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Trump Today: President warns Venezuela of tougher sanctions and brands Kellyanne Conway’s husband a ‘total loser’

President Donald Trump warned Venezuela of even tougher sanctions on Tuesday, as he accused social-media giants of bias and attacked adviser Kellyanne Conway’s husband.

4 min ago
Trump White House nominates permanent FAA chief after Boeing crash

The White House nominated a former Delta Air Lines executive as permanent head of the Federal Aviation Administration just a week after the agency grounded Boeing's 737 MAX fleet after a fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash. Steve Dickson was tapped to be the agency's next chief. The agency has been run by acting chief Daniel Elwell since January 2018. Dickson was responsible at Delta for helping to train the airline's 13,000 pilots and make sure the company was in compliance with regulations. He is a graduate of the Air Force and a former F-15 fighter pilot who has flown a variety of aircraft. (Updates to reflect the White House announcing the nomination.)

10 min ago
The Dutch historian Tucker Carlson refused to air talks about ‘taming this beast that we call capitalism’

Rutger Bregman went on CNBC to talk about the hot-button topic of increasing taxes on the rich.

57 min ago
Chao requests investigation into certification of Boeing 737-Max 8 aircraft

Transportation Department Secretary Elaine Chao said in a letter released Tuesday that she's requested the department's inspector general to audit the activities that resulted in the certification by the Federal Aviation Administration's Boeing 737-Max 8 aircraft. That aircraft has had deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. "To help inform the Department's decision making and the public's understanding, and to assist the FAA in ensuring that its safety procedures are implemented effectively, this is to confirm my request that the Office of Inspector General proceed with an audit to compile an objective and detailed factual history of the activities that resulted in the certification of the Boeing 737-Max 8 aircraft," the letter states.

3:22 p.m. Today
Let’s stop bashing billionaires — they are making our lives better

Billionaires aren’t Piketty’s ‘rentiers’ — America’s wealthy demonstrate entrepreneurial innovation.

2:49 p.m. Today
Trump pledges scrutiny of social media companies and says ‘all options on table’ for Venezuela in news conference with Bolsonaro

Here’s a recap of a news conference with President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the White House, in which Trump said “something is happening” with social-media companies like Twitter he says are biased against conservatives, and declared that “all options are on the table” to deal with the political situation in Venezuela.

2:37 p.m. Today
In press conference, Powell to emphasize economy strong enough not to need a rate cut

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will likely be a little more upbeat about the economy than he was in January in an effort not to boost the market’s expectation of interest-rate cuts ahead.

2:30 p.m. Today
The lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are aiming at Realtors and their 6% fee

A new class-action lawsuit takes aim at real estate agents and the tools they use to do business, and housing industry watchers say it could revolutionize the way Americans buy and sell the biggest asset they’ll ever own.

2:24 p.m. Today
Here are 3 things to watch when the Fed unveils its latest dot plot

The Federal Reserve has tried to play down its ‘dot-plot’ projections on the path of interest rates ahead of its March meeting. Here are three things everyone will be looking at

2:00 p.m. Today
Fed seen revealing ‘how and when’ it will stop shedding balance sheet assets

The Federal Reserve is expected this week to answer some specific questions about its plans to stop shedding assets from its balance sheet.

1:58 p.m. Today
Powell’s Fed seems to be ready to junk the dot plot

The Federal Reserve is likely to pause rate hikes through 2019, write Ed Yardeni and Melissa Tagg.

12:10 p.m. Today
Why out-of-control bubble-era mortgages still threaten to smash major U.S. housing markets

Cash-out refinancing fallout could sink home prices, writes Keith Jurow.

11:59 a.m. Today
The economic slowdown looks like a hiccup — but then what?

Complacent stock-market investors may be shocked when the Fed gets back to raising rates by the end of the year, writes Tim Mullaney.

11:55 a.m. Today
Trump already blitzing Facebook, Google with ads as Democrats struggle to catch up

Donald Trump has accused Facebook and Google of being part of a left-leaning cabal of media outlets whose coverage is biased against conservatives, but that hasn’t stopped the president from spending gobs of money on social media to gain an edge on Democratic foes ahead of the 2020 election.

11:55 a.m. Today
Economic policies espoused by Democrats would drive economy into recession, White House report says

‘Medicare for All’ bills currently in Congress would cut real gross domestic product by 9% in the long run, the White House said in its annual economic report released Tuesday.

11:49 a.m. Today
New York Times story about Deutsche Bank’s relationship with Trump offers window into what Congress may ask

A New York Times article on President Donald Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank may offer a window into the questions lawmakers want his former personal banker to answer.

11:31 a.m. Today
Skills matter, but what matters more is who gets the skills and who gets left behind

So many Americans are getting passed over by a job training and workforce development system that was never meant for them – and that has to change.

10:23 a.m. Today
U.S. factory orders edge up 0.1% in January, point to slower economy

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - U.S. factory orders rose a scant 0.1% in January, another sign pointing to slower economic growth in the first quarter. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 0.4% increase. Orders for durable goods, or products meant to least at least three years, rose 0.3%. But orders for cheaper products not meant to last a long time, known as nondurable goods, sank 0.5% in January. The 0.1% increase in factory orders in December, meanwhile, was left unchanged.

10:04 a.m. Today
O’Rourke calls Trump’s attack on GM union leader ‘shameful’ | Former U.S. attorney Bharara expects ‘lengthy, detailed’ Mueller report

Beto O’Rourke told Ohio’s cleveland.com that President Donald Trump’s attack on a UAW leader was “absolutely shameful,” after Trump blasted the chief of the union representing workers at the idled General Motors factory in Lordstown.

8:53 a.m. Today
State Department excludes reporters not with ‘faith-based media’ from conference call

“Special information call” featuring Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said to have been convened to address the “faith-based media” on the matter of “international religious freedom.”

8:22 a.m. Today
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