Shutdown fears spur horse-trading | TheHill


Democrats have offered to agree to an additional $15 billion in military funding as part of a spending package to keep the government operating if Republicans in Congress agree to fund ­ObamaCare insurer subsidies.

Signing off on the Democratic offer would avert a government shutdown set to begin Saturday.

It would ensure that the reimbursements to health insurers would continue, preventing what could be a mass exit from the exchanges.

Source: Shutdown fears spur horse-trading | TheHill

Trump faces conundrum with conservative media | TheHill


There is grousing that Breitbart and the Christian Broadcasting Network are the only conservative non-cable outlets to have scored an interview with the president in his first 100 days.

“Why do they keep running to Bloomberg or The Washington Post or New York Times? Why not one of us? We can handle it, and the people that read those places aren’t the ones that sent Trump to the Oval Office. If you want a dialogue with the American voters that sent him there, this is how you do it.”

Source: Trump faces conundrum with conservative media | TheHill

Trump gets tough with Canada | TheHill


He also threatened action to protect U.S. dairy farmers, which could complicate any future talk of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The moves escalated a spat between neighbors that typically have one of the friendliest cross-border relationships in the world.

Source: Trump gets tough with Canada | TheHill

Giant rabbit dies on United Airlines flight to United States | Reuters


The 10-month old rabbit named Simon, who was tipped to become one of the world’s largest rabbits, was traveling to O’Hare in Chicago from Britain after a celebrity owner purchased him.

He was healthy before the flight, according to the rabbit’s breeder.

Source: Giant rabbit dies on United Airlines flight to United States | Reuters

A New York hotel deal shows how some public pension funds help to enrich Trump | Reuters


The Trump SoHo Hotel and Condominium in Manhattan is an upscale 46-story property owned by a Los Angeles investment group, the CIM Group, through one of its real estate funds. (Read the most recent amendment to the Trump SoHo’s offering plan: tmsnrt.rs/2q3HJH8)

The possible problem for Trump lies in the fact that state- and city-run pension funds have invested in the CIM fund and pay it a few million dollars in quarterly fees to manage their investments in its portfolio, which includes the Trump SoHo, according to state investment records.

Source: Exclusive: A New York hotel deal shows how some public pension funds help to enrich Trump | Reuters

10 things you should know about the current crisis in Venezuela | Brookings Institution

In recent days, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans across the country have been demonstrating on the streets against the government of Nicolás Maduro.

Here are 10 things you should know about how things got to this point …

Source: 10 things you should know about the current crisis in Venezuela | Brookings Institution

Volvo AB Shares Hit 10-Year High on Construction-Equipment Sales | Bloomberg


New truck orders rose 11 percent in the quarter, helped by jumps of 27 percent in North America and 31 percent in Asia, Volvo said.

Sales contracts for construction equipment increased 34 percent, bolstered by growth in Asia and Europe.

Source: Volvo AB Shares Hit 10-Year High on Construction-Equipment Sales – Bloomberg

Sweden’s Ericsson faces painful overhaul as it plunges into loss | Reuters


Bankers ruled out any imminent takeover of Ericsson but said some rivals could take a look once the business stabilizes.

Speculation of a possible Ericsson-Cisco tie-up has been doing the rounds since the companies struck a strategic partnership two years ago.

Source: Sweden’s Ericsson faces painful overhaul as it plunges into loss | Reuters

If you really respect Trump voters, tell them the truth | Vox


What exactly a given place needs to do to deal with those realities — how to improve the quality of K-12 schools, increase college graduation rates, attract new businesses, and so forth — is contentious.

But there’s simply no realistic regional development strategy that’s based on indulging nostalgia.

To improve, places need to change. Indeed, they probably need to accelerate the pace of change. And not everyone is going to like it.

Source: If you really respect Trump voters, tell them the truth – Vox

French election: Getting elected will be the easy part for Macron; governing France is impossible | Quartz


.. governing France is well-nigh impossible. In spite of its leftist postures, this is a very conservative culture, as in nothing new should ever be done.

Every significant reform finds strong opposition at one end or the other of the political spectrum. François de Closets, the great journalist and author, summarized presidential predicament in two felicitously titled books: Toujours plus! (Always More!)—that is, no taking anything away, always adding spending and entitlements—and Le Divorce Français, (The French Divorce)—the people against its elites, the elites against the people.

Source: French election: Getting elected will be the easy part for Macron; governing France is impossible — Quartz