North Korea

Frontrunning: October 5

  • Las Vegas gunman stockpiled weapons over decades, planned attack (Reuters)
  • Las Vegas Shooter’s Partner Says She Is Mystified by Attack (WSJ)
  • Catalan leader says not afraid of arrest over independence (Reuters)
  • May Faces Calls to Quit After Speech That Went Wrong (BBG)
  • North Korea ‘Decoders’ Offer Dire Warnings About Nuclear Program (WSJ)

Spain Rebounds, Pound Tumbles In Quiet Session Ahead Of ECB Minutes, Fed Speakers

Global markets came off record highs, trading subdued, with US index futures unchanged as traders are unwilling to make major moves ahead of today's ECB minutes and tomorrow’s NFP release, and before speeches by central bankers including SF Fed President John Williams and the potential next Fed chair Jerome Powell, as well as ECB executive board members Peter Praet and Benoit Coeure..

A Failing Empire, Part 2: De-Dollarisation - China and Russia's Plan From Petroyuan To Gold

"De-dollarization for Beijing, Moscow and Tehran has become a strategic priority. Eliminating the unlimited spending capacity of the Fed and the American economy means limiting US imperialist expansion and diminishing global destabilization. Without the usual US military power to strengthen and impose the use of US dollars, China, Russia and Iran have paved the way for important shifts in the global order."

Tillerson Called Trump A "Moron", Was Close To Resigning

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on the verge of resigning this past summer amid mounting policy disputes and clashes with the White House. Tillerson had openly disparaged the president, referring to him as a "moron" after a July 20 meeting with members of Trump’s national security team and Cabinet officials.

Frontrunning: October 4

  • Spanish tensions bar Europe from global stocks party (Reuters)
  • Catalonia to move to declare independence from Spain on Monday (Reuters)
  • Catalan Police Chief Investigated For Sedition (TSR)
  • Trump Suggests Puerto Rico’s Debt May Need to Be ‘Wiped Out’ (BBG)
  • Trump Heads to Las Vegas After Shooting Reignites Gun Debate (BBG)

Caracas Or Catalan - Nightstick Democracy At Its Finest...

"You’d think that such oppressive tactics to keep a population under control would only exist in brutal dictatorships like Venezuela or North Korea...But then we witnessed the events in Spain over the weekend...This is ‘Nightstick Democracy’ at its finest."

Frontrunning: October 3

  • Gunman had ‘bump-stock’ device that could speed fire (AP)
  • Supreme Court Takes On Partisan Gerrymandering (WSJ)
  • Tom Petty, 'distinctively American' rocker, dies aged 66 (Reuters)
  • White House: Now Isn’t the Time to Talk With North Korea (WSJ)
  • Dems plan to make gun control an issue in Nevada (The Hill)

Frontrunning: October 2

  • At least 50 dead in Las Vegas shooting (Reuters)
  • Spanish PM faces crisis after violent secession vote in Catalonia (Reuters)
  • Trump Rejects Dialogue With North Korea (WSJ)
  • HP Enterprise let Russia scrutinize cyberdefense system used by Pentagon (Reuters)
  • Automakers Plan Electric Car Blitz as Tesla Burns Billions (BBG)