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"Diva Of Distress" Dissed: Court Tosses Lynn Tilton's Lawsuit Against SEC, Which Is Suing Her For Fraud

Just hours after the SEC sued Lynn Tilton for CLO fraud, the "Diva of Distress" countersued the SEC to stop it from pursuing its civil charge, alleging the SEC violated her constitutional rights or something. As she said then, "I hold hope that our nation will allow a fair fight for truth, to defend integrity and intent against allegations and provides fair forums," Tilton posted on Twitter. Our nation did not.



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EFSF Confirms Greek Bailout Expires Today

Despite rumors from The Time of Malta (seriously!!), Greece's largest creditor by far - the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF) - has confirmed that "it's over": EFSF CONFIRMS GREECE FINL ASSIST PROGRAM EXPIRES TUESDAY. This means the last aid tranche is now unavailable and any remaining bank-recap funds will be cancelled. So no extension, no suspension of referendum, and no talks until the referendum is over.



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Could Armenia Be The Next Ukraine?

When Konstantin Kosachyov, the head of the Russian Federation Council's International Relations Committee, said the protests in Armenia against a 16.7 percent power price hike follow a color revolution scenario sponsored by Western powers, many commentators rushed to compare the crisis in Yerevan with the 2014 protests in Kyiv that toppled the pro-Russian president, Victor Yanukovych. However, the street protests in Armenia have more to do with the overall economic situation in the country than with proxy clashes between foreign countries.



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Obama Talks The Other "N" Word

"N"onsense...



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Don't Blame Austerity: Five "Dastardly" Ways Italy Burned Through Taxpayer Money

What has really been going on in Europe over the past 5 years, if the debt load kept creeping higher, and yet little money was actually making its way to the broader population? The answer is simple: abuse of taxpayer funding, also known as fraud and corruption. As Italy's TheLocal reports, the EU anti-fraud office, Italy currently has 61 open investigations into fraud involving EU funds. This means Italy has the second highest number of investigations in the EU, ranking just below Greece's neighbor to the north, Bulgaria.



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Former Senator Slams Washington As Corrupt "Sewer", Calls For Outraged Young Americans To Revolt

"On a more personal level, how can public service be promoted as an ideal to young people when this sewer corrupts our Republic? At this point in early twenty-first-century America, the greatest service our nation’s young people could provide is to lead an army of outraged young Americans armed with brooms on a crusade to sweep out the rascals and rid our capital of the money changers, rent seekers, revolving door dancers, and special interest deal makers and power brokers and send them back home to make an honest living, that is, if they still remember how to do so."



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Dow, S&P Give Up Last-Minute-Greek-Deal Dead-Cat-Bounce Gains

Shocked...



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Chart Of The Day: Is China Sending A Warning?

"I think China may be more important than Greece. Stick with the drill – stay wary, alert and very, very nimble."



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Fiat Faith Faltering? Bitcoin Surges 12% Post-Greferendum Announcement

Like it or not, Bitcoin is an alternative to the fiat fraud money that is the backbone of the status quo. Since Tsipras proposed the Greferendum, Bitcoin has surged 12% as perhaps - away from the cornered and manipulated precious metals markets - faith in fiat is faltering...



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NATO Member Turkey Breaks Ranks: Slams EU Austerity, Offers Greek Aid

While perhaps not on the scale of China or Russia assistance, Turkey has thrown its hat into the Troika-Greece farce by offering financial assistance to its embattled neighbor. As ekthimerini reports, "We are ready to help Greece survive its economic crisis with cooperation in tourism, energy, trade," Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said and Turkey's left-wing parties showed solidarity by adding, "we believe that apart from imposing austerity policies on peoples of Europe, there can be more reasonable agreements." While no aid has been asked fro Turkey says it is ready to evaluate options.



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Malvinas 2.0? Argentina Plans Asset Seizure Of Falkland Oil Companies

Is it just election fever, or is Argentina serious about reclaiming the Falklands Islands?



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With Market Closed, Trading Greek ETF Is Gamble, Guessing Game

Anyone trading the Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF should take a cue from Howard Marks and ask themselves the following question: can an ETF be more liquid than the assets it references? 



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Greece Asks For 2-Year Bailout From ESM, Merkel Shoots It Down

Update: EU finance ministers to hold call on Greek request for ESM loan.

GREECE ASKS FOR 2-YR BAILOUT PROGRAM FROM ESM: PM'S OFFICE



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Consumer Confidence Soars In June On Spike In Hope

As Gallup's Consumer Confidence plunges, The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence explodes higher from 94.6 to 101.4 (smashing expectations of 97.4). After missing by the most in 5 years in April, higher gas prices, market instability, and growing social unrest appear to be the perfect recipe for improved consumer confidence as The Conference Board data nears the highest since 2007. The biggest driver of the headline spike is the surge in "expectations" - in other words, hope - which jumped from 86.2 to 94.6, although expectations for higher incomes finally began to drop back to reality.



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Chicago PMI Prints Worst June Since 2008 As Employment Tumbles

Chicago PMI has now missed 4 of the last 5 months and printed sub-50 contractionary indications for 4 of the last 5 months. June's data improved from May (rising from 46.2 to 49.4) but missed expectations and is the weakest June print since 2008. Notably, away from 2015, June's print is the weakest since September 2009. Under the covers it was ugly - employment plunged to the weakest since Nov 2009, order backlogs plunges to the lowest since September 2009, and prices paid rose again (pressuring margins).



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