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Mary FanslauWhat I Am Reading

Mar 08 (Thursday)

Markets
Dow Industrials Fall as Cohn’s Exit Adds to Trade Concerns (W)
Buy-the-Dip Believers Rejoice After White House Tries to Ease Trade Tension (B)

Central banks
The Fed Isn’t Scared of Inflation or a Trade War (B) | Brainard Speech
Fresh Evidence of Flaring Wage Growth Appeared in Fed’s Beige Book (W)
Germany balks at Weidmann bid for ECB presidency (FT)

US
U.S. Trade Deficit Widened Again in January (W)
Spring Home Sales Could Be the Weakest in Years (W)
U.S. Productivity Growth Stalls (W)

Europe
Germany’s AfD sparks outrage over links to Syrian regime (FT)
Italy’s election: charts show how economic woes fuelled Five Star (FT)

US politics
Here Are the Names Circulating to Replace Gary Cohn (B)
With Eye to Midterms, Democrats Offer Alternative Tax, Infrastructure Plan (W)

Trade
‘Death by China’ economist ascendant (R)
Trump Set to Sign Tariff Plan as GOP Lawmakers Object (W)
Trump Alienates Allies Needed for a Trade Fight With China (W)
Trump shows signs of softening on tariffs (FT)
Mnuchin Says Tariffs Will Benefit U.S. Despite Retaliation Risk (B)
US Steel plans to restart steelmaking in Illinois (FT)
Pacific countries seek new members for trade deal (FT)

Geopolitics
China searches for point person to manage relationship with Trump (FT)
Russian Influence Campaign Extracted Americans’ Personal Data (W)
Netanyahu Warns U.S. Lawmakers About Saudi Nuclear Power Deal (B)

Industries & companies
FAANGs: Amazon Targets Medicaid Recipients as It Widens War for Low-Income Shoppers (W)

Technology & cybersecurity
Elon Musk touts a test drive of Tesla’s highly-anticipated electric semis (C)
Reports of Problems at Crypto Exchange Send Bitcoin Tumbling (W)
Bitcoin Dives After SEC Says Crypto Platforms Must Be Registered (B)
‘Regulation can add to credibility’ of crypto market: CFTC commissioner (C)

Offbeat
Amazon Is Working on a Fix for Randomly Laughing Alexa Speakers (B)