A Wall Street executive offered advice on how to deflect criticism for taking money from Wall Street. There was an invitation to spend a weekend at George Soros's Southampton estate. These and many other tidbits are in the leaked emails of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta.
Guess what else? It turns out that politics influences the Democratic nominee's positions on financial and regulatory policy.
Yes, I'm sure you're shocked that Clinton's aides would worry about how Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren might react to a Wall Street regulatory plan, or whether Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders would accuse their candidate of copying his idea for a financial-transactions tax, or if reporters would say she flip-flopped on trade. But rarely are such calculations laid bare, as they are in more than 9,000 messages to and from Podesta, speechwriters, spokespeople, pollsters, policy gurus and others.