"Pro-Russian" Steinmeier Elected German President; Putin Delighted

Germany's former "pro-Russian" foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected as the country's next president on Sunday. Steinmeier, a Social Democrat who had served as foreign minister until last month, won 931 of the 1,239 valid votes by lawmakers of Germany's 16 federal states.

Sears, Kmart Discontinue Online Sales Of 31 Trump Home Items

The latest retailer to join the "anti-Trump resistance" is near bankruptcy Sears and wholly-owned subsidiary Kmart, which on Saturday announced it was discontinuing online sales of 31 Trump Home items as part of a push to focus online sales on the most profitable items.

North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile, Tests Trump

As Trump and Abe head for the 19th hole, South Korean and US officials confirm that North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile into the sea. This is the first test-fire of President Trump's reign and Reuters reports that South Korean officials claims "it is part of a show of force in response to the new U.S. administration's hardline position against the North."

Mexicans Vow To Fight Trump By "Jamming US Courts" As Deportations Set To Surge

In response to the launch of deportations of illegal aliens following Trump's executive order, influential Mexicans are pushing an aggressive - and risky - strategy to fight the increase in deportations of their undocumented peers in the U.S.: "jam U.S. immigration courts in hopes of causing the already overburdened system to break down", as the Mexican government warns citizens to "take precautions."

Liz Warren Wants To Know If Goldman Sachs Is Running The Country Instead Of Trump

In an ironic twist, on the day that President Trump announces that former Goldman COO Gary Cohn will be in charge of the "phenomenal" plan that will "massively cut taxes," Senator Elizabeth Warren has written to Goldman's Lloyd Blankfein seeking details on the extent to which the bank's employees (or former employees) are running the world.

Putin Says Ready To Meet Trump In Melania's Native Country

Vladimir Putin thanked Slovenia - the country where Melania Trump was born and raised - on Friday for offering to host his first meeting with President Donald Trump, saying he is ready to meet his American counterpart, however added that the prospect of such a meeting hinges on Washington.

Greek Bond Yields Tumble After Euro Zone, IMF Agree On "Common Stance"

In a welcome sign the latest conflict between the troubled Greece's lenders may be thawing, Reuters reports that Euro zone creditors and the International Monetary Fund have agreed between themselves to present a common stance to Greece later on Friday in talks on reforms and the fiscal path Athens must take.

Frontrunning: February 10

  • Trump backs 'one China'  (Reuters)
  • Senate votes to confirm Rep. Price as health secretary (Reuters)
  • H-1B Crackdown Fears Open Rift Between U.S., Indian Firms (WSJ)
  • Trump, Japan's Abe to hold summit amid air of uncertainty (Reuters)
  • Trump Will Use Abe Visit to Soothe Worried Asia-Pacific Allies (WSJ)