• Politics

    New York Times Reveals an SBF-DeSantis connection

    Previously unreported meeting puts Fla gov in a room with Sam Bankman-Fried

    Buried in the 29th paragraph of a truly nauseating story about fallen crypto guru Sam Bankman Fried’s pay-for-play connections to celebrities and influencers, the New York Times drops a heretofore unreported political name into the mix. According to the Times, the investor Bryan Baum “helped Mr. Bankman-Fried and his younger brother, Gabe, schedule a meeting in Miami with Ron DeSantis, Florida’s governor, according to three people familiar with the matter and messages viewed by The Times.” The Times offered no further details about the meeting with Gov. DeSantis — when it occurred or its purpose. Modern Consensus will continue to report on this development and will update this story as…

  • Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse and Georgetown Law Prof. Chris Brummer in conversation at DC Fintech Week, October 23, 2019 (photo by Modern Consensus staff).
    Ripple,  XRP

    Clayton tantalizes XRP Army with suggestion of ‘fresh look’ at international payments

    With all eyes on Zuck, Fintech Week shows industry’s maturity and diversity

    WASHINGTON—Sometimes the best scheduling comes down to luck. Day Three of the four-day conference known as Fintech Week was clearly scheduled to keep attendees in the vicinity through at least Wednesday. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse, and Ethereum co-founder Joe Lubin were all on the scene at the Showroom on 14th St NW. All the better that, by coincidence, the conference locale was just blocks from the high stakes testimony Mark Zuckerberg was delivering at the same time at the Capitol.