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Frontrunning: February 27

  • Epic Oscars Mistake: Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty Announce Wrong Best Picture Winner (Variety)
  • Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel turns Trump into recurrent punch line (Reuters)
  • After Mix-Up, Hollywood Searches for an Explanation (WSJ)
  • Trillions at Risk When Trump Speaks to Congress (BBG)
  • Bond Market Is Flashing Warning Signal on Trump Reflation Trade (WSJ)
  • Mexico Warns U.S. It'll Cut Off Nafta Talks If Tariffs Proposed (BBG)

Trump Seeks Sharp Increases In Military Spending, "Drastic Cuts" To State Department, EPA

As part of his proposed budget, President Trump will instruct federal agencies on Monday to assemble a spending plan for the coming fiscal year that includes sharp increases in Defense Department spending and "drastic cuts" to domestic agencies such as the State Department, the EPA and other non-defense programs, so that he can keep his promise to leave Social Security and Medicare alone.

Global Stocks Drop, Futures Flat; French Yields Slide As Political Jitters Subside

In a quiet night for markets, in which the top highlight was the Oscar's historic peddling of best picture "fake news" and where "millions" of Academy members seemingly voted illegally, European stocks were little changed after a selloff that pushed them to a two-week low, while the MSCI Asia index fells as Japan’s Topix dropped for third day. S&P futures were unchanged.

Mnuchin Manages Expectations On Tax Reform; Warns Trump "Not Touching" Entitlements

'Good cop' Mnuchin appeared to play expectations-manager this morning in an interview with FOX's Maria Bartiromo. After confirming the Trump administration is "not touching" entitlement programs, and having said this week that tax reform is expected by August, he appeared to walk back that hype by saying that President Trump "will be touching on tax reform" during his speech to Congress this week.

Over-Regulation Has Criminalized The Practice Of Medicine

This criminalization of everyday life is not just insanely costly and insanely counter-productive--it's insanely punitive. It is the output of a sick society, a sick culture and a sickness-unto-death system of governance.

Dow Dragged Lower By UnitedHealth After Government Sues Largest US Health Insurer

The Dow Jones "Industrial" Average is suffering one of its worst intraday declines in weeks as a result of a 3.6% drop in UnitedHealth shares, which are sinking on news that the DOJ joined a whistleblower lawsuit against the insurer filed by a former executive claiming the country's largest health insurer overcharged Medicare hundreds of millions of dollars.

Frontrunning: February 17

  • ‘In Trump We Trust’ Is Market Mantra as Turmoil Besets White House (BBG)
  • World stocks lose momentum after record-breaking week (Reuters)
  • As Tax Debate Heats Up, Lawmakers Struggle to Think of a Plan B (WSJ)
  • Mnuchin Warned as G-20 Sees New Economic Order (BBG)
  • Deutsche Bank examined Donald Trump's account for Russia links (Guardian)
  • Stop hurling insults and listen, Pope Francis tells politicians (Reuters)

Key Events In Washington Today

While less exciting than yesterday, when Trump again praised his stupendous, "imminent" tax plan while meeting with retail CEOs complaining about border adjustment, before telling Netanyahu he is ok with either a one or "two-state" solution, all eyes will again remain focused on DC, and - of course - the biggest wildcard, Donald Trump.

Would Ayn Rand Have Cast President Trump As A Villain?

After Donald Trump announced a number of cabinet picks who happen to be fans of Ayn Rand, a flurry of articles appeared claiming that Trump intended to create an Objectivist cabal within his administration. However, the claims about Rand’s influence in the administration are vastly overblown.

Three Things Are About To Derail Trump's Fiscal Plan, Goldman Warns

With every passing week Goldman has been turning increasingly more pessimistic on Trump's proposed fiscal and budget plans, and it all culminated in a report released over the weekend, in which Goldman's Alec Phillips explains that over the next few months fiscal reofrm watchers will be disappointed as "three factors will make this year’s budget plans even more difficult to put together."