Econ 101: February 15, 2013

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  • Wall Street is trying to get around new regulations on derivatives. [Huffington Post]
  • Regulators are looking at allegedly odd trading patterns surrounding the planned takeover of the Heinz food company. [New York Times]
  • Senate Democrats have reached agreement on a bill to void the so-called “sequester” spending cuts scheduled for March. [New York Times]
  • How President Obama’s universal preschool plan improves on past proposals. [Salon]
  • French President Francois Hollande is making the unpopular move of trying to cut public pensions. [Bloomberg]
  • Obama said yesterday that patent reform approved in 2011 needs to go further. [Reuters]
  • A bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing Congress to give states the right to tax online sales. [The Hill]