Obama Administration

Trump Issues Statement On Weekend Attacks: "That's Why I Propose Extreme Vetting"

While luckily this weekend's various terrorist attacks across the nation did not lead to casualties, both presidential candidates have been using the disturbing event to push their political agenda. Earlier today it was Hillary, and now it is Trump's turn who released the following lengthy statement, saying this weekend's attacks in Minneapolis, New York and New Jersey should be a "wake up call for every American", and explain why Trump "proposes extreme vetting for immigrants from troubled."

Leaked Colin Powell Email Confirms Israel Has "200 Nukes All Targeted On Tehran"

"The boys in Tehran know Israel has 200, all targeted on Tehran, and we have thousands. As [Iranian President Mahmoudin Ahmedinejad said], ‘What would we do with one, polish it?’ I have spoken publicly about both [North Korea] and Iran. We’ll blow up the only thing they care about—regime survival. Where, how would they even test one?"

Frontrunning: September 16

  • Deutsche Bank to fight $14 billion demand from U.S. authorities (Reuters)
  • Exxon’s Accounting Practices Are Investigated (WSJ)
  • European leaders seek elusive 'road map' after Brexit shock (Reuters)
  • Johnson Said to Tell Italy Exit Talks Likely to Start Early 2017 (BBG)
  • Brexit Bulletin: Merkel Sings the Bratislava Blues (BBG)

What "Obama Rebound"? Average Weekly Wages Declined In Most US Counties

Average weekly wages for the nation decreased to $1,043, a 0.5 percent decrease, during the year ending in the first quarter of 2016. Among the 344 largest counties, 167 had over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. McLean, Illinois (part of the Bloomington metro area), had the largest percentage wage decrease among the largest U.S. counties (?13.3 percent).

Mexico Builds A "Wall" (And Guess Who Paid For It)

Mexico is building a 'wall'... on its southern border (to keep illegal immigrants out). Perhaps even more ironic, The FT notes that the Obama administration is coy about its role in Mexico’s crackdown but is sending $75m in equipment and training to help stop Central Americans from crossing illegally into Mexico... in other words, US Taxpayers funded a Mexican wall to keep immigrants out.

European Leaders Discuss Plan For European Army

"We are going to move towards an EU army much faster than people believe." But the creation of a European army, a long-held goal of European federalists, would entail an unprecedented transfer of sovereignty from European nation states to unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, the de facto capital of the EU.

Greenspan: "Crazies May Undermine The Country"

“It is the worst economic and political environment that I’ve ever been remotely related to" Greenspan said, noting that  the U.S. is headed toward stagflation even though "politically, I haven’t a clue how this comes out." He concluded that "I hope we can all find a way out because this is too great a country to be undermined, by how should I say it, crazies."

Washington's Failure In Syria Is Not About Strategy

So much has been said about the Syrian conflict in numerous analyses, yet one of the least discussed topics concerns the strategy and the relationship of cooperation and conflict between the United States, Turkey, the Kurds and Daesh.

Bloomberg Tries To Explain Why Allowing 9/11 Victims To Sue Saudis Is Un-American

Given the Obama administration's (and Hillary's campaign financing) vehment dissent over The House and The Senate's unequivocal confirmation of a bill allowing 9/11 victims' families to sue Saudi Arabia, the mainstream media has been unleashed to change the narrative. First, CNN's Wolf Blitzer explained the bill could create economic collapse in America; and now Bloomberg's Editorial Board suggest it will "allow anti-American sentiment to flourish," potentially expose state secrets and "potential monetary costs," and "leave the U.S. vulnerable to on the global stage."

US, Russia Clinch "Breakthrough" Syria Deal Over Vodka, But There Is A Catch

The US and Russia hailed a breakthrough deal on Saturday to put Syria's peace process back on track, including a nationwide truce effective from sundown on Monday. There was just one catch: the terms of the latest deal are a secret, and nobody knows what was actually decided, as both sides agreed not to release the documents publicly.