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Early Bird Headlines 27 July 2017

Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.

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What We Read Today 26 July 2017

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary 'reading list' which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for 'reading list' items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

This feature is published every day late afternoon New York time. For early morning review of headlines see "The Early Bird" published every day in the early am at GEI News (membership not required for access to "The Early Bird".).

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Documentary Of The Week: Economic Cycles Before The Fed

Written by John Lounsbury

Econintersect: Historian Thomas E. Woods Jr. recounts the economic history of the U.S. in the 19th century. Woods interprets this history through the lenses of libertarian philosophy and the Austrian School of economics theories.

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Infographic Of The Day: Town Names That Will Make You Fall Out Of Your Chair

Some city names are a good reminder of how while times change, some things still remain the same.

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Video of the Day:

Three years after acquiring the MIT robotics lab Boston Dynamics, makers of Atlas and other scary bots, Alphabet is selling it off to Softbank, a Japanese telecommunications company. These lumbering machines are clearly still a work in progress, and are indeed reminiscent of fictional metal monsters like The Empire's armada of AT-ATs or the bipedal ED-208 from RoboCop. However, the biggest threat these humanoid bots pose isn't to our physical safety but rather to our economic futures.


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Current Weather Outlook

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When the Long-Wave features (Ridges and Troughs related to the rotation of Planet Earth) are not very distinct, the ability to make forecasts declines. This seems to be the situation beyond about a week right now. Local geography then assumes increased importance. There can be oddities since the checks and balances on weather features moving from one place to another are not as strong as usual.


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Brazil And Venezuela's Political Crises Are More Alike Than They Seem

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Andrea Oelsner, University of Aberdeen

Only a few years ago, both Venezuela and Brazil were racing towards heavyweight status in Latin America and beyond. Each of them was the force behind the creation of a major regional group - and both forged important alliances within and beyond the Americas. But today, both countries' governments are struggling to hold on to power at home.

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 USA economy at a glance (boxed items are updates in last 7 days)

26 July 2017 FOMC Meeting Statement: Balance Sheet Reduction To Begin Soon?

Econintersect: The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) - the board of directors of the Federal Reserve maintained the federal funds rate as expected. Additionally, no action was taken at this meeting to reduce the Federal Reserves' balance sheet.

.... For the time being, the Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction. The Committee expects to begin implementing its balance sheet normalization program relatively soon, provided that the economy evolves broadly as anticipated ....

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