The Justice Department says spending in the Russia investigation for the duration of special counsel Robert Mueller’s work hit nearly $32 million, according to a government report released Friday. That total covers all of Mueller’s receipts through the end of May, soon after he had closed his office and issued his final 448-page report revealing no criminal conspiracy between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia but also producing evidence the president tried to thwart the probe.Story Continued Below Mueller’s office alone was responsible for about $16.4 million in spending dating back to its creation in the spring of 2017. But DOJ has also itemized $15.3 million that accounts for spending on the Russia investigation that would have happened whether or not the special counsel’s office had been established. By far, Mueller’s largest line-item went toward salaries and benefits: $9.7 million over the course of his nearly two-year investigation. His … [Read more...] about Russia probe’s price tag nearly $32 million, DOJ says
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Business | Bond Returns Have Been Spectacular. Don’t Count on a Sequel. Advertisement Supported by ByCarla Fried July 12, 2019 Bond interest rates were supposed to rise in 2019. They have dropped instead, showing how dangerous it can be to make investing decisions based on assumptions about the direction of interest rates. A long-awaited rise in rates from the rock-bottom levels that prevailed since 2009 seemed to be finally taking hold in the fall of last year. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note was up to nearly 3.25 percent in November, a sharp rise from the 2.1 percent level of September 2017. The expectation was that longer-term rates would keep inching higher while the Federal Reserve continued to methodically raise short-term rates from the near-zero level it had imposed since the financial … [Read more...] about Bond Returns Have Been Spectacular. Don’t Count on a Sequel.
Colleen Barry, Associated Press Updated 12:53 am PDT, Friday, May 3, 2019 In this handout photo provided by the Hungarian Prime Minister's Press Office shows Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, center, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, third right, and Hungarian Interior Minister Sandor Pinter, second left, during their visit at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke, 180 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (Balazs Szecsodi/Hungarian Prime Minister's Press Office/MTI via AP) less In this handout photo provided by the Hungarian Prime Minister's Press Office shows Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, center, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, third right, and Hungarian Interior ... more Photo: Balazs Szecsodi, AP Photo: Balazs Szecsodi, AP Image 1 of … [Read more...] about Italy emerges as ground zero for European extremist populism
Deena Shanker Bloomberg News Published 10:25 PM EDT Mar 22, 2019 What went wrong at Kraft Heinz Co.? Years before last month’s jaw-dropping $15.4 billion write-down, the company had been on a mission to make over some of its quintessential products, removing maligned ingredients from its mac and cheese and hot dogs to better compete with newer, more natural upstarts. The reformulations weren’t enough. A month after the startling acknowledgment, the shares still haven’t recovered, a sign of how difficult the road is ahead for Kraft Heinz and its Big Food rivals. While some of the packaged-food giant’s brands are still growing — the company in an email pointed to Heinz, Philadelphia cream cheese and Lunchables — many iconic brands are losing market share. The days of loyalty to the big-name labels are waning. Here’s a look at some of the key reasons Kraft Heinz — and Big Food more widely — is under pressure like never before: … [Read more...] about Kraft Heinz can’t count on ketchup to save it
Published February 12, 2019 Personal Finance Motley Fool Facebook Twitter Comments Print video Social security: Democrats push to increase the retirement program benefits California Congressman John Garamendi (D) on the Democratic agenda of expanding social security benefits. For better or worse, Social Security is our nation's most prized social program. It's certainly not going to make any of us rich when we retire, but it's been responsible for providing a basic level of financial dignity for millions of retired Americans for almost 80 years. An analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that 22.1 million people -- that's more than a third of all current beneficiaries -- are kept out of poverty as a direct result of their guaranteed monthly payout. Continue Reading Below This year retirees are enjoying the biggest increase since 2012, but 2020 may not be so good. Here's why: A goose egg could follow the most robust raise … [Read more...] about Could Social Security’s COLA be zero in 2020?