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The Wrong Narrative In Charlottesville

"The political violence in Charlottesville yesterday was as predictable as it was futile...This relentless politicization of American culture has eroded goodwill and inflamed the worst impulses in society."

Frontrunning: August 14

  • Korea tensions ease slightly as U.S. officials play down war risks (Reuters)
  • Pence Plays Down Trump Threat on Venezuela (WSJ)
  • Trump Pressed to Reject White Nationalist Groups (WSJ)
  • Charlottesville, and the World, Take Stock of Violent Episode (NYT)
  • Car Attack Suspect Had Shown Troubling Behavior (NYT)

Japan GDP Surges 4%, Most In Two Years, On Jump In Government Stimulus Spending

Japan's economy grew by 1% sequentially, and 4% on an annualized basis in Q2, smashing expectations of a 2.5% print and well above the upward revised 1.5% in the first quarter; it was also the the highest quarterly growth since a 5% print in Q2 2015, as some of the public works spending included in last year’s economic stimulus package starting to emerge; meanwhile exports declined.

Intel Memo: Marco Rubio Targeted For Assassination By Venezuela Lawmaker

Senator Marco Rubio may have been targeted for assassination by one of Venezuela's most powerful lawmakers and long time secretive head of the country's security services. According to the Miami Herald, the US Department of Homeland Security disseminated a sensitive memo to federal agencies last month which identified Diosdado Cabello Rondon as behind the "order to have Senator Rubio assassinated."

CIA Director: "We Are Not On The Cusp Of A Nuclear War"

How close is the US to war with North Korea? That was the question several top military and national security advisors struggled to answer over the weekend, mitigating fears of an imminent nuclear war even as Trump raises geopolitical tensions and boosts bellicose rhetoric with every public appearance.

If War Comes, Don't Blame The "Military-Industrial Complex" – It's Much Worse Than You Think

"But today the 'Military-Industrial Complex' is an archaic term that doesn’t begin to describe the complexity and influence of current structures. Indeed, even in Eisenhower’s day the MIC was more than a simple duplex consisting of the Pentagon and military contractors but also included an essential third leg: the Congressional committees that provide the money constituting the MIC’s lifeblood."