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10 Selfless Acts Amid Terrible Tragedies That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

"...yes, we’re an incredibly violent and cruel species that is capable of mind-boggling horrors when we’re trying to survive. Hell, some of the things we do when we aren’t desperate are still nightmare inducing. But what most people forget is that in our darkest moments, we’re capable of immeasurable acts of compassion and altruism."

Japan Prepares For North Korea "Emergency"

In advance of a potential military clash between the US and North Korea, the Japanese government is preparing for 5 distinct responses: i) Logistical support by SDF in the event of a local conflict; 2) use of force by the SDF in the event of a full scale war; 3) Protection of Japanese citizens in South Korea; 4) Preparation for armed attacks against Japan; 5) Civil protection and response to evacuees.

Frontrunning: April 12

  • Futures flat as geopolitical risks weigh; earnings eyed (Reuters)
  • Brent oil rises for 8th day on possible extension to supply cut (Reuters)
  • U.S. accuses Russia of Syria gas attack 'cover up' (Reuters)
  • Xi Tells Trump China Wants Peaceful North Korea Solution (WSJ)
  • Tillerson, Lavrov Hold Talks in Moscow Amid Rising Tensions Over Syria (WSJ)

Border Wall Bids Emerge; Include Everything From Tourist Attractions To Nuclear Waste Storage

Yesterday was the deadline for companies to submit bids for Trump's "physically imposing" yet "aesthetically pleasing" border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.  And while the U.S. government has said they won't disclose bids, rather just the names of companies actually awarded contracts on June 1st, some of the companies decided to disclose their plans themselves.  Here are a couple of our faves...

Frontrunning: April 5

  • No big bets ahead of Trump-Xi meeting; oil, metal prices firm (Reuters)
  • Senate on the Brink of ‘Nuclear Option’ in Gorsuch Vote (WSJ)
  • Le Pen Ambushed on Euro in French Debate (BBG)
  • Trump touts coal but utilities aren't listening (Reuters)
  • Trump Officials Alarmed China May Bid for Westinghouse Unit (BBG)

Frontrunning: April 3

  • Buying a Home This Spring Will Be Hardest in Years (WSJ)
  • Senate showdown likely over Gorsuch confirmation (Reuters)
  • ‘Nuclear’ Bid to Confirm Gorsuch May Radically Change Washington (BBG)
  • Trump's son-in-law, Kushner, flies into Iraq with top U.S. general (Reuters)
  • Solid Asia factory growth caps a strong first quarter but outlook cloudy (Reuters)

UK Puts Nuclear Power Plants And Airports On Terror Alert Over "Credible" Cyber Threat

The global cyberwarfare scare washed ashore the British isles this weekend after UK nuclear power stations and airports were told to tighten defenses against terrorist attacks in the face of increased threats to electronic security systems, after intelligence agencies concluded terrorists could plant explosives in laptops and mobile phones that won’t be caught by normal security screenings.

Frontrunning: March 31

  • GOP disarray deepens (Reuters)
  • Zuma's Night of Long Knives Risks ANC Split, Credit Rating (BBG)
  • China downplays tensions with U.S. ahead of summit (Reuters)
  • Wall Street’s New Favorite Way to Swap Secrets Is Against the Rules (BBG)
  • EU offers Brexit trade talks, sets tough transition terms (Reuters)

Gordhan Learned He Was Fired On TV

South Africa's sacked finance minister Gordhan told reporters that he and his deputy "learnt our fate from the TV screen. Not from any phonecall, chat or conversation. So that was I’m sure as interesting for us as it was for you."

 

Frontrunning: March 30

  • Trump’s Border Wall: A Tall Order (WSJ)
  • Trump’s Hope for Rapid Reset With Russia Fades (WSJ)
  • China's Xi to meet Trump in Florida next week (Reuters)
  • U.S. Softens Call for Shift on Nafta (WSJ)
  • ESPN Has Seen the Future of TV and They’re Not Really Into It (BBG)
  • Inside the Leadership Shakeup at Merrill Lynch (BBG)

Westinghouse Bankruptcy Puts Fate Of Four U.S. Nuclear Reactors In Limbo

Few appear to have been prepared for the aftermath of the Westinghouse Electric bankruptcy, which has set off a showdown between Toshiba and a major U.S. utility, has left the fate of four half-finished nuclear reactors and is threatening to drive a wedge between the US and Japanese governments over the fate of industries each considers vital.