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UN Imposes New Sanctions Targeting North Korean Oil Imports

The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions targeting North Korea’s economy following the launch of a ballistic missile last month that Kim Jong Un’s regime said shows it can now target the entire continental U.S. A week after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called out Russia and China for their support of…

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Mulvaney CFPB Appointment Hurts Agency Independence, Judge Told

U.S. President Donald Trump was accused of impinging the independence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by appointing White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as the agency’s temporary head. Lawyers for Leandra English, the bureau’s second-in-command, told a judge in Washington Friday that she was properly tapped as the CFPB’s interim director and should run…

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Novogratz Shelves Hedge Fund, Sees Bitcoin Dropping to $8,000

Michael Novogratz, the former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Fortress Investment Group LLC macro trader, said he’s shelving plans to start a cryptocurrency hedge fund and predicted that bitcoin may extend its plunge to $8,000. "We didn’t like market conditions and we wanted to re-evaluate what we’re doing," Novogratz said in a phone interview. "I…

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Bannon and Lewandowski Are Asked to Testify to House Russia Investigators

President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon and his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski have been asked to testify to House lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Photographer: Nicole Craine/BloombergBoth men were sent letters this week by the House Intelligence Committee asking them to testify in early January, according to an official familiar…

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It’s Worth Paying Attention to This T-Bill Auction Next Week

As Treasuries traders look ahead to a holiday-shortened week devoid of significant U.S. economic data, an auction of three-month bills is shaping up as a key event. While the Republican-led Congress managed to pass a sweeping tax-overhaul package this week, lawmakers show no sign of moving toward an agreement to raise the nation’s borrowing limit. With…

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