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With the president stuck schmoozing with donors, house hunting, and always improving his short game (like right now), while the US is preparing to launch the third war of Iraqi liberation  (from the same Al Qaeda Jihadists the US is arming across the border in Syria), the question on everyone's mind is a simple one: whose golf game is better: Obama's or Dubya's. The answer, courtesy of Mark Knoller, is a no contest. @jd_bowen @hale_razor By my count, this is Pres Obama's 175th round of golf since taking office. GWBush only played 24 rounds in office. — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 15, 2014   And visually:   And even further visually: And much, much, much more
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Senior NSA Executive DEMOLISHES Intelligence Agencies’ Excuse for 9/11 Posted on June 13, 2014 by WashingtonsBlog 9/11 Should Have Been Stopped The U.S. government pretended that 9/11 was unforeseeable. But overwhelming evidence shows that 9/11 was foreseeable. Indeed, Al Qaeda crashing planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was itself foreseeable. The fallback...Read More

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The middle class happily accepts high risk in return for temporary gains in the asset bubble of the day, guaranteeing a steady progression of losses. There are now three asset bubbles to choose from: housing, stocks and bonds. In each asset class, the majority is convinced that there can only be further gains from here. Risk [...]The post The Overlooked Reason Why the Middle Class Is in Decline appeared first on Silver Doctors. Check out these similar articles: Fed to the Sharks, Part 2: Housing and the Death of the Middle Class Canada’s Middle Class Surpasses Dying US Middle Class What Does It Take To Be Middle Class?

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MOSUL/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Sunni insurgents seized a mainly ethnic Turkmen city in northwestern Iraq on Sunday after heavy fighting, solidifying their grip on the north after a lightning offensive that threatens to dismember Iraq.

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BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI Libya (Reuters) - A renegade Libyan general launched a fresh offensive on Sunday against Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi, sparking some of the worst fighting in weeks, with up to 12 people killed and power supplies disrupted.

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Bond Kings to be Dethroned in Second Half of the Year By EconMatters   Jeffrey Gundlach`s Outlook Jeffrey Gundlach of DoubleLine Capital LP says the 10-year U.S. Treasury note will likely trade in a range between 2.20 and 2.80 percent during the second half of year. Gundlach also said U.S. Treasuries are a buy for investors as they… The post Will The Bond Kings Be Dethroned In H2? appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Earlier today we reported that despite, or rather due to, all the confusing propaganda from either side, it was not exactly clear whether and how far away from Baghdad the ISIS offensive had been halted (if at all). It appears the confusion has also impacted none other than the US State Department, which moments ago announced it would evacuate an "substantial number" of the whopping 5,500 staff situated in the US embassy in Baghdad on the banks of the Tigris river, staff which incidentally is the largest of any US embassy. Additionally, the State Dept said that some additional U.S. govt security personnel will be added to Baghdad staff as result of instability and violence in certain areas
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Michael J. Jung New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business M.H. Franco Wong INSEAD; University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management Frank Zhang Yale School of Management May 7, 2014 A large literature examines the link between firm fundamentals and future stock returns (e.g., Ou and Penman 1989; Bernard and Thomas… The post Analyst Interest as an Early Indicator of Stock Returns appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Remember when conventional wisdom said central banks are apolitical and impartial, and anyone who claimed that the world's money printers (which in the New Normal of failed fiscal policy means the only source of stimulus, and thus infinite political leverage and an existence "above the law") are in fact the most political and partial entities was, what else, a conspiracy theorist? Well, there goes another conspiracy theory, replaced by conspiracy fact. Yesterday, Polish magazine Wprost released a recording of a meeting between Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz and central bank Governor Marek Belka which took place in a Warsaw restaurant in July 2013. In the recording, Belka told the
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It appears even the general public (sheeple) are beginning to wake up.  During the victory celebration for the Stanley Cup outside the Staples Center, the rowdy Californian crowd apparently took objection to the NSA’s observation of the event overhead via one of its 30,000 drones deployed in the US. As the unbelievable footage below shows, [...]The post LA Kings Fans Knock Drone Down, Then Obliterate It During Stanley Cup Celebration! appeared first on Silver Doctors. Check out these similar articles: Iran Shoots Down US Drone- Threatens Retaliation Surveillance Drone Crashes into Fukushima Reactor No. 2 AG Holder Responds to Rand Paul on Obama Administration Targeting US Citizens Via Drone Strike

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The high frequency macroeconomic data due out in the days ahead simply do not have the heft to alter investors' perceptions of the macro-economic and financial condition of the investment climate.   That climate can be summed up as such: Growth in the US has picked up markedly after the major disappointment in Q1. The Japanese economy is weakened considerably, which does not mean unexpectedly, is Q2. The UK economy continues its robust performance. The euro zone is limping along. Targeted measures from Chinese officials are helping the world’ second largest economy stabilize, still growing above 7%.   The ECB just embarked on a course that will unfold in the coming months
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has appointed a two-star general to investigate the circumstances under which Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier recently freed after five years in Taliban captivity, disappeared in eastern Afghanistan in 2009, a U.S. official said on Sunday.

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For the first time ever, a Hong-Kong based Venture capital fund has appointed intelligence to its board of directors. Lucy Marcus asks whether machines can do the job of human board members. Can Robots Really Replace Directors? The post Can Robots Really Replace Directors Of Boards? appeared first on ValueWalk.

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There was a time when macro hedge funds were just that: macro. In other words, their beta was as close to zero as possible, meaning that they don't track the broader equity market's returns but instead try to generate profits betting on  macroeconomic trends in global markets while investing in all asset classes. In fact the lower a macro fund's beta the better. Then 2014 happened and everyone got slaughtered betting that the economy would improve, global GDP would take off and bonds would sell off. We explained this at the end of May in "The Two Mega-Pain Trades: JPM Explains Why The "Big Money" Is Losing Big Money In 2014." A week ago the WSJ also picked up on this story:
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MIRANSHAH Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan sent troops, artillery and helicopter gunships to the troubled North Waziristan region on Sunday in a long-expected military operation just a week after a deadly insurgent attack on the country's biggest airport.

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With the average smartphone user spending nearly an hour a day playing games on their phone, it’s little wonder why the mobile game industry is massive and growing and why mobile game developers are in increasing demand. But mobile games weren’t always so slick and immersive; let’s take a look at the history of mobile… The post The Evolution of Mobile Gaming [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on ValueWalk.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. congressional leader Eric Cantor took to the airwaves on Sunday to try to rebuild his political reputation after a stunning primary election loss that has shaken the Republican Party, and refused to rule out a future run for public office.

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BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI Libya (Reuters) - A renegade Libyan general launched a fresh offensive on Sunday against Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi, sparking some of the worst fighting in weeks in which at least four people were killed and power supplies disrupted.

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