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Frontrunning: September 16

  • Deutsche Bank to fight $14 billion demand from U.S. authorities (Reuters)
  • Exxon’s Accounting Practices Are Investigated (WSJ)
  • European leaders seek elusive 'road map' after Brexit shock (Reuters)
  • Johnson Said to Tell Italy Exit Talks Likely to Start Early 2017 (BBG)
  • Brexit Bulletin: Merkel Sings the Bratislava Blues (BBG)

Duterte Turns Back On US, Orders Philippines To Buy Weapons From Russia And China

In an abrupt departure from his nation’s longstanding military reliance on the U.S., Duterte said the Philippines would pursue "independent" policies separate from US interests in the region, and ordered his defense secretary to seek military gear from suppliers in China and Russia. In another dramatic shift, he also said that the Philippines would stop patrolling the South China Sea alongside the U.S. Navy, to avoid upsetting Beijing.

NY Attorney General Opens Probe Into Trump Foundation's "Troubling Transactions"

With Hillary's poll numbers slumping, something had to be done and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat who publicly supports Hillary Clinton, has opened an investigation into the Donald J. Trump Foundation “to make sure it’s complying with the laws governing charities in New York." While Schneiderman has said that his suit against Trump University is not politically motivated, the New York attorney general has not shied away from publicly discussing the case.

What Happens If Hillary Clinton Has To Drop Out?

What happens if the candidate’s health issues get more serious? Certainly, the Democrats always have the option of propping her up, Weekend at Bernie’s style, until after November 8th, but what if matters get progressively worse? Here’s a quick primer on where the Dems could end up..

Duterte Demands US Withdraw Special Forces From Southern Philippines: "They Have To Go"

Duterte said special forces now training Filipino troops were high-value targets for the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf as counter-insurgency operations intensify. These special forces, they have to go," Duterte said in a speech during an oath-taking ceremony for new officials. "I do not want a rift with America. But they have to go." He added: "Americans, they will really kill them, they will try to kidnap them to get ransom."

Bloomberg Tries To Explain Why Allowing 9/11 Victims To Sue Saudis Is Un-American

Given the Obama administration's (and Hillary's campaign financing) vehment dissent over The House and The Senate's unequivocal confirmation of a bill allowing 9/11 victims' families to sue Saudi Arabia, the mainstream media has been unleashed to change the narrative. First, CNN's Wolf Blitzer explained the bill could create economic collapse in America; and now Bloomberg's Editorial Board suggest it will "allow anti-American sentiment to flourish," potentially expose state secrets and "potential monetary costs," and "leave the U.S. vulnerable to on the global stage."

Oil Markets Brace As U.S. Looks To Sell 100 Million Barrels From SPR

Aging infrastructure could render the U.S. strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) increasingly ineffective, according to a new report from the Department of Energy. In 2015, Congress authorized the DOE to sell $2 billion worth of oil from the SPR between 2017 and 2020 and use the proceeds to make infrastructure upgrades.

Matt Lauer Slammed By Mainstream Press After Vet Tells Hillary "I Would Have Been Imprisoned" If I Did What You Did

Among the reasons why the mainstream press is slamming moderator Matt Lauer is the following question posed by a retired navy vet: "Had I communicated this information not following the prescribed protocols I would have been prosecuted and imprisoned. Secretary Clinton, how can you expect those such as myself... to have any confidence in your leadership as president when you clearly corrupted our national security.