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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden renominates Powell as Fed chair

The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden renominates Powell as Fed chair 1

The Hill 12:30 Report

 
 
 
NEWS THIS MORNING
Three US presidents have nominated him, no big deal:

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President Biden is nominating Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell for another term. https://bit.ly/3oTvp8C

 

What to know about Powell — Republicans and Democrats like him: “Powell, a Republican, has chaired the Fed board of governors since 2018 and enjoys support within both parties. He was appointed to lead the bank by former President Trump five years after he was first nominated to the Fed board by former President Obama.” 

 

Who will be Powell’s deputy?: Fed Governor Lael Brainard, a Democrat, who is a popular choice among liberals. 

 

More on the announcement, via The Hill’s Sylvan Lane: https://bit.ly/3oTvp8C

 
WATCH BIDEN’S FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

He is scheduled to speak at 1:20 p.m. EST. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3qUyLLs

 
WHY THIS IS A PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TIME FOR THE FEDERAL RESERVE:

Via The New York Times’s Jeanna Smialek, “Inflation has picked up sharply this year, with consumer prices increasing at the fastest pace in more than three decades in the year through October. The central bank is tasked with keeping consumer prices stable while striving for maximum employment, and striking that balance could require difficult policy choices in the months ahead.” https://nyti.ms/3Fxpg8W

 

Tidbit:

 

Harris voted 'no' on Powell

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THIS WEEK
Everyone is bracing for Black Friday:

Via The Hill’s Alex Gangitano and Sylvan Lane, “Black Friday this week will kick off a crucial stretch for President Biden as the U.S. economy struggles to shake off the limits of the coronavirus pandemic.” https://bit.ly/3HJBqNP

 

“COVID-19 stifled the regular economic boost of the holiday season in 2020, but retailers and manufacturers are bracing for a surge of shopping and travel after three straight months of growing pressure on supply lines.” 

 

What to expect: “Retail sales minus automobiles and gasoline during Thanksgiving week are expected to rise 10 percent from last year and 12.2 percent from 2019, according to data from Mastercard. The credit card company is projecting a 56 percent increase in apparel sales, a 40.2 percent jump in department stores sales, roughly 30 percent more spending on electronics and a nearly 40 percent increase in jewelry sales from the same time last year.” 

 

Why the stakes are so high for Biden: https://bit.ly/3HJBqNP

 
BEFORE THE ANNOUNCEMENT, THERE WAS SPECULATION THAT POWELL COULD BE REPLACED:

The debate, via CNN’s Julia Horowitz: https://cnn.it/3DISsJA

 
IN CONGRESS
Senate Democrats are panicking a bit:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Senate Democrats are growing alarmed about bad polling numbers and are looking for a better strategy for selling President Biden’s climate and social spending agenda, which Republicans are attacking as a far-left tax and spending spree.” https://bit.ly/3oTWyZl

 

Another worry for Democrats: “The party also feels that it is getting killed politically by Republicans on culture war issues after Democrats lost the Virginia gubernatorial contest, which hinged in part on critical race theory.” 

 

How they are looking to change the narrative: “Senate Democratic Steering Committee Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) organized a meeting with Democratic pollsters on Wednesday to review the surprisingly strong Republican performances in Virginia and New Jersey. One person familiar with the meeting said the message from some of the pollsters was an alarming wake-up call.”

 

Where do they go from here?: https://bit.ly/3oTWyZl

 
IN WISCONSIN
This is so, so sad:

Via The Washington Post, “Five people were killed and more than 40 were injured after a driver in an SUV plowed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., on Sunday, officials said — a violent end to the otherwise festive scene where children were dancing in the street and a marching band played ‘Jingle Bells.’ ” https://wapo.st/3oTJoLE

 

Who is responsible?: One person has been taken into custody. 

 

“[Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson] said the investigation was still ‘very fluid’ and that it was ‘unknown at this time whether the incident has any nexus to terrorism.’ He did not comment on a possible motive.” 

 

What we know so far: https://wapo.st/3oTJoLE

 
A SCENARIO INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO:

Via The Associated Press’s Scott Bauer, Michael Balsamo and Mike Householder, investigators are looking into whether the suspect was fleeing another crime. https://yhoo.it/3FBn00v

 
LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
Get a vax, leave the mask:

In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union,” yesterday, Anthony Fauci said vaccinated families can “absolutely” spend the holidays together without wearing a mask. https://bit.ly/3FBnALJ

 

In Fauci’s words: “That's what I'm going to do with my family. And that's what I think people should do. 

 

More from Fauci’s interview: https://bit.ly/3oSsD3v

 
‘OVER 90 PERCENT OF FEDERAL WORKERS VACCINATED BY DEADLINE, WHITE HOUSE SAYS’:

“Another roughly 5 percent are in compliance by having a valid exception or an extension request, a senior administration official said, bringing the total to 95 percent in compliance.” https://bit.ly/3kYqmmv

 
CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 47,734,988

 

U.S. death toll: 771,173

 

Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

 
VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 451 million shots have been given.

 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.45 million doses

 

For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million.

 

Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH

 
58 YEARS AGO TODAY
You know, I’ve never seen this photo before:

The Kennedys depart on the fateful motorcade

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The moment the nation froze:

Cronkite tells a stunned nation President Kennedy is dead

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Watch: https://bit.ly/3r0df7S

 
NOTABLE TWEETS:
I hope she ordered the French onion soup:

Second gentleman in D.C.

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Watch: https://bit.ly/3HNkkPs

 

Photo of Harris and Emhoff’s table: https://bit.ly/3FEtMCA

 
ON TAP:

The House and Senate are out. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C. Biden is heading to North Carolina this afternoon.

 

10 a.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris received the President’s Daily Brief.

 

4 p.m. EST: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden travel to Fort Bragg, N.C.

 

6 p.m. EST: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden celebrate “Friendsgiving” with military members and military families.

 

9 p.m. EST: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden return to the White House.

 
WHAT TO WATCH:

1:20 p.m. ESTPresident Biden announces Jerome Powell to serve another term as the Federal Reserve Chair. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3qUyLLs

 

3 p.m. EST: First lady Jill Biden receives the White House Christmas Tree. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3HV93wz

 

3:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Harris delivers remarks on equity and our health care workforce. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3kXZOSh

 

4:30 p.m. EST: The White House COVID Response Team holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3r7WXd8

 

4:50 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks with reporters aboard Air Force One. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3FIZr69

 
IN LIGHTER NEWS:

Today is National Cranberry Relish Day.

 
Happy 95th birthday to the Gerber baby!:

Via CNN, Ann Turner Cook, who modeled as the original Gerber baby in 1928, just turned 95 years old (!) Photo — do you see the resemblance?: https://cnn.it/3kYstGU

 

And because you read this far on Monday, here’s an otter who is absolutely fascinated by a hot air balloon: https://bit.ly/3HHRHD2

 
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