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(Adds more context, quotes)WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Kathy Kraninger has resigned effective immediately as director of the U.S. consumer watchdog at the request of President Joe Biden’s administration, she tweeted shortly after Biden was sworn in on Wednesday, paving the way for the new president to quickly install an interim agency head. Kraninger was appointed by former Republican President Donald Trump to serve a five year term as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ending in 2023. Last year, however, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a challenge, backed by the Trump administration and long-supported by most Republicans, which argued that the CFPB director served at the president’s will. It was unclear whether the White House planned to install Chopra as acting CFPB director pending his Senate confirmation, or whether Kraninger’s deputy or another CFPB staffer would lead the agency in the interim. Consumer groups have fiercely criticized Kraninger for defanging the agency by relaxing enforcement and easing rules on payday lending, mortgage lending, and debt collection.
Persons: Jan, Kathy Kraninger, Joe Biden’s, Biden, Kraninger, Donald Trump, Trump, Rohit Chopra, ” Kraninger, Chopra, Pete Schroeder, Chizu Nomiyama Organizations: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Republicans, Federal Trade, Kraninger, White, Democrats, Consumer Locations: WASHINGTON
As economists reflect on President Donald Trump’s economic legacy, the pandemic is undoubtedly front and center. “The major drivers of economic growth over time are population growth and technological improvements. “Trump’s trade policy was dictated by his personal belief that tariffs are good and trade wars are easy to win, and that China is paying all these tariffs. That is demonstrably wrong, and this unilateral imposition of trade tariffs not just on China but on American allies has been a total, abject failure,” Kirkegaard said. Economic output expanded, but at a rate that fell far short of the 4 percent GDP growth Trump had promised.
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - A feature-length video into an opulent palace jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny alleges is owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone viral online, garnering over 25 million views on YouTube in 24 hours. FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia Navalnaya walk out of a plane after arriving at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia January 17, 2021. The Kremlin has dismissed Kolesnikov as an aggrieved man, saying he left Russia because of business disputes. - A Russian billionaire announced in 2011 that he had bought the unfinished estate from a Putin associate for an undisclosed sum. He said at the time that he viewed the property as an investment project and would rent parts of it out.
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A spokesperson for the National Guard, however, said the bus looks like one of their standard troop transport buses. It seems to be a malicious use of our content.”The bus is most likely a National Guard bus. Nahaku McFadden, Media Operations Chief at the National Guard Bureau of Public Affairs told Reuters via email that the bus “looks like a standard troop transport bus”. Part of the front of a similar bus transporting National Guard troops can be seen in this Reuters photo here . The bus shown in the photos and videos looks like a National Guard bus used to transport troops to support inauguration missions, not a “prison bus”.
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The U.S. 10-year inflation breakeven rate, the yield difference between 10-year Treasuries and 10-year TIPS, rose to 2.113% on Tuesday, the highest in more than two years, climbing more than 45 basis points since early November. The TIPS breakeven shows that investors expect inflation to average 2.1% a year over the next 10 years. U.S. 10-year breakeven inflation rateSome investors believe, however, that rising breakeven rates do not necessarily suggest inflation will keep on increasing as well. Overall, the annual inflation rate is still below the 1.7% average over the last 10 years. Extrapolating from the Cleveland Fed’s estimates, Gittler said it would likely take 15 years for the economy to achieve a 2% inflation rate.
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Salomon Melgen: Trump commuted the prison sentence of Melgen, an eye doctor and major Democratic donor convicted of defrauding Medicare patients. Urlacher faced two counts in the case, each of which had carried a potential prison sentence of five years. Here is the full list, as provided by the White House:Abel Holtz – President Trump granted a full pardon to Abel Holtz. Jaime A. Davidson – President Trump commuted the sentence of Jaime A. Davidson. Those assisted by Ms. Povah’s organization include Ms. Adrianne Miller, whose remaining prison sentence the President commuted.
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(Reuters) - Morgan Stanley’s profits surged in the fourth quarter, comfortably beating estimates as the Wall Street bank’s trading business benefited from coronavirus-induced volatility in financial markets. FILE PHOTO: A sign is displayed on the Morgan Stanley building in New York U.S., July 16, 2018. High trading volumes during the quarter, stemming from the U.S. elections and the release of coronavirus vaccines, benefited the bank’s trading unit, which is housed within the institutional securities business. Morgan Stanley’s most comparable rival, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, on Tuesday posted a blockbuster fourth-quarter profit that dwarfed Wall Street estimates, but executives warned that capital markets activity fueling results lately will probably slow down. Morgan Stanley’s revenue from sales and trading rose to $4.22 billion from $3.19 billion.
Persons: Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Lucas Jackson, James Gorman, Eaton Vance, Morgan Stanley’s, Goldman Organizations: Reuters, New York U.S, REUTERS, Federal Reserve, Analysts, Goldman Sachs Group Inc Locations: New York
Only slightly more than half of the 22 million jobs lost in the pandemic were regained by the end of last year. As Biden takes the oath of office on Wednesday, the job market awaiting him presents a monumental challenge. Under the new approach, policymakers will no longer raise interest rates preemptively when the labor market is heating up in anticipation of faster inflation. PAIN UNEVENLY SPREADIt took more than six years for the U.S. labor market to recoup all of the jobs lost during the last recession. Fed Chair Jerome Powell said last week that he is hopeful the labor market may surpass pre-crisis levels soon.
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Only slightly more than half of the 22 million jobs lost in the pandemic were regained by the end of last year. As Biden takes the oath of office on Wednesday, the job market awaiting him presents a monumental challenge. Under the new approach, policymakers will no longer raise interest rates preemptively when the labor market is heating up in anticipation of faster inflation. PAIN UNEVENLY SPREADIt took more than six years for the U.S. labor market to recoup all of the jobs lost during the last recession. Fed Chair Jerome Powell said last week that he is hopeful the labor market may surpass pre-crisis levels soon.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Biden, It’s, we’ve, , Diane Swonk, Grant Thornton, , ” Biden, Janet Yellen, ” Yellen, “ They’re, Mark Zandi, Chris Van Hollen, Cecilia Rouse, Biden’s, William Spriggs, Kathryn Anne Edwards, Jerome Powell, “ We’ve Organizations: Federal, Treasury, Fed, Moody’s Analytics, of Economic Advisers, AFL, Rand Corporation, Princeton University, Locations: U.S
Ultra-low Treasury yields - which plunged after the Fed cut interest rates to near-zero - have also increased the allure of stocks. 100 DAYSIf history is any guide, the stock market should give Biden a warm welcome. The S&P 500 has risen in the first 100 calendar days in eight of the last 10 presidential terms. Biden is also inheriting a dollar that’s fallen 12% from last year’s highs. Policy-related economic uncertainty as measured by , based on mentions of economic uncertainty in news articles, is currently higher than it was following 9/11 or the Great Financial Crisis.
Persons: Joe Biden, Kevin Lamarque, Donald Trump, Biden, Biden’s, Trump, Janet Yellen Organizations: YORK, Federal Reserve, White House, REUTERS, TRUMP, Trump, Democratic, Fitch, United, U.S Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, United States, China
Trump pardons ex-aide Bannon but not himself or family
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White House officials had argued to Trump that he should not pardon himself or his family because it might look like they are guilty of crimes, according to a source familiar with the situation. “Bannon has been an important leader in the conservative movement and is known for his political acumen,” the White House said in a statement. White House officials had advised Trump against pardoning Bannon. He was fired from his post at the White House in August 2017. Kodak Black, 23, who was born Bill Kahan Kapri, is in federal prison for making a false statement in order to buy a firearm.
Persons: Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, commutations, Rudy Giuliani, Andrew Kelly Trump, Joe Biden, Trump, Bannon, “ Bannon, pardoning Bannon, Elliott Broidy, Kwame Kilpatrick, Lil Wayne, Giuliani, Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, Breitbart, Trump’s, Daniel R, Alonso, Buckley, Broidy, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, Bill Kahan Kapri Organizations: WASHINGTON, White, White House, Manhattan Federal, REUTERS, Trump, Detroit, Kodak, Democratic, U.S, Capitol, National Security, FBI, Manhattan, Attorney’s Locations: Manhattan, New York City , New York, U.S, Mexico, Ukraine, Russian, New York
FCC rejects request by U.S. agencies to halt Ligado network approval
  + stars: | 2021-01-20 | by ( David Shepardson | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at the headquarters of the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 29, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew KellyWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission late Tuesday voted 3-2 to reject a bid by U.S. government agencies to freeze its decision to allow Ligado Networks to deploy a nationwide mobile broadband network. The FCC said Ligado’s deployment plans are not finalized and it is in talks with U.S. agencies about the network’s potential impact on government GPS systems. FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington, who voted to reject the stay, said the agency has not evaluated the merits of the request for reconsideration. He noted Congress required a definitive technical review of the Ligado spectrum order by the National Academies of Sciences.
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President Trump issued pardons and commutations on Tuesday as one of his final actions in office. President Donald Trump issued a slow trickle of pardons and commutations late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, as one of his final acts before he leaves office on Wednesday. Names on the list included:George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign foreign policy aide who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in the Mueller probe. Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch lawyer who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in the Mueller probe. Former Republican congressman Chris Collins, who pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI and conspiring to commit securities fraudFormer Republican congressman Duncan Hunter and his wife, Margaret, who pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds.
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US stock futures rose after Janet Yellen called for a 'big' stimulus package. The dollar slipped and bonds flatlined as investors rotated into riskier assets such as shares. US stocks were set to open higher on Wednesday - the day of Joe Biden's inauguration as the 46th president of the United States - while the dollar slipped and bond prices flatlined. Dow Jones futures were 0.14% higher while Nasdaq futures had climbed 0.69%. Gold rose 0.89% as the dollar slipped to $1,856.75 per ounce.
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Billionaire investor Leon Cooperman told CNBC on Wednesday he believes the stock market will struggle to generate meaningful returns in the years ahead, following its robust recovery from pandemic-era lows in the last 10 months. "I think the near-term outlook is probably OK. Long term, I think that we're borrowing from the future," Cooperman said on "Squawk Box." I think that's what we're looking at," added the chairman of the Omega Family Office. As he surveys the market, Cooperman said his approach is to "look for value." Instead, he said he voted "my values, and my values did not lie with President Trump."
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A retired New York City firefighter was charged in connection to the Capitol breach after texting his girlfriend's brother, a federal agent, a selfie showing him inside the building's rotunda during the riot, according to a criminal complaint. Jose Luis Magana/APThe special agent proceeded to text Fee, his sister's boyfriend, to ask him if he was in Washington, DC, according to the complaint. The complaint said that Fee responded by sending a selfie to the special agent, showing him inside the Capitol rotunda as other rioters waved flags and took pictures behind him. While the special agent initially deleted the communications, he was able to retrieve them and forward them to the DSS, according to the complaint. It is not clear if Fee was aware that his girlfriend's brother was a special agent when he sent the selfie and messages.
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I never thought it would be this bad," Cramer said of the vaccine rollout on "Squawk Box." Biden has pledged to deliver 100 million doses in his first 100 days. Even so, Cramer said Biden has set a high bar with his 100-day vaccine pledge. As of Tuesday morning, the U.S. has administered 15.7 million vaccine doses, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been 31.2 million doses distributed.
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President-elect Joe Biden will ask the Department of Education on Wednesday to extend the pause on federal student loan payments through September 30. President-elect Joe Biden plans to ask the Department of Education on Wednesday to extend the pause on federal student loan payments through September 30, marking his first move to act on student debt in America. The extension applies to the 42 million federal student loan borrowers in the country. of Education Betsy DeVos extended the pause on loan payments through the end of January. If Biden's request to extend the pause on student loan payments is approved, each federal loan borrower will see their payments suspended without accrual of interest.
Persons: Joe Biden, Brian Deese, Deese, Betsy DeVos, Biden's, Biden, Sen, Elizabeth Warren of Organizations: of Education, Democratic, National Economic Locations: America, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
With Joe Biden's inauguration as President of the United States, the country is perhaps closer than ever to a $15 federal minimum wage. Under the plan, Biden will call on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour from the current $7.25. The federal minimum wage has not been increased since 2009. While boosting the federal minimum wage to $15 is popular among some lawmakers, activists and consumers, it still faces a lot of opposition to becoming law. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Friday seemed to reference using reconciliation to pass a $15 minimum wage.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Biden, Deepak Chopra, Mitch McConnell, it's, Sen, Pat Toomey, Elizabeth Warren, Sarah Binder Organizations: McDonald’s Corporation, U.S . House, Senate, Republican, Democratic, George Washington University, Brookings Institution Locations: Fort Lauderdale , Florida, United States, Invest, Ky
President Joe Biden supports decriminalizing cannabis, broadening access to medical marijuana, and allowing states to determine their own marijuana policies free of federal interference. Federal marijuana reform became more likely after Democrats picked up two Senate seats in Georgia, giving the party control of the chamber. President Joe Biden will be good — but not great — for the cannabis industry, analysts, executives, and other experts say. Marijuana decriminalization is a key pillar of Biden's criminal justice reform planStill, marijuana companies face some headwinds. But that will provide an opportunity for US cannabis companies, like Green Thumb Industries and Curaleaf, to continue growing before Canadian cannabis companies and established companies from other industries start snapping up market share.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Kamala Harris, It's, Cowen, Read, Jefferies, Harris, Sen, Chuck Schumer Organizations: Democratic, Cannabis, Senate, Gallup, Reinvestment, CSA, Democrats, Analysts, Congress, Green Thumb Industries Locations: Georgia, New Jersey, Arizona
Former President Donald Trump faces numerous legal issues at the federal and state levels that could last for years. Trump could face criminal and civil matters at the federal, state, and local levels. By doing so, the now ex-president opened himself up to federal, state, and local prosecution for election-law violations, several election-law experts told Insider. Whether Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr does anything is another matter. Three Democratic members of Congress, in two separate requests filed in late December, have asked the Department of Justice and Federal Election Commission to investigate whether the company violated election laws.
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The airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will conduct mandatory coronavirus screenings for all outbound passengers starting on Monday, one of the first airports in the country to take advantage of a decision to allow such evaluations by the Federal Aviation Administration last month. Under the new “Travel Well” program, the Eastern Iowa Airport will ask a handful of short screening questions and take the temperature of each departing passenger. Travelers who show no signs of having the coronavirus and have no exposure to it will be sent on to the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint. “The Travel Well program will provide an efficient approach to screening passengers and employees,” Marty Lenss, the airport’s director, said in a statement. Eastern Iowa Airport offers nonstop service to 14 destinations on flights operated by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and others.
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SpaceX appears to have acquired two oil rigs that it may transform into launch platforms for its forthcoming Starship rocket system, NASASpaceflight reported. But now they're also the newly christened names of two oil rigs off the Texas coast. These rigs will likely be transformed into launchpads for SpaceX Starship rockets, NASASpaceflight reported on Tuesday. While SpaceX has yet to confirm it's involved in the purchase of the oil rigs, it wouldn't be a surprise. SpaceX did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it purchased the oil rigs or any plans for them.
Persons: they're, NASASpaceflight, Elon Musk, Thomas Burghardt, Michael Baylor, Bret Johnson, it's, Musk Organizations: SpaceX, Lone Star Mineral Development, Baylor, Boca Chica, Federal Aviation Administration Locations: Boca Chica , Texas, Texas, California, Boca, Boca Chica, Mars
But that doesn't mean the U.S. central bank won't face pressure as it looks to navigate its way through a new administration. For his part, Biden won't be nearly as vocal as Donald Trump was when the ex-president hectored the Fed for even lower rates. But all presidents watch the Fed closely, and Biden won't be an exception as he looks to get through the current crisis. Most everyone in public office likes low rates, and Biden won't be an exception. So while the Fed during the Biden administration can expect to face less overt attacks, it still will be under various levels of pressure.
Persons: Jerome Powell, Drew Angerer, Joe Biden's, Janet Yellen, Biden, Donald Trump, hectored, Trump, Christopher Whalen, Whalen, He'll, George Selgin, Selgin, There's Organizations: Banking, Housing, Urban Affairs, Reuters, Federal Reserve, Whalen Global Advisors, Center for Monetary, Cato Institute, Fed, Network, Greening Locations: Washington , DC, U.S, Japan, stoke
REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is considering creating a White House position focused on competition policy and issues relating to antitrust, two sources familiar with internal deliberations said. The idea remains under consideration and the Biden White House may not ultimately make the move, one of the sources said. “It is yet to be determined if this will be more of a coordinator kind of a role or if this person will really sit at the White House,” said another source. On Saturday, Reuters reported that two former Obama administration officials had emerged as Biden’s front-runners for the top antitrust job at the Department of Justice. The Justice Department sued Google and the FTC sued Facebook while investigations are ongoing into Amazon and Apple.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joseph R, Beau, Biden, Tom Brenner, Organizations: Biden III National Guard / Reserve, New, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, U.S, Biden, White, Antitrust, Big Tech, Reuters, Obama, Department of Justice, The Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission, Google, Facebook, Apple, FTC Locations: New Castle, New Castle , Delaware, U.S
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