Markets coaster still rolling

A rally in US stocks evaporated at the end of Tuesday’s session, setting up another day of volatility ahead of Wednesday’s Asia open after a Chinese rate cut failed to settle nerves.

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WORLD

ISIS militants reportedly destroyed historic relics in the Syrian city of Palmyra.

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POLITICS

Donald Trump’s lead in the GOP primary race grew in a new round of polls on Tuesday.

At a pre-rally press conference in Dubuque, Iowa, Trump had a run-in with Univision journalist Jorge Ramos, leading to Ramos being escorted out.

But in a subsequent un-Trump-like moment of self-awareness, the candidate seemed to realize he’d gone too far and allowed Ramos back into the room, where they had a lengthy exchange on immigration policy.

Interestingly, the Trump campaign announced some key hires in early primary states, including Sam Clovis, who had previously run Rick Perry’s campaign in Iowa. The Washington Post‘s Robert Costa had the scoop.

Trump’s spat with Fox News and its Chairman Roger Ailes over the network’s anchor Megyn Kelly appears to be back on.

And, since the guy “speaks his mind,” according to his supporters, occasionally something comes out that makes total sense. Ben Wofford writes at Politico:

As pundits search for the source of Trump’s resilient appeal, reformers say they’ve long known the answer: the constant emphasis on how his staggering wealth immunizes him from insider influence. It has arguably now become the campaign’s most salient theme. “I don’t need anybody’s money. I’m using my own money,” Trump scoffed at his campaign announcement in June. A month later, he told the Wall Street Journal, “When you give [contributions], they do whatever the hell you want them to do.” And primary voters seem spellbound. “The guys who want to give me a million – I said, forget it. Who cares?” Trump recently told a rapt audience. “All of the money that’s going to Hillary, and Jeb, and Scott and Marco? They’re totally controlled. Totally.”

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