"The concentration of extreme wealth at the top is not a sign of a thriving economy but a symptom of a system that is failing the millions of hard-working people on poverty wages who make our clothes and grow our food."
"... the Trumpite/GOP is proving in spades that America is now saddled with two pro-government parties. This means a good shutdown is going to waste and that there is no stopping the fiscal doomsday machine that is now racing toward a national calamity, unimpeded."
The United States Coast Guard is preparing to equip icebreaker vessels operating in the Arctic region with high-tech cruise missiles for the first time as Washington escalates geopolitical tensions with Russia.
"Today, more than at any time previously, Westerners are justifying a move toward collectivist thinking with the phrase, 'Capitalism has failed'... my first question to them is, 'Have you ever lived in a country in which, during your lifetime, a free-market system dominated?'..."
One month after the addition of "blockchain" to a company's name - or business model - became a joke in financial circles, not to mention a shortcut to soaring market cap for countless micro-cap companies, the SEC is finally getting involved.
"...government 'shutdowns' are neither as unpopular, or as troublesome, as the media and Washington politicians assume...The evidence is pretty clear - the longer these politicians bicker and argue, the better off everyone else will be."
"Amazon.com may not only be gearing up to accept cryptocurriences as a means of payment, but I also believe that the company could be on its way to creating one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges..."
"These are some of the big questions that a nation not 100%-distracted and misdirected will want some answers to... how long can this toxic political struggle go on before the financial markets notice what it says about the country."
Despite seemingly crippling U.S. sanctions and the EU’s hastily engineered gas rules, the construction of Nord Stream 2 has been going forward as planned, and for the first time in history, its share in Europe’s gas consumption reportedly reached 40%.
Shortly before 1pm ET, the Senate voted to advance a funding bill that will reopen the government, ending a three-day standoff that left federal agencies shuttered and hundreds of thousands of workers furloughed.