Since I've posted this I've come on another major piece on what's happening with the banks. New also a discussion of the implications of the ongoing Oligarchic Coup in the U.S. (with comparisons to Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union.). I am including it at the bottom of this thread. Please also take a look at Kuttner's latest, cited at length in my comment. carol.
Paul Krugman interviewed on This Week with George Stephanopoulis.