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$$$America's Richest Hedge Fund Managers [Forbes]

$$$Blankfein, No Socialist, Sees Flaws in Wealth Distribution [Bloomberg]

$$$Deposit Flight From Europe Banks Eroding Common Currency [Bloomberg]

$$$Disabled Employee Says Bank of America Fired Him for Slow Typing and Walking, "was repeatedly told that accommodating him 'wouldn't be fair to people with two hands.'" [ABC]

$$$ Yarr, avast mateys, etc. [Language Log]

$$$ A regional broker/dealer located in midtown is looking for a junior analyst/intern to assist in analysis and model development within their renewable energy group focusing on solar PV project finance [DBCC]

$$$Corporate Credit Craze Speaks to Weakness, Not Strength [CNBC]

$$$SEC you later, pal! Schapiro may be heading for the exit [NYP]

$$$ Anthony Scaramucci still believes in Mitt Romney's campaign [BI]

$$$Romney Apologizes To Nation's 150 Million 'Starving, Filthy Beggars' [The Onion]

$$$Anti-Semitic Elmo, Back to His Old Ways, Arrested in Times Square [DI]

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