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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."

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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USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
6 hours ago - Health

COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.

7 hours ago - Health

Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.

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