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Stephen Moore. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

President Trump's Fed Board nominee Stephen Moore apologized in 2 separate interviews, broadcast Sunday, for his past controversial statements on women, saying he's "embarrassed" by them.

They were humor columns, but some of them weren’t funny, so I am apologetic.
— Stephen Moore to ABC’s "This Week With George Stephanopoulos"

Details: The longtime conservative commentator also went on AM 970 in New York to address the columns he wrote for the National Review in the early 2000s, which have since resurfaced. In one article, he said "women tennis pros ... want equal pay for inferior work."

"[The article] was kind of tongue-in-cheek about women in sports. I just want to say this: I’m embarrassed by it. I’m embarrassed by some of the things I said 18 years ago. They do not reflect my positions. I am not making light of it. It was a wrongheaded thing to do."
  • Moore told radio host John Catsimatidis he wanted to apologize to people who were offended by his comments, because his sisters were offended by them.
"I’m not saying that I’m blameless, and I’m not saying I’m an angel. I’m just saying that these kinds of things don’t have a lot to do with whether I’m qualified to be on the Federal Reserve Board and setting interest rates."

Context: In response to the backlash last week, Moore said he had endured "one personal assault after another and a kind of character assassination having nothing to do with economics" ever since Trump contacted him about the Fed job.

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Biden holds first phone call with Putin, raises Navalny arrest

Putin takes a call in 2017. Photo: Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty

President Biden on Tuesday held his first call since taking office with Vladimir Putin, pressing the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on U.S. government agencies.

The state of play: Biden also raised arms control, bounties allegedly placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine, according to a White House readout. The statement said Biden and Putin agreed maintain "consistent communication," and that Biden stressed the U.S. would "act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to actions by Russia that harm us or our allies."

Biden signs racial equity executive orders

Joe Biden prays at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on September 3, 2020, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. PHOTO: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders on housing and ending the Justice Department's use of private prisons as part of what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”

The big picture: Biden needs the support of Congress to push through police reform or new voting rights legislation. The executive orders serve as his down payment to immediately address systemic racism while he focuses on the pandemic.