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The Trump Administration is circulating a report outlining the goals and methods of its trade policy. It keeps open the possibility that the U.S. would ignore World Trade Organization rulings that work against America's favor, and potentially engage in practices prohibited by the WTO if those methods give the U.S. the leverage it needs to open foreign markets.

Interest on debt heads higher: Yields on 2-year Treasury bonds rose to their highest rate since 2009 on Wednesday, as investors bet that an accelerating economy will cause interest rates to rise. But this also means that the feds are paying more to borrow money. Rising rates are what the CBO assumes in its budget projections, which should not comfort Republicans if they are considering deficit spending as one way to pay for the President's ambitious agenda:

Source: Congressional Budget Office

Soaring markets: Stocks had their best day of the year on Wednesday on optimism that the President will achieve much of his stimulative agenda given the political skill he showed in his Tuesday speech. The Dow Jones rose 303 points of 1.46% on the day, with the S&P and Nasdaq each gaining 1.37%% and 1.35%, respectively.

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8 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Biden adviser Cedric Richmond sees first-term progress on reparations

Illustration: "Axios on HBO"

White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" that it's "doable" for President Biden to make first-term progress on breaking down barriers for people of color, while Congress studies reparations for slavery.

Why it matters: Biden said on the campaign trail that he supports creation of a commission to study and develop proposals for reparations — direct payments for African-Americans.

Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online

Any future real-world conflict between the United States and an adversary like China or Russia will have direct impacts on regular Americans because of the risk of cyber attack, Kevin Mandia, CEO of cybersecurity company FireEye, tells "Axios on HBO."

What they're saying: "The next conflict where the gloves come off in cyber, the American citizen will be dragged into it, whether they want to be or not. Period."

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Cedric Richmond: We won't wait on GOP for "insufficient" stimulus

Top Biden adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" the White House believes it has bipartisan support for a stimulus bill outside the Beltway.

  • "If our choice is to wait and go bipartisan with an insufficient package, we are not going to do that."

The big picture: The bill will likely undergo an overhaul in the Senate after House Democrats narrowly passed a stimulus bill this weekend, reports Axios' Kadia Goba.