Mar 29, 2019

Larry Kudlow wants the Fed to cut rates

Dion Rabouin, author of Markets

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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Friday told Axios that he wants the Federal Reserve to "immediately" cut interest rates by 50 basis points.

Why it matters: This mirrors comments by Stephen Moore, who President Trump is expected to nominate to the Fed's board, but is the first time it has been said publicly by a White House official.

The Federal Reserve recently paused plans to hike interest rates later this year, but didn't say it planned to make cuts.

Kudlow, however, "would love to see" such a downward move, adding that the central bank shouldn't have ever set overnight interest rates past 2%.

  • They currently are at 2.25%–2.50%, but a 50 basis point cut would put such rates below 2%.

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Amid racial unrest, a test at the polls

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Eight states plus D.C. are holding primary elections today following a week of intense protests across the country over the brutal police killing of George Floyd.

Why it matters: It's the first major test for voting since the national outcry. Concerns over civil unrest and the police — as well as the coronavirus and expanded absentee voting — could reduce the number of voters showing up in person but heighten tensions for those who do.

Axios-Ipsos poll: America’s big racial divide on police, virus

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A new Axios-Ipsos poll finds that America has a massive racial gulf on each of our twin calamities — trust in police, and fear of the coronavirus.

  • 77% of whites say they trust local police, compared with just 36% of African Americans — one of many measures of a throbbing racial divide in Week 11 of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, taken the week George Floyd was killed by a white policeman in Minneapolis.
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Updates: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Four police officers were struck by gunfire while standing near a line in St Louis on Monday after a peaceful demonstration, Police Chief John Hayden said early Tuesday. They were all taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He said a small group of people had thrown rocks and fireworks at police officers.