A call I somehow doubt I'll be getting -- Goldman hires NYT finance writer 

Goldman Sachs isn't just swooping up Barney Frank staffers, it's also hiring New York Times reporters. Politico reports:

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. … has hired a former New York Times reporter as the bank moves to burnish its image and navigate Washington regulation. Stephen Labaton, who reported on the financial crisis for the Times before leaving the newspaper in December, confirmed that he's been hired by New York-based Goldman Sachs as a full-time consultant on regulatory and legal issues. Labaton said he will work in Washington and New York, reporting to top executives including Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein.

Good thing Goldman is "mov[ing] to navigate Washington regulation," because, you know, the firm doesn't really have any Washington connections.

Labaton, as his incisive reporting has shown, has people in the White House and Treasury who return his call.

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