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Be Careful What You Wish For, Police Body-Cam Edition

After the recent deluge of videos showing police abusing and sometimes flat-out murdering more-or-less innocent citizens, the willingness of a growing number of cities to equip officers with video cameras has been hailed as a victory by civil libertarians. But what if those cameras also extend the surveillance network exponentially?

Dutch Election Results Confirm 'Far Right Populism' Still On The Rise In Europe

Those who support the idea of globalism and strive for closer European integration believe the results of the Dutch election indicate the tide has been stemmed, with Eurosceptics and "populist" forces on the defensive - the buck stops here, this is the end of domino effect. However, let’s look at the facts...

America First? 200,000 Troops Deployed To 177 Nations

There was no shortage of cuts proposed in Trump’s budget for 2018, which was released earlier this week. However, one of the few departments that did not receive a haircut was the Department of Defense...

BOE Deputy Governor Resigns After Failing To Disclose Her Brother Works For Barclays

The Bank of England's new deputy governor of markets and banking, Charlotte Hogg, has resigned after less than five week in her post, after an MP report concluded she "fell short of the very high standards required" for the position as a result of failing to disclose that her brother works at Barclays, a bank which the BOE regulates.

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Sturgeon To Give May An "Ultimatum" As UK Preapres For Critical Vote Ahead Of Article 50

On Monday the Brexit bill returns to the House of Commons, for debate after the House of Lords. The final bill must be approved by both houses. Should the bill pass Monday, the government could invoke Article 50 as early as Tuesday. Meanwhile BBC reports that Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon will give PM an ultimatum - give Scotland a different Brexit deal or she'll call for section 30, launhing another indepence referendum.

Frontrunning: March 8

  • GOP Disagrees on How—and Whether—to Pay for Tax Cuts (WSJ)
  • 'It's like kumbaya:' Trump's genial private meetings with CEOs jar with public attacks (Reuters)
  • New Health Plan Sparks Debate Over Obamacare Comparisons (WSJ)
  • China Grants Preliminary Approval to 38 New Trump Trademarks (BBG)
  • Questions About Loyalty to Trump Stall Treasury Picks (BBG)
  • Women in U.S. plan to stay off the job, rally in anti-Trump protests (Reuters)

OECD Warns There Is A "Disconnect" Between Markets And The Global Economy

"Disconnect between financial markets and fundamentals, potential market volatility, financial vulnerabilities and policy uncertainties could, however, derail the modest recovery. The positive assessment reflected in market valuations appears disconnected from real economy prospects." - OECD

Trump Won't Be Happy: US Records Biggest Trade Deficit In 5 Years

In a report that will be closely scrutinized by the trade-sensitive Trump administration, today the Department of Commerce announced that the January trade deficit surged in January 2017, jumping from $44.3 billion in December (revised) to $48.5 billion in January, as imports increased more than exports.This was the biggest trade deficit going back to early 2012.