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Attorney General William Barr. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Attorney General William Barr will not recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, according to a statement Monday from Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec.

"Following General Barr’s confirmation, senior career ethics officials advised that General Barr should not recuse himself from the special counsel’s investigation. Consistent with that advice, General Barr has decided not to recuse."

Why it matters: Barr came under scrutiny when he was first nominated by President Trump when it was revealed he wrote an unsolicited memo to Justice Department officials criticizing the premise of Mueller’s investigation into obstruction of justice. He told lawmakers during his Senate confirmation hearing last month that he would make the final decision on whether to recuse himself from the investigation, but pledged to follow DOJ guidelines and make public as much information from the final Mueller report as legally possible.

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Investors holding the ultra-popular Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 index funds have been hard hit over the last two weeks as tech shares have been roiled by rising U.S. Treasury yields.

Why it matters: Even though the economy is growing and many U.S. stocks are performing well, most investors are seeing their wealth decline because major indexes no longer reflect the overall economy or even a broad swath of public companies — they reflect the performance of a few of the country's biggest companies.

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