Article: Money Printer Goes Quiet and Argentine Government Gets Squeezed

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Money Printer Goes Quiet and Argentine Government Gets Squeezed

Ignacio Olivera Doll, 28 April 2021

The Argentine central bank’s fight against inflation is upending the local bond market and squeezing government finances as the country struggles to regain traction while the pandemic rages on.

Long known as some of the world’s most prolific money printers, Argentine policy makers are cutting back on the largesse in an effort to curb inflation running at more than 40% a year. While the move toward orthodoxy has often been urged by economists, the timing is difficult. Slower expansion of the money supply over the past six months has cut liquidity and sapped demand for debt, pushing up interest rates and making it harder for the government to fund itself given its lack of access to overseas markets. Continue reading “Article: Money Printer Goes Quiet and Argentine Government Gets Squeezed”

Article: Matt Gaetz investigation: Feds examining whether congressman used cash, drugs in soliciting young women

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Matt Gaetz investigation: Feds examining whether congressman used cash, drugs in soliciting young women

Evan Perez, David Shortell, Paula Reid and Pamela Brown, 2 April 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal investigators looking into Rep. Matt Gaetz’s relationships with young women have examined whether any federal campaign money was involved in paying for travel and expenses for the women, a person briefed on the matter said.

Investigators are examining whether the Florida Republican engaged in a relationship with a woman that began when she was 17 years old and whether his involvement with other young women broke federal sex trafficking and prostitution laws, according to that source and another person briefed on the matter. Continue reading “Article: Matt Gaetz investigation: Feds examining whether congressman used cash, drugs in soliciting young women”

Article: Former Citgo exec pleads guilty in $7 million international bribery, money laundering scheme

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Former Citgo exec pleads guilty in $7 million international bribery, money laundering scheme

Alison Medley, 23 March 2021

A federal investigation has revealed an elaborate scheme involving millions in international bribes and Houston-based oil company, Citgo, according to a U.S. Justice Department report.

At the heart of a federal investigation was Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. PDVSA, which owns the Houston-based subsidiary Citgo. Continue reading “Article: Former Citgo exec pleads guilty in $7 million international bribery, money laundering scheme”