Monthly Archives: September 2009

Bob Bench comments on concerns of Wall Street as G20 meets

Ted K. succession moves on

With Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick expected to name former DNC national chair Paul Kirk as “interim” senator, attention shifts to those seeking the late Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat.  Journalism Professor Fred Bayles, a former USA Today and AP reporter who now directs the BU Statehouse journalism program, can discuss the players and the political landscape. Contact […]

G-20 to push for more bank reserves

When the Group of 20 meets in Pittsburgh this week, a focus will be a push for banks to keep more reserves to prevent another crash.  Former Deputy Comptroller of the Currency Bob Bench, now a senior fellow at the BU School of Law’s Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, says this is necessary […]

New Google book-deal settlement

Because the Justice Department says the original deal likely violates antitrust law, a $125 million settlement of a lawsuit that would give Google the right to digitize millions of out-of-print books will be renegotiated.  School of Law Professor Keith Hylton, an antitrust-law expert, says opponents may have a weak antitrust case against Google and a new settlement is a smart […]

Obama’s shifting Afghan policy

President Obama reportedly is looking at alternatives to a major troop increase in Afghanistan, including possibly scaling back U.S. forces and refocusing on chasing Al Qaeda there and in Pakistan.  Journalism Professor Bob Zelnick, a former ABC News Pentagon correspondent, has reservations about the shift in policy. “Bowing to political pressure from his own party’s […]

Human Rights Advocate to Speak at Metcalf

The Dean of Students Office, Howard Thurman Center, Women’s Resource Center and Student Activities Office host renowned microfinancer and human rights advocate Padma Venkataraman to speak on issues facing women and women’s empowerment tonight at 7 PM at Metcalf Hall. Venkataraman spent nearly 20 years in the United Nations in Vienna as a permanent representative […]

Fed powers may be weakened

A proposal by Senate Banking Committee Chair Chris Dodd would merge the four bank regulatory agencies into a single super regulator, diminishing the singular power of the Federal Reserve.  School of Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law and a former counsel to the Fed Board of Governors, […]

E.U. defends its Intel position

The European Union, which in May fined Intel $1.45 billion for strong-arm sales tactics, has released e-mails showing how Intel pressured chip buyers.  School of Law Professor Keith Hylton, an antitrust law expert, says the unusual move going to the media to make their case is questionable. The E.C.’s decision to take its case to […]

FCC proposes new Internet rules

The FCC has proposed new Internet rules that would prevent service providers – like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast – from deliberately slowing or blocking Web traffic.  College of Communication Professor T. Barton Carter, an authority on the FCC and communication law, says it is significant that such “net neutrality” would be extended to wireless carriers. […]

From Nutrition Professor Joan Salge Blake:

“While genes play a role in determining your body weight, it’s just one piece of the weight management puzzle. The incidences of obesity among Americans have more than doubled since the 1980s, and it can’t be due to a change in genetic makeup during this short time period. Rather, it’s more likely due to the […]