Sep 28, 2017

Trump: NFL owners are "afraid of their players"

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President Trump said in a Fox and Friends interview on Thursday that the NFL has "rules for everything. Why aren't they honoring this country by enforcing a rule that's been in existence for a long time?"

On the owners: "I think they're afraid of their players if you want to know the truth, and I think it's disgraceful."

Other take-aways from the interview:

  • On the filibuster rule: "I think it's just a disaster for the Republican party...there are 270 bills right now sitting now before the senate, you're not going to get them approved."
  • On working with Sen. Schumer and Rep. Pelosi: "I have a nice relationship with them...if we can do a great healthcare bill bipartisan, I'm okay with that."
  • On his tax plan: "This is a tax plan for jobs and growth, growth for our country. It'll be the largest reduction in terms of dollars of any plan ever in the history of the country, and it's going to be something very special."
  • On health care: Republicans "have the votes, but we don't have the time" to pass healthcare, and that they will get a vote "sometime at the beginning of the year but prior to the election in November."

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Morgan Stanley to buy E*Trade in a $13 billion deal

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Morgan Stanley is planning to buy E*Trade Financial Corp. in a $13 billion all stock deal, the Wall Street Journal reports, with plans to restructure the company known for helping everyday Americans manage their money.

Why it matters: The deal, which would be the largest by a major American bank since the financial crisis, signals Morgan Stanley‘s desire to bulk up in wealth management.

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The new not-normal: The Trump state

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Donald Trump changed how to run for president. Next, he changed the Republican Party. Now, he’s changing the presidency and the boundaries of executive power. 

In the past week, Trump has purged internal dissenters, imported loyalists, pardoned political and financial criminals and continued a running commentary on live Justice Department criminal cases — despite an unprecedented public brushback from his attorney general.

Bloomberg's rough debut

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Mike Bloomberg was booed during his debut debate as a Democratic presidential candidate — indicative of a rusty outing where the former New York mayor looked unprepared to respond to obvious lines of attack.

Why it matters ... The debate underscored the Bloomberg’s campaign biggest fear: It's hard to hide to his prickly demeanor. Bloomberg had all the time, practice and forewarning money could buy — and still struggled mightily on the public stage.