Three Things You Need to Know on November 30th

November 30, 2018

The leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies are in Argentina for two days of meetings against a backdrop of worldwide tensions. President Trump will meet with the leaders of Japan and Germany today. Then on Saturday, he has a one-on-one with the president of China as the two biggest economies remain locked in a trade war. Another complication at the G20 summit is Russia's most recent aggression toward Ukraine. Trump has called off a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The President's former attorney says negotiations over a major Trump real estate deal in Moscow ran into 2017.  During the 2016 presidential campaign and again in early 2017, Trump insisted that he had no business dealings with Russia.  The claim from Michael Cohen came in a new plea deal yesterday with prosecutors in the Russia probe.  

The federal agency that oversees railroad safety is threatening to shut down the RTD's A-Line because of a failure to improve how crossing gates operate.  In a letter published on the agency's database this week, the Federal Railroad Administration criticized the RTD for failing to meet national standards for crossing gates.  After doing some testing of the gates in August, the FRA said the timing on the gates was unacceptable and threatened to shut down the A-Line if something isn't done.  The letter also said the FRA would not allow the RTD to open its G-Line from Denver to Wheat Ridge because of its concern over the crossing gates.