Government policy

Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell speaks at a news conference following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 18, 2019 - 4:03 pm
The Federal Reserve has cut its benchmark interest rate again, big news for the U.S. economy but something that will likely have a muted impact on Americans' personal finances, experts say. That's because the reduction doesn't offset the increases of recent years. And as the key rate creeps closer...
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Stock traders John Santiago, left, and Paul Cosentino work at the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The Federal Reserve is expected to announce its benchmark interest rate later in the day. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
September 18, 2019 - 2:56 pm
Stocks declined broadly on Wall Street Wednesday afternoon after the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate for a second time this year. Investors expected the rate cut, but may have been disappointed by apparent disagreement among Fed officials about their future rate policy. In a...
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Floor governor Michael Smyth works at the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The Federal Reserve is expected to announce its benchmark interest rate later in the day. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
September 18, 2019 - 2:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Stocks are dropping after the Federal Reserve cuts its benchmark interest rate for a second time this year but didn't provide investors with concrete clues about what the future holds. The Dow Jones...
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FILE - In this July 31, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. On Wednesday, Sept. 18, the Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
September 18, 2019 - 2:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 2:40 p.m. President Donald Trump blasted the Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell as a "terrible communicator," after the U.S. central bank's rate cut was less generous than what Trump wanted. "Jay...
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A woman stands near an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Asian stock prices rose Wednesday after oil prices fell back and Wall Street advanced. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
September 18, 2019 - 8:24 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks were little changed Wednesday as investors watched for a U.S. Federal Reserve decision on a possible interest rate cut and as oil prices eased on hopes for a quick recovery in Saudi oil supplies. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt and Shanghai advanced while Tokyo and Hong...
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Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders arrives onstage at the "Workers' Presidential Summit" at the Convention Center in Philadelphia Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. The Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO hosted the event. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
September 17, 2019 - 9:38 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The high-stakes fight for working-class voters moved to Pennsylvania on Tuesday as a slate of Democratic White House hopefuls vowed to use the power of the presidency to crack down on corporate America and strengthen organized labor. But beneath all the agreement at the AFL-CIO...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Santa Ana Star Center, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Rio Rancho, N.M. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 17, 2019 - 6:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration tried to balance diplomacy with fresh talk of military action Tuesday in response to the fiery missile and drone attack on the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry — a strike marking the most explosive consequence yet of the "maximum pressure" U.S...
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September 17, 2019 - 2:08 am
TOKYO (AP) — Officials in Japan appear wary over the prospects for a trade deal with the U.S. after President Donald Trump said he was prepared to sign a pact soon. Japan's chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said Tuesday that the two sides are still finalizing details after reaching a...
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In this Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, photo, a man checks on the robotic arms at a factory making industrial robots in Zhengyu town of Haimen city in east China's Jiangsu province. A Chinese envoy is going to Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 18, to prepare for trade negotiations. The announcement Tuesday, Sept. 17, follows conciliatory gestures by both sides ahead of the October talks on their fight over trade and technology, which threatens to dampen global economic growth. (Chinatopix via AP)
September 17, 2019 - 1:33 am
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese envoy will head to Washington on Wednesday to prepare for trade negotiations. The announcement Tuesday follows conciliatory gestures by both sides ahead of the October talks on their fight over trade and technology, which threatens to dampen global economic growth. A deputy...
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President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally at the Santa Ana Star Center, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Rio Rancho, N.M. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 16, 2019 - 11:14 pm
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's rally in New Mexico (all times local): 9:05 p.m. President Donald Trump made a pocketbook appeal to New Mexico voters, assuring them at a rally Monday night near Albuquerque that his energy policies have made the state wealthier. Trump...
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