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Argentine President Cristina Kirchner and Pope Francis were once neighbors, but the two have had their differences. Like the time she said his opposition to adoption by gay people made him sound like someone out of “medieval times and the Inquisition.” Or when her late husband and predecessor called the former Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio “the true representative of the opposition.”

Still, she’s hoping His Holiness will help his native land out of its little “we-don’t-want-to-pay-our-bills” jam. He’s a champion of the poor, Argentina is a self-proclaimed (and self-impoverished?) poor country. Maybe he’d make a few calls? Exercise his newfound influence with Washington? Put in a good word with the big guy? Read more »

  • 27 May 2014 at 1:12 PM

Pimco Alum Makes Ultimate Sacrifice For Bill Gross

In Bill Gross’s darkest hour, former Pimco executive Paul McCulley decided not only to come out of retirement and serve as the “unifying force” at the firm, but to chop off his greatest asset. Read more »

And that’s why, despite Carl Icahn’s comments about him in the past, Bill Ackman is ready to take their newfound friendship to the next level (and why Icahn, who Ackman once described as a liar who takes advantage of little people probably feels the same way). Read more »

When the Mets wouldn’t give him a say in the direction of the franchise (even after he gave away several great ideas for free), who was there? A-Rod. When the Feds were circling, who was there? A-Rod. When he was forced to turn his hedge fund into a shell of what it once was, and watch as closet upon walk-in closet of SAC-branded fleeces were rendered useless, who was there? Read more »

Frank Bisignano isn’t coming right out and saying he’s sorry that his company hired all of those JPMCers right after he quit, but he is offering an olive branch wrapped with a novelty-sized check. Read more »

“First of all, this is a personal choice. From a corporate perspective, we have a lot of Democrats at the firm and my partner, Tony James, has been a supporter of the president. This is my choice, not a Blackstone choice. When we started Blackstone in 1985, the first investment we made in private equity was a joint deal with Mitt Romney at Bain. This turned out to be a marvelously successful deal with a profit of a company making aluminum wheels which expanded very rapidly. We made about 16 times profit. The second deal we did, Mitt led that one – we did that deal at Blackstone and we invited him to be the minority partner and we made 24 times our money. In finance, that’s a way to make friends.” Read more »

One question that people having been asking since the occupation of Zuccotti Park lasted longer than a weekend is, how long? How much longer, ballpark, will the Wall Street protesters stay camped out? Will the December chill drive them out? Will a January filled with sleet and snow that a certain someone will conveniently forget to remove do it? According to Stacey Hessler, not on her watch. The Florida resident, mother of four, and wife of a financial services employee named Curtis says she’s gotten comfortable.

“I’m not planning on going home,” an unapologetic Stacey Hessler, 38, told The Post yesterday. “I have no idea what the future holds, but I’m here indefinitely. Forever,” said Hessler, whose home in DeLand sits 911 miles from the tarp she’s been sleeping under.

And sorry, she’s not sorry. For those giving Stacey shit (her mom, husband, children, strangers), if you think she can just walk away, think again. Her place is here, in New York, with her new roommate, at the empathy table. Read more »

A month ago, Charlie Gasparino reported that Lloyd Blankfein’s friends had told him LB was tired of the grind and mulling over stepping down as CEO of Goldman Sachs by the end of the 2011. Goldman denied the story and reassured the world that Lloyd would be with us for many years to come. Apparently these so-called friends, like Gasparino, who said the denial was merely proof that GS was lying to him, beg to differ and have continued to tell the press Lloyd is on the way out. Read more »