North Korea has asked China not to step up anti-North sanctions, warning of "catastrophic consequences" in their bilateral relations. China "may be applauded by the enemies of the DPRK, but it should get itself ready to face the catastrophic consequences in the relations with the DPRK."
"Until this week, shutdown threat seemed very low as Congressional GOP leadership, appropriators hammered out spending agreements, were on same page as Democrats. That went sideways when White House pushed more confrontational approach on ObamaCare, immigration."
At a time when you would think the airlines would be a little more image conscious, you know because of that whole beating customers and dragging them off the plane thing that United did, they're apparently doubling down on efforts to make "Flying The Friendly Skies" the most miserable experience ever.
"In my long experience in Washington, vice presidents did not make major foreign policy announcements or threaten other countries with war. Not even Dick Cheney stole this role from the weak president George W. Bush. But this week the world witnessed VP Pence threaten North Korea with war. "The sword stands ready," said Pence as if he is the commander in chief. Perhaps he is."
After 70 years of so-called independence, one has to be a professional victim not to look within oneself for the reasons for starvation, unnatural deaths, utter backwardness, drudgery, disease, and misery in India.
While most mall owners have been worrying about how to fill up the inside of their stores after a litany of retail bankruptcies, they apparently overlooked another very 'valuable' asset: their empty parking lots.
"America has always had its divisions, and Americans have never really been a monolith. We’ve always been a nation of many nations... However, something has changed. You can feel it in the air... the truth is that these divisions have been deepening for decades, and they’re just now reaching a very noticeable breaking point... It used to be a war of words, but it’s turning into something very dark."
Summarizing the day's volatile events: no Obamacare repeal still, but vocal promises of "massive" tax cuts contained in a plan that nobody has seen? Our forecast of the most likely outcome: a government shutdown.
"Italy's persistent track record of fiscal slippage, back-loading of consolidation, weak economic growth, and resulting failure to bring down the very high level of general government debt has left it more exposed to potential adverse shocks. This is compounded by an increase in political risk, and ongoing weakness in the banking sector which has required planned public intervention in three banks since December."