Rampant Conflicts Of Interest Exposed In Oregon

Since 1940, at the federal level, individuals and entities negotiating or working under federal contracts are prohibited from giving political cash to candidates, parties or committees. In Oregon, however, this political patronage is perfectly legal, at least for now.

Top US, Russian Military Generals To Meet Thursday

U.S. Marine Corps General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Joseph Dunford will meet with the head of the Russian army's General Staff Valery Gerasimov on Thursday in Azerbaijan, Dunford's office said in a statement on Wednesday.

Trump Offers National Security Advisor Job To Lockheed Executive Robert Harward

As previewed yesterday, of the three men mentioned as Michael Flynn's national security advisor replacements, one stood out: the former deputy commander of the US Central Command and current CEO for Lockheed Martin in the UAE, Robard Harward. Moments ago, Reuters confirmed that as expected, Trump has offered the National Security Advisor job to Robert Harward.

Trump: Flynn Treated Unfairly By "Fake Media", Leaking Is "A Criminal Act"

"General Flynn is a wonderful man.  I think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the 'fake' media. Papers are being leaked, things are being leaked.  It's a criminal action, criminal act.  People are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton."

While Elites Played Empire, America Fell Apart

Dear Imperial America: the lifestyle you ordered is permanently out of stock. The banquet of consequences has already been served, and will only become more distasteful the longer we put off facing our skyrocketing debt, runaway elites and delusions of grandeur head-on.

Goldman Raises March Rate Hike Odds After January Inflation Spike

"Based on today's stronger-than-expected data--especially the CPI report's likely implications for January core PCE inflation--we are revising up our subjective probability that the next move in the federal funds rate will be a hike at the March FOMC meeting to 30% from 20% previously"

Oil BTFD Algo "Triggered" For Fourth Consecutive Week

Just as oil was set to test session lows after another massive oil build, sending US crude inventories to all time highs, many were wondering if the same exact algos that struck for the past weeks, would reappear sending oil surging on negative data would hit again. The answer: a resounding yes.

A Bloodbath Looms Over Oil Markets

Oil prices have traded reliably in the $50s per barrel since OPEC agreed to cut production last November, but having failed to break through a ceiling in the upper-$50s, crude prices are in danger of falling back again. On top of rising U.S. output, OPEC’s cuts are less impressive than they might seem.

Mortgage Delinquencies Rise Most In 7 Years As Rates Spike

For the first time since Q1 2013, mortgage delinquencies rose QoQ in Q4. The jump from 4.52% (of total loans) to 4.80% is the largest since Q1 2010 and hit as mortgage rates spiked following President Trump's election and Fed Chair Yellen's jawboning and rate-hike.