flurry of rules that may tighten financing for less-creditworthy borrowers, as policy makers prioritize efforts to limit broader risks to the financial system. Over the first few days of 2018, the nation’s top regulators announced rules governing banks’ involvement in entrusted lending, barred insurance firms from extending loans in the guise of equity investment and tightened supervision on leveraged bond trading. China is growing more confident in economic growth, giving leaders increased opportunities to clean up the most risky corners of the financial system. Closing regulatory loopholes and thereby slowing the pace of credit growth may enable policy makers to reduce systemic dangers, as the new rules make it more difficult for riskier firms to borrow, curb local infrastructure investment and limit a key funding source for some banks.
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Third, combat online propaganda. This is the most important challenge we face, and the hardest to meet responsibly. At the State Department, where I oversaw our human rights diplomacy, I often confronted dictatorships like China about their censorship of the internet, which they justified by claiming they were merely filtering out lies. Our government cannot and should not take that path. Our Constitution enshrines Americans’ right to freedom of speech.
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The tensions couldn’t come at a worse time for Democrats. Liberals and members of the minority caucuses — particularly the CHC and the Congressional Black Caucus — are urging their leadership to stand firm and resist the push from Republicans and some Senate Democrats to negotiate on items outside the scope of Dreamers and border security.
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In addition to the possibility of suggesting the president submit written responses in place of an interview, a second person familiar with the president’s legal strategy said another possibility being contemplated was an affidavit signed by the president affirming he was innocent of any wrongdoing and denying any collusion. It was not clear what such an affidavit might state regarding the president’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017 at a time when Comey was leading the Russia probe.DW recommends Verna: Pakistani rape film pushes social boundaries A new film in Pakistan has unleashed a heated debate on women’s issues in the Islamic country. It depicts a woman who is raped by a powerful man and seeks revenge instead of suffering in silence. (28.11.2017) As of Wednesday afternoon, 17 people remained missing. Officials fear the death toll could rise because firefighters have not yet been able to access some areas in the path of the debris flows. Intense rain Tuesday morning pounded steep terrain burned by the Thomas fire just weeks earlier, unearthing a wall of mud, rocks and debris that raced down creek beds so quickly that residents didn’t have time to get out of harm’s way. While Though no victims have been formally identified, the dead include some children.The Two-Way Motel 6 Gave Guest Information To Immigration Agents, Lawsuit Says ICE promises it’s “gearing up for … large-scale compliance inspections” this year, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations acting director Derek Benner told The Associated Press. “It’s not going to be limited to large companies or any particular industry — big, medium and small.””Putin can’t love that,” he said.
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“If there's really nothing to hide, then I would think there's no danger in him sitting down with anyone and speaking freely to them” Some of the president’s own actions following his inauguration, including the handling of the White House departure of Flynn and the firing of Comey in May 2017, have caused the probe to widen to include the possibility of obstruction of justice related to the initial investigation. The special counsel is also delving into the actions of some of the Trump children and the president’s son-in-law, who were involved in the campaign and the presidential transition, the decision to fire Comey and public statements regarding a meeting with Russian individuals during the campaign.
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first loss of the year, while Canada’s dollar weakened, after a report that the country is preparing contingencies for a U.S. withdrawal from the Nafta trade pact. Two-year Canadian bonds rose the most in 18 months, while Mexico’s peso also slumped on the news. It’s a light day for Asian data Thursday, with Japanese December reserve assets, Australian November retails sales and Malaysian industrial production the highlights, while a reading on China’s money supply is expected in coming days.
Republican lawmakers who support Nafta could also team up with trade-supportive Democrats to block the repeal of the law that formally implements the trade pact. The key issue will be whether the U.S. raises tariffs on Mexican and Canadian goods, many of which cross the border duty-free under Nafta. The president has broad authority over tariffs, but some experts believe Congress could throw up roadblocks.
Notably, it recommends the U.S. find ways to help Europe, and especially eastern Europe, wean itself off being so dependent on Russia for energy. The report says Putin has worked to develop such key dependencies to make countries vulnerable to political manipulation.
The next round of NAFTA talks — the sixth so far — will be held in Montreal from Jan. 23 to 28.