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Trump Wants U.S. to Recognize Israeli Sovereignty Over the Golan Heights President Trump said on Thursday that the United States should recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights, one of the world’s most disputed territories, reversing decades-long American policy and violating a United Nations resolution. -NYT


Why America Needs a Stronger Defense Industry Investing in the sector means more jobs at home and improved security abroad. -NYT

Big Business, Like Hollywood Big Shots, Games the System -The American Spectator

737 crisis tests Boeing's clout in Washington The aerospace giant has long been a powerful voice in Washington, backed by a large lobbying team and close ties with lawmakers whose districts and states are home to Boeing workers. -The Hill

PODCAST OF THE WEEK Sound On: Trade, Fed & Mueller Kevin spoke with Marc Ross founder of Caracal Global. They discussed Trump trade talks, Mueller, and the Federal Reserve policy decision. -Bloomberg

U.S. whiskey exports dry up as tariffs bite Canada, China, Mexico and the European Union slapped import duties ranging from 10 percent to 25 percent on U.S whiskey and bourbon last year, resulting in a 11 percent drop in U.S. whiskey exports in the second half, according to a report from the Distilled Spirits Council. -Reuters

Abusing trade law to ban iPhones is not in the public interest Although most Americans have probably never heard of the ITC, the agency has authority over a wide range of trade-related matters, including unfair trade investigations under Section 337 of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930. Unlike a court, however, the ITC cannot award damages for infringement — it's only remedy is to ban the importation of infringing products. -Bloomberg

U.S. to Probe Tech Companies Over Data Collection Practices -Bloomberg

A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments Sophisticated surveillance, once the domain of world powers, is increasingly available on the private market. Smaller countries are seizing on the tools — sometimes for darker purposes. -NYT

House Democrats pressure White House on Kushner's use of WhatsApp -Reuters

Top US general to meet with Google over China security worries The top U.S. general is meeting with representatives from Google next week to discuss growing concerns that American tech companies are helping China's military. -The Hill

U.S. announces first new North Korea sanctions since failed summit The United States imposed sanctions on Thursday on two Chinese shipping companies it says helped North Korea evade U.S. and international sanctions over its nuclear weapons program -Reuters

The arrest of Michel Temer The charging of another former Brazilian president raises questions about the government’s big pensions reform -The Economist


Trump blames Powell's Fed for economy's failure to hit 4 percent growth President Donald Trump on Thursday fired a new broadside against the Federal Reserve under Chairman Jerome Powell, blaming the central bank for the economy's failure to exceed 4 percent economic growth last year. -Politico

Bond Traders Have Three Choices in This ‘Fed End’ Market The U.S. yield curve comes into sharp focus again after the central bank’s dovish surprise. -Bloomberg

Farming and Agriculture in the Age of Trump As is the case elsewhere these days, corporate interests are in, worker safety, environmental stewardship, fairness, common sense, and facts are out. -The American Interest

Canada is becoming a tech hub. Thanks, Donald Trump! US companies are moving tech jobs to Canada rather than deal with Trump’s immigration policies. -Recode