House Quietly Passes Bill Targeting "Russian Propaganda" Websites

The House has passed H.R. 6393, a bill which calls for the government to target "Russian Propaganda" websites and "counter active measures by Russia to exert covert influence … carried out in coordination with political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation"

Deutsche Bank Pays $60 Million To Settle Gold-Manipulation Lawsuit

Two months after paying $38 million to settle a silver price-fixing case, on Friday Deutsche Bank agreed to pay $60 million to settle private U.S. antitrust litigation by traders and other investors who accused the German bank of conspiring to manipulate gold prices at their expense.

Crisis Averted: China Calls Taiwan Phone Call A "Gimmick" As It Lodges Diplomatic Protest

Overnight, China foreign minister Wang Yi called Tsai's call with Trump "a little trick", or loosely translated in English as "gimmick", by Taiwan which would not change the one-China consensus in international community. He added that the "One-China" policy is the foundation for the healthy development of China’s relationship with the U.S.

Official Washington's "Info-Wars"

If the American mainstream media were officially state-controlled, would they look or sound significantly different when it comes to U.S. foreign policy?

The Propaganda About Russian Propaganda

Bogus news stories did flood social media throughout the campaign, and the hack of the Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s e-mail seems likely to have been the work of Russian intelligence services. But, as harmful as these phenomena might be, the prospect of legitimate dissenting voices being labelled fake news or Russian propaganda by mysterious groups of ex-government employees, with the help of a national newspaper, is even scarier.

In Defense Of Trump's Deal With Carrier

While some have described Trump's approach as crony capitalism, if the terms of the deal really are limited to tax relief, such claims are baseless. While it is true that tax breaks for specific companies are less ideal than across-the-board cuts (or outright abolishment) of business taxes, they should not be confused with taxpayer subsidies. The underlying deal seems to reflect a larger commitment to addressing the corporate tax and regulatory burdens that have long held back the American economy.

The New American Dream - A Life In Hock

Because the debt lifestyle has been normalized, there now exists social stigma to live below one’s means. To not give the appearance of wealth one doesn’t have by purchasing – on credit – things one can’t really afford. That – as much as the regulatory burden of government – is what’s driving up the cost of life for all of us (including those still trying to live within our means).

Sudden Scramble For Gold In China Sends Premiums To 3 Year High

While paper gold traders can't seem to dump the precious metal fast enough, physical gold demand is soaring around the world. India retail premiums are spiking (amid demonetization), local China premiums soar to a 3-year-high (as capital controls loom), and coin sales from the US Mint have risen for the 4th straight month, accelerating post-election to the highest since July 2015 since Trump's victory at the election.

Weekend Reading: Trumponomics

“The problem for Trump is that we no longer reside in the 80’s where a large group of ‘baby boomers’ were entering the workforce and driving a massive wave of innovation and productivity changes.  Today, we are on the wrong side of the demographic trends combined with falling productivity and labor force growth.”

Death, Gold, & Taxes

A man from the French region of Normandy recently inherited a house from a deceased relative, only to discover his newly acquired home was actually a secret gold depository. However, this story of good fortune doesn’t end as happily as we would like...