Charles Lane

Senior reporter for Long Island

Charles is a radio reporter, story teller, Excel ninja, database grasshopper and loves to FOIL records. He's worked for NPR, Deutche Welle, Radio Netherlands, Soundprint, Penthouse, the Religion News Service and the Catholic World Report. He's won three SPJ Public Service Awards, a National Murrow and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. He once did 8Gs in a stunt plane, caught a 10-foot wave (briefly) and dove 40 meters on a single breath. Charles is extraordinarily friendly so don't hesitate to contact.

John Minchillo / AP

The conglomerate General Electric says it is considering a breakup after taking $6 billion in losses to its insurance division.

For decades, GE gobbled up businesses as diverse as credit cards, jet engines, and TV networks. But last year, the company started losing bets made on coal and oil. Then came losses on power plants. Now it’s insurance. GE’s freshly-minted CEO John Flannery says its long-term care insurance division will lose $6 billion this year and $15 billion in the future.

Courtesy of Make the Road New York / Twitter

Long Island is home to many large Salvadoran communities. Thousands of them now face deportation after President Trump revoked their protected status this week. That's left immigrant families in turmoil, some local officials worried about the economy and others saying it is time for them to go.

Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

The Senate Banking Committee has rejected President Trump’s pick to run the Export-Import Bank. Two Republicans broke ranks to join Democrats in blocking the appointment of former U.S. Representative Scott Garrett, Trump’s fifth nominee to fail to clear the Senate. 

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Attorneys general from Connecticut, New York, and 15 other states have sent a letter to President Trump criticizing his pick to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. They, along with congressional Democrats, are calling to keep Obama-era leadership of the consumer watchdog.

Evan Vucci / AP

Across the country, small bankers are calling a compromise in the U.S. Senate a “game changer” that will boost the economy, not just in big cities, but in smaller communities often ignored by the “Too Big To Fail” banks. But watchdogs and academics say the bill rolls back major parts of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill.

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