In addition, the next president will have the opportunity in 2014 to renominate Ben Bernanke as chairman of the federal Reserve.
Allen Stanford was convicted of a $7 billion fraud Tuesday in federal court.
In its final statement before the end of the year, the federal Reserve described the economy as “expanding moderately.”
1640s, as a theological term, from French fédéral, from Latin foedus (genitive foederis) "covenant, league, treaty, alliance," related to fides "faith" (see faith).
Meaning "pertaining to a treaty" (1650s) led to political sense of "state formed by agreement among independent states" (1707), from phrases like federal union "union based on a treaty," popularized by formation of U.S.A. 1776-1787.