"10 Things Learned From 3 Days In Washington D.C."

I have met three types of people here in Washington DC. There are the Trump supporters, who seem to be wildly optimistic. On the other hand, as I look out my window here at the Capital Hilton, I see hundreds if not thousands of protesters walking by wearing little pink hats, and they are decidedly not happy. The third group is much smaller and consists of those who are actually aware of the amount of work that is going to have to be done and who recognize what a daunting task it will be.

WikiLeaks Slams Trump, Urges Hackers To Reveal His Tax Returns

Perhaps in an attempt to demonstrate its impartiality, on Sunday WikiLeaks tweeted a request to worldwide hackers to release President Donald Trump’s tax returns after counselor Kellyanne Conway told ABC Trump will not be releasing the controversial files after all.

Jack Ma Accuses The US Of Spending $14 Trillion On War Instead Of Its People

"It's not that other countries steal jobs from you guys," Alibaba founder Jack Ma said last week. "It's your strategy. Distribute the money and things in a proper way." According to Ma, the US wasted over $14 trillion in fighting wars over the past 30 years rather than investing in infrastructure at home, and said this was the main reason that the US economy is weakening.

Earnings Season So Far: 27 Of 42 Reporting Companies Cite "Trump" Or "Administration"

Of the 42 S&P 500 companies reporting Q4 earnings so far, 27 cited the term “Trump” or “administration” during their Q4 earnings calls. Tax policy was cited or discussed by the highest number of S&P 500 companies at 11. Six of these 11 companies stated that if taxes were lowered, it would benefit their clients or themselves.

How We Got Here

America is in trouble because Americans got lazy. Not so much physically but morally. They began to care more about some passing thing than about the things that truly matter; the things that made America unlike other places. Better than other places. Things like principles; the plain meaning of words.

Why Davos CEOs Think They Have Control Over Trump

While President Trump chose not to attend the elite extravaganza in Davos last week, choosing instead to lambast the great-est and good-est of the world's executives in their crony capitalist safe space, the cognitively dissonant CEOs reassured each other by saying 'ignore the tweets', confident that "if [Trump] knows the facts, he’ll respond according to the facts." It depends whose 'facts' those are, of course.

"We Are Two Nations... Maybe More!"

"The Trump Wars of the past 18 months do not now go away. Now it becomes the Trump Civil War, every day, with Democrats trying to get rid of him and half the country pushing back. To reduce it to the essentials: As long as Mr. Trump’s party holds the House, it will be a standoff. If the Democrats take the House, they will move to oust him... Because we are divided. We are two nations, maybe more."

Policy Makers - Like Generals - Are Busy Fighting The Last War

It's long overdue to acknowledge we face a future absent net growth and likely a future with fewer consumers, fewer homebuyers, fewer taxpayers, fewer employees.  We face a battle where higher productivity leads to ever more being done by ever fewer people... and if we aren't thoughtful, honest, and creative in how we adapt to this new reality... terrible consequences could await us.

Trump May "Stop Enforcing Obamacare's Individual Mandate"

Speaking on ABC's "This Week" program, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, said Donald Trump "may stop enforcing the individual mandate." The announcement takes place two days after Trump signed an executive order seeking to "to ease the burden of Obamacare as we transition from repeal and replace."

Goldman: "All Our Clients Are Confused And Unsettled"

'"Unsettled” is our best description of fund managers’ mindset as the new administration takes office. During an extensive series of client meetings in the US, Europe and Asia, it became apparent that investors are confused about how to best position portfolios under a Trump presidency.'

"Having A Vagina Is Not Enough" - One Woman's View Of The Million-Pussy-March

"Another speaker, short on content but gushing with oestrogen shouted: 'We are here'. (She was not wrong, we were). We will not be silenced. We will not play dead'. To be fair to Trump, I have not heard the silencing of females or women playing dead in his 100 day plan. Perhaps a more suitable venue for this speech would be outside the Saudi embassy, where the silencing of women is all the rage."

One Big, Fat, Ugly Bubble

The establishment will get its revenge on Trump. The Federal Reserve is its weapon of choice.

US In "Beginning Stages" Of Talks On Jerusalem Embassy Move White House Says

The White House said on Sunday that it is only in the early stages of talks to fulfill President Donald Trump's pledge to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an action that would likely spark anger in the Arab world. "We are at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject," Sean Spicer said today in a statement.