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  • 1/71   News Photos Slideshows
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

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  • 2/71   Viola Davis’s message to white women: ‘Get to know me’
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    But Davis does see a path forward: empathy and becoming educated on one another’s experiences.

    But Davis does see a path forward: empathy and becoming educated on one another’s experiences.


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  • 3/71   Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’s husband, says hip-hop industry lacks compassion
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    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.

    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.


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  • 4/71   Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison, Snooki Says
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    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison

    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison


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  • 5/71   'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record
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    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...

    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...


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  • 6/71   Selma Blair reveals she cried with relief at MS diagnosis after being 'not taken seriously' by doctors
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    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me.  Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home.  During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.

    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me. Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home. During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.


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  • 7/71   They won't be loved: Maroon 5 play it safe with dullest halftime show of all time
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    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.

    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.


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  • 8/71   Do star athletes make too much money?
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    With athletes in America's biggest sports leagues raking in salaries worth $300 million and more, is it time to reign in the big spending or do superstars deserve the big bucks they make?

    With athletes in America's biggest sports leagues raking in salaries worth $300 million and more, is it time to reign in the big spending or do superstars deserve the big bucks they make?


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  • 9/71   Live animal mascots: Cute or exploitative?
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    Animal rights activists have repeatedly called for college sports teams to stop using real animals as their mascots. Are these complaints fair or an overreaction?

    Animal rights activists have repeatedly called for college sports teams to stop using real animals as their mascots. Are these complaints fair or an overreaction?


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  • 10/71   Does U.S. women's soccer deserve equal pay?
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    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.

    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.


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  • 11/71   After fighting for 9/11 victims, Jon Stewart turns to Warrior Games
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    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.

    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.


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  • 12/71   Kevin Love talks anxiety, depression and the time he thought he was going to die mid-game
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    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.


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  • 13/71   Is there a crisis with our boys? Expert says they need love, not discipline
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    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.


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  • 14/71   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I'm still coping with it
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    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.

    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.


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  • 15/71   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I’m still coping with it
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    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.

    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.


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  • 16/71   For the love of the brain: One mother's fight for CTE awareness
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    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named.  Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does.  At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.

    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named. Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does. At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.


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  • 17/71   PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World Competition

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.


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  • 18/71   7 tax scams to watch out for this year

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.


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  • 19/71   Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.


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  • 20/71   What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus program

    PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.

    PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.


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  • 21/71   Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”


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  • 22/71   Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday.  As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit.  Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.


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  • 23/71   Oil Set for Weekly Gain After Finding Floor Amid Virus Confusion
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    (Bloomberg) -- Oil headed for its first weekly gain since early January after prices found a floor amid uncertainty over how the coronavirus will play out and whether OPEC+ will respond with additional production cuts.Crude has staged a recovery since closing at a 13-month low Monday, despite a sharp increase in the number of cases reported in China’s Hubei province after authorities changed their method for counting infections. However, the World Health Organization said the spike doesn’t necessarily reflect a sudden surge in new infections, with many of the added cases dating back days and weeks.The three big oil forecasters -- the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries, the International Energy Agency and the U.S. Energy Information Administration -- have all cut their demand estimates due to the virus but there’s a wide divergence between them. The other big uncertainty is whether Russia will back an OPEC+ proposal to temporarily deepen output reductions by 600,000 barrels a day in the second quarter.See also: Coronavirus Will Hit Oil Hard. That’s Where the Consensus EndsThe recent strength in oil prices could signal that much of the coronavirus-driven news has been priced in, Stephen Innes, Asia Pacific market strategist at AxiCorp, said in a note. “Barring an acceleration of new infections, markets should remain relatively supported until we get the first-look data surrounding supply chains and demand contraction knock-on effects in China.”West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery rose 0.1% to $51.47 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 9:42 a.m. in Singapore after closing 0.5% higher on Thursday. It’s up 2.3% since Feb. 7, set for the first weekly gain since Jan. 3.Brent for April settlement added 0.1% to $56.37 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange, paring its weekly advance to 3.3%. The global benchmark for crude traded at a $4.64 premium to WTI for the same month.\--With assistance from James Thornhill.To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Low in Singapore at elow39@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Serene Cheong at scheong20@bloomberg.net, Andrew Janes, Dan MurtaughFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Oil headed for its first weekly gain since early January after prices found a floor amid uncertainty over how the coronavirus will play out and whether OPEC+ will respond with additional production cuts.Crude has staged a recovery since closing at a 13-month low Monday, despite a sharp increase in the number of cases reported in China’s Hubei province after authorities changed their method for counting infections. However, the World Health Organization said the spike doesn’t necessarily reflect a sudden surge in new infections, with many of the added cases dating back days and weeks.The three big oil forecasters -- the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries, the International Energy Agency and the U.S. Energy Information Administration -- have all cut their demand estimates due to the virus but there’s a wide divergence between them. The other big uncertainty is whether Russia will back an OPEC+ proposal to temporarily deepen output reductions by 600,000 barrels a day in the second quarter.See also: Coronavirus Will Hit Oil Hard. That’s Where the Consensus EndsThe recent strength in oil prices could signal that much of the coronavirus-driven news has been priced in, Stephen Innes, Asia Pacific market strategist at AxiCorp, said in a note. “Barring an acceleration of new infections, markets should remain relatively supported until we get the first-look data surrounding supply chains and demand contraction knock-on effects in China.”West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery rose 0.1% to $51.47 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 9:42 a.m. in Singapore after closing 0.5% higher on Thursday. It’s up 2.3% since Feb. 7, set for the first weekly gain since Jan. 3.Brent for April settlement added 0.1% to $56.37 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange, paring its weekly advance to 3.3%. The global benchmark for crude traded at a $4.64 premium to WTI for the same month.\--With assistance from James Thornhill.To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Low in Singapore at elow39@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Serene Cheong at scheong20@bloomberg.net, Andrew Janes, Dan MurtaughFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 24/71   Japan’s GDP Set for Biggest Hit Since 2014 Ahead of Virus
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    (Bloomberg) -- Japan’s economy likely suffered its biggest contraction since 2014 at the end of last year leaving it in a vulnerable state, as fallout from China’s viral outbreak threatens to turn a one-quarter-slump into a recession.A sharp drop in consumer spending after a sales tax hike is seen as the main culprit behind an annualized 3.8% contraction estimated by economists. The slide would be the worst for Japan since the second quarter of 2014, when a previous tax increase prompted the economy to shrink by 7.4%.Economists previously viewed the expected fourth-quarter contraction as a tax-triggered blip compounded by typhoons that battered manufacturers struggling with weak export demand. But analysts are now concerned the coronavirus could delay or even derail a weak recovery forecast for early this year, an outcome that policy makers would find difficult to ignore.“Japan’s underlying economy isn’t on a firm footing to start with, so growth can be easily pushed into a negative territory if something like the coronavirus happens,” said Hiroshi Miyazaki, an economist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Securities. He takes a far more pessimistic view than the consensus, forecasting a 7.5% decline.Even before the virus started to threaten the outlook, Japan’s domestic economy was looking shakier than government officials and economists had expected.Analysts’ forecasts have become progressively gloomier as it became clearer that shopping rebates and other government measures meant to maintain households’ spending after the tax hike hadn’t worked as well as hoped.Economists estimate that consumer expenditure fell 7.8% in the fourth quarter, alongside declines in business investment and exports.The full extent of the economy’s weakness may also be masked if higher inventories give the headline growth figure a temporary boost. That’s because higher stockpiles now will be a drag on growth later when they’re sold down.While most economists still project Japan’s economy to eke out growth this quarter and avoid a recession, they are again revising down their projections amid concern the impact of the virus in China will hit Japan’s exports and also reduce tourists to Japan from the mainland.Japan Needs Fiscal Aid, not BOJ Help if Virus Hits Hard, Says Abe AdviserPrime Minister Shinzo Abe already took action in December to support the economy with a stimulus package that should lift growth as the year progresses. The prime minister also announced Thursday a limited raft of measures to help combat the impact from the viral outbreak, including loan guarantees for small businesses. He’ll likely want to see more evidence of economic damage before taking more extensive action.The Bank of Japan is likely to hold off on using any more of its depleted policy ammunition to prop up growth, arguing that the special factors weighing on the economy are transitory.The BOJ is still forecasting the economy will stay on track for a mild recovery, although downside risks from the coronavirus require close watching, Executive Director Eiji Maeda told parliament Friday.(Adds comment from BOJ official.)\--With assistance from Hiroyuki Sekine.To contact the reporter on this story: Toru Fujioka in Tokyo at tfujioka1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Paul Jackson at pjackson53@bloomberg.net, Jason ClenfieldFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Japan’s economy likely suffered its biggest contraction since 2014 at the end of last year leaving it in a vulnerable state, as fallout from China’s viral outbreak threatens to turn a one-quarter-slump into a recession.A sharp drop in consumer spending after a sales tax hike is seen as the main culprit behind an annualized 3.8% contraction estimated by economists. The slide would be the worst for Japan since the second quarter of 2014, when a previous tax increase prompted the economy to shrink by 7.4%.Economists previously viewed the expected fourth-quarter contraction as a tax-triggered blip compounded by typhoons that battered manufacturers struggling with weak export demand. But analysts are now concerned the coronavirus could delay or even derail a weak recovery forecast for early this year, an outcome that policy makers would find difficult to ignore.“Japan’s underlying economy isn’t on a firm footing to start with, so growth can be easily pushed into a negative territory if something like the coronavirus happens,” said Hiroshi Miyazaki, an economist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Securities. He takes a far more pessimistic view than the consensus, forecasting a 7.5% decline.Even before the virus started to threaten the outlook, Japan’s domestic economy was looking shakier than government officials and economists had expected.Analysts’ forecasts have become progressively gloomier as it became clearer that shopping rebates and other government measures meant to maintain households’ spending after the tax hike hadn’t worked as well as hoped.Economists estimate that consumer expenditure fell 7.8% in the fourth quarter, alongside declines in business investment and exports.The full extent of the economy’s weakness may also be masked if higher inventories give the headline growth figure a temporary boost. That’s because higher stockpiles now will be a drag on growth later when they’re sold down.While most economists still project Japan’s economy to eke out growth this quarter and avoid a recession, they are again revising down their projections amid concern the impact of the virus in China will hit Japan’s exports and also reduce tourists to Japan from the mainland.Japan Needs Fiscal Aid, not BOJ Help if Virus Hits Hard, Says Abe AdviserPrime Minister Shinzo Abe already took action in December to support the economy with a stimulus package that should lift growth as the year progresses. The prime minister also announced Thursday a limited raft of measures to help combat the impact from the viral outbreak, including loan guarantees for small businesses. He’ll likely want to see more evidence of economic damage before taking more extensive action.The Bank of Japan is likely to hold off on using any more of its depleted policy ammunition to prop up growth, arguing that the special factors weighing on the economy are transitory.The BOJ is still forecasting the economy will stay on track for a mild recovery, although downside risks from the coronavirus require close watching, Executive Director Eiji Maeda told parliament Friday.(Adds comment from BOJ official.)\--With assistance from Hiroyuki Sekine.To contact the reporter on this story: Toru Fujioka in Tokyo at tfujioka1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Paul Jackson at pjackson53@bloomberg.net, Jason ClenfieldFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 25/71   A Aabbott & Cathy Bail Bonds Provides Signature Bonds Nationwide
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    Getting arrested and needing to find a bail bondsman is not an easy experience to go through. It's equally hard on family members of the person who got arrested who may ultimately need to help post bail for their loved one. For this reason, finding a trusted bail bondsman that isn't going to take advantage of an emotional situation is essential when securing a bond.

    Getting arrested and needing to find a bail bondsman is not an easy experience to go through. It's equally hard on family members of the person who got arrested who may ultimately need to help post bail for their loved one. For this reason, finding a trusted bail bondsman that isn't going to take advantage of an emotional situation is essential when securing a bond.


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  • 26/71   Princess Cruises Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title for Largest Multi-Location Vow Renewal
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    Princess Cruises, the international premium cruise line known for its legacy of romance and co-starring role on the hit TV show "The Love Boat," set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the largest multi-location vow renewal after 1,443 couples reaffirmed their love for one another during simultaneous ceremonies onboard three ships.

    Princess Cruises, the international premium cruise line known for its legacy of romance and co-starring role on the hit TV show "The Love Boat," set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the largest multi-location vow renewal after 1,443 couples reaffirmed their love for one another during simultaneous ceremonies onboard three ships.


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  • 27/71   Tesla Money Raise Keeps $14 Billion Virtuous Circle Rolling
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    (Bloomberg) -- Elon Musk dreams big dreams. Tesla Inc. taps Wall Street for funds to turn them into reality. Banks pocket millions in fees. And rather than punish the company for diluting its shareholders, the market sends the stock higher.The virtuous circle has enabled Tesla to raise about $14 billion over the last decade, supporting the electric-car maker through countless ups and downs. The latest offering announced Thursday -- at $767 a share, according to a person familiar with the matter -- boosted Tesla’s market capitalization to almost $146 billion, behind only Toyota Motor Corp. among the world’s most valuable auto manufacturers.While Tesla watchers have seen this movie before, the latest script was full of twist and turns. Musk, 48, said during an earnings call two weeks ago that it didn’t make sense for the company to raise capital again. The maker of the Model 3 sedan has been spending money sensibly, he said, without holding back expenditures that would inhibit progress.But the ascent Tesla’s stock has been on in recent months evidently changed the chief executive officer’s mind. Tesla will use the proceeds -- at least $2 billion -- from the offering to shore up its balance sheet and help fund Musk’s seemingly endless aspirations.After Musk and Chief Financial Officer Zach Kirkhorn demurred weeks ago when asked how much spending Tesla had planned for this year, the company disclosed earlier Thursday that its budget will be as much as $3.5 billion, more than double last year’s.Chinese banks are footing much of the bill for the factory Musk just opened near Shanghai, but he’s also already planning to build his next one near Berlin and teasing the possibility of another one going up in Texas.Tesla is no longer a tiny niche player that makes cool-but-expensive cars only in high-cost California, but getting to this point required taking on about $12.5 billion of debt, double the amount of cash and equivalents it had at year end.“Musk had previously assured investors that he did not plan to raise additional capital,” Gene Munster, managing partner of Loup Ventures, said in a report. “However, while Elon backpedaling on his promises is a common criticism of Tesla, the company’s balance sheet is a much more common (and valid) criticism.”Tesla’s stock has more than tripled since the company released the first of two positive quarterly earnings reports. Musk has accelerated the production schedule for the Model Y, the crossover SUV that he sees becoming the company’s new top seller.But the Model Y isn’t expected to contribute significantly to deliveries in the first few months of the year, and Kirkhorn has cautioned that first-quarter sales probably will slow down because of seasonality. Production in China also was temporarily halted due to the coronavirus, and ramping up output of Model 3s there and Model Ys in California is expected to pinch profit margins.Tesla managed to time its latest offering before any of those risks weighed on the stock ahead of its next earnings report. The company is selling the shares at a 4.6% discount to Thursday’s close.With all that Musk has planned -- eventually rolling out the Semi, Roadster and Cybertruck models and recommitting to a foundering rooftop-solar business -- some investors and analysts think the company should try to raise enough money so that it’s really done needing to seek more from now on.While the amount the company has taken in during the last decade is significant, it’s not unprecedented. Netflix Inc. took in about $15 billion in the same span, almost entirely from debt offerings, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.“We have long wanted Tesla to raise a large amount of cash via stock issuance due to its lofty valuation and then perhaps never need to raise capital again,” David Whiston, a Morningstar Inc. analyst, said in a note. “We’d like to see more consistency between the company’s actions and the words of CEO Elon Musk.”(Updates with offering pricing in 11th paragraph.)\--With assistance from Brandon Kochkodin and Drew Singer.To contact the reporters on this story: Dana Hull in San Francisco at dhull12@bloomberg.net;Gabrielle Coppola in Detroit at gcoppola@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Craig Trudell at ctrudell1@bloomberg.net, Melinda GrenierFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Elon Musk dreams big dreams. Tesla Inc. taps Wall Street for funds to turn them into reality. Banks pocket millions in fees. And rather than punish the company for diluting its shareholders, the market sends the stock higher.The virtuous circle has enabled Tesla to raise about $14 billion over the last decade, supporting the electric-car maker through countless ups and downs. The latest offering announced Thursday -- at $767 a share, according to a person familiar with the matter -- boosted Tesla’s market capitalization to almost $146 billion, behind only Toyota Motor Corp. among the world’s most valuable auto manufacturers.While Tesla watchers have seen this movie before, the latest script was full of twist and turns. Musk, 48, said during an earnings call two weeks ago that it didn’t make sense for the company to raise capital again. The maker of the Model 3 sedan has been spending money sensibly, he said, without holding back expenditures that would inhibit progress.But the ascent Tesla’s stock has been on in recent months evidently changed the chief executive officer’s mind. Tesla will use the proceeds -- at least $2 billion -- from the offering to shore up its balance sheet and help fund Musk’s seemingly endless aspirations.After Musk and Chief Financial Officer Zach Kirkhorn demurred weeks ago when asked how much spending Tesla had planned for this year, the company disclosed earlier Thursday that its budget will be as much as $3.5 billion, more than double last year’s.Chinese banks are footing much of the bill for the factory Musk just opened near Shanghai, but he’s also already planning to build his next one near Berlin and teasing the possibility of another one going up in Texas.Tesla is no longer a tiny niche player that makes cool-but-expensive cars only in high-cost California, but getting to this point required taking on about $12.5 billion of debt, double the amount of cash and equivalents it had at year end.“Musk had previously assured investors that he did not plan to raise additional capital,” Gene Munster, managing partner of Loup Ventures, said in a report. “However, while Elon backpedaling on his promises is a common criticism of Tesla, the company’s balance sheet is a much more common (and valid) criticism.”Tesla’s stock has more than tripled since the company released the first of two positive quarterly earnings reports. Musk has accelerated the production schedule for the Model Y, the crossover SUV that he sees becoming the company’s new top seller.But the Model Y isn’t expected to contribute significantly to deliveries in the first few months of the year, and Kirkhorn has cautioned that first-quarter sales probably will slow down because of seasonality. Production in China also was temporarily halted due to the coronavirus, and ramping up output of Model 3s there and Model Ys in California is expected to pinch profit margins.Tesla managed to time its latest offering before any of those risks weighed on the stock ahead of its next earnings report. The company is selling the shares at a 4.6% discount to Thursday’s close.With all that Musk has planned -- eventually rolling out the Semi, Roadster and Cybertruck models and recommitting to a foundering rooftop-solar business -- some investors and analysts think the company should try to raise enough money so that it’s really done needing to seek more from now on.While the amount the company has taken in during the last decade is significant, it’s not unprecedented. Netflix Inc. took in about $15 billion in the same span, almost entirely from debt offerings, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.“We have long wanted Tesla to raise a large amount of cash via stock issuance due to its lofty valuation and then perhaps never need to raise capital again,” David Whiston, a Morningstar Inc. analyst, said in a note. “We’d like to see more consistency between the company’s actions and the words of CEO Elon Musk.”(Updates with offering pricing in 11th paragraph.)\--With assistance from Brandon Kochkodin and Drew Singer.To contact the reporters on this story: Dana Hull in San Francisco at dhull12@bloomberg.net;Gabrielle Coppola in Detroit at gcoppola@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Craig Trudell at ctrudell1@bloomberg.net, Melinda GrenierFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 28/71   Shares step back as hopes of early end to coronavirus fade
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    Global shares eased on Friday, as investors were spooked by a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases in China this week while oil prices extended gains on hopes of more production cuts.  MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan  dipped 0.08% with South Korea's Kospi  falling 0.25% while Japan's Nikkei  slid 0.67%.  China's Hubei province on Friday reported 4,823 new cases, well above the levels seen earlier this month.

    Global shares eased on Friday, as investors were spooked by a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases in China this week while oil prices extended gains on hopes of more production cuts. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.08% with South Korea's Kospi falling 0.25% while Japan's Nikkei slid 0.67%. China's Hubei province on Friday reported 4,823 new cases, well above the levels seen earlier this month.


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  • 29/71   MSCI Says ESG Indexes Will Be Bigger Than Traditional Gauges
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    (Bloomberg) -- Follow Bloomberg on Telegram for all the investment news and analysis you need.Responsible investing is going to be big -- so much so that MSCI Inc. expects its ESG indexes to eventually get more following than its traditional benchmark offerings.The index provider already has about 1,000 equity and fixed-income gauges that measure companies and governments against 37 issues related to environmental, social and governance investing. Think themes such as Catholic or Islamic values, women’s leadership and low-carbon target.Remy Briand, the head of MSCI’s ESG research, sees more money tracking such benchmarks than the market-value weighted ones “over time.” For starters, assets under management following the company’s ESG gauges will likely double in 2020, continuing last year’s trend, he said in a phone interview.“Do-good” investing has picked up globally, with at least $30.7 trillion held in sustainable or green investments in 2018, according to the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance. This has proved to be a lucrative business opportunity for index providers, with MSCI’s ESG benchmark revenue likely growing between 60% and 65% to $38 million in 2019, according to Morningstar Inc. analyst Colin Plunkett. Its operating revenue for the overall index business was $921 million last year, up 10% from 2018, MSCI said Jan. 30.Several studies have shown that more sustainable companies tend to outperform over the long term. The MSCI ACWI ESG Leaders Index surged 52% in the past five years, beating the 39% advance in the MSCI All-Country World Index. Tech and finance shares have the biggest weightings in both, accounting for more than a third of the gauges.Index compilers typically make money by providing investment firms with access to data and licensing benchmarks for the creation of financial products. MSCI also offers an ESG ratings system and research on the subject to help active managers build their portfolios.To be sure, a common issue with socially and environmentally conscious investing is the so-called greenwashing by companies using misleading labels or advertising to create an illusion of environmental responsibility. Asset managers such as BlackRock Inc. have faced activist ire for not doing enough, and hedge funds have been slow to adopt the strategies, citing inconsistent data and a shortage of expertise.While it may take decades to overtake the traditional indexes, “my personal view is the shift to ESG is going to happen much more quickly than most people would expect” because adoption is accelerating at a “surprising” pace, according to Briand.Interest from European and American wealth-management firms is on the rise, while take-up of ESG indexes among Asia-headquartered private banks has been slower, he said, adding that between 80% and 90% of the assets under management tracking MSCI indexes still follow its market-value-based gauges. Revenue for the firm’s sustainable-investing gauges could grow by 35% to 40% annually in the next five years, Morningstar’s Plunkett estimated.Briand said MSCI is now diversifying sources for sustainability-related information to go beyond company disclosures to proxies such as government fines, product reports and news coverage. About 45% of the input that goes into the ratings is not coming from company disclosures, according to him.So far, the company’s strategy has worked: MSCI shares surged 75% last year, compared with a 29% gain in the S&P 500 Index.“We cannot spend enough on ESG,” MSCI Chairman and CEO Henry Fernandez said in an earnings call last year.(Updates moves in fifth paragraph, adds estimates in ninth and stock performance in 11th)To contact the reporters on this story: Ishika Mookerjee in Singapore at imookerjee@bloomberg.net;Abhishek Vishnoi in Singapore at avishnoi4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lianting Tu at ltu4@bloomberg.net, Cecile VannucciFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Follow Bloomberg on Telegram for all the investment news and analysis you need.Responsible investing is going to be big -- so much so that MSCI Inc. expects its ESG indexes to eventually get more following than its traditional benchmark offerings.The index provider already has about 1,000 equity and fixed-income gauges that measure companies and governments against 37 issues related to environmental, social and governance investing. Think themes such as Catholic or Islamic values, women’s leadership and low-carbon target.Remy Briand, the head of MSCI’s ESG research, sees more money tracking such benchmarks than the market-value weighted ones “over time.” For starters, assets under management following the company’s ESG gauges will likely double in 2020, continuing last year’s trend, he said in a phone interview.“Do-good” investing has picked up globally, with at least $30.7 trillion held in sustainable or green investments in 2018, according to the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance. This has proved to be a lucrative business opportunity for index providers, with MSCI’s ESG benchmark revenue likely growing between 60% and 65% to $38 million in 2019, according to Morningstar Inc. analyst Colin Plunkett. Its operating revenue for the overall index business was $921 million last year, up 10% from 2018, MSCI said Jan. 30.Several studies have shown that more sustainable companies tend to outperform over the long term. The MSCI ACWI ESG Leaders Index surged 52% in the past five years, beating the 39% advance in the MSCI All-Country World Index. Tech and finance shares have the biggest weightings in both, accounting for more than a third of the gauges.Index compilers typically make money by providing investment firms with access to data and licensing benchmarks for the creation of financial products. MSCI also offers an ESG ratings system and research on the subject to help active managers build their portfolios.To be sure, a common issue with socially and environmentally conscious investing is the so-called greenwashing by companies using misleading labels or advertising to create an illusion of environmental responsibility. Asset managers such as BlackRock Inc. have faced activist ire for not doing enough, and hedge funds have been slow to adopt the strategies, citing inconsistent data and a shortage of expertise.While it may take decades to overtake the traditional indexes, “my personal view is the shift to ESG is going to happen much more quickly than most people would expect” because adoption is accelerating at a “surprising” pace, according to Briand.Interest from European and American wealth-management firms is on the rise, while take-up of ESG indexes among Asia-headquartered private banks has been slower, he said, adding that between 80% and 90% of the assets under management tracking MSCI indexes still follow its market-value-based gauges. Revenue for the firm’s sustainable-investing gauges could grow by 35% to 40% annually in the next five years, Morningstar’s Plunkett estimated.Briand said MSCI is now diversifying sources for sustainability-related information to go beyond company disclosures to proxies such as government fines, product reports and news coverage. About 45% of the input that goes into the ratings is not coming from company disclosures, according to him.So far, the company’s strategy has worked: MSCI shares surged 75% last year, compared with a 29% gain in the S&P 500 Index.“We cannot spend enough on ESG,” MSCI Chairman and CEO Henry Fernandez said in an earnings call last year.(Updates moves in fifth paragraph, adds estimates in ninth and stock performance in 11th)To contact the reporters on this story: Ishika Mookerjee in Singapore at imookerjee@bloomberg.net;Abhishek Vishnoi in Singapore at avishnoi4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lianting Tu at ltu4@bloomberg.net, Cecile VannucciFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 30/71   Court rules Apple must pay California workers during bag checks
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    The California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Apple must pay employees for time spent waiting for their bags and personal electronic devices to be searched when they leave work.  The decision means that the tech giant will have to pay millions of dollars to more than 12,000 hourly workers at California retail stores who fall under the mandatory bag-search policy.  According to court documents, Apple employees are required to clock out before submitting to an exit search which can take from five to 20 minutes.

    The California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Apple must pay employees for time spent waiting for their bags and personal electronic devices to be searched when they leave work. The decision means that the tech giant will have to pay millions of dollars to more than 12,000 hourly workers at California retail stores who fall under the mandatory bag-search policy. According to court documents, Apple employees are required to clock out before submitting to an exit search which can take from five to 20 minutes.


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  • 31/71   Passengers finally begin leaving cruise ship in Cambodia
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    Hundreds of cruise ship passengers long stranded at sea by virus fears cheered as they finally disembarked Friday and were welcomed to Cambodia by the nation's authoritarian leader, who handed them flowers.  Prime Minister Hun Sen agreed to let the Westerdam dock at the port of Sihanoukville on Thursday after Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines had barred the ship earlier.  “I’m very excited (to be here),' she said as she waved the rose Hun Sen handed to her.

    Hundreds of cruise ship passengers long stranded at sea by virus fears cheered as they finally disembarked Friday and were welcomed to Cambodia by the nation's authoritarian leader, who handed them flowers. Prime Minister Hun Sen agreed to let the Westerdam dock at the port of Sihanoukville on Thursday after Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines had barred the ship earlier. “I’m very excited (to be here),' she said as she waved the rose Hun Sen handed to her.


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  • 32/71   HAGENS BERMAN, NATIONAL TRIAL ATTORNEYS, Encourages Six Flags Entertainment (SIX) Investors Who Suffered 500K+ Losses to Contact Firm Now, Securities Fraud Case Filed
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    Hagens Berman urges Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX) investors who have suffered losses in excess of $500,000 to submit their loss now to learn if they qualify to recover their investment losses. A securities class action has been filed against the Company and certain investors may have valuable claims.

    Hagens Berman urges Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX) investors who have suffered losses in excess of $500,000 to submit their loss now to learn if they qualify to recover their investment losses. A securities class action has been filed against the Company and certain investors may have valuable claims.


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  • 33/71   JPMorgan Asset Bets on Treasuries, Aussie Dollar to Cope With Virus Impact
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    (Bloomberg) -- Follow Bloomberg on Telegram for all the investment news and analysis you need.JPMorgan Asset Management is taking a two-pronged approach to trading the impact of the deadly coronavirus, buying Treasuries for safety but also the Aussie and Singapore dollars which it thinks have dropped too far.The money manager is snapping up U.S. five- to 10-year notes as a hedge against a slowdown in the Chinese economy and also against some of the currency risk it is taking, said Julio Callegari, a fixed-income money manager at the firm that oversees $1.7 trillion. JPMorgan Asset is also buying Chinese government bonds on expectations the central bank will introduce more monetary stimulus.“The virus will have a significant impact, but concentrated in the first quarter,” Callegari said of the effect on China’s economy. “We’ve added a bit of U.S. Treasuries, the idea is to have some quality duration,” while the Aussie has suffered a lot and could see some recovery, he said.In turning bullish on Treasuries, JPMorgan Asset joins the likes of BNP Paribas SA and Saxo Capital Markets.BNP said earlier this week that U.S. 10-year yields may test lows of below 1.40% last seen in 2016, while Saxo Capital sees a risk they will slide below 1%. Benchmark yields slid two basis points in early Friday trading to 1.60%, extending their decline from 1.92% at the end of December.While Treasuries are attractive as a haven, the market’s knee-jerk response to the outbreak has also thrown up buying opportunities elsewhere, Callegari said.Aussie RecoveryThe Aussie has tumbled more than 4% versus the U.S. dollar this year with investors selling on speculation the shuttering of Chinese factories will sap demand for Australia’s commodity exports.JPMorgan Asset expects the currency to bounce back, though given the prospect that the U.S. dollar will strengthen, it is choosing to buy the Aussie against Malaysia’s ringgit.The ringgit “should suffer more” than the Aussie if economic losses from the virus outbreak deepen, especially as the ringgit is closely correlated with the Chinese yuan, Callegari said.The money manager also sees scope for Singapore’s dollar to rebound after the currency was sold off this month when the central bank said there’s room in its exchange-rate band to accommodate further weakness.JPMorgan Asset is building its long Singapore-dollar position by buying it against the euro, he said.Bearish PesoThe fund manager is also exploring going short on the Philippine peso by using it as a funding currency, though it has not yet had the opportunity to build up a position, Callegari said.The peso will find it “hard to outperform from here,” he said. “If you have an alternative where there’s more value, then on a relative basis you could use the peso as a funder.”JPMorgan Asset is long Chinese government bonds maturing in five-to-10 years on expectations policy makers will introduce additional monetary stimulus to cushion the economy from the impact of the coronavirus.It’s not alone is seeing value here. The asset management units of UBS Group AG, Pictet Group and BNP Paribas SA have all been buying China’s sovereign and policy bank bonds on bets the virus outbreak will take a toll on the slowing economy.Chinese bonds can act as a portfolio hedge and provide “decent” yield pick-up to Treasuries, Callegari said.(Updates prices in fifth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Ruth Carson in Singapore at rliew6@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tan Hwee Ann at hatan@bloomberg.net, Nicholas Reynolds, Liau Y-SingFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Follow Bloomberg on Telegram for all the investment news and analysis you need.JPMorgan Asset Management is taking a two-pronged approach to trading the impact of the deadly coronavirus, buying Treasuries for safety but also the Aussie and Singapore dollars which it thinks have dropped too far.The money manager is snapping up U.S. five- to 10-year notes as a hedge against a slowdown in the Chinese economy and also against some of the currency risk it is taking, said Julio Callegari, a fixed-income money manager at the firm that oversees $1.7 trillion. JPMorgan Asset is also buying Chinese government bonds on expectations the central bank will introduce more monetary stimulus.“The virus will have a significant impact, but concentrated in the first quarter,” Callegari said of the effect on China’s economy. “We’ve added a bit of U.S. Treasuries, the idea is to have some quality duration,” while the Aussie has suffered a lot and could see some recovery, he said.In turning bullish on Treasuries, JPMorgan Asset joins the likes of BNP Paribas SA and Saxo Capital Markets.BNP said earlier this week that U.S. 10-year yields may test lows of below 1.40% last seen in 2016, while Saxo Capital sees a risk they will slide below 1%. Benchmark yields slid two basis points in early Friday trading to 1.60%, extending their decline from 1.92% at the end of December.While Treasuries are attractive as a haven, the market’s knee-jerk response to the outbreak has also thrown up buying opportunities elsewhere, Callegari said.Aussie RecoveryThe Aussie has tumbled more than 4% versus the U.S. dollar this year with investors selling on speculation the shuttering of Chinese factories will sap demand for Australia’s commodity exports.JPMorgan Asset expects the currency to bounce back, though given the prospect that the U.S. dollar will strengthen, it is choosing to buy the Aussie against Malaysia’s ringgit.The ringgit “should suffer more” than the Aussie if economic losses from the virus outbreak deepen, especially as the ringgit is closely correlated with the Chinese yuan, Callegari said.The money manager also sees scope for Singapore’s dollar to rebound after the currency was sold off this month when the central bank said there’s room in its exchange-rate band to accommodate further weakness.JPMorgan Asset is building its long Singapore-dollar position by buying it against the euro, he said.Bearish PesoThe fund manager is also exploring going short on the Philippine peso by using it as a funding currency, though it has not yet had the opportunity to build up a position, Callegari said.The peso will find it “hard to outperform from here,” he said. “If you have an alternative where there’s more value, then on a relative basis you could use the peso as a funder.”JPMorgan Asset is long Chinese government bonds maturing in five-to-10 years on expectations policy makers will introduce additional monetary stimulus to cushion the economy from the impact of the coronavirus.It’s not alone is seeing value here. The asset management units of UBS Group AG, Pictet Group and BNP Paribas SA have all been buying China’s sovereign and policy bank bonds on bets the virus outbreak will take a toll on the slowing economy.Chinese bonds can act as a portfolio hedge and provide “decent” yield pick-up to Treasuries, Callegari said.(Updates prices in fifth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Ruth Carson in Singapore at rliew6@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tan Hwee Ann at hatan@bloomberg.net, Nicholas Reynolds, Liau Y-SingFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 34/71   Looking for cheap Valentine's Day date ideas? Here's where to find food deals and freebies
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    Looking for heart-shaped pizza, donuts and other goodies? Eat your heart out for free by checking out these special menus and deals.

    Looking for heart-shaped pizza, donuts and other goodies? Eat your heart out for free by checking out these special menus and deals.


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  • 35/71   Asia Hedge Funds Brace for Lean Times as Investors Stay Away
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    (Bloomberg) -- Follow Bloomberg on Telegram for all the investment news and analysis you need.Asia-based hedge funds are bracing for a lean quarter of capital raising as the spread of the coronavirus leads to the postponement and cancellation of key events that have historically drawn Western investors to the region.London-headquartered Albourne Partners Ltd., a consultancy that advises pensions, university endowments and foundations that invest a combined $550 billion in alternative investments, including hedge funds, said it’s seen at least 10 of its clients cancel trips to Asia in coming weeks, according to Asia head Richard Johnston.Investors are scuppering visits as the number of new cases and deaths from the coronavirus outbreak in China surges. The U.S. has restricted travel to China and raised the alert level for Hong Kong, the largest hedge fund hub in Asia.“You’ll hardly see a visitor at least until well into April,” Johnston said. “There’s a big issue for a lot of people, which has caused a holdup in allocations.”Late February and March are among the peak months for international allocators to visit the region. They typically anchor trips around a few key events organized by investment banks and large asset managers, and schedule meetings with smaller firms on the side while they’re in town.PAG, PerseveranceCredit Suisse Group AG and Citigroup Inc. are among banks that have canceled or delayed annual investor conferences in Hong Kong and Singapore. Those usually draw thousands of participants from the region and further afield.Many more social, marquee events in Asia have also been scrapped because of the coronavirus. While they aren’t directly related to fund raisings, they’re considered important networking opportunities for many financial executives.The Hong Kong Sevens, an international rugby tournament that has been running since 1976, is set to be postponed, while Art Basel Hong Kong has been canceled. In Singapore, Asia’s other hedge fund hub, the annual Singapore Yacht Show set for March has been postponed until later in the year.Hong Kong-based PAG, one of the region’s largest alternative investors with $35 billion of assets, postponed an investor day for its private-debt business scheduled to take place on March 12 in Hong Kong, spokesman Tim Morrison said.Perseverance Asset Management, the Shenzhen-based Greater China stock manager which oversaw more than $11 billion as of August, has delayed a similar annual event set for later this month in the southern Chinese city to avoid mass gatherings amid the outbreak, Chief Operating Officer Kendrick Zhu said.Some Hong Kong-based family offices are also slowing their allocations to funds based abroad. One worry is that if foreign governments impose sudden travel restrictions it could leave them stuck overseas during due diligence visits.Mark Voumard, the chief executive officer of Gordian Capital Singapore Pte, a fund platform whose clients manage assets around $3.3 billion, said the virus outbreak wasn’t having too much of an effect on fund inflows yet because many potential investors had met with fund managers as recently as December and video calls had been able to replace most physical meetings.Knock-On Impact“But there are fewer investors from the U.S. and Europe visiting Hong Kong, which to a lesser extent impacts Singapore, Tokyo and Australia,” he said. “If you only come out once a year and do the regional tour, Hong Kong is an important financial center.”Large institutions, especially those in North America and Europe, have accounted for the bulk of new inflows into the $3.3 trillion global hedge fund industry since the 2008 global financial crisis. Most of those big firms don’t have teams based in Asia.Asia-based hedge funds lost 5% of their assets to net redemptions last year, compared with 3% on average globally, eVestment data show. The virus is a double-whammy for Hong Kong after months-long pro-democracy protests that began mid-last year and that crippled the city’s economy.For large fund firms like PAG and Perseverance, investor days are more about information-sharing sessions for existing investors, rather than capital-raising events. Still, small regional peers benefit from all the foot traffic they bring.Even in the age of internet and video-conferencing, some investors still require staff to visit hedge-fund managers on site before parking any money with them. Johnston said he was aware of one client who recently obtained an exception to the rule, allowing it to allocate money to a manager Albourne has been following for more than a decade.In China, where most companies have asked staff to work from home, 81% of hedge funds say they’ve encounted obstacles ranging from slower trading, less efficient research and difficulties in acquiring new clients, according to a survey by consultancy Shenzhen PaiPaiWang Investment & Management Co.Some hedge funds on the mainland have to depend on existing clients for fundraising because prospective customers can’t complete required on-site bank procedures to certify them as qualified investors, the survey found.Others that sell directly to investors said they’ve had to turn clients away who want to visit before buying products.(Updates with Gordian Capital quote in 12th paragraph.)To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Bei Hu in Hong Kong at bhu5@bloomberg.net;Zhang Dingmin in Beijing at dzhang14@bloomberg.net;David Ramli in Singapore at dramli1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Katrina Nicholas at knicholas2@bloomberg.net, David ScanlanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Follow Bloomberg on Telegram for all the investment news and analysis you need.Asia-based hedge funds are bracing for a lean quarter of capital raising as the spread of the coronavirus leads to the postponement and cancellation of key events that have historically drawn Western investors to the region.London-headquartered Albourne Partners Ltd., a consultancy that advises pensions, university endowments and foundations that invest a combined $550 billion in alternative investments, including hedge funds, said it’s seen at least 10 of its clients cancel trips to Asia in coming weeks, according to Asia head Richard Johnston.Investors are scuppering visits as the number of new cases and deaths from the coronavirus outbreak in China surges. The U.S. has restricted travel to China and raised the alert level for Hong Kong, the largest hedge fund hub in Asia.“You’ll hardly see a visitor at least until well into April,” Johnston said. “There’s a big issue for a lot of people, which has caused a holdup in allocations.”Late February and March are among the peak months for international allocators to visit the region. They typically anchor trips around a few key events organized by investment banks and large asset managers, and schedule meetings with smaller firms on the side while they’re in town.PAG, PerseveranceCredit Suisse Group AG and Citigroup Inc. are among banks that have canceled or delayed annual investor conferences in Hong Kong and Singapore. Those usually draw thousands of participants from the region and further afield.Many more social, marquee events in Asia have also been scrapped because of the coronavirus. While they aren’t directly related to fund raisings, they’re considered important networking opportunities for many financial executives.The Hong Kong Sevens, an international rugby tournament that has been running since 1976, is set to be postponed, while Art Basel Hong Kong has been canceled. In Singapore, Asia’s other hedge fund hub, the annual Singapore Yacht Show set for March has been postponed until later in the year.Hong Kong-based PAG, one of the region’s largest alternative investors with $35 billion of assets, postponed an investor day for its private-debt business scheduled to take place on March 12 in Hong Kong, spokesman Tim Morrison said.Perseverance Asset Management, the Shenzhen-based Greater China stock manager which oversaw more than $11 billion as of August, has delayed a similar annual event set for later this month in the southern Chinese city to avoid mass gatherings amid the outbreak, Chief Operating Officer Kendrick Zhu said.Some Hong Kong-based family offices are also slowing their allocations to funds based abroad. One worry is that if foreign governments impose sudden travel restrictions it could leave them stuck overseas during due diligence visits.Mark Voumard, the chief executive officer of Gordian Capital Singapore Pte, a fund platform whose clients manage assets around $3.3 billion, said the virus outbreak wasn’t having too much of an effect on fund inflows yet because many potential investors had met with fund managers as recently as December and video calls had been able to replace most physical meetings.Knock-On Impact“But there are fewer investors from the U.S. and Europe visiting Hong Kong, which to a lesser extent impacts Singapore, Tokyo and Australia,” he said. “If you only come out once a year and do the regional tour, Hong Kong is an important financial center.”Large institutions, especially those in North America and Europe, have accounted for the bulk of new inflows into the $3.3 trillion global hedge fund industry since the 2008 global financial crisis. Most of those big firms don’t have teams based in Asia.Asia-based hedge funds lost 5% of their assets to net redemptions last year, compared with 3% on average globally, eVestment data show. The virus is a double-whammy for Hong Kong after months-long pro-democracy protests that began mid-last year and that crippled the city’s economy.For large fund firms like PAG and Perseverance, investor days are more about information-sharing sessions for existing investors, rather than capital-raising events. Still, small regional peers benefit from all the foot traffic they bring.Even in the age of internet and video-conferencing, some investors still require staff to visit hedge-fund managers on site before parking any money with them. Johnston said he was aware of one client who recently obtained an exception to the rule, allowing it to allocate money to a manager Albourne has been following for more than a decade.In China, where most companies have asked staff to work from home, 81% of hedge funds say they’ve encounted obstacles ranging from slower trading, less efficient research and difficulties in acquiring new clients, according to a survey by consultancy Shenzhen PaiPaiWang Investment & Management Co.Some hedge funds on the mainland have to depend on existing clients for fundraising because prospective customers can’t complete required on-site bank procedures to certify them as qualified investors, the survey found.Others that sell directly to investors said they’ve had to turn clients away who want to visit before buying products.(Updates with Gordian Capital quote in 12th paragraph.)To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Bei Hu in Hong Kong at bhu5@bloomberg.net;Zhang Dingmin in Beijing at dzhang14@bloomberg.net;David Ramli in Singapore at dramli1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Katrina Nicholas at knicholas2@bloomberg.net, David ScanlanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 36/71   10 Ways the SECURE Act Will Impact Your Retirement Savings
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    With the decline of traditional pensions, most of us are now responsible for squirrelling away money for our own retirement. In today's do-it-yourself retirement savings world, we rely largely on 401(k) plans and IRAs. However, there are obviously flaws with the system because about one-fourth of working Americans have no retirement savings at all--including 13% of workers age 60 and older.But help is on the way. On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. This new law does several things that will affect your ability to save money for retirement and influence how you use the funds over time. While some provisions are administrative in nature or intended to raise revenue, most of the changes are taxpayer-friendly measures designed to boost retirement savings. To get you up to speed, we've highlighted 10 of the most notable ways the SECURE Act affects your retirement savings. Learn them quickly, so you can start adjusting your retirement strategy right away. (Unless otherwise noted, all changes apply starting in 2020.) SEE ALSO: State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Retirees

    With the decline of traditional pensions, most of us are now responsible for squirrelling away money for our own retirement. In today's do-it-yourself retirement savings world, we rely largely on 401(k) plans and IRAs. However, there are obviously flaws with the system because about one-fourth of working Americans have no retirement savings at all--including 13% of workers age 60 and older.But help is on the way. On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. This new law does several things that will affect your ability to save money for retirement and influence how you use the funds over time. While some provisions are administrative in nature or intended to raise revenue, most of the changes are taxpayer-friendly measures designed to boost retirement savings. To get you up to speed, we've highlighted 10 of the most notable ways the SECURE Act affects your retirement savings. Learn them quickly, so you can start adjusting your retirement strategy right away. (Unless otherwise noted, all changes apply starting in 2020.) SEE ALSO: State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Retirees


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  • 37/71   Yen holds gains on virus woes, euro crumbles on weak growth outlook
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    The Chinese yuan nursed losses in offshore trade as the flu-like virus, which emerged late last year in China's Hubei province, slammed the brakes on consumer spending and manufacturing.  The euro languished at multi-year lows versus the dollar and the Swiss franc as investors grow more pessimistic about the outlook in the euro zone before the release of gross domestic product data later on Friday.  In contrast, the pound rode a wave of optimism into Asia on Friday due to hopes that a British cabinet reshuffle will lead to more expansionary fiscal policy to support growth.

    The Chinese yuan nursed losses in offshore trade as the flu-like virus, which emerged late last year in China's Hubei province, slammed the brakes on consumer spending and manufacturing. The euro languished at multi-year lows versus the dollar and the Swiss franc as investors grow more pessimistic about the outlook in the euro zone before the release of gross domestic product data later on Friday. In contrast, the pound rode a wave of optimism into Asia on Friday due to hopes that a British cabinet reshuffle will lead to more expansionary fiscal policy to support growth.


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  • 38/71   Expedia Chairman Barry Diller Rips His ‘Bloated’ Company as ‘All Life, No Work’
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    When a CEO and chief financial officer get pushed out a couple of months earlier, yes, the next earnings call with financial analysts might be unusual. But the Expedia Group fourth quarter earnings discussion on Thursday was one for the record books. Expedia Group Chairman Barry Diller and Vice Chairman Peter Kern, who are now […]

    When a CEO and chief financial officer get pushed out a couple of months earlier, yes, the next earnings call with financial analysts might be unusual. But the Expedia Group fourth quarter earnings discussion on Thursday was one for the record books. Expedia Group Chairman Barry Diller and Vice Chairman Peter Kern, who are now […]


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  • 39/71   CannTrust Announces New CEO and Provides Updates on Remediation Plan and New York Stock Exchange Listing
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    CannTrust Holdings Inc. ("CannTrust" or the "Company", TSX: TRST, NYSE: CTST) announced the appointment of Greg Guyatt as the Company's Chief Executive Officer and provided an update on the status of both its remediation plan and its New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") listing.

    CannTrust Holdings Inc. ("CannTrust" or the "Company", TSX: TRST, NYSE: CTST) announced the appointment of Greg Guyatt as the Company's Chief Executive Officer and provided an update on the status of both its remediation plan and its New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") listing.


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  • 40/71   Bernie Sanders to online trolls: Stop 'ugly personal attacks'
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    Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders on Thursday urged an end to online 'bullying or ugly personal attacks' after a powerful hospitality-industry union in Nevada accused his supporters of harassment.  The Culinary Workers Union said supporters of Sanders, a front-runner in the Democratic White House race, 'viciously' attacked the organization via Twitter, text, voicemail and direct messaging after the union criticized the senator's universal healthcare plan on Tuesday.

    Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders on Thursday urged an end to online 'bullying or ugly personal attacks' after a powerful hospitality-industry union in Nevada accused his supporters of harassment. The Culinary Workers Union said supporters of Sanders, a front-runner in the Democratic White House race, 'viciously' attacked the organization via Twitter, text, voicemail and direct messaging after the union criticized the senator's universal healthcare plan on Tuesday.


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  • 41/71   LIQ Launches as the Innovative and Interactive Way to Treat Your Pets
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    LIQ liquid treats has launched as the industry-disrupting new product for dogs and cats. Aimed at improving the lives of pets inside and out, LIQ is a low calorie and interactive way to treat your pets. With four healthy recipes and a bottle designed to massage pets, LIQ lives up to its mission: Love on the Inside. Love on the Outside.

    LIQ liquid treats has launched as the industry-disrupting new product for dogs and cats. Aimed at improving the lives of pets inside and out, LIQ is a low calorie and interactive way to treat your pets. With four healthy recipes and a bottle designed to massage pets, LIQ lives up to its mission: Love on the Inside. Love on the Outside.


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  • 42/71   Don't look back, Bernie — Bloomberg is gaining on you
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    The problem with the argument that Bloomberg isn’t running a real campaign with real supporters, however, is that it isn’t true. And progressives — particularly those who want Sanders to win the Democratic nomination — ignore that at their peril.

    The problem with the argument that Bloomberg isn’t running a real campaign with real supporters, however, is that it isn’t true. And progressives — particularly those who want Sanders to win the Democratic nomination — ignore that at their peril.


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  • 43/71   YouTube Removes Clip of Rand Paul Speaking on Senate Floor, Citing Concern He Named Ukraine Whistleblower
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    YouTube removed a clip of Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) speaking on the Senate floor, in which he asked why Chief Justice John Roberts had blocked a question of his, which some have speculated contained the name of the Ukraine whistleblower.Paul told Politico Playbook that the tech platform’s decision was “dangerous and politically biased,” and denied knowing who the whistleblower was. “Nowhere in my speech did I accuse anyone of being a whistleblower,” he stated.“It is a chilling and disturbing day in America when giant web companies such as YouTube decide to [censor] speech. Now, even protected speech, such as that of a senator on the Senate floor, can be blocked from getting to the American people,” Paul added.YouTube told Politico that the decision was part of a larger effort to purge the name from the platform, and said that the company had already deleted “hundreds of videos and over ten thousand comments that contained the name.”“Videos, comments, and other forms of content that mention the leaked whistleblower’s name violate YouTube’s Community Guidelines and will be removed from YouTube,” YouTube spokeswoman Ivy Choi said. She added that uploaders had “the option” to edit the name out of their footage and re-upload.After Roberts — who was tasked with reading aloud questions submitted by senators during the impeachment trial — refused to read Paul’s question on January 29, Paul submitted a second question the next day, and left the trial to hold an impromptu press conference after Roberts blocked the question a second time."It's very important whether or not a group of Democratic activists part of the Obama, Biden administration were working together for years looking for an opportunity to impeach the president,” Paul said, claiming his question had nothing to do with the whistleblower.> Sen. @RandPaul: "It's very important whether or not a group of Democratic activists part of the Obama, Biden administration were working together for years looking for an opportunity to impeach the president." https://t.co/e0kl6NUKFH pic.twitter.com/TAnetrmc40> > -- The Hill (@thehill) January 30, 2020“I’m the biggest defender of the whistleblower statutes,” Paul added, but argued that Democrats “shouldn’t be able to use statutes to somehow make a whole part of the discussion over this impeachment go away.”

    YouTube removed a clip of Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) speaking on the Senate floor, in which he asked why Chief Justice John Roberts had blocked a question of his, which some have speculated contained the name of the Ukraine whistleblower.Paul told Politico Playbook that the tech platform’s decision was “dangerous and politically biased,” and denied knowing who the whistleblower was. “Nowhere in my speech did I accuse anyone of being a whistleblower,” he stated.“It is a chilling and disturbing day in America when giant web companies such as YouTube decide to [censor] speech. Now, even protected speech, such as that of a senator on the Senate floor, can be blocked from getting to the American people,” Paul added.YouTube told Politico that the decision was part of a larger effort to purge the name from the platform, and said that the company had already deleted “hundreds of videos and over ten thousand comments that contained the name.”“Videos, comments, and other forms of content that mention the leaked whistleblower’s name violate YouTube’s Community Guidelines and will be removed from YouTube,” YouTube spokeswoman Ivy Choi said. She added that uploaders had “the option” to edit the name out of their footage and re-upload.After Roberts — who was tasked with reading aloud questions submitted by senators during the impeachment trial — refused to read Paul’s question on January 29, Paul submitted a second question the next day, and left the trial to hold an impromptu press conference after Roberts blocked the question a second time."It's very important whether or not a group of Democratic activists part of the Obama, Biden administration were working together for years looking for an opportunity to impeach the president,” Paul said, claiming his question had nothing to do with the whistleblower.> Sen. @RandPaul: "It's very important whether or not a group of Democratic activists part of the Obama, Biden administration were working together for years looking for an opportunity to impeach the president." https://t.co/e0kl6NUKFH pic.twitter.com/TAnetrmc40> > -- The Hill (@thehill) January 30, 2020“I’m the biggest defender of the whistleblower statutes,” Paul added, but argued that Democrats “shouldn’t be able to use statutes to somehow make a whole part of the discussion over this impeachment go away.”


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  • 44/71   Trump is elevating judges who could gut the Voting Rights Act
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    Fresh from handing President Trump a victory in his impeachment trial, the U.S. Senate has moved to install federal judges who have expressed disdain for the Voting Rights Act.

    Fresh from handing President Trump a victory in his impeachment trial, the U.S. Senate has moved to install federal judges who have expressed disdain for the Voting Rights Act.


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  • 45/71   US woman wanted for husband's 2002 death arrested in Rome
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    An American woman wanted in the 2002 death of her husband, whose remains were so badly burned they weren’t identified for more than a decade, was arrested in Rome after a multinational search, police said Thursday.  Rome police arrested Beverly McCallum, 59, overnight after she and her teenage son checked into a Rome hotel on the northwest outskirts of the Italian capital.  Italian hotels are required to register guests in an online system linked to a police database.

    An American woman wanted in the 2002 death of her husband, whose remains were so badly burned they weren’t identified for more than a decade, was arrested in Rome after a multinational search, police said Thursday. Rome police arrested Beverly McCallum, 59, overnight after she and her teenage son checked into a Rome hotel on the northwest outskirts of the Italian capital. Italian hotels are required to register guests in an online system linked to a police database.


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  • 46/71   Mexico says number of migrants in 'Remain in Mexico' program drops sharply
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    Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday that the number of migrants awaiting the outcome of their U.S. immigration cases in Mexico has fallen from 50,000 to about 2,500.

    Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday that the number of migrants awaiting the outcome of their U.S. immigration cases in Mexico has fallen from 50,000 to about 2,500.


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  • 47/71   Coronavirus updates: COVID-19 deaths near 1,500 in China as 15th case confirmed in U.S.
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    As the number of new cases of novel coronavirus rises starkly in China, here is the latest.

    As the number of new cases of novel coronavirus rises starkly in China, here is the latest.


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  • 48/71   The coronavirus has reportedly spread to North Korea. Experts say the country isn't equipped to fight it.
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    Reports say the novel coronavirus has spread to North Korea. But the isolated country's "crumbling" healthcare system may not be equipped to fight it.

    Reports say the novel coronavirus has spread to North Korea. But the isolated country's "crumbling" healthcare system may not be equipped to fight it.


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  • 49/71   Scientists discover 'baby giant' exoplanet already 10 times the mass of Jupiter
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    Scientists just discovered a "baby giant" planet closer to Earth than any other — a mere 330 light years away.The exoplanet — a planet beyond our solar system — was discovered by scientists at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the findings were published in Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society.Named 2MASS 1155-7919 b, the planet has an uncommonly wide orbit around its "parent" star — 600 times farther than the distance between Earth and the sun. The origin of systems so far from their parent star are the "subject of vigorous debate," according to the findings. Scientists are hoping to further study 2Mass 1155-7919 b to understand how giant planets can have such wide orbits, per a press release from RIT.The planet's parent star is just 5 million years old, making it 1,000 times younger than the sun, per the release.2Mass 1155-7919 b is an infant, so it's likely still in the process of forming, said Annie Dickson-Vandervelde, lead author of the paper. But it's already roughly 10 times the mass of Jupiter, one of the gas giants in our solar system. The new planet was discovered using data from the Gaia space observatory, which was launched in 2013 by the European Space Agency.More stories from theweek.com  Andrew Yang asks his gang to support Democrats everywhere in DNC email blast  The sidelining of Elizabeth Warren  The Don seizes the Justice Department

    Scientists just discovered a "baby giant" planet closer to Earth than any other — a mere 330 light years away.The exoplanet — a planet beyond our solar system — was discovered by scientists at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the findings were published in Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society.Named 2MASS 1155-7919 b, the planet has an uncommonly wide orbit around its "parent" star — 600 times farther than the distance between Earth and the sun. The origin of systems so far from their parent star are the "subject of vigorous debate," according to the findings. Scientists are hoping to further study 2Mass 1155-7919 b to understand how giant planets can have such wide orbits, per a press release from RIT.The planet's parent star is just 5 million years old, making it 1,000 times younger than the sun, per the release.2Mass 1155-7919 b is an infant, so it's likely still in the process of forming, said Annie Dickson-Vandervelde, lead author of the paper. But it's already roughly 10 times the mass of Jupiter, one of the gas giants in our solar system. The new planet was discovered using data from the Gaia space observatory, which was launched in 2013 by the European Space Agency.More stories from theweek.com Andrew Yang asks his gang to support Democrats everywhere in DNC email blast The sidelining of Elizabeth Warren The Don seizes the Justice Department


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  • 50/71   Think The U.S. Army Is Powerful? By 2027 It Will Be Even Deadlier
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    Thanks to this first-of-its-kind attack missile.

    Thanks to this first-of-its-kind attack missile.


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  • 51/71   'We're not some banana republic': National security adviser defends removal of Trump impeachment witness from White House job
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    National security adviser Robert O’Brien said Tuesday evening there had been “absolutely” no retaliation involved in Friday’s departure of Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council, even as President Trump seemed to indicate that the military would “look into” whether to take disciplinary action against the Army officer.

    National security adviser Robert O’Brien said Tuesday evening there had been “absolutely” no retaliation involved in Friday’s departure of Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council, even as President Trump seemed to indicate that the military would “look into” whether to take disciplinary action against the Army officer.


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  • 52/71   China Moves to Ease Mounting Anger With Reset of Virus Fight
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    (Bloomberg) -- China took action on two fronts to gain control of the spiraling coronavirus outbreak gripping the country: reporting a dramatic increase in cases and ousting top officials who failed to check the disease’s expansion.The moves came within hours of each other Thursday. First, health authorities revealed that cases in Hubei province, where the disease first emerged, had surged by 45% to almost 50,000 after they included a new group of patients. That raised the global tally to almost 60,000, dashing hopes that the epidemic might be easing.Then, authorities announced the replacement of the two most senior Communist Party officials in Hubei and its hard-hit capital, Wuhan. Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong -- a former top judge who once served under President Xi Jinping -- was named to replace embattled provincial boss, Jiang Chaoliang.The shakeup represented the biggest political fallout yet from an outbreak that has in a little over two months shaken confidence in China’s leaders and caused countries from the U.S. to Japan to restrict or block visits by its citizens. The decision on the heels of the expanded case tally was reminiscent of a boardroom reset, in which bad numbers are disclosed first to give the new team a clean slate.“First of all, they are trying to clean up the backlog of untested people who haven’t been confirmed,” said Ether Yin, partner at Beijing-based consulting firm Trivium China. “It’s politically important for them to get the number right before the new party boss comes in, so that all the new confirmed cases happened under Jiang Chaoliang’s watch. The new party secretary needs a new starting line.”The surprise revision came amid mounting speculation that China was undercounting cases of the new coronavirus strain, as countries around the world struggle to contain a disease that appears to spread when patients show only mild symptoms. Daily declines in new cases in Hubei earlier this week helped push U.S. equity markets to record highs on Wednesday.U.S. equity futures followed most Asian stock markets lower on Thursday as investors digested the sudden changes at the epicenter of the outbreak. The moves came hours after Xi urged a meeting of the Politburo’s supreme Standing Committee to follow through on epidemic-control efforts, which he said had achieved “positive” results.‘All-Out’ EffortsXi has ordered “all-out” efforts to contain the disease and forcibly quarantined more than 40 million people in Hubei, while the party appointed a task force led by Premier Li Keqiang to coordinate the nationwide response. In recent days, the central government sent two senior officials to help lead the response in Hubei, and removed two top members of the provincial health commission from their posts.Pressure has increased on the party after a nationwide outpouring of grief and fury over the death of Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang, who was accused by local police of spreading rumors after sounding one of the first warnings about the outbreak of the disease now known as COVID-19. Indications that news of Li’s death from the disease was also censored by Chinese authorities prompted further outrage on social media.“With the full support of the central leading team, the new frontline commanders, together with some newly appointed officials to head the local disease control and prevention systems, have been entrusted with the urgent mission of getting to grips with the situation in the hardest-hit region,” the China Daily, a state-run newspaper directed at an English-speaking audience, wrote in a commentary published Thursday.The reset met was with skepticism on Chinese social media, where residents had long speculated based on anecdotes reported in local media and shared online that case numbers were higher than the official tallies. Many compared the approach to the actions of a troubled company. “Past liabilities got cleared, so the new officials can start afresh, unburdened by the prior failures,” wrote a Weibo user named Maitian with more than 200,000 followers. The post was widely shared on the Twitter-like platform before disappearing. By early Friday, “Wuhan case number unclear” had become a top trending topic on Weibo. The reshuffle raises the stakes for Xi as he takes greater personal responsibility for the response. Ying was appointed mayor of Shanghai in January 2017 after a career spent mostly in the financial center and neighboring Zhejiang province, including stints under the future president.Jiang, a former governor of Jilin province who’s held posts at several banks, has led Hubei’s provincial party committee since October 2016. He had previously led the People’s Bank of China’s Shenzhen and Guangzhou branches during the Asian financial crisis.Local officials often bear the brunt when crises threaten the ruling party. China fired more than 100 officials, including the health minister and the mayor of Beijing, after allegations that local governments suppressed information about a similar outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, in 2003.“This is a critical juncture of the campaign, so you also want to show resolve -- that the central government is winning the war, and is even willing to change the leadership to get that done,” said Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations and director of Seton Hall University’s Center for Global Health Studies. “This is a demonstration of resolve -- and the fact that they’re willing to take heed of public opinion.”Counting MethodThe change in counting method will renew concern over the effectiveness the tests currently used to identify stricken patients globally, and raise questions over the true scale of the outbreak that has killed more than 1,300 people, all but two on mainland China.The traditional nucleic acid test identifies the virus in a patient’s body through its specific genetic sequence, but reports of a severe lack of test kits and the unreliability of test results have circulated since the start of the crisis. In Wuhan, people with symptoms like fever and coughing wait for hours in line to get tested. Those who test negative are usually turned away from the hospital.The issue has cropped up outside China, as well. On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that test kits shipped to labs around the world last week have proved faulty.The spike in number will likely intensify public anger against the government’s handling of the crisis. In an update to its treatment guidelines on Feb. 5, China’s National Health Commission added the category of “clinically diagnosed cases” in recognition of a shortage of nucleic acid tests. Hubei didn’t include that category in its count until Thursday, a week later.Yin, the Trivium partner, said the revision could actually help counter skepticism about China’s official data on the outbreak. “If the government is willing to see numbers jump by over 10,000 overnight, I would say that actually shows the government is not hiding the numbers this time,” Yin said.(Updates with Weibo reaction under ‘All-Out’ Efforts subheadline.)\--With assistance from Iain Marlow, Linly Lin and Yueqi Yang.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Peter Martin in Beijing at pmartin138@bloomberg.net;Dandan Li in Beijing at dli395@bloomberg.net;Dong Lyu in Beijing at dlyu3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, ;Rachel Chang at wchang98@bloomberg.net, Karen Leigh, Sharon ChenFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- China took action on two fronts to gain control of the spiraling coronavirus outbreak gripping the country: reporting a dramatic increase in cases and ousting top officials who failed to check the disease’s expansion.The moves came within hours of each other Thursday. First, health authorities revealed that cases in Hubei province, where the disease first emerged, had surged by 45% to almost 50,000 after they included a new group of patients. That raised the global tally to almost 60,000, dashing hopes that the epidemic might be easing.Then, authorities announced the replacement of the two most senior Communist Party officials in Hubei and its hard-hit capital, Wuhan. Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong -- a former top judge who once served under President Xi Jinping -- was named to replace embattled provincial boss, Jiang Chaoliang.The shakeup represented the biggest political fallout yet from an outbreak that has in a little over two months shaken confidence in China’s leaders and caused countries from the U.S. to Japan to restrict or block visits by its citizens. The decision on the heels of the expanded case tally was reminiscent of a boardroom reset, in which bad numbers are disclosed first to give the new team a clean slate.“First of all, they are trying to clean up the backlog of untested people who haven’t been confirmed,” said Ether Yin, partner at Beijing-based consulting firm Trivium China. “It’s politically important for them to get the number right before the new party boss comes in, so that all the new confirmed cases happened under Jiang Chaoliang’s watch. The new party secretary needs a new starting line.”The surprise revision came amid mounting speculation that China was undercounting cases of the new coronavirus strain, as countries around the world struggle to contain a disease that appears to spread when patients show only mild symptoms. Daily declines in new cases in Hubei earlier this week helped push U.S. equity markets to record highs on Wednesday.U.S. equity futures followed most Asian stock markets lower on Thursday as investors digested the sudden changes at the epicenter of the outbreak. The moves came hours after Xi urged a meeting of the Politburo’s supreme Standing Committee to follow through on epidemic-control efforts, which he said had achieved “positive” results.‘All-Out’ EffortsXi has ordered “all-out” efforts to contain the disease and forcibly quarantined more than 40 million people in Hubei, while the party appointed a task force led by Premier Li Keqiang to coordinate the nationwide response. In recent days, the central government sent two senior officials to help lead the response in Hubei, and removed two top members of the provincial health commission from their posts.Pressure has increased on the party after a nationwide outpouring of grief and fury over the death of Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang, who was accused by local police of spreading rumors after sounding one of the first warnings about the outbreak of the disease now known as COVID-19. Indications that news of Li’s death from the disease was also censored by Chinese authorities prompted further outrage on social media.“With the full support of the central leading team, the new frontline commanders, together with some newly appointed officials to head the local disease control and prevention systems, have been entrusted with the urgent mission of getting to grips with the situation in the hardest-hit region,” the China Daily, a state-run newspaper directed at an English-speaking audience, wrote in a commentary published Thursday.The reset met was with skepticism on Chinese social media, where residents had long speculated based on anecdotes reported in local media and shared online that case numbers were higher than the official tallies. Many compared the approach to the actions of a troubled company. “Past liabilities got cleared, so the new officials can start afresh, unburdened by the prior failures,” wrote a Weibo user named Maitian with more than 200,000 followers. The post was widely shared on the Twitter-like platform before disappearing. By early Friday, “Wuhan case number unclear” had become a top trending topic on Weibo. The reshuffle raises the stakes for Xi as he takes greater personal responsibility for the response. Ying was appointed mayor of Shanghai in January 2017 after a career spent mostly in the financial center and neighboring Zhejiang province, including stints under the future president.Jiang, a former governor of Jilin province who’s held posts at several banks, has led Hubei’s provincial party committee since October 2016. He had previously led the People’s Bank of China’s Shenzhen and Guangzhou branches during the Asian financial crisis.Local officials often bear the brunt when crises threaten the ruling party. China fired more than 100 officials, including the health minister and the mayor of Beijing, after allegations that local governments suppressed information about a similar outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, in 2003.“This is a critical juncture of the campaign, so you also want to show resolve -- that the central government is winning the war, and is even willing to change the leadership to get that done,” said Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations and director of Seton Hall University’s Center for Global Health Studies. “This is a demonstration of resolve -- and the fact that they’re willing to take heed of public opinion.”Counting MethodThe change in counting method will renew concern over the effectiveness the tests currently used to identify stricken patients globally, and raise questions over the true scale of the outbreak that has killed more than 1,300 people, all but two on mainland China.The traditional nucleic acid test identifies the virus in a patient’s body through its specific genetic sequence, but reports of a severe lack of test kits and the unreliability of test results have circulated since the start of the crisis. In Wuhan, people with symptoms like fever and coughing wait for hours in line to get tested. Those who test negative are usually turned away from the hospital.The issue has cropped up outside China, as well. On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that test kits shipped to labs around the world last week have proved faulty.The spike in number will likely intensify public anger against the government’s handling of the crisis. In an update to its treatment guidelines on Feb. 5, China’s National Health Commission added the category of “clinically diagnosed cases” in recognition of a shortage of nucleic acid tests. Hubei didn’t include that category in its count until Thursday, a week later.Yin, the Trivium partner, said the revision could actually help counter skepticism about China’s official data on the outbreak. “If the government is willing to see numbers jump by over 10,000 overnight, I would say that actually shows the government is not hiding the numbers this time,” Yin said.(Updates with Weibo reaction under ‘All-Out’ Efforts subheadline.)\--With assistance from Iain Marlow, Linly Lin and Yueqi Yang.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Peter Martin in Beijing at pmartin138@bloomberg.net;Dandan Li in Beijing at dli395@bloomberg.net;Dong Lyu in Beijing at dlyu3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, ;Rachel Chang at wchang98@bloomberg.net, Karen Leigh, Sharon ChenFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 53/71   US offers to help virus efforts in N.Korea
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    The United States on Thursday promised to support aid work in North Korea to combat the new coronavirus, voicing alarm at the ill-equipped state's susceptibility.  State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said the United States was 'deeply concerned' about the vulnerability of the North Korean people to COVID-19, which originated in neighboring China where it has killed more than 1,300 people.  Ortagus said the United States supported efforts of aid groups to contain the spread of the virus in North Korea.

    The United States on Thursday promised to support aid work in North Korea to combat the new coronavirus, voicing alarm at the ill-equipped state's susceptibility. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said the United States was 'deeply concerned' about the vulnerability of the North Korean people to COVID-19, which originated in neighboring China where it has killed more than 1,300 people. Ortagus said the United States supported efforts of aid groups to contain the spread of the virus in North Korea.


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  • 54/71   Brexit robs German village of Scottish mayor
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    The tiny village of Brunsmark, an hour outside Hamburg in the lush north German countryside, might seem an unlikely spot to suffer a sudden Brexit shock.  What's more, Macnab has lived outside the UK for more than 15 years -- the cutoff point for voting from abroad in elections to the London parliament.

    The tiny village of Brunsmark, an hour outside Hamburg in the lush north German countryside, might seem an unlikely spot to suffer a sudden Brexit shock. What's more, Macnab has lived outside the UK for more than 15 years -- the cutoff point for voting from abroad in elections to the London parliament.


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  • 55/71   Iranians feel strain of turmoil and sanctions
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    On a crisp winter's day the snow glistens on the mountains above Tehran, but the mood is as heavy as the pall of pollution that often shrouds Iran's capital.  'The quality of life isn't good at all -- we have pollution, angry people, high prices,' she said, pointing also to a 'huge class gap' and Iran's deepening 'isolation'.  Iran's economy has been battered since US President Donald Trump in 2018 abandoned an international nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions and a 'maximum pressure' campaign.

    On a crisp winter's day the snow glistens on the mountains above Tehran, but the mood is as heavy as the pall of pollution that often shrouds Iran's capital. 'The quality of life isn't good at all -- we have pollution, angry people, high prices,' she said, pointing also to a 'huge class gap' and Iran's deepening 'isolation'. Iran's economy has been battered since US President Donald Trump in 2018 abandoned an international nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions and a 'maximum pressure' campaign.


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  • 56/71   2020 Democrats step up attacks to blunt Bloomberg's rise
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    Democratic presidential candidates hoping to revive their flagging campaigns increasingly took aim at Mike Bloomberg on Thursday, blasting their billionaire rival for trying to buy his way into the White House and raising questions about his commitment to racial equality.  Struggling to recover from poor showings in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden took the lead in attacking Bloomberg.  Biden, the former vice president, said on ABC's “The View” that “I don't think you can buy an election,' while Warren took Bloomberg to task for his 2008 comments that ending redlining, a discriminatory housing practice helped trigger the economic meltdown.

    Democratic presidential candidates hoping to revive their flagging campaigns increasingly took aim at Mike Bloomberg on Thursday, blasting their billionaire rival for trying to buy his way into the White House and raising questions about his commitment to racial equality. Struggling to recover from poor showings in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden took the lead in attacking Bloomberg. Biden, the former vice president, said on ABC's “The View” that “I don't think you can buy an election,' while Warren took Bloomberg to task for his 2008 comments that ending redlining, a discriminatory housing practice helped trigger the economic meltdown.


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  • 57/71   U.K. Political Shock Opens the Door to Trump-Style Stimulus
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    (Bloomberg) -- Less than a month before a U.K. budget intended to set out Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit economic vision, the reset button has been hit.The resignation of Sajid Javid, the man due to present what’s traditionally a closely watched piece of political theater, has upended economic policy. It calls into question the government’s fiscal prudence -- a long-standing trait of Johnson’s Conservative Party -- and even when the blueprint will be unveiled.In short, it’s a mess. Javid quit as chancellor of the exchequer because he was asked to fire his most senior advisers. His position is second only to that of prime minister and enjoys a degree of autonomy. The interference suggests Javid’s reputation as a fiscal hawk clashed with a desire in 10 Downing Street for looser purse strings.Now, with Johnson having greater control, an even more generous tax and spending program could be in the works. In a sign of just how much is up in the air, the prime minister’s own spokesman couldn’t confirm that the fiscal rules Javid himself had set would still apply. The March 11 budget might be deferred.Anticipation that new chancellor Rishi Sunak, previously Javid’s deputy, will be less of a brake on spending ambitions prompted the pound to rally Thursday and pushed gilts lower.“Trump-style stimulus could return,” said Benjamin Nabarro, an economist at Citigroup Inc. “Javid’s resignation makes it more likely that the Conservatives jettison their 2019 fiscal framework sooner, paving the way for large fiscal easing.”The budget was already expected to deliver a fiscal stimulus, with more money for cash-strapped public services and billions of extra pounds for infrastructure to “level up” struggling regions.Taken together, the infrastructure boost and an additional 12 billion pounds ($16 billion) for public services announced in September could deliver a stimulus of well over 1% of GDP in 2020-21. Excluding the financial crisis, that would represent the biggest fiscal loosening since the early 2000s when Tony Blair was prime minister.Nabarro says new plans could include tax cuts, which would provide a much more immediate boost to the economy than investment projects.RBS economists Cathal Kennedy and Peter Schaffrik agree that something more could be on the way.“Why go through the trouble of reorganizing the workings of the Treasury and essentially push an unacceptable arrangement on the Chancellor, if there are no big changes planned, both in substance and in size,” they wrote.Javid’s fiscal rules allow extra infrastructure spending but also require day-to-day public spending and revenue to be in balance within three years. That goal is much tighter than had been expected, and Javid had also asked ministers to find savings ahead of a spending review due this year.Even before Thursday’s political shock, there were questions over how the government could fund its spending plans and meet targets. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research estimated a 10 billion-pound gap and said the framework may have to be revisited.In his resignation letter, Javid said the Treasury must retain “as much credibility as possible.”Sunak, who was chief secretary to the Treasury under Javid and previously worked at Goldman Sachs, has a very short timeframe if Johnson’s administration wants to recast the rules before its first budget.“The new chancellor will want to put his own mark on the budget, leading us to believe it will be much more expansionary,” said David Zahn, head of European fixed income at Franklin Templeton. “This news also solidifies Boris Johnson’s position giving him more free reign to get things done.”\--With assistance from Joe Mayes, Robert Hutton and Andrew Atkinson.To contact the reporters on this story: Lucy Meakin in London at lmeakin1@bloomberg.net;Jessica Shankleman in London at jshankleman@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Flavia Krause-Jackson at fjackson@bloomberg.net, ;Fergal O'Brien at fobrien@bloomberg.net, Brian Swint, Paul GordonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Less than a month before a U.K. budget intended to set out Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit economic vision, the reset button has been hit.The resignation of Sajid Javid, the man due to present what’s traditionally a closely watched piece of political theater, has upended economic policy. It calls into question the government’s fiscal prudence -- a long-standing trait of Johnson’s Conservative Party -- and even when the blueprint will be unveiled.In short, it’s a mess. Javid quit as chancellor of the exchequer because he was asked to fire his most senior advisers. His position is second only to that of prime minister and enjoys a degree of autonomy. The interference suggests Javid’s reputation as a fiscal hawk clashed with a desire in 10 Downing Street for looser purse strings.Now, with Johnson having greater control, an even more generous tax and spending program could be in the works. In a sign of just how much is up in the air, the prime minister’s own spokesman couldn’t confirm that the fiscal rules Javid himself had set would still apply. The March 11 budget might be deferred.Anticipation that new chancellor Rishi Sunak, previously Javid’s deputy, will be less of a brake on spending ambitions prompted the pound to rally Thursday and pushed gilts lower.“Trump-style stimulus could return,” said Benjamin Nabarro, an economist at Citigroup Inc. “Javid’s resignation makes it more likely that the Conservatives jettison their 2019 fiscal framework sooner, paving the way for large fiscal easing.”The budget was already expected to deliver a fiscal stimulus, with more money for cash-strapped public services and billions of extra pounds for infrastructure to “level up” struggling regions.Taken together, the infrastructure boost and an additional 12 billion pounds ($16 billion) for public services announced in September could deliver a stimulus of well over 1% of GDP in 2020-21. Excluding the financial crisis, that would represent the biggest fiscal loosening since the early 2000s when Tony Blair was prime minister.Nabarro says new plans could include tax cuts, which would provide a much more immediate boost to the economy than investment projects.RBS economists Cathal Kennedy and Peter Schaffrik agree that something more could be on the way.“Why go through the trouble of reorganizing the workings of the Treasury and essentially push an unacceptable arrangement on the Chancellor, if there are no big changes planned, both in substance and in size,” they wrote.Javid’s fiscal rules allow extra infrastructure spending but also require day-to-day public spending and revenue to be in balance within three years. That goal is much tighter than had been expected, and Javid had also asked ministers to find savings ahead of a spending review due this year.Even before Thursday’s political shock, there were questions over how the government could fund its spending plans and meet targets. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research estimated a 10 billion-pound gap and said the framework may have to be revisited.In his resignation letter, Javid said the Treasury must retain “as much credibility as possible.”Sunak, who was chief secretary to the Treasury under Javid and previously worked at Goldman Sachs, has a very short timeframe if Johnson’s administration wants to recast the rules before its first budget.“The new chancellor will want to put his own mark on the budget, leading us to believe it will be much more expansionary,” said David Zahn, head of European fixed income at Franklin Templeton. “This news also solidifies Boris Johnson’s position giving him more free reign to get things done.”\--With assistance from Joe Mayes, Robert Hutton and Andrew Atkinson.To contact the reporters on this story: Lucy Meakin in London at lmeakin1@bloomberg.net;Jessica Shankleman in London at jshankleman@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Flavia Krause-Jackson at fjackson@bloomberg.net, ;Fergal O'Brien at fobrien@bloomberg.net, Brian Swint, Paul GordonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 58/71   The Senate finally found its spine when it came to limiting Trump's war powers
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    Though Mitch McConnell may ultimately defer to Trump, the Iran resolution is an important first step in Congress reasserting its prerogatives.

    Though Mitch McConnell may ultimately defer to Trump, the Iran resolution is an important first step in Congress reasserting its prerogatives.


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  • 59/71   Huawei Hit With Racketeering Charge in Expanding U.S. Case
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    (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. raised the stakes in its battle with Huawei Technologies Co., using a law historically associated with prosecuting mafia figures to claim the Chinese company engaged in decades of intellectual property theft.Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecommunications equipment, and Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou had already faced criminal charges. The fresh allegations, announced Thursday, up the ante by including racketeering conspiracy, increasing the potential punishment. They come as the global battle for supremacy in fifth-generation wireless technology, or 5G, is joined.Huawei broke the law “to drastically cut its research and development costs and associated delays, giving the company a significant and unfair competitive advantage,” the Justice Department said in a statement. The company even launched a bonus program to reward employees who got their hands on confidential information from competitors, prosecutors said.The new charges depict a company that won international standing by stealing trade secrets, evading U.S sanctions and lying to authorities. They are likely to increase tensions between Beijing and Washington, which has accused Huawei of spying for the Chinese government, even as Huawei won a brief reprieve from a proposed ban on buying parts.The indictment doesn’t name the businesses from which Huawei allegedly stole intellectual property, but details of the allegations match descriptions of companies including Cisco Systems Inc., Motorola Inc. and Cnex Labs Inc.“The indictment paints a damning portrait of an illegitimate organization that lacks any regard for the law,” Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, the Republican chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the panel’s Democratic vice-chairman, said in an emailed statement. “Intellectual property theft, corporate sabotage and market manipulation are part of Huawei’s core ethos and reflected in every aspect of how it conducts business.”Huawei doesn’t “abide by Western business practices,” Rob Spalding, a Washington-based technology and security expert at the Hudson Institute who served on the National Security Council, said in an email. “Which is why many U.S. companies are no longer competitive in the global marketplace.”Read More: Why 5G Mobile Arrives With a Subplot of EspionageHuawei, in turn, has accused the U.S. of orchestrating a campaign to intimidate its employees and launching cyberattacks to infiltrate its internal network. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has urged the U.S to “stop unreasonably targeting Huawei and other Chinese enterprises.”The new indictment “is part of the Justice Department’s attempt to irrevocably damage Huawei’s reputation and its business for reasons related to competition rather than law enforcement,” a representative of the company said Thursday. “These new charges are without merit and are based largely on recycled civil disputes” from the last 20 years “that have been previously settled, litigated and, in some cases, rejected by federal judges and juries.”Huawei was previously accused of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran and North Korea. Meng, the CFO, was charged with fraud last year, with the case rippling into Canada, where she is currently fighting extradition to the U.S. Meng’s lawyers have argued in court that their client did nothing wrong.The U.S. said Huawei stole trade secrets, including copyrighted works, source code and user manuals for internet routers, to “grow and operate” its business. The company swiped antenna and robot testing technology, prosecutors said.Then, they said, it doubled down.“When confronted with evidence of wrongdoing, the defendants allegedly made repeated misstatements to U.S. officials, including FBI agents and representatives from the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, regarding their efforts to misappropriate trade secrets,” they said.Read More: U.S. Ramps Up Huawei Fight With Iran, Trade-Secret ChargesThe U.S. dates the thefts to 2002.In the new indictment, the government is wielding some prior allegations of wrongdoing, like Huawei’s alleged theft of a phone-testing robot developed by T-Mobile US Inc., to build a more muscular case. The U.S. alleged that a Huawei engineer secretly took photos of T-Mobile’s robot, Tappy, took measurements of parts and even stole a piece of it. When T-Mobile threatened to sue, the U.S. said, Huawei blamed “rogue actors” within the company.Intellectual property theft “explains a lot of Huawei’s success,” said Jim Lewis, of the Technology Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “Huawei is the poster child for China’s commercial spying.”The case is U.S. v. Huawei Technologies Co., 18-cr-457, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).Read MoreHuawei Pleads Not Guilty to Bank Fraud Charges in New YorkU.S. Accuses Huawei of Trade-Secret Theft, Defrauding BanksProsecutors Say Government Used FISA to Watch HuaweiU.S. Charges Chinese Professor Accused of Theft to Help Huawei(Updates with Huawei comment in second section)\--With assistance from Bob Van Voris and Natalie Obiko Pearson.To contact the reporters on this story: Patricia Hurtado in Federal Court in Manhattan at pathurtado@bloomberg.net;Alyza Sebenius in Washington at asebenius@bloomberg.net;Todd Shields in Washington at tshields3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Peter JeffreyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. raised the stakes in its battle with Huawei Technologies Co., using a law historically associated with prosecuting mafia figures to claim the Chinese company engaged in decades of intellectual property theft.Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecommunications equipment, and Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou had already faced criminal charges. The fresh allegations, announced Thursday, up the ante by including racketeering conspiracy, increasing the potential punishment. They come as the global battle for supremacy in fifth-generation wireless technology, or 5G, is joined.Huawei broke the law “to drastically cut its research and development costs and associated delays, giving the company a significant and unfair competitive advantage,” the Justice Department said in a statement. The company even launched a bonus program to reward employees who got their hands on confidential information from competitors, prosecutors said.The new charges depict a company that won international standing by stealing trade secrets, evading U.S sanctions and lying to authorities. They are likely to increase tensions between Beijing and Washington, which has accused Huawei of spying for the Chinese government, even as Huawei won a brief reprieve from a proposed ban on buying parts.The indictment doesn’t name the businesses from which Huawei allegedly stole intellectual property, but details of the allegations match descriptions of companies including Cisco Systems Inc., Motorola Inc. and Cnex Labs Inc.“The indictment paints a damning portrait of an illegitimate organization that lacks any regard for the law,” Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, the Republican chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the panel’s Democratic vice-chairman, said in an emailed statement. “Intellectual property theft, corporate sabotage and market manipulation are part of Huawei’s core ethos and reflected in every aspect of how it conducts business.”Huawei doesn’t “abide by Western business practices,” Rob Spalding, a Washington-based technology and security expert at the Hudson Institute who served on the National Security Council, said in an email. “Which is why many U.S. companies are no longer competitive in the global marketplace.”Read More: Why 5G Mobile Arrives With a Subplot of EspionageHuawei, in turn, has accused the U.S. of orchestrating a campaign to intimidate its employees and launching cyberattacks to infiltrate its internal network. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has urged the U.S to “stop unreasonably targeting Huawei and other Chinese enterprises.”The new indictment “is part of the Justice Department’s attempt to irrevocably damage Huawei’s reputation and its business for reasons related to competition rather than law enforcement,” a representative of the company said Thursday. “These new charges are without merit and are based largely on recycled civil disputes” from the last 20 years “that have been previously settled, litigated and, in some cases, rejected by federal judges and juries.”Huawei was previously accused of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran and North Korea. Meng, the CFO, was charged with fraud last year, with the case rippling into Canada, where she is currently fighting extradition to the U.S. Meng’s lawyers have argued in court that their client did nothing wrong.The U.S. said Huawei stole trade secrets, including copyrighted works, source code and user manuals for internet routers, to “grow and operate” its business. The company swiped antenna and robot testing technology, prosecutors said.Then, they said, it doubled down.“When confronted with evidence of wrongdoing, the defendants allegedly made repeated misstatements to U.S. officials, including FBI agents and representatives from the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, regarding their efforts to misappropriate trade secrets,” they said.Read More: U.S. Ramps Up Huawei Fight With Iran, Trade-Secret ChargesThe U.S. dates the thefts to 2002.In the new indictment, the government is wielding some prior allegations of wrongdoing, like Huawei’s alleged theft of a phone-testing robot developed by T-Mobile US Inc., to build a more muscular case. The U.S. alleged that a Huawei engineer secretly took photos of T-Mobile’s robot, Tappy, took measurements of parts and even stole a piece of it. When T-Mobile threatened to sue, the U.S. said, Huawei blamed “rogue actors” within the company.Intellectual property theft “explains a lot of Huawei’s success,” said Jim Lewis, of the Technology Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “Huawei is the poster child for China’s commercial spying.”The case is U.S. v. Huawei Technologies Co., 18-cr-457, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).Read MoreHuawei Pleads Not Guilty to Bank Fraud Charges in New YorkU.S. Accuses Huawei of Trade-Secret Theft, Defrauding BanksProsecutors Say Government Used FISA to Watch HuaweiU.S. Charges Chinese Professor Accused of Theft to Help Huawei(Updates with Huawei comment in second section)\--With assistance from Bob Van Voris and Natalie Obiko Pearson.To contact the reporters on this story: Patricia Hurtado in Federal Court in Manhattan at pathurtado@bloomberg.net;Alyza Sebenius in Washington at asebenius@bloomberg.net;Todd Shields in Washington at tshields3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Peter JeffreyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 60/71   White House 'disappointed' in China's virus transparency
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    The United States feels let down by a lack of transparency from China over the new-coronavirus crisis, a senior White House official said Thursday, contradicting President Donald Trump's confidence in Beijing.  'We are a little disappointed that we haven't been invited in and we're a little disappointed in the lack of transparency coming from the Chinese,' Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, told reporters.  Trump on Thursday again praised his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for his government's response to the outbreak, which has officially killed 1,367 people and infected nearly 60,000 since December.

    The United States feels let down by a lack of transparency from China over the new-coronavirus crisis, a senior White House official said Thursday, contradicting President Donald Trump's confidence in Beijing. 'We are a little disappointed that we haven't been invited in and we're a little disappointed in the lack of transparency coming from the Chinese,' Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, told reporters. Trump on Thursday again praised his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for his government's response to the outbreak, which has officially killed 1,367 people and infected nearly 60,000 since December.


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  • 61/71   With Javid's Departure, Boris Johnson Really Has Seized Control
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    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Sajid Javid’s resignation as Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer doesn’t so much signal a major shift in Britain’s economic policy as confirm a sea change in the rules of British politics under Boris Johnson’s administration. That could be just as consequential.With the country’s first post-Brexit budget due in less than a month and major trade decisions underway, this would seem an odd time to put the country’s budget in a new pair of hands. It certainly wasn’t expected. While there was talk of a “Valentine’s Day massacre” for some weeks after the election, the chancellor’s job wasn’t one of those slated to change in this reshuffle; indeed he was the only cabinet minister whom Johnson had publicly promised would keep his job.The prime minister just didn’t promise to make staying tenable. Javid lost a long-running battle to keep control over his team of special advisers (known as spads in Britain). These officials are very important — and usually loyal — to cabinet ministers, but the prime minister’s office now wants to centralize their appointments. Javid’s advisers became pawns in a bigger contest for control, a word this government rather likes.Johnson demanded that Javid fire his five most senior aides and also set up a joint economic unit with the prime minister’s office. “I was unable to accept those conditions and I do not believe any self-respecting minister would,” Javid told journalists.There are two big conclusions to draw from his departure. The first — reinforced by the overall cabinet reshuffle — is that the center of power in the British government is Boris Johnson and his own chief adviser and strategist Dominic Cummings. They intend to maintain an iron grip on message discipline. It was Cummings who fired Javid’s media adviser Sonia Khan in August, without his knowledge. In a warning to any other advisers with their own ideas, Khan was escorted out of No. 10 Downing Street by a police officer. The prime minister’s senior aide has also issued strict instructions to advisers and cabinet officials about contact with the media. In his resignation letter Javid wrote that it was important for leaders “to have trusted teams that reflect the character and integrity that you would wish to be associated with.” That sounds a lot like a dig at Cummings.The second conclusion from Thursday’s events is that Britain’s purse strings probably just got even looser. Javid, an admirer of Margaret Thatcher, had already gone a long way to accommodating Johnson’s big-spending plans; rewriting Britain’s fiscal rules to allow the government to take advantage of low interest rates and to increase borrowing for investment. The new rules commit the government to balancing the budget and limiting investment spending to 3% of gross domestic product, up from 2% before. He also pledged that debt would be lower at the end of the five-year parliamentary term, rather than at the end of this year, as promised previously.But that didn’t mean the fiscally conservative chancellor was happy to sign off on an all-around spending bonanza. Cabinet ministers were told to axe at least 5% of their budgets, targeting any program that doesn’t impact health, crime-fighting or regional inequalities. In recent weeks, there were reports of tension between the chancellor’s office and Cummings over spending.Javid’s replacement, Rishi Sunak, will have less control over his advisory team. He may also have a harder time standing up to No. 10 than Javid, a Tory big beast. It's not clear whether the Javid rules will hold or even whether the budget will be delivered as planned on March 11.Educated at the elite Winchester School, Oxford and then Stanford University (he also has Goldman Sachs on his resume), Sunak arrives at the job with every elite credential apart from experience in such a huge job. Both former Tory Prime Minister John Major and Labour politician Alistair Darling also became chancellor having served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Sunak’s last job, but each of them moved onto other major cabinet roles first. This is quite a promotion for the 39-year-old member of Parliament.Sunak has risen so far so fast that most Britons won’t have heard of him before a few months ago. Back in June, he and two other lawmakers wrote an article in the Times newspaper backing Johnson as Conservative Party leader. Javid was running for the job then too, along with other now-forgotten candidates.“Boris Johnson is one of life’s optimists and can help us recapture a sense of excitement and hope about what we Conservatives can do for Britain,” they wrote. Johnson, they argued, is a “one nation” Conservative like them, best placed not only to deliver Brexit but to unite the country. The Sunak piece arguably marked a point at which Johnson’s leadership bid become unstoppable.During the general election campaign, Sunak stood in for Johnson in TV debates. His calmness and willingness to stick doggedly to the government’s message saw him tipped for a big move in the cabinet reshuffle as early as December — and even as a future prime minister. Since the election, Sunak seems to have had more media appearances than other ministers combined, and he was put in charge of the government’s first public spending review. If the government’s lavish spending plans and reports of wealth taxes haven’t unnerved traditional conservatives already, a tamed Treasury will. David Gauke, a former Remain-supporting MP and cabinet minister, suggests Javid’s ouster undermines the chancellor’s ability to ask hard questions about spending. “The credibility of the Treasury also matters internationally,” Gauke tweeted Thursday. “Governance matters to foreign investors. The strength of the Treasury is embodied in the Chancellor.”It isn’t so much the personnel change but the way it signals the centralizing stranglehold of Cummings and Johnson that suggests fiscal discipline might weaken.Of course, Sunak — who, until now, has been fiscally hawkish — will want to prove otherwise. And it would be wrong to suggest that chancellors are always right on spending or that they don’t also act politically. Sunak has one handy advantage, though: It will be very hard for Johnson to sack a second chancellor in a row.(This column was updated with details from Javid’s resignation letter.)To contact the author of this story: Therese Raphael at traphael4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: James Boxell at jboxell@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.Therese Raphael writes editorials on European politics and economics for Bloomberg Opinion. She was editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal Europe.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Sajid Javid’s resignation as Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer doesn’t so much signal a major shift in Britain’s economic policy as confirm a sea change in the rules of British politics under Boris Johnson’s administration. That could be just as consequential.With the country’s first post-Brexit budget due in less than a month and major trade decisions underway, this would seem an odd time to put the country’s budget in a new pair of hands. It certainly wasn’t expected. While there was talk of a “Valentine’s Day massacre” for some weeks after the election, the chancellor’s job wasn’t one of those slated to change in this reshuffle; indeed he was the only cabinet minister whom Johnson had publicly promised would keep his job.The prime minister just didn’t promise to make staying tenable. Javid lost a long-running battle to keep control over his team of special advisers (known as spads in Britain). These officials are very important — and usually loyal — to cabinet ministers, but the prime minister’s office now wants to centralize their appointments. Javid’s advisers became pawns in a bigger contest for control, a word this government rather likes.Johnson demanded that Javid fire his five most senior aides and also set up a joint economic unit with the prime minister’s office. “I was unable to accept those conditions and I do not believe any self-respecting minister would,” Javid told journalists.There are two big conclusions to draw from his departure. The first — reinforced by the overall cabinet reshuffle — is that the center of power in the British government is Boris Johnson and his own chief adviser and strategist Dominic Cummings. They intend to maintain an iron grip on message discipline. It was Cummings who fired Javid’s media adviser Sonia Khan in August, without his knowledge. In a warning to any other advisers with their own ideas, Khan was escorted out of No. 10 Downing Street by a police officer. The prime minister’s senior aide has also issued strict instructions to advisers and cabinet officials about contact with the media. In his resignation letter Javid wrote that it was important for leaders “to have trusted teams that reflect the character and integrity that you would wish to be associated with.” That sounds a lot like a dig at Cummings.The second conclusion from Thursday’s events is that Britain’s purse strings probably just got even looser. Javid, an admirer of Margaret Thatcher, had already gone a long way to accommodating Johnson’s big-spending plans; rewriting Britain’s fiscal rules to allow the government to take advantage of low interest rates and to increase borrowing for investment. The new rules commit the government to balancing the budget and limiting investment spending to 3% of gross domestic product, up from 2% before. He also pledged that debt would be lower at the end of the five-year parliamentary term, rather than at the end of this year, as promised previously.But that didn’t mean the fiscally conservative chancellor was happy to sign off on an all-around spending bonanza. Cabinet ministers were told to axe at least 5% of their budgets, targeting any program that doesn’t impact health, crime-fighting or regional inequalities. In recent weeks, there were reports of tension between the chancellor’s office and Cummings over spending.Javid’s replacement, Rishi Sunak, will have less control over his advisory team. He may also have a harder time standing up to No. 10 than Javid, a Tory big beast. It's not clear whether the Javid rules will hold or even whether the budget will be delivered as planned on March 11.Educated at the elite Winchester School, Oxford and then Stanford University (he also has Goldman Sachs on his resume), Sunak arrives at the job with every elite credential apart from experience in such a huge job. Both former Tory Prime Minister John Major and Labour politician Alistair Darling also became chancellor having served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Sunak’s last job, but each of them moved onto other major cabinet roles first. This is quite a promotion for the 39-year-old member of Parliament.Sunak has risen so far so fast that most Britons won’t have heard of him before a few months ago. Back in June, he and two other lawmakers wrote an article in the Times newspaper backing Johnson as Conservative Party leader. Javid was running for the job then too, along with other now-forgotten candidates.“Boris Johnson is one of life’s optimists and can help us recapture a sense of excitement and hope about what we Conservatives can do for Britain,” they wrote. Johnson, they argued, is a “one nation” Conservative like them, best placed not only to deliver Brexit but to unite the country. The Sunak piece arguably marked a point at which Johnson’s leadership bid become unstoppable.During the general election campaign, Sunak stood in for Johnson in TV debates. His calmness and willingness to stick doggedly to the government’s message saw him tipped for a big move in the cabinet reshuffle as early as December — and even as a future prime minister. Since the election, Sunak seems to have had more media appearances than other ministers combined, and he was put in charge of the government’s first public spending review. If the government’s lavish spending plans and reports of wealth taxes haven’t unnerved traditional conservatives already, a tamed Treasury will. David Gauke, a former Remain-supporting MP and cabinet minister, suggests Javid’s ouster undermines the chancellor’s ability to ask hard questions about spending. “The credibility of the Treasury also matters internationally,” Gauke tweeted Thursday. “Governance matters to foreign investors. The strength of the Treasury is embodied in the Chancellor.”It isn’t so much the personnel change but the way it signals the centralizing stranglehold of Cummings and Johnson that suggests fiscal discipline might weaken.Of course, Sunak — who, until now, has been fiscally hawkish — will want to prove otherwise. And it would be wrong to suggest that chancellors are always right on spending or that they don’t also act politically. Sunak has one handy advantage, though: It will be very hard for Johnson to sack a second chancellor in a row.(This column was updated with details from Javid’s resignation letter.)To contact the author of this story: Therese Raphael at traphael4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: James Boxell at jboxell@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.Therese Raphael writes editorials on European politics and economics for Bloomberg Opinion. She was editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal Europe.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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