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A Senate Run and a Jeopardy! Smackdown for CFPB Leaders

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Elizabeth Warren, the consumer advocate credited with creating the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is hinting that she might consider a run for senator in Massachusetts. And Richard Cordray, the man tapped by President Obama to lead the agency, is getting rediscovered for his trivia mastery and game show prowess.

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Important things first. Cordray, who formerly served as attorney general of Ohio and grew up in Grove City, a suburb of Columbus, became an undefeated champion on the game show Jeopardy! back in 1987, when he was just 27.

He won $40,303 that week, and demonstrated a firm grasp of topics as far-reaching as sports and Greek mythology. Among the many, many questions he got right was this: “Ancient philosophers reportedly called the senses the ‘windows of’ this.” Answer: “What is the soul?”

And this: “While in office, he became first president to ride in a car and submerge in a submarine.” Answer: Who is Theodore Roosevelt?

If that freakish display of intelligence isn’t intimidating enough for you, watch the whole episode here.

Besides that, there’s another video online that has us nattering nabobs of negativity (i.e.: journalists) all aflutter. Elizabeth Warren, who was passed over for the nomination to lead the new agency she largely created, hints in a recent interview on MSNBC that she would consider running for Senator of Massachussetts against Republican Scott Brown in 2012.

In the interview, she drops the fact that her husband is a 13-generation Massachusetts resident (Massachusetts-er?), and that he’s kept informed about the Sox and “every other team in Boston.”

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