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Maduro Preparing To Swap Venezuela's Gold For Dollars

“The national government, through the central bank, is going to try to swap gold held as reserves for dollars to stay in power unconstitutionally,” according to the letter signed by National Assembly President Julio Borges.

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.

Frontrunning: April 18

  • Britain's May seeks snap election to boost Brexit hand (Reuters)
  • Trump to seek changes in visa program to encourage hiring Americans (Reuters)
  • Trump appointee Gorsuch energetic in first U.S. high court arguments (Reuters)
  • Pence Reaffirms U.S.-Japan Alliance Amid North Korea Provocations (WSJ)
  • Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Said to Have Advised Trump Team (BBG)

Frontrunning: April 17

  • Trump’s Renewed Focus on Health Bill Vexes GOP Tax Strategy (WSJ)
  • Wall Street banker Cohn moving Trump toward moderate policies (Reuters)
  • Trump Rejects Protests Over Tax Returns (WSJ)
  • Merkel Calls on Erdogan to Open Talks in ‘Deeply Split’ Turkey (BBG)
  • Turkish Opposition Plans Challenge to President Erdogan’s Referendum Victory (WSJ)

A Visual Guide To North Korea's Military Capabilities

The regime of Kim Jong Un possesses rockets that can hit South Korea and Japan with as many as 20 atomic bombs, and it’s now focused on building a long-range missile capable of hitting Washington D.C., with a nuclear warhead. The charts below summarize what is known and unknown about North Korea's tactical military arsenal.

Tesla Faces New Model 3 Delay As German Workers Threaten Strike; More Headaches For Musk Emerge

Tesla is facing a potential strike at its new German subsidiary: the German Trade Union IG Metall has warned that it is exploring a worker strike at Tesla Grohmann. The machines built at Tesla Grohmann are used to manufacture the Model 3 and as a result, the car's production start in July could face another imminent delay. Meanwhile, Elon Musk faces even more headaches...

Fake News From The Fed

What you see in the media is mostly “fake news.” This is the public spectacle – where tiny and often trivial bits of real news are conflated with vast myths and illusions.