Monday Morning Briefing: How many sick days does Clinton get?

September 12, 2016

As if the campaign season couldn’t get any crazier, now we have a Democratic candidate stricken with pneumonia that was diagnosed on Friday and concealed until yesterday when she became “overheated” at an event commemorating the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11. Before Friday, Donald Trump had already questioned Hillary Clinton’s “stamina.” Earlier this morning Trump told Fox News he hopes Clinton gets well soon.

Digits of the day:

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Asian stocks took a beating on the first business day after a nearly 400-point rout in the Dow Jones Industrial Average Friday. The Hang Sang Index fell 3.7 percent, Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 2.8 percent, while the Nikkei is off 1.7 percent. European stocks didn’t fare much better with German and French indices down 2 percent and the FTSE down 1.6 percent. Traders pinned the sell-off to the increasing likelihood of Federal Reserve interest rate hikes. Dow Jones futures were off 100 points before the opening bell.

Turkish security officials blamed the latest car bomb attack in the country on Kurdish militants. Nineteen people were wounded in the blast, which ripped through a central district in the city of Van. The Kurdistan Workers Party has set off car bombs in the same southeastern region and in Ankara this year.

I saw you blink!

A demonstrator looks at a riot policeman during a protest marking the country's 1973 military coup in Santiago, Chile September 11, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Vera FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSN9Z3

A demonstrator looks at a riot policeman during a protest marking the country’s 1973 military coup in Santiago, Chile, Sept. 11, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Vera

Around the country

  • It began with what felt like a punch in the throat. What followed was a skin rash, joint pain and a dull throbbing behind the eyes. It ended with a diagnosis of Zika. Follow the account of a Reuters correspondent who contracted the mosquito-borne disease while on assignment in Puerto Rico.

Quote of the day:

“What if Zika poses a threat for months or years after infection? If so, could that jeopardize our future plans to start a family? What if we got pregnant before we planned to? We’ve had to manage our different anxieties over the “what ifs” of Zika.” – Nick Brown

  • Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raised his fist and several Miami Dolphins players knelt during performances of the U.S. national anthem on Sunday, the latest gestures in the National Football League to draw attention to racial inequality. San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the protests against injustice and police brutality by refusing to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” during preseason games.
  • Gunfire broke out at a Birmingham, Ala., public housing community overnight, killing one and injuring five others, all of whom were innocent bystanders. The shootings took place about one hour after the close of a peace rally in the community’s Lewis Park, according to

Around the world

  • The Philippines’ ‘war on drugs” has claimed 2,400 lives in just two months. Indonesia has resumed executing drug convicts. In Thailand and Myanmar, petty drug users are being sentenced to long jail terms in overcrowded prisons. But it hasn’t stopped the surge of drug use, mostly methamphetamine, in the region.
  • For all the talk of Syrian refugees pouring into Europe, there’s another concern that’s brewing: economic migrants from Africa. One such migrant, Mayango Jallah, a political science graduate from Liberia, has spent about $14,500 on five attempts over a dozen years to reach what he calls “normal society.”
  • North Korea is ready to conduct its next nuclear test at any time, according to South Korea’s Defense Ministry. Pyongyang set off its most powerful nuclear blast to date last Friday. “Assessment by South Korean and U.S. intelligence is that the North is always ready for an additional nuclear test in the Punggye-ri area,” the site of the North’s five nuclear explosions, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun said.

Around Wall Street

  • Oil prices have rallied 75 percent from their February lows. Energy companies have shifted focus from survival to recovery. But for oil executives, jobs are as scarce as they were in the trough of the market.
  • Tesla Motors is updating its Autopilot driving system with new limits on hands-off driving. CEO Elon Musk said it was very likely that updated software would have prevented the death of Joshua Brown, who was killed while using the technology in a May 7 accident in Florida.
  • A Hanjin Shipping vessel is finishing unloading in California and scheduled to leave port today. The ship, Hanjin Greece, carries only a fraction of the $14 billion in goods stranded on ships operated by the bankrupt company. But shareholders and executives associated with the South Korean firm pledged funds to help resolve the turmoil created by its collapse.

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