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Business NAFTA President Donald Trump U.S. 

On sidelines of trade talks, businesses tout NAFTA’s benefits

August 17, 2017 By Ginger Gibson and Anthony Esposito WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Steps away from this week’s NAFTA trade negotiations, business unified in hopes of sending a singular message: do no harm. Representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico convened behind closed doors at a Washington, D.C. hotel in an effort to strike a new North American Free Trade Agreement. And not far away, industry representatives from all three nations sat waiting and hoping to influence the talks. After two days of meetings, lobbyists admitted privately that they remained…

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Business Government Ethics SEC Simpson Thacher Bartlett Sullivan Cromwell 

Exclusive: SEC officials’ holdings, legal work, pose potential conflicts

August 17, 2017 By Pete Schroeder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two lawyers appointed to senior jobs at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have ties to major companies including financial firms Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Wells Fargo & Co that could complicate efforts to regulate them, according to government documents viewed by Reuters. Steven Peikin, the new co-head of enforcement at the SEC, held as much as $9 million worth of stock in dozens of blue-chip companies as of Aug. 8, according to a disclosure filing obtained through a public…

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Business Mexico NAFTA President Donald Trump U.S. 

Auto groups side with Canada, Mexico on NAFTA origin rules

August 17, 2017 By David Lawder and Anthony Esposito WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Auto industry groups from Canada, Mexico and the United States are pushing back against the Trump administration’s demand for higher U.S. automotive content in a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement. At talks underway this week in Washington, automaker and parts groups from all three countries were urging negotiators against tighter rules of origin, said Eduardo Solis, president of the Mexican Automotive Industry Association. But U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer confirmed the industry’s fears that the administration of…

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