The Russian operative charged with trying to form relationships with people high up in US politics, Mariia Butina, was pictured in this photo of a meeting between Russian officials and Donald Trump.
Here are my pick of the links to news on the political economy from other news sites on Wednesday.
In the political economy in the week ahead:
GCSB Intercepts was busy overnight interpreting body language.
Here are my pick of the links to news on the political economy from other news sites on Tuesday.
Councils want the power to collect or receive GST and income taxes so they can pay for expensive infrastructure needed for population and tourism growth. Bernard Hickey argues they would need to improve their governance and accountability first.
I love the British protest signs in the protests against Trump over the weekend.
Here are my pick of the links to news on the political economy from other news sites on Monday.
New Zealanders see an affordable house price as being almost $200,000 cheaper than a KiwiBuild house in Auckland. China wants New Zealand to correct its "wrong statements" about China's activities in the Pacific. The economy continues to show signs of cooling ahead of key inflation figures next week.
People on the move in and around the political this week included Reserve Bank Head of Communications Mike Hannah, Xero CFO Sankar Narayan, Australian media and casino mogul James Packer, former Fletcher Building chair Ralph Norris, former Landcorp chair Traci Houpapa and NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff.