Obama Administration

Volkswagen Tells Its Managers Not To Travel To The US

Volkswagen has warned its senior managers not to travel to the United States after six current and former managers were indicted for their role in the German carmaker's diesel test-cheating scheme. The company is worried the US may arrest its employees, after US AG Loretta Lynch said the DoJ would continue to pursue "the individuals responsible for orchestrating this damaging conspiracy."

Obama's "Farewell To Arms" As War Presidency Ends

This week as Obama gave his self-preening farewell to the nation speech, thousands of new US troops and tanks were dispatched to buttress NATO forces already at unprecedented levels in Germany, Poland and the Baltic states. Only in America, is a warmongering president feted as a 'peace leader'. Whereas his successor, Donald Trump who will be inaugurated next week, is pilloried as a traitor because he has dared to call for restoring better relations with Russia.

Why Has The White House Suddenly Released A Strategy For Dealing With A Catastrophic Meteor Impact?

While we should take notice at the government preparations for disaster (and the possibility of a cataclysmic collision with damaging objects in space), we should perhaps take more notice at what they are preparing for with all the billions of dollars thrown at defense and survival, it comes in secretive infrastructure for a reclusive sect of power, and in top-down plans to contain the unrest.

A "Grateful" FBI Director Comey Responds To DOJ Probe

Following news that the Department of Justice Inspector General will probe the behavior of The FBI and DoJ during the presidential campaign, FBI Director Comey - the person likely at the center of the investigation - has issued a short statement in response...

Live Stream: Russia, Iran and International Alliances To Take Center Stage At Mattis Confirmation Hearing

With two days of grueling confirmation hearings in the books, it's time for Retired Marine General James "Mad Dog" Mattis, Trump's pick for Secretary of Defense, to field some questions.  In his prepared remarks, Mattis is expected to emphasize the importance of international alliances and bringing "business reforms to the Department of Defense by instilling budget discipline."

Arrest Of Russian Hacker Calls Attention To Unfinished Business In Prague

Yevgeniy Nikulin, a Russian hacker wanted in the U.S. for hacking private firms, was arrested in Prague last October. The U.S. has requested his extradition, suspecting he has information on Russian government hacking. With Russian hackers so much in the news, there will be close attention to this case, but Prague denied an even more serious extradition request last year, causing serious damage to American interests.

Volkswagen To Pay $4.3 Billion To Settle Diesel Scandal, Will Plead Guilty To Criminal Charges

Confirming recent leaks, Volkswagen - whose former head of US regulatory compliance was arrested on Saturday - said it was in "advanced discussions"  with US authorities to resolve charges related to its diesel emissions scandal, and has negotiated a “concrete draft of a settlement” that would see it pay $4.3bn in criminal and civil penalties, and would require the German carmaker to enter a guilty plea to various criminal charges.

Obama Slashes Mortgage Insurance Premiums For Subprime Borrowers With Just 10 Days Left In Office

What do you do when a quick rise in mortgage rates suddenly threatens to tame home buying demand from subprime borrowers who, despite the lessons from the past, are still purchasing homes, en masse, with only 3.5% down payments and just enough monthly cash flow to cover mortgage payments?  Well, if you're the Obama administration then you simply socialize the problem and force those higher mortgage costs on taxpayers.