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Topic - Thomas Michael Whalen Iii
If Mitt Romney wins the White House this fall, he will in all likelihood do so while beating some very long historical odds.
Federal regulators have taken a first step toward eliminating the use of credit ratings in rules for banks, under a mandate of the new financial- overhaul law.
"Part of it is the culture," said Tom Whalen, a political-history professor at Boston University. "In many ways, people are still conservative here and resistant to change. I think this [measure] crossed some political fissures."
He also said he planned to add Sarah Palin, Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President George W. Bush.