Write-Offs: 06.13.13

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$$$Cameron Says Taxpayer Return on RBS More Important Than Timing [Bloomberg]]

$$$Dealbook: "Inside Goldman Sachs, Gary D. Cohn is the man who is waiting — and waiting — to be king. He has long been considered the heir apparent of Lloyd C. Blankfein, who has been the chairman and chief executive of the elite Wall Street firm since 2006. But Mr. Blankfein has shown few signs that he is ready to step aside, Goldman insiders say." [Dealbook]

$$$Lloyd Blankfein: This is what happens when "somebody who was assigned to Goldman Sachs didn't have anything good enough to write for a while." [Bloomberg]

$$$Mansion Shortage Could Slow Sales in Rich Towns [CNBC]

$$$In Which Two Child-Men Box Each Other in the Street Over a Parking Spot [Daily Intel]

$$$Euro Zone Risks Return To Fore [WSJ]

$$$Blankfein Says Doubt Over Rate Move May Avoid Jarring Market [Bloomberg]

$$$Mets Approached Cougar Site About Stuffing Ballot Box For David Wright [Deadspin]

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