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Write-Offs: 08.20.07

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$$$Deals: Life after the Mega-deal
In our M&A Roundup for the week ended Aug. 19, only four transactions top $1 billion, and total activity seems relatively grounded at $8 billion. []
$$$ From the Tim Sykes Mailbag: "Just wanted to let you know that I will be debating greed and spirituality with some of the world's top preachers live tonight on CNN from 8-9PM EST. CNN's Roland Martin will host this debate that will also feature Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Author Irshad Manji, Dr. Al Mohler of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. We will explore society's insatiable appetite for money, lust and's going to be very interesting."
$$$How Missed Signs Contributed to a Mortgage Meltdown [NYT]
$$$Deutsche Bank claims its use of Fed funds is a show of support for Bernanke, and has nothing to do with any trouble it might be in. (Why, what have you heard?) [Reuters]
$$$ Hats off to you, NYPost graphics department: