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Howard Marks: "So Much For The Experts"

"The opinions of experts concerning the future are accorded great weight . . . but they’re still just opinions. While I take a dim view of forecasts, and especially of opinions presented as facts, I do believe there are such things as facts.  Unfortunately, however, the concept of 'facts' is among the casualties of the increasingly partisan environment.  Recently we have seen both the elevation in status of 'non-facts', as well as the tearing down of 'real facts'."

Rex Tillerson Confirmation Hearing: Live Webcast

Tillerson's confirmation hearing, in which the former Exxon CEO will seek to distance himself from Putin and say that Russia "must be held accountable for its actions" adding that "Russia today poses a danger, but it is not unpredictable in advancing its own interests." begins at 9am Eastern, and can be watched below.

Senate Democrats Prepare For Their 2017 Theatrical Debut As Confirmation Hearings Loom

Starting Tuesday Americans will be subjected to what will feel like endless hours of torture as Senate Democrats get their opportunity to question Trump cabinet appointees.  Given that Republicans control a 52-48 majority in the Senate and that Democrats eliminated the 60-vote threshold in 2013, the Democrat theatrical displays will ultimately amount to nothing more than an attempt to discredit and shame Trump's appointees but should be fun nonetheless.

Obama Accuses Sanders Supporters Of Undermining Obamacare

In addition to blaming Republicans for the imminent repeal of his siganture healthcare law, Obama also said Liberals like former Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders had contributed to the program's unpopularity. "In the 'dissatisfied' column are a whole bunch of Bernie Sanders supporters who wanted a single-payer plan," Obama said during a Friday town hall event with Vox Media.

Rex Tillerson To Sever All Ties With Exxon, Will Receive $182 Million

Ahead of his confirmation as Donald Trump's proposed secretary of state, Exxon Mobil and the company's former chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson, have agreed to sever all ties to comply with conflict-of-interest requirements. As part of the separation, Tillerson will receive more than 2 million deferred XOM shares worth about $182 million. It is unclear if he will pay any taxes on the transaction.