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Trump As Lightning Rod (Not Just For Disaffected Progressives, But For Panicked Insiders)

Trump isn't just a lightning rod for delusional Progressives who were happy to see their real-world fortunes erode away as long as the Insiders in charge kept muttering the desired symbolic speech acts; he is also a lightning rod for Insiders fearful that their Insider apple cart is about to be upended, and they might actually have to work for a living, or actually compete in the real world--something they know they are ill-prepared to survive.

'Golfer-In-Chief' Obama Plays More Rounds Than Any President Since Eisenhower

20 years after first taking up the game of golf in 1997 - due to basketball injuries - President Obama has worked hard to get his handicap down to "an honest 13," comparable to former golfing presidents as they left office (Nixon 12, Clinton 10, JFK 14). However, there is one thing Obama has them all beat with - during his eight years in the White House he played a total of 306 rounds of golf, more than any other president since Dwight Eisenhower.

FBI Arrests Widow Of Orlando Nightclub Shooter

The wife of the man who carried out a deadly terrorist attack in Orlando, was arrested by the FBI in connection with the mass shooting, a law enforcement official said Monday.

Food-Stamp Recipients Can Now Order From Amazon, Other Online Retailers

Despite federal authorities in south Florida busting the largest food-stamp fraud operation in U.S. history last year, food-stamp recipients can use their taxpayer-funded benefit to order online from retailers like Amazon under a new Obama administration initiative that aims to facilitate the shopping experience for rural and urban residents. It marks the latest of many costly experiments by the administration to expand the fraud-infested program, which has seen a record-high number of beneficiaries under President Obama.

Amazon To Create 100,000 New Jobs In The US

The latest company to join Trump's "make American jobs great" bandwagon, Amazon on Thursday announced that it plans to create an additional "100,000 full-time, full-benefit jobs in the U.S. over the next 18 months."

Twitter Sued By Families Of Terrorism Victims For "Providing Services To ISIS"

a lawsuit was filed against Twitter by families of three Americans killed during ISIS attacks in France and Belgium, claiming the social media platform played "a uniquely essential role in the development of ISIS' image, its success in recruiting members from around the world, and its ability to carry out attacks and intimidate its enemies."

FBI Arrests Volkswagen Exec Charged With Conspiracy To Defraud The US

While various other carmakers, such as GM, Ford, Fiat and Toyota, have had their share of headaches in recent weeks worried if and when Trump will tweet about them next, the epicenter of all car scandals over the past two years remains Volkswagen, and sadly for the German carmaker things continue to get worse: according to the NYT, the FBI haed arrested a Volkswagen executive on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States. 

Key Events In The Coming Week: All Eyes On Trump

The main economic release this week is US retail sales, ECB minutes and a series of Chinese economic releases. There are several scheduled speaking engagements from Fed officials this week, including a webcast address by Chair Yellen on Thursday. However, the highlight of the upcoming first full week of 2017 might well be President-elect Trump's first news conference on Wednesday since his election win.

Frontrunning: January 9

  • European shares dip, sterling falls on Brexit comments (Reuters)
  • Pound Falls to 10-Week Low as May Hints at Single-Market Exit (BBG)
  • Offshore Yuan Falls for Second Day as Bears Reload After Squeeze (BBG)
  • Trump's choices for top Cabinet posts face big tests this week (Reuters)
  • Nine Trump Nominees Who’ll Face Extreme Vetting by Democrats (BBG)
  • Meet the Mercers: New Power Brokers in Trump’s Washington (WSJ)

On Russian Hacking, The Only Narrative That Matters Is Truth

Excuse us for wanting to point out the obvious, but sometimes the obvious gets very lost in the web of narratives spun by the master narrator inside the White House. Forgive us, but are we not losing the idea that the only narrative that really matters is that all of the information 'leaked' was obtained through a simple fishing e-mail sent to John Podesta. See their own words here...

Florida Shooter Charged, Could Face Death Penalty; Had Gun Returned After Found Mentally Stable

Federal prosecutors filed court documents on Saturday charging Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting suspect Esteban Santiago with carrying out an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death - a charge which carries a maximum punishment of the death penalty. Meanwhile, it emerged overnight that a firearm seized from Santiago by the FBI and Anchorage police was returned to him in December after he was found not to be mentally ill.