Heilemann: If Trump Can Lead GOP Race, ‘No Reason Why’ Kanye West Can’t Lead Democratic Race

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John Heilemann of Bloomberg Politics reacted Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to rapper Kanye West announcing his plans during Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards for a presidential run in 2020, comparing his run to Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. “If Donald Trump can be the Republican front-runner in the summer of 2015, there’s no reason why Kanye West can’t be the Democratic front-runner in the summer of 2019.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Commonwealth Virtual Currencies Working Group Issues Statement about Bitcoin’s Potential

This week, the Commonwealth Virtual Currencies Working Group made up of Australia, Barbados, Kenya, Nigeria, Singapore and Tonga, together with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, concluded a three-day conference in London with a consensus: “Member states should consider the applicability of their existing legal frameworks to virtual currencies and where appropriate they should consider adapting them or enacting new legislation to regulate virtual currencies.” The group has come up with the consensus because it recognizes the benefits and the disruptive nature of bitcoin and other digital currencies in the financial sector. The conference was joined by experts from the banking sector, academia, virtual currency operators, users and law enforcement agencies, to discuss the unique applications and the risks […]

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Steve Schmidt: ‘Donald Trump Is Emasculating Jeb Bush’

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On Monday, political analyst Steve Schmidt told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Donald Trump is “emasculating” fellow Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush with his attacks. The on-going feud between Trump and Bush has been going on for some time now. Trump said Bush is too phony and nice, but “unhappy” and low-energy, while Bush has attacked Trump’s wish to build a wall at the United States border with Mexico, calling it “unrealistic.” “Look, Jeb Bush was a very successful governor, he’s a thoughtful man, he was a good, conservative governor. But every day, Donald Trump is emasculating Jeb Bush, and Republican primary voters are not going to default to the establishment candidate who is being weakened by these attacks that go unresponded to,” explained Schmidt. (h/t Politico) Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Barclays to Begin Offering Bitcoin Payments for Customers, Beginning with Charities

Barclays is about to become the first mainstream bank to openly and directly support bitcoin transactions, The Sunday Times reports. The Daily Mail echoed the news for its huge readership. Barclays has been experimenting with Bitcoin and working with digital currency start-ups for some time.  Speaking at the Morgan Stanley European Financials Conference in London, Barclays’ CEO Antony Jenkins warned the “banking sector has not yet felt the ‘full disruptive force’ of technology – but it will.” He elaborated on the growing concern among financial institutions that faster, cheaper payment systems will start to seduce their consumer and business customers in the coming years. In June, Barclays signed a deal with Bitcoin company Safello to explore financial applications of the blockchain […]

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‘Morning Joe’ Panel: Wasserman Schultz Rigging Debate Schedule to Benefit Hillary

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Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” a panel including Bloomberg’s Al Hunt and “With All Due Respect” host John Heilemann agreed with Democratic presidential candidate former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) that Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is limiting the number of debates to only six in order to to benefit front-runner Hillary Clinton. Host Joe Scarborough asked, “Are they rigging it for Hillary? Is that what the deal is? Will anybody say what’s happening here?” Heilemann said, “I will sure. Look, every one of those candidates who is not Hillary Clinton has a strong argument to make that it seems like the party is protecting Hillary Clinton.” Hunt added, “Yeah, sure they are. I think, by the way, that O’Malley exaggerates the importance. The problem the Democrats have is they ought to have a Reince Priebus type as their chair person. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a member of Congress, isn’t doing anything
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