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Eric Lach

Eric Lach is a reporter for TPM. From 2010 to 2011, he was a news writer in charge of the website?s front page. He has previously written for The Daily, NewYorker.com, GlobalPost and other publications. He can be reached at ericl@talkingpointsmemo.com

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Dozens of financial industry lobbyists have ties to lawmakers serving on the conference committee negotiating financial reform legislation, according to data reported by Public Citizen and the Center for Responsive Politics. Among them are seven former chiefs of staff and a total of 16 former employees of Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL).

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Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas announced today that she is retiring after covering 10 presidents, following a political firestorm over her comments about Jews, Palestinians and Israel.

Thomas' role as the dean of the press corps has long been held in high regard even as her presence at the White House waned as she approached the age of 90 and was sometimes caught speaking about politically charged topics. Her focus of the last few years has been the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and when questioning President Obama and administration officials, she has asked why those countries have been "occupied." She was a vocal critic of President George W. Bush, and the presidential tradition of calling upon Thomas at White House press conferences also has become less frequent.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: COVERING THE PRESIDENT: HELEN THOMAS AND THE WHITE HOUSE]

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In Netflix's awesome presentation on the future of its business, it forecasts DVD shipments peaking in the next three years. After that, it's another 20 years before DVDs die.

Lucky for Netflix, it has a kick-butt streaming service which is boosting its subscriber base. As the DVDs go away, the growth in streaming is going to sustain Netflix. (At least, that's the plan.)

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