Government policy

August 06, 2019 - 10:50 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's central bank has cut its benchmark interest rate to an all-time low of 1% as it forecasts tougher economic conditions ahead. The cut of half a percentage point by the Reserve Bank was a surprise with most economists forecasting a rate cut of 0.25%. The...
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In this July 31, 2019, photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. In a strong rebuke to President Donald Trump, the four living former leaders of the Federal Reserve say that the head of the nation's central bank should be able to make interest-rate decisions free of political pressure and the threat of being removed or demoted. Current Fed Chairman Powell has come under heavy attacks from Trump, who has repeatedly attacked Powell's decisions and has reportedly explored the possibility of either firing Powell or demoting him as Fed chairman. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 06, 2019 - 7:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a strong rebuke to President Donald Trump, the four living former leaders of the Federal Reserve say that the head of the nation's central bank should be able to make interest-rate decisions free of political pressure and the threat of being removed or demoted. The former...
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August 06, 2019 - 6:49 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the Trump administration's broad expansion of deportation powers, alleging in a federal lawsuit Tuesday that it violates constitutional rights and could lead to errors, including deporting U.S. citizens. The lawsuit called the extension...
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August 06, 2019 - 5:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is clarifying a policy change that will limit the prescribing of opioid painkillers to federal workers. The Labor Department issued a statement Tuesday saying the limitations will apply to employees injured on the job and covered under the government's workers'...
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U.S. National security adviser John Bolton, right, speaks with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross during a conference of more than 50 nations that largely support Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. The Trump administration froze all Venezuelan government assets in a dramatic escalation of tensions with Nicolas Maduro that places his socialist administration alongside a short list of adversaries from Cuba, North Korea, Syria and Iran that have been targeted by such aggressive U.S. actions. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
August 06, 2019 - 5:39 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton pressed his case Tuesday for sweeping action against Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro, warning foreign governments and companies that they could face retaliation in the U.S. if they continue to do business with his socialist...
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Dave Daniels stands in front of some of his 575 dairy cows on his farm in Union Grove, Wis., on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. He voted for President Donald Trump, and says he's frustrated to be a political pawn in the trade war. He was disappointed to hear China decided to halt purchases of U.S. farm products but he's happy the two sides are still talking. He says the trade war so far hasn't affected his support for President Trump, but "We'll see what happens in the next few months." (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
August 06, 2019 - 4:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just last week, solid economic numbers appeared to be helping President Donald Trump's reelection prospects. The United States had achieved its longest economic expansion. Stock prices were climbing. Job gains were steady. Consumers had scaled up spending. Growth was sturdy enough...
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A bank employee counts U.S. dollar banknotes next to stack of 100 Chinese yuan notes at a bank outlet in Hai'an in eastern China's Jiangsu province, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. China's yuan fell further Tuesday against the U.S. dollar, fueling fears about increasing global damage from Beijing's trade war with President Donald Trump. (Chinatopix via AP)
August 06, 2019 - 11:12 am
BEIJING (AP) — China stabilized its currency Tuesday, suggesting it might hold off from aggressively letting the yuan weaken as a way to respond to U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. The yuan declined to 7.0562 to the dollar before strengthening back to 7.0297 in the afternoon. That came a day after...
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A currency trader walks by the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Asian stocks followed Wall Street lower on Tuesday after China let its currency sink and halted purchases of U.S. farm goods, fueling fears Beijing's trade war with President Donald Trump will harm the global economy. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
August 06, 2019 - 8:45 am
LONDON (AP) — Stock markets turned higher on Tuesday as China stabilized its currency after allowing it to depreciate against the dollar in response to President Donald Trump's decision to put more tariffs on Chinese goods. The more buoyant tone follows a big sell-off Monday, when stocks were...
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke walks next to his wife Amy Hoover Sanders and Rep. Veronica Escobar Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, during a silent march holding sunflowers in honor to the victims of a mass shooting occurred in Walmart on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (Lola Gomez/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
August 06, 2019 - 8:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The document landed in Rep. Veronica Escobar's email just hours after a gunman killed 22 people in an El Paso , Texas, Walmart. It was a best-practices guide of sorts to a grim duty, titled "Shooting tragedy: Dealing with a crisis." Updated by members of Congress and their staffs...
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President Donald Trump speaks about the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 06, 2019 - 6:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaking out against weekend mass shootings that rocked a nation, President Donald Trump called for bipartisan solutions to the bloodshed but offered few details and faced pointed questions from Democrats about whether he had the moral authority to rally America against the spasm...
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