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posted on 10 October 2016

Early Headlines: Asia Stocks Mixed, Oil Down, Debate Takeaways And Fact Check, Party Demographic Changes, Samsung Note 7 Production Halted, Mexican Peso Rebound And More

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Early Bird Headlines 10 October 2016

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  • Seven takeaways from the second presidential debate (CNN) Donald Trump threatened to jail Hillary Clinton. He admitted paying no federal income taxes and threw his running mate under the bus on foreign policy. The Republican nominee dismissed his sexually aggressive comments about women as "locker room talk." He attacked Hillary Clinton over Bill Clinton's sexual misconduct. And he repeatedly made false claims and factual errors. For Trump, it was a real improvement. The second presidential won't catapult Trump past Clinton -- but it might save his candidacy from the cratering that appeared imminent in the 48 hours leading up to their showdown in St. Louis.

  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Clinton and their debate claims (Associated Press) Econintersect: Do these candidates actually believe all the stuff they say? In some cases you are pretty sure they know what they say is not correct and in other cases you wonder if maybe they don't know.

  • Donald trump says hes gonna send Hillary Clinton to jail when elected (CNN, YouTube)

Given that Mr Trump's campaign has been in freefall over the past 48 hours, anything less than a total Jack-Nicholson-at-the-end-of-A-Few-Good-Men style meltdown onstage has to be deemed a marginal success on his part, and so it was.

The prospect that any significant portion of what is sure to be a massive television audience emerged from the evening with any change of opinion, however, is unlikely.

If Mr Trump's overarching goal was to offer a performance that would allow him to cobble together an electoral majority on election day, then his sometimes glowering, often aggressive performance will fall far short.

Team Clinton, on other hand, has to view this as an opportunity missed. Her supporters were hoping for a political kill shot that would push Mr Trump's remaining supporters toward the exit and turn the last month of the campaign into a glorified mop-up operation.

While she landed some staggering blows, it was by no means a rout. Instead, both candidates will likely emerge bloodied but not beaten.


  • The EU’s Ides of March? Article 50 timing could spell disaster for European unity (The Conversation) Theresa May’s announcement that the UK government will formally launch the Brexit process by the end of March 2017 deals a body blow to European leaders struggling to maintain the integrity of project EU. On top of the rhetoric of a “hard Brexit", the timing seems designed to catch the EU’s champions at their most vulnerable. With elections and possible government changes in France, Germany and probably Italy, things could get dicey.



  • The battle over abortion rights in Poland is not over (The Conversation) A growing street movement is fighting back as the new government clamps down on all kinds of freedoms. A popular protest forced the government back down on its proposed ban, but Poland still has savagely restrictive abortion laws.

South Korea

  • Samsung halts Note 7 production after new fire scare: source (Reuters) Samsung Electronics Co Ltd suspended production of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, a source said on Monday, after reports of fires in replacement devices added to the tech giant's worst ever recall crisis. Top U.S. and Australian carriers also suspended sales or exchanges of Note 7s after smoke from a replacement device forced the evacuation of a passenger plane in the United States last week. Fires in phones that were meant to replace devices that had been recalled because of their propensity to explode would be a disaster for the world's largest smartphone maker, suggesting it has failed to fix a problem that has already hurt its brand and threatens to derail a recovery in its mobile business.


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