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(4 Jan 2019) Here’s the latest for Friday, January 4th: Democrats, Trump set weekend shutdown talks; US employers went on a hiring spree in December; Powell says he would reject any Trump request to resign; Berlin’s unwanted Christmas trees are a snack for zoo animals.

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Fed Chair says he would not resign if Trump asks

(4 Jan 2019) Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Friday that he will not resign if asked to do so by President Donald Trump. Powell said the central bank intends to be flexible going forward in determining when to hike its key policy rate. (Jan. 4)

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Fed’s Powell hints at higher rates following Trump attack

A day after President Donald Trump’s latest attack on the US central bank, Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell hints that the key lending rate will move higher, although there is no preset course. SOUNDBITEATTN CLIENTS: HD QUALITY AFPTV SOURCE OF THIS QUOTE WILL FOLLOW

Fed Chair On Strong Outlook, New Rates Forecast

Jerome Powell testified before Congress Tuesday, his first public appearance as chairman of Federal Reserve. Powell delivered the semi-annual monetary policy report before the House Financial Services Committee, expressing a positive outlook. (Feb. 27)

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Trump taps Jerome Powell to lead US Federal Reserve

President Donald Trump nominates Federal Reserve Governor Jerome “Jay” Powell to lead the US central bank, saying the former investment banker has the wisdom and intelligence to guide the world’s largest economy. Trump decided not to reappoint current Fed Chair Janet Yellen who had overseen monetary policy in the US economy to wide acclaim for four years.

St. Louis Police Shooting Fans the Flames: State of Emergency – Ferguson, Missouri (Dispatch 2)

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On August 19, Kajieme Powell, 25, was killed by police on the north side of St. Louis. Officers said that Powell was a robbery suspect and was brandishing a knife at the time he was shot.

This latest police killing comes 10 days after the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown just four miles away in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown’s shooting by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9 launched a series of daily protests that have led Ferguson to become a flashpoint for racism and police brutality in America.

VICE News headed from Ferguson to northern St. Louis to talk to witnesses about what happened during Powell’s shooting death, their reaction to the situation in Ferguson, and to a police officer about racism in the force.

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