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Border Wall Bids Emerge; Include Everything From Tourist Attractions To Nuclear Waste Storage

Yesterday was the deadline for companies to submit bids for Trump's "physically imposing" yet "aesthetically pleasing" border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.  And while the U.S. government has said they won't disclose bids, rather just the names of companies actually awarded contracts on June 1st, some of the companies decided to disclose their plans themselves.  Here are a couple of our faves...

Despite Soaring Rates, US Home Prices Accelerate At Fastest Pace In 3 Years

US Home Prices rose at 5.7% year-over-year in January, according to the latest data from Case-Shiller. This is the fastest rate of price appreciation since July 2014. The six-month lagged response to the surge in mortgage rates suggests things may be about to slow down dramatically though...

Be Careful What You Wish For, Police Body-Cam Edition

After the recent deluge of videos showing police abusing and sometimes flat-out murdering more-or-less innocent citizens, the willingness of a growing number of cities to equip officers with video cameras has been hailed as a victory by civil libertarians. But what if those cameras also extend the surveillance network exponentially?

Frontrunning: March 24

  • Trump Says If Vote on Health Bill Fails, Obamacare Stays (WSJ)
  • Risky House healthcare vote to test Trump's negotiating skills (Reuters)
  • Trump Dares GOP in High-Stakes Vote on Troubled Health Bill (BBG)
  • All drill, no frack: U.S. shale leaves thousands of wells unfinished (Reuters)
  • Twitter explores subscription-based option for first time (Reuters)

Frontrunning: March 13

  • Oil touches three-month lows, as U.S. supply swells (Reuters)
  • Oil Steadies Below $49 as U.S. Drilling Threatens Longer Glut (BBG)
  • Traders Brace as Crucial Events Loom for Markets (WSJ)
  • Preet Bharara’s Probes Likely to Continue After His Exit (WSJ)
  • Dollar steadies after three-day fall (Reuters)
  • GOP Health Plan Would Hit Rural Areas Hard (WSJ)

What The Hell Is Going On?

"The dissonance between what I have been observing and what is being flogged by the establishment mouthpieces in the corporate mainstream media has never been greater. I’m 53 years old. The older I get the less sure I am about things I was sure about when I was 25 years old... I find it exhausting. We’re lost in a blizzard of lies."

Great Expectations (Not)

This is what happens when societies (and individuals) can’t face the true quandaries of a particular moment in their history. All of their attention gets channeled into fantasy: spooks, sexual freakery, conspiracies, persecution narratives, savior fairy tales. It’s been quite a cavalcade of unreality for the past six months, with great entertainment value for connoisseurs of the bizarre - until you’re reminded that the fate of the nation is at stake.

Could Trump's Immigration Ban Cause Another Housing Crash?

"If Trump gets the immigration plan he wants, the housing market will get hit harder than any other. If millions of people get deported and more people don’t come in to take their place, then you’ll have downward pressure on home prices, especially in urban areas."