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[topics:places/germany] Xi Jinping calls for an end to 'suspicions' between Europe and China Published:3/26/2019 3:38:48 PM
[Markets] U.S. stocks finish higher as energy shares climb; Dow ends up 140 points U.S. stocks finish higher as energy shares climb; Dow ends up 140 points Published:3/26/2019 3:38:48 PM
[Markets] NASA cancels all-female spacewalk because it doesn’t have two spacesuits the right size Friday’s spacewalk will now feature a male-female pair because the International Space Station doesn’t have a second medium-size spacesuit.
Published:3/26/2019 3:38:48 PM
[Politics] Barr: Next Mueller Report Out in Weeks, Not Months Attorney General William Barr is planning to release his report on Robert Mueller's probe into President Donald Trump in a matter of weeks, not months, according to a Justice Department official.Democrats have been demanding the release of the special counsel's full report,... Published:3/26/2019 3:38:48 PM
[Politics] JUST IN: State prosecutor says he still believes Jussie Smollett LIED to police, despite dropping the charges! The state attorney’s office has turned the Smollett case and the state of Illinois into nothing but a circus today. First, they drop all charges and expunge Smollett’s record, without telling the . . . Published:3/26/2019 3:38:48 PM
[Politics] JUST IN: State prosecutor says he still believes Jussie Smollett LIED to police, despite dropping the charges! The state attorney’s office has turned the Smollett case and the state of Illinois into nothing but a circus today. First, they drop all charges and expunge Smollett’s record, without telling the . . . Published:3/26/2019 3:38:48 PM
[US News] ‘We only have 12 years left!’ This GND status update shows Senate Dems clearly ‘don’t care about our children’s future’

"Imagine being against your own ideas."

The post ‘We only have 12 years left!’ This GND status update shows Senate Dems clearly ‘don’t care about our children’s future’ appeared first on twitchy.com.

Published:3/26/2019 3:38:48 PM
[Entertainment] Jordyn Woods' Platinum Blonde Hair Transformation Will Make You Do a Double Take Jordyn WoodsIt appears Jordyn Woods is still following the "new year, new me" motto. The 21-year-old model debuts long platinum blonde hair while promoting her latest beauty collection with...
Published:3/26/2019 3:38:47 PM
[Exit] Unicorns aren’t profitable — Wall Street doesn’t care On Wall Street's leniency toward unprofitable tech companies and outsized exits. Published:3/26/2019 3:38:47 PM
[Markets] US STOCKS- Wall St climbs as financials snap five days of losses The S&P 500 financial index gained 1.1 percent and registered its biggest daily percentage gain since Feb. 15. The S&P 500's gains came after two sessions of declines, triggered by concern about slowing global economic growth and the inversion of a closely watched part of the Treasury yield curve. Published:3/26/2019 3:38:47 PM
[Entertainment] Jussie Smollett: 'Empire' writers and more react to dropped charges Stars on Twitter had much to say about "Empire" star Jussie Smollett's 16 charges being dropped on Tuesday.
     
 
 
Published:3/26/2019 3:38:47 PM
[worldNews] 'It's not about the Benjamins,' Netanyahu says of U.S. support for Israel Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "it's not about the Benjamins" as he hit back on Tuesday against any suggestion that U.S. politicians are paid to support Israel.
Published:3/26/2019 3:38:47 PM
[The Blog] Kavanaugh, Covington, collusion: Why does the media keep rushing to judgment, asks Kellyanne Conway?

"I see a pattern here."

The post Kavanaugh, Covington, collusion: Why does the media keep rushing to judgment, asks Kellyanne Conway? appeared first on Hot Air.

Published:3/26/2019 3:38:47 PM
[disney] Tim Burton Gives ‘Dumbo’ a Squeaky-Clean, High-Tech and Sadly Mainstream Makeover For a Tim Burton movie about an elephant that can fly and the circus freaks who love him, 'Dumbo' feels shockingly safe. Published:3/26/2019 3:38:47 PM
[Markets] WTI Drops Back Below $60 After Surprise Crude Build

WTI crude extended recent gains, hovering around $60 - setting the stage for its best quarter since 2002 - ahead of the API inventory report that was expected to show a draw after three draws in the last four weeks.

“We’re back in rally mode,” said John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital LLC, a New York hedge fund focused on energy.

“We’re seeing a steady supply decline that’s getting us back to $60 and everyone is trying to figure out the fallout from the refinery snags in Houston and the disruption in the Houston Ship Channel.”

API

  • Crude +1.93mm (-3mm exp)

  • Cushing +688k (+300k exp)

  • Gasoline -3.469mm (-3mm exp) - 5th draw in a row

  • Distillates -4.278mm (-500k exp)

Amid disruptions to refiners along the Houston Ship Channel, expectations for a 4th draw in 5 weeks were dashed as API reported a 1.93mm build...

However, the notable draws in the product side took the bearish slant of price reaction

“The second wave of the U.S. shale revolution is coming,” said Fatih Birol, the head of the International Energy Agency.

“This will shake up international oil and gas trade flows, with profound implications for geopolitics.”

WTI was hovering at $60 ahead of the API print and dropped as the data disappointed...

“The expectation is very much that OPEC+ will stick to its 1.2 million barrel a day reduction plan for as long as one would expect for that market to come into balance,” said Bart Melek, head of global commodity strategy at TD Securities in Toronto.

Published:3/26/2019 3:38:47 PM
[World] Nancy Pelosi Knows Impeachment is Losing Idea, But Democratic Base Wants Trump Out

"The Next Revolution" host Steve Hilton said on "Outnumbered" that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi privately knows that an attempt to impeach President Trump is a "losing proposition" but that her base is demanding it.

Published:3/26/2019 3:13:08 PM
[TSLA] Tesla: It's Time For A Customer And Investor Reality Check Published:3/26/2019 3:13:07 PM
[Markets] Papa John’s partnership with Shaquille O’Neal is an attempt at ‘cultural relevancy’ Papa John’s, which has struggled since controversy from its founder John Schnatter, has brought Shaquille O’Neal onto its board and marketing effort.
Published:3/26/2019 3:13:06 PM
[World] Anna Faris and Chris Pratt's 'goal' is to spend the holidays together Anna Faris and Chris Pratt are #UncouplingGoals.
     
 
 
Published:3/26/2019 3:13:05 PM
[Entertainment] This Photo of All 3 Lawrence Brothers Will Make You Miss the '90s Joey Lawrence, Matthew Lawrence, Andrew Lawrence, Blossom, 1994Whoa! Talk about a flashback! Cheryl Burke sent fans straight back to the '90s on Tuesday after she shared a picture of Joey Lawrence, Matthew Lawrence and Andrew Lawrence on...
Published:3/26/2019 3:13:05 PM
[Politics] AWESOME: Netanyahu takes a SHOT a Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism in AIPAC speech! This morning Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech to AIPAC via live feed from Israel, since he couldn’t be there in person. During his speech he took a great shot at Ilhan Omar’s . . . Published:3/26/2019 3:13:05 PM
[Politics] AWESOME: Netanyahu takes a SHOT a Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism in AIPAC speech! This morning Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech to AIPAC via live feed from Israel, since he couldn’t be there in person. During his speech he took a great shot at Ilhan Omar’s . . . Published:3/26/2019 3:13:05 PM
[2016 Presidential Election] Less than full disclosure from the New York Times (Paul Mirengoff) Yesterday, the New York Times carried an op-ed by Bob Bauer. As the title — “Trump’s Shamelessness Was Outside Mueller’s Jurisdiction” — suggests, the op-ed is just another attempt to talk around the fact that Robert Mueller cleared President Trump of “collusion” with Russia. What’s notable about the article is how the New York Times identifies Bauer. The Times states: Mr. Bauer is a professor of practice and distinguished scholar Published:3/26/2019 3:13:05 PM
[e9845653-6a0b-5267-b78d-840522655ede] Anna Faris opens up about ‘divorce untangling’ following split from Chris Pratt Anna Faris is opening up about her uncertainty regarding marriage and weddings. Published:3/26/2019 3:13:05 PM
[International events] ‘Terrible’: Will Ilhan Omar be confronting the ‘hate and bigotry’ of this New Zealand mosque chairman? [video]

"Maybe she can address this."

The post ‘Terrible’: Will Ilhan Omar be confronting the ‘hate and bigotry’ of this New Zealand mosque chairman? [video] appeared first on twitchy.com.

Published:3/26/2019 3:13:05 PM
[worldNews] Army chief asks for Algeria's Bouteflika to be declared unfit for office Algeria's army chief of staff called on Tuesday for a constitutional move that would see President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika declared unfit for office, in a rare direct intervention by the military after weeks of protests.
Published:3/26/2019 3:13:04 PM
[Careem] What Does Uber’s $3.1 Billion Careem Buyout Mean for Saudi’s Royal Family? The Saudi government, AKA the oil kingdom's royal family, will be the biggest winner from this deal. Published:3/26/2019 3:13:04 PM
[Culture] Leftists Got Their Female ‘Captain Marvel’ But Now Complain She Isn’t Gay

Leftists hailed Brie Larson as a feminist 'Captain Marvel.' But now they say even that isn't good enough. Now they want Captain Marvel to be gay, too.

The post Leftists Got Their Female ‘Captain Marvel’ But Now Complain She Isn’t Gay appeared first on Godfather Politics.

Published:3/26/2019 3:13:04 PM
[Culture] Leftists Got Their Female ‘Captain Marvel’ But Now Complain She Isn’t Gay

Leftists hailed Brie Larson as a feminist 'Captain Marvel.' But now they say even that isn't good enough. Now they want Captain Marvel to be gay, too.

The post Leftists Got Their Female ‘Captain Marvel’ But Now Complain She Isn’t Gay appeared first on Godfather Politics.

Published:3/26/2019 3:13:03 PM
[Markets] AAPL Angst & Housing Horrors Hamper Stocks As Yield Curve Hits New Lows

Bonds to Stocks...

 

China stocks had another ugly session overnight...

 

European markets managed gains on the day led by France & Germany...

 

Bund yields hover near 2016 lows...

 

US Futures started to ramp as Asia opened, and again as Europe opened then accelerated through the US open, hitting a wall around the EU close and zig-zagging lower from there...

 

On the cash side, Trannies and Small Caps outperformed with The Dow lagging...Ubiquitous closing panic-bid of course...

 

The opening spike was yet another big short-squeeze...

 

Banks managed gains for a change...

 

AAPL tumbled back below its 200DMA after the QCOM decision...

 

Credit markets ended the day wider in spread but rallied all day after the gap at the open...

 

Strong 2Y Auction provided additional support for the entire bond complex as yields barely budged despite equity gains...

 

30Y refused to budge...

 

And the yield curve continued to invert further...

 

The Dollar lifted back to yesterday's highs as US opened but stuck there...

 

Crypto limped lower on the day led by Ripple...

 

WTI Crude managed to extend gains but USD strength sent PMs lower...

 

WTI held above $60 ahead of tonight's inventory data..

 

Since Powell threw in the towel, Bonds (red) and Gold (orange) are notable outperformers with stocks (blue) the laggard and the dollar (green) marginally higher. Notice today's action saw The Dow lift to unchanged post-Powell before tumbling...

Published:3/26/2019 3:13:03 PM
[The Blog] The SPLC’s hate map is an outright fraud ‘designed to scare older liberals into writing checks’

"...this is a scam bordering on criminal mail fraud."

The post The SPLC’s hate map is an outright fraud ‘designed to scare older liberals into writing checks’ appeared first on Hot Air.

Published:3/26/2019 3:13:03 PM
[Markets] US STOCKS SNAPSHOT- Wall St ends up, financials break 5-day losing streak U.S. stocks gained on Tuesday, with financials snapping a five-day losing streak as Treasury yields stabilized above 15-month lows. Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ... Published:3/26/2019 3:13:03 PM
[Entertainment] Review: Tim Burton's dreamy 'Dumbo' is weirdly watchable Tim Burton brings his signature dark whimsy to a new live-action remake of 'Dumbo,' whose flying elephant stands out among Disney's rehashed classics.
     
 
 
Published:3/26/2019 3:13:03 PM
[] Politico Has the Absolute Balls To Criticize Trump For Not Doing Enough to "Bring Unity" After the Media Spent Two and Half Years Conducting Putin's Information Op to Divide America to the Brink of Civil War But after the nearly two-year investigation found no collusion or clear obstruction of justice, Trump and his aides showed little interest in healing or national unity https://t.co/ua4Nv9dUMO— POLITICO (@politico) March 25, 2019 Liz Harrington responds. es, President Trump could really... Published:3/26/2019 3:13:03 PM
[World] George Papadopoulos on Liberty File About End of Mueller Probe Russian Collusion

Judge Andrew Napolitano and former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos reacted to the close of the Mueller investigation into alleged Russian collusion.

Published:3/26/2019 2:40:12 PM
[World] Capitol Report: These Democrats and media figures are in Trump’s crosshairs after Mueller’s revelations A Trump campaign video and tweet from the White House press secretary offer strong suggestions about which Democrats and media figures or outlets are going to come under the heaviest fire from the president and his allies after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s revelations.
Published:3/26/2019 2:40:12 PM
[Markets] Trump Today: Trump Today: President touts Republicans as ‘party of health care’ as administration targets Affordable Care Act President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the Republicans would be known as “the party of health care,” a day after his administration called the whole of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional in a legal filing that threw the future of Obamacare into doubt.
Published:3/26/2019 2:40:11 PM
[topics:organisations/motoring] EU says new cars must be able to house in-built breathalysers Published:3/26/2019 2:40:11 PM
[Entertainment] Keanu Reeves Is a Real-Life Superhero After Helping Fellow Airplane Passengers Keanu ReevesNot all superheroes wear capes--especially at the airport. Earlier this week, Keanu Reeves found himself on a commercial flight from San Francisco to Southern California. But before he...
Published:3/26/2019 2:40:11 PM
[a1b83e94-be6c-5b11-ad2e-1206dc54efb0] Media harassed Trump daily with bogus RussiaGate claims. Now they say it's their critics who got story wrong The debate over news coverage about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report has turned into a battle of right and wrong. Not surprisingly, the many journalists who were wrong about Mueller’s investigation continue to claim their conduct was right. Published:3/26/2019 2:40:11 PM
[c180df8f-d91f-5ee4-99af-9ebfedd67f74] Dropping of charges against ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett ‘almost unheard of’: Judge Andrew Napolitano The stunning decision by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office to drop all 16 felony charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett in his alleged hate crime hoax is “almost unheard of,” Judge Andrew Napolitano said Tuesday. Published:3/26/2019 2:40:11 PM
[Entertainment] Rahm Emanuel: Jussie Smollett case a 'whitewash of justice' Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel called the decision “a whitewash of justice.” (Mach 26)
     
 
 
Published:3/26/2019 2:40:11 PM
[Congressional Hall Monitor] Breaking: House fails to override Trump’s veto over national emergency

By R. Mitchell -

The U.S. House of Representatives has failed to secure the votes necessary to end President Trump’s national emergency at the U.S. Southern Border. In a 248-141 vote, the House was unable to secure the votes to override the president’s veto of a measure that would have ended the national emergency ...

Breaking: House fails to override Trump’s veto over national emergency is original content from Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust - Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more.

Published:3/26/2019 2:40:11 PM
[US News] Who’s obsessed with whom? Ilhan Omar can’t seem to lose that AIPAC-sized chip on her shoulder

"This entire thread is one gigantic deflection from her anti-Semitism."

The post Who’s obsessed with whom? Ilhan Omar can’t seem to lose that AIPAC-sized chip on her shoulder appeared first on twitchy.com.

Published:3/26/2019 2:40:11 PM
[Politics] McConnell Backs Push for Investigation of Russia Probe Missteps The top Republican in the U.S. Senate said on Tuesday he supported a push by a Republican colleague for an inquiry into potential law enforcement missteps in a probe of possible collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia. "I think Senator (Lindsey)... Published:3/26/2019 2:40:11 PM
[TC] Apple News+ is a great deal, but what does ‘full access’ really mean? Curious whether you should cancel your existing magazine subscription and just subscribe to Apple News+? Apple certainly seems to believe News+ is an outsized bargain for you. The company’s claim that it would cost users $8000 to get annual access to the publications they are giving readers for $9.99 per month suggests that they see […] Published:3/26/2019 2:40:11 PM
[Markets] Dow Trades Higher as Investors Move Beyond Recession Worries The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose Tuesday after investors moved beyond recession fears sparked by the inverted bond curve. were down slightly after the tech giant unveiled several new services, including Apple TV Plus featuring original content and a news subscription platform called Apple News Plus. Stocks were rising Tuesday as the bond yield curve narrowed and investors moved beyond recession fears. Published:3/26/2019 2:40:11 PM
[Right Column] Wikipedia Editors Paid to Protect Political, Tech, and Media Figures
Published:3/26/2019 2:40:11 PM
[Markets] How Millions Were Duped By Russiagate: The "Illusory Truth" Effect

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

“Mueller Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy”, read the front page headline of Sunday’s New York Times. Bit by bit, mainstream American consciousness is slowly coming to terms with the death of the thrilling conspiracy theory that the highest levels of the US government had been infiltrated by the Kremlin, and with the stark reality that the mass media and the Democratic Party spent the last two and-a-half years monopolizing public attention with a narrative which never had any underlying truth to it.

There are still holdouts, of course. Many people invested a tremendous amount of hope, credibility, and egoic currency in the belief that Robert Mueller was going to arrest high-ranking Trump administration officials and members of Trump’s own family, leading seedy characters to “flip” on the president in their own self-interest and thereby providing evidence that will lead to impeachment. Some insist that Attorney General William Barr is holding back key elements of the Mueller report, a claim which is premised on the absurd belief that Mueller would allow Barr to lie about the results of the investigation without speaking up publicly. Others are still holding out hope that other investigations by other legal authorities will turn up some Russian shenanigans that Mueller could not, ignoring Mueller’s sweeping subpoena powers and unrivaled investigative authority. But they’re coming around.

The question still remains, though: what the hell happened? How did a fact-free conspiracy theory come to gain so much traction among mainstream Americans? How were millions of people persuaded to invest hope in a narrative that anyone objectively analyzing the facts knew to be completely false?

The answer is that they were told that the Russiagate narrative was legitimate over and over again by politicians and mass media pundits, and, because of a peculiar phenomenon in the nature of human cognition, this repetition made it seem true.

The rather uncreatively-named illusory truth effect describes the way people are more likely to believe something is true after hearing it said many times. This is due to the fact that the familiar feeling we experience when hearing something we’ve heard before feels very similar to our experience of knowing that something is true. When we hear a familiar idea, its familiarity provides us with something called cognitive ease, which is the relaxed, unlabored state we experience when our minds aren’t working hard at something. We also experience cognitive ease when we are presented with a statement that we know to be true.

We have a tendency to select for cognitive ease, which is why confirmation bias is a thing; believing ideas which don’t cause cognitive strain or dissonance gives us more cognitive ease than doing otherwise. Our evolutionary ancestors adapted to seek out cognitive ease so that they could put their attention into making quick decisions essential for survival, rather than painstakingly mulling over whether everything we believe is as true as we think it is. This was great for not getting eaten by saber-toothed tigers in prehistoric times, but it’s not very helpful when navigating the twists and turns of a cognitively complex modern world. It’s also not helpful when you’re trying to cultivate truthful beliefs while surrounded by screens that are repeating the same bogus talking points over and over again.

I’m dealing with a perfect example of the perils of cognitive ease right now. Writing this essay has required me to move outside my familiar comfort zone of political commentary and read a bunch of studies and essays, think hard about new ideas, and then figure out how to convey them as clearly and concisely as possible without boring my audience. This movement away from cognitive ease has resulted in my checking Twitter a lot more often than I usually do, and seeking so much distraction that this essay will probably end up getting published about twelve hours later than I had intended. Having to read a bunch of scholars explaining the precise reasons why I’m acting like such an airhead hasn’t exactly helped my sense of cognitive ease any, either.

Science has been aware of the illusory truth effect since 1977, when a study found that subjects were more likely to evaluate a statement as true when it’s been repeatedly presented to them over the course of a couple of weeks, even if they didn’t consciously remember having encountered that statement before. These findings have been replicated in numerous studies since, and new research in recent years has shown that the phenomenon is even more drastic than initially believed. A 2015 paper titled “Knowledge Does Not Protect Against Illusory Truth” found that the illusory truth effect is so strong that sheer repetition can change the answers that test subjects give, even when they had been in possession of knowledge contradicting that answer beforehand. This study was done to test the assumption which had gone unchallenged up until then that the illusory truth effect only comes into play when there is no stored knowledge of the subject at hand.

“Surprisingly, repetition increased statements’ perceived truth, regardless of whether stored knowledge could have been used to detect a contradiction,” the paper reads.

“Reading a statement like ‘A sari is the name of the short pleated skirt worn by Scots’ increased participants’ later belief that it was true, even if they could correctly answer the question ‘What is the name of the short pleated skirt worn by Scots?’”

Stored knowledge tells pretty much everybody that the “short, pleated skirt worn by Scots” is a kilt, not a sari, but simply repeating the contrary statement can convince them otherwise.

This explains why we all know people who are extraordinarily intelligent, but still bought into the Russiagate narrative just as much as our less mentally apt friends and acquaintances. Their intelligence didn’t save them from this debunked conspiracy theory, it just made them more clever in finding ways of defending it. This is because the illusory truth effect largely bypasses the intellect, and even one’s own stored knowledge, because of the way we all reflexively select for cognitive ease.

Another study titled “Incrimination through innuendo: Can media questions become public answers?” found that subjects can be manipulated into believing an allegation simply by exposure to innuendo or incriminating questions in news media headlines. Questions like, for example, “What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987?”, printed by New York Magazinein July of last year.

You can understand, then, how a populace who is consuming repetitive assertions, innuendo, and incriminating questions on a daily basis through the screens that they look at many times a day could be manipulated into believing that Robert Mueller would one day reveal evidence which will lead to the destruction of the Trump administration. The repetition leads to belief, the belief leads to trust, and before you know it people who are scared of the president are reading the Palmer Report every day and parking themselves in front of Rachel Maddow every night and letting everything they say slide right past their skepticism filters, marinating comfortably in a sedative of cognitive ease.

And that repetition has been no accident. CNN producer John Bonifield was caught on video nearly two years ago admitting that CNN’s CEO Jeff Zucker was personally instructing his staff to stay focused on Russia even in the midst of far more important breaking news stories.

“My boss, I shouldn’t say this, my boss yesterday we were having a discussion about this dental shoot and he goes and he was just like I want you to know what we are up against here,” Bonifield told an undercover associate of James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas.

“And he goes, just to give you some context, President Trump pulled out of the climate accords and for a day and a half we covered the climate accords. And the CEO of CNN said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we’re done with it, let’s get back to Russia.

(And before you get on me about O’Keefe’s shady record, CNN said in a statement that the video was legitimate and disputed none of its content, saying only that it stands by Bonifield and that “Diversity of personal opinion is what makes CNN strong, we welcome it and embrace it.”)

Zucker, for his part, told the New York Times in an article published yesterday that he was “entirely comfortable” with CNN’s role in promoting the Russiagate conspiracy theory the way that it did.

“We are not investigators. We are journalists, and our role is to report the facts as we know them, which is exactly what we did,” Zucker said.

“A sitting president’s own Justice Department investigated his campaign for collusion with a hostile nation. That’s not enormous because the media says so. That’s enormous because it’s unprecedented.”

“We are not investigators”? What the fuck kind of dumbass shit is that? So it’s not your job to investigate whether what you’re reporting is true or false? It’s not your job to investigate whether the anonymous sources you’re basing your reports on might be lying or not? It’s not your job to investigate whether or not you’d be committing journalistic malpractice with the multiple completely bullshit stories your outlet has been humiliated by in the last two years? It’s not your job to weigh the consequences of deliberately monopolizing public attention on a narrative which consists of nothing but confident-sounding assertions and innuendo?

“We are not investigators.” So? You’re not dentists or firefighters either, what’s your point? That has nothing to do with the mountains of journalistic malpractice you’ve been perpetrating by advancing this conspiracy theory, nor with the inexcusable brutalization you’ve been inflicting upon the American psyche with your deliberate nonstop repetition of bogus assertions, innuendo, and incriminating questions.

The science of modern propaganda has been in research and development for over a century. If you think about how many advances have been made in other military fields over the last hundred years, that gives you a clear example of how sophisticated an understanding the social engineers must now have of the methods of mass manipulation of human psychology. We may be absolutely certain that there are people who’ve been working to drive the public narratives about western rivals like Russia, and that they are doing so with a far greater understanding of the concepts we’ve touched on in this essay than we have at our disposal.

The manipulators understand our psyches better than we understand them ourselves, and they’re getting more clever, not less. The only thing we can do to keep our heads while immersed in a society that is saturated with propaganda is be as relentlessly honest as possible, with ourselves and with the world. We’ll never be able to out-manipulate the master manipulators, but we can be real with ourselves about whether or not we’re selecting for cognitive ease rather than thinking rigorously and clearly. We can be truthful with our friends, family, coworkers and social media followers wherever untruth seems to be taking hold. We can do our very best to shine the light of truth on the puppeteers wherever we spot them and ruin the whole goddamn show for everyone.

It may not seem like a lot, but truth is the one thing they can’t manipulate, whether it’s truth about them, truth about the world, or truthfulness with yourself. The lying manipulators got us into this mess, so only truth can get us out.

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Published:3/26/2019 2:40:11 PM
[celebrity guests] Jimmy Fallon Learned How to Make Meatballs at NYC’s Most Exclusive Restaurant The 'Tonight Show' host also got schooled on the intricacies of loyalty-based New York City dining. Published:3/26/2019 2:40:11 PM
[Uncategorized] 9th Circuit Rejects Appeal From Kate Steinle’s Parents, Can’t Sue San Francisco Unanimous ruling rejecting attempt to sue for failure to report release of daughter's killer to ICE Published:3/26/2019 2:40:11 PM
[The Blog] Emergency on: Dems fail to overturn Trump’s veto

Mitch gets a breather.

The post Emergency on: Dems fail to overturn Trump’s veto appeared first on Hot Air.

Published:3/26/2019 2:40:11 PM
[worldNews] U.S. government had nothing to do with raid at North Korea's Madrid embassy: State Department The U.S. government had nothing to do with a raid last month at North Korea's embassy in Madrid, U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said on Tuesday.
Published:3/26/2019 2:40:11 PM
[Markets] The Ratings Game: Bed Bath & Beyond upgraded twice, shares soar after investor activism revealed An activist group would like to see the board of Bed Bath & Beyond replaced.
Published:3/26/2019 2:10:58 PM
[TC] ‘This is Your Life in Silicon Valley’: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf discusses Prop C, Uber, Bay Area Sports and more Welcome to this week’s transcribed edition of This is Your Life in Silicon Valley. We’re running an experiment for Extra Crunch members that puts This is Your Life in Silicon Valley in words – so you can read from wherever you are. This is your Life in Silicon Valley was originally started by Sunil Rajaraman […] Published:3/26/2019 2:10:55 PM
[House of Representatives] House fails to override Trump veto on emergency order (Paul Mirengoff) The House failed today to overturn President Trump’s first veto, leaving his declaration of a national emergency at the southwestern border intact. Both chambers of Congress passed a resolution nullifying the president’s order, but Trump vetoed the resolution and the veto could not be rendered ineffective without two-thirds of both chambers voting to override it. Opponents of the emergency declaration missed by about 40 votes in the House. The final Published:3/26/2019 2:10:53 PM
[Media] Someone’s DEFENSIVE! Brian Stelter snaps at Tim Pool after he gives CNN props for admitting they DON’T investigate and LOL

As Twitchy reported earlier today, CNN President Jeff Zucker defended the way CNN covered the Trump/Russia investigation by claiming they’re not investigators, they’re reporters and just cover the facts they are basically given. Yeah. And it was Brian Stelter who was good enough to share his quote and the story so Tim Pool reached out […]

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Published:3/26/2019 2:10:52 PM
[Politics] BREAKING: House Democrats fail to override Trump’s Veto……and HERE’S the 14 Republicans who voted with them! Starting with the Mueller report, Trump is clearly having a great ‘news’ week. First he’s vindicated. Then word comes down that one billion has been transferred from Congress so he can put . . . Published:3/26/2019 2:10:50 PM
[Politics] BREAKING: House Democrats fail to override Trump’s Veto……and HERE’S the 14 Republicans who voted with them! Starting with the Mueller report, Trump is clearly having a great ‘news’ week. First he’s vindicated. Then word comes down that one billion has been transferred from Congress so he can put . . . Published:3/26/2019 2:10:48 PM
[worldNews] Factbox: Cyclone Idai kills 686, displaces hundreds of thousands Hundreds of thousands of people are in need of food, water and shelter after Cyclone Idai battered Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Published:3/26/2019 2:10:37 PM
[Crime] Duke University Fined $112.5 Million for Faked ‘Scientific’ Research

Duke University agreed to a deal to repay the federal government $112.5 million to settle claims it falsified scientific research paid for by the taxpayers.

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Published:3/26/2019 2:10:30 PM
[Crime] Duke University Fined $112.5 Million for Faked ‘Scientific’ Research

Duke University agreed to a deal to repay the federal government $112.5 million to settle claims it falsified scientific research paid for by the taxpayers.

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Published:3/26/2019 2:10:19 PM
[storytype:standard] Oxycontin maker settles with Oklahoma in major lawsuit over its role in America's opioid crisis Published:3/26/2019 2:10:19 PM
[Markets] Wall Street Bonuses Tumbled 17% In 2018, Unchanged In 13 Years

As extensively documented on this website, 2018 was a disastrous year to forgot for most hedge funds, which suffered another year of underperformance compared to both their benchmark and the S&P500, as most once again failed to generate alpha, resulting in a compensation plunge for the "smartest traders in the room." Alas, as the latest annual report from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reveals, 2018 was also a dismal year for broader Wall Street compensation in particular and the securities industry in general, even as overall profits rose by double digits.

In a surprising turn of events, DiNapoli reported that despite securities industry profits in 2018 rising by 11%, the average bonus paid to industry employees in New York City declined by almost 17% to $153,700. This was not only the lowest average bonus since 2015, it matches the average bonus payment received all the way back in 2005. In other words, the average Wall Street bonus has remained unchanged for 13 years, with the peak still the $191,400 hit in 2006 with 2017 coming close at $184,400. Yet despite the lamentations of investment bankers everywhere, the $154K bonus was still double the average salary for non-financial New Yorkers.

Wall Street's total bonus pool dropped 14% to an estimated $27.5 billion as employment in the industry increased in New York City. One big caveat: the estimate does not include stock options or other forms of deferred compensation for which taxes have not been withheld.

“Despite a sharp decline in the financial markets in the fourth quarter of 2018, the securities industry still had a good year with increased profits and employment,” DiNapoli said. “Profits grew in 2018 and have nearly doubled since 2015. Bonuses declined in 2018, but the average bonus was still double the average annual salary in the rest of the City’s workforce. It’s too soon to say how the industry will fare in 2019, but trade tensions, a slowing global economy and greater economic uncertainty are all factors that could affect results.”

Every year, DiNapoli’s office releases an estimate of bonuses paid to securities industry employees who work in New York City during the traditional bonus season. Bonuses paid by firms to their employees located outside of New York City (whether in domestic or international locations) are not included. The Comptroller’s estimate is based on personal income tax trends and includes cash bonuses for the current year and bonuses deferred from prior years that have been cashed in.

Despite increased market volatility, and the worst December for the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 1931, the industry had an 11 percent growth in pretax profits for the broker/dealer operations of New York Stock Exchange member firms (the traditional measure of securities industry profits). Profits totaled $27.3 billion in 2018 — up from $24.5 billion in 2017 — the highest level since 2010 and 81 percent higher than in 2015 after adjusting for inflation. Curiously, none of this increase trickled down to workers in the form of higher all in comp.

The report also revealed that employment in New York City’s securities industry increased by 4,700 in 2018 to 181,300 jobs, the highest level in a decade. With solid gains in four of the past five years, employment in the securities industry in the city is still 4 percent smaller than before the financial crisis in 2007. In contrast, the rest of the private sector in the city has grown by 25 percent since 2007.

Some other findings in this year's report:

  • Trading revenue was up 22 percent during the first three quarters of 2018, but was down 6 percent in the fourth quarter. For the year, trading revenue was up 17 percent and accounted for 6 percent of total revenue in 2018.
  • The average salary (including bonuses) in the city’s securities industry ($422,500 in 2017, the latest annual data available) was more than five times higher than the average in the rest of the private sector ($77,100). Nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of the industry’s employees in the city earned more than $250,000, compared with less than 3 percent in the rest of the city’s workforce.
  • The industry accounted for less than 5 percent of the private sector jobs in the city in 2017, but it generated more than one-fifth of all private sector wages paid in the city. DiNapoli estimates that nearly 1 in 11 jobs in the city are either directly or indirectly associated with the securities industry.
  • Securities-related activities are a major source of revenue for both the state and the city. DiNapoli estimates that the securities industry accounted for 18 percent ($14 billion) of state tax collections in state fiscal year (SFY) 2017-18 and 7 percent ($4.2 billion) of city tax collections in city fiscal year (CFY) 2018.

And with banks already warning of sharp drops in trading revenue in 2019, the bad news on pay will continue this year. Compensation including bonuses and salaries for 2019 is likely to fall as pressure to lower fees and volatile markets weigh on firms’ revenue, Johnson Associates said last month.

Read the full New York state report here.

Published:3/26/2019 2:10:15 PM
[Markets] US STOCKS- Wall St edges up; financials on track to snap losing streak U.S. stocks were higher in afternoon trading on Tuesday and financials looked set to snap a five-day losing streak as Treasury yields mostly stabilized following recent losses. The S&P energy index was up 1 percent, leading percentage gains among sectors, as oil prices rose on OPEC supply cuts and expectations of lower U.S. inventories. Benchmark 10-year Treasury yields were mostly steady after recent losses. Published:3/26/2019 2:10:14 PM
[] House Override Vote of Trump's Emergency Border Wall Order Fails, 248-181; Wall Construction Will Begin The Hill: The chamber voted 248-181 to override the veto, falling short of the roughly 290 votes, or two-thirds majority, needed. Now, expect a court challenge, but here's the thing: This is a statutory use of the emergency power --... Published:3/26/2019 2:10:02 PM
[World] Tomi Lahren First Thoughts on Fox Nation on Democrats, Political Correctness, Identity Politics

Tomi Lahren said some of the left are facing some "political correctness karma," and she's enjoying the show.

Published:3/26/2019 1:40:04 PM
[Politics] The administration’s renewed focus on eliminating Obamacare is a baffling political move Health care was arguably central to the Democrats' 2018 success. Published:3/26/2019 1:40:03 PM
[Markets] House fails to overturn Trump's border-emergency veto House fails to overturn Trump's border-emergency veto Published:3/26/2019 1:40:03 PM
[df9c0125-c89b-5f2b-b2f7-82d28a94e42f] Sen. Marsha Blackburn: Mueller's investigation is over. Time for Dems to work with Republicans on real issues No collusion. No obstruction. Attorney General Bill Barr’s conclusions to Congress this weekend about the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe rang loud and clear. Published:3/26/2019 1:40:03 PM
[Politics] Rep. Khanna: Bipartisan Work Needed to Protect Elections There can be bipartisan agreement on keeping Russia or another country from interfering in U.S. elections, but "they always go back to [President Donald] Trump didn't have any involvement," Rep. Ro Khanna said Tuesday. Published:3/26/2019 1:40:03 PM
[Entertainment] Swoon Over Noah Centineo in The Perfect Date Trailer The Perfect Date, Noah CentineoMeet Brooks Rattigan, the latest Noah Centineo character you're going to fall hard for thanks to The Perfect Date. You see, Brooks has the academic prowess to get into his dream...
Published:3/26/2019 1:40:03 PM
[Apps] Flipkart ranked highly for ‘fairness’ of working conditions in India gig platform study The Oxford Internet Institute has published what it bills as the world’s first rating system for working conditions on gig economy platforms. The Fairwork academic research project is a collaboration with the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore, the University of Cape Town, the University of Manchester, and the University of the Western Cape. As […] Published:3/26/2019 1:40:03 PM
[Markets] Dow trades 200 points off intraday high as 10-year Treasury rate holds near lowest since 2017 The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Tuesday and the broader market were trading well off their highs of the session as bond yields held around multiyear lows, implying that investors are finding it difficult to shake fears about sluggish global growth and its impact on the U.S. The Dow was up about 67 points, or 0.3%, at 25,580, in late-afternoon trade, off from its best intrasession level at 25,796. Moves for equities come as the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield was at 2.41%, representing its lowest level since December of 2017, according to Dow Jones Market Data. The lower rates have been a feature of the market of the past several weeks after the Federal Reserve affirmed that it was pausing on further near-term rate hikes. What has followed is a so-called yield-curve inversion, where shorter-dated bond yields rise above their longer-dated counterparts. In this case, yields for the 3-month T-bill rose above those of the 10-year Treasury note for the first time since 2007. An inversion has been an accurate predictor of coming economic recessions in the following 18 to 24 months, research shows. The S&P 500 index , meanwhile, was up 0.3% at 2,806, while the Nasdaq Composite Index was climbing 0.3% at 7,659. Both benchmarks also were off their intraday peaks. Published:3/26/2019 1:40:03 PM
[Markets] Chasing Reality - What If A China Trade Deal & A Dovish Fed Are Not Enough?

Authored by Sven Henrich via NorthmanTrader.com,

Following a very aggressive counter rally off the December lows we remain inside the larger trading range of 2018, other than small pullbacks the Q1 rally remains technically uncorrected, but let’s be clear:

Everybody’s chasing reality here: The US administration, the Fed and Wall Street.

  • The US administration promised 3-4% GDP growth and shrinking deficits. Neither is happening, growth is slowing and we just had the largest monthly deficit in US history.

  • The Fed went from autopilot on the balance sheet and rate hikes to neither. Key point: They will not tell you a recession is coming and rate cut risk is rising.

  • Wall Street predicted continued earnings growth for 2019 now we have an earnings recession at least in Q1 with -3.7% earnings growth a growth estimates for full year 2019 may still be too high.

Given the uniformity of overly positive projections that have turned out not to be true, can everyone simply take a step back and acknowledge some uncertainty here? The answer is apparently no. Wall Street is projecting new market highs to come, any negatives that were not projected in the first place are dismissed as temporary glitches and an inverted yield curve? Not a problem. Don’t worry say investment houses such as Goldman Sachs. Never mind that the indicator has a 85% track record of predicting a recession to come.

So nobody predicted the slowdown, the inversion, the earnings recession, but everybody is busy declaring them to be worthy of ignoring. Got it.

I just can’t help myself. Perhaps this is why Brian Sullivan called me “Sven the Sarcastic” on CNBC this morning 

And I do get it, as I outlined in the segment above we have 2 potential upside catalysts in front of us.

A potential China trade deal, a carrot that is continuously dangled in front of markets and perhaps hope that there will be a last Brexit miracle. All possible I suppose, but what if there’s a China trade deal, but a recession is still coming? Nobody is asking that question and the underlying reality is again largely ignored.

Some reality based risk factors to consider:

Macro:

Global growth continues to slow and Q1 earnings reports/outlooks can ill afford to disappoint. However a coming jump in growth in Q2 would not be surprising as there have been plenty of previous examples of a weak Q1 GDP picture.

Yield curve inversion has a 85% track record of predicting a recession, yet there’s a lot of denial going on that a recession can unfold.

The Upside: With a China deal and/or Brexit miracle a recession may get delayed and this could result in a major rally yet to come for a final game of musical chairs before the eventual rug gets pulled, but let’s not kid ourselves this business cycle is long in the tooth

The Downside: Recession may come a lot sooner than anybody expects. Case 2000/2001. Markets topped in 2000, yield curve inverted, Fed stopped raising rates and 6 months later we had a recession. Looks very similar to now.

The Fed has removed the market carrot of dovishness by going full frontal dovish last week and markets sold off. The Fed has been a key driver of the 2019 rally. Now that carrot is gone and here we are 10 years after the financial crisis with Europe running negative rates and over $10 trillion in negative yield debt floating about and record corporate debt of over $6 trillion. Quite the recovery.

Technical:

Risk of major topping patterns. Lower highs on all the major indices. Last week the rally stopped just below the January 2018 highs, we need to see new highs or these patterns remain in play.

The 2009 broken trend line has been rejected again. Hence risk remains that Q1 may have been a bear market rally. Unconfirmed (also see “The Reckoning”)

In March the rally diverged significantly and recent highs on $SPX and $NDX were deceiving as they were once again driven by big cap tech while we saw massive underperformance in key indices such as financials, small caps, transports. The message of these indices: Slowdown.

$RUT peaked on February 22nd over a month ago. And look at the underperformance in some of the sectors I mentioned in the interview:

Buybacks are coming out of the system in the next few weeks reducing liquidity.

Q1 earnings and their outlooks. Will companies be forced to reduce outlooks?

And finally: Watch the wedge. It almost broke yesterday, but got saved with gap up today on a relief rally as yields are retreating off of overbought readings on bond and short term oversold readings on indices:

But no worries. Just ignore it all. Perhaps a dovish Fed and a China deal will be enough. What if it’s not?

Did I mention potential major topping patterns?

I guess nobody is asking that question. Too busy chasing reality.

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Published:3/26/2019 1:40:03 PM
[worldNews] Kosovo aims to ban gambling after two casino workers killed in robberies Kosovo's government said it will ban gambling for 10 years following the deaths of two casino workers this month during armed robberies in separate towns.
Published:3/26/2019 1:40:03 PM
[Entertainment] Bekah Martinez shows hairy arm pits and tells mom shamers EXPLICITLY what to do The 'Bachelor' alum and new mom was pictured outdoors in a recliner with a drink, sporting hairy legs and arm pits.
     
 
 
Published:3/26/2019 1:40:03 PM
[734f4b1b-e1e9-5a79-b6c4-34ee055953d6] Sarah Sanders mocks media's 'Mueller Madness,' slams coverage of Trump-Russia probe The White House has seemingly revealed its squad of most-hated media types. Published:3/26/2019 1:40:03 PM
[Law] Here Are 4 Ways Egregious Ways the Left Wants to Transform American Politics

“When you can’t win the game, change the rules.” That seems to be the motto of the far left these days. Not content to play... Read More

The post Here Are 4 Ways Egregious Ways the Left Wants to Transform American Politics appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Published:3/26/2019 1:40:03 PM
[The Blog] Reps Tlaib and Green seek support for Trump’s impeachment

#ImpeachmentIsNotDead

The post Reps Tlaib and Green seek support for Trump’s impeachment appeared first on Hot Air.

Published:3/26/2019 1:40:03 PM
[US News] You have the right to remain…tweeting? Michael Avenatti returns to Twitter, accuses Nike of paying DeAndre Ayton and Bol Bol

You would think celebrity porn star attorney Michael Avenatti would shut his trap after his arrest in NYC yesterday on charges he attempted to extort Nike. . . I see Avenatti has shrewdly elected the “well maybe try talking more” strategy. — PhoneEtiquetteMattersHat (@Popehat) March 26, 2019 . . .but nah! Here he is naming-names and […]

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Published:3/26/2019 1:40:03 PM
[Politics] Armed Services Panel Denies Pentagon's $1B Transfer for Trump Wall The U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee on Tuesday denied the Pentagon's plan to shift $1 billion to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, intensifying the conflict over President Donald Trump's signature campaign pledge. Published:3/26/2019 1:08:32 PM
[Markets] The eviction crisis is starting to look a lot like the subprime mortgage crisis Stable housing is increasingly out of reach for many Americans, as both rentals and homes to own grow more expensive and options dwindle. Evictions may be one of the most visible manifestations.
Published:3/26/2019 1:08:32 PM
[Cloud] Adobe announces deeper data sharing partnership with Microsoft around accounts Microsoft and Adobe have been building a relationship for some time, and today the two companies announced a deeper integration between the two platforms at Adobe Summit in Las Vegas. It involves sharing Marketo data, the company that Adobe acquired last September for $4.75 billion. Because it’s marketers, they were duty-bound to give it a […] Published:3/26/2019 1:08:32 PM
[21fed14f-0d37-5fb4-848a-dd6a6bf3b517] Paul Rudd on why he appears to never age: ‘I'm 80 years old on the inside’ “Clueless” may have debuted nearly 25 years ago, but to some fans, Paul Rudd looks the same as he did when he starred in the 1995 film. Published:3/26/2019 1:08:32 PM
[Politics] BREAKING: Chicago PD Superintendent and Mayor completely DUMP on Smollett deal! The Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel just held a press conference calling out this deal made between Smollett and the State’s Attorney, and they completely dump on . . . Published:3/26/2019 1:08:32 PM
[Politics] BREAKING: Chicago PD Superintendent and Mayor completely DUMP on Smollett deal! The Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel just held a press conference calling out this deal made between Smollett and the State’s Attorney, and they completely dump on . . . Published:3/26/2019 1:08:32 PM
[World] Is Billie Eilish the next Nirvana? Dave Grohl says 'rock is not dead' thanks to teen star Viral teen sensation Billie Eilish is the new dark princess of pop, garnering comparisons to Nirvana from the band's former drummer Dave Grohl.
     
 
 
Published:3/26/2019 1:08:32 PM
[97b1860a-e7fe-5d8e-8ec8-11c384bf0ca3] Sen. Lamar Alexander: Green New Deal would cost trillions annually – here's a better idea I believe climate change is real. I believe that human emissions of greenhouse gases are a major cause of climate change. Published:3/26/2019 1:08:32 PM
[worldNews] U.S. aviation agency to overhaul oversight after Boeing crashes The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will significantly change its oversight approach to air safety by July, a U.S. transport department official said on Tuesday, following two fatal Boeing MAX 737 plane crashes.
Published:3/26/2019 1:08:32 PM
[World] JOBS for Success Act Promotes Upward Mobility and the Dignity of Work Published:3/26/2019 1:08:32 PM
[Entertainment] ‘What the hell?’ Brian Stelter’s take on Jussie Smollett cements his status as ‘the most dishonest person on Twitter’ [video]

"I didn't think Stelter could get worse. I was wrong."

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Published:3/26/2019 1:08:32 PM
[Democrats] The Biggest Lie in American Politics: Abolish the Electoral College to Make Things Fair – ACTUALLY, Most U.S. Voters Will Have NO Say at All

Everyone running for the Democratic nomination has an opinion on the Electoral College and most are in favor of getting rid of the Electoral College. 

The post The Biggest Lie in American Politics: Abolish the Electoral College to Make Things Fair – ACTUALLY, Most U.S. Voters Will Have NO Say at All appeared first on Godfather Politics.

Published:3/26/2019 1:08:32 PM
[Democrats] The Biggest Lie in American Politics: Abolish the Electoral College to Make Things Fair – ACTUALLY, Most U.S. Voters Will Have NO Say at All

Everyone running for the Democratic nomination has an opinion on the Electoral College and most are in favor of getting rid of the Electoral College. 

The post The Biggest Lie in American Politics: Abolish the Electoral College to Make Things Fair – ACTUALLY, Most U.S. Voters Will Have NO Say at All appeared first on Godfather Politics.

Published:3/26/2019 1:08:32 PM
[Entertainment] Charges dropped against 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett; Chicago mayor, police outraged On Tuesday, the prosecutors for Cook County, Illinois, dropped all charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett.
     
 
 
Published:3/26/2019 1:08:32 PM
[Markets] Wall Street lifted by gains in techs, energy Markets slid on Friday, when the U.S. Treasury yield curve inverted for the first time since 2007 and added to worries of a global economic slowdown. "The market still has no idea what the evolution of growth is going to be and we are getting these reactionary days like last week and bounce backs like today," said Michael Antonelli, market strategist at Robert W. Baird in Milwaukee. The high-growth tech sector, up 1.25 percent, was supported by Apple Inc and chipmakers, with the Philadelphia Chip index rising 1.55 percent. Published:3/26/2019 1:08:32 PM
[Markets] Apple Tumbles Into Red After Judges Rules In Favor Of Qualcomm, Recommends iPhone Ban

Just three months after what many said was a retaliatory move against the arrest of Huawei's CFO, when a Chinese court ruled in favor of Qualcomm against Apple, banning the sale of some iPhone models across China, now it is - perplexingly - the US' turn.

Apple shares are tumbling back into the red following a decision by International Trade Commission Judge MaryJoan McNamara recommending an import ban on certain iPhones, due to infringement of Qualcomm patents.

Bloomberg reports that the case is one of two that Qualcomm brought at the trade agency, seeking an import ban on iPhones to give it greater leverage in technology licensing negotiations. Qualcomm says it’s due billions of dollars in unpaid royalties on the iPhone as the two tech giants argue over the value of the chipmaker’s patents.

The commission is scheduled to release its final decision in the other case later Tuesday.

There is some hope for Apple, as the judge’s findings are subject to review by the full commission, which has the power to block imports of products that infringe U.S. patents.

Published:3/26/2019 1:08:31 PM
[] Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Letting Smollett Off the Hook Sends a Message That There Is No Accountability in the System; Calls it a "Whitewash;" Says "How Dare He" as Smollett Continues Attacking Police The Chicago police are united in condemning this whitewash as well. Eddie Johnson, the CPD Superintendent (which I think is the top cop), notes that Smollett claimed he wanted a trial so that the truth would come out, but then... Published:3/26/2019 1:08:31 PM
[Markets] The Fed: House Democrat calls Powell’s testimony on bank deregulation ‘disingenuous at best’ Rep. Katie Porter, a freshman Democrat from California, said Tuesday she’s unhappy with answers she received from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell during his testimony to the House Financial Services Committee late last month.
Published:3/26/2019 12:39:53 PM
[World] Cryptos: Bitcoin rebounds, but expects further downside, says analyst Bitcoin prices moved higher on Tuesday, recovering part of the prior session’s losses that saw the digital currency trade to its lowest level in two weeks.
Published:3/26/2019 12:39:53 PM
[Entertainment] Elisabeth Hasselbeck Responds to Rosie O'Donnell's Crush Claims on The View Rosie O'Donnell, Elisabeth HasselbeckElisabeth Hasselbeck is sharing her side of the story. The TV personality appeared on Tuesday's episode of The View and responded to claims that Rosie O'Donnell had a crush on...
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[Media] OOPSIE: Check out what The Bulwark’s token Liberal thought about Michael Avenatti just last year (deleted but we got it)

You all remember Molly Jong-Fast, yes? She’s The Bulwark’s ‘token liberal’ who they sent to CPAC this year to make fun of conservatives and crap on the pro-life movement. Yeah, it wasn’t exactly a smart thing for a site that claimed (at the time) that they were conserving conservatism to do. They have since changed […]

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Published:3/26/2019 12:39:52 PM
[celebrity homes] Sandra Bullock Is Selling Her Longtime Savannah Beach Retreat for $6.5 Million The actress bought the Tybee Island getaway 18 years ago. Published:3/26/2019 12:39:52 PM
[worldNews] Macron's lead candidate opens European campaign with Brexit swipe The head of French President Emmanuel Macron's party list for upcoming European elections launched her campaign on Tuesday with a potshot at Britain's pro-Brexit leaders.
Published:3/26/2019 12:39:52 PM
[Politics] BOOM! Mike Lee gives hilarious Senate speech mocking @AOC’s Green New Deal! — [FULL VIDEO] As you all know, Mitch McConnell has allowed the Senate to vote on the radical Green New Deal proposal offered up by both Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey. Well today . . . Published:3/26/2019 12:39:52 PM
[Politics] BOOM! Mike Lee gives hilarious Senate speech mocking @AOC’s Green New Deal! — [FULL VIDEO] As you all know, Mitch McConnell has allowed the Senate to vote on the radical Green New Deal proposal offered up by both Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey. Well today . . . Published:3/26/2019 12:39:52 PM
[Health Care] Justice Department Says It Agrees With Judge Who Ruled Obamacare Unconstitutional

The Department of Justice sided with a district court ruling Monday that found the Affordable Care Act violated the Constitution. U.S. District Court Judge Reed... Read More

The post Justice Department Says It Agrees With Judge Who Ruled Obamacare Unconstitutional appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Published:3/26/2019 12:39:52 PM
[2019 News] Chicago Police Superintendent Furious Jussie Smollett Charges Dropped Chicago Police Superintendent Furious Jussie Smollett Charges Dropped. We hope Johnson hand delivers all his evidence to the FBI. Charlie De Mar, a reporter for Chicago’s local CBS affiliate WBBM-2, reported that Johnson was “furious,” and that he had not been consulted or informed about the decision to drop the charges against Smollett. Published:3/26/2019 12:39:52 PM
[Security] EU calls for increased security, but doesn’t ban Huawei 5G products The European Union’s current approach to potential cybersecurity threats posed by Huawei 5G products is caution, but not an outright ban. The topic was the subject of new recommendations issued by the E.U. this week in response to U.S. calls to boycott the electronics giant over fears around its connection to the Chinese government. The […] Published:3/26/2019 12:39:52 PM
[Markets] Dow Jones Climbs As One Of Its Maligned Stocks Nears Buy Point The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.5% Tuesday afternoon, extending a positive move it made at its 50-day moving average. Published:3/26/2019 12:39:52 PM
[dcbe43ab-d80d-5908-9729-41c0578561a8] Fox 'gratified' by Jussie Smollett case dismissal, remains quiet on his future on 'Empire' Following the shocking news that former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s numerous charges have been dropped, the minds behind the series are speaking out about what this means for the show and his future on it. Published:3/26/2019 12:39:52 PM
[Uncategorized] Michael Avenatti Goes On Attack Against Nike Despite Extortion Charges Avenatti: "We never attempted to extort Nike & when the evidence is disclosed, the public will learn the truth about Nike's crime & coverup." Published:3/26/2019 12:39:52 PM
[The Blog] Giuliani to Chris Cuomo: When will you apologize for CNN’s collusion hype?

"You guys on this network have tortured this man for two years!"

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Published:3/26/2019 12:39:52 PM
[Markets] Venezuela Condemns "Trio Of Misfortune" - Pompeo, Bolton And Rubio, For Blackouts

The United States has again put both Venezuela and Russia on notice, after days ago two military planes carrying a contingency of about 100 Russian troops led by a high ranking officer touched down in Caracas. National Security Adviser John Bolton warned that foreign military "meddling" in Latin America would not be tolerated, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Russia to "cease its unconstructive behavior".

“The United States will not tolerate hostile foreign military powers meddling with the Western Hemisphere’s shared goals of democracy, security, and the rule of law. The Venezuelan military must stand with the people of Venezuela,” the national security adviser wrote on Monday. Venezuela quickly lashed back, accusing the US of causing the impoverished nation's third mass electricity outage in less than a month on Monday. 

Caracas, Venezuela during the prior March 9th outage, via Getty images.

Monday's outage affected a little over half the nation, including parts of Caracas. Shortly after most of the country's electricity was restored, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez made a televised statement saying the “fascist right” and their American “imperial masters” had attacked key transmission lines, impacting about 57% of Venezuela. 

Rodriquez called out Pompeo, Bolton, as well as Republican Senator Marco Rubio specifically for orchestrating attacks on the Maduro government to cause a coup. He dubbed them “the trio of misfortune, perversity and criminality”.

Maduro's vice president questioned, “What was the objective of this new attack? It was to deprive Venezuela’s people of electricity as happened so terribly just two weeks ago.”

In response to the earlier outages, Venezuela's Defense Ministry vowed to deploy armed forces to protect the national electricity system. 

President Nicolás Maduro had previously blamed Washington for the earlier outages, claiming over Twitter that the Trump administration was engaged in an "electrical war" which was "announced and directed by American imperialism against our people." 

Rodriguez further told state television this week that the opposition was responsible for the mass outage, claiming it "wants to plunge the population into profound unease".

Meanwhile US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido shot back on Twitter, saying that Maduro "uses these moments to disinform and create anxiety".

Likely as Washington continues to eye Caracas for regime change and destabilizing coup efforts, Russia could be drawn into further on the ground military cooperation, setting the stage for the next potential US-Russia proxy war, similar to the past few years of war in Syria. 

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[topics:things/coins] Coin collector 'sowed seeds of his destruction' by sharing them with man who would murder him, court hears Published:3/26/2019 12:07:52 PM
[Markets] Democratic-leaning states say they’re feeling the pain from the new tax law New York and three other states said in court papers that pressure is rising from the SALT cap.
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[Right Column] MITCH MCCONNELL LAYS OUT SOME INCONVENIENT TRUTHS ABOUT DEMOCRATS’ GREEN NEW DEAL
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[Politics] Obama Warns Freshman Dems About Costs of Proposals Former President Barack Obama cautioned freshman Democrats to look at the costs of their wide-ranging liberal legislative proposals and figure out how to pay for them, The Washington Post is reporting. Published:3/26/2019 12:07:51 PM
[Entertainment] Jussie Smollett cleared of all charges in alleged attack Prosecutors dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett. The "Empire" actor was accused of staging a hate-crime attack to raise his profile.
     
 
 
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[US News] SHADY: Chicago PD reportedly ‘furious’ at SA Kim Foxx (who recused herself) for dropping charges against Jussie Smollett

Wow. Wow. Wow. According to Rob Elgas of ABC 7 in Chicago, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was not told that charges were being dropped against actor Jussie Smollett: NEW: Chicago police tell our @SchulteABC7 that superintendent Eddie Johnson was not told about Smollett charges being dropped today. Johnson learned about it while at a […]

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[16c90702-d9c3-5ff4-aa38-94321db73a0c] R. Kelly case may be affected by Michael Avenatti's indictment R. Kelly’s lawyer believes Michael Avenatti’s arrest on federal extortion charges could torpedo the singer’s sex abuse case, according to a report Tuesday. Published:3/26/2019 12:07:51 PM
[Apple] Apple’s Newly Unveiled Products Have Left Investors Underwhelmed Apple's shares fell 1.2 percent as CEO Tim Cook took the stage to unveil the company's plans to join the streaming war. Published:3/26/2019 12:07:51 PM
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[Markets] Ecuadorian Embassy Detains US Journalist As Julian Assange Raises Hell Over Full Body Search: Report

A US journalist found herself locked in a cold, surveilled room within the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Monday, while a furious Julian Assange argued with embassy officials who had barred him from entering the room unless he submitted to a "full-body search and continuous surveillance," according to an account which has been confirmed by WikiLeaks and Assange's legal team

The journalist, Gateway Pundit's Cassandra Fairbanks, has now visited Assange three times in the past year - reporting deteriorating conditions with each trip.

Ecuador granted the WikiLeaks founder asylum in their London embassy in 2012 on the grounds that his extradition to Sweden for a now-dropped sexual assault investigation would likely result in him being sent to the United States, where he could face the death penalty over publishing secret American documents. While Sweden dropped their investigation in 2017, the WikiLeaks founder still faces immediate arrest in the UK for breaching his bail in 2010. 

From the start, Ecuador told both the U.K. and Swedish governments that it would immediately send Assange to Stockholm in exchange for a pledge from Sweden not to use that as a pretext to extradite him to the U.S., something the Swedish government had the power to do but refused. -The Intercept

Ecuador's former president, Rafael Correa, has denounced Assange's treatment under the care of the new Moreno administration as "torture," as his communications with the outside world have been virtually eliminated, and his voice effectively silenced from public discourse. 

Assange's oppressive treatment, and that of his guests, was more evident than ever to Fairbanks: 

The crackdown on visitors was felt before I even entered the embassy. It’s the third time I’ve visited in the past year, and each time the atmosphere seems progressively worse.

Just like my previous visit, since new rules for visitors were enacted, I couldn’t take my phone into the meeting without giving the Ecuadorian officials a swathe of data. If you want to take it in with you, they request its brand, model, serial number, IMEI number, and telephone number. I was also advised that Ecuador could not be trusted to hold my phone while I met with Assange, so I left it behind and walked to the embassy phoneless, several minutes early to make sure I was on time. -Gateway Pundit

Fairbanks detailed the tense standoff between Assange and embassy staff, after they insisted he submit to a full body scan and continuous surveillance during the meeting

Via the Gateway Pundit:

After being searched, the staff directed me into the conference room, where two large visible cameras were pointed at the table. Those were there last time too. I knew the drill — or so I thought. They reminded me multiple times that my visit was only approved until 5 p.m. and that I would need to leave on the dot.

“Just doing my job,” the staff member told me.

A few moments later Assange walked by the door, but could not enter. Embassy staff demanded that he submit to a full-body scan with a metal detector before allowing him in the room. They have not done this with any other visitor in the nearly seven years that he has lived there, including during my previous visits.

“I don’t want to do the body scan. It is undignified and not appropriate,” I heard Assange say. “I am just trying to have a private meeting with a journalist.”

The door was slammed shut by someone from the embassy. I decided to sit and wait.

Not only would they not let Assange in to see me without a body-scan, they also forced his lawyer to be scanned before he could come in to update me on the situation.

After roughly 20 minutes, the lawyer came in and informed me that they were demanding to search Assange. Moreover, we would not be permitted to talk anywhere outside the highly-surveilled room where the Ecuadorians had confined me. Agreeing to these draconian terms would set a bad precedent — so he was unsure if the meeting would go ahead. After appraising me of the situation, he left the room.

A bit later, I decided to leave the room myself for an update from embassy staff. I quickly discovered that the door was locked from the outside. So I went to the second door — that was locked too. That was when I realized that Ecuadorian officials had deliberately imprisoned me in a room.

As this ominous realization dawned on me, I heard a dramatic confrontation unfolding outside.

“What are you frightened of in relation to me meeting with a journalist? What is the embassy afraid of?” Assange asks. I can’t hear the response.

Assange is arguing that as a political refugee the embassy has a duty to protect him — not to treat him as a prisoner.

“Is this a prison?” Assange asks.

“It’s not,” they reply. “You know it’s not.”

The visit to the publisher had, in fact, become eerily similar to visits I have made to inmates at federal penitentiaries in the US. It seemed our government was getting what they wanted from Ecuador, as a former senior State Department official told Buzzfeed in January, “as far as we’re concerned, he’s in jail.”

Assange, clearly agitated, demands to know “why are you surveilling me speaking to a US journalist? Do you think it’s unreasonable for me to expect privacy when I meet with a journalist? Why are you silent?”

The embassy staff member responded that he “can’t say anything.”

“Why can’t you say anything? Don’t you have an excuse? What is the basis? Why are you surveilling an American journalist? What reason should we tell her?” Assange asks.

The conversation becomes hard to hear, as I am still locked in the room.

Assange’s lawyer is also being searched again outside the room, though I can only hear bits and pieces of that conversation. He comes back in with a glass of water and tells me to hang tight. I feel like a prisoner receiving a visit. Finally, someone from the embassy comes in and tells me that I need to go to the lobby so that the ambassador could meet with Assange in the room. The room with the cameras and the bugs.

I see Assange in passing in the lobby and say hi, but it’s cut short as he is directed to the conference room.

Still phoneless, I glance at a clock and notice that it’s 4:19pm I was locked in the room for over an hour.

Sitting in the lobby I hear much of the conversation, so I begin to take notes.

“Is this a prison? This is how you treat a prisoner, not a political refugee!” Assange demands.

Ambassador Jaime Alberto Marchán retorts, saying it’s “for our protection, and to protect you!”

At this point, clearly frustrated, Assange asserts: “I am trying to have a private conversation with a journalist. I am also a journalist — and you’re stopping me from doing my work. How can I safely relay my mistreatment and the illegality going on here to this journalist while under surveillance?”

One of the issues, it seemed, is that Assange wanted to bring a small radio into the conference room to muffle our voices, so the microphones surveilling the room wouldn’t pick up what we were saying as easily. There also appears to be concern that he will share stories with other journalists now that they have him muzzled and gagged.

“You are preventing this journalist from meeting with me in any other room,” Assange says, but only part of the conversation is audible at this point as someone cleaning decided they needed to jingle keys and make a ton of noise for several minutes.

“You have been illegally surveilling me,” Assange sternly insists.

I want you to shut up,” the ambassador says.

“I know you want me to shut up — the Ecuadorian president has already gagged me,” Assange fired back. “I am banned from producing journalism.”

Read the rest of the account here.

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[2019 News] Lest we forget Lest we forget: These are the reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize last year for “deeply sourced” reporting on the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia: From the Washington Post: Rosalind Helderman, Tom Hamburger, Ellen Nakashima, Adam Entous and Greg Miller. From the New York Times: Maggie Haberman, Jo Becker, Matt Apuzzo and Mark Mazetti. May […] Published:3/26/2019 12:07:51 PM
[Anti-Semitism] The Israel Question (John Hinderaker) Star Parker is an author, commentator and activist. She runs Urban CURE, which seeks to “[b]uild awareness that a conservative agenda of traditional values, limited government and free markets is of the greatest marginal benefit to low-income Americans.” Last Friday, Star was in St. Paul to host a CURE gathering primarily for black Twin Cities pastors. The event included two panels; I was part of the first one, which was Published:3/26/2019 12:07:51 PM
[worldNews] Spanish judge to seek extradition of North Korea embassy intruders: source A Spanish judge plans to request the extradition from the United States of members of a group he suspects of forcing their way into the North Korean embassy in Madrid and trying to persuade an official there to defect, a judicial source said on Tuesday.
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[World] Where's the best place to hit the Heinz? 7 fun facts as ketchup maker turns 150 this year Heinz is turning 150 this year. Here are some fun facts to "relish" about the ketchup company that actually started with horseradish.
     
 
 
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[Crime] SHOCK: Chicago Lets Hate Crime Hoaxer Jussie Smollett Off the Hook, Drops Charges

The City of Chicago and Cook County prosecutors shocked the nation today by dropping the charges against hat crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett.

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[Crime] SHOCK: Chicago Lets Hate Crime Hoaxer Jussie Smollett Off the Hook, Drops Charges

The City of Chicago and Cook County prosecutors shocked the nation today by dropping the charges against hat crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett.

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[World] Defining Collusion Down The Trump-Russia saga is set to enter a new Clintonian phase. Published:3/26/2019 12:07:51 PM
[Politics] Rep. Rashida Tlaib Pushes Democrats to Investigate Trump for ‘Impeachable Offenses’

Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib is circulating a letter among her Democratic colleagues in the House that asks them to join a resolution seeking to investigate... Read More

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[] Justice Department Sides With Federal Court And Says "Strike All of Obamacare Down;" Defense Department Informs Congress It's Making One Billion Dollars Available to BUILD THE WALL The winning. It's getting tedious. So this is what it's like to have a president who wants to pander to the actual voting base instead of a very small club of wealthy corporate donors. The Justice Department has now announced... Published:3/26/2019 12:07:51 PM
[World] John Kennedy Reacts to Mueller Probe Conclusion, Calls on Trump To Release Info

Senate Judiciary Committee Member John N. Kennedy of Louisiana said the Mueller investigation was "a cross between an endoscopy and a colonoscopy."

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[Markets] The Margin: Help! Depressed millennial earns $61,000 a year but can’t make ends meets Millennials face a nasty set of obstacles on their path to financial security. From student loans and stalled wage growth to nosebleed housing costs and care for aging parents, it’s a tough time to be navigating the early years of adulthood.
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[World] The Wall Street Journal: Michael Avenatti alleges Nike paid college stars Deandre Ayton and Bol Bol The news comes a day after Avenatti was charged with attempted extortion.
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[storytype:standard] Empire actor Jussie Smollett has charges that he staged racist attack dropped Published:3/26/2019 11:37:36 AM
[Politics] Sen. Graham to Start Probe of FBI's Handling of 2016 Election Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said he plans to investigate whether the Justice Department and FBI influenced the 2016 election to stop Donald Trump, Politico reported on Tuesday. Published:3/26/2019 11:37:36 AM
[United States Politics and Government] Democrats Pivot Hard to Health Care After Trump Moves to Strike Down Affordable Care Act A Justice Department motion to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act gave Democrats an opening to press their health care agenda and move beyond the Mueller report. Published:3/26/2019 11:37:36 AM
[Entertainment] Justin Bieber Fires Back at Claim He Married Hailey Baldwin to Get Back at Selena Gomez Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Hailey Baldwin, FashionJustin Bieber is firing back on social media in response to a claim made about his relationships with Hailey Baldwin and Selena Gomez. The 25-year-old "Boyfriend" singer took to...
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[Media] ‘Let’s see who’s the DIRTIEST’: Kimberley Strassel OWNS USA Today editor for trying to pick a fight on her FBI/Mueller thread

We’re honestly starting to get a little bit dizzy from watching Democrats, the media, and so-called ‘legal analysts’ doing their best to somehow spin the Mueller report into a bad thing for President Trump. It almost reminds us of when Trump beat Hillary, and how they spent YEARS accusing him of working with Russia to […]

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[Markets] The Dow Has Gained 179 Points Because Optimism Is Contagious U.S. stocks are up after upbeat global data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 0.70% to 25,695.70 at recent check, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite are both up 1%. Published:3/26/2019 11:37:36 AM
[disney] Why ‘Dumbo’ Should Have Landed on Disney’s New Streamer Instead of in Theaters 'Dumbo' attempts to reimagine a beloved animated classic in live-action form, but it's actually most valuable as a case study for how Disney handles its upcoming streaming service, Disney+. Published:3/26/2019 11:37:36 AM
[worldNews] Tunisia 'truth' commission says many rights abuse cases yet to reach court A commission seeking justice for families of people who suffered torture and other rights abuses during decades of authoritarian rule in Tunisia complained on Tuesday of official obstruction and said a large number of cases had yet to reach court.
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[Middle Column] REPORT: ‘MAGICAL THINKING’ – GREEN ENERGY ECONOMY IS SIMPLY ‘IMPOSSIBLE’

"There is simply no possibility that the world is undergoing—or can undergo—a near-term transition to a 'new energy economy.'"

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[8d675852-05c4-5893-af62-b7bd311af214] Mandy Moore and ‘A Walk to Remember’ co-star Shane West reunite at actress’ Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony In the words of Mandy Moore herself, it was a “walk (of fame) to remember” for the actress this week. Published:3/26/2019 11:37:36 AM
[Markets] Curve Inversion Is Bad, But It's The Steepening After That Kills

Last week the yield curve, or rather the 3 month-10 year spread inverted for the first time since 2007, an event which sparked near-panic in the market as historically curve inversion has preceded the last 7 recessions.

One unique feature about this latest curve inversion, however, is the sequence of events. Traditionally, the yield curve usually tends to flatten as the economy moves later cycle and the Fed increases rates to prevent the economy overheating. As such, the 2s10s spread usually invert earlier than 3M-10Y as it incorporates rate expectations of subsequent hikes.

However, as we observed repeatedly, this did not happen last week, with the 3M-10Y curve inverting alone, which as Goldman observes overnight "is quite unusual." In the last 4 cycles bear flattening (the yield curve level rising with 2y rates increasing faster than 10y rates) has driven curve inversion, while this time the curve have ‘bull flattened’ (the yield curve level falling with 2y rates falling more slowly than 10y rates).

So what caused this reversal in the traditional yield curve flattening sequence? According to Goldman's Alessio Rizzi, this dynamic has been supported by international spillovers from non-US rates "where QE and low growth and inflation expectations have supported lower 10y rates."

As a result, Goldman concludes that "the curve inversion signal could be less powerful for recessions than in the past since long dated yields across regions have become more correlated." In other words, the Fed which will cause the next depression when the "everything bubble" finally bursts, may not have caused the next recession. Or at least Goldman does not think it has. Yet.

In any case, to justify its thesis, Goldman also points out that credit spreads which usually react to recession risk early - did not increase materially last week.

Ok, fine, but what if Goldman's optimistic spin is wrong and a recession is now inevitable? The question then is when?

As we pointed out last week, recessions tend to take time to materialise after curve inversion, in particular recently as expansion phases have become longer. For example in the last 2 cycles, a recession started more than 2 years after the curve inversion date (based on 10y-2y spread). Moreover, tracking the proportion of the curve inversion across different maturities, the signal still remains relatively weak compared to the last 4 recessions where more than 70% of the curve was inverted compared to about 40% currently.

Finally, the question on all investors' lips is how do risk assets perform once the curve flattens and/or inverts. According to backtests from Goldman, while risky assets in general can have positive performance with a flat yield curve, risky asset performances tend to be lower. This is consistent with Goldman's base case forecast combining low (but positive) returns from here given the lack of profit growth and a less favouable macro backdrop.

What is far more notable, as we showed most recently last July, is that since the mid-1980s, significant stock drawdowns (i.e. market crashes) began only when term slope started steepening after being inverted.

Of course this cycle has been different from all prior ones given the ultra low level of rates and so historical results are unlikely to be repeated, and while one can argue that recession risk remains "somewhat low" - as Goldman does - amid an environment of lower returns and high vol of vol, the reality is that nobody knows what will happen to the financial system once the biggest source of profitability for banks - a normal sloping yield curve no longer serves to generate income and causes the loan issuance machinery to grind to a halt.

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[TC] Daily Crunch: Apple doubles down on subscriptions The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Here’s everything Apple announced at its ‘Show Time’ event Let’s see if I can get this all into one blurb: There’s […] Published:3/26/2019 11:37:36 AM
[2019 News] Jussie Smollett charges dropped, actor won’t be prosecuted on charges he faked attack Jussie Smollett charges dropped, actor won’t be prosecuted on charges he faked attack. Membership in the Libtard Club pays off again. Trump should take advantage of this by pardoning Flynn and Manafort and daring the Democrats to bitch about it. We also hope the FBI investigates Jussie for mail fraud. Published:3/26/2019 11:37:36 AM
[The Blog] Colorado sex-ed bill draws more protests

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[Markets] Outside the Box: 9 ways the housing market may find itself in the middle of a perfect storm The falling 30-year mortgage rate could reverse and hit 6% in the second half of next year despite big constraints on demand among home buyers.
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[World] Currencies: British pound gains after Parliament seizes control of Brexit process The British pound on Tuesday strengthens against its main rivals as the U.K. Parliament seized control of the Brexit process late Monday, dealing a fresh blow to embattled Prime Minister Theresa May.
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[US News] *SNICKER* AOC asks Twitter for questions for her #GreenNewDeal Town Hall on MSNBC and NO WAY she’ll answer ANY of these

Oh. Good. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is prepping for a Green New Deal Town Hall with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. During March Madness. Alrighty then. And hey, AOC went on Twitter looking for questions people have for her about the ‘deal’, and just guess how this went for her. We’re prepping for this week’s #GreenNewDeal Town Hall […]

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[Tech] Keeping Configuration Settings in Memory You've got some "sensitive" settings that you'd rather not keep in a plain text file on your site. Good news: You can keep your settings anywhere you want (in code, in a database) and your application won't care. Published:3/26/2019 11:08:28 AM
[Politics] Report: Trump Attorneys Never Seriously Worried About Collusion Before special counsel Robert Mueller's report was completed, Donald Trump's legal team was more concerned about potential claims of obstruction of justice concerning the president than any possible collusion with Russia, according to NBC News. Published:3/26/2019 11:08:28 AM
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[The Metropolitan Opera] The Met’s ‘Ring Cycle’ Stars Explain How the ‘Machine’ Affects Their Singing Opera stars Christine Goerke and Greer Grimsley have only good things to say about how the Met's 'Ring Cycle' set, the 'machine,' changes the acoustics of the house. Published:3/26/2019 11:08:28 AM
[1eb37070-ca61-5b70-84a9-76e8ec0decae] Elizabeth Warren tells Colbert she doesn't trust AG Barr's Mueller summary, wants full report made public Sen. Elizabeth Warren told Stephen Colbert she doesn't trust Attorney General Barr's summary of the Mueller investigation. Published:3/26/2019 11:08:28 AM
[Markets] The Reckoning Finally Arrives For The Trump Resistance

Authored by Eli Lake, op-ed via Bloomberg.com,

With Mueller’s investigation over, Democrats, the news media and the national security state have a lot to answer for...

“The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

That single sentence, taken from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, calls for a reckoning.

It’s a reckoning for Democrats who saw almost every development in this almost-two-year investigation as another dot connecting a conspiracy Mueller has not found. It’s a reckoning for many in the media that dutifully passed along this theory without scrutiny or context. And it’s a reckoning for many national security officials who abandoned their traditional nonpartisan role as custodians of state secrets to engage in a campaign against a president they loathed.

Their suspicions, I should note, were not unwarranted. During the 2016 election, there was strong evidence that Russia had hacked the emails of leading Democrats, a fact supported by Mueller’s indictments. The country later learned from Mueller that Moscow conducted a social media campaign to flood Twitter and Facebook with fake news and propaganda to discredit Hillary Clinton. Trump, meanwhile, once publicly invited the assistance of the Russians.

But many people who should have known better went beyond suspicion and embraced conspiracy. Remember Senator Harry Reid’s explosive letterto James Comey, released just a few days before the election, alleging that the FBI director possessed devastating information about Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia? Reid did not provide many details. We now know that many of the allegations to which Reid referred echoed an infamous dossier prepared by a former British spy at the behest of an opposition research firm paid by the Democratic Party.

Reid wasn’t the only one. Last year the House Intelligence Committee released memos that showed how this dossier was part of the underlying evidence the FBI provided in a surveillance application to a secret court to monitor the communications of Carter Page, a low-level foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign. Page has not been charged with a crime, and yet his reputation has been trashed after a top-secret warrant for his surveillance was leaked to the media.

The dossier set the initial narrative for the Trump administration. After CNN reported that it was included as part of a briefing Comey himself provided to Trump and Obama, Buzzfeed published the whole thing with the helpful caveat that it was not verified and was in places incorrect. The most important takeaway so far of the Mueller probe is that this dossier is garbage.

Then there is the matter of Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. He was forced from the administration and into a legal nightmareafter his monitored conversations with Russia’s ambassador to Washington leaked a few weeks before Trump’s inauguration. It’s true that Flynn failed to file as a foreign agent for Turkey, a crime that is normally punished as a slap on the wrist. At the time though, the accusation against Flynn was that he was a Russian spy, based on leaked transcripts that are never supposed to see the light of day. How silly do these hyperventilations look today in light of Mueller’s conclusions?

What’s more, it’s a scandal that no one has investigated how those transcripts were leaked in the first place. Given that the FBI’s own inspector general found that leaking with impunity is commonplace, the bureau’s agents should at least be among the suspects.

Finally, there is that handful of former officials who validated the worst fears of Americans about Trump without ever providing actual evidence. The best example is former CIA Director John Brennan. For the last two years, Brennan has been a frequent guest on cable TV to spread the innuendo that Trump is compromised by Russia. Just this month, he speculated that Mueller would be indicting members of Trump world for criminal conspiracy, even as he insisted he had no “inside knowledge” of Mueller’s deliberations. That last part, at least, turns out to have been true.

The saddest part of all of this is that there was a lot of evidence, hiding in plain sight, that could have spared many collusion proponents their embarrassment. Mueller’s indictment of Roger Stone, for example alleged that Stone was tasked by a senior campaign official to find out what was in the emails that Russia hacked from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. If the campaign were coordinating with Russia’s influence campaign, why would Stone need to go to Wikileaks?

There were also the transcripts of interviews before the Senate Judiciary Committee of participants in the June 2016 Trump Tower meetings where Donald Trump Jr. and others in the campaign took a meeting with a Russian lawyer who initially promised dirt on Hillary Clinton. Under oath, those witnesses said nothing came of the offer.

And Trump, it should be noted, has appointed Russia hawks at the highest levels. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton and his predecessor H.R. McMaster, and former Secretary of Defense James Mattis all have long public records when it comes to Russia. If Trump were a Russian stooge, why would he appoint them to such posts? And despite his own baffling sycophancy toward Russian President Putin, Trump has not been weak on Russia in terms of policy.

The end of the Mueller probe is more than just a reckoning. It is also a reminder, if anyone needed another one, that the FBI and the intelligence community can be wrong. And it is a powerful illustration of the importance of keeping spies and lawmen out of politics.

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[Markets] Stock Market News: McDonald's Makes a Buy; Activists Send Bed Bath & Beyond Soaring The stock market rebounded sharply on Tuesday morning. Published:3/26/2019 11:08:28 AM
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[Quick Takes] Three Students Arrested for Setting Fire to Dorm Room Door of Conservative Student Leader "All three were arrested late Saturday and booked into the Orleans Justice Center jail" Published:3/26/2019 11:08:28 AM
[Christianity] Anti-Christian Haters Attack Chick-fil-A (Again) and Liberty University’s Basketball Team

But it's OK to refuse Chick-fil-A from opening one of its always-in-demand restaurants at the San Antonio airport.

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Published:3/26/2019 11:08:28 AM
[Christianity] Anti-Christian Haters Attack Chick-fil-A (Again) and Liberty University’s Basketball Team

But it's OK to refuse Chick-fil-A from opening one of its always-in-demand restaurants at the San Antonio airport.

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Published:3/26/2019 11:08:28 AM
[worldNews] Weaker than ever, UK PM May tries to force her Brexit deal through British Prime Minister Theresa May will address her Conservative lawmakers on Wednesday, possibly to announce a resignation date in a last throw of the dice to win support for her twice-rejected Brexit deal in parliament.
Published:3/26/2019 11:08:28 AM
[The Blog] Breaking: All charges dropped against Jussie Smollett

"There had been no clue that prosecutors planned the about-face move before the announcement."

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Published:3/26/2019 11:08:28 AM
[source:wirecopy] Algeria's powerful army chief wants president declared unfit for office Published:3/26/2019 11:08:28 AM
[World] Mark Levin Reacts to Mueller Probe Conclusion Reaction From Democrats

"Life, Liberty & Levin" host Mark Levin blasted Democrats who he said are continuing their crusade against President Trump on the matter of collusion and obstruction despite the release of Robert Mueller's report on the matter.

Published:3/26/2019 10:37:27 AM
[Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010)] Trump Officials Broaden Attack on Health Law, Arguing Courts Should Reject All of It The administration had previously said only that the Affordable Care Act’s pre-existing conditions provisions should be struck down, leaving parts like Medicaid expansion intact. Published:3/26/2019 10:37:26 AM
[Markets] Here’s what happens when you call the suicide prevention hotline Two Parkland shooting survivors and the father of a Sandy Hook shooting victim died by apparent suicide within days of one another.
Published:3/26/2019 10:37:26 AM
[Markets] Chicago prosecutors said to have dropped charges against actor Jesse Smollett Chicago prosecutors said to have dropped charges against actor Jesse Smollett Published:3/26/2019 10:37:26 AM
[Politics] Clyburn: Fight Shifting From Mueller to Defending Obamacare Now that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is concluded, it represents a "closed chapter," while the fight for Obamacare is a "new chapter," House Majority Whip James Clyburn said Tuesday. Published:3/26/2019 10:37:26 AM
[Entertainment] The Village Sneak Peek: Mother--and Her Dance Parties--Knows Best? The VillageFamily matters can be...complicated. Even chosen family matters. The Village, NBC's latest drama, knows that well. In the above exclusive clip, Sarah (Michaela McManus) does her best...
Published:3/26/2019 10:37:26 AM
[Entertainment] BREAKING: CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST JUSSIE SMOLLETT

Breaking news from Chicago: Just got a tip from my Chicago PD source that SA Kim Foxx is going to drop the charges against #JussieSmollett. The question @Chicago_Police now have for him is how does #smollett plan to reimburse the city for all the money that was spent on his investigation? — Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) […]

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Published:3/26/2019 10:37:26 AM
[Politics] UPDATE: “HIS WORK IN THE COMMUNITY” — Charges DROPPED against Jussie Smollett! It’s just being reported that at an emergency hearing this morning, the charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped by State Attorney Kim Foxx. Here’s what we know: This is what one reporter . . . Published:3/26/2019 10:37:26 AM
[Politics] UPDATE: “HIS WORK IN THE COMMUNITY” — Charges DROPPED against Jussie Smollett! It’s just being reported that at an emergency hearing this morning, the charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped by State Attorney Kim Foxx. Here’s what we know: This is what one reporter . . . Published:3/26/2019 10:37:26 AM
[Department of Justice] What the Law Says About Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Report Trump has said that he wouldn’t mind if Mueller's report is made public, but it's not his decision to make. Published:3/26/2019 10:37:26 AM
[Entertainment] Charges dropped against 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett On Tuesday, the prosecutors for Cook County, Illinois, dropped all charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett.
     
 
 
Published:3/26/2019 10:37:26 AM
[Markets] Smollett Charges Dropped After "Emergency Court Appearance" 

Charges were dropped on Tuesday against Empire actor Jussie Smollett for disorderly conduct related to allegedly staging a fake hate crime attack and filing a false police report, according to the Chicago Tribune

A grand jury slapped Smollett with 16 felony counts earlier this month for falsely reporting a hate crime, which his attorney Mark Geragos called "vindictive" and "prosecutorial overkill." 

According to reports, the state of Illinois filed the motion to dismiss the case, which the judge signed off on. The case has also been sealed, according to CBS Chicago's Charlie De Mar. 

"Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him. Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgment," reads a statement from Smollett's attorneys. 

"Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions," the statement continues. "This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result."

There had been no clue that prosecutors planned the about-face move before the announcement. A publicist for Smollett’s attorney was the first to notify the news media Tuesday morning, issuing an alert that did not elaborate on the nature of the emergency.

The 36-year-old actor, who was free on $100,000 bond, has previously denied lying to police or faking the attack. -Chicago Tribune

Smollett maintains that he was the victim of a predawn hate crime on January 29 in which two men assaulted him while he was on his way home after buying a sandwich; hurling racial and antigay slurs at him, dousing him in a liquid, placing a noose around his neck (which he was still wearing when police arrived later that morning), and punching him in the face. 

The incident sparked national outrage - with the left-leaning mainstream media and prominent Democrats uncritically supporting Smollett's version of events; holding it up as a prime example of violent Donald Trump supporters

Two suspects in the case, Nigerian-American brothers Ola and Abel Osundario - one of whom has been an extra on Empire, told police that Smollett paid them a combined $3,500 to stage the "attack," and that the three of them had practiced it beforehand. They also said that Smollett was involved in creating a racist letter containing a white substance that was sent to the actor on the Chicago set of Empire.

Controversy erupted earlier this month when texts and emails released by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office revealed that Michelle Obama's former Chief of Staff, Tina Tchen, attempted to have the case transferred to the FBI from the Chicago Police. 

"Spoke to the Superintendent Johnson," Foxx emailed Tchen on Feb. 1, in reference to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. "I convinced him to Reach out to FBI to ask that they take over the investigation." 

Foxx also texted with one of Smollett's relatives whose name was redacted from the text release, saying: "Spoke to the superintendent earlier, he made the ask ... Trying to figure out logistics. I’ll keep you posted." 

"OMG this would be a huge victory" the family member texted back. 

"I make no guarantees, but I'm trying" replied Foxx - who recused herself from the case on Feb. 20. 

Looks like none of that was necessary, as Smollett is now in the clear. 

Published:3/26/2019 10:37:26 AM
[Markets] GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. bond yields, stocks rebound as risk buying returns Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields rebounded off of 15-month lows on Tuesday while global stock markets broadly surged after a two-session swoon, as risk appetite improved after worries of an economic recession had clouded trading since late last week. Markets have been rattled since Friday, when the 3-month U.S. Treasury yield exceeded the yield on the 10-year note, an inversion of the yield curve that is widely seen as an indicator of a recession. “After a couple of days where investors focused solely on the chances of recession in the U.S. and concerns about slower growth, today is not surprisingly a day where they rethink those probabilities," said Kate Warne, investment strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis. Published:3/26/2019 10:37:26 AM
[Uncategorized] Charges Dropped Against Jussie Smollett in Chicago He will surrender his $10,000 bond. Published:3/26/2019 10:37:26 AM
[56dc556d-f504-57dd-8127-83754b78094a] Glenn Greenwald rips MSNBC for 'scam' Russia probe coverage, claims he was banned for not buying narrative Glenn Greenwald, the co-founder of “The Intercept,” claims he was banned from appearing on MSNBC for questioning the Russia collusion narrative and ripped the network for championing “the whole scam” throughout its coverage of Robert Mueller's investigation. Published:3/26/2019 10:37:25 AM
[worldNews] 'We need Turkey to buy the Patriot' missile defense system - acting Pentagon chief Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday that he wanted NATO ally Turkey to remain in the F-35 fighter jet program, but added that Ankara needed to buy the Patriot missile defense system.
Published:3/26/2019 10:37:25 AM
[The Blog] Number three House Dem James Clyburn: The Mueller chapter is closed and we need to move on to health care

"People are concerned about everyday issues."

The post Number three House Dem James Clyburn: The Mueller chapter is closed and we need to move on to health care appeared first on Hot Air.

Published:3/26/2019 10:37:25 AM
[] All Charges Against Jussie Smollet Dropped. Sentenced to Community Service Only.KIM FOXX, ALREADY ACCUSED OF DOING FAVORS FOR JUSSIE, DOES ONE MORE FAVOR. Sorry for the stompenating -- I'll bump the Morning Rant back to the top in a bit. But everyone's going to be talking about this, so might as well make it official. Listen: There are no legal consequences for filing... Published:3/26/2019 10:37:25 AM
[topics:places/rome] Editors of Vatican women's magazine quit after exposing abuse of nuns and allege male campaign to silence them Published:3/26/2019 10:09:42 AM
[Markets] U.S. consumer-confidence decline is latest sign of rising economic anxiety U.S. consumer-confidence decline is latest sign of rising economic anxiety Published:3/26/2019 10:09:42 AM
[Markets] Metals Stocks: Gold slips from best finish in nearly a month as stocks and yields climb Gold trades in the red Tuesday, at risk of giving back the bulk of the gains from a day earlier that landed the metal at its best finish in about a month. Stocks and other risk-on markets regain some footing, dulling the appeal of the haven metal, for now.
Published:3/26/2019 10:09:42 AM
[World] [Eugene Volokh] Waiting-and-Seeing on the Trump Campus Free Speech Executive Order

It's an order to create policies, not a policy -- so it's hard to tell what it will do until we see what policies various departments create.

I appreciate some of the criticism (e.g., Keith Whittington's and Heather Mac Donald's) of President Trump's Executive Order on campus free speech. Its results certainly could be bad, or good, or neither, or a mix.

But because the order simply instructs various departments to create policies (and coordinate them with the Office of Management and Budget) aimed at protecting speech in federally funded university programs, it's hard to tell what will happen until we see the actual policies. Nor is this uncertainty inherently bad: Ordering your subordinates to use their judgment to come up with something, after some thought, discussion, and coordination is often a pretty sensible way for a superior to act.

Now sometimes when that happens, we can see the writing on the wall, and know that it's bad. But this isn't so here; I don't think any of us can predict with any confidence what the various agencies can do. Of course, if I thought that the federal government just had no business ever requiring free speech protections as a condition of federal university funding, I would fault the order even without knowing just what policies will be implemented. But I don't see any basis for so categorically condeming all possible speech-protective strings on federal grants.

Nor do I think that such policies would necessarily set much of a bad precedent (as Heather Mac Donald suggests might happen); the precedent has already long been set with various conditions attached to federal spending. Trump's actions to protect campus free speech are unlikely, for instance, to be much of a precedent for some future actions (whether by a future President or Trump himself) to restrict campus free speech. Such use of federal funding as a basis for demanding campus speech code already happened during the Obama Administration; I don't see the Trump Executive Order as making that materially more likely.

Finally, if I somehow thought that we were in a speak-now-or-forever-hold-your-peace situation—for instance, if a government action authorizing some future action involved some important grant of power that couldn't easily be taken back (e.g., consider a constitutional amendment authorizing Congress to enact campaign finance laws of its own choice, even if it doesn't specify exactly which laws aut to be enacted)—I could see the value of nipping the proposal in the bud.

But it seems to be that there'll be plenty of time to condemn the actual policies that are proposed when they are proposed, if they need condemning. Indeed, it would be easier to do that precisely because one will then have specific language that one could criticize. Or, of course, if the specific language actually proves to be pretty sensible, one would be spared the need to criticize it.

Published:3/26/2019 10:09:42 AM
[Politics] Tlaib Calls on Dems to Probe Trump For Impeachable Offenses Rep. Rashida Tlaib has sent a letter to her Democratic colleagues requesting that they sign a resolution urging the House Judiciary Committee to probe if President Donald Trump has committed any impeachable offenses, National Review reported on Tuesday. Published:3/26/2019 10:09:42 AM
[Markets] How Apple’s numberless credit card will make it ever harder to break free of its ‘ecosystem' Analysts say the card targets loyal customers who won’t flinch over one more Apple service in their lives. Published:3/26/2019 10:09:42 AM
[Entertainment] James Corden's Us Parody Is Hilariously Freaky James CordenLoved Us? Just wait until you see James Corden's version. The host parodied Jordan Peele's new horror film for Monday's episode of The Late Late Show. The spoof...
Published:3/26/2019 10:09:42 AM
[Ilhan Omar] My day with Snopes (Scott Johnson) Over the weekend I came across the Snopes fact check: “Did U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar Marry Her Brother?” It rates the allegation, originally raised by me on Power Line, “Unproven.” Published on February 15, it stated in its conclusion that neither Omar nor Power Line had responded to a list of questions. Before writing Snopes I searched the Power Line gmail account for any email from Snopes. It turned up Published:3/26/2019 10:09:42 AM
[Politics] BREAKING: Trump State Dept now EXPANDING Mexico City policy to prevent even more global abortions! Under the direction of Secretary Pompeo, the State Department has just announced they are expanding the Mexico City Policy in order to prevent US taxpayer dollars from subsidizing more abortions. Before now, . . . Published:3/26/2019 10:09:42 AM
[Politics] BREAKING: Trump State Dept now EXPANDING Mexico City policy to prevent even more global abortions! Under the direction of Secretary Pompeo, the State Department has just announced they are expanding the Mexico City Policy in order to prevent US taxpayer dollars from subsidizing more abortions. Before now, . . . Published:3/26/2019 10:09:42 AM
[US News] Double SECRET probation! ‘Ex-intel’ Blue check gets REKT for claiming Trump wasn’t indicted because his crimes are JUST TOO SECRET

John Schindler is an interesting account to follow when he’s not charging people TO read his tweets. Guess he felt his tweets about Trump not being indicted were important enough for all us freeloaders to see. His reasoning is … interesting. And by interesting we mean absolutely ridiculous and unbelievable. I see Schindler has decided […]

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Published:3/26/2019 10:09:42 AM
[b4a0035f-03c9-5e23-aaa3-f293bd457375] Laura Ingraham: Trump should use his Russia collusion victory to show that Democrats are wrong about everything Laura Ingraham: A look at the Russia hoax Hall of Shame Published:3/26/2019 10:09:42 AM
[86915340-ad95-591c-af5d-46602c9bcf4f] Steven Spielberg called out for promoting Apple streaming service while working against Netflix Famed director Steven Spielberg has been on a campaign to get streaming films like those made by Netflix removed from consideration from the Academy Awards. As a result, many were perplexed to see him front and center promoting the release of Apple’s new streaming service. Published:3/26/2019 10:09:42 AM
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