In other news, Trump's EPA has finalized their replacement for President Obama's Clean Power Plan, the so-called Affordable Clean Energy rule. The new rules will allow states to set their own targets for carbon reduction, meaning red states have a right to make themselves uninhabitable.
Meanwhile, UBS is warning their clients and investors that a Fed interest rate cut probably won't juice the market as much as some people seem to believe because previous cuts didn't.
Finally, Dutch authorities have now officially announced charges against three Russians and one Ukrainian for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, killing all 298 people aboard.
The Dutch-led international team tasked with assigning criminal responsibility for the plane’s destruction named the four suspects as Russians Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Igor Girkin, as well as Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko. It said international arrest warrants for the four had been issued. [...]
Girkin, 48, a vocal and battle-hardened Russian nationalist, is believed to live in Moscow where he makes regular public appearances. He is a commentator on Russian and foreign affairs via his own website and YouTube channel.
The investigation team said Girkin was a former Russian FSB security service colonel who served as minister of defense of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) in eastern Ukraine in the summer of 2014.
It said Dubinsky was head of the military intelligence agency of DNR, while Pulatov headed a second department of the agency. Kharchenko was head of a reconnaissance battalion for the second department, it said.
Prosecutors have said the missile system that brought down the airliner came from the Russian 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade, based in the western Russian city of Kursk.
Programming note... I have company coming to visit from out of state on Friday so I'll be spending most of tomorrow preparing for that. I'll see you all here on Tuesday.
Also -- this is the most fascinating thing I read this week. It's worth 30 minutes of your time.