Federal Reserve officials are holding the second day of their two-day June meeting Wednesday under pressure from the U.S. president and financial markets to reverse at least some of last year’s interest rate hikes. Most investors and economists expect that the Fed will hold rates steady at the meeting but signal that they are likely to cut rates later this summer, perhaps at their July meeting. That signal could come in a change in language in the Fed’s statement and from the post-meeting press conference with Fed chair Jerome Powell. Market measures of expected interest rates, which are not always accurate, suggest interest rate traders expect the Fed to cut rates three times this year.President Donald Trump on Tuesday once again seemed to be criticizing the Fed in a series of tweets about the European Central Bank’s signal that it would deploy stimulus the summer if the pace of economic growth did not pick up. The euro weakened against the dollar, which could make … [Read more...] about Under Pressure: Trump and Markets Want the Fed to Cut Rates
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CHRIS D’ELIA7 p.m. Thursday, Pikes Peak Center, 180 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets: $29.50-$99.50; available at the box office, by calling 520-7469 or at pikespeakcenter.com or axs.com.Chris D’Elia grew up watching comedian Eddie Murphy command the stage. Being able to make someone laugh, he realized, is a powerful thing.Acting came first for D’Elia, who, while in high school in Los Angeles, had guest roles on the series “Chicago Hope,” a drama produced by his dad, Emmy Award-winning director/producer Bill D’Elia. He went on to bigger television roles on “Whitney,” “Undateable,” “Alone Together” and, more recently, a supporting role on “The Good Doctor.”Still, D’Elia prefers cracking jokes. He started performing stand-up in 2006 and went on to make network comedy specials, including Comedy Central’s 2013 “White Male. Black Comic” and “Man on Fire” for Netflix in 2017. … [Read more...] about Comedian Chris D’Elia brings Follow the Leader Tour to Pikes Peak Center
THE leaders of the world's strongest countries met at the end of the First World War to discuss peace. No Germans were invited, sowing the seeds for an even greater war two decades later. We remember the historic convention one hundred years later. When was the Paris Peace Conference? In January 1919, representatives of 32 countries met at the Palace of Versailles near Paris to make peace after the First World War. They hoped that the peace fostered at the conference would "end all wars". The conference was dominated by David Lloyd George, Georges Clemençeau and Woodrow Wilson: the leaders of Britain, France and America, often known as the 'Big Three'. The fact Germany were not invited later made them resent the treaty because they felt decisions were made about them, not with them. What were the goals of the Conference? WWI had ended when Germany signed the Armistice. However, a long and lasting peace was another matter entirely and would not be achieved simply by the end of the … [Read more...] about When was the Paris Peace Conference, what were its goals and what were the consequences?
0 Have your say EVEN though Paddy Ashdown never spoke from the despatch box in the House of Commons, he was a far more significant figure than many of those politicians who have spoken – and still speak – from this privileged position. After becoming leader of the Liberal Democrats in 1988, the party’s support didn’t even register with opinion polls. When he stood down 11 years later, it had become a major national force with 46 MPs.A redoubtable grassroots campaigner, he made liberalism more relevant for contemporary society at a time when both the Tories and Labour were still rooted in the political centre in contrast to today.It is significant that the most heartfelt tributes came from John Major and Tony Blair. Opponents in the turbulent 1990s, any political acrimony – and there was much – never stood in the way of their personal respect, and appreciation, of Lord Ashdown whose formative years in the Royal Marines and … [Read more...] about The Yorkshire Post says: Paddy Ashdown and his legacy – the leader who saved the Lib Dems
THERE is a bloke who stands outside Parliament and yells “STOP BREXIT” at anyone who walks past. Today Jeremy Corbyn appeared to be doing his best impression of that chap at a particularly frothy Prime Minister’s Questions. All he needed was the blue and yellow hat, and a bit more clarity to what what he was actually talking about. Theresa May delayed her trip to Brussels to make the session, but many others didn’t bother - with the number of empty seats at this once must watch bout hitting record levels MPs and hacks alike all noted this was the most sparsely attended duel in living memory. And who can blame them? It was atrocious. Mr Corbyn shouted a lot about Brexit, got knocked off his guard by Tory hecklers and Mrs May ducked and dived. No change there. Even a vaguely forensic questioner could have skewered her on the cusp of her another potentially disastrous showdown with EU leaders, but Mr Corbyn is just not up to it. He fell back to his script and … [Read more...] about Dismal encounter between May and Corbyn as the leaders fail to land blows on Brexit