Obama Administration

NSA To Provide "Smoking Gun" Proof Obama Spied On Trump

"Republican congressional investigators expect a potential “smoking gun” establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee this week."

The Kagans Are Back; Wars To Follow

The Kagan family, America’s neoconservative aristocracy, has reemerged having recovered from the letdown over not gaining its expected influence from the election of Hillary Clinton. Back pontificating on prominent op-ed pages, the Family Kagan now is pushing for an expanded U.S. military invasion of Syria and baiting Republicans for not joining more enthusiastically in the anti-Russian witch hunt over Moscow’s alleged help in electing Donald Trump.

Watch Live: Gorsuch Takes The Stand As Republican Threat Of "Nuclear Option" Looms

After a full day allotted for "opening statements" yesterday, Neil Gorsuch once again takes the stand before the Senate Judiciary Committee today but this time he'll actually be entertaining questions rather than sitting in awkward silence as Democrats takes potshots at his professional career.  Grab your popcorn because today's festivities are scheduled for 10 hours of fun.

US' Main Target In Syria Is Iran; ISIS Comes Second

It appears that the US is not looking for an anti-terrorist coalition to fight the ISIS in Syria in a concerted manner, which Russia would have liked. Washington’s preference seems to be for a limited alliance under its leadership, comprising the US’ European partners, Turkey and the GCC states. A question that arises here is whether it is the defeat of the Islamic State that is the US’ number one priority in Syria or the containment of Iran.

New Study In D.C. Finds That New $15 Minimum Wage Could Cost 1,200 Jobs

"This study proves what we’ve known all along: this dramatic D.C. wage hike will hurt the most vulnerable in the District, costing them jobs and important economic opportunities.  D.C. must focus on creating more good-paying jobs for workers that need them the most and it’s clear an artificial minimum wage increase is the wrong approach to achieving this goal."

Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama Protections On Student Loans

Just days after reports emerged that student loan defaults are soaring, the Trump administration has revoked rules put in place by Obama that barred student debt collectors from charging penalty fees on past-due loans...that should take care of that pesky 'moral hazard' problem...

The Long Run Economics Of Debt Based Stimulus

Attempting to spend a nation to prosperity using borrowed money is not without consequences.  In the short run, an illusion of wealth can be erected.  In the long run, that illusion slips into decay and disrepair.

Steve 'Big Short' Eisman: Smart, Lucky, Abrasive (& Now One Of Them)

"In the movie he was portrayed as the moral compass. After hearing his praise for the awesome job Paulson did by saving the criminal Wall Street banks with taxpayer money, I think the justice and righteousness stuff is overdone. Earlier in his talk he said banks existed to “fuck you” – his exact words. Then later he says we had to save them or the world would have ended."