Factbox: Mexico securities regulator battles to overturn gag orders

05/22/2018 Reuters

Mexican Supreme CourtMexico’s Supreme Court set an important precedent in February that should make it easier for securities and banking regulator CNBV to overturn gag orders that prevent it from naming violators.

At least 13 Mexican executives and companies have filed suits to block the CNBV from using powers given to it in 2014 to publish sanctions, according to officials, court documents and the CNBV’s database.

Here are some of the biggest cases in which the CNBV won the right in lower courts to publish limited details of the charges:

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NAFTA nations ‘nowhere near’ a deal: USTR Lighthizer

05/17/2018 Reuters

NAFTAWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The top U.S. trade official on Thursday poured cold water on the prospect of an imminent breakthrough in talks to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) hours after Canada’s prime minister struck a positive note.

“The NAFTA countries are nowhere near close to a deal,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement, pointing to “gaping differences” on a host of issues, including intellectual property, agricultural access, labor and energy.

Lighthizer said he would continue to work toward “the best possible deal for American farmers, ranchers, workers, and businesses.”

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GOP split on immigration is a crisis for Ryan’s team via @thehill

05/17/2018 The Hill

paulryan2Momentum is building for an insurgent effort by centrist Republicans to force immigration votes on the House floor despite GOP leadership’s attempt to tamp down the rebellion.

The unfolding legislative battle is a nightmare for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his lieutenants, because it exposes a fervent intraparty split in the GOP and pits leadership against many of the politically vulnerable members that are key to saving the Republican majority this fall.

A pair of GOP lawmakers on Wednesday signed on to a discharge petition that would set up a series of votes on immigration bills on the House floor later this year. The move came just hours after party leaders pleaded with rank-and-file members to stand down.

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Koch-backed group gives boost to Democrats on immigration via @CNNPolitics

05/17/2018 CNN

immigrationAn immigration-overhaul advocacy group backed by the influential Koch brothers is sending out a series of political mailers aimed at backing pro-immigration members of Congress — including a handful of Democrats.

The billionaire Koch brothers are some of the most prolific political donors, and they traditionally back politically conservative causes and candidates.

But among the group of lawmakers being supported by the mailers from the LIBRE Initiative are five Democrats, including the chairman of the Democrats’ House campaign arm and the chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

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Trump Calls Some Unauthorized Immigrants ‘Animals’ in Rant via @nytimes

05/16/2018 New York Times

trumpmexico_083116getty_0President Trump lashed out at undocumented immigrants during a White House meeting on Wednesday, warning in front of news cameras that dangerous people were clamoring to breach the country’s borders and branding such people “animals.”

Mr. Trump’s comments came during a round-table discussion with state and local leaders on California’s so-called sanctuary laws, which strictly limit communication between local law enforcement and federal immigration officers, and which the Trump administration is suing to invalidate. It was hardly the first time the president has spoken in racially fraught terms about immigrants, but it underscored his anger about unchecked immigration — the animating issue of his campaign and his tenure so far — and his frustration that he has not been able to do more to seal the nation’s borders.

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Mexico election body blocks 17 male candidates masquerading as transgender women via @reuters

05/11/2018 Reuters

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican state electoral body on Friday rejected the applications of 17 aspiring male candidates from various parties who tried to register as transgender female contenders for the July 1 elections.

The electoral institute for the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico said in a statement that the 17 candidates had been temporarily blocked due to “suspected irregularities.”

The institute did not give further reasons for the move, but said it “will be vigilant that the constitutional principle of equality is adhered to, and that women have effective access to public office.”

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In Mexico, frustration with Trump grows as relations reach a ‘defining moment’

05/10/2018 The Washington Post

 When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared with his counterpart from Mexico this week in Washington, there were smiles and mutual reassurances, with Pompeo insisting that the two countries are “neighbors, allies and friends.”

Behind the scenes, Mexico’s relationship with the United States is more about grimaces, anxiety and signs of severe strain.

Buffeted by harsh criticism from President Trump, and facing a presidential election that could bring a more confrontational leader to power, the Mexican government has found itself in an unusually tight bind.

In one sign of its mounting frustration, the Mexican government over the past month has canceled meetings with American counterparts, including a cross-border coordination session to fight drug trafficking and an annual military exchange, according to current and former U.S. and Mexican officials.

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