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Jim Puzzanghera

Jim Puzzanghera writes about business and economic issues from the Times’ Washington, D.C., bureau. He joined The Times in 2006 and won the paper’s Editor’s Award in 2009 for coverage of the financial crisis. He has worked in the nation’s capital since 1998 and is a two-time National Press Club award winner for Washington coverage. A Northwestern University graduate, he previously worked for the San Jose Mercury News, Newsday and the St. Petersburg Times.
Is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau the most powerful federal agency ever? That's debatable

Rep. Jeb Hensarling welcomed the new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a fellow Republican, to a hearing this month in the same way he did the former Democratic holder of the job — by accusing him of wielding near-dictatorial authority.“When Richard Cordray was director of the...

Is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau the most powerful federal agency ever? That's debatable

Republican criticism of the CFPB has focused on the bureau's unusual structure and independence. But a close look at the charges reveals some exaggerations about what undoubtedly is a powerful agency that pushes the bounds of bureaucratic independence.

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