Mexico, too, awaits Nov. 8 election

10/24/16 The Seattle Times

There couldn’t have been a more pivotal moment in the U.S.-Mexican relationship for the Philadelphia Museum of Art to open a landmark exhibit of Mexican art.

Of course, the timing of this stunning show is coincidental, coming in the midst of a presidential campaign in which Donald Trump has labeled illegal Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists. He has also repeatedly denounced the NAFTA accord with Mexico.

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Marijuana legalization may have an unexpected result: Drug smuggling into Mexico

10/24/16 Business Insider

Border fenceNext month, Californians will vote on a raft of propositions, including one that would legalize recreational production and consumption of marijuana.

Proposition 64 would allow Californians over 21 to have up to an ounce of cannabis and permit people to grow up to six plants. It would put a 15% tax on retail sales and ban large-scale production for five years to stave off the arrival of large corporate growing operations.

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Donald Trump’s Visit to Mexico Could Have Gone Better, President Peña Nieto Says

10/24/16 TIME

pena nieto wef“Could we have done things better? Maybe yes, admittedly”

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto stands by his decision to host Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for a meeting a couple months ago, but admitted Sunday the visit could have been better executed.

“Could we have done things better? Maybe yes, admittedly. I think that this genuine interest to bring about a meeting to take care of Mexico’s interests, I think, could have been done in a better way,” Peña Nieto said in an interview.

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Donald Trump’s Mexico border wall falling flat in Arizona

10/23/16 The Indian Express

trumpDonald Trump rode to the top of the Republican ticket promising a “big, beautiful, powerful” border wall with Mexico to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants. Along that border, however, Americans are more likely to call the wall a “waste of money”, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. The results show that while the New York businessman may have expected his tough stance on immigration to fire up support nationally, it seems to be falling short in a state heavily affected by illegal immigration, and where he is now facing a surprising challenge from his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

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Mexico regulators ordered bank stress tests to model Trump victory: sources

10/19/16 Reuters

trumpMexico’s financial authorities ordered the country’s banks to conduct stress tests to assess the potential impact of Republican candidate Donald Trump winning the upcoming U.S. presidential election, sources said on Wednesday.

Alongside a normal annual stress test, the banks were asked to conduct an additional test to examine the macroeconomic effects and volatility resulting from a potential Trump victory on Nov. 8, six banking sector sources said.

In a statement last month, the Financial System Stability Board (CESF) said that as a result of the ongoing risk surrounding the U.S. election and an expected tightening in Federal Reserve monetary policy, it had examined the results of stress tests of the country’s financial system.

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It’s small cars, not auto jobs, making the big U.S. move to Mexico

10/19/16 CNBC

2000px-Ford_Motor_Company_Logo.svgBefore Donald Trump takes to the debate stage Wednesday night for one last chance to prove U.S. trade policy is letting Mexico steal Michigan and Ohio’s auto jobs, he might want to do some research on manufacturing trends in the global auto industry.

Mexico’s biggest and fastest-growing carmakers aren’t American brands like Ford and General Motors‘ Chevy. The biggest Mexican carmaker is Nissan, and the newest plants belong to Audi and Kia, with big BMW and Toyota plants in the pipeline.

Trump and Clinton clash over border security and U.S.-Mexico relations

10/19/16 Los Angeles Times 

Clinton&Trump.jpgHillary Clinton and Donald Trump sparred in Wednesday’s debate over Trump’s plan to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Trump accused Clinton of favoring “open borders” and not having a plan to stop migrants and drug smugglers from illegally crossing into the country, while at the same time accusing her of voting for building a border wall when she was a senator.

Clinton countered by pointing out that when Trump met in private with Mexico’s president in August, he didn’t bring up his plan to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it.

“Trump went to Mexico and didn’t raise it,” Clinton said. “He choked.”

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