US government agencies gear up to restart operations Monday

CNBC - Reuters - business

U.S. government agencies that had largely shuttered operations for five weeks during a budget standoff said they were moving swiftly to resume operations and compensate employees for missed paychecks.

The Fed needs to get 'out of the business' of monetary policy: Ron Paul

CNBC - Keris Lahiff - business

The Federal Reserve will meet this week to talk monetary policy. That has drawn the ire of major critic Dr. Ron Paul.

Trump administration reportedly pushing allies to bar China's Huawei in race for 5G networking

CNBC - business

The administration sees fifth generation, or 5G, network, as part of a new arms race where the winner would gain an economic, intelligence and military edge for much of this century, according to the New York Times.

Samsung Will Start Using More Sustainable Packaging

Fortune - Veronica Neto - business

Samsung announced in a statement on Sunday that it will be using eco-friendly materials to replace plastic packaging materials.

U.S. lifts sanctions on Rusal, other firms linked to Russia's Deripaska

CNBC - Reuters - business

The U.S. Treasury Department said on Sunday it lifted sanctions imposed on aluminum firm US Rusal plc, En+ Group plc and JSC EuroSibEnergo, three companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

Dick Bove: Banks gave $152 billion back to shareholders with little to show for it

CNBC - Richard X. Bove - business

When pundits scratch their beards as to why bank stocks have done so poorly for 18 months, they may consider what investors know. That is that one invests in companies with positive outlooks for the future.

Democrats Say Possible Howard Schultz Presidential Bid Could Help Trump Win Second Term

Fortune - Veronica Neto - business

Former CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz said he is considering a bid for the 2020 presidential election as an independent.

These last-minute travel deals could net you up to a 40% discount

CNBC - Erin Barry - business

With winter still upon us, now may be the perfect time to start planning a spring break trip. And if you're looking for savings, it's not only important to think about where you want to go, but when to book that ticket.

U.S., Taliban Show Optimism in Afghan Peace Talks

The Wall Street Journal - Craig Nelson - business

U.S. and Taliban negotiators expressed optimism about the prospects for a negotiated settlement of the 17-year Afghan war after six days of face-to-face talks in Qatar, but they cautioned about the challenges that lay ahead.

Koch brothers call on businesses to hire former inmates

CNBC - Ylan Mui - business

A broad coalition of business groups is pledging to hire workers with criminal backgrounds in the wake of a new federal law aimed at reducing incarcerations.

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