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Archive Monthly Archives: June 2018

"This Has Become An Issue" – Beijing Denies US Request For Talks Over Airline Dispute

President Trump’s trade spat with China isn’t the only source of tension between the world’s two largest economies. Since even before Trump’s inauguration, the US’s relationship with Taiwan has become an increasingly sensitive issue in Beijing – particularly after Trump publicly mused about abandoning the US’s long-standing “One China” policy. Beijing has retaliated by holding […]

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"WWSD?"

Submitted by Nick Colas via DataTrekResearch.com, “You’re making this harder than it has to be.”  In my time at SAC, I rarely heard Steve Cohen give his traders advice about their portfolios, but that’s exactly what he told one PM who was having a particularly hard day. It was easy enough to see what had […]

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Massive Data Leak Could Affect 300 Million Americans

A new data leak could affect almost every single American, perhaps more than Equifax’s massive 2017 data breach of nearly 150 million individuals. Earlier this month, the renowned security researcher Vinny Troia announced that he discovered an unsecured database containing around 340 million individual records. According to Troia, the database included profiles of a few hundred million […]

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Euro Spikes After EU Leaders Agree "Vaguely Worded" Deal On Migrants

Just hours after Day 1 of the EU Summit ended in acrimony with Italian threats of veto and a cancelled press conference, AP reports that European Union leaders got a breakthrough deal on how to deal with migration after all-night talks to overcome Italian demands for more help. The immediate reaction was a kneejerk higher […]

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"Just An Intimate Conversation": Strzok "Explains" Anti-Trump Texts During Closed Door Testimony

Peter Strzok, the FBI counterintelligence agent removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation over anti-Trump bias, appeared before a closed door session in front of two House committees on Wednesday, where he tried to explain anti-Trump text exchanges with his FBI mistress as “Just an intimate conversation between intimate friends,” according to Texas Democrat Sheila […]

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Supreme Court Justice Kennedy Is Retiring, Giving Trump 2nd Supreme Court Pick

“Justice Kennedy’s retirement is the biggest event in U.S. jurisprudence in at least 15 years”               – Jack Goldsmith, WaPo Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the United States Supreme Court, effective July 31.  Nominated by President Reagan in 1987, the 81-year-old conservative justice leaves the bench after more than three decades of […]

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Head Of Charity Against Sexual Violence Charged For Attempting To Arrange Rape Of Children

Via Elizabeth Lea Vos of Disobedient Media   Joel Davis, chairman of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict, has been arrested in New York. He faces charges of enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity, attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, possession of child pornography and receipt and distribution of child pornography. […]

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China Using Bird Drones To Spy On Border Muslims

Over 30 Chinese military and government agencies have been using robotic bird drones to spy on the population – particularly in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region which borders several countries and has a large Muslim population, reports the South China Morning Post.  One part of the country that has seen the new technology used extensively is […]

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Mark It On Your Calendars

Authored by Kevin Muir via The Macro Tourist blog, It’s that time again. At the end of this month, the Federal Reserve has over $30 billion of notes maturing. I won’t rehash what this might mean for the market, rather for those not familiar, I ask you to go read Pink Tickets On QT Days. Let’s […]

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Inside The Foiled Coup Attempt That Nearly Toppled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Foreign observers of the worsening economic crisis in Venezuela will likely remember one year ago when a police officer stole a helicopter and single-handedly staged a “coup” by “attacking” a Venezuelan government building. While that coup attempt was quickly exposed as a headline-grabbing hoax (and the perpetrator was later “accidentally” killed in a raid), in […]

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