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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell took office in February, replacing Janet Yellen, who left office having won plaudits for her stewardship of an economic recovery that produced low inflation and steady job growth

Fed Chief Jerome Powell Goes Populist

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell wants to make America’s central bank easier to understand and more open to the public.

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Texas Town Goes Silent Amid Allegations of Secrecy and Cronyism

Officials in one Texas city went silent over allegations of secrecy and cronyism in a questionable closed-door garbage collection deal. The deal overcharged local businesses for years and the city fizzled on its promises to look into the matter for its taxpayers.

Italian Virginia Raggi, Five Star Movement (M5S) candidate for the election of Rome's mayor attends a campaign meeting on June 3, 2016 at Piazza del Popolo in Rome. The first round of the Municipal elections will be held on June 5. / AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read …

Rome’s New Populist Mayor: ‘Just Call Me Virginia’

After taking Rome by storm in a resounding landslide victory in last Sunday’s mayoral race, Virginia Raggi has been unofficially dubbed “Her Majesty the Pope” on greeting her adoring fans with a wave reminiscent of a papal blessing.

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Sacramento Democrats Target Munger Transparency Measure

Bay Area billionaire and moderate Republican mega-donor Charles Munger, Jr. has proposed a transparency measure, the California Legislative Transparency Act, likely to qualify for the ballot this November. However, Democrats in Sacramento may try to stop it first.

Partner of the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, Ramon Fonseca speaks during an interview at his office in Panama City, Thursday, April 7, 2016. Fonseca, a co-founder of Mossack Fonseca, one of the world's largest creators of shell companies, said that documents investigated by the ICIJ were authentic and had …

Founder of Panama Papers Firm: ‘We Prefer Not to Have American Clients’

The co-founder of Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm at the center of the “Panama Papers” data leak, has a simple explanation for why few Americans have been among the clients exposed by the scandal: the firm preferred to seek customers in other parts of the world.

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Libertarian Ron Unz Pushes Reform Party Into Harvard Elections

Ron Unz, Silicon Valley’s libertarian billionaire businessman, wants to abolish tuition at Harvard, and so he’s created a five-member slate of non-partisan reform candidates for Harvard’s upcoming governance elections.

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State Dept. Busted By Inspector General For Lying About Hillary Clinton Email

The term of art for how the State Department handled information requests pertaining to Hillary Clinton’s email is “inaccurate and incomplete response,” but that means lying in plain old English. As the Washington Post reports, the State Department Inspector General found at least four cases