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Trump tweets are blowing Fed off course

The Federal Reserve’s monetary policy has been thrown off course by President Donald Trump’s tweets and relentless push for easier monetary policy.

3:02 p.m. Today
SEC examination of quarterly reporting schedule focuses on balancing costs with need for disclosure

The Securities and Exchange Commission held a two-part public panel discussion on Thursday to ask again if reporting earnings quarterly promotes “short-termism” — an unhealthy focus on short-term results to the detriment of long-term performance.

7:30 p.m. July 20, 2019
Meet the little bank that’s helping immigrants achieve big American Dreams

A community bank in Queens, New York, is redefining lending to people who don’t fit the traditional models of creditworthiness.

2:43 p.m. July 20, 2019
Party planner’s surprise: Just Donald Trump, Jeff Epstein and 28 ‘calendar girls’

George Houraney, a Florida-based businessman, organized an exclusive “calendar girl” party at Mar-a-Lago. He was bringing 28 girls. He was surprised to find out that only Jeff Epstein and Trump would be there.

1:42 p.m. July 20, 2019
The economy is likely to get a mediocre grade on its next report card, but don’t take it at face value

The government’s official report card on the economy, known as gross domestic product, is likely to show growth turned wobbly in the spring. Except that it almost certainly didn’t.

12:00 p.m. July 20, 2019
Fed’s Rosengren says interest-rate cut not needed

Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said Friday the current economic environment doesn’t justify an interest-rate cut.

5:52 p.m. July 19, 2019
Trump-branded straws sold as alternative to ‘liberal’ paper version

If you’re “so over” paper straws, you have company in the Trump campaign — and can shell out $15 to show it. The president’s re-election campaign store is selling what it has branded “Trump Straws,” which it’s billing as an alternative to the paper version.

4:43 p.m. July 19, 2019
Trump takes fresh swipe at Fed as he defends fans who chanted ‘send her back’

President Donald Trump took a fresh swing at the Federal Reserve over interest rates on Friday, as he defended supporters who chanted that a Minnesota Democrat should be sent back to her native country.

4:12 p.m. July 19, 2019
Bernie Sanders’s staff doesn’t make the $15 minimum wage he’s campaigning on

The employees known as “field organizers” say they work a minimum of 60 hours a week.

2:35 p.m. July 19, 2019
ESPN host Dan Le Batard calls his own network ‘cowardly’ for not tackling ‘send her back’ Trump rally

This ESPN host called foul on his own network, which has pivoted away from political coverage over the past year to stick to sports.

12:02 p.m. July 19, 2019
Trump piles on Fed after Williams slip-up

President Donald Trump on Friday highlighted a Fed communication slip-up, and pushed the central bank to again cut interest rates.

11:49 a.m. July 19, 2019
Are central banks losing their big bet?

Following the 2008 global financial crisis, central banks bet that greater activism on the part of other policy makers would be their salvation, writes Mohamed El-Erian.

11:23 a.m. July 19, 2019
Americans still upbeat about the economy, consumer sentiment survey shows

A measure of consumer confidence rose slightly in July and clung near a 15-year peak even in the face of rising economic headwinds that are likely to spur the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates in a few weeks. The consumer sentiment survey index edged up to 98.4.

11:05 a.m. July 19, 2019
Trump tweets he liked Fed's Williams' 'first statement' better than second

President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted that he liked a speech by New York Federal Reserve President John Williams better than a statement that followed. Speaking Thursday, Williams said the most effective strategy for the Fed is to cut rates at the first sign of trouble. Investors saw Williams' comments as endorsing a half-point rate cut at the next policy meeting on July 30-31. But a New York Fed spokesman later said the talk was theoretical. Trump has routinely called for the Fed to cut rates.

9:57 a.m. July 19, 2019
Democrats back bill for $15 minimum wage, draw battles lines ahead of 2020 election

House Democrats on Thursday pass a bill to double the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, highlighting a big breach between the two parties ahead of what’s shaping up to be one of the most bitterly contested presidential elections in U.S. history.

9:22 a.m. July 19, 2019
The next president and Congress must build a better capitalism for all of us

The U.S. capitalist system needs a major revamp in order to tackle the climate crisis and unacceptably high levels of inequality.

9:11 a.m. July 19, 2019
A neuroscientist explains how politicians and the media use fear to make us hate without thinking

There is a longstanding history of employing the fear of “the others,” turning humans into illogical ruthless weapons, in service to an ideology. Fear is a very strong tool that can blur humans’ logic and change their behavior, a neuroscientist explains.

8:33 a.m. July 19, 2019
Bust these 3 myths before breaking up Big Tech

This isn’t this century’s version of Standard Oil.

8:30 a.m. July 19, 2019
The business lesson from Apollo 11 that we shouldn’t forget

NASA didn’t get us to the moon on its own.

8:22 a.m. July 19, 2019
50 years after Apollo, does America have the right stuff to join the new space race?

Fifty years after the Apollo landing on the Moon, Paul Brandus asks if Americans can come together to conquer space again.

8:20 a.m. July 19, 2019
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