China's Vice FinMin has stepped down, Xinhua reports
Economic data due from Asia today (fuggedaboudit ... really)
Australian job vacancies have hit a 5-year high (via @BIAUS) http://www.businessinsider.com.au/australian-job-vacancies-have-hit-a-5-year-high-2017-1 … #ausbiz
PBOC sets USD/CNY central rate at 6.9235 (vs. yesterday at 6.9234)
China inflation: PPI surge "a notable increase in potential pipeline pressures"
NZ data - December ANZ Job Ads: +1.6% m/m (prior was +2.9%)
ForexLive Americas FX news wrap: Oil slumps for the second day. FX choppy
Nasdaq closes at another record high
US energy agency forecasts a boost in US oil output & higher demand
Oil - private inventory data shows a headline build
CRUDE +1.53mb GASOLINE +1.69mb DISTILLATES +5.48mb CUSHING -0.187mb
Can't make the up - just a hoax foisted upon overeager MSM ?
Dossier says Russian regime has cultivated Trump for at least 5 years, and "his conduct in Moscow has included perverted sexual acts."
Will be interesting to see if this has legs. Information has not been confirmed at this point.
DHS nominee John Kelly distances himself from Trump over border wall and Russia http://bloom.bg/2iZxmOG
Trump changes position on Obamacare repeal. Today's position- immediate repeal and very fast replacement.
Uh oh: Senate GOP moving towards delaying repeal of ObamaCare … as Trump demands no delay http://hotair.com/archives/2017/01/10/surprise-gop-moving-towards-delaying-repeal-of-obamacare/ …
Preview: Trump to hold first press conference since July. What it means for markets http://bit.ly/2iddSUU
One question-just why did the DNC deny several requests by the FBI for direct access to allegedly hacked servers ?
Trump pick to lead vaccines panel has claimed the shots are dangerous https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-01-10/trump-asks-vaccine-skeptic-kennedy-to-lead-u-s-safety-panel … by @aritbenie @FayCortez
Sen. Ron Johnson says interruptions like those at Sessions hearing "will not be tolerated" at this afternoon's hearing for DHS nominee Kelly
DHS nominee John Kelly agrees with intel community's Russia conclusions "with high confidence"
GOP slows pace of confirmation hearings
Sessions: Waterboarding is illegal and I oppose a blanket ban on Muslim visitors
More Sessions: Racism allegations “damnably false”
Wonder why there hasn't been a "crimes report" , after all of this time ? Criminal activity started in the summer.
Comey: Russians got far deeper, wider into DNC than RNC. Hard to say why, but similar techniques used in both cases. Phishing attempts, etc.
FBI DIRECTOR COMEY SAYS "NO DOUBT' THAT RUSSIAN CYBER ATTACKERS HACKED VOTER DATA FROM SOME STATE ELECTION SYSTEMS
FBI DIRECTOR COMEY DECLINES TO SAY IF FBI INVESTIGATING LINKS BETWEEN TRUMP ASSOCIATES AND RUSSIA
"There is no evidence that the Trump campaign or current RNC was hacked"~ FBI's Comey to Senate Intelligence Committee @nprpolitics
Sessions: I’d recuse myself from decisions relating to Hillary investigations
HotAir.com @hotairblog 6h
WaPo writer ponders how to “remove Trump from office” before he’s even sworn in http://hotair.com/archives/2017/01/10/wapo-writer-ponders-how-to-remove-trump-from-office-before-hes-even-sworn-in/ …
France, Ifop poll: Le Pen (FN-ENF): 26% ↑ Fillon (LR-EPP): 25% ↓ Macron (EM-NI) 19% ↑ Mélenchon (FG-LEFT): 12% ↓... http://fb.me/2Sv8527PM
Metro stations to host homeless for third week in a row http://dlvr.it/N4gXFT
Prosecutor objects to extradition of two Turkish officers http://dlvr.it/N4fJ89
Ministry calls for prudent use of electricity as cold snap set to continue http://dlvr.it/N4YZPl
Banks waiting for three key legislative steps to tackle NPLs http://www.ekathimerini.com/215136 #Greece
Five Star Movement will stay in EFDD after all...
Odds & Ends.....
SAA may be joining fight against ISIS at Al Bab ! Agree this is a big development, if this is what occurs...
Great read from Elijah ! One thing for sure , fighting in Syria set to continue for quite some time...
Tough decisions lie ahead as Al Bab bring US - TUR & US Kurds relationships to a "chose one" moment - for the US.
Al Qaeda fighters make donation of weapons to Syrian Security Forces , as a result of ambush..
REPORT: "Ghost towns" fall outside ceasefire as water war intensifies outside Damascus. "Wadi Barada towns emptied." http://bit.ly/2j4mAZK
#Morocco forbids selling or wearing Burqa on its soil 4 security reasons: Internal security was given orders2 immediately implement the law
Iraq - Mosul.....
( Much More At Twitter Time Line)
#Libya n Political Dialogue meeting in Ghadams postponed. Logistics not ready. Municipality says no prior coordination
Total blackout in South Libya after gas pipeline closed at Bir Terfas (south of Zawiya) & Zawiya power station turbines drop out: GECOL
#Kandahar - 2 blasts reported at a Kandahar guesthouse during meeting between UAE envoy, Kandahar governor & police chief #Afghanistan
#Kandahar - early reports indicate #UAE envoy & Kandahar police chief uninjured but governor wounded in explosion at city guesthouse #Afg
Twin blasts directed apparently at Parliamentarians and staff -death toll 27 , wounded 70.