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Suspiciously Groundless Rumor Of The Day

The rumor we heard is that Merrill never actually took any TARP money. Paulson strong-armed them, made a lot of noise, but they never actually got a check. This would make a lot of the skewering they have been taking from the likes of Andrew Cuomo, false.
We, of course, are instantly suspicious. Did they take money that, technically, wasn't under the TARP umbrella (how's that for mixed metaphors?) or somesuch dodge? Or have they really enjoyed no government assistance in this respect at all. Why aren't they screaming bloody murder about this?
We know someone out there knows. Find us.