Obama Administration

In An Interesting Turn Of Events, Russia Proposes Joint Missions With US In Syria

In light of all of the recent tensions between the US and Russia, of which there have been many (here, here, here, here, and here), one would assume that Putin wouldn't be interested in working with the US on anything other than steering clear of each other for time being. However, as RT reports, Russia has extended an olive branch with the US. Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu recently told journalists that the US and Russia should fly joint missions together in Syria to fight ISIS.

Oklahoma Prepares To Impeach Obama Over Transgender Bathrooms

Oklahoma's Republican-dominated legislature has filed a measure calling for President Barack Obama's impeachment over his administration's recommendations on accommodating transgender students, saying he overstepped his constitutional authority. Lawmakers in the socially conservative state are also expected to take up a measure as early as Friday that would allow students to claim a religious right to have separate but equal bathrooms and changing facilities to segregate them from transgender students.

Texas Judge Orders "Intentionally Deceptive" DOJ Lawyers To Take Remedial Ethics Classes

Yesterday we asked rhetorically "who pays when governments lie?" and today we get yet another example of the Obama administration's contempt for the law... but this time, one brave judge in Texas decide it was time to draw the line and ordered the the lawyers at the DOJ's headquarters in Washington to take at least three hours of remedial ethics training a year.

Who Answers For Government Lies?

Here is a quick pop quiz. What happens if we lie to the government? What happens if the government lies to us? Does it matter who does the lying? Does anyone care any longer that the government lies to the American people with impunity and prosecutes people when it thinks they have lied to it? Does the government work for us, or do we work for the government?

Republicans, Democrats Agree On A Bill To Bailout Puerto Rico

It turns out that Puerto Rico's plan to default on its debt and beg congress for help is working out as planned. After a slight delay, House Republicans have reached an agreement with the Obama administration to provide a path to restructure Puerto Rico's $70 billion debt load. The bill would offer the island a legal out similar to bankruptcy and wouldn't commit any federal money according to the WSJ.

More Obama Job Distortions Loom: Overtime Pay Threshold Doubled

Not satisfied with economic distortions resulting from the redefinition of full-time employment to 30 hours for Obamacare purposes but 32 hours for every other purpose, President Obama is back at it. Today, by executive order, Obama doubled the threshold for overtime pay to $47,476 a year. The Labor Department estimates the ruling will affect 4.2 million workers.

Frontrunning: May 18

  • Stocks sag as U.S. rate rise expectations revive (Reuters)
  • Clinton, Sanders hit final stretch of nominating contest (Reuters)
  • Bernie Sanders Wins in Oregon, But He Needed Kentucky, Too (NBC)
  • Clinton less than 100 delegates from nomination (The Hill)
  • Trump needs 66 delegates to officially clinch nomination (The Hill)
  • Japan GDP Rebound Not Enough to Stave Off Stimulus (WSJ)

China Is Now Conducting "Security Reviews" On Foreign Tech Products

"China must find a middle ground and determine which things can be imported but have to be secure and controllable; which things may be imported, digested and absorbed for re-innovation; which things can be developed in collaboration with others; and for which things we must rely on our own strength and indigenous innovation." - Xi Jinping

Senate Passes Bill That Would Expose Saudi Arabia's Role In Sept. 11: Obama Veto Imminent

After a month-long scare campaign waged by Saudi Arabia, and in no small part the Obama administration, which went so far as to threaten it would dump its US Treasurys, if the US were to pass a bill that would hold it legally liable for the Sept 11 attacks, it will be up to Obama to veto the bill because moments ago the Senate unanimously passed said bill, bringing Congress closer to a showdown with the White House.

Bill Clinton Confirms "Wants Economic Role" In Hillary's Administration

Is this why stocks are slipping? Following Hillary's hint last night that she would like to put her husband in "charge of revitalising the economy, because you know he knows how to do it," Bill confirmed the farce this morning, admitting he has asked for an "economic role" in his wife's adminstration. As Yves Smith so eloquently noted, after having institutionalized the neoliberal economic policies that have enriched the 1% and particularly the 0.1% at the expense of everyone else, Hillary Clinton wants to give the long-suffereing citizenry an even bigger dose. Good luck America.

Frontrunning: May 17

  • As Brexit vote looms, U.S. banks review their European commitments (Reuters)
  • Oil’s Strength Continues to Boost Global Stocks (WSJ)
  • Trump closing gap with Clinton, poll shows (Hill)
  • In Adjacent Pennsylvania Counties, Republicans Are Split on Donald Trump (WSJ)
  • Make America Gold Again: Calls for Everyone's Favorite Standard Are Back (BBG)

Guest Post: The Stunning Parallels Between The United States And Nazi Germany

Most Americans may not like to hear this, but the truth is that modern day America very closely resembles Nazi Germany. Most Americans were raised to deeply love this country; but likewise, most citizens of this nation know that something has gone deeply wrong, and we suggest that just like the Nazis, all of the pageantry and beauty in our society masks an evil which has grown to a level that is almost unspeakable. The truth is that all evil regimes eventually fall, and America is headed for a day of reckoning... And just like Nazi Germany, our end will be exceedingly terrible.

FBI Agents Busted For Planting Hidden Surveillance Microphones In Public Places

"Hidden microphones that are part of a clandestine government surveillance program that has been operating around the Bay Area has been exposed." If Congress wasn’t so busy being corrupt shills for the powerful it might do something to stop this. We're not holding our breath. Time and time again throughout U.S. history, you see the FBI working to undermine the public’s freedom in order to protect whatever racket their status quo masters happen to be running at the time.

You Know Those Missing Hillary Emails? Russia Might Leak 20,000 Of Them

Hillary Clinton sits at the center of a raging firestorm concerning her arrangement of a private email account and server set up in her home - from which top secret information may have been deleted. But despite Bernie Sanders’ apparent annoyance with the “damn emails,” the scandal just exponentially intensified, when Judge Andrew Napolitano revealed on Monday that Russia has possession of around 20,000 of Clinton’s emails - leaving open the possibility her deletions might not have been permanent after all.