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2 November 2017 5:08 PM Former Trump campaign chair, aide due back in court Thursday on Russia probe charges

Attorneys for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort called prosecutors’ characterization of the case against him “embellished” and filled with “loose talk” before a scheduled return to federal court Thursday afternoon, three days after being arraigned on charges brought by the office of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. A federal judge is expected 1

2 November 2017 12:01 AM No govt support for Auckland port expansion: Ardern

Nov. 2 (BusinessDesk) - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has poured cold water on the Ports of Auckland's proposal to extend one of its wharves by 13 metres into Waitemata Harbour, just hours after the proposal was released. Speaking after her first official conversation as prime minister with the mayor of Auckland, former Labour Party leader Phil Goff, Ardern 28

1 November 2017 11:50 PM Ardern pours cold water on Auckland port expansion, supports fuel tax

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff emerged from their first meeting together in perfect agreement. The pair, who used to work together when Goff was still in parliament, met with Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Housing and Transport Minister Phil Twyford to discuss how the Government can work with the Auckland Council 2

1 November 2017 4:00 PM New Zealand’s Housing Boom Has Come to an End

House prices in New Zealand’s largest city posted their first annual decline in six years in October, bringing an end to the nation’s property boom. Prices in the Auckland region fell 0.6 percent from a year earlier, helping to slow the rate of growth nationwide to 3.9 percent, a five-year low, property research agency Quotable Value said Thursday. Auckland’s 23

1 November 2017 6:21 AM Foreign buyer ban 'too late'

Real estate agents who sell to Chinese buyers are saying the Government's foreign buyers ban is too late. Interest from China has already slumped, after banks tightened lending conditions. "The traffic from mainland China to visiting our website has dropped from 40 percent last September," HouGarden.com's Sam Yin said. "I think, last year, the big four banks 24

31 October 2017 8:49 PM Charities’ Funding Allocation Rules under Consideration

Feedback is being sought from the not-for-profit sector as Inland Revenue considers the rules over who can operate as a donee organisation in New Zealand. A Draft Interpretation Statement is out for consultation, which looks at whether an organisation is “wholly or mainly” applying its funds to New Zealand purposes. The statement sets out how IR will interpret 20

31 October 2017 7:14 PM Maybe National should just stop talking

And Ardern's first post-Cabinet press conference as Prime Minister, at which she announced the ban on house sales to non-resident foreign buyers before TPP takes effect, was one of those times. Former Finance Minister Steven Joyce was on a hiding to nothing - trying to criticise Labour for keeping its promise. He suggested it was making new policy by press 33

31 October 2017 6:52 PM John Yoo: Trump Can Pardon Manafort. He Shouldn’t

Mr. Trump tweeted on Monday that “this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign.” That’s true. But the very absence of a link to Mr. Manafort’s performance as Trump campaign chairman underscores the fact that Mr. Mueller has not brought the charges out of political bias. Mr. Trump ran on a campaign to “drain the swamp” of influence-peddling 27

31 October 2017 2:52 PM Trump Belittles ‘Low Level’ Adviser Who Tried to Connect With Russia

“The biggest story yesterday, the one that has the Dems in a dither, is Podesta running from his firm,” Mr. Trump wrote. “What he know about Crooked Dems is earth shattering. He and his brother could Drain The Swamp, which would be yet another campaign promise fulfilled. Fake News weak!” Mr. Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, were charged in a 12-count 30

31 October 2017 1:42 PM Spiro Agnew's Lawyer: Paul Manafort Has Nothing to Fear

The legal poobahs are all aflutter, issuing statements as to how this is the classic first prosecutorial step: The prosecutor starts with a vulnerable target at the bottom and works his way up to the top. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s charges against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort are certainly serious enough, if proven 31