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Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

The federal government is telling election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached. States that told The Associated Press they had been targeted include Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. In most cases, they had not known until notified Friday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Homeland Security officials tell the AP that in September hackers believed to be Russian agents targeted voter registration systems in more than 20 states. … Read the referenced┬ástory…

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Federal Reserve Expected to Hold US Interest Rates Steady

U.S. central bank leaders are expected to hold the key interest rate steady this week, but they may begin trimming a huge bond-buying program that was intended to boost economic growth. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak with reporters about those decisions Wednesday afternoon, following a two-day strategy meeting in the U.S. capital. Surveys of economists show they do not expect the Fed to raise interest rates at this time. During the 2008 financial crisis, Washington slashed the key interest rate nearly to zero in a bid…

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Shadows of secrecy begin to spread across federal government

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster WASHINGTON (AP) — There are cracks in the curtains President Donald Trump tried to draw around the government early in his presidency, but the slivers of light aren’t making it easier to hold federal officials accountable for their actions. Trump still refuses to divest from his real estate and hotel empire or release virtually any of his tax returns. His administration is vigorously pursuing whistleblowers. Among scores of vacant senior jobs in the government is an inspector general for the Department … Read the referenced┬ástory here: Shadows…

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Top Federal Reserve official resigns as bank deregulation looms

Top Stories: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Federal Reserve official charged with bank regulation said on Friday that he would resign, giving President Donald Trump the ability to reshape the powerful board governing the U.S. financial system just as he begins revamping and undoing reforms put in place after the 2007-09 financial crisis. Top Federal Reserve official resigns as bank deregulation looms

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