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OPEC's precarious production cuts

Members of OPEC met Thursday at the Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi—the first such meeting of Gulf oil ministers since OPEC agreed to slash production in November in an attempt to stabilize oil prices.

"Moment of drama:" The Iraqi Oil Minister used his keynote slot to denounce the decision to not offer Iraq an exemption from the production cuts, in light of the country's burden fighting ISIS, as noted by Helima Croft of RBC Capital Markets.

OPEC agreements to curb oil output tend to fall apart quickly, and Iraq's fellow members have reason to be skeptical of its commitment to the latest pact.

AT&T chief meets with Trump

Randall Stephenson, the chairman and chief executive of AT&T, went to Trump Tower Thursday to meet with the president elect — who has expressed skepticism of the telecom giant's proposed takeover of Time Warner. An AT&T spokesperson claimed the two didn't discuss the deal whatsoever. That's somewhat hard to believe, given the high stakes for both parties.

Make America gamble again

In the latest sign of a healing U.S. economy, Nevada state regulators said that for the first time since 2008, its gaming industry was profitable again amid a resurgence of tourism to Las Vegas. This jibes with a lot of other economic data that shows rising wages, falling unemployment and increased consumer confidence.

What we're watching

The stock market, which has been in a holding pattern for a month now as investors have realized that a unified Republican government isn't necessarily a guaranteed boost to corporate profits.

With talk of infrastructure spending fading to the background, and tax reform taking a back seat to the healthcare debate, investors are straining to understand the future path of fiscal policy. Expect them to be sensitive to any foreshadowing.

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Obama: The rest of us have to live with the consequences of what Trump's done

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Campaigning for Joe Biden at a car rally in Miami on Saturday, Barack Obama railed against President Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying "the rest of us have to live with the consequences of what he's done."

Driving the news: With less than two weeks before the election, the Biden campaign is drawing on the former president's popularity with Democrats to drive turnout and motivate voters.

Murkowski says she'll vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Saturday that she'll vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, despite her opposition to the process that's recently transpired.

The big picture: Murkowski's decision leaves Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) as the only Republican expected to vote against Barrett.