Republicans Scramble To Revise Obamacare Repeal Bill As Defeat Looms

Late on Sunday and overnight, GOP senate leadership was scrambling to revise the Obamacare repeal bill in order to win support from a small but critical group of holdout senators and secure the 50 votes needed to allow the tie-breaking vote in favor cast by Vice President Mike Pence.

Frontrunning: September 25

  • Merkel’s Bloc Regroups After ‘Nightmare Victory’ in Germany (BBG); Germany’s Election Results Reflect European Unease on Economy, Immigration (WSJ)
  • Chastened Merkel looks for coalition partners after vote (Reuters)
  • Iraqi Kurds Vote in Independence Referendum (WSJ)
  • GOP Revises Obamacare Repeal With Bill Headed to Likely Defeat (BBG)
  • Trump Tax Plan to Cut Taxes for Corporations and Wealthy (BBG)

Global Stocks Mixed After "Nightmare Victory" For Merkel; Chinese Property Developers Crash

European stocks rose as the euro tumbled following Germany’s election result which was dubbed a "Nightmare Victory" for Merkel and could lead to complicated coalition talks. U.S. equity-index futures point to a lower open, while Asian equities slide after a plunge in Chinese property developer names as well as tech stocks following more iPhone delivery concerns. S&P500 futures are steady. 

"Forget Germany, Spain Is The Real Problem"

"Divisions within Europe are mounting again. Any success by Catalonia sets a dangerous precedent for other want-away regions, not just in Spain. It emphasizes that many of the structural imbalances in the euro zone haven’t been fixed. Inequality is still growing."

People Ignore Facts That Contradict Their False Beliefs

"The more people there are who ignore facts that contradict their beliefs, the likelier a dictatorship will emerge within a given country...This is how aristocracies, throughout the Ages, have controlled the masses - by taking advantage of this widespread tendency people have to ignore contrary facts..."

China's ICO Crackdown Boosts Hong Kong's Hopes Of Becoming Blockchain Hub

China’s decision to shutter digital-currency exchanges based on the mainland, a strategy meant to extinguish the rampant fraud and abuse associated with initial coin offerings, or ICOs, is brightening Hong Kong's hopes of asserting itself as a hub for blockchain technology.

Chris Hedges On The Silencing Of Dissent

"The ruling elites, who grasp that the reigning ideology of global corporate capitalism and imperial expansion no longer has moral or intellectual credibility, have mounted a campaign to shut down the platforms given to their critics. The attacks within this campaign include blacklisting, censorship and slandering dissidents as foreign agents for Russia and purveyors of 'fake news'."

In Major Disappointment, Merkel Wins German Election Despite Worst Result Since 1949; AfD Surges To Enter Parliament

The German polls have officially closed, and the first exit polls numbers come in, confirming the expected fourth victory for Angela Merkel, however with a far lower than expected 32.5% of the vote, while her main challenger, the SPD gets only 20%. What is striking is the dramatic (late) surge for the nationalist AfD party, which got a higher than expected 13.5% of the vote.