Leaders of the G8 major economies have agreed new measures to tackle the lack of transparency associated with offshore tax havens.
They include sharing access to information on their residents’ tax affairs and forcing shell companies – often used to exploit investment loopholes – to identify their real owners.
The BBC reports ... Continue Reading »
After hours of heated testimony.Thirty-five people, many of them blue-shirted members of the New Haven Firebirds, which represents African-American firefighters, brought their testimony to a meeting Tuesday night of the Board of Aldermen’s Public Safety Committee.After hours of heated tales of woe, and responses from the city’s chief administrative officer, the committee voted unanimously to... Continue Reading »
A government initiative aimed at saving money by eliminating paper checks is hurting some recipients of federal benefits while earning the bank that operates the program millions in fees charged to consumers.
The U.S. Treasury Department has been urging people who collect Social Security and other benefits to switch to direct deposit rather than rely on mailed checks, to save millions... Continue Reading »
WASHINGTON - Fifty years ago this week, President John F. Kennedy confronted Cold War tensions in Wall-divided Berlin and bolstered the confidence of its beleaguered residents by telling them, in his unmistakable Boston accent, "Ich bin ein Berliner."
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama -- with a nod to Kennedy's stirring speech outside a town hall in West Berlin -- will use the... Continue Reading »
When Kevin Washburn became Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in September 2012, he had some work to do. Not just the typical demands of running a complex subsection of a large federal agency, but also the complicated work of regaining a portfolio that had been siphoned off by overeager Obama administration officials.Tribal officials and Indian insiders nationwide saw firsthand the shift... Continue Reading »
by Quinn Norton, Special to ProPublica
This is part two of a two-part series. Here’s part one: Worried about the Mass Surveillance? How to Practice Safer Communication.
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