Write-Offs: 01.30.12

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$$$Victory for Merkel over fiscal treaty [FT]

$$$Fed Survey Finds Banks Still Cautious to Lend [WSJ]

$$$Insider Jury May Hear From a Top Aide at Berkshire [DealBook]

$$$Forget the big bonuses; a pay squeeze is coming [FT]

$$$ "At his first rally of the morning, Newt Gingrich rolled out a new attack line: Mitt Romney took kosher food away from elderly Jewish people." [Politico via DI]

$$$Banks set to double crisis loans from ECB [FT]

$$$Patience Pays Off for Zuck, Facebook [FBN]

$$$Facebook (Eye)PO: Tracking the Truth of the Biggest Deal of Web 2.0 [AllThingsD]

$$$So Why Hasn’t SEC Enforcement Chief Robert Khuzami Resigned? SEC Only Now Investigating CDOs Created on his Watch at Deutsche Bank [Naked Capitalism]

$$$Kornegay is widely regarded as the king of Super Bowl proposition bets, “prop bets" for short. He went to work establishing an astonishing list of about 350 betting lines on smaller outcomes to be determined in the big game, down to the pregame coin flip. (Heads and tails are even money.) [CNBC]

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