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Mary FanslauWhat I Am Reading

February 08 (Friday)

Markets
Dow drops more than 200 points as Trump won’t meet Xi before US-China trade deadline (C)
U.S. Stocks Slide on Trade Tensions, Global Growth Fears (W)
Tepid Earnings Forecasts Are Next Test for Bull Market (W)
Most Stocks Are Up, and Yet Some Worry (W)

Central banks
Economists Give Jerome Powell a Grade of B-Minus on His Job Performance (W)

US
Steelmakers Find Strength to Expand Under Tariffs (W)

Europe
Eurozone Economic Forecasts Slashed (W)
Brexit Deadlock Continues as EU Rebuffs Theresa May’s Demands (B)
France recalls Italy ambassador after worst verbal onslaught ‘since the war’ (C)

China
Workers’ Activism Rises as China’s Economy Slows. Xi Aims to Rein Them In. (N)

US politics
Seven Fixes for American Capitalism (B)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just released her massive Green New Deal — here’s what’s in it (C)
Trump Says He’s ‘Open’ to Changing SALT Cap; Grassley Disagrees (B)
Trump Tax Law Spurs Job Creation…for Tax Lawyers and Accountants (W)
Pelosi’s Take on Trump Was Written All Over Her Face (B)
Beto O’Rourke Was Once Adrift in New York City. Now He’s Searching Again. (N)
Asked to Stop Investigations, House Digs In (N)

Geopolitics & trade
Trump says he will not meet Chinese President Xi before March trade deal deadline (C)
Kudlow: There’s ‘a pretty sizable difference’ before a China trade deal happens (C)

Industries & companies
Airlines: Airbus hit by jet cancellations as A380 shutdown looms (R)
FAANGs: Amazon CEO Bezos Accuses Tabloid of Attempted Blackmail (W)
FAANGs: Facebook Told to Stop Tracking German Users’ Online Life Without Consent (W)
Tech: Twitter’s Push for Healthier Discourse Lifts Revenue, Hurts User Growth (W)

Corporate finance
BB&T to Buy SunTrust in Largest Bank Deal Since the Financial Crisis (W)

Offbeat
How to blur the background on Skype so people don’t see your messy office (C)
What I Learned From the Hacker Who Spied on Me (W)