It has been more than five years since credit ratings firm Standard & Poor’s downgraded the U.S. economy from the prized AAA score to AA — and that is unlikely to change in 2017, Standard and Poor’s chief sovereign rating officer told CNBC Wednesday. The current policy making “is very uncertain.” Source: CNBC
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George Soros, the billionaire who earned fame by betting against the pound in 1992, said Britain was approaching a tipping point that would see the economy slow to such an extent that Brexit might even be reversed. Source Reuters
Court is considering an appeal by the Trump administration to allow the president’s order restricting travel to the US from six Muslim-majority countries Source The Guardian
Germany’s foreign intelligence service long spied on numerous official and business targets in the United States, including the White House, Spiegel weekly reported Thursday. The magazine said it had seen documents showing that the intelligence service, the BND, had a list of some 4,000 so-called selector keywords for surveillance between 1998 and 2006. Source The Local