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.

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.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Key members of the Senate have agreed on a proposal to trim the number of banks overseen by enhanced Dodd-Frank regulations. The proposal unwinds parts of the recession-era financial reform bill, but it doesn’t go as far as a similar House bill.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Northern New Jersey is one of the highest-taxed places in the country. So a tax cut sounds great to a lot of people there. But the House Republican plan being debated this week may actually raise the taxes of many people in the region.

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