Sunday, April 2, 2017

Economic News , Data & Views......April 2 , 2017...... Quick Hits for Sunday -1) Europe In Focus : UK News - Spain States It Will Not Initially Block An Independent Scotland's EU Bid ; War Of Words And Maneuvers Between Spain & UK Regarding Gibraltar Continues On Sunday ; France : French Presidential Election Updates For Sunday ; Greece : Domestic & International Politics , Creditor Talks Status and Ongoing Refugee Crisis Tops News For Sunday ; Additional News Of Note Across Europe. 2) US Politics : Russia Interference Intel Committees Updates ; Replace & Repeal News To Consider ; Trump Agenda Moving Forward - State Of Play On Tax Reform and Other Non HC Matters ; Democrats Surprisingly Making Hay So Far In 2017 With Ongoing Strife & Turmoil Within Trump Presidency ; Trump Tweets To Ponder ; Additional Political Items To Ponder. 3) Odds & Ends : Iraq In Focus - ISIS Terrorizes Civilians On A Daily Basis - Key Tweets From Mosul Eye , Independence Referendum Looms For Iraq's Kurdistan , Burning Qayyarah Oil Wells Brought Under Control Finally ; Turkey News For Sunday - Referendum In Focus ; Syria State Of Play ; Libya In Focus - Round Up Of Key News Over Past Several Days.



Spain would not 'initially' block Scotland from joining the EU after Brexit

Big story, substantial change. Will reverberate!

Spanish Foreign Secretary's reply on Brexit Scotland veto slightly more nuanced in El País than in The Guardian.

UK war with Spain put out there....

UK tells Gibraltar there will be no transfer of sovereignty against its will....

War of words between Spain & UK getting warmer with today's comment by the British Defense Minister.

The Sunday Times: Picardo "repeatedly lobbied ministers" to ensure Gibraltar was in Article 50 letter.

Gibraltar's future will be determined ONLY by the people of & Spain will have ZERO say. Everything else is a fantasy

Howard say no legal requirement to pay any Brexit Bill , just scare tactics supported by hot air....

Brexit Trade Deal & security must be linked , as per Sir Michael Fallon....

A look at the key issues on that the EU and UK will be negotiating to finalise


French polling watchdog warns over Russian news agency's election report

Fillon steps up Macron attacks with eye on French 2nd round via

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Extraordinary; far-left candidate Mélenchon now neck-and-neck with former frontrunner Fillon.

French election race tightens for frontrunners Le Pen & Macron

French candidate Macron focuses attacks on Le Pen and her far-right party, which he calls "the party of hatred"

On the campaign trail with Macron - excellent profile of the centrist candidate by (via )

France wary of instability if outsider Emmanuel Macron pulls off victory - The Telegraph

France will turn right (pro market economy) only if Fillon is elected. Macron is moderate socialist and le Pen is national socialist.

The chinese community is at right now to protest against in . Pic

France offers €1 bn to strike-hit French Guiana


Tsipras says deal with creditors hinges on debt relief

Greece to accelerate return of migrants to Turkey as arrivals pick up

Athens and creditors search for elusive deal to complete review

Findings in defense deal probe may lead to new charges

Geopolitical responsibilities

avg interest rate on new loans at new record low (since 2002) of 4.52% in Feb, problem is no new loans are granted

economic sentiment edged up in Mar, consumer confidence down for 3rd straight month.

Europe " Catch All" ....

A greater role for European institutions and policies is needed when it comes to migration:

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Spike in Popularity of SPD approaching heights not seen since 2005 though...

ECB contemplating cautious policy change, says Executive Board’s Coeuré

Germany opens spying probe into Turkish religious agency

US Politics.....

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The real story turns out to be SURVEILLANCE and LEAKING! Find the leakers.

Anybody (especially Fake News media) who thinks that Repeal & Replace of ObamaCare is dead does not know the love and strength in R Party!

Talks on Repealing and Replacing ObamaCare are, and have been, going on, and will continue until such time as a deal is hopefully struck.

The failing finally gets it - "In places where no insurance company offers plans, there will be no way for ObamaCare customers to..

...use subsidies to buy health plans." In other words, Ocare is dead. Good things will happen, however, either with Republicans or Dems.

Wow, just reporting big news. Source: "Official behind unmasking is high up. Known Intel official is responsible. Some unmasked....

..not associated with Russia. Trump team spied on before he was nominated." If this is true, does not get much bigger. Would be sad for U.S.

Trump returns focus to wiretapping claims: "Find the leakers"

Senior admin official confirms WH adviser/Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner is in Iraq, traveling with Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Dunford.

Trump doesn't regret any of his tweets

"He has to find out how he can get out of the Republican straitjacket and build the relationships.”

Golfing with President Trump: budget director Mick Mulvaney and Rand Paul, per aide. Will a new Obamacare replacement plan be hatched?

"WH staff says POTUS is having meetings," per today's pool reporter, . "Secret Service was inspecting a golf cart upon arrival."

Trump stayed home at the White House yesterday, but he's on the move today.

Mitch McConnell “very confident” Congress can pass a funding bill that would avoid a govt shutdown at end of April

McConnell: Russia controversy "certainly not helpful" to Trump's agenda

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.: "Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed this week. How that happens will depend on our Democratic friends" in the Senate.

Sunday morning talking heads - The “get” of the day belongs to “Meet the Press,” which will preview nuclear war...

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Former Secretary Ash Carter on a preemptive strike on North Korea: "We've always had all options on the table. I wouldn't take any off."

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. tells : “The only country that can stop North Korea is China and they know that.”

11 things to remember about Trump-Russia affair

. on Michael Flynn: "They're not gonna give him immunity unless he's got something big on somebody higher up than he was."

Dershowitz: "I can not for the life of me figure out" why Flynn asked for immunity

Flynn failed to disclose payments from Russian firms before leaving the White House

The attorney representing Michael Flynn is one of President Trump’s fiercest critics on the right

Flynn reported income as much as $1.47 million-new disclosure shows. Misleading claims abt income too

As Congress investigates Russia, more of 's interview with Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, today on .

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Democrats have a new and surprising weapon on Capitol Hill: Power

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Can a self-proclaimed “Sanders-style Democrat” candidate take over a red state seat?

In this week’s podcast episode, RCP looks at new focus on tax reform and the future of U.S.-Turkey relations |

OPINION | One key takeaway for Trump following the AHCA repeal: legislation takes time

Moving forward on tax reform, will Ryan face the same problems that plagued Republicans last week?

Will Senate Intel leaders be able to restore bipartisanship and cohesion within their committee?

Odds & Ends....


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In Old Mosul, there r a 1/4 of a million hostages under ISIL's control, threatening to kill them of Mosul & rescue them

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A message 2 the ISOF: Save the Mosulis from ISIL's atrocities Those r the orders ISIL issued in Mosul against the Mosulis:

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ISIL is killing the civilians in masses now and uses their home and leave the wounded untreated at the areas under its control.

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1- Everyone welcomes the liberation or even shows the slightest sign of joy about the operations, s/he is "kafir" and sentenced to death

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2- Refrain from treating residents in hospitals & never provid them with any form of treatment no matter how critical their condition is.

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The members of the Islamic state are the only ones should be treated.

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3- It is permissible 2 kill civilians if the goal is 2 protect the members of the Islamic state, ...

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... as those residents are "kafirs" expelled from the Islamic state's jurisdiction.

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4- All property, homes, vehicles, businesses, r property of the Muslim's house of wealth (of ISIL), & permitted 2 use them however they fit.

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5- Anyone tries to escape towards the Iraqi forces must be killed

: At last, burning Qayyarah oil wells brought under control after group set them ablaze

Here’s the joint statement by the KDP and PUK politburos regarding independence referendum, territory etc

: Kurdistan Regional Government to hold referendum on its future within in 2017.

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Kurdish ruling parties conclude that independence referendum will be pursued as the national right of people.


Turkey referendum: Everything you need to know about president Erdogan's bid for more power via

Journalist Amberin Zaman's thoughts on Turkey before April's historic constitutional referendum

Erdogan stumps for ‘yes’ vote to controversial referendum in Kurdish city

Turkey's says both "Yes" and "No" voters are equally respected during rally in , ahead of constitutional referendum.

16 April. in , when walking in several places (yes and no) campaigns

Ticking Clocks: Erdoğan and Turkey’s Constitutional Referendum


In hopes of reaching Turkey, Waer evacuee leaves for Idlib province: "My children are tired of a life of war."

PMU leadership during press conference said 70% of Mosul operations is completed and next phase will include expelling IS from Tell Afar

After wrapping 5th round of talks in , envoy says peace deal remains elusive


Note this strike declaration pertains to employees of West CBL.

Central Bank employees call authorities in airport to arrest on his arrival, prevent el Kebir from Traveling.

| NOC resumed crude production at Sharara field today. crude due to reach Zawiya terminal later tonight. source. reuters.

The 45th International Fair kicks off on Sunday.

Arrested saturday for the 2nd time in few days, photographer in 's Benghazi still detained by counterterrorism unit

Photographer Abdullah Doma arrested for 2nd time due to his involvement in planning Earth Hour celebration

Unity Govt FM Mohamed Siyala says EU's Sofia Op encouraging illegal immigration because it guarantees safe passage

Fayez Serraj: Khalifa Haftar is the General Commander of the army under the Parliament's decision.

Japanese support for Libyan IDPs - Libya Herald

Two more civilians killed in mine explosion in Benghazi’s Gwarsha district -

: Hafter's appointment of Sahban for Sirte ops is having remarkable repercussions. Factions in Zintan are recoiling - and uniting.

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Every town/tribe/faction in has Gaddafi veterans. But notorious Sahban (based in Gharyan for decades) shelled Zintan / Nafusa in 2011

Italian firm to build two control towers at Tripoli Mitiga airport