Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard professor and oversight panel chair who is fighting to prevent Congress from gutting the administration's proposed bank reforms, met today with David Axelrod, the president's senior advisor, according to my eyes and ears.

Warren, a widely admired economist, has become something of a Beltway phenom due to her obvious and unconcealed passion for reform and her disdain for the status quo. She has been critical of the administration's approach to managing the bank bailouts, and within the Treasury Department has achieved a bit of a bugbear status.

What did she and Axelrod discuss?

"There is no greater advocate for the financial interests of working people than Elizabeth," Axelrod said in an e-mail. "So I value her commitment and insights on issues like financial reform.  There's never a doubt who's side she's on."

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