Oct 26, 2018

White House invites Putin to Washington, D.C.

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The Trump administration has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington D.C. in early 2019 for "a full day of consultations," U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said Friday. It's still unclear whether Putin has accepted the invitation and the exact date and scheduling is still to be determined.

Why it matters: If Putin comes to Washington, it'll mark his first visit to the White House since the George W. Bush administration.

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The NFL warms up to betting

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Starting this season, NFL teams in states with legal sports betting will be allowed to have in-stadium betting lounges and accept sponsorships from sportsbooks and betting operators, per multiple reports.

One caveat: There will not be any physical betting windows in the lounges, so they're more "hangout spots for bettors" than an actual "places to make bets."

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Coronavirus shakes the global economy

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New cases of the novel coronavirus have rocked asset prices in Japan, South Korea and Italy, as those nations and others have ratcheted up emergency efforts to contain the outbreak.

What's happening: Asian stock markets continued to tank overnight, as South Korea's Kospi dropped nearly 4%, Australia's ASX fell by 2.3% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng declined by 1.8%. MSCI’s index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan touched its lowest since early February.