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War And Empire: The American Way Of Life

What the majority of Americans are conditioned to think they know about their past (and that of many other peoples) is myth, and too often, sheer illusion. Misdirection and manipulation about proclaimed threats from abroad since 1945 has led directly into wars and unjust armed interventions and coups in many other nations. The results are always tragic on a colossal scale.

Does America Have A Technology Platform Monopoly Problem?

"...the dominance of these firms in their specific niches presents a threat not just to economic competition, but liberty and freedom generally speaking. After all, the government itself doesn’t need to censor free speech if it can just lean on powerful companies with platform monopolies to do the dirty work for it."

European, US Stocks In Eerie Calm As French Vote Looms

Global markets were oddly calm on Friday, the last day of trading before the first round of France's closely fought presidential election, with European stocks posting modest declines ahead of Sunday's main event, Asian shares rising, and set for first weekly gain in the past month, while U.S. futures were unchanged.

Frontrunning: April 6

  • Senate Set to Vote to Eliminate Supreme Court Filibuster (WSJ)
  • Trump’s Xi Summit Tests Promises on Trade, North Korea  (BBG)
  • Is North Korea putting a nuclear-tipped bargaining chip on the table? (Reuters)
  • Why Xi Jinping Must Tread Carefully When He Meets Trump  (BBG)
  • China Market Access in Spotlight as Meeting Nears  (BBG)
  • Trump Rethinks Foreign Policy After Syria, North Korea Crises (WSJ)

Watch Live: Donald Trump Hosts Town Hall With Business Leaders

Trump is hosting a town hall meeting at the White House to discuss the "American Business Climate", where dozens of high-profile CEOs will discuss business-related topics. The nearly 2 hour meeting is an "opportunity to discuss policies to create a pro-business climate with top Partnership CEOs from all industries."

Frontrunning: March 31

  • GOP disarray deepens (Reuters)
  • Zuma's Night of Long Knives Risks ANC Split, Credit Rating (BBG)
  • China downplays tensions with U.S. ahead of summit (Reuters)
  • Wall Street’s New Favorite Way to Swap Secrets Is Against the Rules (BBG)
  • EU offers Brexit trade talks, sets tough transition terms (Reuters)

Frontrunning: March 24

  • Republicans Struggle to Unite on Health Bill (WSJ)
  • Trump Still Negotiating in Bid to Save Healthcare Bill Before Vote (BBG)
  • Trump Tantrum looms on Wall Street if healthcare effort stalls (Reuters)
  • High stakes for Trump in vote on healthcare plan (Reuters)
  • GOP Lawmaker Sparks New Battle Over Trump Spy Claim (WSJ)

CEO Pay Soars In 2016 As Employee Wages Continue To Stagnate

CEO pay increases took a brief pause in 2015 dropping to a paltry median of just $10.8 million.  But, the CEO's of America can once again rest assured that their families will not starve to death as 2016 pay soared nearly 7%, setting a post-recession record.

El-Erian Warns Of America's CONfidence Economy

Financial markets seem convinced that the recent surge in business and consumer confidence in the US economy will soon be reflected in “hard” data, such as GDP growth, business investment, consumption, and wages. But economists and policymakers are not so sure. (To some outside the US, it is an assumption that sometimes looks a lot like blind faith.)