On CEOs from seven of the eight largest U.S. banks testifying before the House Financial Services Committee:

"Watching the hearing was sickening. Rep. Waters and other Democrats do not have the demeanor of a public servant, but that of a ruler. I'd say it's shameful, too, but clearly she has no shame. She is also devoid of basic knowledge of the banking industry, e.g., asking if they still make student loans. Most simply replied no and when they discontinued that lending. At least Dimon told her JPM stopped in 2010 after the government takeover of student lending."

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Another reader responds to the big-bank hearing:

"Theater of the absurd."

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On California considering a process for municipalities to create public banks, despite a similar ballot initiative recently failing in Los Angeles:

"A public bank measure in Los Angeles failed because the voters realized there's never a good time for the government to run a bank."

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President Trump's announcement of Paris Agreement withdrawal
On an op-ed by the California Reinvestment Coalition arguing that the Trump administration is trying to silence outside groups from critiquing efforts to reform the Community Reinvestment Act:

"Enough with the redlining, unjust foreclosures and mom and pop businesses unfairly denied access to credit narrative. Changes to how the regulators assess CRA performance are long overdue and unfortunately, will likely affect the CRC's ability to pole vault in and hold a bank hostage."

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On Jamie Dimon's annual letter to shareholders detailing his thinking on economic policy, the state of the banking industry and more:

"Bank CEO's are uniquely qualified to comment on economic and financial issues but most are afraid to do it, much less comment on social issues. They fear offending customers, investors and politicians. Jamie Dimon has been uniquely unafraid to swim in these waters. I'd like to see more banking leaders join the fray."

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On an Oklahoma lender's efforts to create a digital-only institution called Gateway First Bank:

"Best of luck. It's tough out there and this won't be the first or last time someone's tried to leverage a digital bank to make loans and gather deposits. As the article points out, a lot of hurdles make this an effort that will require patience, capital and luck."

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Wells Fargo branch
On an argument that it's time for Wells Fargo to rebrand, much like First Union did with its purchase of Wachovia in 2001:

"The thing that was inspiring about the merger of Wachovia and FU was both management teams had a sense of a new direction due to leadership. I managed the deposit transition for customers and I was empowered to do things that had never been considered before like eliminating lots of arduous fees from FU even though it cost revenue as an example. And the reason was Ken Thompson and his dedication to customer service as the cornerstone to our brand positioning."

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Another reader responds to an argument that Wells Fargo should take major steps to clean up its image:

"I've been a Wells customer since they acquired Wachovia. Personally, I couldn't care less about the 'scandals' since the handling of my own account has never been an issue. It'd be great if the politicians and the media hacks would just leave Wells alone. 99% of the time, for most people, everything is fine and everyone is happy. But 1% of the time, there's an issue, and the media inevitably highlights that to make it appear as if everything has gone to hell in a handbasket."

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