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Fears of default by the Greek government–and increasingly violent anarchist protests against the European Union-imposed austerity regime in Athens–have sent global markets into turmoil, erasing the gains of the last week and threatening to further delay America’s economic recovery:

Greek fears intensified after euro-zone officials failed to make progress on discussions about Greek aid and protests against austerity measures turned violent in Athens. Greek bonds were pummeled, sending yields to their highest levels since the inception of the euro.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, meanwhile, was trying to form a national unity government with opposition parties in an effort to build a consensus for austerity measures and other economic reforms. [Wall Street Journal]

 

Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) declared on Sunday morning that she will oppose any Republican attempt to move ahead with a Supreme Court nomination to fill the seat left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

"For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election," said Murkowski in a statement released by her office. "Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed."

The Alaska Republican joined Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in opposing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's announced determination to replace Ginsburg with a Trump appointee. If McConnell loses two more Republican votes, he will be unable to move a nomination before Election Day.