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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."

FBI: US Homicide Rate At 51-Year Low

The US homicide rate in 2014, the most recent year available, was 4.5 per 100,000 - the lowest since 1963. So, do more guns equal more crime? The data would seem to indicate the answer is "obviously not." Nevertheless, President Obama called on The Senate this afternoon to "rise to the moment" and pass gun control...

Despite "The Biggest F##king Bailout Ever" This Analyst Says S&P Will Drop 80%

"I can't tell you how long it's going to take but I'm anticipating an 80% drop or 70% drop, something in that neighborhood. Tobin's Q got down to 0.54 in 2009...The reason it didn't go lower is because we had the biggest fucking bailout ever orchestrated in the history of the banking system..."

Trump: Judge Comments Were "Misconstrued"

"It is unfortunate that my comments have been misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of Mexican heritage. I am friends with and employ thousands of people of Mexican and Hispanic descent,"

13 Of 23 Co-Ops Created Under Obamacare Have Failed

“The 10 co-ops still operating with June 30 financials reported a cumulative loss of $202.3 million... Very little, if any, of the $1.24 billion in federal start-up and solvency loans to establish those co-ops will be repaid..."

Hillary's Other $225,000 Speech - Paid By Law Firm Suing Trump University

Donald Trump has undoubtedly made the class action lawsuit against Trump University a campaign issue. But when it comes to politics, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, the law firm behind the class action lawsuit, is not exactly neutral either, having paid the Clintons a total of $675,000 in fees for speeches since 2009. Hillary Clinton gave a $225,000 speech at the law firm as recently as September 4, 2014. Court records indicate 9 attorneys from Robbins Geller are listed as representing Art Cohen and the other former Trump University students in the class action lawsuit (there are three attorneys from another law firm as well). A review of the case’s docket reveals that the Robbins Geller attorneys have aggressively pursued the lawsuit, pushed for Trump to testify and for the trial to begin before the November 2016 election.

Paul Craig Roberts: Killary Will Be The Last US President

It is entirely possible that the world is being led to destruction by nothing more than the greed of the US military-security complex. Delighted that the reckless Obama regime has resurrected the Cold War, thus providing a more convincing “enemy” than the hoax terrorist one, the “Russian threat” has been restored to its 20th century role of providing a justification for bleeding the American taxpayer, social services, and the US economy dry in behalf of profits for armament manufacturers. Previous US presidents worked to defuse tensions. The Obama regime has inflated tensions with lies and reckless provocations, which makes it far more likely that the new Cold War will turn hot. If Killary gains the White House, the world is unlikely to survive her first term.

WWIII? A "Hybrid Geo-Financial War" Between NATO and Russia Is Dangerously Escalating

These waxing and waning empires are dangerous as their vulnerabilities and short-comings become exposed, and their territories challenged. That fact that Putin is being prodded from within Russia to be less diplomatic and more aggressive in posturing for war is downright unsettling. Many of our most dangerous American leaders are all-too willing to poke the bear and evoke a reaction.

In Latest Blow To Hedge Funds, AIG Redeems $4 Billion; CALSTRS Says "2 And 20" Model Is "Off The Table"

The pain for hedge funds is only just starting: Chris Ailman, who runs investments at CALSTRS, said in a Bloomberg Television interview from the Milken conference that the hedge fund industry’s two-and-twenty fee model is “broken” and “off the table” for large institutional investors. And then the latest blow to the suddenly struggling industry came overnight from none other than the firm which started the bailout regime, AIG, which following its earnings report announced that the insurer - burned by losses on hedge funds - has submitted notices of redemption for $4.1 billion of those holdings. “As of today, we have received $1.2 billion of proceeds from those redemptions."

Frontrunning: May 3

  • Global stocks slide as yen, euro gains question policy potency (Reuters)
  • U.S. Index Futures Signal Stock Losses as AIG Drops on Earnings (BBG)
  • EU Sees Weaker Growth in Eurozone and Wider EU as China Slowdown Weighs (WSJ)
  • Euro Set for Longest Run of Gains Since 2013 as Fed Focus Fades (BBG)
  • German Bonds Advance as EU Cuts Euro-Area Inflation Outlook (BBG)

The Death of Free Speech: The West Veils Itself

Last week, Nazimuddin Samad sat at his computer at home and penned a few critical lines against the Islamist drift of his country, Bangladesh. The day after, Samad was approached by four men shouting "Allahu Akbar!" ("Allah is great!") and hacked him to death with machetes. But this and other shocking killings have not been worth of a single line in Europe's newspapers. Is it because these bloggers are less famous than the cartoonists murdered at Charlie Hebdo? Is it because their stories did not come from the City of Light, Paris, but from one of the poorest and darkest cities in the world, Dhaka? No, it is because the West has capitulated on freedom of expression.