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President Trump's Address To Congress: Key Highlights And Full Text

"From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears –- inspired by the future, not bound by the failures of the past –- and guided by our vision, not blinded by our doubts. I am asking all citizens to embrace this Renewal of the American Spirit. I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big, and bold and daring things for our country."

Evercore ISI: "Trump Budget Not Happening"

In a note by Evercore ISI's Terry Haines and Ernie Tedeschi, the analyst duo pours cold water on Trumps' budget proposal before it has been even formalized and confidently predicts that "Trump budget not happening" adding that the most likely outcome is that "Congress will modestly hike defense and nondefense spending."

Key Events In The Coming US

The main focus this week will be on President Trump's speech to Congress and Chair Yellen's speech which is the last before the blackout period. US durable goods, ISM, the BoC rate decision, EZ CPI, UK PMIs and a busy calendar in Australia & Scandinavia also coming up.

Iran Warns US: "The Enemy Will Receive A Strong Slap In The Face"

"The message of these exercises ... for world arrogance is not to do anything stupid," said General Mohammad Pakpour, head of the Guards’ ground forces. "The enemy should not be mistaken in its assessments, and it will receive a strong slap in the face if it does make such a mistake."

Frontrunning: February 22

  • Euro Slips, Bonds Gain as Investors Turn Cautious (BBG)
  • Fed Minutes Could Offer Hints on Timing of Rate Rises, Balance Sheet Moves (WSJ)
  • Trump's new security advisor differs from him on Russia, other key issues (Reuters)
  • Tillerson, Kelly Head to Mexico for Talks Amid Diplomatic Tensions (WSJ)
  • Why Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Could Sink U.S. Home Prices (BBG)

The Conflictual Relationship Between Donald Trump And The US "Deep State" - Part 1

Stunt or not, acknowledging the power of the media in creating a pretext for war, and therefore putting a stop to the drums of war, is one of the first key marks of his success. The main problem continues to be the ongoing war with the US deep state, something that will not be going away anytime soon, and a campaign that may have entered a new stage against the Trump presidency.

Israeli Soldier Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison For Killing Wounded Palestinian Assailant

Over a month after clashes erupted outside of a court where an Israel soldier was convicted of manslaughter for executing a wounded Palestinian assailant, an act caught on video which stunned media around the globe, the saga finally ended on Tuesday when he was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment on Tuesday, far less than prosecutors requested, in one of the most divisive cases in Israel's history.