The Wall Street name that pops up most frequently on Mr. Geithner's calendar is that of Goldman's Mr. Blankfein, whose bank repaid $10 billion in bailout funds this summer. (J.P. Morgan has also repaid its bailout funds.) Mr. Blankfein's name appears 22 times on the calendar, including two in-person meetings and, on May 1, three phone calls. That was around the time the government was preparing to announce results of its so-called stress tests of banks' financial strength. The two men know each other from Mr. Geithner's days as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. A spokesman for Goldman Sachs didn't return a call for comment. A spokesman for J.P. Morgan declined to comment.
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