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  • Dingell Says Partisanship in Congress Is Here to Stay

    Representative John Dingell Jr. said the partisan political climate in the U.S. House of Representatives that he’s dubbed “obnoxious” is probably here to stay.

  • Republicans Opposed to Yellen Flee Paul in Search of Rules

    Republican lawmakers are seizing on a monetary-policy debate that’s older than the Federal Reserve itself as a means of hemming in the central bank as it enters its second century.

  • Saudi’s Allure Undimmed for Bechtel to DaVita Amid Fallout

    Saudi Arabia has never been a more inviting market for U.S. businesses, even as it poses foreign- policy headaches for the Obama administration.

  • House’s Longest-Serving Member Dingell Plans to Retire

    John Dingell Jr., the longest- serving member of Congress in U.S. history, said he plans to retire at the end of his current term.

  • Shirley Temple Black, Child Star Who Turned Diplomat, Dies at 85

    Shirley Temple Black, the child actor who lifted America’s spirits and Hollywood’s profits during the Great Depression with tunes such as “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” then left the spotlight at 21 for a life of political service and limited celebrity, has died. She was 85.

  • Bernanke Memorable Moments From AIG Anger to Dimon Encounter

    Intellectually, Ben S. Bernanke was prepared to tackle the gravest economic crisis since the 1930s as chairman of the Federal Reserve. A Princeton University economics professor, he was an expert on the causes of the Great Depression. He was a practitioner as well as economic historian, serving on the Fed’s Board of Governors and as chairman of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers. Yet in other ways, from dealings with reporters to bankers and members of Congress, there was little that could have prepared Bernanke for the challenges to come. Here are some highlights of his eight-year term, which ends tomorrow:

  • How Franklin Roosevelt Secretly Ended the Gold Standard

    On March 4, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt became president for the first time, promising an “adequate but sound” currency. The next day, a Sunday, he closed the nation’s banks. “We are now off the gold standard,” he privately declared to a group of advisers. Goldbugs in the president’s circle immediately began prophesying doom. One of his aides, Lewis Douglas, proclaimed “the end of Western civilization.”

  • FBI Ramapo Probe Shows Risks of Minor-League Stadium Boom

    The top elected official in Ramapo, New York, Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, wanted a minor-league baseball team and a new stadium to house it. The park would cost about $20 million and taxpayers wouldn’t have to cover it, he and paid consultants predicted three years ago.

  • How Bernanke the Scholar Became Fed Iconoclast

    When President George W. Bush was considering candidates to be chairman of the Federal Reserve in the autumn of 2005, the rap on Ben Bernanke, a brilliant economist, was that he had never faced a crisis, might be too soft for a challenge and wasn’t politically astute.

  • Democrats Unite Behind Alcohol, Waver on Roosevelt

    Republicans departing their convention in June 1932 left their mark on Chicago, just as the Democrats were arriving.

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