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President Donald Trump and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump is complaining again about the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, telling Reuters today that he's "not thrilled" with the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell, adding that he should be "given some help by the Fed."

Why it matters: Despite the pushback he's received for publicly speaking out about the independent government agency, Trump has continued to break a longtime norm of presidents not commenting on monetary policy. On Friday, Trump privately critiqued Powell, his pick to succeed Janet Yellen in 2017, at a GOP fundraiser in the Hamptons, per Bloomberg, and in July he told CNBC that he didn't like watching interest rates go up.

Between the lines: As Axios' Dan Primack notes, Trump's repeated digs at the Fed could be his way of setting up a scapegoat in the event that the economy turns south.

Be Smart: The Fed raised interest rates twice this year, and has suggested there could be two more hikes before the end of 2018. But if officials decide not to raise rates, there could be questions about whether Trump's comments had any influence on the central bank's decision.

  • Alternatively, former Fed official Narayana Kocherlakota told Bloomberg last month that it is more likely that the Fed will go ahead with its plans "just to show they are not being influenced by the White House in any way."

Go deeper: Trump complained about Fed hiking rates at GOP fundraiser

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The biggest obstacle to a wealth tax

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Taxing the rich is an idea that's back. An "ultra-millionaire tax" introduced by Elizabeth Warren and other left-wing Democrats this week would raise more than $3 trillion over 10 years, they say, while making the tax system as a whole more fair.

Why it matters: New taxes would be a necessary part of any Democratic plan to redistribute wealth and reduce inequality. But President Biden has more urgent priorities — and Warren's wealth tax in particular faces constitutional obstacles that make it a hard sell.

House passes sweeping election and anti-corruption bill

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The House voted 220-210Wednesday to pass Democrats' expansive election and anti-corruption bill.

Why it matters: Expanding voting access has been a top priority for Democrats for years, but the House passage of the For the People Act (H.R. 1) comes as states across the country consider legislation to rollback voting access in the aftermath of former President Trump's loss.

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House passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

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The House voted 220 to 212 on Wednesday evening to pass a policing bill named for George Floyd, the Black man whose death in Minneapolis last year led to nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

Why it matters: The legislation overhauls qualified immunity for police officers, bans chokeholds at the federal level, prohibits no-knock warrants in federal drug cases and outlaws racial profiling.