Jun 13, 2018

Federal Reserve hikes interest rate as unemployment falls

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve expects unemployment to hit a 39-year low this year, falling to 3.6%, according to the Washington Post's Heather Long, and the GDP to rise by .10%.

The big picture: Due to economic prosperity, the Reserve announced it would be hiking its "benchmark short-term interest rate a quarter percentage point," and suggested that two more hikes are in the near future, CNBC reports. Axios' Dan Primack explains that interest rate hikes are often seen as a drag on economic growth, but the Fed is basically saying not to worry.

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CNN crew arrested live on air while reporting on Minneapolis protests

CNN's Omar Jimenez and his crew were arrested Friday by Minneapolis state police while reporting on the protests that followed the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city.

What happened: CNN anchors said Jimenez and his crew were arrested for not moving after being told to by police, though the live footage prior to their arrests clearly shows Jimenez talking calmly with police and offering to move wherever necessary.

First look: Trump courts Asian American vote amid coronavirus

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The president's re-election campaign debuts its "Asian Americans for Trump" initiative in a virtual event tonight, courting a slice of the nation's electorate that has experienced a surge in racism and harassment since the pandemic began.

The big question: How receptive will Asian American voters be in this moment? Trump has faced intense criticism for labeling COVID-19 the "Chinese virus" and the "Wuhan virus" and for appearing to compare Chinatowns in American cities to China itself.

How the U.S. might distribute a coronavirus vaccine

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Now that there are glimmers of hope for a coronavirus vaccine, governments, NGOs and others are hashing out plans for how vaccines could be distributed once they are available — and deciding who will get them first.

Why it matters: Potential game-changer vaccines will be sought after by everyone from global powers to local providers. After securing supplies, part of America's plan is to tap into its military know-how to distribute those COVID-19 vaccines.