Feb 15, 2017

Fed Chair Janet Yellen is ready to fight Republicans

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Janet Yellen sat for her second day of her semiannual questioning before Congress on Wednesday, where she faced tough questioning from House Republicans on banking regulation.

The most important exchange: Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga asked Yellen if she thought that eliminating "unreasonable regulations" would have led to a "faster and steeper recovery." Yellen said that she didn't agree with that statement, a rare assertion of ideology from the Fed Chair.

Why it matters: Janet Yellen is clearly committed to the idea of post-crisis regulatory reform, and will fight pressure from outside the Fed to ease bank regulations. Republicans however, are hoping that there is enough time in this Congress, after healthcare and tax reform, to turn to a significant Dodd-Frank rollback that may include extra provisions that would limit the Fed's powers and independence.

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What we know: Deadly Storm Dennis whips at England, Wales and Ireland

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At least two deaths are being attributed to Storm Dennis on Monday as it continues to strike at parts of England, Wales and Ireland, per AccuWeather.

The big picture: Dennis is the second-strongest nontropical storm ever recorded in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its hurricane-force winds and heavy rains have caused widespread flooding across the United Kingdom. The army has been deployed in the U.K. to help with flood relief.

Coronavirus cases rise as 14 American evacuees infected

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

14 Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the novel coronavirus before being flown in a "specialist containment" on a plane repatriating U.S. citizens back home, the U.S. government said early Monday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China.

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The cost of going after Bloomberg

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Here's the growing dilemma for 2020 Democrats vying for a one-on-one showdown with frontrunner Bernie Sanders: Do they have the guts — and the money — to first stop Mike Bloomberg?

Why it matters: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren all must weigh the costs of punching Bloomberg where he looks most vulnerable: stop-and-frisk, charges of sexism, billionaire entitlement. The more zealous the attacks, the greater the risk he turns his campaign ATM against them.