May 8, 2018

Trump reportedly told Macron he's pulling U.S. out of Iran deal

Macron visits Trump at the White House. Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron this morning that he will be withdrawing the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, the NY Times' Mark Landler reports.

Why it matters: This is the closest we've come, ahead of Trump's 2pm announcement, to confirmation that he will violate the deal and throw it into peril by declining to waive sanctions on Iran. Per Landler, he's also planning to go one step further: "preparing to reinstate all sanctions waived as part of the nuclear accord — and impose additional economic penalties as well."

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Scoop: Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout

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Deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates will be reassigned as a senior adviser to Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, the National Security Council said Thursday — and a senior White House official said that the administration "rejects" the rumors that she is "Anonymous."

Why it matters: Coates has battled claims that she is the still-unknown Trump administration official that penned a New York Times op-ed and book critical of President Trump.

The Fed may be setting the table for 2020 rate cuts

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The Fed looks to be laying the groundwork to lower U.S. interest rates this year, just as they did in April 2019 before cutting rates in July, September and October.

Why it matters: A Fed rate cut makes taking on debt more attractive for U.S. consumers and businesses, helping to juice the economy, but also puts the central bank in a weaker position to fight off a potential recession.

Morgan Stanley to buy E*Trade in a $13 billion deal

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Morgan Stanley is planning to buy E*Trade Financial Corp. in a $13 billion all-stock deal, the Wall Street Journal reports, with plans to acquire the company known for helping everyday Americans manage their money.

Why it matters: The deal, which would be the largest by a major American bank since the financial crisis, signals Morgan Stanley‘s desire to bulk up in wealth management.