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President Trump told the New York Times in a wide-ranging interview that negotiations with Democratic lawmakers will have been "a waste of time" if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn't provide funding for a border wall, and signaled that he has laid the groundwork for a national emergency if no deal is reached.

“I think Nancy Pelosi is hurting our country very badly by doing what’s she doing and, ultimately, I think I’ve set the table very nicely. ... I’ve set the table. I’ve set the stage for doing what I’m going to do."

Why it matters: There are two weeks until the Feb. 15 government shutdown deadline, and while the House and Senate have come together in a bipartisan conference to negotiate a border deal, both sides have drawn their red lines and don't seem to be budging. If Trump does move forward with an emergency declaration, it will likely trigger a legal challenge.

Go deeper: More highlights from the NYTimes interview

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$1.2 trillion "hard" infrastructure bill clears major procedural vote in Senate

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The Senate voted 67-32 on Wednesday to advance the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.

Why it matters: After weeks of negotiating, portions of the bill remain unwritten, but the Senate can now start debating the legislation to resolve outstanding issues.

Fed chair says he isn't concerned by Delta surge

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell at the G20 finance ministers and central bankers meeting in Venice last month. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images

One of the country's most influential economic officials doesn't anticipate that surging coronavirus cases will knock the reopening recovery off course.

What he's saying: "There has tended to be less economic implications from each [coronavirus] wave. We'll see if that's the case for the Delta variety," Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told reporters today.

Updated 3 hours ago - Economy & Business

Ubisoft workers demand company accountability in open letter

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Close to 500 current and former employees of “Assassin’s Creed” publisher Ubisoft are standing in solidarity with protesting game developers at Activision Blizzard with a letter that criticizes their company's handling of sexual misconduct.

Why it matters: Ubisoft and Activision Blizzard workers are framing the actions as part of a bigger movement meant to have lasting change in the industry and its culture.