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JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon prepares to testify before the House in April 10. Photo: J. Lawler Duggan/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon told CBS' "60 Minutes" in an interview broadcast Sunday that the wealth gap in the U.S. is a "huge problem."

Details: When CBS journalist Lesley Stahl asked him if the $31 million he was paid last year was too much, he replied he had "nothing to do with" the payment decision and questioned whether returning some of the money would "solve any of those problems."

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The wealthy have been getting wealthier too much, in many ways. So middle-class incomes have been kinda flat for maybe 15 years or so, and that’s not particularly good in America."
— Dimon on "60 Minutes"

Why it matters: CEO pay has been criticized by progressive Democratic presidential candidates including Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, both of whom have issued policies targeting wealthier Americans.

The big picture: Warren has personally called out Dimon in a series of Twitter posts. Dimon told CNBC last Tuesday that Warren "vilifies successful people." He clarified his remarks in his "60 Minutes interview."

"What I was commenting on is that anything that vilifies people I just don't like. I think, you know, most people are good, not all of 'em. I think you should vilify Nazis, but you shouldn't vilify people who worked hard to accomplish things. And so my comment is, I think it's American society — we're just attacking each other all the time."
— Dimon on "60 Minutes"
  • In the wide-ranging interview Dimon was positive about the U.S. economy, despite slow growth forecasts.
  • "The consumer, which is 70% of the U.S. economy, is quite strong,” he said. "You see that the strength of the American consumer is driving the American economy and the global economy. And while business slowed down, my current view is that, no, it just was a slowdown, not a petering out."

Go deeper: JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon: "The American dream is alive — but fraying"

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Judge temporarily blocks South Carolina ban on school mask mandates

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. Photo: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked South Carolina's ban on mask mandates in schools, ruling that it discriminated against students with disabilities and violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Why it matters: As mask bans extend to public schools around the country, parents and disability rights activists have sounded alarm bells. The ruling may signal the outcomes of legal fights playing out across the country.

DeSantis takes legal action against Biden efforts on immigration

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took legal action on Tuesday to try to stop the Biden administration's immigration plans.

Why it matters: The Republican governor, who is running for re-election next year and is possibly eyeing a 2024 presidential bid, is picking a high-profile fight with Biden while re-upping his hardline stance on immigration.

Left: Senate's threat "insane"

The famously press-shy Sen. Kyrsten Sinema speaks briefly with reporters on Tuesday. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) lambasted Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on Tuesday, saying "it's insane" that "one senator" is blocking attempts to settle on a palatable figure for President Biden's proposed $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.

Why it matters: The figure is the linchpin to getting progressive support for the companion $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. Khanna's statement reflects broader dissatisfaction among House progressives with Sinema and her fellow holdout, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

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