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According to a report by the CIA Inspector General , the White House was informed of the CIA’s plan to hack US Senate computers to discover what was going to be in the Senate Torture Report. CIA Director John Brennan met with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough then ordered CIA employees to “use whatever means necessary” to...

Thursday, 15 January 2015 |

End of CB Power – SNB Folds

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  I wrote about the Swiss National Bank being forced to abandon its currency peg to the Euro on 12/3/14, 12/8/14 and 1/11/15. That said, I’m blown away that this has happened today.   Thomas Jordan, the head of the SNB has repeated said that the Franc peg would last forever, and that he would […]...

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imageJoel Kalvesmaki is Editor in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, overseeing the production of Dumbarton Oaks’ flagship Byzantine publications, print and digital. He is active in the digital humanities and his research covers intellectual history in late antiquity, with a focus on ancient number symbolism and the writings of Evagrius...

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Last month mortgage servicer Ocwen (that's NewCo backwards) was mauled by the NY State Department of Financial Services. Now the California Department of Corporations is seeking to revoke Ocwen's license to do business in that state. 

Here's the thing that is often forgotten:  this ain't the first time!  Ocwen used to be a federal...

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Senator Warren and America Win in a Skirmish in a Long Struggle

By William K. Black Bloomington, MN: January 13, 2015

There is an excellent indicator that Senator Warren’s successful effort to block the appointment of Antonio Weiss, an Obama Wall Street bundler, to a senior Treasury position while merely a skirmish was an important...

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For reasons that elude me, the latest issue of New York magazine devotes considerable space to what its editors grant is a too-early attempt to prophesize how President Obama will be perceived by Americans 20 years from now. Considering the president will still be in office for nearly two more years, “ wildly premature ” seems like an u...

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 |

Discovering Orthodoxy Through Music

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Shawn Wallace, Associate Professor of Music at Ohio State University...

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Free speech absolutism is having a moment on the right. The tragic killings of journalists at Charlie Hebdo sparked a rousing defense of freedom of expression, with conservatives castigating news outlets for refusing to show cartoons from the French weekly, and even equating the assailants in Paris to purveyors of political correctness.

“The p...

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