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At U.N., U.S. tells Russia it’s isolating itself by backing Assad

UNITED NATIONS ( ) – The United States told Russia at the United Nations on Wednesday that it is isolating itself by continuing to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Britain said its scientists found sarin was used in a deadly toxic gas attack on Syrian civilians last week.

Russia is set to block a push by Western powers at the United Nations later on Wednesday to bolster support for international inquiries into the April 4 toxic gas attack in Syria. It will be Moscow’s eighth veto in support of the Assad government since the Syrian war began six years ago.

“To my colleagues from Russia – you are isolating yourselves from the international community every time one of Assad’s planes drop another barrel bomb on civilians and every time Assad tries to starve another community to death,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, told the U.N. Security Council.

During a heated Security Council meeting, Russia’s deputy U.N. envoy Vladimir Safronkov told the 15-member body that Western countries were wrong to blame Assad for the attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun.

“I’m amazed that this was the conclusion. No one has yet visited the site of the crime. How do you know that?” he said.

The attack prompted the United States to strike a Syrian air base with cruise missiles and worsened relations between the United States and Russia.

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday trust had eroded between the two countries under President Donald Trump, as Moscow delivered an unusually hostile reception to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a face-off over Syria.

Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told the Security Council that samples taken from the site of the gas attack, in a rebel-held area of northern Syria, have tested positive for the nerve gas sarin.

He accused Russia of siding with “a murderous, barbaric criminal, rather than with their international peers.”

Safronkov, who demanded Rycroft look at him while he was speaking, responded: “I cannot accept that you insult Russia.”

Haley also accused Iran of being “Assad’s chief accomplice in the regime’s horrific acts,” adding: “Iran is dumping fuel on the flames of this war in Syria so it can expand its own reach.”

Western powers blame the gas attack, which killed scores of civilians – many of them children – on Assad’s forces. Syria’s government has denied responsibility for the attack, which prompted a U.S. strike on a Syrian air base.

Syrian U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said Syria had sent dozens of letters to the Security Council, some detailing “the smuggling of sarin from Libya through Turkey on a civilian air plane by using a Syrian citizen.”

“Two litres of sarin were transported from Libya through Turkey to terrorist groups in Syria,” he said, adding that the government does “not have these weapons.”

U.N. Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura warned the Security Council on Wednesday that fragile progress in peace talks was now “in grave danger.”

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UK PM frontrunner fends off court case over Brexit campaign bus claim

LONDON ( ) – Judges at London’s High Court on Friday threw out an attempt to prosecute Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to succeed Theresa May as prime minister, for allegedly lying about the financial benefits of Brexit during the 2016 EU referendum campaign.

Last week, a magistrate agreed to issue summonses for Johnson to face charges of misconduct in public office over a claim emblazoned on his bright red “Leave” campaign bus that Britain would be 350 million pounds ($446 million) a week better off outside the EU.

Opponents had argued that the slogan was deliberately misleading and it became symbolic of the divisions caused by the referendum, which saw Britons vote 52-48% to leave the European Union.

Marcus Ball, 29, who described himself as a social enterprise founder, brought the private prosecution against Johnson in February which led to last week’s decision.

But at a judicial review hearing on Friday at the High Court, Johnson’s lawyer Adrian Darbishire said the magistrate had either erred in law or provided the wrong legal test in allowing the case to go ahead.

Darbishire said the only rational conclusion was that the case was politically motivated and therefore without merit.

The High Court judges agreed the summonses should be quashed, saying they would give their reasons at a later date.

The flamboyant Johnson, who did not attend Friday’s hearing, is the favorite among Conservative lawmakers hoping to replace May as party leader and therefore prime minister.

The case could potentially have damaged his bid to replace May, who stepped down as Conservative leader on Friday although she will remain prime minister until a successor is selected.

“POLITICAL PROSECUTION”

Friday’s challenge, brought in the former foreign minister’s full name – Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson – examined whether a politician could be accused of criminal misconduct over statements made during political campaigning.

“Standing on the hustings is not the exercise of state power, and doing something naughty on the hustings is not an abuse of state power,” said Darbishire.

He said it was not for the police or juries to stray into the sphere of political debate and that it was for the electorate to decide on the truth of claims.

Ball’s overt opposition to Brexit and desire to h上海夜生活ave it stopped also showed the case had no legal merit, Darbishire added. “This is realistically, plainly speaking, a political prosecution,” he said.

After the verdict, Ball, who has raised more than 350,000 pounds through crowd-funding to pursue the prosecution, said he would mull whether to appeal, saying his case was not about stopping Brexit.

“I will not give up until I believe that all possible options are exhausted,” he said.

“If you are an elected representative and you are talking about people’s money … it’s not correct for a member of parliament to lie to everybody about that.”

As for the 350 million claim itself, Johnson’s lawyers said he denied acting dishonestly in any way and the figure remained contentious.

“It is still being adhered to today,” Darbishire said.

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Hudson’s Bay chairman puts together $1.3 billion offer for retailer

( ) – Hudson’s Bay Co Executive Chairman Richard Baker said on Monday he had teamed up with other shareholders to offer to take the struggling Canadian department store operator private in a C$1.74 billion ($1.3 billion) cash deal.

The proposal comes as Hudson’s Bay has been shuttering its underperforming shops to cut costs as it competes with discount direct-to-consumer brands and e-commerce behemoths such as Amazon.com Inc.

It opens up Baker to inv上海夜生活论坛estor scrutiny, given that the buyout consortium he put together is made up of shareholders who already own 57% of the company. Hudson’s Bay said it had set up an independent board committee to evaluate the offer, which is subject to a vote by a majority of shareholders not affiliated with Baker’s bid.

“If you don’t go through these processes, you are really vulnerable to a lawsuit alleging that you shoved this down their throats,” said Eric Talley, co-director of the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School in New York.

Shares of Hudson’s Bay rose 45% to close at C$9.25, slightly below the C$9.45 that shareholders will receive under the proposed deal. The offer represents a 48% premium to Friday’s closing share price. At its peak in 2015, the retailer was worth almost $30 per share.

Hudson’s Bay, which owns the Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor retail chains, is the latest challenged retailer to consider going private. Last year, members of Nordstrom Inc’s founding family offered $8.4 billion for the company, but abandoned the bid once that company’s special board committee rejected it.

“While we continue to believe in Hudson Bay’s long-term potential, it has become clear that the significant challenges, risks and uncertainties facing Hudson Bay in the rapidly evolving retail environment are best addressed in a private market setting,” Baker said in a statement.

Baker’s buyout consortium includes Rhone Capital, WeWork Property Advisors, Abu Dhabi Investment Council and Abrams Capital Management.

Hudson’s Bay had said last month it was pursuing strategic alternatives such as a sale or merger for its department store Lord & Taylor.

Management has resisted calls from activist investor Jonathan Litt’s Land and Buildings Investment Management LLC to also sell Saks Fifth Avenue. A source familiar with Land & Buildings’ thinking said the hedge fund considers Baker’s offer significantly inadequate.

Hudson’s Bay also said on Monday it would sell its stake in its real estate joint venture in Germany to Signa Retail Holdings in a deal valued at C$1.5 billion.

Proceeds from its Signa deal will be used to reduce Hudson’s Bay’s debt, making a take-private deal more easy to finance.

Hudson’s Bay real estate could be worth as much as $6.4 billion or $35.24 per share, the company said in 2017. However, that figure included the Lord & Taylor flagship store, which the company sold to WeWork and partner Rhône Capital for $850 million in October 2017, and a Vancouver property owned by the company’s RioCan joint venture, since sold for $675 million.

Land and Buildings and other shareholders have criticized Hudson’s Bay for not doing enough to capitalize on the value of its properties.

EVALUATING OFFER

Investment bank JPMorgan Chase & Co worked with Hudson’s Bay on its deal to sell its stake in its German real estate joint venture, and will also advise the retailer’s special board committee in evaluating Baker’s proposed deal.

The special board committee will oversee the preparation of a formal assessment of the offer by an additional independent valuator, Hudson’s Bay said. Toronto-Dominion Bank is in line to win that role, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Hudson’s Bay, North America’s oldest company, was taken over in 2008 by Richard Baker’s private equity firm NRDC Equity Partners, which already owned Lord & Taylor.

Baker took the company public in 2012, following up with a string of acquisitions, including Saks Fifth Avenue for $2.9 billion, Gilt Groupe for $250 million, and German department store chain Galeria Kaufhof from Metro Group for $3.2 billion.

To bolster the company’s finances while retaining his influence over Hudson’s Bay, Baker sold stakes in the firm in separate transactions to other investors who aligned with him in the board room.

Other department store retailers including Sears Holdings Corp and J C Penney Co Inc have faced financial troubles as more consumers buy online.

Sears Chairman Edward Lampert also orchestrated deals to keep the retailer alive, before it filed for bankruptcy last year. He also became the company’s biggest creditor.

Take Five: Trade winds – World markets themes for the week ahead

( ) – Following are five big themes likely to dominate thinking of investors and traders in the coming week and the stories related to them.

1/WATCH THOSE CURVES

Moody’s warned this week that a trade war could tip the U.S. economy into recession next year. And U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest decision to hike tariff rates on Chinese goods has possibly brought that risk a bit closer. At least the bond market seems to think so — the yield on three-month U.S. Treasury bills is on the cusp of rising above 10-year yields.

A sustained curve inversion, as such a shift is called, would be seen as a sure-fire recession signal; in a normally growing economy, longer-dated borrowing costs are higher than short-term rates.

But the curve has sent a false alarm at least once before and some believe it is doing so again, above all because huge Fed purchases have depressed longer yields. Huge issuance of short-term debt is also likely to have contributed to the flattening.

Which brings us to another question. Given 2019 net borrowing will top $1 trillion, might Washington find itself scrambling to find buyers? Some dismal bond auctions recently have raised the question whether China is paring Treasury purchases — due to the escalating trade spat. Simmering tensions will keep the issue alive.

2/ TALK, TWEET, REPEAT

Industrial output, retail sales, house prices: a batch of data due in coming days was supposed to give investors an idea about how China’s economy was faring against a backdrop of 10% U.S. tariffs and authorities’ stimulus policies.

Fast forward and the stakes have been raised — quite a lot. On Friday, Washington hiked tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25% and Trump, reverting to Twitter, has threatened more. Beijing warned it would retaliate, though it didn’t say how.

Negotiations to try to end a 10-month-old trade war between the world’s biggest economies are continuing, and markets have taken heart from China’s decision to stick with the talks. Another factor is China’s central bank, which assured markets it had “rich” policy tools to cope with external uncertainties. Weak economic data can only cement that resolve.

3/OIL SLICK

The world economy seems to be shifting into a lower gear but Brent crude futures are holding above $70 a barrel, up 30% this year. Barclays sees a climb to $74-$75 in the coming year.

In the short-term too, oil looks well-supported. On the demand side, Chinese imports hit a record in April, possibly due to economic stimulus measures taking effect. And supply has been curtailed by a pipeline contamination issue in Russia and U.S. sanctions that have cut shipments from Venezuela and Iran.

Venezuelan exports have dropped 40% since January and Iran’s exports have more than halved, to one million barrels per day or less. They are expected to slide further in May.

None of these issues will be resolved anytime soon. Iran for one is threatening to retaliate against U.S. sanctions by breaching a nuclear pact signed in 2015. Sanctions have failed to dislodge Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro but they are likely to cut oil exports further in May, after the expiry of an April 28 deadline for U.S. firms to complete existing deals.

4/NO STICKER SHOCK

Few U.S. data series have been as choppy in recent months as retail sales. December’s drop in core sales was the largest in nearly two decades — only to be followed by an equally large swing to the upside in January. Demand for big-ticket items like cars then pushed the March total to the highest in 18 months.

Consumer resilience, emboldened by a strong job market, was a key pillar of support for the U.S. economy in the first quarter. So the April reading will show if that willingness to spend continues into Q2.

estimates point to the first back-to-back rise in retail sales since November. Headline sales are seen up 0.2%.

The report comes soon after Trump imposed new tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports, but it is far too soon to see a meaningful impact from the trade war between the world’s two largest economies. Shoppers will probably not start reacting to sticker shock until the third quarter.

5/ITALIA DEJA VU

Once again it seems there’s good reason to fret over Italy, the euro zone’s third-biggest economy — and one of its most indebted.

Tensions have flared within the ruling coalition over a corruption scandal that cost a junior minister his job. Rome may find itself footing the bill for a bank bailout after BlackRock ditched a proposed rescue of Carige. And finally, the European Commission has warned that Italian finances may deteriorate further. So another showdown with the EU might be looming.

How talks on deficit targets may pan out could become clearer at the May 16 Eurogroup meeting of finance ministers.

Signs of compromise will bring relief to Italian bond markets, where yields have seen their biggest weekly jump in three months with a rise of over 10 basis points. Contrast that to Spain and Portugal, often lumped in with Italy as the euro zone “periphery” — 10-year Spanish yields are at 2-1/2 year troughs while Portuguese yields have touched record lows.

The latest bond se上海夜生活论坛ll-off, which took Italian yields to 2.7%, is small compared to the rout a year ago when yields spiked to 3.4%. But who could be blamed for a sense of deja vu?

METALS-Copper drops on weak Chinese data and surge in LME stocks

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By Zandi Shabalala

LONDON, March 14 ( ) – Copper prices dropped on Thursday as industrial output in top metals consumer China fell to a 17-year low in the first two months of 2019, while LME stocks of the metal used in power and construction rose.

Other Chinese data showed a mixed picture as the jobless rate climbed but property investment strengthened.

Deutsche Bank metals strategist Nick Snowdon said the delivery of copper metal into LME warehouses “has been taken as a signal that we are seeing the softness we saw in China feed into ex-China market”.

“China data also disappointed and pointed to relatively sluggish growth,” Snowdon said.

Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange closed 1.1 percent lower at $6,404 per tonne, its lowest in nearly a week.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that discussions with China to end a months-long trade war are progressing quickly, though Trump said he could not say whether a final deal would be reached.

There were reports earlier saying a meeting between Washington and Beijing scheduled for later this month could be pushed back to at least April.

Hopes for a resolution of the long-standing trade conflict have helped propel the LME index of six major base metals up nearly 9 percent so far this year.

STOCKS: On-warrant stocks of copper, those not earmarked for delivery, in LME-approved warehouses jumped 34,900 tonnes to 66,325 tonnes. MCUSTX-TOTAL

SPREADS: The premium of cash copper over the three-month LME contract CMCU0-3 eased to $20 a tonne from a discount of $70 last week, indicating worries over tight supply were easing.

CHINA PREMIUMS: China’s Yangshan copper import premium SMM-CUYP-CN rose to $59 from $52.5 registered a week ago, which was a level not seen since April 2017.

CHINA STEEL: China’s daily steel output rose in January and February, as mills in the world’s top producer raised production amid firm steel margins and easier environmental restrictions.

ZINC: Vedanta’s Skorpion zinc refinery in Namibia has suspended operations for five weeks due to lack of raw feed material. The refinery has a capacity of 100,000 tonnes annually.

“This comes with available LME inventories in zinc extremely low, and while demand conditions remain subdued (as evidenced by low physical premiums),上海夜生活论坛 ongoing supply issues may see further aggressive backwardation in the coming weeks,” said BMO Capital Markets analyst Colin Hamilton.

ZINC STOCKS: Headline LME inventories of zinc fell 250 tonnes to 58,700 tonnes, their lowest since October 2007.

OTHER METALS: Aluminium fell 0.2 percent to $1,903 per tonne, zinc shed 0.8 percent to $2,825, lead ceded 0.7 percent to $2,114, tin eased 0.7 percent higher at $21,170 and nickel lost 2.5 percent to $12,880.

In Silicon Valley, some Indian Americans shun Clinton after election row

SAN FRANCISCO ( ) – Hillary Clinton, who has long cultivated the Indian-American community for both funds and votes, is tapping into the excitement around the Silicon Valley visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend. Next Monday she is holding a presidential campaign fundraiser expected to attract many prominent Californians with ties to India.

    But some Indian-American Democrats from the region have told they won’t be attending the event, in part because they are upset about the way a candidate was treated in a 2014 race for a Silicon Valley congressional seat. Their frustration extends to other Democratic candidates and causes besides Clinton, who wasn’t involved in the race, but ignoring her campaign is a high-profile way to vent.

    Supporters of the candidate, Ro Khanna, an intellectual-property lawyer of South Indian heritage, accuse his opponent, fellow Democrat Mike Honda, of using race-baiting to undermine Khanna. Honda narrowly beat out Khanna, a former trade official in President Barack Obama’s administration, in the election for a seat in the House of Representatives.

    Just weeks before the election, Honda attacked Khanna in a television ad for supporting “companies that send our jobs overseas.” In the same ad, a shadow briefly appeared on Khanna’s forehead that some Khanna supporters interpreted as a bindi, a red dot worn by many Indians but not by Khanna. 

    Khanna’s supporters point out that in 2012 he published  a book on the importance of U.S. manufacturing jobs, and they say that the shadow was an attempt to spark unease among non-Indians. They say the Democratic Party should have intervened to stop what they saw as unfair attacks.

    Honda spokesman Adam Alberti says Khanna’s financial backers included supporters of outsourcing, and no dot was placed, or is visible, on Khanna’s forehead in the ad in question.

    “The issue of racial baiting is both unfounded and is shallow political theater,” said Alberti, adding that as a Japanese-American who was held in an internment camp as a baby during World War II, Honda is especially committed to racial diversity. In March, Honda co-hosted a networking and fundraising event for “Ready for Clinton,” the organization that sought to draft Clinton to run for president.

    Among those who say they aren’t going to Monday’s Clinton fundraiser, or getting involved in other Democratic campaigns out of concern at Khanna’s treatment, is Rahul Roy, a software entrepreneur. “It hurts,” he says. Roy recently hosted a fundraiser for Khanna, who is  running for the seat again in 2016.

    The Clinton campaign says it is concentrating on the large numbers of Indian Americans that back her. “Hillary Clinton is grateful for the broad support she is receiving across the Indian-American and Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities in California and around the country,” a spokesman said. He did not respond to questions from about the disquiet over the 2014 election.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

    Certainly Clinton has been raising funds in Silicon Valley, where donations to her and an organization raising money on her behalf from area technology employees have totaled $1.07 million through June 30, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

    And some Khanna supporters are raising money for her. Monday’s Clinton fundraiser – which she is due to attend in person – is being hosted in their home by Khanna supporters Kamil Hasan, a venture capitalist, and his wife Talat Hasan, an entrepreneur. Tickets start at $1,000, and it is expected to attract at least 150 donors, according to a person familiar with the event.

    Khanna’s supporters have shown a largesse that any presidential candidate would want to tap into. He has raised $1.25 million through June 30, far more than most congressional candidates, and more than double the $608,上海夜生活000 raised by Honda.

    “Some of the attacks were very xenophobic,” said Naren Gupta, a Khanna donor and co-founder of investment firm Nexus Ventures, who said the party should have stepped in. He stopped short of saying the issue would affect his support for other Democratic candidates. He is not expected at the Hasan fundraiser, according to the person familiar with the event.

Gupta is also co-chairman of the Indo-American Community of the West Coast, which is helping organize Modi’s appearance before a capacity crowd of 18,000 at the SAP Center in San Jose on Sunday.

    Other donors, like Facebook millionaire turned venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya, think Khanna should have hit back harder.

    “You’ve got to be willing to take the gloves off and fight,” said Palihapitya, who donated $2,600 to Khanna in the last race and said he planned to support him again this time. He hasn’t made up his mind about who he might support in the presidential race, he said.

Through spokesman Hari Sevugan, Khanna took credit for bringing many South Asians and technology workers into the political arena for the first time. Now, many of those recruits feel alienated, the spokesman said. Khanna himself didn’t comment directly on the 2014 race or its fallout, but in an email said Indian Americans feel strongly about social justice, and the Democratic Party “needs to do a better job recognizing that.”    

Egyptian pound appreciates to highest in over two years

CAIRO, March 17 ( ) – The Egyptian pound strengthened on Sunday to its highest in over two years, boosted by an increase in foreign funds into the country.

The currency was trading at 17.34 to the dollar o上海夜生活n Sunday, up more than three percent from 17.86 on Jan. 22 when it began its latest round of strengthening.

“You’re seeing most of the indicators improving,” said Hany Farahat, senior economist at Egyptian investment bank CI Capital. “Tourism, exports, substitution of natural gas imports with domestic production, remittances are at a peak, FDI is improving slightly.”

He also said the higher inflows were due in large part to Egypt scrapping a mechanism that guaranteed foreign currency for investors exiting the government securities market.

“Once the repatriation mechanism was abolished, it meant that every single inflow coming into the country reflects directly on interbank liquidity,” he said. “This, in tandem, should also reflect directly on EGP volatility against the dollar.”

“I think it has come a bit late. If the repatriation mechanism had been removed a year ago, this appreciation would have happened a year ago,” he said.

Since the central bank devalued the currency by about half in 2016, economists say it has closely controlled the value of the pound, which was last this strong in March 2017.

Allen Sandeep, head of research at Naeem Brokerage, said the higher inflows were also due to increased carry trade appetite for Egyptian treasury securities and improving balance of payments.

“We have now restarted LNG exports,” Sandeep said. “On an annual basis, assuming that we export 1 billion cubic feet (bcf) of gas every day, that adds more than $2 billion in exports per year.”

Egypt, which now exports 1.1 bcf of natural gas per day, became a net exporter in late 2018, a significant turnaround for a country that spent about $3 billion on annual LNG imports as recently as 2016.

Koch brothers, other 2016 mega donors warm to Carly Fiorina

NEW YORK ( ) – Carly Fiorina has emerged as the Republican candidate of the moment in conservative fundraising circles, drawing the notice of the billionaire Koch brothers and other wealthy donors who could instantly remake her shoestring presidenti上海夜生活al campaign.

Fiorina’s show-stealing performance in a Republican presidential debate last month, and her subsequent surge in the polls, has prompted industrialists Charles and David Koch to take a “serious look” at the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, according to three sources close to the brothers.

She has now moved to the short list of candidates the Kochs may support with their reported $1 billion war chest, the sources said. Florida Senator Marco Rubio is among those on the coveted list, the sources said.

A spokesman for the Kochs declined to comment

Other politically powerful mega donors are also lining up.

Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens hosted a packed luncheon at a posh Dallas venue for Fiorina in late September, while venture capitalist Tom Perkins is planning a fundraising gala in California in the next few months.

“My money is on her,” said Perkins, who served on HP’s board during Fiorina’s tenure. “I think she could be president.”

As the only woman on stage at the Sept. 16 debate, Fiorina emerged as the most effective candidate in taking on front-runner Donald Trump, chastening the celebrity real estate magnate for his controversial comments about her looks.

“The emails have not stopped” since then, said seasoned California political fundraising consultant Karolyn Dorsee, who is working on behalf of several Republican presidential candidates, including Rubio and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. “Everybody wants her, nationwide, in every single state.”

Even before her rapid rise in the polls – she has vaulted to second place in the key early voting state of New Hampshire – Fiorina had already garnered about $2 million in support from the likes of reclusive hedge fund baron Robert Mercer and former Univision CEO Jerrold Perenchio.

“SHE’S PRETTY VIABLE”

Fiorina’s campaign now appears far less of a long-shot than it did over the summer, when she was struggling with sparse crowds, scant name recognition and a coffer of just $5 million that put her at the bottom of the money race.

Her campaign thus far has been a bare-bones operation, relying on a young, relatively low-paid, skeletal staff as opposed to the sprawling operations built by more well-endowed candidates like Bush.

Support from the Kochs would change her operation overnight.

“We think she’s pretty viable,” said broadcasting billionaire Stanley Hubbard, a member of the Koch brothers’ network of conservative advocacy groups who donates heavily to political candidates.

The Kochs have been keeping a close eye on Fiorina ever since she announced in May, the Koch sources said. They extended an invite to her to speak at their exclusive summit of rich donors at an oceanfront luxury resort in August along with Rubio, Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Fiorina, the lowest polling candidate at the gathering, impressed the big money attendees with her mastery of policy detail and heavyweight stage presence. “She’s good in the room,” said one participant at the event, who declined to be named.

The Fiorina campaign, and the independent fund-raising Super PAC supporting her, declined comment.

The Kochs, who own America’s second-largest private company, have backed Fiorina in the past, notably when she ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer for her California Senate seat in 2010.

At the time, the Kochs had helped mount a campaign for Proposition 23, a ballot measure designed to suspend the state law banning higher carbon emissions that was ultimately defeated. Fiorina also supported the measure. A Koch Industries PAC helped sponsor a Washington fundraiser for Fiorina at the time and gave $10,000 to her campaign.

   As Fiorina’s money problems fade, some high dollar donors who have already contributed are now considering doubling down. Dallas philanthropist Elloine Clark has so far written one $100,000 check to the Super PAC supporting Fiorina. She says she may give more. “I think she’s unflappable,” said Clark. “And she doesn’t react like an adolescent.”   

Preview: Real Madrid – Deportivo La Coruna

Round 20 of La Liga marks the start of the second half of the season with both Real Madrid and Dep. La Coruna hoping to reverse their current poor form.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

While Zinedine Zidane’s side have accumulated a three-match winless streak (LL), Deportivo are in need of a victory after picking up just one point in the last four matches (LL).

Disastrous home performances have kept Madrid in fourth place of the table. The ‘Merengues’ have only won 50% of their clashes played at the Santiago Bernabéu (W5, D2, L3) which is usually something unheard of!

With rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo willing to leave the club at the end of the season, as well as players linked to join Madrid (Neymar, Kane, Hazard…), coach Zidane talked about the Portuguese star: “I can’t imagine a Real Madrid without Cristiano”.

Even though there was an 18-year 上海夜生活period in which Madrid were unable to win at the Riazor stadium, their record at the Bernabéu looks different, as the last time the Galician side won there was back in 2008 (2-1).

Players to watch: Florin Andone (Deportivo) has recovered last season’s efficiency (11 goals). The Romanian has five goals this term – including three in the last three fixtures.Top 5 Real Madrid players who are succeeding on a loan Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – We need to talk about the Top 5 Real Madrid players who are currently succeeding away from the club and are currently on a…

Everyone is waiting for Cristiano Ronaldo to up his level. His goal scoring average is as low as it was in his very first season at Madrid in 2009. He’s scored only four goals in 1,156 minutes which is way below his usual astronomical standards.

Stat attack: Madrid would be on top of the LL table if only the first 45 minutes counted, but they would sit 11th if only looking at second halves.

Deportivo have only one clean sheet and one win as an away side. However, they have only failed to score in three of the nine away clashes which should make things interesting.

Missing players

Real Madrid: S. Ramos (calf injury), J. Vallejo (thigh injury), L. Zidane (shoulder injury), K. Benzema (doubtful)

Deportivo La Coruna: J. Bicho (shoulder injury), F. Cartabia (doubtful), B. Gama (doubtful), G. Valentin (doubtful).

Pochettino believes that Kane is the world’s best striker

Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham Hotspur coach, admitted that he considers Harry Kane to be the best striker in the world after he managed to score another hattrick to help his side with beating Southampton 5-2.

The Englishman had scored one hattrick in his side’s previous match against Burnley and he repeated it once again today – and thanks to these six goals, he has become the world’s top-scorer in 2017, surpassing Lionel Messi. And his coach, Pochettino, believes that he is currently the best stri上海夜网ker in the world and he proves it in every single match he has played this season so far.

The former Southampton coach spoke about this achievement as he said, according to Sky Sports: “First of all I want to congratulate Harry Kane, a massive achievement for him, well deserved. And we are all so, so, so, so happy because it’s an amazing thing to celebrate. For me, he’s world class. I think today, (number) one striker in the world, specific position, who’s better than him?”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He continued by adding that it is well-deserved for the Englan international: “He deserves everything. It’s been nine years between [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi, and now Kane’s name is there. It’s a fantastic achievement and I’m so happy for him. I’d like to congratulate him. Well done. It’s not surprising to us because every day we see how he works, the determination, how professional he is and how he takes care of himself.”

In the end, Mauricio Pochettino insisted that Kane is a great example for anybody: “I’ve told everyone that he is a great example for everybody, not just because of his goals. Professional is a massive word, and you need to include everything there inside – he’s a very good example of how a player behaves like a professional.”

Capello slams Bonucci

The former Rossoneri coach has criticized AC Milan’s skipper after a poor start at San Siro.

Fabio Capello has slammed Leonardo Bonucci, insisting he cannot defend and was simply lucky to play in Juventus’ system that suited him well.

The Italy international completed a rather controversial move during the summer, swapping Serie A champions Juve for the Rossoneri in a €42million deal. However, he has been struggling to find his form since his arrival at AC Milan.

And former Rossoneri boss Capello, who led Milan to four Serie A titles and 1994 Champions League, has offered his assessment of Bonucci’s qualities.Jose Fonte recalls incredible first memory of Cristiano Ronaldo Andrew Smyth – Jose Fonte has given a fascinating insight into Cristiano Ronaldo by recalling the time he first met the star during his Sporting Lisbon days.

“He’s the best Italian defender when he has the ball at his feet. He’s among t上海夜生活网he top three in the world,” Capello told Sky Sport Italia.

“But he can’t defend. He has big problems. It was ideal for him at Juventus, where he was free. It’s perfect for him to play in a three [in defence]. Playing in a four is hard.”

The Italy international has played 16 out of 18 Serie A games for AC Milan this season, with his team sitting 11th in the league table.

Liverpool chief admits uncertainty over Coutinho’s future

The Brazilian was Barcelona’s top priority over the summer and his recent showings on the pitch will certainly make the Catalans want him even more.

Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore insists that he does not know what will happen to Philippe Coutinho and whether the will still be at Anfield after the January transfer window. The 25-year-old was Barcelona’s target during the summer and reportedly submitted a transfer request to force a move through. However, the Reds’ leadership blocked the move and insisted that the ‘Magician’ is not for sale regardless of the money offered to the club.

However, Moore has now revealed that he does not have a ‘crystal ball’ only to further fuel the speculations regarding Coutinho’s future.

“[On Wednesday] I saw a player delighted to score a hat-trick in front of 54,000 fans. It’s all about Philippe on the pitch right now.” he said, according to Goal.

“As far as I’m concerned the squad in January is what we have. I have no crystal ball.”

However, the Reds official highlighted and lauded the job done by the recruitment team, expressing his delight with the signing of Salah, Chamberlain and Keïta.Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers relishing Liverpool return Andrew Smyth – Brendan Rodgers is relishing Leicester City’s trip to his old club Liverpool, whom he described as a “privilege” to work for during his three-year stint.

“From the perspective of competing, we do thing上海夜网s the Liverpool way,” Moore added.

“The chemistry that we build on the field – it’s not about buying the most expensive player.

“We haven’t been shy [in terms of spending]. Obviously, the Mohamed Salah purchase for many people has been the top acquisition of the season.

“We already have Naby Keïta coming and I think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is doing a tremendous job.

“The investments are being made. It’s hard to knock what you are seeing on the field right now.

Giggs thinks that United are still the best in Manchester

Ryan Giggs still thinks that Manchester United have to be considered as a bigger and more successful club than Manchester City are – and the Citizens have to start winning trophies to change that fact.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are expected to clinch their first Premier League since 2014 when they managed to gain it under Manuel Pellegrini – since then, they failed to win it again and Giggs thinks that they can’t be considered as the best team in Manchester because of that. Now, there is an eight-point gap between these two and José Mourinho will be looking for closing it in the upcoming fixture.

The former Manchester United player and legend spoke about the differences between these two as he said, according to Sky Sports: “There are more academy players coming through at United than there are at City. United won two trophies last year, and City haven’t won any for a couple of years. They a上海夜生活re obviously very good, and with the spending power that they have got, every year they get closer, but still, United, with the record that they have got, to go with the top manager and the top players, are still on top, but the gap is closing.”Solskjaer “very pleased” after another failure to win George Patchias – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was “very pleased,” even though United failed to win yet again.It is now ten games on the road since…

He continued by adding that City can be considered as a big contender: “With that spending power, and the coach that they have got, they will be very difficult to stop them over the next couple of years because they are playing unbelievable football. But until you win that trophy, you can’t start comparing them to Arsenal’s Invincibles or other teams who have won the Premier League.”

Phil Neville, another TV pundit, mentioned that City are just at the beginning of their journey: “They are still putting those building blocks in place. They are dominating and, at this moment in time, they are the best team, in Europe, they are playing the best football, but you have to measure success on winning trophies. They have a fantastic training ground, an academy that can produce top players, but not in great numbers. These are the sort of things where they need to match United. Winning trophies is how this team will be defined.”

Shearer slams Liverpool’s title chances

Former England and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer believes that the Reds have way too many problems in the back to challenge for the Premier League trophy.

Liverpool have had an indifferent start of the season, recording only three wins in seven games, and currently sitting seven points adrift of table leaders Manchester United and Manchester City. Just like last season, the Merseyside club is struggling in the back, conceiving easy goals almost every single game. Not only are Liverpool sloppy when it comes to defending, but they are also struggling to materialize on the chances they create, which leaves Shearer convinced that Liverpool are not capable of challenging for the title this season.

The former English striker was questioned which team left him underwhelmed this season and Shearer responded: “Liverpool. Going forward, creating chances, they haven’t scored enough goals.” he said, according to Goal.

“And defensively they’ve been as poor as ever. Nothing has changed from last season.

“I was at the game when they played Newcastle. Same old problems defensively, had a lot of the ball in the first half and should have killed the game off.Crouch: Mane & Salah have a healthy competition for goals Andrew Smyth – Peter Crouch reckons Sadio Mane has doubled his value in recent seasons, and boasts a “healthy competition” with Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah for goals.

“One great goal from [Philippe] Coutinho but other than they were poor going forwa上海夜生活rd.

“They’ve got no chance of winning the Premier League playing like that.”

Even though the Reds sealed a top four finish last season, their defensive issues remain unsolved and Shearer believes that Klopp could have done more to prevent that from happening.

“I know they got into the top four last season and got Champions League, which was a success. But one of their problems last season was conceding too many goals. And nothing has changed from last season to this season. [Klopp] constantly rotates the goalkeepers, which cant be helpful for the defenders.”

Preview: Sporting – Olympiakos Piraeus

Sporting are still hoping to reach the knockout stages of Champions League. They are currently third in Group D, three points behind Juventus. At th上海夜网e same time, the Portuguese are three points ahead of their opponents today.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Sporting CP welcome Greek side Olympiakos to the Estádio José Alvalade for this Champions League (CL) Group D round 5 tie. This group looks to be the so called “group of death” as both of these sides were always up against the odds with Barcelona and Juventus being drawn in the same group.

The hosts have a slight glimmer of hope of qualification if Juventus lose at home and they can capitalise with a victory – this would set up a very tight final gameday in which Sporting must win in order to qualify. However, the Europa League looks like a more likely destination, even though we all know that stranger things have happened in football!

The reverse fixture in Piraeus, Greece, turned out to be a very tasty encounter. A 5-goal thriller in which Sporting came away with the win (3-2). That game was not quite as close as the scoreline suggests, as the Portuguese outfit were already 3 goals to the good by the break, with Felipe Pardo managing to score 2 last-gasp goals for Olympiakos in stoppage time.

Reports coming from Greece described that last game as “one of the worst nights in Olympiakos’ history”. They were simply spectators to a strong Portuguese side who scored 3 goals, hit the woodwork 3 times, and missed 5 one on one opportunities – the red and whites will be looking for redemption tonight in a must-win encounter.Koulibaly warns about Genk danger Nedim Maric – The reliable Napoli defender, Kalidou Koulibaly warned his team about Genk’s quality as he’s played for the Belgian side in the past.Napoli opened their…

Sporting are much less prolific on home soil. They have scored 15 goals in their last 11 home games, in contrast to their record of 25 goals in their last 9 away games. Olympiakos have lost 4 of their last 6 away from home, conceding on average 2 goals per game in this time.

Olympiakos are yet to win in the competition thus far (D1, L3), but may take inspiration from their stalemate vs the mighty Barcelona. They now must come up with 2 massive performances to retain any hope of European glory this term.

In the prematch presser, Olympiakos coach Takis Lemonis spoke of the team’s determination to qualify for the Europa League and their approach to this game: “Victory is imperative for us, but it’s not imperative to field a hoard of strikers.”

Missing players

Sporting: S. Coates (suspension), S. Doumbia (injury), J. Silva (knee injury)

Olympiakos Piraeus: E. Emenike (injury), E. Ben (doubtful), H. Milic (doubtful).

PSG: The Champions League is very important

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery told his players to focus, as they are about to secure a top-spot in their Champions League group

The French side’s manager asked the supporters of PSG to stand up for his men in their efforts of claiming the top-spot in their Champions League group ahead of their clash with Celtic on Wednesday.

The leaders of the French top-flight are also leading Group B of the competition, with four out of four wins, being 3-points ahead of biggest rivals Bayern Munich.

PSG were 3-0 winners in the mee上海夜生活ting between the two in September and have already secured their place in the latter stages of the competition, GOAL reports.

If they manage to defeat Celtic on Wednesday, it’s almost sure that they progress as group winners with two matches remaining after the current round.

Unai Emery reminded both the fans and the players of the club to stay focused and do their best to achieve a top finish.Report: Icardi opens PSG account in 0-1 win over Gala George Patchias – Mauro Icardi opened his goal-scoring account for PSG in a 0-1 away victory over Galatasaray.While Thomas Tuchel has begun to integrate Mauro Icardi into…

“For us, the Champions League is very important. We want to tread a path that gives us the best possibilities. Because of this, we are group leaders,” the manager told reporters.

“To keep our position, we need to win here. Bayern have improved [since PSG won 3-0 in Paris].”

“If we win this, we will not be thinking about anybody else. We need to stay focused on taking all three points and continuing to progress,” he added.

“We want fans to be vibrant towards the team and for the players to give their best on the pitch,” Emery asked the team and the fans.

The other game in Group B is Bayern travelling to Belgium to face Anderlecht knowing one point would be enough for them to advance to the next stage of the tournament.

The German side have won 3 out of their 4 games so far, with only one defeat against PSG back in the Carlo Ancelotti era.

Benitez: “The difference was evident”

Following his Newcastle City’s 4-1 loss to Manchester United away from home, Rafael Benitez admitted that the gap between these two teams is simply too big – also because of the money spent on the signings.

Newcastle fell at Old Trafford despite taking the lead through Dwight Gayle and impressing early on, with goals from Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku continuing the hosts’ fine home form, according to Sky Sports. Benitez previously claimed that he was not happy with his side’s summer spendings and he admitted that the difference was not hard to be seen.

The former coach of Real Madrid or Chelsea spoke about this difference as he said: “For sure. This time, you see the difference between money spent. It’s not something we didn’t know, we knew it would make a massive difference between both teams. But I am really pleased with what I saw in the first 30 minutes.”Top 5 Premier League players in September’s last weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – A fresh Premier League fixture just ended, which means we can talk about the Top 5 best players of September’s last weekend.After a fresh…

He added that the turnover of the match the equalizer from Martial: “I think it’s a quite simple analysis, a really good first half for 30 minutes, everything was right, we were working hard, we had a clear idea what to do, we did well. And then we conceded a goal, then the second goal made a difference in terms of the mentality. We had the chance of [Isaac] Hayden, later on, but we couldn’t score.”

Rafael Benit上海夜生活ez, in the end, claimed that he is proud of his players for the overall performance and the effort: “The second half was more difficult because of the belief that we had in the first half, to keep this belief until the end, it depended on the goal. And then when we conceded the third goal it was a different game. But I am really pleased and really proud of my players in their first 30 minutes. And after when you pay big money for players, they can make the difference, so you make mistakes, you pay for that because you play against top-class players.”

Mourinho will not lose sleep over missed handshake with Conte

The Blues manager went straight into the pitch after final whistle of the referee.

Manchester United head coach insisted he would not chase Antoni上海夜网o Conte just to shake hands with him after losing the Sunday showdown with 1-0 to Chelsea.

The pair have not been in the best relationship ever since the arrival of the Italian at Stamford Bridge as the Portuguese accused Conte of over-celebrating his team’s goals last season when the Blues dominated the Red Devils with a 4-0 win.

On Sunday, Conte went straight into the pitch at the final whistle, missing a potential handshake with Mourinho, who shook hands with the rest of the Blues’ staff.Jamie Carragher puts Chelsea over Manchester United and Arsenal Nedim Maric – In an uneventful derby, last night, Manchester United and Arsenal both got point each.Top four-fight this season looks like it’s going to be between…

The Portuguese, however, insisted there was no issue between the pair when he was asked about the missed handshake after the game.

“You want me to go and chase him in the middle of the pitch? I was there. I shook hands with the people who were there,” he told reporters after the game, according to Goal.

“I think one of them was his brother, the assistant, so I feel that by shaking the hands of his brother and the other assistants that I did my duty. I cannot go and run to chase him.

“Why should I wait [in the tunnel]? He doesn’t have to wait. There is no problem with it at all. You are always worried with these things… no problem.”

Son fires Spurs to an important victory over Palace

Pochettino’s men struggled against the last team in the Premier League, but still clinched the three points.

Tottenham Hotspur won against Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium, but their performance certainly was not their strongest of the season. The heroes for Spurs were Son, who scored in the 64th minute, and their third-choice goalkeeper Gazzaniga, who made a number of vital saves to help his team come out as a winner.

Mauricio Pochettino made five changes to his squad that started against Real Madrid during the week. Gazzaniga started his first game in the Premier League for the first time in 687 days. The other four new faces were Aurier, Rose, Son and Sissoko.

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Tottenham Hotspur were the team that dominated the ball and controlled the game for the greater part of the first half, but they never created a clear chance in front of the goal. The best opportunity was for Dany Rose in the 31st minute when he was left uncovered at the back post, but his shot did not find its target.

Crystal Palace, however,  had the best chance during the first half. In the 36th minute Gazzaniga was forced to produce a brilliant save to prevent his team from conceding a goal after上海夜生活 a header from Dann that was going straight into the bottom corner.

Spurs goalkeeper was tested on a few more occasions by Townsend and Milivojević, but his saves were on point and denied Palace from opening the score.

In the 64th minute Tottenham took the lead through Son Heung-Min who precisely placed the ball into the left corner and wrapped up the final 1:0 in favour of Pochettino’s men.

The goal Son scored on Sunday put him as the the highest scoring Asian in the history of Premier League with 20 goals.

Bolasie wants to make an impact

He was injured for the past 11 months but now, he is back and determined to help Everton with achieving far better results – Yannick Bolasie said that he wants to ‘come back feeling refreshed and hungry’.

The DR Congo i上海夜网nternational still isn’t 100% fit but he is close to making his return – he suffered the injury which has kept him out for the last 11 months in the Toffees 1-1 draw against Manchester United on December 4, 2016, but the player recently shared a video of himself doing ball tricks on social media, according to Goal.

The Everton winger spoke about his injury for the club website as he said: “I tend to distance myself [when I’m injured] but now that I am getting there, I am starting to watch and go to games again and I feel like I am close, and that is the main thing. It’s been almost a year but I don’t think of it like that because in that year I have been given the chance to develop myself and develop things I would have taken for granted before.”Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t stopping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

He also talked about his feelings: “That has taken up my time and the whole package has come together, so I’m buzzing, really, and happy with where I am at. I want to come back feeling refreshed and hungry. We have quite a few new players, it’s happened to teams in the past, but the boys are working hard to make it right.”

Bolasie is aware of the current situation of his club as he claimed: “With everything that is going on, hopefully, I can come in and give a boost to the team and I am confident that they will be confident when I come in. If the team is confident, then that helps you even more, and that makes it better for me to come back and slot in that little bit easier.”