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November 28, 2018

President Trump is very publicly unhappy with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome "Jay" Powell, who he nominated to lead the independent central bank in 2017. "I'm not happy with the Fed," Trump told The Washington Post on Tuesday. "So far, I'm not even a little bit happy with my selection of Jay. Not even a little bit."

Trump blamed the Fed's policies for everything from GM closing North American plants to recent stock market declines. "I think the Fed is a much bigger problem than China," he said. On Monday, he told The Wall Street Journal something similar: "I think the Fed right now is a much bigger problem than China. ... I don't like what they're doing in terms of interest rates. And they're not being accommodative at all."

Trump has criticized the Fed for raising interest rates, a step economists say is necessary, thanks in part to the short-term boost in growth from Trump's tax cut. "Powell's appointment was very unusual, as he is not an economist," The Washington Post reports, and in his first term as a Fed governor, "Powell was seen as largely supportive of the slow-but-steady interest rate increase strategy used by then-Chair Janet L. Yellen." The Post continues:

Trump considered reappointing Yellen to the post, and she impressed him greatly during an interview, according to people briefed on their encounter. But advisers steered him away from renominating her, telling him that he should have his own person in the job. The president also appeared hung up on Yellen's height. He told aides on the National Economic Council on several occasions that the 5-foot-3-inch economist was not tall enough to lead the central bank, quizzing them on whether they agreed, current and former officials said. [The Washington Post]

You can read more about Trump's struggles with the Fed at The Washington Post, and watch CNN's Chris Cuomo paint the larger picture below. Peter Weber

May 26, 2017

When a handful of NATO leaders' wives took a photograph together at the Royal Castle of Laeken, in Brussels, on Thursday, there was a conspicuous suited figure in their ranks. Gauthier Destenay, the husband of Luxembourg's gay prime minister, Xavier Bettel, had been invited to join the first ladies:

Destenay, who married Bettel in 2015, was flanked by "First Lady of France Brigitte Macron, First Lady of Turkey Emine Gulbaran Erdogan, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, [the Norwegian Secretary General's partner] Ingrid Schulerud, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev's partner Desislava Radeva, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel's partner Amelie Derbaudrenghien, Slovenia's Prime Minister Cerar's wife Mojca Stropnik, First Lady of Iceland Thora Margret Baldvinsdottir," and Melania Trump, The Daily Mail reports. Jeva Lange

September 6, 2016

If there's one thing we know about Joe Biden, vice president of the United States, it's this: The man looks really good in aviators.

Like, really good.

Happy #nationalsunglassesday from the White House's resident aviators enthusiast.

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Wheels down in Baghdad.

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Meanwhile, the candidate running to replace him — Hillary Clinton's running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia — has a sartorial reputation that skews more dad-like than dashing. But on Tuesday, eyewear expert Biden lent Kaine some street creed:

Meanwhile, though we all know what Clinton looks like in sunglasses, Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, seem to be less keen on the protective shades. Ascribe nefarious symbolism to each ticket accordingly. Kimberly Alters

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