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Marine suspected in Virginia slaying added to FBI Most Wanted list

A Marine accused of deserting his post and killing his mother’s boyfriend has been added to the FBI‘s Most Wanted list as authorities continue a manhunt for him.

A $10,000 reward is being offered by the U.S. Marshals Service for information leading to the arrest of Cpl. Michael Alexander Brown.

Brown, 22, failed to report for duty on Oct. 24 at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and was declared AWOL the next day. The combat engineer was classified as a deserter days later when he was named a suspect in the Nov. 9 slaying of his mother’s boyfriend, 54-year-old Rodney Wilfred Brown.

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Marine Cpl. Michael Alexander Brown was added to the FBI Most Wanted list. Brown is suspected in the death of his mother’s boyfriend, Rodney Wilfred Brown. (FBI)

Several agencies in North Carolina and Virginia — in addition to the U.S. Marshals, the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) have been conducting a manhunt.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia has issued an arrest warrant for second-degree murder for Brown and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Authorities said he fled Virginia after the killing and returned days later. A black Lincoln Town Car was driving was found in South Carolina earlier this month.

Schools in Roanoke, Va., Brown’s home of record, were put on lockdown after a sighting of the Marine in the area was reported on Nov. 13. Brown’s mother has pleaded for him to turn himself in and said she has hired a lawyer for him.

He deployed to Africa between March and October 2018, but Camp Lejeune was only duty station.

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A Facebook group in support of Brown had nearly 1,150 members as of Monday Night, the Marine Times reported.

“Anyone who supports Michael Brown and believes he is innocent and wants to wish him well in this chaos here is a place to do that not sure if hell see it but …Marine you did well now keep up the safe travels well be praying for you,” the page states.

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Nunes vows to take CNN, Daily Beast to court and ‘hold them accountable’

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Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told Fox News Monday he plans to take CNN and The Daily Beast to court over recent stories they reported about him involving Ukraine, vowing he would hold both outlets “accountable.”

“I understand the last week and a half, it was a it was a disaster for them. It was a train wreck for them,” Nunes said on “Hannity.” “So what did they have to do? They had to come out and say, well, look, Devin Nunes was actually the one that was meeting with all of these Ukrainians. So sorry, CNN. It’s totally false.”

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Nunes initially threatened legal action on Friday after both outlets published stories claiming the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee had met with Ukranian prosecutor Viktor Shokin in Vienna last year to push for an investigation into Hunter and Joe Biden. Both stories cite a former Rudy Guliani associate, Lev Parnas, who was indicted in October for conspiring to violate the ban on foreign donations. That prompted Nunes to question the validity of the source.

Nunes told host Sean Hannity the stories were the “mother of all fake news stories” and said five other media outlets had the story but declined to run it.

“For all of the last three years, including the Russia hoax to the Ukraine hoax, this is the mother of all fake news stories. There is not one bigger than this,” Nunes said. “And so next week, we are going to take them to court. They will have an opportunity to come to court so that we can subpoena each other. We can get discovery. We can set people down for depositions. And I have a bet for you, Sean. CNN and The Daily Beast are going to run for cover.”

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Nunes predicted both outlets would try to avoid the courts but the congressman vowed to press on.

“At the end of the day, I’m going to track them down and I’m going to hold them accountable because this… has just gone on for too long,” Nunes said. “And this is the only way we’re going to be able to to get retribution and get in and be able to seek fairness and transparency in the media is by holding them accountable.”

Fox News’ Nick Givas contributed to this report.

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UK chief rabbi slams Labour Party over anti-Semitism claims: ‘The very soul of our nation is at stake’

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Britain’s most senior Jewish religious leader stepped into the middle of the country’s general election campaign Monday, warning that the “the very soul of our nation is at stake” and claiming that opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of anti-Semitism allegations makes him “unfit for high office.”

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the spiritual leader of the United Kingdom’s Orthodox Jews, said Corbyn had allowed the “poison” of anti-Semitism to take root in his party.

Mirvis, writing in The Times of London, said Corbyn and his allies had failed to stop anti-Jewish prejudice within the party and “hounded” those who tried to challenge it.

Mirvis’ op-ed represents a near-unprecedented intervention in the U.K.’s politics, which he described as “amongst the most painful moments” of his career.

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Corbyn has called anti-Semitism “a poison and an evil in our society” and said he is working to root it out of the party. Mirvis said that Corbyn’s claim to have dealt with all allegations of anti-Semitism is not true, adding that “the way in which the leadership has dealt with anti-Jewish racism is incompatible with the British values of which we are so proud.”

“Elections should be a celebration of democracy. However, just weeks before we go to the polls, the overwhelming majority of British Jews are gripped by anxiety,” Mirvis wrote. “… It is not my place to tell any person how they should vote. … I simply pose the question: What will the result of this election say about the moral compass of our country?”

Labour’s election campaign has been dogged by repeated allegations that Corbyn — a longtime champion of the Palestinians — has allowed anti-Jewish prejudice to fester in the left-of-center party.

The governing Conservatives, meanwhile, are defending an election platform that is light on policy proposals, as they try to avoid squandering the party’s poll lead before the nation votes on December 12.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s party is focusing its campaign on a promise to “get Brexit done” by taking Britain out of the European Union on the currently scheduled date of Jan. 31.

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“When we get Brexit done, believe me we will unleash a tide of investment into this country,” Johnson told supporters as he campaigned Monday in north Wales.

Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan weighed in, acknowledging that leaving the bloc would only be “the first big step” to completing Brexit since it would be followed by negotiations on a new trade relationship with the bloc.

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In the upcoming election, which is taking place more than two years early, all 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs. Johnson sought the early vote in hopes of winning a majority and breaking Britain’s deadlock over Brexit.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Noam Chomsky: Centrism Will Only Get Us Four More Years of Trump

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Aaron Carter says he’s taking a break from social media

Aaron Carter is taking a step back from social media.

The 31-year-old singer tweeted Monday to let his followers know that he’ll be taking a hiatus from Twitter and other social media platforms.

“Taking a break from all social media and some time for myself,” Carter wrote. “There’s been a lot of stressors building up and I’m going to be 32 soon.”

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He continued: “I have shows coming up. Never miss them. And bills to pay. Lol LOVE YOU ALL!! See you on the road. No more social media nonsense for me. #LMG.”

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According to “Entertainment Tonight,” Carter’s announcement comes after a few weeks of consistent tweeting, which saw him call out Backstreet Boys fans he reportedly felt were defending his older brother and former boy band member, Nick.

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Aaron Carter cited ‘a lot of stressors building up’ as well as his upcoming 32nd birthday as a few reasons as to why he’s taking a break from social media.  (Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)

Carter has been making headlines due to family drama and a Medusa-themed face tattoo; he also recently opened up about his mental health struggles.

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Last week, both Nick and sister Angel were granted restraining orders against Carter.

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Restaurateur Harry Morton, dead at 38, may have had surgery complications, report says

Wealthy restaurateur Harry Morton, who was found dead Saturday afternoon at the age of just 38, may have died because of surgery complications, according to a new report.

TMZ reported that the founder of the Pink Taco restaurant chain had surgery to repair a deviated septum a few weeks before his death.

The news outlet said that a septoplasty is a surgery to straighten out the septum to allow for better nasal airflow; if the surgical instruments cut too deeply, then the base of the brain could be damaged.

Lt. Elisabeth Albanese, a spokeswoman for the Beverly Hills Police Department, told Fox News via email there would be no new developments until after the autopsy, which was performed Monday.

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Harry Morton, the founder of the Pink Taco restaurant chain, was found dead in his Beverly Hills home at the age of 38. (John Shearer/WireImage, File)

Morton turned up dead in his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., PEOPLE reported.

Restaurants were the family business. His father, Peter Morton, co-founded Hard Rock Cafe and Hotels, and his grandfather, Arnie Morton, founded Morton’s The Steakhouse.

He previously owned the Viper Room nightclub in West Hollywood with Johnny Depp.

People magazine reported he dated famous women including Demi MooreLindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Jennifer Aniston.

Via social media, Lohan paid tribute to her friend and former boyfriend.

The tribute, posted on Instagram for Lohan’s 8.1 million followers, included a black-and-white snapshot of the pair at the 63rd International Venice Film Festival in September 2006.

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“Best friends. Best life,” Lohan wrote.

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Chelsea Handler tells Meghan McCain that Lindsey Graham seems to be ‘another person’ since John McCain’s death

After Meghan McCain refused to criticize Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. on Monday’s episode of “The View,” she once again defended herself on Twitter.

“I literally grew up with @LindseyGrahamSC who I have always considered an uncle,” the 35-year-old said. “We never have agreed on everything, and do not now. I refuse to let politics destroy my personal relationships across the board.”

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In response, comedian Chelsea Handler told McCain that she believes Graham, 64, is a different person following the death of Meghan’s father, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. McCain died in August 2018 after a battle with brain cancer. He was 81.

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“I hear what you are saying, but Lindsey graham [sic] seemed to be one person before your dad died, and another person now,” said Handler, 44. “There seems to be a big chasm between what could be considered honorable behavior to what is clearly now blackmailed behavior.”

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On Monday’s show, Meghan McCain said that Graham is “a good person who is making decisions that are questionable.” She added that’s “totally fair for everyone at the table to say.”

However, she emphasized that she has known Graham since she was 10 years old and she “can’t talk crap about him.” Her comments came during a segment about Graham shrugging off a combat veteran who told Graham that President Trump “is not acting in accordance with his oath.”

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Chelsea Handler believes Sen. Lindsey Graham is ‘another person’ following Meghan McCain’s father, Sen. John McCain’s death.  (Getty)

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At the time of McCain’s death, Graham admitted that he’d shed many tears over his longtime pal and colleague’s passing.

“I have cried a lot, and I am going to try to get over it,” Graham told “Hannity” last year” ” … [McCain’s] desk was right by mine and I hope I don’t crack up.”

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Donald McGahn Must Testify to Congress, Judge Rules; Administration Will Appeal

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WASHINGTON — The former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II must testify before House impeachment investigators about President Trump’s efforts to obstruct the Mueller inquiry, a judge ruled on Monday, saying that senior presidential aides must comply with congressional subpoenas and calling the administration’s arguments to the contrary “fiction.”

The 120-page decision by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia handed another lower-court victory to House Democrats in their fight to overcome Mr. Trump’s stonewalling.

“Presidents are not kings,” wrote Judge Jackson, adding that current and former White House officials owe their allegiance to the Constitution. “They do not have subjects, bound by loyalty or blood, whose destiny they are entitled to control.”

The Justice Department, which is representing Mr. McGahn in the lawsuit, will appeal, a spokeswoman said. Still, the ruling by Judge Jackson, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, could have broader consequences for the investigation into Ukraine affair.

In rejecting the Trump administration’s sweeping claim that top presidential advisers, as Mr. McGahn was, are absolutely immune from being compelled to talk about their official duties — meaning they do not even have to show up — the judge said the same is true even for those who worked on national security issues.

Notably, John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, has let it be known that he has significant information about the Ukraine affair at the heart of the impeachment inquiry but is uncertain whether any congressional subpoena for his testimony would be constitutionally valid. He wants a judge to decide.

Judge Jackson’s ruling also came on the same day that another federal judge in Washington held out the possibility that more documents about the Ukraine affair could yet see the light of day, ruling that emails between the White House and the Pentagon about the freezing of military aid to Ukraine should be released under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

But even as those rulings suggested that more potential evidence for impeachment investigators might become available as the cases play out, House Democrats said the Intelligence Committee would deliver a report soon after Thanksgiving making the case for impeaching Mr. Trump, moving forward rather than waiting for the inevitable appeals to drag on.

Democrats are compiling a list of “noncompliance with lawful subpoenas” as part of the report so the Judiciary Committee can consider drafting an article of impeachment charging Mr. Trump with obstructing Congress, the intelligence panel’s chairman, Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, wrote in a letter to colleagues on Monday.

Indeed on Monday, the Supreme Court temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling in another case that required Mr. Trump’s accounting firm to turn over financial records to another House committee while justices decide whether to take the case. If they do choose to hear arguments, the justices might not issue a final ruling on the matter until late June.

Several potential witnesses to what Mr. Trump said and did to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations that could benefit him politically — like Mr. Bolton and Mr. Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney — have declined to testify because the administration instructed them not to, claiming that current or former senior officials are constitutionally immune.

Mr. Bolton, who met alone with Mr. Trump about why he was freezing a military aid package to Ukraine in August, has threatened to sue if Democrats try to compel him to testify, seeking a court ruling about whether such a subpoena is legally valid.

A lawyer for Mr. Bolton, Charles J. Cooper, has previously argued that Mr. Bolton’s situation is different from Mr. McGahn’s because Mr. Bolton’s official duties centered on foreign affairs and national security matters. But Mr. Bolton’s intentions and desires are unclear.

Mr. Bolton has become an enigmatic figure in the impeachment drama. According to other testimony, he strongly opposed the Ukraine pressure campaign and told aides to report what was going on to White House lawyers. He left the White House under rancorous circumstances in September and has since criticized Mr. Trump’s foreign policy.

But it remains unclear what he would tell impeachment investigators if he were to appear, and House Democrats are nervous that he is such a wild card he could just as easily hurt their case as help it. He accused the White House last week of not giving him back his Twitter account when he left, then teasingly asked if it was “out of fear of what I may say?”

In her ruling, Judge Jackson appeared to respond to Mr. Cooper’s notion. She wrote that the law required not just Mr. McGahn, but also “other current and former senior-level White House officials” who receive a subpoena to appear — and that it made no difference if they worked on domestic or national security matters.

Still, she emphasized, her ruling is only about whether Mr. McGahn must show up to be asked questions. It leaves unanswered whether the questions that lawmakers want to ask him — primarily about conversations with Mr. Trump detailed in the Mueller report — are subject to executive privilege, suggesting that even if Congress ultimately wins a Supreme Court ruling forcing Mr. McGahn to show up, the litigation process might have to start all over again.

The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Mr. McGahn in May after the release of the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. It showed that Mr. McGahn was a key witness to several of the most serious episodes in which Mr. Trump sought to obstruct the Russia investigation.

But Mr. Trump, who had openly vowed to stonewall “all” oversight subpoenas after Democrats took control of the House in the 2018 midterm election, instructed Mr. McGahn not to cooperate.

In August, the House Judiciary Committee sued Mr. McGahn, seeking a judicial order that he comply with the subpoena. That same day, the panel also asked a judge for an order permitting it to see secret grand jury evidence gathered by Mr. Mueller, which Attorney General William P. Barr declined to provide to Congress. (Another federal judge ruled for Congress in the grand jury case a month ago, but the administration has appealed.)

The court filings said the House needed the information not just for oversight purposes, but also for an impeachment inquiry. While the impeachment focus has since shifted to the Ukraine affair that burst into public view in September, House Democrats are still considering an article of impeachment that would accuse Mr. Trump of obstruction of justice.

A question pervading both disputes is whether the Constitution permits Congress to subpoena aides to a president like Mr. McGahn and, potentially, Mr. Bolton, to talk about their official duties — or whether the president’s secrecy powers make his aides absolutely immune from such subpoenas.

Administrations of both parties have taken the position that “Congress may not constitutionally compel the president’s senior advisers to testify about their official duties,” as a 15-page legal opinion from Steven A. Engel, the head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, put it. But there is no definitive court precedent on the issue.

In 2008, another Federal District Court judge, John D. Bates, rejected that theory in a subpoena dispute. He ruled that President George W. Bush’s former White House counsel Harriet Miers had no right to skip a hearing for which she had been subpoenaed. Judge Bates, a Bush appointee, said she had to show up — although she might still refuse to answer specific questions based on a claim of executive privilege.

But because the Miers dispute was then resolved before an appeals court weighed in, Judge Bates’s opinion does not count as a controlling precedent for other disputes raising the same issue. That left the Obama administration, in a 2014 memo, free to take the position that Judge Bates had been wrong, and the Trump legal team echoed that logic.

In declaring that absolute immunity from congressional subpoenas for senior-level presidential aides “simply does not exist,” Judge Jackson spoke scornfully of the memos by the Office of Legal Counsel, sometimes called O.L.C., saying otherwise.

“Absolute testimonial immunity for senior-level White House aides appears to be a fiction that has been fastidiously maintained over time through the force of sheer repetition in O.L.C. opinions, and through accommodations that have permitted its proponents to avoid having the proposition tested in the crucible of litigation,” she wrote.

Peter Baker and Nicholas Fandos contributed reporting.

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K.T. McFarland on Mueller probe: ‘It’s absolutely terrifying when they decide that they want to get somebody’

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Former Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland appeared Monday on “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” where she commented on former national security advisers Michael Flynn and John Bolton and gave an update on where she’s been since she left the Trump administration.

McFarland, who served a four-month stint under Flynn, said she was caught up in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation after leaving the administration in May 2017, calling the experience “terrifying.”

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“It’s absolutely terrifying when they decide that they want to get somebody,” McFarland said. “So after that and after I was cleared by them, I just disappeared. I needed to make sense of what was going on, not just for me personally, but for the country.”

McFarland, who worked closely with Flynn, weighed on his legal battles and his involvement in the Russia investigation. Flynn is due to be sentenced next month for lying to the FBI about his contacts with the then-Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.

“Something happened and I’m not quite sure what, even though I know him, I work very closely with him. But something happened,” McFarland said. “Either the intelligence community decided they wanted to get rid of him because he was going to reform the intelligence community and they were afraid of that or because…he was a weak link.”

“But I think Mike Flynn may have been the initial weak link and they thought they could go after him,” McFarland said, regarding the effort to attack Trump.

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The former Trump administration official also weighed in on Bolton, calling him a “neocon” and wrong when it comes to “forever wars.”

“He’s somebody who believed in the Iraq and Afghanistan war. And I think he he feels that once you get rid of Donald Trump, the country goes back to that kind of a Republican Party,” McFarland said. “And I think he’s wrong. I think the country has changed. I think we’re sick of the forever wars. And the Trump actually has tapped into something.”

McFarland dismissed Bolton as a potential “spoiler” or someone who can take down Trump, adding she doesn’t think “there’s anything there to bring him down over.”

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Fed Chair Powell Says a Solid Labor Market Could Get Even Stronger

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Federal Reserve officials have increasingly acknowledged that the labor market might have more room to run, and Chair Jerome H. Powell made the point in perhaps the plainest way yet during a Monday evening speech.

While the job market is strong, benefiting low-wage workers and pulling prime-age adults back into the labor pool, “there is still plenty of room for building on these gains,” he told a room full of local business leaders assembled in Providence.

“The Fed can play a role in this effort by steadfastly pursuing our goals of maximum employment and price stability,” Mr. Powell said.

That does not mean that the central bank will adjust policy further. The Fed has cut interest rates three times in 2019 to insulate the economy against President Trump’s trade war and slowing global growth. It has now shifted into wait-and-see mode as it watches how its reductions — and global developments — shape up.

“Monetary policy is now well positioned to support a strong labor market and return inflation decisively to our symmetric 2 percent objective,” Mr. Powell said, reiterating what has become a common line. “If the outlook changes materially, policy will change as well.”

It does suggest, however, that the lawmakers who control other levers in government could potentially nudge the dial toward even fuller employment.

Policies “beyond the scope of monetary policy” could spur further progress by “better preparing people to meet the challenges of technological innovation and global competition and by supporting and rewarding labor force participation,” he said.

It is not the first time Mr. Powell has suggested that the labor market might be able to sustain further gains. He told lawmakers early this month that he was “very open” to the idea that the Fed might not know what full employment is.

“What we have learned — and what we continue to learn — is that the U.S. economy can operate at a much lower level of unemployment than many would have thought,” Mr. Powell said in response to lawmaker questions on Nov. 13.

But it is a change from the Fed’s consensus view, even in the recent past. As unemployment dropped to a 50-year low and wages gradually climbed, officials thought that the labor market must be approaching full employment. They lifted borrowing costs nine times between late 2015 and late 2018 to prevent a tight job market from spurring runaway wage growth that would cause much higher inflation.

Instead, price increases have come in shy of the Fed’s 2 percent goal. Central bankers like to have some inflation — albeit a low and steady level — because it leaves them room to cut interest rates, which include price gains, in a downturn.

Now, the Fed is watching too-low inflation warily, Mr. Powell indicated Monday.

“It is essential that we at the Fed use our tools to make sure that we do not permit an unhealthy downward drift in inflation expectations and inflation,” Mr. Powell said.

Japan and, more recently, Europe’s experiences have shown that when consumers expect weak price increases, it can bleed through to actual inflation, he said, leaving central bankers less room to lower interest rates.

While the Fed has been paying attention to consumer strength in its policy discussions, there have been “a few yellow flags including muted inflation and weakness in manufacturing,” Mr. Powell said. “In addition, global growth and trade have presented ongoing risks and uncertainties.”

Mr. Powell spent most of Monday in East Hartford, Conn., with his colleague Eric Rosengren, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, touring the town and hearing about a career-development program that the Boston Fed has organized there as part of its Working Cities Challenge.

Participants told stories about how they returned to training and work from the labor market’s sidelines, and spoke about the challenges of walking away from some benefits programs and finding affordable child care.

“There are different ways to get to maximum employment,” Mr. Rosengren said, speaking in an interview on the sidelines of the event. “Trying to do too much with just interest rates has side effects,” he said, while community outreach and organizing do not.

Mr. Rosengren, who voted against all three of the Fed’s 2019 rate cuts, said Monday that he is comfortable leaving rates unchanged.

“Right now, we have an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, and yet there are plenty of people who are unemployed, underemployed, not in the kind of careers they want to be in,” Mr. Rosengren said. “Those kinds of impediments probably aren’t going to be affected by changing interest rates, but might be affected in other ways.”

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