Trump's Anti-Interventionism - Neocons Hate It As Anti-War Left Comes Around

Until recently the progressive mind has been resolutely closed and stubbornly frozen in place against all things Trump. But cracks are appearing in the ice.  With increasing frequency over the last few months, some of the most thoughtful left and progressive figures have begun to speak favorably of aspects of Trump’s foreign policy..."The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted ‘exceptionalism’ is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face."

This Is What Yellen Told Congress When Asked If The Fed Is Boosting The Stock Market

ROYCE: So Madame Chair, is having a stable and rising stock market a third pillar or the Federal Reserve's monetary policy if I go back to what I originally heard Ben Bernanke articulate?
YELLEN: It is not a third pillar of monetary policy. We do not target the level of stock prices. That is not an appropriate thing for us to do.

Visualizing The Dramatic Erosion Of America's Middle Class

To be sure, income inequality and the complete erosion of the middle class in America is something that we have discussed many times over the years, especially since the central planners have done nothing but accelerate the problem. While many often focus on the super rich during the income inequality discussion, a new study from the Urban Institute shows that one rung below the super rich, dubbed the "Upper Middle Class", has actually grown dramatically over the years (along with the rich) and has significantly contributed to the slow disappearance of the middle class.

China's Petro-State "Lender Of Last Resort" Conundrum

China is increasingly becoming the petro-state lender of last resort. The primary reason for that is producer states are rapidly running out of time to prevent full scale political implosion on the back of chronic economic pressures. For all the hype around current ‘price recovery’, it means absolutely nothing for most producer states. It’s becoming painfully obvious that the prevailing geopolitical price of survival is structurally out of sync with geological costs of production.

Online Gun Store Sells 30,000 AR-15s In Week After Orlando

"Shootings don't push up gun sales. It's when the government starts talking about banning particular guns and up go gun sales. When people lose their right to buy a particular gun or a particular type of gun, they go after them and they want them then."

Here Is Why One Credit Rating Agency Believes Russia Is Safer Than The US

If posed with the question who has the better credit rating, the United States or Russia, most people would presumably pick the United States. However, that is not the case for Dagong Global Credit Rating Co, one of the three biggest credit rating companies in China. Here's why...

Something Strange Emerges When Looking Behind The "Brexit" Bookie Odds

When one looks at the actual dynamics within the bookies, an odd divergence emerges: "Although Ladbrokes has received a higher volume of bets to leave the EU, those making a punt on remain were placing higher financially larger" - the average stake on a bet to remain was £450, compared to £75 on a bet to leave."

The Triviality Of Terrorism

The horrors of terrorism should not be ignored. Rather, it’s that we should see the situation as it is. And for those of us in the West, the situation is that terrorism is a political weapon, wielded by politicians in the service of what Dwight Eisenhower termed the “military-industrial complex.” Terrorism is a deadly reminder of just how deceived humans can become. Eliminating it will be awfully hard if we remain terrified and deceived ourselves.

Funding Is Now Drying Up For Luxury Real Estate Developers In Manhattan

As we have noted on many occasions, the luxury real estate market in Manhattan is now in a downturn. Back in April, we reported that the Bauhouse Group had put a development project into bankruptcy after it wasn't able to find lenders to refinance short-term loans. We then posed the question: "Did The Canary Of New York's Luxury Housing Market Just Die?" The answer - based on builder Extell's need to resort to a program known as EB-5 to help finance its latest condominium tower, known as Central Park Tower - seems to be "Yes!"

Hillary Clinton's IT Aide Pleads The Fifth Over 125 Times

Brian Pagliano, the man believed to have set up and maintained the private server in the basement of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s New York home invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination more than 125 times during a deposition as part of a civil court case on Wednesday.