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FOREX-Dollar surges against Swedish crown on Riksbank, gains against yen

Reuters Us Markets - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 15:38
NEW YORK, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar hit its highest in more than seven and a half years against the Swedish crown after dovish comments from Sweden's central bank, and hit a three-month high...

Winning in court, losing on the ground: uncertainty clouds U.S. voting rights

Reuters US Politics - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 15:38
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. voting rights advocates scored a string of courtroom victories this year that rolled back some of the nation's most restrictive voting laws. Now they face another challenge: making sure those rulings are not undermined by officials who oversee elections at the local level.

BRIEF-Acnb reports Q3 earnings per share of $0.46

Reuters Us Markets - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 15:37
* Q3 earnings per share $0.46 Source text (http://bit.ly/2e1AYP7) Further company coverage:

BRIEF-IBERIABANK expects FY 2017 loan growth in mid to upper single digits - SEC filing

Reuters Us Markets - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 15:29
* Currently expects consolidated loan growth for full year 2017 to be in mid to upper single digits - SEC filing

BRIEF-Duke Energy sets quarterly cash dividend of $0.855 per share

Reuters Us Markets - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 15:27
* Sets quarterly cash dividend of $0.855 per share Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Barclays-BBG report it seeking $2 bln U.S. penalty cap inaccurate

Reuters Us Markets - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 15:22
Oct 27 (Reuters) - Barclays said on Thursday a Bloomberg report that it is trying to cap a penalty to settle a U.S investigation into its sale of mortgage securities at $2 billion was based on...

GLOBAL MARKETS-British data prompts global bond selloff; oil rises

Reuters Us Markets - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 15:21
* Oil rises on draw of crude, OPEC comments (Adds settled oil prices; adds bond yields also build on U.S. jobless claims)

Brazil's Caixa plans to cut rates to spur mortgage demand -source

Reuters Us Markets - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 15:17
SAO PAULO, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Caixa Econômica Federal SA plans to cut interest rates on mortgage loans and raise the maximum amount that homebuyers could borrow as Brazil's largest mortgage lender...

UPDATE 2-Strict cost control helps HCA outperform hospital rivals

Reuters Us Markets - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 15:14
Oct 27 (Reuters) - HCA Holdings Inc's efforts to rein in costs has helped the company cement its position as the largest U.S. for-profit hospital operator, far outperforming its highly leveraged...

Venezuela crisis enters dangerous phase as Maduro foes go militant

Top Reuters News - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 15:12
CARACAS (Reuters) - In a curious convergence of events on the same day last week, four Venezuelan provincial courts issued identical rulings, state governors quickly hit Twitter to celebrate, then the election board emailed a short but bombshell statement.

Latest WikiLeaks Exposes How Clintons Used Foundation to Get Rich

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 15:08
Zero Hedge
We have written frequently in recent weeks about a feud that erupted between Chelsea Clinton and Doug Band back in 2011 after Chelsea raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest between Band's firm, Teneo, the Clinton Foundation and the State Department (see here, here, here and here). The feud ultimately resulted in Band being forced to draft a memo spelling out, in vivid detail, the many entangled relationships between himself, Teneo, the Clinton Foundation and the State Department. Fortunately, today's Wikileaks dump included that memo which reveals, for the first time, the...

Russia denies striking Syria school amid growing Western pressure

MiddleEasteye - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 15:01
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Russia's foreign ministry spokesperson said claims that Russian, Syrian warplanes conducted deadly air strikes in Idlib on Wednesday were 'a lie'

Trump's Clear-Eyed Approach to Foreign Policy

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 14:31
Bert Mizusawa, USA Today
One of the principal critiques of Donald Trump’sapproach to foreign policy and national defense that it lacks coherence. But in fact, Trump has a vision that is both coherent and overdue. The overarching goal is to provide American citizens with the best return on the tax dollars they pay into the U.S. Treasury, which should be used by our federal government to carry out its constitutional obligations.

Putin says U.S. 'hysteria' over Russia is election ploy

Top Reuters News - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 14:29
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused American politicians of whipping up hysteria about a mythical Russian threat as a ploy to distract voters from their own failings in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election.

Donald Trump's Lack of Discipline and Discernment

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 14:27
Charles Blow, New York Times
Yes, we’re still talking about sex. Sigh. On Tuesday night, during a fiery — and quite frankly, bizarre — interview on Fox News, the Trump supporter, walking contradiction and inflated ego Newt Gingrich yelled at the host, Megyn Kelly, about Trump’s own statements about sexually assaulting women and multiple women’s accusations that he had assaulted them.

The Ultimate Insider Who Could Still Change the Game

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 14:27
Joe Klein, Time
There haven’t been many exhilarating moments in Hillary Clinton’s long slog to the presidency, but this may have been one of them: a gorgeous late-October afternoon in New Hampshire, an outdoor rally amid the falling leaves, a stage full of female candidates–two for Congress, one for the Senate, one for President plus Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, leaving only one lonely guy (the candidate for governor). The women wore interesting colors–a perfect firehouse red for Warren; a lush violet for New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan; a cool, crisp sky blue for...

Awaiting Next U.S. President: A Splintered Mideast in "Free Fall"

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 14:27
Peter Baker, NYT
After a presidential campaign dominated by reality-show-style insults and put-downs, the winner of next month’s American election will wake up the following morning to find a far more daunting reality waiting: a Middle East awash in conflict and disarray, desperate for American leadership.

The Future of the Republican Party

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 14:27
Peter Wehner, National Review
There is much discussion among Republicans, and particularly for those of us who have long counted ourselves as Never Trump, about the future of the Republican party once Donald Trump is defeated on November 8, as many of us expect he will be. Sometimes the best way to think things through is by asking the right questions, in order to help elicit the correct answers. (That’s especially true when you’re unsure of what needs to be done, as I am just now.) With the future of the Republican party and the conservative cause in mind, here are some questions I’ve put together, with...

Small-Ball Conservatism or National Greatness?

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 14:27
David Goldman, PJ Media
Small-ball conservatism dominates mainstream Republican thinking. It finds expression in the writing of Ramesh Pommeru, Ross Douthat, and Yuval Levin, whose “conservative governing vision” sees a kind of: … American life in which government does not use society as an instrument to advance progressive aims but rather sustains and strengthens the space in which society can thrive and enables all Americans to take part in what happens in that space.

The Dark Days of Donald Trump

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 14:27
Gail Collins, New York Times
Do you think Donald Trump has given up? It was a little strange to see him campaigning Wednesday in that critical swing state of … Washington, D.C. “He’s coming to open a hotel that’s under budget and ahead of schedule,” campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, insisting it was all a part of the presidential sales pitch. Blitzer noted mildly that the hotel has actually been open for some time.