At least three thoughts about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's announcement Tuesday that he's really, absolutely and definitely not running for president.
One, Christie reconsidered his earlier decision not to run for president with much more seriousness than was readily apparent from watching him. He clearly was under such intense pressure from people he respected to change his mind that in recent weeks he reopened the door to consider a run only to shut it again tightly Monday evening.
Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 1:10 pm
By Alisa Ali
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Although its members reside in Brooklyn, N.Y., it's funny to call Beirut a "Brooklyn band" — its sound, like its history, is so worldly. The story of wanderlust begins in Santa Fe, N.M., where singer-songwriter Zach Condon grew up.
A man walks up to an ATM machine outside a Bank of America branch in Los Angeles on Sept. 12. Bank of America has said it will charge customers a $5 monthly fee to use its debit card — a plan that has set off grumbling from consumer advocates at the highest levels.
President Obama has waded into the controversy over bank card fees, suggesting that Bank of America is mistreating its customers with a plan to start charging a $5 monthly fee for the use of its debit card.
In an interview Monday with ABC, the president seemed to suggest the fee could become a target for the federal government's new financial watchdog agency.
"This is exactly why we need this Consumer [Financial] Protection Bureau that we set up, that is ready to go," he said.