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Russian Billionaire Deripaska Responds To AP Story On Manafort Ties

Responding to the AP story about Manafort's ties with Deripaska that is certain to dominate today's news cycle, a spokeswoman for Deripaska said that the Russian billionaire didn’t pay Manafort for the Russia-related work. There was an "agreement between Mr. Deripaska and Mr. Manafort to provide investment-consulting services related to business interests of Mr. Deripaska which now is a subject to legal claims."

"Alexa... Should I Buy Stocks?"

Are retail investors buttressing US stocks at current (and elevated) levels? A variety of indicators say "Yes". Our primary concern: fund flows can be quite seasonal, with Q1-to-early Q2 a peak period due to retirement account flows. After mid-April, this diminishes considerably. Then, we will need a reliable stream of positive headlines to keep retail investors in the game.

Not Just The US: UK Bans Use Of Laptops On Flights From 6 Mostly Muslim Countries

One day after the Trump administration imposed a ban for carry-on electronic devices on planes coming to the US from 10 airports in mostly Muslim countries following unspecified terrorism threats, moments ago the UK issued a similar ban, restricting the use of carry on laptops and tablets for inbound flights for flights originating in the following nations: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and surprisingly, Saudi Arabia.

Germany Slams Trump's Claim That It Owes "Vast Sums" To NATO And The U.S.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen responded to Trump, rejecting the US president's claim: "There is no debit account at NATO," von der Leyen said in a statement, adding that it was wrong to link the alliance's target for members to spend 2 percent of their economic output on defense by 2024 solely to NATO.

Trump Thinks Your Car's Gas Mileage Is... Your Business

Leftists are aghast that Trump is about to do the unimaginable – and stop threatening the car companies with federal fuel economy fatwas (and add-on fatwas forbidding or restricting how much plant food – carbon dioxide – cars may emit). He appears to be entertaining the horrible idea that the people who buy cars ought to be free to decide for themselves how much fuel economy matters to them – since they will be the ones paying for both the car and the gas.

It's Time To Get Painfully Honest: Banks Are Evil

"I've increasingly come to see the financial industry - with the big banks at its core - as the root cause of injustice in today's society." Whether it's social equity, the security of your job or retirement, your day-to-day existence, or the fairness of the laws we live under - our fate is currently in the hands of the banks.

From Nuisance To Threat: The High Cost Of Truth

"I am convinced that the US, and probably the entire Western world, that is, the American Empire, has entered an era in which respect for truth does not exist in public and private institutions."