An emerging priority for Fed chief Jerome Powell: The plight of the poor

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – Testifying to Congress this month, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell sent a message seldom heard from his predecessors: That the Fed should consider the struggles of the lowest-income Americans in setting its interest-rate policies. "We want to remind ourselves," Powell said, "that prosperity isn't experienced in all communities. Low- and moderate-income communities in many cases are just starting to feel the benefits of this expansion." It wasn't the first time Powell had sounded that theme of late. At a news conference in July, he noted that pay had begun rising fastest for lower-skilled workers, a shift from earlier in the economic expansion.


'Call Of Duty: Infinite' Warfare' DLC 2 Release Date, Maps, Zombies Trailer Revealed

International Business Times

Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare DLC 2, titled Continuum, is set to release April 18, and there's a brand new Zombies trailer to watch. In a press release, Activision announced the upcoming season pass content. Before getting to Zombies, let's first talk multiplayer. Here are the names and descriptions of the four maps the expansion contains. Beyond multiplayer, Continuum also brings Infinite Warfare's third main Zombies chapter.


The GOP's last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill may be the worst one yet

Los Angeles Times

The Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is back, a zombie again on the march weeks after it was declared dead. The newest incarnation is Cassidy-Graham, named after chief sponsors Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Compared with its predecessors, the bill would increase the ranks of America's medically uninsured more -- by millions of people -- cost state governments billions more and pave the way for the elimination of all protection for those with preexisting medical conditions. Among the biggest losers of federal funding would be the states that had the foresight to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and the resolve to reach out to lower-income residents to get them coverage; they'd be punished with draconian cuts in healthcare funding. Among the big winners would be states that have done nothing of the kind for their residents -- refusing the Medicaid expansion and interfering with outreach efforts.


March 2019: Automation and the Future of Work - Connected World

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Reskilling the workforce comes in two flavors--short term and long term. Consider a scenario in which a self-checkout machine replaces a cashier at a grocery store. The cashier will need to develop new skills to adapt to shifting demands in the labor force. "The time investment in this reskilling may be short in duration and represent a tangential shift in job duties," deRitis says. "Continuing the example, the displaced cashier may learn to use the store's inventory-management system to keep store shelves stocked while minimizing losses."


Lian Li's first standing desk is also a computer

Engadget

Lian Li is no stranger to building desks with computers crammed into them, but this is the first time it's playing to the standing desk crowd. After all, you can justify more of those late night raids if you're also standing up and, therefore, kinda exercising. Much like its predecessors, the DK-04 is a large chassis that'll let you build your dream water-cooled PC with support for eight expansion slots. It also has an electronically-controlled motor that'll let you push the table to heights between 67.5 and 116 centimeters. The other big change is to the underside of the chassis, which now tapers to provide bigger and better legroom than the originals.