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Illinois Tax Rate Soars 32% After Senate Overrides Governor Veto

In a whirlwind of activity on America's nation holiday, just around noon, first the Illinois Senate voted to approve the House tax hike and spending bill, then shortly after, state Gov. Rauner - just as he warned he would - vetoed both the income tax increase and the budget bill and budget implementation bill, only to be himself overriden moments later by the Senate, as it took the drastic measure to end a record budget impasse.

Treasury Will Run Out Of Cash In Mid-October, CBO Warns

CBO estimates that without an increase in the debt limit, the Treasury, by using all available extraordinary measures, would most likely be able to continue borrowing and have sufficient cash to make its usual payments  until early to mid-October of this year.

Chinese Satellite Data Hint At Ominous Manufacturing Slowdown

Chinese factory activity contracted last month for the first time in nearly a year when the Caixin PMI dipped below 50, the threshold for growth. And now, early indicators for the month of June – including one satellite-based measure - suggest that there’s more pain ahead for the manufacturing sector in the world’s second-largest economy.

If We Don't Change The Way Money Is Created, Social Disorder Is Inevitable

The status quo "solution" is Universal Basic Income (UBI), a form of subsistence designed to quell the righteous urge to throw off the monetary yoke of the privileged financial Elites. If scraping by as a debt-serf on UBI is the New American Dream, we need a new economic/social system.

Trump "Increasingly Frustrated With China" Over North Korea, Trade: Reuters

Two weeks after Trump's ominous "China "tried and failed" to contain North Korea tweet, the US president appears to be getting closer to that default condition in US-China relations which many had anticipated from day one: a not particularly cooperative one, and as a result Reuters reports that Trump is "increasingly frustrated" with China over both North Korea and trade differences.

How Much Longer Can Junk Bonds Ignore Tumbling Oil? UBS Has The Answer

"If oil prices fall to $40 or below, the negative impact on rest of world profits could be a material headwind for aggregate corporate profits, and a prolonged $40 oil price would trigger more stress and defaults in lower-quality HY issuers heading into 2018."

Italy Bank Bailouts Send European, Global Stocks Higher; Gold Flash Crashes

S&P futures point to a higher open following gains in Asia but mostly Europe, where stocks are sharply higher following the €17 billion bailout of the two Veneto banks in Italy, the biggest taxpayer funded bank rescue in modern Italian history, as well as Dan Loeb's activist campaign of the world's biggest food company, Nestle