Ryan Chittum is off touring the Lincoln and Washington monuments in search of answers to the great economic questions of the day. He will be back tomorrow with a discussion of Revolutionary and Civil War-era TARP plans.

Dean Starkman Dean Starkman runs The Audit, CJR's business section, and is the author of The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism (Columbia University Press, January 2014).

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