Trump may have won his battle with the Fed

Federal Reserve board chairman Jerome Powell. Photo: Getty Images

Fed chairman Jay Powell is set to hold a press conference after every Federal Open Market Committee meeting in 2019, which some believe could exhaust market-watchers examining his relationship with President Trump.

Between the lines: Jefferies' Chief Market Strategist David Zervos says, "Don't underestimate how likely it is that the Fed just backs away from everything because they don't want the politics. [The Fed doesn't] want to be susceptible to criticism that they are doing something to hurt Trump or aid Trump."

  • Put another way, rather than providing more clarity, the market may just tire of Powell's indecisiveness and start listening to someone else.
  • "It's like a friend who says that one day they're coming out to meet you and then they don't come to meet you and then the next day they do come to meet you. After a while, I don't know when they are coming or not. Maybe the market will start listening to [Fed vice chairman] Rich Clarida or [New York Fed president] John Williams."

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University of Minnesota student jailed in China over tweets

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A University of Minnesota student has been arrested in China and sentenced to six months in prison for tweets he posted while in the United States, according to a Chinese court document viewed by Axios. Some of the tweets contained images deemed to be unflattering portrayals of a "national leader."

Why it matters: The case represents a dramatic escalation of the Chinese government's attempts to shut down free speech abroad, and a global expansion of a Chinese police campaign a year ago to track down Twitter users in China who posted content critical of the Chinese government.

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⚖️ Live updates: Opening arguments begin in Trump impeachment trial

The second day of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump will see a full day of opening arguments from Democratic House impeachment managers.

What to watch for: Democrats now have 24 hours — spread out over three days — to take their time to lay out their case against the president's alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It'll also allow them to highlight gaps that could be filled out by additional witnesses and documents from the administration.

This post will be updated with new developments as the trial continues.

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