Rupert Murdoch

Frontrunning: December 14

  • Disney Agrees to Buy Fox Assets in $52.4 Billion Deal (WSJ)
  • The Fed Isn’t the Tax Cut’s Enemy (WSJ)
  • The Republicans’ Problem Is Bigger Than Alabama (BBG)
  • ECB Leaves Rates Unchanged and Sees QE to September or Beyond (BBG)
  • A Christmastime Tax Cut for Some, a Lump of Coal for Others (WSJ)

Disney Agrees To Buy 21st Century Fox Assets For $52.4 Billion

After weeks of mounting speculation - and a rumored competing bids by rivals Comcast Corp. and Verizon that never materialized - Disney and 21st Century Fox announced early Thursday that the former would acquire most of the latter's entertainment assets in a deal worth $52.4 billion

Frontrunning: November 16

  • Senate Panel Approves Tax Plan as GOP Leaders Gird for Fight (BBG)
  • U.S. towns, cities fear taxpayer revolt if Republicans kill deduction (Reuters)
  • After House Victory, Tax-Overhaul Fight Now Goes to Senate (WSJ)
  • Analysts flee Wall Street with gallows humor as research changes loom (Reuters)
  • Tesla Unveils ‘World’s Fastest Production Car’ and Electric Big Rig (BBG)

Rupert Murdoch Offered To Buy CNN: Report

With the Murdoch family's push to buy out Sky News stalled in the UK as members of parliament raise concerns about his fitness for ownership given the myriad sexually harassment and abuse scandals at Fox News, it appears the Australian-born octogenarian TV mogul may be setting his sights on a new prize...

Pepe Escobar: The Inside Story Of The Saudi Night Of The Long Knives

This is more serious than it appears. The arrest of the two sons of previous King Abdullah, Princes Miteb and Turki, was a fatal mistake. This now endangers the King himself. It was only the regard for the King that protected MBS. There are many left in the army against MBS and they are enraged at the arrest of their commanders.

Speculation Of Bannon's Demise Floods The Media, Again

Bannon's imminent demise has been predicted by the media on so many different occassions since Trump moved into the White House that we've lost count.  Here's another prediction from the New York Times.

Is This The New Media Normal: Manufactured News For Hire?

"The Trump-Russia story has frequently been likened to Watergate, a specious comparison since the latter started with evidence of a crime and the former with publication of an anthology of fables, pornography, and Russian-sourced disinformation put together and distributed by partisan political operatives....as comms shops-for-hire like Fusion GPS have assumed the role that the American press used to occupy."

The Reason Behind The Sales-Surge For Nuclear-Proof Bunkers

"The bipartisan neoconservative dream of America’s aristocrats (world-conquest) will never be achieved. Russia will never accept it. If America’s rulers continue to press it, the result will be even worse than when the Nazis tried...either the U.S. will cease its designs on Russia, or there will be WW III."

Frontrunning: March 17

  • Oil Set for First Weekly Gain This Month (BBG)
  • Trump’s Budget Likely to See Major Rewrite in Congress (WSJ)
  • Trump, Germany's Merkel to hold first face-to-face meeting at White House (Reuters)
  • Tillerson Doesn’t Rule Out Preemptive Strike on North Korea (BBG)
  • Trump May Not Want Immigrants, but Rust Belt Mayors Do (BBG)