Lydia O'Neal, Bloomberg Law

Lydia O'Neal

Bloomberg Law

New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Lydia:

Biden USCIS Pick Jaddou Advances with Senate Committee Vote (1)

The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced President Joe Biden’s choice for director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Thursday, bringing the nomination of the agency’s former chief counsel one step closer to a full Senate vote. → Read More

Trump Turkey Pardon 2017: Everything To Know About White House Thanksgiving Tradition

From the birds' musical preferences and hotel stay bills to the tradition's origins and social media augmentation, get the low-down on the annual turkey pardoning ceremony. → Read More

Paradise Papers: Your Retirement Cash May Be In The Caymans. Can You Get It Back?

Pensions, universities and nonprofits are stashing public money offshore, despite secret documents that acknowledge the risks. → Read More

Climate Change Is Costly For Manufacturing, Study Says

Much of the private sector lobbied President Trump to stay in the Paris Climate agreement. New research shows why he probably should've listened to them. → Read More

CEOs Criticize Trump For DACA Phase-Out, Having 'No Common Sense'

At a New York Times conference Thursday, several business leaders made plain their views of the businessman-turned-president and his administration. → Read More

Cy Vance's Write-In Opponent Makes Last-Ditch Effort To Oust New York DA

As New Yorkers head to the polls, Cyrus Vance Jr.’s write-in opponent and his "scrappy campaign" made a last-ditch effort to oust the controversy-embroiled incumbent. → Read More

The Puerto Rico Contract’s Lack Of Transparency? It’s Not Unusual

The controversial contract with Whitefish Energy limited labor-costs auditing. Such issues are commonplace on the federal level, “placing taxpayer dollars at risk,” said a recent report. → Read More

Here’s Why Your Premiums Are Rising: Consumers Pay Insurers’ Annual Obamacare Fees

As the GOP works to take apart the Affordable Care Act, they may want to keep in mind a yearly fee that Obamacare imposes on insurers — the cost of which they pass to their policyholders while their profits continue to rise. → Read More

Why Banks Want To Save The National Flood Insurance Program

As Hurricanes Harvey and Irma battered America's eastern coasts, banks and financial industry advocacy groups flocked to Capitol Hill to push for reauthorization of the taxpayer bailout program for the country's flood-prone waterfront real estate. → Read More

Mass Shootings Create Demand For ‘Active Shooter Insurance’

Underwriters and insurers may profit from a disconnect between the perceived risk of mass violence like the Las Vegas shooting and the actual probability of such attacks. → Read More

NM Governor's Donors Given $2.2 Billion Total In State Pension Investments

Even as Gov. Martinez backed legislation to remove elected officials from the state investment council, a continuing IBT investigation found that four additional investment managers made donations to the governor, the RGA and other affiliated campaign groups. → Read More

States Hand Out Corporate Subsidies As Their Pensions Suffer

Study: While states debate how to reduce the costs of their public pension benefits, those same governments have awarded local companies with tax subsidies and credits, or allowed them to dodge tax payments by taking advantage of loopholes. → Read More

How Much Does Wall Street Charge To Manage New Mexico's Retirement Money?

New Mexico taxpayers have forked over millions to private equity and hedge fund managers in the past five years, but the state refuses to disclose the full amount it has paid. → Read More

Tech Workers ‘Own Their Lives’ Through Freelancing, Study Says

It's a candidate's market, and for those with the most in-demand skills, that means not only higher pay but fewer hours and more flexibility, says a new study. → Read More

Colorado Governor Used Taxpayer Dollars To Hire Amazon’s Lobbyist

As Amazon awaits bids from cities and states hoping to house its new headquarters — and lavish the company with subsidies and tax credits — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper hired the e-commerce giant's lobbyist. → Read More

Democratic Governor Hires Health Care Industry Lobbyist To Push Obamacare Fixes In Congress

With the help of a prominent firm whose lobbyists have represented Blue Cross and Blue Shield, AbbVie, AmeriHealth and Johnson & Johnson, among others, Colorado's governor is selling his Obamacare reforms to Congress. → Read More

Obama's Recent Speeches Include An Administration-Connected Private Equity Firm

Years after the Obama administration's EPA adjusted its renewable energy laws to favor the refinery owned by private equity firm Carlyle Group, the former president made a stop at the company's recent conference as part of his paid speaking tour this year. → Read More

Equifax Knew Of Risk Of Breach And Inadequate Insurance Coverage

In financial filings before the hack, Equifax expressed worries of a data breach, and the possibility that the company’s "insurance may not be adequate to compensate us" for an associated business loss. → Read More

Struggling With Credit Card Debt? There's An App For That

Using fintech tools to monitor your finances may lead consumers to avoid overdraft penalties and interest payments, according to a new study. But it also can lure younger users into unnecessary spending and credit card usage. → Read More

There's A Direct Link Between Tax Evasion And Income Inequality

Using the notorious Panama Papers and a similar leak of information on clients of the British bank HSBC, researchers in the U.S. and Scandinavia found that the wealthier households are, the more likely they are to hide money in nations like Switzerland and the Cayman Islands — making inequality appear less extreme than it is in reality. → Read More