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3: President Trump has requested a three-year extension of “trade promotion authority,” which gives presidents the right to submit negotiated trade deals to Congress for a simple up-or-down vote without amendments. It’s another reminder that Trump doesn’t hate trade deals. He hates other people’s trade deals.

160: The South Korean government plans to send 160 “K-Pop” stars to North Korea next month as a colorful prelude to the inter-Korean summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

6 billion: new interview with Bloomberg reminded the world this week that Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal Alwaleed reportedly paid $6 billion to win release from detention at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton. In the history of bail money, that might just be a record.

9 billion: With the latest attacks on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth fell by an estimated $9 billion on Monday and Tuesday. That not only tops Prince Alwaleed’s bail money, it’s more than the GDP of Rwanda.

70: Some 70 percent of people in Belgium say fake news is a problem for their country. That’s the lowest percentage in the entire European Union.


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