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What Keeps Bank of America Up At Night

"The last two weeks have further underpinned our belief that the market has had misplaced optimism in the new administration's reform agenda, while we find more and more evidence that suggests the macro environment echoes that of 2014 and 2015."

This Is The World's Most Active Battlefield - Watch Cyber-War In Real-Time

Today’s most active battlefield is not located on the ground, in the air, or on the mighty seas. It’s taking place on the internet – and, if you’re still a non-believer, spend a few minutes with the following live map to watch a representation of cyber attacks as they happen...

Shaping The Future: Moscow And Beijing's Multipolar World Order

China and Russia have different tasks in ushering in their world order, namely, by preserving global stability through military and economic means. Their overall relationship of mutual cooperation goes beyond the region of Eurasia and focuses on the whole process of a sustainable globalization as well as on how to create an environment where everyone can prosper in a viable and sustainable way. Doing this entails a departure from the current belligerent and chaotic unipolar world order.

How Russia Became "Our Adversary" Again

"Post-Cold War Russia finally experienced too much brazen humiliation and betrayal at the hands of the U.S.-led West...and marshaled enough of still-intact natural and military resources and patriotic to challenge the American Empire’s hubristic claim to the right to rule Eurasia with impunity. 'What we say goes' hit a new wall of Russian dignity and power."

Key Events In The Coming Week: FOMC Minutes, GDP, BOC, OPEC And More

The key economic releases this week are the durable goods report and Q1 GDP revision on Friday. The minutes of the May FOMC statement will be released on Wednesday at 2PM. In addition, there are several scheduled speaking engagements by Fed officials this week

Frontrunning: May 22

  • Trump Arrives in Israel, May Show His Cards on the Peace Process (BBG)
  • Taxes, Budget Are Focus for White House Despite Probes (WSJ)
  • Paul Manafort’s Lucrative Ukraine Years Are Central to the Russia Probe (BBG)
  • Ford set to fire CEO Mark Fields as shares founder (Reuters)
  • Producers Set to Extend Cuts as Rally Stalls: OPEC Reality Check (BBG)

Condi Admits Another Iraq War Lie

Last week, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made some surprising admissions about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, claiming U.S.-led interventions in the Middle East were not about spreading democracy but were instead about addressing security issues.

Trump Campaign Said To Have 18 Previously Undisclosed Russia Contacts: Reuters

Michael Flynn, other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials, others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 undisclosed calls and emails during last seven months of 2016 presidential campaign, Reuters says noting that there is "no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the campaign and Russia."

Height Securities Begins Contemplating "Impeachment": Here's What To Look For

Height writes that ending Trump’s viability as president "depends on Republicans turning against him", as impeachment proceedings can only begin with the majority party. What the firm will be closely watching to see if the Trump drama enters a potentially terminal phase: the main catalyst is Sen. John McCain.

The 'Soft Coup' Of Russia-Gate

Where is Stanley Kubrick when we need him? If he hadn’t died in 1999, he would be the perfect director to transform today’s hysteria over Russia into a theater-of-the-absurd movie reprising his Cold War classic, “Dr. Strangelove,” which savagely satirized the madness of nuclear brinksmanship and the crazed ideology behind it.