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  • Can Obama’s Iran Deal Outlive His Presidency?

    With the White House reportedly trying to negotiate a 10- or 15-year deal on Iran's nuclear program, Republican leaders in Congress are threatening to unravel the agreement much sooner -- during President Barack Obama’s final months or soon after he leaves... Read More >>

    China’s Real Property Problem

    As China slows down, leaders in Beijing are understandably turning to one of their favored growth stabilizers: housing. A record decline in new-home prices in January has, as my Bloomberg News colleagues reported this week, prompted Chinese officials to... Read More >>

    CPAC Is Useful And Overrated

    Here's what you need to know about CPAC, the big yearly conservative gathering going on now near Washington. First, why we should pay attention: CPAC -- for Conservative Political Action Conference -- is a visible part of the “invisible primary,”... Read More >>

    Net Neutrality’s Only Certainty

    Today’s Federal Communications Commission meeting on net neutrality was weird. You knew how the vote was going to go, but you didn’t know what the commissioners were voting on. And while we will soon get to see the full 332-page order on Protecting and... Read More >>

    Here Is What Americans Spent Their “Gas Savings” On

    Last quarter, in "This Is What Americans Spent The Most Money On In Q4" we showed that according to the first estimate of Q4 GDP data, the American consumer spent a whopping $20.4 billion in nominal dollars on healthcare, which also resulted in the biggest... Read More >>

    Q4 GDP Revised Down To 2.2% From 5.0%: Full Breakdown

    There was much hope that when Q3 GDP soared to 5%, primarily on the back of Obamacare spending recalendarization and a massive consumption/personal saving data revision, that the US economy would finally enter lift-off mode. Those hopes were reduced by about... Read More >>

    The Stage Is Set For The Syrian Invasion

    One week ago, when reporting on the latest bizarre plan presented by the Pentagon, namely providing Syrian rebels (but only the moderate ones, not the jihadists like al Nusra, or, well, ISIS) with B-1B Bomber air support in their attacks on ISIS, when we... Read More >>

    Provocation? NATO Conducts Military Maneuvers 300 Yards From Russia’s Border

    When a Russian bomber flew over international waters some 25 miles off the southwest tip of England last week, UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon called Russia "a real and present danger." The UK government scrambled jet fighters to meet the Russian aircraft... Read More >>

    Meet Londoner Mohammed Emwazi – ISIS Chief Executioner ‘Jihadi John’

    As ISIS unleashed various escalatingly grotesque execution videos over the past few months, one thing has been constant - the image of a masked man, dressed in black (with a British accent). The world has come to know ISIS apparent chief executioner as... Read More >>

    The Global Economy Is Not “Off The Lows”

    On the day when the MSCI World Stock Index hits a fresh record high - enthused by the exuberance of the US markets - we thought it more than a little ironic that Global GDP growth expectations for 2015 just hit a fresh record low... Growth Expectations not... Read More >>

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