Calendar for Wednesday. ..
China's biggest political event, the Communist Party congress, begins in Beijing under tight security: http://bbc.in/2ypo0pF
The Communist Party congress determines who rules China and the country's direction for the next term: http://bbc.in/2ypo0pF
Japanese Trade Minister Says Govt To Offer USD10 Bln To Support Building LNG Infrastructure In Asia
S.Korea Sept Jobless Rate 3.7pct (est 3.7pct, prev 3.8pct)
Kobe Steel Uncertain About Impact On Earnings Of Fake Data and Its Reputational Fallout - Nikkei
US stock index watch..
NY FX wrap...
US Treasury: #Germany’s trade surplus w/ US is very sizable & matter of concern. Has responsibility to contribute to more bal demand growth.
US names no FX manipulators, but GER, CN, JP, KOR, CHE on watch list. India under observation after FX-puchase rise. https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Documents/2017-10-17%20(Fall%202017%20FX%20Report)%20FINAL.PDF …
Crude -7.130MM Gasoline +1.941MM Distillate +1.644MM Cushing -0.151MM
US Total Net TIC Flows (USD) Aug: 125.0B (prev -7.3B) -Net Long-Term TIC Flows (USD) Aug: 67.2B (prev R 1.2B)
Keep an eye on this item...
“Anything propping [ObamaCare] up is only saving what Republicans promised to dismantle"-Rep Mark Walker , Chmn-Republican Study Committee.
No takers on this story today ? Anyone else in the media checking this out ?
Senator McCain: Will Support Alexander-Murray Health Agreement
US Treasury Sec Mnuchin: Everything’s Negotiable On Taxes, Except Corporate Tax Rate – Fox News
JUST IN: Mueller's team interviews Spicer as part of Russia probe: report http://hill.cm/IRL0TX4
Any increase in ObamaCare premiums is the fault of the Democrats for giving us a "product" that never had a chance of working.
Not so fast...
Good for the State Department....
Alexander/Murray deal provides cost sharing reduction funding for 2018 and 2019
Alexander/Murray deal lets states waive Obamacare requirements & make more health care plans available
Schumer on if the Alexander/Murray deal gets GOPers off the repeal/replace mantra: There are no assurances.
Heading into 2018...
US Trade Rep. Lighthizer: Successfully Completed Round 4 Of NAFTA Talks - RTRS
NAFTA Ministers: Period Between Round 4-5 Of NAFTA Talks Extended -Talks To Extend Past End-2017 Deadline
US Trade Rep. Lighthizer: Successfully Completed Round 4 Of NAFTA Talks - RTRS
Copy of today's travel ban order & opinion.
BREAKING: Federal judge in Hawaii issues nationwide injunction to block enforcement of Trump's latest travel ban
Seems like we will know who will head the Fed before POTUS leaves on his Asia trip November 3rd.
Not sure these NAFTA talks are going anywhere..
Mall of San Juan to reopen Thursday sans Nordstrom and Saks; lack of power kept it closed since Hurricane Maria: http://go.cb.pr/2x3MIYM
US House Chairmen Send Letters to FBI and FEMA Regarding Allegations of the Misappropriation of Hurricane Aid #muniland
GE contracted to repair Palo Seco powerplant for $4.7 million - http://bit.ly/2xNkKVu
US Army Corps denies any role in awarding Whitefish contract to repair Puerto Rico energy system #muniland https://weather.com/news/news/puerto-rico-power-whitefish?cm_ven=T_WX_SB_101717_1 …
Texas company awarded $240M contract in effort to restore power to Puerto Rico - http://bit.ly/2ggZoEY
Businesses in Santurce’s Ciudadela Area: Operating with Undaunted Courage - http://bit.ly/2yQtR7M
Hopefully , this will be a help regarding short term and longer-term electric grid concerns.
Huge ongoing dispute between Puerto Rico govt & PR College of Engineers concerning possibility to bring large power plant online #muniland
.@Fema está contratando a residentes de PR para asistir en la recuperación del desastre de los huracanes Irma y Maria.
.@PresidenteAAA explica que el % de consumidores con agua disminuyó ayer en el área metropolitana por problemas en las bombas.
Reunido con la Presidenta de la Junta de Calidad Ambiental y personal de la @EPA discutiendo iniciativas de recuperación ambiental.
France arrests 10 far-right militants over terror plot to attack politicians http://dlvr.it/PwBZ6Q
And then , there is this..
#BREAKING 10 arrested in France over suspected plot to kill politicians: probe source
Thousands of people take to the streets of Catalonia after a judge ordered the detention of two separatist leaders http://u.afp.com/4KQB
Protesters demand release of jailed independence leaders..
200,000 people take to the streets of Barcelona demanding release of pro-independence leaders, according to police figures
As mentioned yesterday , Thursday appears to be the drop dead date.
EU not getting involved in the internal affairs of Spain.
Something to keep an eye on...
Madrid disputes political prisoners allegations.
Rajoy has spoken to Theresa May about Catalonia. UK would not recognise illegal unilateral Catalan republic. Downing Street readout here:
Catalan govt keeps door for dialogue open, says will not take any decision until Thursday, waiting for Madrid to answer negotiation offer
SegurCaixa Adeslas terminates insurance policies with the Parliament and the Catalan government due to the political situation
Platform for Democracy calls "massive" demonstration for Saturday October 21 in Barcelona to "defend rights and freedoms"
.@EU_Commission refuses to comment on the imprisonment of pro-independence Catalan leaders
Nearly 50,000 young people left Italy last year http://dlvr.it/Pw9CYT
Not a good look..
Fox says doing substantial work to prepare for no deal scenario
UK trade minister Fox says that the UK may initially be worse off in the case of no #Brexit deal
EUROPEAN COMPANIES WANT TO AVOID A CLIFF EDGE, NEED CERTAINTY AND TIME TO PREPARE FOR POST-BREXIT -LETTER
BRITAIN REMAINING IN EU CUSTOMS UNION AND SINGLE MARKET DURING TRANSITION PERIOD WOULD BE BEST - LETTER
EUROPEAN COMPANIES URGE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO RAPIDLY PROVIDE CONCRETE NEGOTIATING PROPOSALS TO ADVANCE TALKS - LETTER
EUROPEAN COMPANIES EXTREMELY CONCERNED WITH SLOW PACE OF BREXIT TALKS -- BUSINESS EUROPE LETTER TO CHAIRMAN OF EU LEADERS
EU’s Barnier: No Intentions Of Holding Up Brexit Process
Odds & Ends....
Daphne did not want police surveillance so as to protect visitors - PM http://bit.ly/2gpdt6O
Watch: Prime Minister jeered as he leaves Castille http://bit.ly/2ywFT5m
Venezuela's Maduro defends disputed vote, opposition divided http://reut.rs/2hNHSZc
Splits emerge among the ranks of the Opposition over the recent Regional Elections. Proving fraud may be difficult.
The clashes between Peshmerga troops and Hashd al-Shaabi occurred earlier today in #Mosul dam, and the situation is currently calm.
Barzani: The Kurdistan nation with the power of the brave ones, sooner or later, will eventually reach its right and sacred objective
Meanwhile the world's airlines avoiding airspace around North Korea...
US & Japan agree maximum diplomatic, economic and military pressure on North Korea.
North Korea could collapse within a year due to US sanctions, a defector and former Pyongyang official has said.
Let's hope this is the case.
North Korea not interested in diplomacy with US until it demonstrates nuke is capable of striking US east coast
Hafter sets up central operations room - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/10/18/hafter-sets-up-central-operations-room/ …
Now Tripoli port as well as Mitiga airport closed as Ghararat fighting continues - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/10/17/now-tripoli-port-as-well-as-mitiga-airport-closed-as-ghararat-fighting-continues/ …
HoR suspend Tunis dialogue talks, accuses State Council of reneging on deal agreed so far - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/10/17/hor-suspend-tunis-dialogue-talks-accuses-state-council-of-reneging-on-deal-agreed-so-far/ …
State Council: We didn't demand any amendments.. House of Representatives has refused to deal w/ political agreement http://alwasat.ly/ar/news/libya/156125/ …
Gunmen loyal to slain Gaddafi threaten to cut water supply to Tripoli if Mabrouk Ehnish not released by SDF in 72hrs http://lyo.ly/53q
After cleaning ISIS pocket in Muhassan, Deir-Ez-Zor -Mayadin highway under SAA control.
#DeirEzzor MAP: Syrian Army cleaned Muhassan ISIS pocket in SE of Deir-Ez-Zor city with villages Abou Amr,Al Abd, Al Bouiyal,Muhassan.
Been missing since Thursday - just before giving interviews , key witness who can give clarity to muddled timeline.1
Update on Northern California wildfires..