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Frontrunning: April 24

  • French election relief sends Europe soaring (Reuters)
  • Gloves off as Le Pen and Macron pitch for final battle (Reuters)
  • French Runoff Creates Fresh Political Divisions (WSJ)
  • U.S. Government Shutdown May Hinge on Trump’s Demand for Mexico Wall (BBG)
  • Congress returns as Trump pressures Democrats ahead of funding deadline (Reuters)

Mulvaney: "Deal To Avoid Government Shutdown Could Come Today" But Won't Due To Border Wall

"The negotiations are ongoing and there's no reason we can't have an agreement there as early as today," Mick Mulvaney said on Fox News Sunday, however he admitted that that negotiations continue to be stuck on Trump's demand that Congress include $1.5 billion to begin a building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, an item Democrats view as a deal breaker.

Asylum Applications In Mexico Soar 150% Since Trump Election

In an indirect confirmation that Trump's immigration policies are already working, Reuters reports that the number of people applying for asylum in Mexico has soared by more than 150% since Donald Trump was elected U.S. president, according to Mexican data, as more Central American migrants seek to stay rather than take their chances in the United States.

The US & China: Why The Sudden Convergence On North Korea?

China is quite keen on projecting itself as a rising global power, and the dominant power in Asia and the adjacent seas. So how does it look when a supposed global power can't even control a client state on its own border? China's inability to influence, much less control, North Korea's nuclear ambitions and threats gives the lie to its claim of global power.