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US Military Deploys Nuke-Spotting Radar To Monitor North Korea

The Sea-based X-Band Radar has deployed out of Pearl Harbor after North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un recently said his country was in the "final stages" of test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile. Media sources reported that the SBX was being sent about 2,000 miles northwest of Hawaii to watch for a possible North Korean launch in coming months. The Pentagon downplayed the floating radar's Monday departure.

North Korea Warns Of ICBM Launch "At Any Time, Anywhere"

Following North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's New Year’s message that preparations for a test-launch of ICBMs were in the 'final stage', and president-elect Trump's response "it won't happen!" a Foreign Ministry spokesman warned, as cited by KCNA news agency, "the ICBM will be launched anytime and anywhere determined by the supreme headquarters of the DPRK."

After Getting Almost Nothing Right In 2016, Here Are Byron Wien's "Ten Surprises" For 2017

After incorrectly predicting virtually every "surprise" for 2016 one year ago, the bulls better beware because in Byron Wien's list of "ten surprises" for 2017, the 83-year-old Blackstoner has turned decidedly bullish this time, and expects the S&P to surge to 2,500 while the US economy grows at a brisk 3%. With that, he may have just doomed any hope for a non-recession in 2017.

Trump Picks China Critic Robert Lighthizer As US Trade Representative

The Trump transition team announced that President-elect Donald Trump has named Robert Lighthizer as his U.S. Trade Representative. Lighthizer served as the deputy USTR under former President Ronald Reagan. His appointment is a further sign the incoming administration will take a tougher line on China.

Frontrunning: December 29

  • Russia's Putin says Syrian government, opposition sign ceasefire deal (Reuters)
  • Snap’s IPO Pitch to Tout Service as ‘the Next Facebook’ (WSJ)
  • What History Has to Say About the Economy Trump Will Inherit (BBG) - zero mentions of the word "debt"
  • Trump tax reforms could depend on little-known 'scoring' panel (Reuters)
  • Debbie Reynolds Dies a Day After Daughter Carrie Fisher (BBG)
  • U.S. appeals court rejects SEC's use of administrative law judges (Reuters)

Dave Collum's 2016 Year In Review - "And Then Things Got Really Weird..."

"Markets don’t have a purpose any more - they just reflect whatever central planners want them to. Why wouldn’t it lead to the biggest collapse? My strategy doesn’t require that I’m right about the likelihood of that scenario. Logic dictates to me that it’s inevitable..."

"Demonetization Has Achieved Nothing" - India's Rapidly Plunging Toward A Police State

Demonetization will have achieved nothing positive. But it will have seriously damaged the Indian economy. The human costs are immense and continue to pile up. This could easily - even likely - take India to autocracy and eventually, bloody and chaotic disintegration. The demonetization policy and Modi are merely symptoms of deeper issues though.

Is Trump Calling Out Xi Jinping?

Across Asia, every capital is waiting to see how Xi Jinping responds, for a matter of face would seem to be involved.

Communism Again Gets A Free Pass - Setting The Record Straight On Castro

This week with the passing of Fidel Castro - another “distinguished” ‎butcher comrade with all the assorted hypocrisies - we were reminded of how that scourge of humanity got a free pass yet again. The world by and large missed a great opportunity to set the historical record straight.