replacement Gen. Kelly fired Scaramucci. Pretending to be Priebus, the prankster emailed Scaramucci's official account using a mail.com account on Saturday, the day after Priebus' resignation was announced. "I had promised myself I would leave my hands mud free, but after reading your tweet today which stated how; 'soon we will learn who in the media who has class, and who hasn't', has pushed me to this. That tweet was breathtakingly hypocritical, even for you. At no stage have you acted in a way that's even remotely classy, yet you believe that's the standard by which everyone should behave towards you? General Kelly will do a fine job. I'll even admit he will do a better job than me. But the way in which that transition has come about has been diabolical. And hurtful. I don't expect a reply." To which Scaramucci responded: "You know what you did. We all do. Even today. But rest assured we were prepared. A Man would apologize." The UK spoofer wrote back, again pretending to be Prievus: "I can't believe you are questioning my ethics! The so called 'Mooch', who can't even manage his first week in the White House without leaving upset in his wake. I have nothing to apologize for." Scaramucci response, date July 30: "Read Shakespeare. Particularly Othello. You are right there. My family is fine by the way and will thrive. I know what you did. No more replies from me."   Not content with spoofing Scaramucci once, the prankster did it again in another exchange in which the former SkyBridge executive was again fooled by the prankster, this time pretending to be Russia Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. "Who's (sic) head should roll first?" the bogus Huntsman asked from a Gmail account on Friday, before the Priebus termination had been announced. "Maybe I can help things along somewhat." "Both of them," responded the real Scaramucci, in what CNN believes was an apparent reference to both Priebus and White House Senior Adviser Steve Bannon, about whom Scaramucci has been quite critical. After a few other nice messages of support from faux Huntsman, Scaramucci wrote, "Are you in Moscow now? If not please visit." * * * Finally, for good measure, the prankster also pretended to be Scaramucci's friend, Arthur Schwartz, on Monday evening after news of his departure had already hit, emailing the Mooch: "Everyone's pushing for why's and who's" to which the response was "Yup call in a bit." I even emailed Scaramucci yesterday evening ????. That's THREE people I've made him believe I am. 'Communications Director'... yeah right! pic.twitter.com/TVOsUCosXX — EMAIL PRANKSTER (@SINON_REBORN) August 1, 2017 Jon Huntsman was also tricked, with the prankster pretending to be Eric Trump: "Thanks for the thoughtful note," the ambassador-designate wrote to fake Eric Trump. "Russia will be a challenging but no doubt rewarding assignment." The fake Eric Trump responded with this suggestion: "Maybe we could have Dad sat (sic) on a horse, top off, giving the full Putin! He's in better shape than his suits suggest." In a follow up, the White House acknowledged the incidents to CNN and said they were taking the matter seriously. "We take all cyber related issues very seriously and are looking into these incidents further," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. In addition to demonstrating politician gullibility, what these spoofing incidents demonstrate is just how easy it is to engage into a confidence and trust-building conversation with some of the most important politicians and bankers, and that contrary to conventional wisdom, anyone can do it, not just the KGB.

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19 июля, 21:33

Без восторгов: американцы больше не доверяют миллиардерам

Отсутствие пиетета перед состоятельными людьми не помешало американцам избрать одного из них своим президентом, а он в свою очередь привел в свою администрацию еще нескольких миллиардеров

14 июля, 16:55

Jamie Dimon: "It's Embarrassing As An American Listening To This Stupid Shit We Have To Deal With"

One month after Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein trolled Donald Trump, when on June 9 in only his 4th ever tweet, the chief executive sarcastically said on Twitter "Just landed from China, trying to catch up.... How did "infrastructure week" go?" moments ago Jamie Dimon, in very uncertain terms, lashed out at the gridlock in Washington in general, and - according to some - president Donald Trump in particular (despite Dimon's subsequent clarification that that was not the case). During today's earnings call discussing JPM's Q2 beat, which however masked another sharp drop in the company's trading revenue, Dimon - fresh from a work trip overseas, unloaded on everything that’s holding U.S. businesses back.   "It's almost an embarrassment be an American citizen traveling around the world and listening to the stupid shit we have to deal with in this country and at one point we have to get our act together. We won't do what were supposed to for the average American." He continued: "since the Great Recession, which is now 8 years old, we've been growing at 1.5 to 2 percent in spite of stupidity and political gridlock, because the American business sector is powerful and strong. What I'm saying is that it would be much stronger growth if there were more intelligent decisions and less gridlock." Dimon's outburst was prompted by a Wall Street analyst who asked if clients were beginning to worry about D.C. dysfunction and a lack of progress. Dimon countered by saying that the economy has grown despite years of bad policy, and that it would continue to grow regardless of the US political climate. In an earlier call, Dimon said the media should focus on the major issues the nation faces rather than the vagaries of the firm’s Wall Street trading businesses: "the USA has to start to focus on policy which is good for all Americans and that is regulation, tax, education, we have to get those things done." Dimon has become a vocal critic of the US economic and social situation, devoting an entire section of his April annual letter to the problems in the US, saying "Something is Wrong' with America" and offering several ideas of what needs to be fixed. Of course, this being Jamie, he took advantage of the shocking moment to tell analysts and journalists to focus on the "bigger picture" instead of the decline in the company's sales and trading results: "Why you guys don’t write about it every day is completely beyond me. And, like, who cares about fixed income trading in the last two weeks of June? I mean seriously.” Well, JPM shareholders for one. As for Jamie Dimon fixing the US, we would advice against holding one's breath. That said, Dimon was clear to point out his frustration wasn't aimed at Trump. The JPM CEO said "gridlock in Washington isn’t likely to harm U.S. growth rates because they are already muted by bad policy" and in a follow up question, Dimon was asked by a reporter if he was frustrated with the Trump administration. “No,” Dimon responded. “That was frustration with you.” * * *   The full transcript of the exchange in question below, courtesy of FactSet: Q: That's great thank you if I could follow up at the bigger picture question, Jamie you've been correct me if I'm wrong pretty vocal about believing the underpinnings of the economy are healthy and strong and not buying into the full secular stagnation argument. But at what point does political dysfunction and political paralysis really start to dent that confidence. And because you've also indicated we do need structural reform to lift trend growth whether it's infrastructure whatever it is, can you just comment on that. And I guess as an adjunct to that, what are your conversations with clients like and is there a risk that is materializing that clients are also starting to become more frustrated with the lack of progress politically?   A: I would look at it the other way around since the great recession which is now eight years old we've been growing at 1.5% to 2% despite the stupidity and political gridlock. Because the American business sector is powerful and strong and is going to grow regardless if they want to feed their kids and want to buy home they want to do things the same as American businesses. What I'm saying is it would be much stronger growth had we made intelligent decisions and that gridlock. And thank you for pointing it out because I'm going to be a broken record until this gets done we are unable to build bridges unable to build airports not graduating.   I was just in France in Argentina Israel Ireland we met with the Prime Minister of India and China. It's amazing to me that every single one of those countries understands that practical policies to promote business growth is good for the average citizens of those countries for jobs and wages and somehow this great American free enterprise system we no longer get it.   My view is corporate taxation is critical to that. By the way regarding capital brings overseas which is why the $2 trillion overseas benefiting all these other countries don't like that so if we don't get our act together we can still grow. It's just unfortunate but it's hurting us: it's hurting the body politic, it's hurting the average American that we don't have these right policies. So no in spite of gridlock we will grow at 1 % or 2%.   I don't buy the argument that we are relegated to this effort we are not this administration can make breakthroughs in taxes and infrastructure ready for reform we have become one of the most bureaucratic confusing litigious societies on the planet. It's almost an embarrassment be an American citizen traveling around the world and listening to the stupid shit we have to deal with in this country and at one point we have to get our act together. We won't do what were supposed to for the average American and unfortunately people write about this like corporations is not corporations competitive taxes are important for business and business growth which is important to jobs in wage growth and we should be making that along to every single one of you every time you talk to a client.

12 июля, 13:41

Трамп поставит все на Кона

Глава Национального экономического совета, экс-президент Goldman Sachs Гэри Кон может возглавить Федеральную резервную систему США.

12 июля, 13:41

Трамп поставит все на Кона

Глава Национального экономического совета, экс-президент Goldman Sachs Гэри Кон может возглавить Федеральную резервную систему США.

25 июня, 18:10

TRUMP declines to blame Obama on FOX -- BILL COHAN on how GARY COHN ‘fell for’ Trump -- KOCH network plans to spend 300-400M in ‘18 -- SPOTTED at MNUCHIN’s wedding -- FIELDS/WEINSTEIN nuptials pool report

Good Sunday morning. THE PRESIDENT left the White House at 9:16 a.m. “in golf clothes (white shirt, white cap, dark slacks),” per pooler Alexis Simendinger. “Agents are dressed in their khakis and plaid, baggy, short-sleeved shirts--attire accessorized with ball caps. One was just practicing a pantomimed golf swing in the driveway.” … Trump pulled into Trump National Golf Club in Virginia at 9:51 a.m.STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP (@realDonaldTrump) at 8 a.m.: “Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party in order to beat Crazy Bernie Sanders. Is she allowed to so collude? Unfair to Bernie!”-- NOTE: Hillary Clinton became the Democratic Party’s nominee 334 days ago. Trump beat her 229 days ago.MICHAEL KRUSE in POLITICO Magazine, “I Found Trump’s Diary -- Hiding in Plain Sight: Legally risky, undiplomatic and sometimes wrong, Trump’s Twitter feed is a document for the ages. And historians don’t want to lose it”: “In the presumed absence, then, of a more traditional version of the form, Trump’s collected tweets comprise the closest thing to a diary this presidency will produce.“And that is what makes the messages from @realDonaldTrump, almost 800 and counting since January 20, 2017, such a prize to those who care the most about lasting insight into the president and this administration. If @realDonaldTrump was to go dark, and Trump stopped tweeting to his more than 32 million followers, humans and bots alike, the loss from a historical standpoint would be acute.” http://politi.co/2t9dyzXTRUMP ON “FOX AND FRIENDS” SUNDAY MORNING -- PETE HEGSETH: “Who’s been your biggest opponent? Has it been Democrats resisting? Has it been fake news media? Has it been deep state leaks? What’s -- when you think about it, what holds it up the most? --” … TRUMP: … “One of the things that should be solved, but it probably won’t be, is that the Republicans and Democrats don’t get together. And I’m open arms; but, I don’t see that happening. They fight each other. The level of hostility. In other words, this isn’t just Trump, this has been like this for years. You’ve been doing this for a long time, it’s been like that for a long time. But the level of hostility – as an example, the healthcare bill that you are reporting on and that everybody’s reporting on.”-- TRUMP WAS TEED UP, BUT DECLINES TO BLAME OBAMA: HEGSETH: “How frustrating is it to have former President Obama there, out there leading the resistance?” TRUMP: “Well I think -- I don’t think he’s leading it. He actually just put out a small statement. I don’t see that leading it. But other people are leading.”-- TRUMP HITS WARREN … AGAIN: HEGSETH: “How do you overcome that when someone like Senator Warren – Elizabeth Warren literally says ‘People are going to die because of President Trump’s health-care bill’?” TRUMP: “Well I actually think she’s a hopeless case. I call her Pocahontas, and that’s an insult to Pocahontas. I actually think that she is just somebody that’s got a lot of hatred, a lot of anger.”WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK -- “Will Anthony Kennedy step down from the Supreme Court?” by AP’s Mark Sherman: “The Supreme Court enters its final week of work before a long summer hiatus with action expected on the Trump administration’s travel ban and a decision due in a separation of church and state case that arises from a Missouri church playground. The biggest news of all, though, would be if Justice Anthony Kennedy were to use the court’s last public session on Monday to announce his retirement.“To be sure, Kennedy has given no public sign that he will retire this year and give President Donald Trump his second high court pick in the first months of his administration. Kennedy’s departure would allow conservatives to take firm control of the court. But Kennedy turns 81 next month and has been on the court for nearly 30 years. Several of his former law clerks have said they think he is contemplating stepping down in the next year or so. Kennedy and his clerks were gathering over the weekend for a reunion that was pushed up a year and helped spark talk he might be leaving the court.” http://bit.ly/2t5rBWQ-- KELLYANNE CONWAY on ABC’S “THIS WEEK”: CONWAY: “I will never reveal a conversation between a sitting justice and the president or the White House, but we’re paying very close attention to these last bit of decisions. And I can tell you one thing, just as the president did with Justice Neil Gorsuch, whenever there are vacancies, whenever that happens, he will look for somebody who has fidelity to the constitution, who doesn’t make up the law as they go along, and somebody who has the judicial temperament and a record that's beyond reproach, as did Justice Gorsuch.“We just hope the next time we can get more than a handful of Democratic senators to vote for our nominee to the Supreme Court and to the federal courts. We’d like a lot more cooperation from our Democratic friends. We know obstruction and resistance is their motto. It's not working. And it’s not working for the American people, Supreme Court nominations and otherwise.”THE BIG PICTURE -- “The weakest defense in Washington? Saying ‘I don’t recall’,” by Darren Samuelsohn: “Some of President Donald Trump’s closest confidants seem to be suffering from an affliction common in high-stakes White House investigations: memory loss. In his recent testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee concerning his role in the unfolding Russia saga, Attorney General Jeff Sessions answered questions with some variation of ‘I do not recall’ more than 20 times. Amnesia is often a favorite response from witnesses in criminal and congressional investigations, and it’s often the most truthful reply—but people caught up in scandals can wind up facing perjury or other charges if prosecutors can later show they were intentionally trying to dodge tough questions.” http://politi.co/2t5ihSQHOW TIMES CHANGE -- “Freedom Caucus holds fire on Senate Obamacare repeal bill,” by Kyle Cheney and Rachael Bade: “The most hardline conservatives in the House are taking an unusually cautious approach to the Senate's Obamacare replacement, promising to keep an open mind about whatever their colleagues across the Capitol send back. It’s a change in strategy for the House Freedom Caucus. When House leaders first released a health care bill in February, for instance, group members took to television talk shows to pan the plan as ‘Obamacare lite,’ furious that it didn't, in their eyes, do enough to unravel the 2010 health care law.“They also threatened to withhold their support until changes were made, and later won concessions. For now, those hardball tactics have disappeared. As the Senate looks to pass its own health care legislation this week, those same House conservatives are taking a more measured approach -- even as several conservatives in the Senate are currently balking at the bill.” http://politi.co/2u2UDDFBUT, BUT, BUT … “Senate health-care bill faces serious resistance from GOP moderates,” by WaPo’s Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein: “A small group of moderate Republican senators, worried that their leaders’ health-care bill could damage the nation’s social safety net, may pose at least as significant an obstacle to the measure’s passage as their colleagues on the right. The vast changes the legislation would make to Medicaid, the country’s broadest source of public health insurance, would represent the largest single step the government has ever taken toward conservatives’ long-held goal of reining in federal spending on health-care entitlement programs in favor of a free-market system.“That dramatic shift and the bill’s bold redistribution of wealth — the billions of dollars taken from coverage for the poor would help fund tax cuts for the wealthy — is creating substantial anxiety for several Republican moderates whose states have especially benefited from the expansion of Medicaid that the Affordable Care Act has allowed since 2014.” http://wapo.st/2sPOf36-- WHO TO WATCH: Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.).-- THE PROBLEM: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is going to have to cajole and lean on moderate and conservative senators to find enough votes. While he may be able to tweak the bill on the margins to bring some of the lawmakers on board -- and lawmakers will be able to add amendments to the underlying bill text -- it’s unclear if he’ll be able to thread the needle for passage next week. As we wrote earlier this week, McConnell is going to put this bill up for a vote no matter what -- he wants lawmakers on the record.KOCH WATCH -- “Koch network ramps up political spending while trying to push Trump team,” by Kevin Robillard in Colorado Springs, Colorado: “The leadership of the Koch brothers' network is brushing off its occasionally chilly attitude toward President Donald Trump, trying to nudge the administration in its direction as the group’s annual summit began Saturday just after Charles Koch met with Vice President Mike Pence. The network of conservative donors announced Saturday it plans to spend between $300 million and $400 million on politics and policy during the 2018 cycle. …“The millions from the Koch network and its wealthy allies will boost the Trump administration on some key priorities, especially tax reform and rolling back regulations. It also will help push back against others — especially Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ desire to implement tough-on-crime policies — and working to make Obamacare repeal efforts more conservative. And they could prove critical to Republican efforts to retain the House and expand a majority in the Senate.” http://politi.co/2t9Ii4k-- “Koch chief says health care bill insufficiently conservative,” by AP’s Steve Peoples: “Tim Phillips, who leads Americans For Prosperity, the Koch network’s political arm, called the Senate’s plans for Medicaid ‘a slight nip and tuck’ of President Barack Obama’s health care law, a modest change he described as ‘immoral.’ ‘This Senate bill needs to get better,’ Phillips said. ‘It has to get better.’” http://apne.ws/2sFaGtsFOR YOUR RADAR -- “Trump allies push White House to consider regime change in Tehran,” by Michael Crowley: “As the White House formulates its official policy on Iran, senior officials and key Trump allies are calling for the new administration to take steps to topple Tehran’s militant clerical government. Supporters of dislodging Iran’s iron-fisted clerical leadership say it’s the only way to halt Tehran’s dangerous behavior, from its pursuit of nuclear weapons to its sponsorship of terrorism.“Critics say that political meddling in Iran, where memories of a 1953 CIA-backed coup remain vivid, risks a popular backlash that would only empower hardliners. That’s why President Barack Obama assured Iranians, in a 2013 speech at the United Nations, that ‘we are not seeking regime change.’ But influential Iran hawks want to change that under Trump. ‘The policy of the United States should be regime change in Iran,’ said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who speaks regularly with White House officials about foreign policy. ‘I don’t see how anyone can say America can be safe as long as you have in power a theocratic despotism,’ he added.” http://politi.co/2tINGIF-- “Trump’s Team Faces Reality in the Middle East,” by the Times of Israel’s Herb Keinon: “Washington is adopting a much different approach to peacemaking than the previous administration, a sign that it has learned from US President Barack Obama’s mistakes. And the mother of all Obama’s mistakes on the Israeli-Palestinian issue came when -- just a few months after being sworn into office -- he made a very clear demand for Israel to stop all settlement activity, everywhere ... The Trump administration is taking a different approach. It is making no public demands ... And, all the while, it is probing the sides to see what they are – and are not – willing to give, and then trying to see if there are ways to bridge the gaps. And it is doing this all very much behind closed doors, without megaphone diplomacy, without public threats of laying down an American blueprint, or dangling promises of high-profile summits.” http://bit.ly/2u398Y5COMING ATTRACTIONS -- “U.S. top court set to rule on religious rights; travel ban looms,” by Reuters’ Lawrence Hurley: “The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on Monday in a closely watched religious rights case involving limits on public funding for churches and other religious entities as the justices issue the final rulings of their current term. The nine justices are due to rule in six cases, not including their decision expected in the coming days on whether to take up President Donald Trump’s bid to revive his ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries in which an emergency appeal is pending. Of the remaining cases argued during the court’s current term, which began in October, the most eagerly awaited one concerns a Missouri church backed by a conservative Christian legal group. The ruling potentially could narrow the separation of church and state.” http://reut.rs/2s9V9ylTHE JUICE ....-- SPOTTED AT STEVEN MNUCHIN and LOUISE LINTON’s WEDDING last night at the Mellon Auditorium: President Donald Trump (in black tie) and First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence (who officiated) and Karen Pence, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, Reince Priebus and Sally Priebus, DHS Secretary John Kelly, CIA director Mike Pompeo, Interior Secretary Mike Zinke, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Candy Carson, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, White House Counsel Don McGahn and Shannon McGahn, deputy national security advisor Dina Powell and David McCormick ...... Sean and Rebecca Spicer, Kellyanne Conway, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau, John Paulson, Jim Donovan, Steve Roth, Eddie Lampert, Woody Johnson, Lee Eisenberg, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Tom Barrack, Eli and Jenna Miller, Stephen Miller, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, C. Boyden Gray, Brad and Candice Parscale, Tommy Hicks, Reed Cordish, Rudy Giuliani, Richard and Karen LeFrak and Harrison LeFrak, Bill Paxon and Susan Molinari, Mike Shields and Katie Walsh, Ken Duberstein, Anthony Scaramucci. Seafood was served during cocktail hour, along with filet for dinner and a big white wedding cake. There was lots of beautiful flowers at the wedding, ballerinas performed, bagpipes and then a big band and many people hit the dance floor, according to attendees. Full report from Darren Samuelsohn, Rebecca Morin and Cristiano Lima http://politi.co/2t8w9MZ … 25 photos on one page http://dailym.ai/2sEIl6A-- MNUCHIN was spotted with three agents at DCA early this morning -- he was dropping off one of his kids at the airport.-- WE REPORTED YESTERDAY THAT REP. ADRIANO ESPAILLAT (D-N.Y.) filed a financial disclosure form that listed a checking account with between $5 million and $25 million. His office said he filed the report in error, and the account has between $1,000 and $15,000. The new report has not yet showed up on the clerk’s website.SUNDAY BEST -- GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS speaks to SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER (D-N.Y.) on ABC’S “THIS WEEK” -- STEPHANOPOULOS: “Are they going to pass this bill?” SCHUMER: “I think it’s 50-50. First, Democrats, we are doing everything we can to fight this bill because it’s so devastating for the middle class. I think they have, at best, a 50-50 chance of passing this bill. To get three senators to vote no, probably -- you can say yes, you can say no, probably 50-50.”-- BRIT HUME talks with HHS SECRETARY TOM PRICE on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” -- PRICE: “What we’re trying to do here, admittedly, is to thread a needle to make it so that, as the president says, every single American needs to be able to have access to the kind of coverage that they want,” Price said, adding that conversations with Republican holdouts are ongoing. “That’s the nature of the legislative process and that’s what we’ll be working through this week.” More from Patrick Temple-West, whose birthday is today http://politi.co/2t5LvB6-- DANA BASH speaks with OHIO GOV. JOHN KASICH on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION” -- BASH -- HE’S OPPOSED TO THE SENATE GOP HEALTH CARE BILL: “OK. So, given the problems that you just laid out, do you think that Senator Portman of Ohio should vote no?” KASICH: “Well, I -- I don’t think the bill's adequate now. And unless it gets fixed, I would -- look, I’m against it. And I’m not against it just because I want to be against it. There’s some things in these bill -- in these bills, in these -- in these provisions that are an improvement. My job, as I see my job as a governor of the state, not as a Republican governor, but the governor of this state, my job is to look not just today, but in the out years, at the impact it's going to have on people who have -- who need help.“Dana, I was at a restaurant on Friday. And I was at a Wendy’s, actually. And I was -- there was a partition. And I looked over at the people that had gathered there. And there were about, I don’t know, 25 kids. All of them were here in Columbus for Special Olympics. And I looked at them and I thought, are these people being served? Are they going to be served by this bill in the future? My conclusion right now is no.”-- CHUCK TODD speaks to SEN. RON JOHNSON (R-WISC.) on NBC'S "MEET THE PRESS": JOHNSON -- ON HEALTH CARE: "[W]hat I'd like to do is slow the process down, get the information, go through the problem-solving process, actually reduce these premiums that have been artificially driven up because of Obamacare mandates. So let's actually fix the problem. But in the end, I come from manufacturing base. I will look at whatever I'm forced to vote on, and I'll ask myself, 'Is this better tomorrow than where we are today? Is it continuous improvement?' And that's what will guide my decision."DEEP DIVE -- WILLIAM D. COHAN in August’s Vanity Fair, “The Untold Story of How Gary Cohn Fell for Donald Trump”: “While [Lloyd] Blankfein was recuperating, Cohn seemed to delight in the attention and adulation he received when he filled in for his boss on earnings calls, industry presentations, and media events, such as The New York Times’s DealBook Conference. That’s when, some say, he became overconfident and decided to inquire of several of his fellow board members about becoming C.E.O., even as Blankfein was responding well to his chemotherapy treatments. ‘Gary made a play to replace Lloyd,’ according to a former Goldman partner. It didn’t work. The board was ‘noncommittal’ to Cohn, he continues. ‘There’s a lot of loyalty to Lloyd on the board.’ ...“The timing was perfect for Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, to pounce. He approached Cohn, supposedly at the suggestion of mutual friends. ‘Jared Kushner has always been a little starstruck with Goldman Sachs people,’ says a former Goldman partner who knows him well. ‘He’s always liked that sort of promotional edginess that Goldman Sachs has had, and he’s always liked the reputation that Goldman Sachs has the best people, quote unquote, the smartest, savviest people. The idea, by the way, that Jared was suddenly in a position where he actually had the power to call on and hire and lure a number of people like that to the bench side, if you will, was a very, very intoxicating, enticing, and really kind of exciting thing to him,’ the former partner continues. ‘This was an incredibly sort of convenient and opportune kind of thing that came along for Gary because—whether he was going to Washington or not—Gary was out.’” http://bit.ly/2u3jTd1MATT VISER in the Boston Globe, “Jared Kushner got his start as Somerville landlord”: “At 19, he was in the training-wheels stage of his career as a developer, learning as he went, making his share of mistakes, acquiring a landlord’s tough edge and cool calculus -- traits he still manifests in the White House. Learning to fix up and flip clusters of low-end apartment buildings, he used Somerville as his own private laboratory. And he passed the first key test -- he made a profit. Of course, he had a headstart. Much as Trump began his career of deals with a multimillion-dollar boost from his father, Kushner started out with his wealthy father acting as senior partner and offering crucial assistance -- including helping secure $9 million in mortgage loans….“And his efforts paid off -- the properties he bought for $8.3 million sold four years later for $13 million. But Kushner, who did not respond to requests for an interview to discuss his business record in Somerville, also made a number of rookie errors and left numerous angry tenants in his wake. His properties amassed 25 housing complaints over four years, including complaints about overflowing dumpsters, pests, and sewage odors, according to the Globe review. Tenants complained of what they called nonsensical financial dealings. Some renters say they went an entire winter without heat.” http://bit.ly/2t5dGjuWHAT ERIC HOLDER IS READING -- “Analysis indicates partisan gerrymandering has benefited GOP,” by AP’s David Lieb: “The 2016 presidential contest was awash with charges that the fix was in: Republican Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that the election was rigged against him, while Democrats have accused the Russians of stacking the odds in Trump’s favor. Less attention was paid to manipulation that occurred not during the presidential race, but before it — in the drawing of lines for hundreds of U.S. and state legislative seats. The result, according to an Associated Press analysis: Republicans had a real advantage.“The AP scrutinized the outcomes of all 435 U.S. House races and about 4,700 state House and Assembly seats up for election last year using a new statistical method of calculating partisan advantage. It’s designed to detect cases in which one party may have won, widened or retained its grip on power through political gerrymandering. The analysis found four times as many states with Republican-skewed state House or Assembly districts than Democratic ones. Among the two dozen most populated states that determine the vast majority of Congress, there were nearly three times as many with Republican-tilted U.S. House districts.” http://apne.ws/2s5voE7BUSINESS BURST -- “Facebook Is Going Hollywood, Seeking Scripted TV Programming,” by WSJ’s Joe Flint and Deepa Seetharaman: “Facebook to Hollywood: Let’s do lunch. Social networking giant Facebook Inc. is moving its ambitions in TV-quality video to the front burner, taking meetings and making deals with an eye toward launching a slate of original programming by the end of summer, people familiar with the matter said. In meetings with major talent agencies including Creative Artists Agency, United Talent Agency, William Morris Endeavor and International Creative Management Partners, Facebook has indicated it is willing to commit to production budgets as high as $3 million per episode, people familiar with the situation say.” http://on.wsj.com/2rQ6OmzBEYOND THE BELTWAY -- POLITICO Magazine’s “America’s 11 Most Interesting Mayors”: Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles … Hillary Schieve, Reno, Nev. … Kevin Faulconer, San Diego … Greg Fischer, Louisville, Ky. … Marty Walsh, Boston … Michael Hancock, Denver … Jennifer Roberts, Charlotte, N.C. …Tomás Regalado, Miami, Florida … Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake City, Utah ... Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh … Dan Gilbert, the shadow mayor of Detroit. http://politi.co/2sEZm0wBONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from Palm Beach, Florida:-- “My Father’s Fashion Tips,” by Tom Junod in GQ: “In 1996, in a piece that was nominated for a National Magazine Award, Tom Junod wrote not only of his dad’s impeccable style but also of the secrets -- and underwear rules -- of a lost generation.” http://bit.ly/2szLZP8-- “Deepest Dive Ever Under Antarctica Reveals a Shockingly Vibrant World,” by Laurent Ballesta in July’s NatGeo: “Our special report offers a rare look at life beneath the frozen continent -- where penguins, seals, and exotic creatures thrive.”With 15 pix on one page http://on.natgeo.com/2s2rV9e (h/t Blake Hounshell)-- “Crimson Tidings: The primordial color gets its due,” by Elizabeth Powers in the Weekly Standard: http://tws.io/2rLD4qR (h/t ALDaily.com)-- “The Wages of War Without Strategy,” by Robert Cassidy and Jacqueline Tame on the Strategy Bridge: “In its wars since 11 September 2001, the United States has arguably cultivated the best-equipped, most capable, and fully seasoned combat forces in remembered history. They attack, kill, capture, and win battles with great nimbleness and strength. But absent strategy, these victories are fleeting. Divorced from political objectives, successful tactics are without meaning.” http://bit.ly/2szMg4p-- “This Is How Big Oil Will Die,” by Seth Miller in NewCo: “It’s 2025, and 800,000 tons of used high strength steel is coming up for auction. The steel made up the Keystone XL pipeline … [which at] its peak ... carried over 500,000 barrels a day for processing at refineries in Texas and Louisiana. But in 2025, no one wants the oil.” http://bit.ly/2szZhLp-- “Supertasters Among the Dreaming Spires,” by Dan Rosenheck in 1843 Magazine: “Every Oxford taster is a scientist in one form or another, ranging from endearingly geeky to absurdly so ... Cambridge [tasters] were methodical, precise and pragmatic – much like Cambridge. Whereas Oxford had people who grew up with wine. They’d just taste and say: Oh, that’s obviously Bordeaux.” http://bit.ly/2rLo5NI -- “Camille Paglia: On Trump, Democrats, Transgenderism, and Islamist Terror,” by The Weekly Standard’s Jonathan V. Last: “Today’s liberalism has become grotesquely mechanistic and authoritarian: It’s all about reducing individuals to a group identity, defining that group in permanent victim terms, and denying others their democratic right to challenge that group and its ideology. Political correctness represents the fossilised institutionalisation of once-vital revolutionary ideas, which have become mere rote formulas.” http://tws.io/2szPMfe (h/t TheBrowser.com)-- “Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man,” by Martin Corona in Men’s Journal: http://mjm.ag/2tDcVvH-- “Can We Blame the Mafia on Lemons?” by Cara Giaimo in Atlas Obscura: “Lemon trees need well-fertilised soil, steady water, and protection from wind and extreme temperature, which come at great cost. Trees need to be coddled for seven or eight years before they produce enough lemons to sell. When they do bear fruit, it’s easy enough for people to steal it.” http://bit.ly/2t0xjJl-- “The 2017 Jefferson Lecture -- Powerlessness and the Politics of Blame” --Martha C. Nussbaum at the Kennedy Center on May 1: “The Greeks and Romans saw a lot of anger around them. But they did not embrace or valorise anger. They did not define manliness in terms of anger, and tended to impute it to women, whom they saw as lacking rationality. However much they felt and expressed anger, they waged a cultural struggle against it, seeing it as destructive of human well-being and democratic institutions.” http://bit.ly/2tDB5X4-- “About Tomorrow,” by Bruce Wexler in E-Flux: “Human beings differ from other animals with regard to ... post-natal neuroplasticity in two important ways. First, our brains are more immature at birth and susceptible to environmental shaping to a greater degree and for a longer time. Second, humans are the only animals that shape and reshape the environments that shapes their brain. This powerful combination is the basis of cultural evolution, and of most features of human minds, behavior and communities.” http://bit.ly/2sL8uPwSPOTTED: Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday, with a small Secret Service detail, on the Acela out of New York. He got off in Wilmington, rocking a pair of sunglasses, one earbud in and carrying a briefcase -- “looking as relaxed and cool as ever,” per our tipster.OUT AND ABOUT -- Susan Glasser and Peter Baker hosted a farewell party last night at their house for Indira Lakshmanan and Dermot Tatlow, who are moving to St. Petersburg, Florida, next week as Indira takes up her post as Craig Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics at The Poynter Institute for Media.SPOTTED: German Amb. Peter Wittig and Huberta von Voss-Wittig, Afghan Amb. Hamdullah Mohib and Lael Mohib, Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt, Marty Baron, Andrea Mitchell, Nihal Krishan, Nancy Cook and Christopher Rowland, former Pakistani Amb. Husain Haqqani and Farahnaz Ispahani, Mike Oreskes and Geraldine Baum, former U.S. Ambs. Melanne and Phil Verveer, former U.S. Amb. Steve Sestanovich, Katharine Weymouth, Mark Landler, Julie Davis, David Sanger, Margaret Carlson, Juliet Eilperin, Laura Meckler, Ben Chang, Christina Sevilla and Steve Rochlin, Justin Kenny, Heidi Crebo-Rediker and Doug Rediker, Dana Thomas, Amanda Downes, David Rennie, Jonas Parello-Plesner, Bay Fang, Steve Heuser, Mary Louise Kelly, Manuel Roig-Franzia and Ceci Connolly, Nicole Raben, Denise Couture.-- SPOTTED at a surprise birthday party last night for Ziad Ojakli at Kellari Taverna on K Street: Sumya Ojakli, Angela Flood, Alison Jones, Mercy and Matt Schlapp, David and Gretchen Hobbs, Bruce Andrews, Pam Thiessen, Nick Calio and Eric Ueland.-- SPOTTED on the rooftop of The Brixton for a mini-reunion of alumni of the Obama administration NSC: Terry Szuplat, Eric Pelofsky, Dan Schneiderman, Jon Wolfsthal, Yael Lempert, Michael Sessums, Ben Chang, Salman Ahmed, Evan Medeiros, Bernadette Meehan, Meg Doherty, Stacey May, Andrew Scott, Matt Kaczmarek, Brian Nilsson.SPOTTED at Ron and Sara Bonjean’s annual “Good Pants Ranch Summer Party” yesterday in Purcellville, Va. (a camel made an appearance): Paul Kane, Jo Maney, John Scofield, Dana Bash, Anne Brady, Matt Dornic and Kyle Volpe, Doug Heye, Emily Miller, Fran Decker, Jared Allen and Jackie Kucinich, Kenny Day, Rebecca Haller, Sheldon and Shannon Bream, Matt Wolking, Tom Williams, David and Jenny Drucker, Chris Bond, Dan Ronayne, Tracey and Nick Lintott, Jim Richards and Brian Walsh.--The RNC held their summer meeting this weekend at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois. SPOTTED: Vice President Mike and Mrs. Karen Pence, Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, RNC co-chairman Bob Paduchik, RNC chief of staff Sara Armstrong, Arkansas state chairman Doyle Webb, Ohio state chairwoman Jane Timken, Hunter Wallace and Suhail Khan.WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- MICHELLE FIELDS married JAMIE WEINSTEIN in a ceremony yesterday at the Breakers in Palm Beach. Dinner and dancing was held in the Mediterranean Ballroom overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Fields is a Breitbart and HuffPo alum who now runs JMW Strategies with Weinstein, a commentator and host of “The Jamie Weinstein Show” podcast. They met as reporters at the Daily Caller. They served crab cakes, lobster tail medallions, sliced beef tenderloin, and citrus panko crusted sea bass along with huge ice-cream sundaes (there were also two tomato bars in a pre-dinner reception because Jamie is a big fan of tomatoes). Partiers hoisted Fields and Weinstein in the air during the hora. Colorful performers dancing on stilts also were a hit. The couple is flying out to Europe today on their honeymoon: they’ll visit Italy and Morocco and take a river cruise from Budapest to Munich.SPOTTED: Juleanna Glover hitting the dance floor early with Christopher Reiter, Benny Johnson shaking hands with Oliver Darcy (who had written critical pieces on IJR), bridesmaids Lauren Hagen, Betsy Woodruff, and Kathryn Lyons, Will Rahn, Taylor Lorenz, Ben Jacobs, Olivia Nuzzi, Asawin Suebsaeng and Liz Brown, Jonathan Swan, Vince and Alison Coglianese, Tim Lim, Josiah Ryan, Matt Lewis andErin DeLullo, Katelyn Rieley Johnson, Alex and Nancy Pappas, Jonathan and Anna Beth Strong, Mike Dunkle, Mitchell Sutherland, Guy Benson, Amber Smith.--PICS http://bit.ly/2rQjf1M … http://bit.ly/2t9fjx9 ... http://bit.ly/2sPQu6O …http://bit.ly/2sEZpt2 … First kiss http://bit.ly/2u3cWJ2 … First dance http://bit.ly/2u3enHq … The decadent cake http://bit.ly/2sPMqU3-- Politico reporter (and author of Morning Energy) Anthony Adragna married longtime girlfriend Meghan Cassidy in a ceremony at the historic St. Francis Hall in Northeast D.C. on Saturday evening. Cassidy is a teacher at Gonzaga High School who just graduated from a master’s program at Georgetown. The couple met in summer 2013, hit it off after being set up on a blind date by mutual friends and have been together ever since. Pool report: “The couple exchanged vows outdoors, surrounded by the lush greenery of the historic Renaissance-style hall, built in 1931. The lively reception featured everything from the Isley Brother’s Shout to Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off and had guests young and old on the dance floor all night long.” Pics http://bit.ly/2t8YfHp ... http://bit.ly/2t9Pld0SPOTTED: Heather Caygle and Aaron Lorenzo, Brian Fung and Ryan Kellett, Mikaela Lefrak, Dean Scott and Rachel Leven--“Kristin Donnelly, Rick Bosh” -- N.Y. Times: “The bride, 36, is a White House producer in Washington for NBC News. She graduated from Syracuse. ... The groom, 36 and known as Rick, is a producer for ‘Andrea Mitchell Reports’ on MSNBC. He graduated from Southern Methodist University. ... The couple met in March 2010 when they worked as producers for day programming at MSNBC.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2u2PMlS--“Pia Carusone, Leanne Pittsford”: “Ms. Carusone, 37, is a political consultant and a senior adviser to Americans for Responsible Solutions, a Washington-based gun violence prevention organization, founded by Gabrielle Gifford and Mark Kelly. Ms. Carusone was until June 2012 the chief of staff to Ms. Giffords, then an Arizona congresswoman. Ms. Carusone is also a founder of Republic Restoratives Distillery, which is also in Washington and makes vodka, bourbon and rye whiskey. She graduated from Bard College and is now a governor of the school’s alumni association. ... Ms. Pittsford, 36, is the chief executive of Start Somewhere, a company in Washington that operates Lesbians Who Tech and two other programs aiming to increase diversity in the technology sector. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, and received a master’s degree in education with a concentration on equity and social justice from San Francisco State University.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2t8yfvQBIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Kirsten Hughes, chair of the MassGOP (hat tip: Natalie Boyse)BIRTHDAYS: WSJ and POLITICO alum Patrick O’Connor, now with CGCN Group, is 41 ... CNN’s Betsy Klein ... Josh Lahey, principal of the Podesta Group, who once hiked all 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail starting in Georgia and ending in Maine … Justice Sonia Sotomayor is 63 ... civil rights activist James Meredith is 84 ... Anthony Bourdain is 61 ... Jeremy Bearer-Friend, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s tax policy maven, moving to NYC this fall to teach tax law at NYU (h/t Alex Levy) ... tech guru Laurent Crenshaw, YELP’s director of public policy, is 37 --he celebrated Friday evening at a pop-up party inside of the National Union Building on 9th and F st NW with some of Capitol Hill’s finest (h/t Stewart Verdery) ... Politico’s Patrick Temple-West ... N.Y. Post’s Reuven Fenton ... Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) is 65 ... Dan Meyers, VP at DCI Group ... John Randall, VP of digital at CRAFT ... Robert Harvey ... Jackie Bradford, pres and GM of NBC4 in DC ... Danielle Doheny is 3-0 ... CBS and Reuters alum Corbett Daly, bro of Uncles Matthew and Brendan ... AP alum John Heilprin, now senior journalist and editor for the int’l service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corp. ... Ambassador Melanne Verveer ... Tita Freeman ... Alan McQuinn ... former Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) is 72 ...... Scott Zumwalt, senior director at Bully Pulpit Interactive, is 33 … Alan McQuinn, ITIF's research analyst (h/t Samantha Greene) ... John Randolph Thornton, author of the novel “Beautiful Country,” is 26 ... John Meyer ... Dan Spinelli ... Eric Litmer ... Taylor Haulsee ... Alberto “Beto” Cardenas of Vinson & Elkins ... Abbie Sorrendino of Senate Rules …Gretchen Yelmini … Bryan Bernys ... IAVA alum John Alexander Nicholson ... Mike Gehrke … Jon Carson … Summer Oesch … Jason Stephany … Martha Vukelich-Austin … Marc Caplan … Mora Segal … Heidi Johnson (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … James Michael Thornberry ... Hank Greenwald, famed for his long run as the SF Giants baseball play-by-play man ... Ted Pease is 62 ... Carly Simon is 72 ... Phyllis George is 68 ... Ricky Gervais is 56 (h/ts AP)

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24 июня, 23:20

The Lost Goldman Sachs 1985 Fixed Income Recruiting Video

Authord by Sarah Butcher via eFinancialCareers.com, In 1985, Goldman Sachs was still a partnership. The current partners owned around 80% of the firm, retired partners held the remainder. Lloyd Blankfein was a 31 year-old trader at J. Aron, the commodities house Goldman had purchased four years earlier. Run by John Weinberg, a former M&A banker, Goldman in 1985 was mostly a U.S. operation. There were a handful of overseas offices, including one in London, but in the words of Lisa Endlich, Goldman’s London few hundred staff were sitting in an, “unair-conditioned setting on one floor of an office building.” Nonetheless, Goldman wanted expansion. In 1986, it decided to go for growth. Over the next 12 years, the firm doubled in size and its capital increased five times. This is the world depicted by a fixed income recruiting video made by GS in 1985 which has just surfaced on Youtube. Despite being posted to the video sharing network in March 2015, it’s only just been unearthed. We’ve posted the 10 minute video below (3 mins on YouTube are blank). Goldman used it to make a pitch for, “exceptionally talented and motivated individuals,” to work in the fixed securities markets which it said were experiencing, “rapid growth.” Highlights of 1985 Goldman Sachs included smoking at the desk, endless coffee in paper cups, pagers in belts, big hair, big computers, a lot of telephones, a lot of paper and a lot of human beings. The video supplements this with an encouraging ’80s musical accompaniment. “The pace is fast, and the atmosphere is intense,” Goldman’s former self warns: “Emotions change from minute to minute.” Prerequisites for getting a job there included, “intelligence, independence, a strong desire to succeed, creativity and the ability the quickly translate ideas into action…” If anyone knows who the people in the video are, please enlighten us (future GS CEO Jon Corzine can be seen shouting into the phone at 7 minutes 30 seconds). If you like the genre you can always go on to sample the 1987 documentary about Paul Tudor Jones. 

21 июня, 21:08

Does Goldman's Lloyd Blankfein Have A Gary Cohn Problem (And Vice-Versa)?

Today's decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.'s leadership position in the world. #ParisAgreement— Lloyd Blankfein (@lloydblankfein) June 1, 2017 Lloyd’s entry level tweet decrying the U.S. withdrawal from the climate accords was an expression of mild displeasure with an administration that’s welcomed, with open arms, a cabal of Goldman executives who’ve been paddling through the muck trying to figure out how Wall Street can profit from last November's surprising turn of electoral events. Chief among them was Goldman’s brightest star: former Chief Operating Officer, Gary Cohn. As current director of the National Economic Council, Gary maintains high hopes that he’ll be able to make his vision of America great again just like it was before those nasty days in 2008 that brought the sub-prime party — and the world economy — to a crashing halt. The old saw — there are no problems, just opportunities — seemed to be the operative dynamic for Lloyd and Gary as they both donned Speedos for an eyes-open belly flop into the swamp. In the heady weeks following the election the swamp seemed more like a kitty pool teeming with giddy denizens splashing themselves with moolah. The stock market continued to spill out earnings like a slot machine having hit trip 7s; after all, it seemed like those pesky Dodd-Frank regulations would soon be consigned to the dustbin of financial history. Outsiders might have thought that Lloyd and Gary were once joined at Goldman’s hip — sort of a financial version of Ben and Jerry — but in recent years there were indications that trouble was looming. It was common knowledge on the Street that Cohn coveted Goldman’s top spot and, equally known, Lloyd wasn’t going to give it up. One source who knew Gary well offered a hands-down affirmation that he was the smartest/brightest/most hardworking guy down at 200 West Street and if anyone could accomplish the impossible with a new administration, it was Cohn. Consultations with a friend by the name of Jared Kushner resulted in Gary’s deployment to the front lines to help grow the economy through infrastructure projects — turbo-charged by private equity investments — which in turn would create many, many jobs. There was a credible precedent to this, according to the source, citing President Eisenhower’s pushing of the 1956 National Interstate and Highways Defense Act, which initiated the construction of some 41,000 miles of cross-country highways; at the time, the largest public works project in American history. Ironically, it was another case that involved the Russkis, albeit of the Cold-War type, whose nuclear posturing begged the question of how was the military going to move troops quickly and effectively from coast to coast over roads that were patch-worked together with no particular rhyme nor reason. In those simpler days before private equity, construction costs were defrayed by adding one red cent, so to speak, to the tax paid on a gallon of gas. But let’s not forget that while Ike did create jobs, none were filled by illegal Mexican immigrants because the President had deported some 1.5 million in his notoriously effective Operation Wetback two years prior. Gary Cohn has had his work cut out for him; with all the scandals and controversies the swamp has taken on a quicksand texture and he’s been desperately treading water trying show some real progress with his infrastructure efforts. Then came Lloyd’s entrance into the twitterverse and his objection to Gary’s boss pulling the U.S. out of the climate accords. It caused a bit of hip dysplasia between the former colleagues and Cohn offered a response; writing an Op-Ed for the Wall Street Journal with H.R. McMaster, the National Security advisor, offering this bit of America First wisdom. The world is not a ‘global community’ but an arena where nations, non-governmental actors and business engage and compete for advantage . It was a shot fired over Blankfein’s bow: no more Mr Nice Guy for Uncle Sam. If we’re going to play world leader then screw the tree-huggers, the “Buy the World a Coke” types, all those warm and fuzzy feelers: it’s time to go all Gordon Gekko and if Lloyd needs a friend perhaps he better get himself a dog. Lloyd seemed to take up the challenge responding with a tweet on June 9. Just landed from China, trying to catch up.... How did "infrastructure week" go?— Lloyd Blankfein (@lloydblankfein) June 9, 2017 Lloyd thumbing his nose at his once second-in-command? A nah, nah, nah, nah bit of tweeting one-upmanship? Now Gary is a big, lumbering, 6-foot-3 bear of a guy, with a reputation for aggressive, in-your-face posturing so perhaps with that in mind, Lloyd thought it best to walk back the intention of the tweet, following up with a can’t-we-all-get-along message inspired by the Virginia ball field shootings. One way to honor DC victims: Dems & Reps work TOGETHER & make progress on Infrastructure, Health care, Tax reform, Immigration, etc. Unify.— Lloyd Blankfein (@lloydblankfein) June 15, 2017 To date, none of Lloyd’s tweet wishes have been fulfilled — not even close — and the future of Gary’s infrastructure endeavors remain clouded. There has been talk that it’s Janet Yellen’s job that’s on Gary’s radar screen; something he denies. Nevertheless it has been reported that he will lead the search for a “qualified” replacement when Yellen’s term at the Fed expires at the end of January. Truth be told, a restless Gary may find, with credible cause, that he is the most qualified of the current bunch of swamp-friendly financial types. For Goldman Sachs — a company known for pivoting with the political winds — there’s nothing that can shake loose the all-in-the-family connection with ex-Goldman alums. Like the mafia, it’s in the DNA, and when I recently asked Jake Siewert, head of Goldman’s PR division, whether the firm still supports Gary’s work, the architect behind the 2013 campaign to turn Lloyd into more of a human being sent me this comment. I’m glad Gary is there. He’s a pragmatic, sensible voice and we can use more of that in Washington. Pragmatism has its limits and while a dive into the swamp and a race for the riches was a pragmatic decision for both Lloyd and Gary, considering an exit strategy might also be a wise possibility; especially if the President’s base becomes disillusioned with a lack of infrastructure inspired job creation. One needs only to recall how “Goldman Sachs” was used as a Trump campaign epithet, linking Hillary to the firm, or the shouts of same leveled at Ted Cruz at the RNC convention for his wife’s employment at the Vampire Squid (according to Goldman spokesperson, Michael DuVally, Heidi Cruz, an investment manager, left during the campaign but is now back at her desk). Looking down the road... Goldman has more money than God so that Lloyd’s continued work on God’s behalf will continue no matter who sits in the Oval Office. Gary, however, is vulnerable. I spoke with former Bear Stearns executive and veteran Wall Streeter, Richard Marin, who offered Cohn this suggestion: Be wary and lawyer up. The President’s ease of throwing staffers under the bus that that is heading straight for him seems pretty much assured. I hate to see even an erstwhile and accomplished GS veteran get trashed by association. During these unpredictable times, offering unpredictable outcomes, perhaps Gary and Lloyd might find solace by reaching back into those kinder, gentler, pre-IPO days, when a true statesmen like the late John C. Whitehead stood at Goldman’s helm. A former Deputy Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan his sage advice, the so-called “ten commandments,” remain enshrined in Goldman culture. His global pragmatism led him to become a passionate supporter of U.S. involvement with the United Nations and that’s when I met him. In 1995, Pacific Street Films, my company, produced, In Search for Peace: Fifty Years of the United States in the United Nations (narrated by Paul Newman) which included Whitehead as an interviewee. Whitehead seemed cast out of the same mold as another character from Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Lou Mannheim (Hal Holbrook) whose sane and sensible thinking provided a counterpoint to Gekko’s winner-take-all philosophy. His words of wisdom, spoken to eager-beaver Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), seem severely dated by current Wall Street standards. The money you make for people helps create science and research jobs, don’t sell that out. Quaint sentiments for both Lloyd and Gary to consider following the meteoric rise of greed-fueled proprietary trading after Goldman went public. Again, in another Wall Street tête-à-tête, Bud offers Lou some prescient advice. The main thing about money, Bud, it makes you do things you don’t want to do. Take heed guys.... Joel Sucher is a co-founder of Pacific Street Films (together with Steven Fischler) and has written for a number of platforms including American Banker, In These Times, HuffPost and Observer. com. He and Pacific Street Films co-founder, Steven Fischler, are working on a streaming series about their experiences at NYU Film School. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 июня, 21:08

Does Goldman's Lloyd Blankfein Have A Gary Cohn Problem (And Vice-Versa)?

Today's decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.'s leadership position in the world. #ParisAgreement— Lloyd Blankfein (@lloydblankfein) June 1, 2017 Lloyd’s entry level tweet decrying the U.S. withdrawal from the climate accords was an expression of mild displeasure with an administration that’s welcomed, with open arms, a cabal of Goldman executives who’ve been paddling through the muck trying to figure out how Wall Street can profit from last November's surprising turn of electoral events. Chief among them was Goldman’s brightest star: former Chief Operating Officer, Gary Cohn. As current director of the National Economic Council, Gary maintains high hopes that he’ll be able to make his vision of America great again just like it was before those nasty days in 2008 that brought the sub-prime party — and the world economy — to a crashing halt. The old saw — there are no problems, just opportunities — seemed to be the operative dynamic for Lloyd and Gary as they both donned Speedos for an eyes-open belly flop into the swamp. In the heady weeks following the election the swamp seemed more like a kitty pool teeming with giddy denizens splashing themselves with moolah. The stock market continued to spill out earnings like a slot machine having hit trip 7s; after all, it seemed like those pesky Dodd-Frank regulations would soon be consigned to the dustbin of financial history. Outsiders might have thought that Lloyd and Gary were once joined at Goldman’s hip — sort of a financial version of Ben and Jerry — but in recent years there were indications that trouble was looming. It was common knowledge on the Street that Cohn coveted Goldman’s top spot and, equally known, Lloyd wasn’t going to give it up. One source who knew Gary well offered a hands-down affirmation that he was the smartest/brightest/most hardworking guy down at 200 West Street and if anyone could accomplish the impossible with a new administration, it was Cohn. Consultations with a friend by the name of Jared Kushner resulted in Gary’s deployment to the front lines to help grow the economy through infrastructure projects — turbo-charged by private equity investments — which in turn would create many, many jobs. There was a credible precedent to this, according to the source, citing President Eisenhower’s pushing of the 1956 National Interstate and Highways Defense Act, which initiated the construction of some 41,000 miles of cross-country highways; at the time, the largest public works project in American history. Ironically, it was another case that involved the Russkis, albeit of the Cold-War type, whose nuclear posturing begged the question of how was the military going to move troops quickly and effectively from coast to coast over roads that were patch-worked together with no particular rhyme nor reason. In those simpler days before private equity, construction costs were defrayed by adding one red cent, so to speak, to the tax paid on a gallon of gas. But let’s not forget that while Ike did create jobs, none were filled by illegal Mexican immigrants because the President had deported some 1.5 million in his notoriously effective Operation Wetback two years prior. Gary Cohn has had his work cut out for him; with all the scandals and controversies the swamp has taken on a quicksand texture and he’s been desperately treading water trying show some real progress with his infrastructure efforts. Then came Lloyd’s entrance into the twitterverse and his objection to Gary’s boss pulling the U.S. out of the climate accords. It caused a bit of hip dysplasia between the former colleagues and Cohn offered a response; writing an Op-Ed for the Wall Street Journal with H.R. McMaster, the National Security advisor, offering this bit of America First wisdom. The world is not a ‘global community’ but an arena where nations, non-governmental actors and business engage and compete for advantage . It was a shot fired over Blankfein’s bow: no more Mr Nice Guy for Uncle Sam. If we’re going to play world leader then screw the tree-huggers, the “Buy the World a Coke” types, all those warm and fuzzy feelers: it’s time to go all Gordon Gekko and if Lloyd needs a friend perhaps he better get himself a dog. Lloyd seemed to take up the challenge responding with a tweet on June 9. Just landed from China, trying to catch up.... How did "infrastructure week" go?— Lloyd Blankfein (@lloydblankfein) June 9, 2017 Lloyd thumbing his nose at his once second-in-command? A nah, nah, nah, nah bit of tweeting one-upmanship? Now Gary is a big, lumbering, 6-foot-3 bear of a guy, with a reputation for aggressive, in-your-face posturing so perhaps with that in mind, Lloyd thought it best to walk back the intention of the tweet, following up with a can’t-we-all-get-along message inspired by the Virginia ball field shootings. One way to honor DC victims: Dems & Reps work TOGETHER & make progress on Infrastructure, Health care, Tax reform, Immigration, etc. Unify.— Lloyd Blankfein (@lloydblankfein) June 15, 2017 To date, none of Lloyd’s tweet wishes have been fulfilled — not even close — and the future of Gary’s infrastructure endeavors remain clouded. There has been talk that it’s Janet Yellen’s job that’s on Gary’s radar screen; something he denies. Nevertheless it has been reported that he will lead the search for a “qualified” replacement when Yellen’s term at the Fed expires at the end of January. Truth be told, a restless Gary may find, with credible cause, that he is the most qualified of the current bunch of swamp-friendly financial types. For Goldman Sachs — a company known for pivoting with the political winds — there’s nothing that can shake loose the all-in-the-family connection with ex-Goldman alums. Like the mafia, it’s in the DNA, and when I recently asked Jake Siewert, head of Goldman’s PR division, whether the firm still supports Gary’s work, the architect behind the 2013 campaign to turn Lloyd into more of a human being sent me this comment. I’m glad Gary is there. He’s a pragmatic, sensible voice and we can use more of that in Washington. Pragmatism has its limits and while a dive into the swamp and a race for the riches was a pragmatic decision for both Lloyd and Gary, considering an exit strategy might also be a wise possibility; especially if the President’s base becomes disillusioned with a lack of infrastructure inspired job creation. One needs only to recall how “Goldman Sachs” was used as a Trump campaign epithet, linking Hillary to the firm, or the shouts of same leveled at Ted Cruz at the RNC convention for his wife’s employment at the Vampire Squid (according to Goldman spokesperson, Michael DuVally, Heidi Cruz, an investment manager, left during the campaign but is now back at her desk). Looking down the road... Goldman has more money than God so that Lloyd’s continued work on God’s behalf will continue no matter who sits in the Oval Office. Gary, however, is vulnerable. I spoke with former Bear Stearns executive and veteran Wall Streeter, Richard Marin, who offered Cohn this suggestion: Be wary and lawyer up. The President’s ease of throwing staffers under the bus that that is heading straight for him seems pretty much assured. I hate to see even an erstwhile and accomplished GS veteran get trashed by association. During these unpredictable times, offering unpredictable outcomes, perhaps Gary and Lloyd might find solace by reaching back into those kinder, gentler, pre-IPO days, when a true statesmen like the late John C. Whitehead stood at Goldman’s helm. A former Deputy Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan his sage advice, the so-called “ten commandments,” remain enshrined in Goldman culture. His global pragmatism led him to become a passionate supporter of U.S. involvement with the United Nations and that’s when I met him. In 1995, Pacific Street Films, my company, produced, In Search for Peace: Fifty Years of the United States in the United Nations (narrated by Paul Newman) which included Whitehead as an interviewee. Whitehead seemed cast out of the same mold as another character from Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Lou Mannheim (Hal Holbrook) whose sane and sensible thinking provided a counterpoint to Gekko’s winner-take-all philosophy. His words of wisdom, spoken to eager-beaver Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), seem severely dated by current Wall Street standards. The money you make for people helps create science and research jobs, don’t sell that out. Quaint sentiments for both Lloyd and Gary to consider following the meteoric rise of greed-fueled proprietary trading after Goldman went public. Again, in another Wall Street tête-à-tête, Bud offers Lou some prescient advice. The main thing about money, Bud, it makes you do things you don’t want to do. Take heed guys.... Joel Sucher is a co-founder of Pacific Street Films (together with Steven Fischler) and has written for a number of platforms including American Banker, In These Times, HuffPost and Observer. com. He and Pacific Street Films co-founder, Steven Fischler, are working on a streaming series about their experiences at NYU Film School. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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20 июня, 12:13

Goldman Sachs: восстановление экономики состоится в 2018 году

Эксперты Goldman Sachs подчеркнули, что на восстановление после финансового кризиса 2008 года экономике понадобится не менее десяти лет. Об этом заявил экономист Ллойд Бланкфейн в эфире CNBC.

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20 июня, 09:00

Глава Goldman Sachs оценил в 10 лет период поправки экономики после кризиса 2008 года

Гендиректор Goldman Sachs Ллойд Бланкфейн в эфире CNBC заявил, что мировой экономике может потребоваться 10 лет, чтобы полностью ликвидировать последствия финансового кризиса 2008 года. "Вы можете менять процентные ставки, но в итоге ...

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20 июня, 08:51

Goldman Sachs: миру понадобится десять лет, чтобы экономика оправилась от кризиса 2008 года

Может потребоваться десять лет, чтобы мировая экономика оправилась от финансового кризиса 2008 года, заявил гендиректор Goldman Sachs Ллойд Бланкфейн в эфире CNBC.

20 июня, 04:50

These Are New York City's Top-Selling Condo Buildings

With the New York City real-estate market sagging under the weight of too much inventory following a credit-driven surge in multifamily housing in recent years, the return of Manhattan’s marginal buyer could finally be at hand. A ranking of the city’s best-selling condo buildings from Property Shark hints at how the ultra-high end of the market, where units can sell for $20 million or more, appears increasingly vulnerable. While some of the top-selling buildings have racked up impressive sales totals, some have vacancy rates as high as 40%. Recognizable names like 15 Central Park West and “billionaires row” member One57 top the Property Shark rankings. Lower down, Brooklyn makes its entry into the top 50 with One Brooklyn Bridge Park, as the increasingly trendy borough attracts financial and tech types who might’ve once preferred the East Village or Chelsea. However, despite the rapid ascent of Brooklyn property values, 49 of the city’s top-50 selling buildings remain in Manhattan. Central Park is the hotspot with the largest share of best-selling buildings, with six of the top 10 clustered around the landmark. 230-unit Central Park West, the city’s all-time best-seller, has achieved total sales volume of nearly $1.9 billion. Condos in the building regularly sell for more than $8 million. Units in One57 regularly sell for more than $20 million, though 12% of its inventory currently remains unsold. The third best-selling building, 432 Park Avenue, averages $20.2 million per condo, though 37% of its inventory remains on the market. In another indication of how inaccessible the city’s property market has become for buyers who are merely wealthy, the building with the lowest median apartment price in the PropertyShark ranking is the 551-Unit Orion Condominium, located near Times Square, where units sell for $900,000. It came in at No. 22. Here’s a breakdown of the top 10: No. 10 – 150 Charles St. “With a total sales volume of $786,532,443, 105 Charles Street ranks as the #10 best-selling building of all times in New York City. Originally built in 1901, the condo conversion has sold 97% of its stock at an average of $8,937,869 per unit. The 91-unit West Village best-seller is a landmark structure.” No. 9 – The Sheffield 57 “Built in 2005 as one of the largest apartment developments in New York City, the 609-unit Sheffield57 is currently one of the city’s best-selling condos buildings. Sales volume in The Sheffield57 has reached $803,155,159, with 12% of units yet to be sold. Luxe amenities of course abound in what is one of the most expensive condo conversions in the city. They include an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, 3 sun decks overlooking Midtown Manhattan, a spa and a sleek fitness center with yoga/Pilates studio among others.” No. 8 – 56 Leonard Street “One of Tribeca’s most luxurious residential developments, 56 Leonard Street made NYC’s best-selling top 10 thanks to an $890,414,761 sales volume – a total projected to expand with the sale of the remaining 14% of units. It showcases a Herzog & de Meuron-designed two-floor amenity complex with a 75-foot infinity lap pool as one of its most striking features. Residents can also access the building’s conference room, indoor/outdoor theater and sleek fitness center, among many other exclusive amenities.” No. 7 – Manhattan House Condo “Built in 1950 as a landmark apartment development on the Upper East Side, the extensively renovated 575-unit development is currently New York’s 7th residential structure with sales topping $1 billion, With 31% of its units still on the market, and the average sale price clocking in at $2,618,276, the luxurious development will grow well over its current sales volume of $1,034,219,13. Manhattan House Condo residents enjoy access to the rooftop Manhattan Club with its indoor/outdoor entertaining areas, a luxe fitness center and yoga studio and sizeable private garden.” No. 6 – The Time Warner Center “Once boasting the highest market value in New York City, Time Warner Center’s residential component is still among the city’s most successful. Having reached $1,076,2228,720 in sales, units in the 97%-sold development go for an average of $5,519,122. Exclusive amenities at the 2004-built asset include concierge services, a ballroom, landscaped roof deck, fitness center and health club, complete with pool and access to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s spa and the luxurious shopping available in the building’s commercial component.” No. 5 – The Plaza “Originally built in 1907 as a hotel, the French chateau-styled building has become an icon of the city, featured in countless movies and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s landmark novel The Great Gatsby. Concierge and hotel services are made available to residents, along with a host of high-priced amenities. Units here sold for $7,956,261 on average for a total sales volume of $1,296,870,614 to date.” No. 4 – The Greenwich Line “Having amassed $1,513,709,635 in sales to date, the 5-building development is currently 91% sold with units going for an average of $8,138,223. Green spaces, walking trails and a sizeable private garden characterize the 204-unit development. Each structure in Greenwich Lane features a full fitness floor, complete with golf, yoga and wellness rooms. Additional features include a 75-foot indoor pool, 22-seat screening room with wet bar and Thomas O’Brien-designed interiors.” No. 3 – 432 Park Avenue “Currently the tallest residential building in New York and the western hemisphere, and the 3rd best-selling one, 432 Park Avenue has already exceeded $1.77 billion in sales. Its final sales volume is projected to cross over the $2 billion threshold to make it New York City’s #1 best-selling building ever. Three floors of luxurious amenities have enticed deep-pocketed buyers to invest in the 96-story tower. An executive boardroom, 18-seat screening room, library complete with billiards room and a 75-foor two-lane indoor swimming pool are just a few of the building’s exclusive amenities, along with a resident-only restaurant led by a Michelin-starred chef.” No. 2 – One57 “At $21,134,400, One57 has the most expensive average sale price among the city’s top-selling buildings. Projected to surpass $2 billion in sales, the 83-unit development is the city’s all-time bestselling building and its 2nd tallest residential structure. Known as “The Billionaire Building”, One57 showcases a private function room, performance and screening venue, art atelier and a library complete with pool table and 24-foot aquarium. Residents can also access hotel amenities at the Park Hyatt below, including the triple-height indoor swimming pool and health club complete with yoga studio, and spa and steam rooms.” No. 1 – 15 Central Park West “One of the most hyped buildings of the early ‘00s, Central Park West is a two-part development – The Tower soars 35 stories high on Broadway, while the 19-story The House boasts coveted Central Park views. With 229 units sold for a total of $1,881,982,784, The House is New York City’s best-selling building ever. Residents can access an impressive amenity package that includes a 14,000-square-foot fitness center, a 75-foot sky-lit lap pool, spa-level treatment rooms, a 20-seat private theater and an outdoor terrace. Past and present celebrity residents include Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Sting and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.” See 11-50 here.

16 июня, 20:00

Head Of Goldman Sachs Lloyd Blankfein Makes Fun Of Trump Trying To Save Economy, Praises China

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16 июня, 18:24

The Whole Foods CEO joked about Lloyd Blankfein right before Goldman Sachs helped Amazon buy his company

John Mackey, the CEO and cofounder of Whole Foods, didn't want Goldman Sachs' help selling his...

13 июня, 19:50

Goldman Sachs CEO falls for prankster

Lloyd Blankfein was deceived into replying to an email claiming to be a fellow Goldman Sachs exec. In reality, the message was from a prankster duping Wall Street execs and posting the results online.

13 июня, 19:50

Goldman Sachs CEO falls for prankster who praised his Twitter prowess

Lloyd Blankfein may think twice before accepting praise for his next witty tweet.

13 июня, 01:22

Trump’s White House wants to change the subject

Trump, smarting over coverage of Russia probes, thinks his administration doesn’t get enough credit.

30 сентября 2016, 17:09

Топ-10 самых инновационных университетов мира

Считается, что американская университетская система – это двигатель инноваций и прогресса, и это подтверждает рейтинг инновационных университетов мира от Reuters.

03 октября 2013, 11:50

Черная метка

Пока основное внимание средств массовой (дез)информации сосредоточено на перетягивании каната республиканцами и демократами в американском конгрессе, вчера в США состоялось не менее значимое, но гораздо менее заметное для широкой публики событие. Пятнадцать ведущих американских банкиров, среди посетителей были руководители банков GoldmanSachs, JPMorgan и так далее, 02 октября посетили президента США и доступным для понимания языком постарались объяснить ему, чем может закончиться технический дефолт американских казначейских облигаций. Несмотря на то, что среди посетителей были руководители гораздо более крупных банков, чем GoldmanSachs, именно его руководитель Ллойд Бланкфейн высказал общую позицию банкиров по этому вопросу. Вкратце это выглядело следующим образом: «Вы можете спорить по политическим вопросам или даже выносить их для публичного обсуждения, но не надо использовать в качестве дубины угрозу отказа США погашать долг по своим обязательствам. Прецеденты с остановкой правительства были, прецедентов с дефолтом пока не было. Мы такого раньше не видели, и я не горю желанием оказаться свидетелем этого процесса.» Поскольку банкиры вполне ясно представляют себе, во что может вылиться отказ США расплачиваться по своим обязательствам, в том числе и для них лично, то они донесли до президента США всю серьезность происходящего, предварительно выслушав его позицию. Каких-либо дебатов о том, что США всерьез решат не оплачивать долги, не было. Этот визит был довольно показательным с разных точек зрения. Фактически представители истинных хозяев или, иными словами, совет директоров ООО «Соединенные Штаты Америки» посетил единоличный исполнительный орган данной лавочки и публично вручил ему черную метку. Вряд ли президент США рискнет ослушаться такой рекомендации. На мой взгляд, это может случиться лишь в одном единственном случае: если хозяевами Америки было принято политическое решение полностью сменить правила игры, и ответственными за надвигающийся крах было решено назначить Федеральный резерв и приближенные к нему банки. Хотя это и выглядит крайне маловероятным, но богатые люди – это особые люди, и полностью исключать такого развития событий все-таки не стоит.