The world’s 20 most corrupt countries

By Aarthi Swaminathan, Finance Writer (Yahoo Finance)

Berlin-based think-tank Transparency International published its latest Corruption Perceptions Index, which ranks 180 countries and territories based on how corrupt their administrative and political institutions are perceived to be. The report gives gives each country a score from 100 (least corrupt) to 0 (most corrupt).… Read the full article.

Democrats uneasy about potential Howard Schultz bid

By GENE JOHNSON (AP)

FILE – In this March 22, 2017, file photo, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speaks at the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. For someone who has given about $150,000 to Democratic campaigns over the years, Schultz is generating tepid, or even hostile, responses within the party as he weighs a presidential bid in 2020.
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Microsoft’s Cloud Wins Could Boost Its Earnings

by Danny Vena(TMFLifeIsGood)

IMAGE SOURCE: MICROSOFT.

The recent past

For the first quarter, Microsoft reported revenue of $29 billion, up 19% year over year, and easily topping both analysts’ consensus estimates and the high end of management’s forecast. This led to net income of $8.8 billion and diluted earnings per share of $1.14, which also beat expectations.… Read the full article.

Japan PM vows to step up China ties but bolster defense

by MARI YAMAGUCHI (Associated Press)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his policy speech during a parliamentary session in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Abe pledged Monday he will further expand his country’s already improving ties with China but said Japan still needs to bolster its defense capability as far as space amid concern about Chinese military activity and uncertainty over North Korea’s denuclearization.
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Roger Stone’s not guilty plea shows collapse of Russian collusion narrative

by James S. Robbins (USA TODAY Opinion)

The main takeaway from informal presidential adviser Roger Stone’s arraignment Tuesday is that the Russian collusion narrative has collapsed. If there were anything there, we’d know about it by now.

Stone was hauled in to federal court Friday morning after a theatrical, televised arrest that should be the subject of a Justice Department investigation or congressional inquiry.… Read the full article.