"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." -- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

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A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit has been filed by the watchdog Judicial Watch against the Department of Treasury for records of communication between the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding the purchase of US farmland by foreign entities.

Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the Treasury Department failed to respond to an April 10, 2024, FOIA request for:

At least 40 high-risk Chinese banks have been lost to mergers in the first six months of this year alone as local lenders buckle under exposure to debts, according to reports. Small and medium-sized banks, long an integral part of poor towns and villages, numbered 1,636 at the end of last year, according to government statistics, comprising about 40 percent of China's total number of banking institutions.