Chinese trade negotiators suddenly canceled a visit to meet U.S. farmers after they wrapped up trade talks in Washington this week.Marketsread more
Blackstone Executive Vice Chairman Tony James says he's less optimistic now than before that the U.S.-China trade war could be resolved, but even a smaller deal could help...World Economyread more
The Pentagon will deploy U.S. forces to the Middle East on the heels of the attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced...Defenseread more
President Trump also said he is "not looking for a partial deal" with Beijing, moving away from his suggestion last week that he would consider an "interim deal."Politicsread more
Progress on trade talks will determine how far market will move above new highs.Trader Talk with Bob Pisaniread more
"Sure, the trade war's taking its toll on business ... it's just not taking its toll where it was supposed to," Jim Cramer says.Mad Money with Jim Cramerread more
Joe Biden called on President Donald Trump Friday to release the transcript of a call with a foreign leader that is the subject of a whistleblower complaint. Biden described...Politicsread more
For investors taking a breather from the chaos in August, buckle up as the market is about go crazy again, Goldman Sachs warned.Marketsread more
Palantir Technologies is targeting a valuation of at least $26 billion in a private fundraising round, the first for the Peter Thiel-backed data analytics startup in four...Wall Streetread more
Michael Pack, a conservative filmmaker linked to Steve Bannon, saw at least $1.6 million in donations from his nonprofit sent into the coffers of his independent production...Politicsread more
The New England Patriots released Antonio Brown just 11 days after signing the wide receiver. The NFL Super Bowl champion team initially had kept him in the face of a rape...Sportsread more
A group of dissident Republicans refusing to support Donald Trump have courted a diverse slate of potential candidates to mount a potential third party bid against the putative nominee, The Washington Post reported on Saturday—a group that includes another outspoken billionaire.
Conservative opinion writers William Kristol and Erick Erickson have been part of the effort, the publication reported, as has former GOP nominee Mitt Romney. In recent months, Romney has emerged as a prominent voice in the movement to derail Trump's White House ambitions.
The Post added that the list of candidates the group has fielded include names like Ohio governor John Kasich, who recently ended his own bid for the Republican nomination; Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, who has also become a strident critic of Trump; and billionaire Mark Cuban. According to the report, Cuban was approached because of his possible ability to connect with voters—and his own blustery persona that can match Trump's.
A representative for the Trump campaign did not immediately reply to CNBC's requests for comment.
However, the report added that most of the response to the 3rd party effort has been tepid at best. Cuban was quoted by The Post as saying that he didn't "see it happening," and given the closeness of the election, there "isn't enough time."
Despite establishment calls to coalesce around Trump, Sasse is part of a prominent clutch of Republicans who are refusing to support him, despite the possibility that such opposition could result in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ascending to the Oval Office.
In a lengthy Facebook post recently, Sasse rejected both the candidacies of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Trump, saying that he would seek a third option in November.
There is little love lost between the real estate mogul and Kristol, the publisher of the influential conservative magazine The Weekly Standard. Before Trump romped through the GOP primaries, Kristol warned that the GOP would "have to start a new party" if he were the nominee.
When Trump announced his bid last year, Cuban spoke favorably about the billionaire real estate mogul's candidacy. Yet just this week, Cuban—the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and himself an outspoken billionaire—reportedly described Trump in vulgar terms, saying he was "like hat guy who'll walk into the bar and say anything" to get a woman's attention.
The Post reported that other names on the 3rd party wish list include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, retired Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, and former Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn.
The full report can be found on The Washington Post's website.