by Forgiven, Tue Jun 05, 2007 at 06:33:59 AM EDT
A White House spokesman, Tony Fratto, said Bush expressed confidence in al-Maliki during a telephone call Monday to the Iraqi leader.
He said the two talked about political progress in Iraq, and al-Maliki gave Bush updates on two key U.S. demands -- legislation to share Iraq's oil wealth among its regions and ethnic groups and a reform of the constitution.
by dkmich, Mon Jan 01, 2007 at 04:09:49 AM EST
Big bucks on Wall Street stirs up outrage
Goldman Sachs disclosed this week it paid CEO Lloyd Blankfein a nearly $54 million bonus in cash, stock and options.
The immense bonus breaks a record set just last week when Morgan Stanley gave a $40 million bonus for CEO John Mack.
To put it into perspective, New York State residents make an average of $46,000, or less than one-tenth of one percent of Blankfein's bonus.
The bonuses come after a banner year for investment banks, including Goldman Sachs' 70% rise in profits to almost $10 billion, the highest in the history of Wall Street.
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