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Frontrunning: August 30

  • EU demands Apple pay Ireland up to 13 billion euros in tax (Reuters)
  • Dollar Advances as Treasuries Drop on Rate Outlook; Stocks Rise (BBG)
  • Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan hit by suspected suicide car bomb (Reuters)
  • France, joining German Economy Minister, urges halt to trade talks with U.S. (Reuters)
  • Euro zone monthly economic sentiment falls more than expected (Reuters)

The War On Whistleblowers & Why America's Next President Will Kill Julian Assange

"I’m worried about Julian Assange. This is not a maternal instinct, but rather, a pragmatic one. The increasingly hostile statements made by top state officials and their surrogates show a widespread condemnation of whistleblowers in the halls of government. President Obama set the tone early in his administration. In the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the rhetoric goes well beyond condemnation of methodology and straight to advocating for his brutal murder."

Clinton Health Questions: Off-Limits Or Legitimate Issue?

Hillary Clinton is 68 years old. She's been diagnosed with cerebral venous thrombosis; head trauma, pregnancy, cancer, brain infection, autoimmune diseases and inborn clotting abnormalities are all predisposing factors, per the Washington Post. She's currently taking blood thinners. Four years ago, Clinton fainted, hit her head and suffered a concussion. But lately many in the media have become outraged that Clinton's health is being broached at all.

Frontrunning: August 23

  • Dollar Drops on Rate Outlook as European Stocks Rise, Oil Falls (BBG)
  • Bank of Japan's rush into stocks raises fears of market distortions (Reuters)
  • With Moderate Drinking Under Fire, Alcohol Companies Go on Offensive (WSJ)
  • Merkel Says Brexit Is U.K.’s Loss While Pledging EU Results (BBG)
  • Turkey cuts rates for sixth straight month amid ratings worries (Reuters)

The Collapse Of American Free Press: Martin Armstrong Rages "It's Just Over"

"It is a sad day for journalism. It has never been so manipulative than it is today. This is truly the end of everything that made America the beacon of liberty for the world. It is just a hallow shell. To think that the parents of these journalists worked hard to make sure their children had a better life. They have disgraced their parents."

The Benefits (And Hazards) Of Trumpism

Donald Trump’s most recent foreign policy speech, in which he explained how he would deal with the Islamic State (ISIL) and the Middle East in general, contained multitudes – everything good and everything questionable about his brand of “America First” nationalism. Here is Trumpism on full display, the common-sensical and the nonsensical intertwined. While we realize a presidential election campaign is not the time for nuance, it behooves us to pull apart these disparate strands if we want to understand this moment in our history.