Tim Geithner Interrupts Tense Moments With (Involuntary?) Cursing, Giggles

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"Tim was organized and low-key, although given to occasional bursts of profanity and odd fits of giggling," claims Steve Rattner in his new autobiography, which he also writes that JPMorgan vice-Chairman Jimmy Lee is something of a "crybaby" and describes Sheila Bair as a "small, trim woman about my age with brown hair, brown eyes, and an unsmiling, sour demeanor." [NYP via DI]

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