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The 9-Point Guide To Deciphering Political Propaganda

Given we are eyeballs-deep in the US presidential election cycle, now seems a particularly appropriate time to share some observations on the topic of political propaganda. Since it will be impossible to escape the rhetorical onslaught for the next few months, we thought we might be able to shed some light on what goes on in the battle for your subconscious...

RNC Day 3: Make America First Again - Live Feed

Freshly-picked vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is the headliner of Wednesday’s third day of the Republican National Convention. As The Hill reports, with party business, Donald Trump’s official presidential nomination all settled, and any long-shot attempts to deny him the nomination in the rearview mirror, the third day should be a day of unity. With programming not starting until 7pmET, a number of Trump's former rivals and other notable conservatives will all focus on the day's theme: Make America First Again (which is ironically where Trump finds himself, leading Clinton by 1pt in the latest poll).

RNC Day 2: Make America Work Again - Live Feed

Republicans will officially nominate Donald Trump for president on Tuesday, and as The Hill reports, "unity" will be a major theme as the party seeks to put forth Trump as its standard bearer a day after 'Never Trump' forces were all but vanquished. With the theme "Make America Work Again", a gaggle of speakers (from Paul Ryan to Tiffany Trump) is set to lay into the Obama administration’s handling of the economy.

Confidence In The Economy Slumps To Multi-Year Lows: Gallup

One place which fails to corroborate the narrative of a "recovering economy" are the monthly Gallup surveys, and especially the most recent one released earlier today. At -17, this reading is tied for the worst economic confidence reading recorded in the last few years, and suggests that Americans' take on the economy is getting worse, not better.

RNC Day 1: Make America Safe Again - Live Feed

While the 'main event' is not until Thursday, Day 1 of the Republican National Convention's sub-theme is "Make America Safe Again" with Melania Trump headlining (introduced by her husband) along with Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, 'Lone Survivor' Marcus Luttrell, Governor Rick Perry, outspoken Milwaukee Sheriff David Clark, and Mark Geist & John Tiegen (Benghazi security team members).

Fake Jobs Plague The U.S. Economy

The long-term decline in median income, amplified in 2016 by the biggest drop in weekly earnings in history, puts the lie to the pretense of self-sustaining recovery. Average people don’t have enough discretionary income to sustain expanded economic activity.

Is America Waking Up? New Gallup Poll Reveals Americans Less Confident In Core Institutions - Especially Banks

Banks, organized religion, television, newspapers, and congress all saw double digit declines since June 2006. What this tells us is that confidence is eroding in those who are entrusted to safeguard our assets, manage the country, communicate news and the truth, and provide support spiritually - said otherwise, it looks like America is calling bullshit on all of the very institutions that it once relied upon for all of the aforementioned reasons.

Economic Confidence Tumbles To 2 Year Lows As Democrats Lose Faith

Americans' confidence in the U.S. economy averaged -14 in May according to Gallup, equaling the lowest in two years and considerably lower than the -7 print a year ago as the outlook plunges with 59% of Americans saying the economy "is getting worse." While Democrats are still the only party group to have net positive views of the economy, the latest score was their lowest since at least Jan 2014.

How Clinton Helped Create Trump

"Putting another Clinton in the White House is only going to make that right-wing extremism greater... Trump says very scary things — deporting immigrants, massive militarism and ignoring the climate... Well, Hillary, unfortunately, has a track record for doing all of those things..."

So, You Thought Slavery Was Dead? Think Again

Nearly 46 million human beings are subject to slavery, a new report released this week concluded. According to the third annual Global Slavery Index, which gathers and analyzes surveys conducted by Gallup, the number of people forced into “modern slavery,” or “human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, forced or servile marriage or commercial sexual exploitation,” rose from 35.8 million to 45.8 million since 2014 — a 28 percent increase.

Consumer Confidence Plunges To 10-Month Lows As Job 'Hope' Fades

The Conference Board's consumer confidence measure has hovered around the 95 level for the last 6 months (as gas prices dipped and ripped, as stock prices dipped and ripped, and as political chaos reigned). This 'stability' is in stark contrast to other surveys of confidence such as Bloomberg's and Gallup's which are both at multi-month lows... until today. Consumer Confidence plunged to 92.6 (missing expectations of 96.1 by the most since November). May's dismal print (a 3 sigma miss) is below the lowest of 68 economist estimates as expectations slipped modestly but Present Situation tumbled with optimism on jobs sliding to 6-month lows.

The Global Bear Market In Freedom

Americans will be celebrating Memorial Day this weekend, to honor those who fought and died for the values they have traditionally cherished the most as a nation: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The world has changed dramatically in recent decades. The geopolitical situation is much more complex, with rising powers challenging America's supremacy. The intractable war on terror seems interminable. Old foes appear to spring back to life even more powerful than before. And things at home look dicey in terms of politics and economics. As we reflect upon the ultimate sacrifice that others have made‎, it is an opportune moment to consider a very important question: is the US winning the fight for freedom?