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Immigration Debate Stalls After Dems Block Sanctuary Cities Vote

“Democrats have not yielded back procedural time on the Senate floor, stalling the beginning of the immigration debate this week” reports thehill.com. That drew a swift rebuke from Republicans, who expressed irritation over the delaying tactic after Democrats had demanded for weeks an immigration debate on the Senate floor.”The majority leader today tries to carry out that promise [to debate immigration] and get this bill moving and we have this objection. Source: thehill.com Share This:

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Evans available at the right price, says Pardew

“Arsenal’s reported pursuit of Jonny Evans has been given a boost after West Brom boss Alan Pardew said the Northern Ireland international is available at the right price” writes Sporting News for sportingnews.com. “What I will confirm is what you already know, Jonny Evans is a target for other clubs, we might sell if the price is right, that’s that deal.”That is not a deal we would be interested in and it’s not a deal that’s been put to us,” he added. Source: sportingnews.com Share This:

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SEC chairman: public companies pivoting overnight to blockchain tech to capitalize on hype are being scrutinized, and poor legal advice is being given on ICOs

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is scrutinizing public companies that change their name or business model in a bid to capitalize upon the hype surrounding blockchain technology, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said on Monday” writes Min Read for reuters.com. Dozens of little-known companies across the globe have seen their share prices leap in recent months after unveiling plans to enter the bitcoin industry or that of its underlying distributed ledger blockchain technology.In December, the SEC temporarily suspended trading in the shares of Crypto Company (CRCW.PK),…

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‘I opened the window and tried to get …’

“The dead included hotel staff and guests as well as members of the security forces who fought the attackers” writes Akram Walizada for aol.com. However, a senior Afghan security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, said the death toll was over 30 and might climb higher.The Taliban, which attacked the same hotel in 2011, claimed responsibility for the attack, its spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.Although U.S. and Afghan officials say the Taliban has been forced onto the…

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Bitcoin holds overnight gains after last week’s rout

“He said on Monday he will propose regulation to ban companies based on bitcoin and other digital currencies from trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange” reports foxbusiness.com. At 1:27 p.m., bitcoin was up 13 percent at $15,630.00 in light trading on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange. “The latest price move shows bitcoin is still a speculative investment.While bitcoin investors and analysts believe last week’s decline in its value was a natural correction after a heady run-up in prices, there have been further warnings from market regulators and central banks.You don’t…

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Bitcoin, U.S. Equity Futures Climb Overnight

“Dow futures rose 0.06% to 24,837; Nasdaq futures added 0.05% to trade at 6,538.75; and S&P futures tacked on 0.04% to 2,695.50” writes Thestreet Staff for thestreet.com. Bitcoin futures traded higher again overnight, while U.S. stocks futures also edged up, taking a cue from Wall Street, where equity indexes started the week with new record highs.Shortly before midnight Eastern, bitcoin January futures on the CBOE futures exchange were up 2.34% to 19,500 in extended trade.Bitcoin prices started to slowly converge Monday after the second futures market, from CME Group, smoothed…

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Asian stocks track Wall Street declines; Kospi rebounds

“On Thursday, the index in the last 90 minutes of trading went from a 1.4% gain to finishing down 0.4%” writes Lucy Craymer for marketwatch.com. There was no one left to buy the stocks,” said SooMyung Kim, an equities-derivatives analyst at Samsung Securities.In Hong Kong, locally listed Chinese financial stocks, which have been among the market’s strongest performers this year, continued their recent pullback. Oil CLG8, +0.21%  were slightly higher in Asian trading, building on an overnight rebound.  Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Bitcoin Price Surges 20% Overnight as Volume of CBOE Futures Skyrockets

“The bitcoin price has surged by more than 20 percent overnight, triggered by the launch of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) bitcoin futures trading platform” writes unknown author for cryptocoinsnews.com. Contrary to the claims of several analysts, the listing of bitcoin futures by CBOE, the global finance market’s largest options exchange, has been a driving factor behind the recent bitcoin price suge.According to cryptocurrency market data provider CryptoCompare, the bitcoin price increased from $13,400 to $16,315 within the past 24 hours.Earlier today, CBOE’s website and its online trading platform…

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