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Obama Reveals Plans To Build A "Missile Defense Shield" Around North Korea





"One of the things that we have been doing is spending a lot more time positioning our missile defense systems, so that even as we try to resolve the underlying problem of nuclear development inside of North Korea, we're also setting up a shield that can at least block the relatively low-level threats that they're posing right now"

 
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Why North Korea's Failed Missile Launch Matters





The recent failure of North Korea’s missile tests reaffirms the deficiencies of its ballistic and nuclear programs. Perversely, it also increases the risk of an imminent greater destabilizing behavior.

 
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A Tale Of Two Fundraisers - Clinton Vs Sanders





The only question is, who doesn’t Hillary Clinton owe favors to? We’ll give you a hint: The American people. Vote wisely, New York.

 
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"Projectile Dysfunction" - North Korea's Latest Missile Launch Has Failed





...it was "a firey, catastrophic attempt at a launch that was unsuccessful."

 
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The Scourge Of Socialism





Human progress has been three steps forward, two steps back. That a non-fringe candidate of a major political party in the United States can call himself a socialist constitutes a leap backward. That it can happen after a century of socialistic horrors: impoverishment, ruination, tyranny, war, and tens of millions dead, bespeaks not just deadly ignorance and delusion, but depravity.

 
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America's Imperial Overstretch





Since the end of the Cold War in 1991, this country has been steadily bled and slowly bankrupted. We are now as overextended as was the British Empire in the 1940s. Time for a reappraisal of all of the war guarantees this nation has issued since the beginning of the Cold War, to determine which, if any, still serve U.S. national interests in 2016. Alliances, after all, are the transmission belts of war. This is not isolationism. It is putting our country first, and staying out of other people’s wars. It used to be called patriotism.

 
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Was The Panama Papers "Leak" A Russian Intelligence Operation?





If this was the work of the CIA, it was an extremely sloppy and obvious hit job. On the other hand, if this was the work of Putin for the purposes of blackmail, it’s one of the most ingenious chess moves I’ve ever seen played on the global stage. If this theory is correct, it’s the worse case scenario for American citizens. So if Putin is behind this, and does have the goods on the U.S. elite, not only do we not get rid of the these corrupt oligarchs, we now have to live with them in an even more compromised state than they were before.

 
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The Future of Money





The reason is that banks understand their core reason to exist is threatened by peer-to-peer, decentralized payment platforms and currencies. If payments no longer need to be routed through a centralized trusted institution, then one core function of banks disappears. If peer-to-peer lending and securitization becomes easier and cheaper due to the blockchain, then banks' function of allocating capital also vanishes.

 
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"Unprecedented Leak" Exposes The Criminal Financial Dealings Of Some Of The World's Wealthiest People





An unprecedented leak of more than 11 million documents has revealed the hidden financial dealings of some of the world's wealthiest people, as well as 12 current and former world leaders and 128 more politicians and public officials around the world.  The data allows a never-before-seen view inside the offshore world — providing a day-to-day, decade-by-decade look at how dark money flows through the global financial system, breeding crime and stripping national treasuries of tax revenues.

 
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In New Video, North Korea Threatens To "Slap" America With Giant Nuclear Strike On Lincoln Memorial





"The United States must choose! It’s up to you whether the nation called the United States exists on this planet or not.”

 
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Frontrunning: March 18





  • Dow's Freakish Bounce Makes Investors Whole, Can't Erase Doubts (BBG)
  • R.I.P. Dollar Rally as Dovish Fed Spurs Worst Slump Since 2011 (BBG)
  • Global Currencies Soar, Defying Central Bankers (WSJ)
  • Oil hits 2016 high above $42 on production and demand outlook (Reuters)
  • The U.S. Is Exporting Its Oil Everywhere (BBG)
  • Hillary Clinton’s Allies Launch Plan to Undercut Donald Trump Now (WSJ)
 
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Frontrunning: March 16





  • Trump knocks Rubio out of race, Republicans in turmoil (Reuters)
  • Fed to Signal Worst Is Over, Hikes Coming: Decision-Day Guide (BBG)
  • Four Economists See a Surprise from the Fed This Week (BBG)
  • Global Stocks Muted Ahead of Fed Announcement (WSJ)
  • Stop-Trump Groups Make One Last Bet on Rubio, and Lose (BBG)
  • China's Li Seeks 'Win-Win' for Growth-Reform Plan Analysts Doubt (BBG)
 
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North Korean Submarine "Goes Missing" During "Largest Ever" US, South Korea Assault Drill





A North Korean submarine is missing as the reclusive state issued a fresh threat of retaliation against US and South Korean forces involved in joint military drills. At the same time, U.S. and South Korean troops staged a massive amphibious landing exercise Saturday, storming simulated North Korean beach defenses amid and threats by Pyongyang to annihilate its enemies.

 
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