Write-Offs: 01.02.13

$$$ Moody's says more steps needed to save US credit rating [Reuters] $$$ Avis to Buy Car-Sharing Service Zipcar [WSJ] $$$ There's going to be a re-settlement of the mortgage settlement [NYT] $$$ BofA Could Join JPMorgan Selling Units to Boost Value, Mayo Says [Bloomberg] $$$ Greek Official Resigns Amid Bank Scandal [WSJ] $$$ The Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist [BBW] $$$ A leading financial services firm in Chicago is looking for a corporate strategy & development associate or VP [DBCC] $$$ Up and Down for Einhorn's Greenlight in December [Alpha] $$$ Do Corporations Have Religious Rights? [Law Blog] $$$ You Disgust Me, Christie Tells Boehner in Storm Over Aid [CNBC] $$$ “If somebody had told me I was going to be a high school math teacher in Dallas, Texas, when I entered college, I’d be like, ‘No, there’s no chance of that being true,’ ” said Mr. Dearing, who has deferred an offer from McKinsey. The teaching skills easily translate to office environments, he said. “I’m effectively the leader, every day, for 46 minutes, in front of seven different groups,” Mr. Dearing said. [DealBook]
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$$$Moody's says more steps needed to save US credit rating [Reuters]

$$$Avis to Buy Car-Sharing Service Zipcar [WSJ]

$$$ There's going to be a re-settlement of the mortgage settlement [NYT]

$$$BofA Could Join JPMorgan Selling Units to Boost Value, Mayo Says [Bloomberg]

$$$Greek Official Resigns Amid Bank Scandal [WSJ]

$$$The Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist [BBW]

$$$ A leading financial services firm in Chicago is looking for a corporate strategy & development associate or VP [DBCC]

$$$Up and Down for Einhorn's Greenlight in December [Alpha]

$$$Do Corporations Have Religious Rights? [Law Blog]

$$$You Disgust Me, Christie Tells Boehner in Storm Over Aid [CNBC]

$$$“If somebody had told me I was going to be a high school math teacher in Dallas, Texas, when I entered college, I’d be like, ‘No, there’s no chance of that being true,’ ” said Mr. Dearing, who has deferred an offer from McKinsey. The teaching skills easily translate to office environments, he said. “I’m effectively the leader, every day, for 46 minutes, in front of seven different groups,” Mr. Dearing said. [DealBook]

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