January 9, 2017

Fiat Chrysler planning $1 billion expansion of U.S. production in “rust belt” states.   http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/detroit-auto-show/2017/01/08/fca-invest-1b-michigan-ohio-plants-confirms-jeep-pickup-grand-wagoneer-wagoneer/96319702/

Sears and Kmart reportedly headed towards oblivion due to mismanagement. “This snowball is 90% of the way to the bottom of the hill.”  http://www.businessinsider.com/sears-failing-stores-closing-edward-lampert-bankruptcy-chances-2017-1

Trump’s chief of staff: “I don’t think President-elect Trump wants to meddle with Medicare or Social Security.” The popular programs will become more solvent after Team Trump “explodes the economy”.  http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/313223-priebus-trump-doesnt-want-to-meddle-with-medicare-or-social-security

Kansas Gov. Brownback tells Trump it may take time for tax cuts to boost U.S. economy. “Since the governor approved a reduction in personal income taxes and cut non-wage business income taxes for small-business owners in 2012, Kansas has fallen [far] behind the national average in terms of job creation and personal income growth.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-09/kansas-offers-cautionary-tale-for-trump-s-tax-ambition

Iraqi taxi drivers reportedly shuttling people back and forth across the front lines in Mosul.  http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-mosul-taxi-2016-story.html

Intelligence report on Russian election hacking omits evidence. “Although the unclassified report, which is based on a longer, classified report, uses the strongest language and offers the most detailed assessment yet, it does not or cannot provide evidence for its assertions.”   https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/odni-report-on-russian-hacking/512465/

Man who shot U.S. consular employee in Guadalajara, Mexico was reportedly a naturalized U.S. citizen (in which case, no matter what DB says, he would not need a visa).   http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/08/indian-man-arrested-for-shooting-of-u-s-consular-official-in-mexico.html

Journalist, music critic and civil liberties activist Nat Hentoff dies at 91.  http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/07/nyregion/nat-hentoff-dead.html

6,000 more civil servants reportedly lose their jobs in Turkey in post-coup purges.   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/thousands-dismissed-failed-coup-attempt-170107062149356.html

Turkish officials say Istanbul attacker was IS militant from Uzbekistan.   http://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/istanbul-nightclub-attacker-identified-as-uzbek-isil-militant

Tens of thousands of minority Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh.   http://www.dhakatribune.com/world/south-asia/2017/01/09/un-22000-rohingya-fled-myanmar-bangladesh-one-week/

 

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January 9, 2017

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