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Powell is propping up Trump’s economy

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, addressing reporters after the Fed’s final meeting of a turbulent decade, predicted smoother sailing next year as Trump gears up to face voters.

Trump says trade deal with China is ‘VERY close’ days before tariff deadline

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose on the news. But the president has often suggested that the two sides were close to a deal only to see negotiations stall.

After feeling Trump’s wrath, Mexico breathes a sigh of relief at USMCA

The country’s flourishing auto industry will face new limits. Some executives were nervous about toughened enforcement of labor rights. But at least there’s a trade deal.

Real estate company surprises employees with $10 million in bonuses at holiday party

Eyebrows jumped. Hands flew to mouths. And tears flowed — lots and lots of them.
Democrats and community groups warn that the proposal could weaken a law meant to encourage banks to lend in low- and moderate-income communities.
After seeing report, Amazon says it will require projects to follow federal and state requirements.
In an interview at Huawei headquarters in southern China, Ren Zhengfei said the U.S. ban has had a “pretty big impact” on the company, forcing it to scramble to redesign products to try to eliminate U.S. parts.
The 30-year fixed-rate average increased to 3.73 percent this week but remains nearly a percentage point below where it was a year ago.
OMB’s legal rationale was crafted to respond to questions from the Government Accountability Office

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No, it's not too late to save for your child's college education in a 529 plan. Here's why.
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A hotel restaurant server wants to visit her boyfriend's family over Christmas, but her employer won't give her time off.
The Dubai-based company responsible for feeding 13,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan is paying $45 million to settle allegations that it defrauded the military, allowing it to continue work.
Canadians count victories on biologics and the dispute process. But mostly they’re glad the negotiations are over.
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The benchmark U.S. interest rate is currently just shy of 1.75 percent, down from nearly 2.5 percent a year ago.
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Chipmaker says it hopes other companies will do the same — but so far they are hanging back.
This year of humility at the Fed has led to a dramatic reversal in policy -- from hiking interest rates last year to cutting them this year -- and left the economy on solid footing heading into 2020.
Its new policies will cover “veiled or implied threats,” including content that suggests violence toward an individual.
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