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NAFTA negotiators trade barbs, indicate wide differences

Top Reuters News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 20:28
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. and Canadian and trade officials on Tuesday accused each other of sabotaging efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, even as they and Mexico agreed to extend talks into the first quarter of 2018.

U.S. senator probes Pentagon on Russian source code reviews

Reuters US Politics - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 20:11
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. senator on Tuesday asked the Defense Department to explain how it manages the risks when it uses software that has been scrutinized by foreign governments, saying the practice may represent a national security threat.

China's Xi to open Communist Party congress, likely signaling plans for next five years

Top Reuters News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 19:43
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday opens a critical Communist Party congress expected to cement his authority with a closely watched address signaling how he intends to put that power to use during a second five-year term.

Senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare, Trump voices support

Top Reuters News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 19:06
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators on Tuesday announced a bipartisan breakthrough to shore up Obamacare for two years by reviving federal subsidies for health insurers that President Donald Trump planned to scrap, and the president voiced support for the deal.

Senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare, Trump voices support

Reuters US Politics - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 19:06
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators on Tuesday announced a bipartisan breakthrough to shore up Obamacare for two years by reviving federal subsidies for health insurers that President Donald Trump planned to scrap, and the president voiced support for the deal.

CIA says mistakenly 'shredded' Senate torture report then did not

Reuters US Politics - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 19:03
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency thought for months that it had mistakenly shredded a massive U.S. Senate report on its use of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" before suddenly discovering that its copy had not been lost after all, an agency official said on Tuesday.

Amazon Studios chief resigns after harassment reports

Top Reuters News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 19:00
(Reuters) - Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday, following reports that he harassed a producer and ignored an actress's allegation of sexual assault by producer Harvey Weinstein.

Senate Democrats vow to fight drilling in Alaska reserve

Reuters US Politics - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:51
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats vowed on Tuesday to fight a measure expected to be slipped into budget legislation that would open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve to oil and gas drilling, saying it would destroy one of earth's remaining paradises.

Justice Department to create post overseeing asset forfeiture program

Reuters US Politics - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:37
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed the agency on Tuesday to hire an asset forfeiture oversight chief, just months after he reinstated a program shut down by the Obama administration that lets police seize cash from crime suspects.

Trump administration again declines to name China currency manipulator

Reuters US Politics - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:31
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday declined to name China as a currency manipulator although it remained critical of the Chinese government's economic policies ahead of a planned visit to Beijing by President Donald Trump.

Judge blocks latest Trump curbs on people entering United States

Top Reuters News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:29
SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's latest bid to impose restrictions on citizens from several countries entering the United States, which would have taken effect this week.

Judge blocks latest Trump curbs on people entering United States

Reuters US Politics - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:29
SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's latest bid to impose restrictions on citizens from several countries entering the United States, which would have taken effect this week.

Trump tax plan hits bump in Senate as Rand Paul weighs 'no' vote

Top Reuters News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans scrambled on Tuesday to ensure support for a budget resolution vital to President Donald Trump's drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code, as one Republican fiscal hawk announced he might vote against the measure.

Trump tax plan hits bump in Senate as Rand Paul weighs 'no' vote

Reuters US Politics - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans scrambled on Tuesday to ensure support for a budget resolution vital to President Donald Trump's drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code, as one Republican fiscal hawk announced he might vote against the measure.

Porkins Policy Radio episode 113 Michael Swanson on Ken Burns Vietnam Propaganda (10/17/2017)

TheWarState.Com - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:12


Notes by Pearse Redmond on the show:

“Michael Swanson, the author of The War State, joins me for an in-depth discussion of the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Vietnam documentary series. I begin the conversation by discussing my own fascination with the Vietnam War. I talk about the influence my father has had on my understanding of the war, touching on his experiences with the army when he was drafted in 1969. Michael and I then dive into the film itself. We look at some of the serious flaws and aspects that the we felt were left out with the film including the CIA and drug trafficking. Michael and I dive deeper into the bizarre narrative that Burns and Novick craft, whereby the politicians and military leaders are never shown actually making policy decisions, but instead are shown as making bad choices with good intentions. Michael and I explore this concept in some depth and offer up our own reasons for why the Vietnam war….”

For full show notes and Pearse Redmond’s website go here Porkins Policy Radio episode 113 Michael Swanson on Ken Burns Vietnam Propaganda

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Two former Rio Tinto executives charged with fraud

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:05

Two former top executives from mining conglomerate Rio Tinto PLC have been charged with fraud, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission announcement Tuesday. The SEC has accused former Chief Executive Thomas Albanese and former Chief Financial Officer Guy Elliott of inflating the value of coal assets acquired for $3.7 billion and sold several years later for $50 million. Rio Tinto stock is down less than 1% to $49.50 after hours. The two men failed to follow accounting standards and as a project suffered repeated setbacks, sought to hide or delay disclosure of the problems from the board of directors and investors, according to the SEC. The SEC is seeking permanent injunctions, as well as the return of any illegal gains and civil penalties for the defendants. Rio Tinto stock is up 29.5% this year, with the S&P 500 index up 14.2%.

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Las Vegas gunman's estate could offer rare redress for victims

Top Reuters News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:59
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Victims of mass shootings in the United States often win little or no damages from perpetrators but the Las Vegas massacre may be different because the shooter is thought to have been a wealthy man, lawyers said.

Fogo de Chão shares decline as outlook misses Street view

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:28

Fogo de Chão Inc. shares declined in the extended session Tuesday after the Brazilian steakhouse chain forecast quarterly results below the Wall Street view. Fogo shares declined 3.7% to $11.60 after hours. The company forecast unadjusted earnings of 8 cents to 10 cents a share, which included an estimated 3-cents-a-share impact from hurricanes. For the year, Fogo expects adjusted earnings of 77 cents to 80 cents a share on revenue of $306 million to $311 million. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast earnings of 17 cents a share on revenue of $74.8 million for the quarter, and 91 cents on revenue of $317.8 million for the year.

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Instead of U.S. midterms, Sanders focuses on smaller races

Top Reuters News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will focus on getting liberal candidates elected to state and local offices ahead of next year's midterm elections rather than on higher-profile U.S. congressional races, to help build a national progressive movement from the ground up.

Instead of U.S. midterms, Sanders focuses on smaller races

Reuters US Politics - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will focus on getting liberal candidates elected to state and local offices ahead of next year's midterm elections rather than on higher-profile U.S. congressional races, to help build a national progressive movement from the ground up.

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