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1. US Appeals Court Holds Crisis Bailout of AIG Lawful -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld as lawful the government's bailout of American International Group in the heat of the financial crisis. It overturned a lower-court decision favoring the insurance giant's former CEO.

2. Paulson: AIG Bailout Designed to be Punishment -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The 2008 government bailout of American International Group Inc. was specifically designed to punish the insurance giant, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in U.S. court Monday.

3. GOP: Geithner Failed to Tell Congress About LIBOR -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican lawmakers are criticizing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for failing to alert Congress four years ago that banks could have been manipulating a key global interest rate.

4. Debt Dispute Boils: Capitol's Hot, Inside and Out -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Gridlock stubbornly held the high ground in the steamy capital Friday despite the threat of a government default in 11 days' time. Talks between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner seemed stuck in limbo, and the Democratic-controlled Senate scuttled legislation drawn to conservatives' specifications.

5. Corker Concerned About Financial Overhaul -

The Tennessee Republican who’s worked for months to help shape a U.S. Senate bill overhauling the nation’s financial industry expects to see that legislation get pushed “as far to the left as it can.”

6. Paulson Memoir Gives Nod to Corker -

Former George W. Bush Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson gives Tennessee’s junior senator, Bob Corker, a few brief but positive mentions in the secretary’s memoir “On the Brink” published this week.

7. Geithner Draws Fire Defending Fed on AIG Bailout -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats and Republicans alike pummeled U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Wednesday over his role in the $180 billion bailout of insurance giant AIG Inc., venting public anger over Wall Street's return to prosperity while unemployment stands at 10 percent.

8. Ex-Treasury Boss Paulson to Address AIG Bailouts -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A House panel probing the bailout of American International Group Inc. is sharpening its questions for two U.S. Treasury secretaries and a federal investigator who believes the Federal Reserve withheld documents.

9. Treasury OKs Marathon for Toxic Asset Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Treasury Department reported Monday another large investment company has raised sufficient capital to join the government in buying toxic bank assets to help spur more normal lending.

10. Watchdog: Treasury and Fed Failed in AIG Oversight -

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is "ultimately responsible" for regulators' failure to rein in massive bonus payments at American International Group because he led the agencies that provided AIG's lifelines, according to a bailout watchdog.

11. Government Report Questions Rescue Claims -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The credibility of the government's $700 billion financial rescue program was damaged by claims a year ago that all of the initial banks receiving support were healthy, a new report contends.

12. Democrat Resists Subpoenaing VIP Mortgage Records -

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats have declined to subpoena available records that might reveal whether other members of Congress got discounted VIP mortgages from subprime lender Countrywide Financial Corp. similar to the sweetheart deals given Democratic Sens. Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad.

13. Lawmakers Say Paulson Bent to Demands of Bank CEO -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers accused former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Thursday of bending to the demands of a major bank and keeping negotiations of a hefty bailout secret in his rush to stabilize financial markets last year.

14. CIT Won't Get Bailout, Raising Bankruptcy Prospect -

WASHINGTON (AP) - CIT Group Inc. shares tumbled more than 70 percent Thursday as its inability to get emergency government funding raised expectations that the commercial lender will file for bankruptcy protection.

15. Paulson Defends His Response to Economic Crisis -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Wednesday defended his response to the economic crisis last year as an imperfect, but necessary rescue that spared the U.S. financial market from total collapse.

16. Bernanke Says He Didn't Bully BofA to Buy Merrill -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke faced an unusual political trial Thursday and disputed accusations that he pressured Bank of America to acquire Merrill Lynch in a deal that cost taxpayers $20 billion.

17. Documents: Paulson Forced Nine Bank CEOs to Take TARP -

The chief executives of the country’s nine largest banks had no choice but to accept capital infusions from the U.S. Treasury Department in October, government documents released Wednesday have confirmed.

18. Lawmakers Want Banks to Report on Bailout Use -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers pressed the Obama administration on Thursday to better track how financial institutions are using the government's financial bailout money, a step the Treasury Department has resisted despite demands from a federal watchdog agency.

19. WSJ: BofA CEO Says Was Told to be Quiet on Merrill -

NEW YORK (AP) - Bank of America Chief Executive Kenneth Lewis told the New York attorney general he believed former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke wanted him to keep quiet about the worsening terms of the bank's acquisition of Merrill Lynch, according to testimony reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

20. Treasury Says About $110B Left in Bailout Fund -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Only $109.6 billion in resources remain in the government's $700 billion financial rescue fund.

But Treasury Department officials said Tuesday they expect the fund will be boosted over the next year by about $25 billion as some institutions pay back money they have received. That would boost the total to $134.6 billion.

21. Administration Moves Against Bad Bank Assets -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration aimed squarely at the crisis clogging the nation's credit system Monday with a plan to take over up to $1 trillion in sour mortgage securities with the help of private investors. For once, Wall Street cheered.

22. AIG CEO Says Employees Starting to Return Bonuses -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of battered insurance giant AIG told Congress on Wednesday that “we’ve heard the American people loudly and clearly” in their rage over executive bonuses and appealed to employees to voluntarily return at least half of the money.

23. Bernanke: Recession Could End in '09 -

WASHINGTON (AP) - America's recession "probably" will end this year if the government succeeds in bolstering the banking system, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said.

In carefully hedged remarks in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," Bernanke seemed Sunday to express a bit more optimism that this could be done.

24. Freddie Mac Appoints Interim CEO and Chairman -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Freddie Mac on Wednesday named an interim replacement for its chief executive, who is stepping down after six months on the job.

John Koskinen, a corporate restructuring expert who spent two years directing planning for the "Year 2000" computer conversion and also worked as the District of Columbia's chief administrator, will be the company's temporary top executive, replacing David Moffett, who announced last week he would resign by Friday.

25. Moffett Resigning as Freddie Mac CEO -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top executive of Freddie Mac is quitting after less than six months on the job as the company continues to hemorrhage from mortgage losses and plans to ask the government for up to $35 billion in additional aid.

26. Official: Plan Will Buy Some of Banks' Bad Assets -

WASHINGTON (AP) - An administration official said Monday the overhaul of the government's $700 billion financial rescue program is likely to include a partnership with the private sector to buy troubled assets.

27. Watchdog: Treasury Overpaid for Bank Stocks -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government overpaid for stocks and other assets in attempting to help financial institutions last year, a government watchdog said Thursday, taking further issue with the beleaguered $700 billion rescue program.

28. Administration Says Big Reforms Coming to Bailout -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is increasing transparency in the government's controversial $700 billion financial rescue program and said Wednesday that more reforms are in the works.

29. Senate Panel Approves Geithner for Treasury Post -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday cleared the nomination of Timothy Geithner as treasury secretary despite unhappiness over his mistakes in paying his taxes.

The committee approved the nomination on an 18-5 vote, sending it to the full Senate for a vote either Friday or next week. President Barack Obama is hoping for quick approval so that the point man for the administration's economic rescue effort can begin work.

30. Business slump sped up in autumn -

Although fewer businesses sought licenses to operate or renewed their existing permits throughout all of 2008, the numbers took a sharper plunge after the financial crisis froze credit markets in August and September.

31. Bernanke: Obama Stimulus Helps, More Action Needed -

LONDON (AP) - A mammoth stimulus package being crafted by President-elect Barack Obama could give the economy a much-needed lift, but other steps must be taken to bolster the wobbly financial system and for any recovery to stick, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday.

32. Obama Will Broaden Bailout Spending -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama's top economic adviser told congressional leaders Monday that the incoming president would broaden goals for using the remaining $350 billion financial bailout and insure transparency and oversight.

33. Kashkari: US Financial System 'More Stable' -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the government's $700 billion financial rescue program said Thursday that the effort has made the United States' financial system more stable.

Neel Kashkari, the assistant treasury secretary in charge of the bailout program, said the program had made remarkable progress since it was passed by Congress on Oct. 3.

34. Paulson Says Changes Needed At Fannie, Freddie -

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Wednesday that allowing mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to return to their old operating ways is not an option.

35. Gov’t Projects $6.5M In Bailout Costs Through Jan. -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government estimated Tuesday that it will spend $6.5 million by the end of January in salaries and other administrative costs for the $700 billion financial rescue program.

36. Bailout Questions Remain in ’09 -

Back in October, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., stood before an audience of bankers, civic leaders and businesspeople at the University of Memphis and defended his vote for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.

37. Treasury Provides $15B from Bailout Pot to 7 Banks -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government said Monday it had supplied another $15 billion to seven U.S. banks in the latest round of payments from the $700 billion rescue fund.

The Treasury Department said the biggest payment in the new round totaled $7.58 billion to Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group Inc.

38. Developers Ask for Bailout As Massive Debt Looms -

With a record amount of commercial real-estate debt coming due, some of the country’s biggest property developers have become the latest to go hat-in-hand to the government for assistance.

They’re warning policymakers that thousands of office complexes, hotels, shopping centers and other commercial buildings are headed into defaults, foreclosures and bankruptcies. The reason: $530 billion of commercial mortgages will be coming due for refinancing in the next three years – with about $160 billion maturing in the next year, according to research firm Foresight Analytics LCC. Credit, meanwhile, is practically nonexistent and cash flows from commercial property are siphoning off.

39. Developers Ask for Bailout as Massive Debt Looms -

With a record amount of commercial real-estate debt coming due, some of the country's biggest property developers have become the latest to go hat-in-hand to the government for assistance.

They're warning policymakers that thousands of office complexes, hotels, shopping centers and other commercial buildings are headed into defaults, foreclosures and bankruptcies. The reason: according to research firm Foresight Analytics LCC, $530 billion of commercial mortgages will be coming due for refinancing in the next three years – with about $160 billion maturing in the next year. Credit, meanwhile, is practically nonexistent and cash flows from commercial property are siphoning off.

40. Where’d the Bailout Money Go? Shhhh, It’s a Secret -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Think you could borrow money from a bank without saying what you were going to do with it? Well, apparently when banks borrow from you, they don’t feel the same need to say how the money will be spent.

41. Paulson: Congress Should Release More Funds -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Friday that Congress will need to release the last half of the $700 billion rescue fund because the first $350 billion has been committed.

42. Bailout Approved: Automakers Get $17.4B -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Citing danger to the national economy, President Bush approved an emergency bailout of the U.S. auto industry Friday, offering $17.4 billion in rescue loans in exchange for tough concessions from the deeply troubled carmakers and their workers.

43. Fed Weighs Slashing Rates To Cushion Fallout -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is widely expected to ratchet down a key interest rate – perhaps to an all-time low – to prevent the sinking economy from falling deeper into the doldrums.

44. Federal Deficit Totals $164.4B in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government registered a record budget deficit for the month of November, reflecting the impact of a recession on tax receipts and the mounting costs of the $700 billion financial rescue program.

45. Oversight Panel Questions Treasury On Bailout Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A congressional panel reviewing the government’s $700 billion rescue of the financial sector questioned how the money is being spent and whether it’s helping homeowners avoid foreclosure.

46. Employers Cut 533K Jobs in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Skittish employers slashed 533,000 jobs in November, the most in 34 years, catapulting the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent, dramatic proof the country is careening deeper into recession.

47. Some Bailout Holdings Down $9 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Stock intended to eventually earn taxpayers a profit as part of the Bush administration’s massive bank bailout has lost a third of its value – about $9 billion – in barely one month, according to an Associated Press analysis. Shares in virtually every bank that received federal money have remained below the prices the government negotiated.

48. Automakers Pitch Congress Anew on Rescue -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Humbled U.S. automakers pleaded with Congress on Thursday for an expanded $34 billion rescue package, but heard fresh skepticism in a bumpy encore appearance.

"We're here today because we made mistakes," General Motors chief executive Rick Wagoner told the Senate Banking Committee in prepared testimony.

49. Government Announces New Loan Programs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government, still struggling to manage a severe financial crisis, unveiled two new programs Tuesday that will provide $800 billion to try to help unfreeze the market for consumer debt from home mortgages to credit cards.

50. Gov’t Plans Massive Citigroup Rescue -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rushing to rescue Citigroup, the U.S. government agreed to shoulder hundreds of billions of dollars in possible losses at the stricken bank and to plow a fresh $20 billion into the company.

51. Bush Says Citigroup Deal Needed to Protect System -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush argued Monday that the government's dramatic rescue of Citigroup was necessary to "safeguard the financial system" and help the economy recover, and he said there could be more such moves if other institutions need help.

52. Fed Sees US Economic Woes Persisting Into 2009 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Pounded by a fierce financial crisis, the United States is sinking deeper into economic despair that has pushed the number of newly laid-off workers to a 16-year high, with problems likely to stretch well into next year.

53. Paulson, Bernanke Defend $700 Billion Bailout -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson expressed fresh reservations Tuesday about tapping a $700 billion bailout pool to provide mortgage guarantees to help stem soaring U.S. home foreclosures.

54. Congress' Democratic Leaders Support Loan Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic leaders in Congress on Tuesday threw their weight behind a proposal to use $24 billion in government funds to help struggling borrowers, a move opposed by the Bush administration.

55. Hill Sources: Treasury Won't Use Full Bailout -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The outgoing Bush administration has told top lawmakers it does not plan to use at least half of the $700 billion bailout fund that Congress approved this fall to aid the financial industry, congressional officials said Monday.

56. Plan Could Help 1.5M Keep Homes, FDIC Says -

Publicly breaking with the Bush administration’s official stance, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. proposed Friday to use $24 billion in government funding to help 1.5 million American households avoid foreclosure.

57. Consumers Cut Back Sharply on Spending -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers, taking a beating from the worst financial crisis in seven decades, cut back sharply on their spending in October, pushing retail sales down by a record amount.

As President George W. Bush and other world leaders gathered for a weekend summit to search for ways out of the mess, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke hinted at another interest rate cut.

58. Jobless Claims Surge While Trade Deficit Narrows -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Applications for unemployment benefits soared to the highest level since just after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while the trade deficit shrank more than expected as demand for imports plunged, further evidence of the struggling U.S. economy.

59. Democrats at Work to Tap Bailout for Automakers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congressional Democrats are marshaling support for a rescue package to pump $25 billion in emergency loans to U.S. automakers in exchange for a government ownership stake in Detroit's car companies.

60. Paulson Says Troubled Assets Will Not Be Purchased -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government has abandoned the original centerpiece of its $700 billion rescue effort for the financial system and will not use the money to purchase troubled bank assets.

61. Wall Street Turns to Consumers To Gauge Economy -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wall Street heads into another turbulent week with investors set to pore over a government report on retail sales and earnings from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to get a better reading on consumers.

62. Administration Speeds Up On Economic Problems -

WASHINGTON (AP) – At a time when most administrations are slowing down, the Bush White House appears to be speeding up – at least when it comes to getting the $700 billion financial rescue program up and running.

63. White House to Banks: Start Lending -

WASHINGTON (AP) – An impatient White House served notice Tuesday on banks and other financial companies receiving billions of dollars in federal help to quit hoarding the money and start making more loans.

64. Corker Justifies Bailout Vote -

As lawmakers scrambled over the last several months to deal with the fallout of the plunging U.S. economy, Tennessee’s junior senator quietly established himself as a force to be reckoned with among key decision makers.

65. Treasury Set To Dish Out Rescue Funds -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Treasury Department will start doling out $125 billion to nine major banks this week to get credit flowing again, giving a lift to U.S. markets on rising confidence that the government’s moves would stave off a protracted recession.

66. Recession Fears, Weak Earnings Stoke Stock Selling -

NEW YORK (AP) – World stock markets sagged again Wednesday as a barrage of weak corporate earnings stoked fears that the government’s financial intervention won’t keep global economies out of recession.

67. Bush, Bernanke Open to New Stimulus Package -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Momentum increased Monday for a new economic stimulus package as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke endorsed extra help for the ailing economy, while the White House was open to the idea.

68. Worries Over Economy Spread; Global Markets Sink -

NEW YORK (AP) – Fears of recession are trumping fears of inflation.

A crucial barometer of inflation came in flat last month, temporarily halting Wall Street’s slide. But stocks seesawed in a wide range Thursday.

69. Alexander, Tuke Campaign With Velvet Gloves -

The only statewide election on the Nov. 4 ballot hasn’t featured any of the television attack ads that have saturated the local airwaves since last year’s congressional primary campaigns in North Mississippi. The wave crossed the state line and continued in the race to the August GOP congressional primary in Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District.

70. Bush, Paulson Say Economy’s Rebound Will Take Time -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy shot warning flares Wednesday that it was still in profound trouble despite the government’s latest financial rescue plan.

Wall Street noticed and shares sank on worries the U.S. was in a recession or soon would be in one. The market for lending between banks – a key gauge of the plan’s effectiveness – remained tight, although there were some signs of improvement.

71. Government Moves Again To Unclog Credit Lines -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government put itself four-square into the country’s banking business Tuesday, resorting to what President Bush conceded was the unwelcome choice of a partial nationalization to loosen paralyzed channels of credit.

72. FedEx Continues Weathering Economic Storm -

It is arguably the most successful business story to emerge from Memphis, and it is a company whose performance is widely regarded as a ground-level indicator of the country’s economic health.

So it’s probably no surprise last week’s wild stock market swings did not spare

73. US Moves To Jump Start Bank Rescue Effort -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Bush administration announced Monday it is moving quickly to implement a $700 billion rescue program, including consulting with private law firms on how to buy ownership shares in banks to help thaw frozen lending and get the economy moving again.

74. Tenn. Banks Pass On Bailout Plan – For Now -

Banks and other financial institutions in Tennessee have shown little interest in the $700 billion rescue plan for the country’s financial system.

Representatives of the Tennessee Bankers Association met several days ago with a cross section of the more than 230 banking institutions across the state. The message relayed to the industry group is few Tennessee banks are waiting in the wings to sell their hard-to-value mortgage-backed loans to the government and thus use the U.S. Treasury Department’s bailout plan to clean up their balance sheets.

75. Blackburn Outraged At AIG Spending -

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., fired off an angry letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson this week after the revelation emerged from congressional hearings that executives of AIG spent almost $444,000 on a weekend golfing retreat.

76. Administration Ponders Bank Ownership Stakes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Bush administration is considering taking part ownership in certain U.S. banks as an option for dealing with a severe global credit crisis.

An administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no decision has been made, said the $700 billion rescue package passed by Congress last week allows the Treasury Department to inject fresh capital into financial institutions and get ownership shares in return.

77. Fed to Buy Billions in Short-Term Debt -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve announced Tuesday a radical plan to buy massive amounts of short-term debts in a dramatic effort to break through a credit clog that is imperiling the economy.

78. Congress Opens Hearings On Financial Meltdown -

Congress heard Monday that Lehman Brothers, days away from becoming the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, was pleading for a federal rescue on one hand while steering millions of dollars to departing executives on the other.

The first hearing into what caused the nation’s financial markets to collapse last month, precipitating a $700 billion bailout, opened Monday with finger pointing and glimpses into internal company documents from Lehman’s chaotic last hours.

79. Buy Time Now, But Improve In the Future -

Tom Garrott is the former president and CEO of National Commerce Financial Corp., the parent company of NBC Bank (now part of SunTrust).

We unarguably face the greatest financial crisis since 1929-1939.

80. Congress Leaders Optimistic On Revived Bailout -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congressional leaders talked optimistically of chances the Senate would pass the $700 billion financial industry bailout Wednesday night, but the message wasn’t resonating much with a still-skidding stock market by press time.

81. Area Reps. Split on Bailout Bill -

The Memphis area’s three U.S. representatives split along party lines in Monday’s House vote killing a $700 billion financial bailout bill.

Democratic Reps. Steve Cohen of Memphis and John Tanner of Union City voted for the plan. Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Franklin voted no.

82. Shocking Defeat for Econ Bailout; Record Stock Dip -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a stunning vote that shocked the capital and worldwide markets, the House on Monday defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue for the nation's financial system, ignoring urgent warnings from President Bush and congressional leaders of both parties that the economy could nosedive without it. The Dow Jones industrials plunged nearly 800 points, the most ever for a single day.

83. Financial Bailout Agreement Reached -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Warned of a possible financial panic, key Republicans and Democrats reported agreement in principle Thursday to a $700 billion bailout of the financial industry and said they would present it to the Bush administration in hopes of a vote within days.

84. Bailout Blues -

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker met privately for more than an hour Sunday in his Washington office with U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Their discussion was about the federal government’s proposed $700 billion bailout for the country’s financial system. The Republican senator from Tennessee said he left that meeting with more questions than he had before it began.

85. Exec Pay Limits Gain Support as Bailout Questioned -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Executives whose companies get a piece of the $700 billion government bailout will have their pay packages strictly limited under proposals that are broadly supported by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

86. Bailout: Accord on Chiefs' Pay, Bush on TV Tonight -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House bowed on a crucial change in the $700 billion financial bailout plan Wednesday, and President Bush readied a prime-time speech to the nation as the administration scrambled to pull loudly resistant lawmakers onboard and stave off a deepening economic crisis.

87. Credit Crisis Pain Felt in Memphis -

During the question-and-answer part of FedEx Corp.’s earnings conference call Thursday, the first question came from Morgan Keegan & Co. analyst Art Hatfield, and he quickly got to the point.

“Is there anything outside of FedEx that you’re optimistic about?” Hatfield asked Frederick Smith, chairman, president and CEO of the Memphis-based transportation services company.

88. Bush Confident Congress will Quickly Pass Bailout -

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - President Bush tried to assure world leaders on Tuesday that he is acting decisively and quickly to contain a U.S. financial crisis that is going global.

"I know that many of you here are watching how the United States government will address the problems in our financial system," he said in a speech to the annual U.N. General Assembly. "In recent weeks we have taken bold steps to prevent a severe disruption of the American economy, which would have a devastating effect on other economies around the world."

89. FDIC Chief Wants Home Loans Part of Bailout Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) - As Congress moves on the financial bailout plan, restructuring of troubled mortgages should be part of the final package, the head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Tuesday.

90. Paulson Urges Quick Action on $700B Bailout -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Bush administration insisted Sunday that Congress must move quickly to approve what one lawmaker called the “mother of all bailouts” – a $700 billion proposal to buy a mountain of bad mortgage debt in an effort to unfreeze the nation’s credit markets.

91. SEC Bans Short-Selling of Financial Stocks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government, trying to boost investor confidence in the face of a market crisis, took the dramatic step Friday of temporarily banning a practice of betting against financial stocks.

92. McCain Says Fed Should Stop Government Bailouts -

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Republican John McCain said Friday the Federal Reserve needs to stop bailing out failed financial institutions.

The Republican presidential hopeful said the Fed should get back to "its core business of responsibly managing our money supply and inflation" and he laid out several recommendations for stabilizing markets in the financial crisis that has rocked Wall Street and commanded the dialogue in the presidential campaign.

93. Paulson: Fannie, Freddie to Buy More Mortgages -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced Friday that mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will step up their purchases of mortgage-backed securities to help provide support to the crippled housing market.

94. Bush Says Government Role Essential to Ease Crisis -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush on Friday asked Congress to approve extensive federal intervention in financial markets that he said is both warranted and essential to halt the worst financial crisis in decades. "We must act now," he said.

95. World Markets Soar on Plans for US Bank Rescue -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Global stock markets roared higher Friday after news of a U.S. government plan to rescue banks from toxic mortgage debt raised investors' hopes amid the world's worst financial crisis in decades.

96. Treasury, Fed Move to Bolster Money Market Funds -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve announced separate actions Friday designed to bolster $2 trillion of assets in money market funds, which had come under threat from one of the worst financial crises in decades.

97. Fed Steps Up Action to Stem Global Crisis -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Scrambling to break the grip of a worsening global credit crisis, the Federal Reserve stepped up action Thursday by pumping billions into financial markets here and abroad.

98. Stocks Surge on Report of Entity for Bad Debt -

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street surged higher Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrials up more than 400 points after a report that the federal government is considering creation of a repository for banks' bad debt.

99. Fed, Central Banks Move to Boost Global Confidence -

NEW YORK (AP) - The worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression forced the Federal Reserve and central banks in other countries to pump billions of dollars into the world's banking system in an urgent bid to stop further damage.

100. Fed Observers: Shifting Markets Could Spell Rate Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With turbulence hitting financial markets as a global credit crisis claims heavyweight victims, suddenly the possibility of a reduction in interest rates by the Federal Reserve was back on the agenda by press time Tuesday.