Econ 101: September 21, 2012

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  • A former high-frequency trader told Congress yesterday that the growth of high-speed electronic stock trading is a “crisis” that requires new regulation. [Washington Post]
  • A Federal Resere official — who had previously been one of the more hawkish members of the central bank — said that the Fed should continue stimulating the economy until unemployment hits 5.5 percent. [The Hill]
  • The Obama administration’s mortgage task force will reportedly start taking legal actions soon. [Reuters]
  • Three states joined a lawsuit arguing that the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law is unconstitutional. [Politico]
  • President Obama’s education reform efforts have largely been accomplished without Congress. [Washington Post]
  • Life expectancy for the least educated Americans is falling. [New York Times]
  • Senate lawmakers plan to use the results of an investigation into JP Morgan Chase’s $9 billion trading debacle to push for stronger restrictions against risky bank trades. [Bloomberg]
  • A bipartisan group of lawmakers is trying to pass a five-year farm bill through the House before it recesses ahead of November’s election. [The Hill]