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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell says he and his colleagues have the tools to bring high inflation under control without starting a recession. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Travelers head to a security checkpoint at Denver International Airport on July 2. The economy likely surged in the April-June quarter as vaccine rollouts sparked a surge in pent-up activity. A slowdown is now seen as inevitable, although the pace of growth should remain strong. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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The Economy Is Stronger. These 4 Things Will Determine What Happens Next

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With Wednesday's move, the Federal Reserve, led by Chairman Jerome Powell, has cut interest rates three times so far this year. Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Fed Cuts Rates Again To Boost A Slowing Economy

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The U.S. economy grew 2.9 percent last year, just missing President Trump's 3-percent target. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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U.S. Economy Grew 2.9 Percent In 2018, Just Below Trump's Target

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Retail sales fell 1.2 percent in December, the most in nine years. The drop cut into forecasts for economic growth. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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A sign at the entrance of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., says the museum will reopen Tuesday. The shutdown reduced federal spending by $18 billion, although most of that will be recouped now that the government has reopened, according to a new report. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The circles on the map pinpoint the location of thousands of Chinese-funded development projects. The bigger the circle, the bigger the investment. The largest circles represent projects in the multibillion-dollar range. Map by Soren Patterson, AidData/William & Mary/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Speaking at the White House, President Trump called Friday's report of 4.1 percent economic growth in the second quarter "amazing." Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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U.S. Economy Surges To A 4.1 Percent Growth Pace In 2nd Quarter

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Workers weld drawers on the assembly line at the Metal Box International toolbox factory in Franklin Park, Ill. Many analysts estimate that U.S. economic growth picked up in the second quarter. Tim Aeppel/Reuters hide caption

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How Fast Did The Economy Grow? Forecasts Are All Over The Place

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A handful of experts are pointing to business uncertainty and a few financial and economic indicators as signs of a possible recession on the horizon. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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Is The U.S. Headed For Recession?

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A shopper makes a purchase at the J.C. Penney store in North Riverside, Ill., Nov. 17. U.S. consumer spending grew in the fourth quarter at its fastest pace in three years. Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters hide caption

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A construction worker at an apartment and retail complex in Nashville. The U.S. economy grew at a less-than-expected 2.6 percent pace in the fourth quarter. Mark Humphrey/AP hide caption

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway speaks at a press conference with (from left) Republican Sens. Thom Tillis and David Perdue, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Nov. 7. Only 2 percent of economists polled thought the GOP tax plan would lead to higher growth. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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