- The Federal Reserve Board of Governors just held an “expedited special meeting” on Monday in closed-door session.
- The White House made an immediate announcement that the president was going to meet with Fed Chair Janet Yellen right after Monday’s special meeting and that Vice President Biden would be joining them.
- The Federal Reserve very shortly posted an announcement of another expedited closed-door meeting for Tuesday for the specific purpose of “bank supervision.”
- A G-20 meeting of finance ministers and central-bank heads starts in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, too, and continues through Wednesday.
- Then on Thursday the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund meet in Washington.
- The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta just revised US GDP growth for the first quarter to the precipice of recession at 0.1%.
- US banks are widely expected this week to report their worst quarter financially since the start of the Great Recession.
- The European Union’s new “bail-in” procedures for failing banks were employed for the first time with Austrian bank Heta Asset Resolution AG.
- Italy’s minister of finance called an emergency meeting of Italian bankers to engage “last resort” measures for dealing with 360-billion euros of bad loans in banks that have only 50 billion in capital.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting with the United Nations envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, in Tehran on Monday, Amir-Abdollahian added that political talks between the Syrian government and the opposition have entered a “new phase” as the two sides are set to resume indirect negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva on Wednesday.
Iran now receiving improved S-300 Russian Air Defense System ~ link ~
In Maryland and Pennsylvania – two of the five states that will vote the following week – the anti-Trump vote is split. In Pennsylvania, the HuffPost Pollster average has Trump leading with 42 percent. Kasich and Cruz combine for 47 percent – but it’s split almost evenly, leaving both candidates well behind Trump. In Maryland, a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll last week had Trump at 41 percent, Kasich at 31 percent and Cruz at 22 percent.
"I think we’re entering a part of the calendar that should be pretty favorable to [Trump], and he should sweep all of those states," Ruffini said in an interview, setting expectations for the rest of the month. "He really needs a sweep to even make the argument that he’s still in contention to get to 1,237 [delegates]."
2016: The Year Americans found out that our elections are rigged ~ link ~