Wednesday Morning Briefing

Democrat Doug Jones wins a Senate seat in Alabama, a U.S. rate hike is widely expected and bitcoin continues its march towards the $20,000-mark. United States The Federal Reserve is widely expected to , but, more significantly, it may give its strongest hint yet on how the Trump administration’s tax overhaul could affect the U.S. economy.  President Trump will make a to shepherd a Republican tax overhaul over the finish line, hosting congressional negotiators for…

"Wednesday Morning Briefing"

Commentary: How Trump can get tough on Ukraine corruption

Ukraine’s Western allies may finally have run out of patience with Kiev’s unwillingness to fight the country’s endemic corruption. The United States, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund have all criticized the recent undermining of an independent corruption investigation by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office – an organization of rampant fraud. “Recent events – including the disruption of a high-level corruption investigation, the arrest of officials from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU),…

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Commentary: Don’t call Putin a genius

Vladimir Putin’s global stature appears to be at an all-time high. Some observers the Russian president the  and for good reason. Last week, during a series of meetings with the leaders of Syria, Turkey and Iran in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin took the central role in a to end Syria’s civil war by winning support from Turkey and Iran to host a Syrian peace congress. The Sochi summit conspicuously did not include delegates…

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Thursday Morning Briefing

Trump scores big business wins during his China visit, Saudi Arabia’s corruption crackdown spreads beyond its borders and a report delves into the decisions behind Monsanto’s weedkiller crisis. China President Donald Trump can return to the United States claiming to have snagged  from his maiden trip to Beijing. Whether those deals live up to the lofty price tag is another question altogether.  Among the deals was to sell 300 planes to China Aviation Supplies Holding…

"Thursday Morning Briefing"

Commentary: The Mideast war risk Trump can’t ignore

Middle East tensions are flaring – again – as Lebanon in the regional rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite Iran. But while the focus of the news has shifted from the battering of Islamic State to the repercussions of the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, there’s been a remarkable silence about one of the Middle East’s most important players: Israel. In an ironic twist for the Jewish state, the IS losses have…

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Friday Morning Briefing

An earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico, the U.N. said the number of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh has surged and Equifax revealed what could be one of the largest data breaches in the United States. Hurricane Irma Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, drove toward Florida as it lashed the Caribbean with devastating winds and torrential rain, . Irma was about 495 miles (795 km) southeast of…

"Friday Morning Briefing"

Commentary: Here’s what a realistic Ukraine settlement may look like

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wants the Trump administration to supply Ukraine with “defensive weapons” to combat the Russian-supported separatists occupying parts of eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region. On a recent visit to Kiev, Mattis told a news conference that these weapons “are not provocative unless you are an aggressor, and clearly Ukraine is not an aggressor.” While Mattis stressed that Donald Trump has not yet made a decision on arming Ukraine, there are certainly legitimate…

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Commentary: Bannon’s departure may harm U.S. foreign policy

Steve Bannon made many enemies during his stormy seven-month tenure at the White House. He clashed with Donald Trump’s Jared Kushner as well as top economic advisers and national security adviser . Bannon was also a divisive force for the country, instrumental in decisions like the barring people from several Muslim majority policies from entering the United States; a supporter of building a wall with Mexico, and a conservative blamed for  white voters’ resentment towards minorities. However, Bannon’s…

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Tuesday Morning Briefing

U.S. President Donald Trump announced his plan for Afghanistan, an earthquake hit a tourist-packed Italian holiday island and divers continue to search for 10 missing sailors in hull of USS John S. McCain. Afghanistan President Donald Trump has committed the United States to an , reversing course from his campaign pledges and signaling he will send troops to America’s longest war in “a fight to win.” Trump offered few specifics in his speech but promised…

"Tuesday Morning Briefing"

Commentary: Signing a new Russia sanctions bill shouldn’t stop Trump trying to get closer to Putin

The U.S.-Russian relationship is in a downward spiral. President Donald Trump just a bill imposing additional sanctions on Russia, while Russian President Vladimir Putin angrily 755 U.S. diplomats to leave the country. The additional sanctions will have two effects. For one thing, they are likely to Russia’s economy by chilling the country’s investment climate. (Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev promptly called them “a declaration of a full-fledged trade war on Russia.”) Perhaps more importantly, it…

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