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Obama To Receive $400,000 Speaking Fee At Cantor Fitzgerald Conference

Shortly after Barack Obama delivered his first (free) speech today since leaving the White House in Chicago before an audience of community organizers and other fans, Fox News' Charlie Gasparino reports that in what may be his first paid speaking arrangement, Obama will be paid $400,000 to speak at Cantor Fitzgerald's healthcare conference this September, setting the benchmark for how much an hour of the former president's time will cost going forward.

Key Highlights From Trump's AP Interview

Following market moving interview with the FT and especially the WSJ, on Sunday the Associated Press released the full transcript from its interview with President Trump. Below, we point out some of the market-moving highlights.

Angst In America - Disappearing Pensions

The deeper you look, the worse this pension situation gets. Angst is a perfectly reasonable response for anyone who is retired or thinking about retiring in the next decade...

Rent Control Makes For Good Politics And Bad Economics

Despite being near universal acceptance among economists, that rent control produces a host of adverse social consequences, it has been adopted as policy in many places and times - and now is a good time to revisit these issues, as efforts are currently underway in several states (including California, Oregon, Washington, and Illinois) to repeal existing statewide restrictions on rent control.

Border Wall Bids Emerge; Include Everything From Tourist Attractions To Nuclear Waste Storage

Yesterday was the deadline for companies to submit bids for Trump's "physically imposing" yet "aesthetically pleasing" border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.  And while the U.S. government has said they won't disclose bids, rather just the names of companies actually awarded contracts on June 1st, some of the companies decided to disclose their plans themselves.  Here are a couple of our faves...