Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell said on Thursday that the U.S. economy "is solid," adding that he doesn't predict a recession in 2019, the Washington Post reports.

Our thought bubble, from Axios' Dion Rabouin: The message from Powell was clear — the first half of 2019 is off the table for interest rate hikes. If Powell's comments earlier this month that the Federal Reserve would be "patient" with future interest rate hikes and stand ready to change course "significantly if necessary" weren't clear enough, he slammed the table to let markets know that the "Powell put" is very much in play. If stocks start sliding again, the Fed is ready to cut rates.

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SurveyMonkey poll: Trump improves, but not enough

Trump and Biden during the final debate. Photo: Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images

President Trump's final debate performance exceeded Americans' expectations, but it wasn't enough to shift the dynamics that left him trailing Joe Biden across most measures, according to a new Axios-SurveyMonkey poll.

What they're saying: "Liar" was the word used most by debate watchers to describe Trump's performance, followed by "lies," "strong," "presidential" and "childish." "Presidential" was the word used most to describe Biden's performance, followed by "liar," "weak," "expected" and "honest."

Hunter Biden saga dominates online debate

Data: NewsWhip; Table: Axios Visuals

The mainstream media turned away. But online, President Trump's charges about Hunter Biden were by far the dominant storyline about the final presidential debate, according to exclusive NewsWhip data provided to Axios.

  • Coverage of business dealings by Joe Biden's son — and pre-debate allegations by one of his former business associates, Tony Bobulinski — garnered more than twice as much online activity (likes, comments, shares) as the runner-up.

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