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The market is getting the Fed wrong, JPMorgan’s Lebovitz says

The Federal Reserve could very well increase rates once this year, even though the market is not expecting it, David Lebovitz, global market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management, said Friday. “I’m not exactly sure the market is getting this right. The first-quarter growth numbers, they were weak. We saw GDP revised down to 1 percent, which is half of the average growth rate we’ve seen over the course of the recovery,” Lebovitz told CNBC’s “Squawk Alley.”… Source: The market is ... Read More »

Zika vaccine: Congressional inaction could cause ‘tragedies that can last a lifetime’

Barack Obama says a vaccine for the Zika virus could be developed in “fairly short order” if Congress acts quickly… Source: Zika vaccine: Congressional inaction could cause ‘tragedies that can last a lifetime’ Read More »

Where people get dirty for science

Explore Great Basin National Park with a lifelong caving enthusiast who is “fascinated with the unknown” – and perhaps get bitten by the same caving bug that she did.. Every year, about 30,000 visitors tour the Lehman Caves beneath Great Basin National Park, near the border of Nevada and Utah… Source: BBC – Travel – Where people get dirty for science Read More »

How Obama went from reluctant warrior to drone champion

When it comes to questions of war and peace, it often seems as if there are two Barack Obamas. There’s the president who has anguished, often publicly, over the morality of killing and the costs of combat. “No matter how justified, war promises human tragedy,” Obama said just days after his 2009 decision to send 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Then there’s the president who, over the last seven years, has… Source: How Obama went from reluctant warrior to drone ... Read More »

FBI Transcript Shows Nobody Died in Orlando Shooting Until SWAT Teams Entered the Building: Judge Napolitano

What should have been front page news everywhere, somehow got buried amid the official narrative we were given about the Orlando shooting. Judge Andrew Napolitano told FOX News that an FBI transcript indicated that no one died until 05:13am Sunday morning when the police SWAT teams entered the building. “Here’s what is news in the summary – nobody died until 05:13 in the morning, when the SWAT team entered. Prior to that no one had been killed. The 53 that were injured, ... Read More »

Brexit pushes US closer to Germany

EU exit marks the final stage of a slow-moving transition away from the UK.. By BENJAMIN ORESKES  WASHINGTON — When it became clear that Britain had voted to leave the European Union, President Barack Obama called David Cameron to offer his sympathy. Then he dialed Angela Merkel, the leader he actually leans on in times of crisis… Source: Brexit pushes US closer to Germany – POLITICO Read More »

Viewpoint: Why the US can afford to ignore Canada

Despite being an important trade and defence partner, the US tends to ignore Canada. But that’s paradoxically because the two get along so well, as Jordan Michael Smith writes. US President Barack Obama’s visit to Ottawa today comes six years after his last trip to Canada. Canadians could be forgiven for hoping that Mr Obama would pay more attention to America’s northern neighbour than he has… Source: Viewpoint: Why the US can afford to ignore Canada – BBC News Read More »

Bernie Sanders real campaign is just getting started

Bernie Sanders’ revolution is hardly over. He has more power than ever and millions of foot-soldiers ready to push his agenda, says Jordan Chariton.. Jordan Chariton, a political reporter for “The Young Turks” news show… Source: Bernie Sanders real campaign is just getting started—commentary Read More »

The 2016 U.S. Election: A Possible Repeat of the 1964 Election?

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I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.  Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) US Senator (R-Arizona) and 1964 Republican Presidential candidate, (in his Acceptance speech as the 1964 Republican Presidential candidate, in San Francisco, July 16, 1964) Sometimes, I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern Seaboard and let it float out to sea.  ... Read More »

Abortion rights advocates celebrate after US Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Texas law

The US Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to abortion rights advocates, striking down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities that its critics contended were specifically designed to shut down clinics… Source: Abortion rights advocates celebrate after US Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Texas law Read More »

State Department: Azerbaijan – important partner of US

Baku, Azerbaijan By Anakhanum Idayatova – Trend: Azerbaijan is an important partner of the US, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Bridget Brink told reporters during a press conference in Baku June 24. She noted that the US and Azerbaijan will continue their partnership in the spheres of security, energy, economy and democracy… Source: State Department: Azerbaijan – important partner of US Read More »

Will Donald Trump Replicate the Brexit in the United States?

The U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union betrays a failure of empathy and imagination among its leaders. Will America’s political establishment fare any better?… Source: Will Donald Trump Replicate the Brexit in the United States? – The Atlantic Read More »

Supreme Court Tie Blocks Obama Immigration Plan

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it had deadlocked in a case challenging President Obama’s immigration plan, effectively ending what Mr. Obama had hoped would become one of his central legacies. The program would have shielded as many as five million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allowed them to legally work in the United States… Source: Supreme Court Tie Blocks Obama Immigration Plan – The New York Times Read More »

More gun stores than Starbucks coffee shops in US

After a gunman attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando and killed 49 people, the gun control debate has come into the spotlight once again. The Huffington Post cited data visualization hub 1point21 in which figures show gun stores are much more common than McDonald’s or Starbucks. As of December 2015, there were more than 64,700 gun dealers in the U.S., it reported, while there were a total of 10,844 Starbucks branches… Source: More gun stores than Starbucks coffee shops in ... Read More »

‘Doe v. Lhamon’ and the Standard of Proof in Campus Rape Cases

A new lawsuit takes aim at the Department of Education’s push to force colleges to decide sexual misconduct charges based on “a preponderance of the evidence.”.. CONOR FRIEDERSDORF A college student is accused of rape or sexual harassment by a classmate and denies the allegation. A campus investigation follows. At the end of the process, the presiding administrator must judge whether the charges against the accused have… Source: ‘Doe v. Lhamon’ and the Standard of Proof in Campus Rape Cases ... Read More »

Bernie Sanders stays in race, but hints at dropping out: ‘I intend to play a role in defeating Donald Trump’

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Sen. Bernie Sanders hinted that he may soon officially drop out of the Democratic presidential primary. In a video address to supporters on Thursday, Sanders said that he is prepared to help defeat presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. “The major political task that we face in the next five months is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly,” Sanders said. “And I personally intend to begin my role in that process in a very short period of time.”… ... Read More »