Jul 15, 2019

Blackstone to buy Vungle, settle founder lawsuit

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London Stock Exchange in talks to buy financial data provider Refinitiv

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The London Stock Exchange said it's in talks to buy Refinitiv, the financial data provider that The Blackstone Group just last year carved out of Thomson Reuters (which retained a 45% stake).

Why it matters: This would put the British bourse in direct competition with Bloomberg's terminals business.

Go deeperArrowJul 29, 2019

Kirsten Gillibrand on the issues, in under 500 words

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Editor's Note: Gillibrand dropped out of contention for the Democratic presidential nomination on Aug. 28, 2019. Below is our original article on her candidacy.

Kirsten Gillibrand is a Democratic senator from New York known for her #MeToo advocacy and positions to protect sexual assault victims. Once a moderate congresswoman from a red district, she made a progressive turn after becoming senator.

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Mueller witness George Nader charged with sex trafficking

George Nader in 1999. Photo: Ron Sachs/CNP/Getty Images

George Nader, who served as a go-between for President Trump's transition team and Russian and Middle East officials in 2016 and 2017, was charged in a Virginia federal court on Friday with sex trafficking, child pornography and obscenity, as first reported by The Daily Beast.

Why it matters: Today's indictment adds additional child pornography incidents to last month's charges, as well as new counts of sex trafficking and obscenity. From Axios' Zach Basu: Nader was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and is known to have set up a now-infamous meeting in the Seychelles between Trump associate Erik Prince and a Russian official with close ties to the Kremlin. He has presented himself as close to the United Arab Emirates’ de-facto ruler, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, and was convicted of transporting child porn 28 years ago. Today's indictment adds additional child pornography to last month's charges, as well as new counts of sex trafficking and obscenity.

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