Mar 13, 2019

Boeing CEO personally appealed to Trump on 737 MAX 8

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With the U.S. nearly alone among major countries in allowing 737 Max 8 jets to keep flying, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, made a personal appeal to President Trump, the New York Times reports in its lead story.

Calling from Boeing HQ in Chicago, Muilenburg expressed his confidence in the safety of the planes.

  • "Boeing reiterated ... that it had 'full confidence' in the 737 Max 8. It noted that the F.A.A. had taken no action and 'based on the information currently available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators.'"
  • Two U.S. airlines — Southwest and American — fly the 737 Max 8 aircraft and both said they planned to keep flying, per the Times.
  • "The airlines ... said they have analyzed data from their thousands of flights with the jets and found no reason to ground them."

Go deeper: U.S., Canada remain key holdouts in suspending Boeing 737 MAX jet

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The Biden campaign announced two new policies on Thursday on health care and student debt that are squarely aimed at appealing to supporters of Bernie Sanders, who ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The policies don't go as far as Sanders' platform, but they signal that Biden is serious about incorporating elements of his former rival's agenda in an effort to help unify the Democratic Party and defeat President Trump in the general election.

Reports: Saudi Arabia and Russia reach major deal to cut oil production

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OPEC+, led by mega-producers Saudi Arabia and Russia, reached a tentative agreement Thursday to impose large cuts in oil production as the coronavirus pandemic fuels an unprecedented collapse in demand, per Bloomberg and Reuters.

Why it matters: The revival of OPEC+ collaboration patches up the early March rupture between the countries, which had pushed already depressed prices down much further by threatening to unleash even more new supplies into the saturated market.

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