• Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to Congress, "We don't need no stinkin' digital currency" (via C-SPAN).
    Cryptocurrencies,  Politics,  Regulation

    Treasury’s Mnuchin: no U.S.-issued digital currency before 2025

    The Federal Reserve may not be issuing a digital dollar anytime soon, but Europe is looking hard at creating an e-euro, and China’s digital yuan is coming

    While China and the European Union rush forward on creating a digital currency, the U.S. doesn’t see the need for one in at least the next five years, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

  • Heath Tarbert, Chairman of the CFTC. (via Harvard)
    Ethereum,  Politics

    Opinion | Congress must act now on cryptocurrency regulation

    The election hype will soon doom any hope of a clear legal framework being in place by 2020.

    Members of Congress love to drag the CEOs of large companies into hearings to show off in front of their constituents. The best recent example is the grilling of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg over the company's Libra cryptocurrency project. Now, this over-the-top political production is threatening to spoil a good opportunity to provide the regulatory clarity so desperately needed by the cryptocurrency industry...

  • The moment Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was asked in a congressional hearing if he was a socialist.
    Libra

    Mark Zuckerberg gets Waters-boarded at House hearing on Facebook’s Libra

    While drawing praise and condemnation for the stablecoin project, the social media giant’s CEO waved the flag and attacked China

    Mark Zuckerberg is a proud American. And Facebook, despite being used by 2.7 billion people around the globe, is first and foremost an American company with American values.

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) questioning Facebook's David Marcus on Libra before the House Financial Services Committee, July 17, 2019 (via C-SPAN).
    Libra,  United States

    News analysis: Less-hostile House politicizes Facebook Libra debate

    Facing questions about speed and power, David Marcus refused to make promises about the cryptocurrency

    Facebook’s David Marcus got a warmer reception from the House yesterday than he did in the Senate on Tuesday. Not that it was friendly, but the questions focused more on the power Facebook would gain from its Libra cryptocurrency, and getting Marcus to commit to working at the pace of Washington, D.C., not Silicon Valley.