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Fox News host Tucker Carlson is facing backlash after attacking a Black Capitol Police officer who said he was called the n-word while defending the Capitol during the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.

Driving the news: Carlson on his show Wednesday called Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn an "angry left-wing political activist" who "has very little in common with your average cop." 

  • Dunn, a vocal advocate for a congressional investigation into the the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, previously told the Washington Post that Black officers endured additional attacks during the insurrection, saying he was called the n-word more than a dozen times.

What they're saying: "Tonight Fox News allowed its host Tucker Carlson, who has not served a day in uniform, whether military or law enforcement, to criticize the heroism and service of African-American U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn," the officer's attorneys said in a statement late Wednesday.

  • "Our client has served 13 years in law enforcement and on January 6, 2021, fought against an insurrectionist violent crowd — no doubt many of them Carlson's supporters — to protect the lives of our elected officials," the lawyers continued.
  • "Frankly, the last thing Carlson wants is for the truth to emerge of what happened that day and why."

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) in a tweet posted after Carlson's remarks thanked Dunn and other officers who protect the Capitol.

  • "He put his body between lawmakers and an armed mob," Swalwell said.
  • Fox News did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

The big picture: Dunn is expected to testify before the House select committee examining the Capitol attack on July 27.

  • Efforts to form a bipartisan committee fell apart on Wednesday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.) as two of the five Republican appointments over past statements that "make it impossible for them to exercise judgement."
  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy responded by threatening to pull the five Republicans off the committee and instead pursue his own investigation.

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Updated Oct 27, 2021 - Axios Events

Watch: A conversation on innovation in learning

On Wednesday, October 27th, Axios business reporter Erica Pandey looked at the keys to breaking down traditional barriers in education and what’s next for career readiness, featuring Guild Education CEO & co-founder Rachel Carlson and Education Design Lab founder & CEO Kathleen deLaski.

Rachel Carlson highlighted the shifting perceptions of education, the issues of matching learners with new jobs that require reskilling, and how to help workers prepare to make the shift from today’s job market to tomorrow’s.

  • On generational changes within the labor market: “All other generational changes where the labor economy moved from an agricultural economy to an industrial, or an industrial to a knowledge, meant that the father’s job went away and his son was required to reskill into a new industry. In today’s world, the worker is most likely a woman, she’s most likely a mother, and she’s hoping to reskill within her own career.”
  • On the need for government support for workforce development: “I think the federal government and our state governments need to make workforce development and skilling a top priority not only of their citizenry, but also of national competitiveness.”

Kathleen deLaski highlighted how education systems can accommodate needs for learners in unique life situations, the rise of older students seeking post-secondary education opportunities, and how the pandemic forced innovation within education systems.

  • On the pandemic’s impact on educational structures: “Certainly, COVID demonstrated that all learners need flexibility when it came to online learning, being able to take courses at night, being able to stop and start this sort of thing.”
  • On specific areas of concern that are most important to new learners: “Relevance is one that’s increasingly become important because of the mismatch between what’s being taught in some colleges and then the emerging future of work types of jobs that employers are trying to hire for.”

Axios Chief People Officer Dominique Taylor hosted a View from the Top segment with Charles Koch Foundation executive director Ryan Stowers, who discussed how the education system is changing in response to simultaneous changes in societal norms.

  • “61% of Americans believe that colleges need to change and better meet the needs of students, and only 16% think that students need to do a better job of adjusting to the tried and tested model of a traditional four-year college degree. So, something is shifting in how we think about the future of learning.”

Thank you Charles Koch Foundation for sponsoring this event.

Fed: Rate hikes "will soon be appropriate"

The Federal Reserve's headquarters building. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Federal Reserve officials expect "it will soon be appropriate" to raise the central bank's main target interest rate, setting the stage for a rate hike at its next meeting in mid-March.

Driving the news: In a statement following a two-day meeting published Wednesday afternoon, however, the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee teed up its next move without taking new action.

How long it’s taken to confirm Supreme Court justices

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Data: Axios research, U.S. Supreme Court, Supreme Court Historical Society; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

It takes a U.S. president an average of 70 days from the date a Supreme Court seat is vacated to nominate a replacement, according to data from the Supreme Court Historical Society.

Why it matters: With news outlets reporting liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's plans to retire, Democrats will be looking to confirm President Biden's nominee with enough time to refocus the national political debate ahead of the midterms.