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As Morgan Keegan Sells Out to Raymond James, Recess Appointment for FRB?

By Matthew R. Lee

SOUTH BRONX, January 11 -- As the biggest bank merger of 2012 so far was announced Wednesday, Morgan Keegan for sale to Raymond James for $930 million, Morgan Keegan's recent settlement of subprime related fraud charges was not lost on community activists. Would it be raised to regulator? Why not?

  But who will the regulators be? President Barack Obama showed himself willing to use a recess appointment to put Richard Cordray atop the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which seems to have no merger review role.

  It is argued that Obama "had" to nominate a Deutsche Bank and Carlyle Group hedge fund insider, Jay Powell, to the Federal Reserve as a condition of getting a Democrat also confirmed.

  Meanwhile Democratic representatives are urging Obama to offer a recess appointment for a new head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Twenty eight congressmembers from California signed a January 10 letter, which argued that Obama should use the same legal justification for appointing a new director at the agency that he applied to Cordray and the CFPB.

"As the fiduciary of government-backed entities, there are steps that the FHFA can take to help prevent foreclosures while also protecting taxpayers," they wrote. "Installing a permanent Director of the FHFA will allow the FHFA to move forward to make key decisions that will help keep families in their homes and improve our economy."

  Some wonder why this logic isn't applied to the Federal Reserve Board, where Obama supporters argue that he "had" to nominate a hedge fund insider Jay Powell in order to get any confirmation.

Fed board including Warsh, conflict of interest protections not shown

  The Fed is reportedly preparing to rubber stamp Capital One's application to acquire ING DIRECT, protested by NCRC, Fair Finance Watch and others, even as Capital One's lawyers try to withhold the most substantial portions of their responses to the Fed, including on Capital One's related application to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to buy from HSBC the subprime credit card platform of the former Household International, charged with nationside predatory lending. Why?

   And why shift Obama's chief of staff position from a former official of JP Morgan Chase to one of... Citigroup? Watch this site -- and Occupy Congress on January 17.

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