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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin / AP

The Federal Reserve has increased interest rates to 1.25-1.5%, the third boost this year, NPR reports.

Why it matters: The increase indicates that there is confidence in the economy, per NPR. Fed officials are suggesting that the central bank is working to avoid rapid inflation in coming months (as a result of the GOP tax overhaul) by quickening the pace of rate increases.

  • Per CNBC, the Federal Open Market Commitee (FOMC) statement released on Wednesday showed more confidence in in the economy bouncing back after the major hurricanes this year.
  • The October statement said: "Hurricane-related disruptions and rebuilding will continue to affect economic activity, employment, and inflation in the near term, but past experience suggests that the storms are unlikely to materially alter the course of the national economy over the medium term."
  • The new statement says: "Hurricane-related disruptions and rebuilding have affected economic activity, employment, and inflation in recent months but have not materially altered the outlook for the national economy."

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.

Far-right figure "Baked Alaska" arrested for involvement in Capitol siege

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The FBI arrested far-right media figure Tim Gionet, known as "Baked Alaska," on Saturday for his involvement in last week's Capitol riot, according to a statement of facts filed in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

The state of play: Gionet was arrested in Houston on charges related to disorderly or disruptive conduct on the Capitol grounds or in any of the Capitol buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session, per AP.