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The culture is changing on abortion, maybe because the politics has

“Recent abortion news adds to the never-ending battle about whether politics is downstream from culture or the other way around” writes Nicole Russell for washingtonexaminer.com. With abortions at an all-time low, the Department of Justice investigating Planned Parenthood, and more and more legislation at the state level which regulates abortion, one wonders if indeed culture is actually downstream from politics. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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US futures rise as investors look to data; tax overhaul concerns linger

“U.S. stock index futures are set for a positive open Friday, as investors shake off concerns surrounding overhauling the tax system and turn their attention to upcoming data” writes Brendan Mcdermid for cnbc.com. In the previous session, U.S. stocks fell into the red by the close, as two Republican senators raised some concerns surrounding the tax bill.The concerns surrounding the state of the U.S. tax plan added pressure to markets overseas, with Asia closing lower and Europe dipping into the red.ET, the Empire State Manufacturing survey is expected to come…

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Politics creeps into federal law enforcement. It is disingenuous and usually partisan dishonesty to suggest that it’s not so or doesn’t matter.

“What it does show is that even in our intelligence agencies and at the FBI, politics is inevitable” writes Washington Examiner for washingtonexaminer.com. When the critics of the FBI and Mueller say the investigation is touched, perhaps tainted, by politics, they are obviously right.Politically pushing back, within limits, against an investigation tinged with politics is standard fare and entirely fair. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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US Treasury yields slip after JOLTS data

“U.S. government debt yieldsslipped Monday after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the number of job openings was stagnant in the month of October” writes Alexandra Gibbs for cnbc.com. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.381 percent at 1:50 p.m.ET, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond was down at 2.768 percent. Bond yields move inversely to prices. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Let’s talk about everything but the obvious, writes former finance minister of Greece: class warfare

“Rather, it is the disillusion with middle-of-the-road politics of the kind that intensified the class war against them” writes Yanis Varoufakis for marketwatch.com. Today, establishment opinion-makers, who scornfully rejected the pertinence of social class, have contributed to a political environment in which class politics was never more pertinent, toxic, and less discussed. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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GOP ex-senator: Republicans pushing chaotic individual tax cuts just to win points with voters

“While he is critical of combining tax cuts for Americans and U.S. corporations, Gregg believes an overall deal will get done: “They are making a deal” writes Matthew J for cnbc.com. Republicans can “posture” their tax cut for individuals as reform to woo voters, but it’s anything but that.Lawmakers in the House and Senate are beginning the process of crafting a compromise bill after both chambers passed separate versions of tax legislation.And the corporate side is tax reform,” Gregg argued during a “Squawk Box” interview, saying if he were still…

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A House Republican presented a ‘political test’ to the FBI director that left observers stunned

“The notion that FBI agents could be subject to political tests from another branch of government unnerved several observers and former employees” writes Natasha Bertrand for businessinsider.com. A Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee left several observers stunned on Thursday when he read off a list of names of agents to the FBI director and asked him to disclose their political biases. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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From comedy to politics to disgrace

“The Democratic senator announced on Thursday that he will resign in the coming weeks following a string of sexual misconduct allegations” writes David Smith for theguardian.com. It’s a sad day: he put his life on hold and now his career in politics appears to be over.When Al Franken was mooted as a possible dark horse in the 2020 presidential election, those who knew him warned that he comes with baggage. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Lisa Murkowski warns Trump nominee to keep federal energy data free of politics

“The EIA forms the basis of much of the energy policy discussion within the White House, the agencies, and Congress” writes John Siciliano for washingtonexaminer.com. Lisa Murkowski on Tuesday warned President Trump’s nominee to lead the Energy Information Administration to do her job in an unbiased way if she wins Senate confirmation.”If appointed to this position, I will bring the years of experience I have in technology training and sorting out issues around data versus opinion,” Capuano told Murkowski.Capuano, a former Marathon Oil executive, responded by saying she will bring…

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Wall Street set for a mixed open as data, earnings take center stage; US tax plan in focus

“Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 futures rose 47 points and 1.25 points, respectively, while Nasdaq 100 futures fell 21.5 points” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. When it comes to today’s session, investors are likely to be paying close attention to the latest in economic data and corporate news.U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Tuesday, as investors turned their attention to new data and earnings, while keeping an eye on key domestic news.On the data front, international trade figures will come out at 8:30 a.m. Source:…

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