from Tales from the Trail:

Clinton begins low-key Iowa campaign with a chai tea

April 15, 2015

Hillary Clinton has said she wants to have a "conversation" with voters to kick off her second presidential bid. Her campaign aides have said to expect her visiting much smaller venues than you might expect. It all got underway on Tuesday when Clinton showed up at the Jones St. Java House in Le Claire, Iowa, a quaint town on the Mississippi River that borders neighboring Illinois.

from Tales from the Trail:

Clinton’s “Scooby” van arrives in Iowa

April 15, 2015

Hillary Clinton made the first stops of her 2016 presidential campaign in Iowa on Tuesday, rolling into the state in her "Scooby" van with several aides and her security detail. Clinton left her home in Chappaqua, New York, on Sunday, when she announced on social media she was launching her second presidential campaign. It was her idea to drive the 15 or so hours to Iowa, an early-voting state where U.S. presidential candidates spend a lot of time.

from Tales from the Trail:

Media circus greets Clinton campaign in Iowa

April 15, 2015

Hillary Clinton is trying to keep things low key as she begins her presidential campaign in Iowa this week.

from Tales from the Trail:

Christie proposes Social Security overhaul

April 15, 2015

from Breakingviews:

Hairy deals mean European animal spirits returning

April 15, 2015

A few hairy deals suggest a resurgence of animal spirits in the European boardroom. Royal Dutch Shell’s $70 billion-odd bid for BG and Nokia’s $17 billion move on rival Alcatel-Lucent are complex, if long-mooted, tie-ups finally coming to fruition. Last year’s $3.5 trillion merger boom was mostly an American affair. But if corporate bosses from London to Espoo to Turin are feeling this daring, Europe will soon account for its fair share.

from MacroScope:

BOC to hold this year? Probably not say nearly half the primary dealers

April 15, 2015

Bank of Canada Governor Poloz speaks during a Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce event in central LondonThe Bank of Canada will almost certainly hold policy steady on Wednesday but nearly half of the banks who do business directly with it predict at least one more rate cut this year.

from Breakingviews:

China’s stock market is poor proxy for its economy

April 15, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Patrick Graham:

Sterling dips vs dollar, all eyes on polls

April 15, 2015

LONDON, April 15 (Reuters) - Sterling fell a third of a
percent against a broadly stronger dollar on Wednesday, but was
around 2 cents above 5-year lows hit earlier this week as
questions continue about the impact of elections next month.

from MacroScope:

Looking for Greek hints from ECB

By Mike Peacock
April 15, 2015

European Central Bank President Draghi and Vice President Constancio leave after addressing an ECB news conferenc in FrankfurtIt’s European Central Bank day and with quantitative easing now well underway any morsels it hands out on its approach to Greece are likely to capture the headlines.

from Alison Frankel:

Can Saudi government once again evade suit by 9/11 families?

By Alison Frankel
April 14, 2015

(Reuters) - In dueling briefs filed Friday, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the families of people killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 made their last written arguments to U.S. District Judge George Daniels of Manhattan, who will decide later this year whether the families can bring claims against Saudi Arabia for allegedly helping al Qaeda operatives carry out the 9/11 attacks.