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The Chinese economy is slowing down, which is a double-edged sword for the U.S. On the one hand, President Trump thinks the economic slowdown in the world’s second largest economy gives him more leverage in ongoing U.S.-China negotiations over trade and tariffs. On the other hand, whether we like it or not, there are some interconnections between our economy and U.S. stock market and economies abroad. Trump’s tariffs may drive China to the negotiating table,...

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Appearing on Fox News, Rudy Giuliani argued that the publisher of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, had not done “anything wrong” and should not face criminal charges or jail time for publishing stolen information. Assange has been indicted in the U.S. for disseminating classified information, but details of the charges are under seal. Assange faces unrelated charges in the EU for sexual assault of a minor. Giuliani, the former New York mayor who currently serves as President...

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The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars may evoke pancake breakfasts, but in addition to their integral role in local communities, these organizations have been longstanding heavyweights in political circles. But increasingly, upstart veterans’ groups are challenging their grip on power as the voice for veterans. And these new groups, some with naked political intentions, may have a particularly strong grip on power with the current Administration.  The New York Times reports: “Last April, [VA...

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Nancy Pelosi is officially back in charge in the House of Representatives and the Democrats voted Thursday to re-open the government without meeting President Trump’s demand for $5B for the border wall. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t even willing to bring the bill up for a vote in the Senate so things are still at an impasse. In the meantime, the Smithsonian Museums in Washington and the National Zoo are officially out of money...

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With Elizabeth Warren’s jump into the Democrat presidential nominating campaign on New Year’s Eve, another left-wing candidate has emerged to support a radical program to raise taxes and give health care to every individual in America. Warren’s announcement video touted her endorsement of “Medicare for All,” a proposal popular among Democrats to expand Medicare so that every individual in America is covered by a federal health insurance program. The idea has caught on among the...

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Nancy Pelosi took another shot at President Trump this week when she told the hosts of the “Today” show that she will continue to refuse his demands for funding for a safe and secure border wall. Per NBC: Asked by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie if she was willing to give up any money specifically for the border wall, Pelosi said “no.” “We can go through the back and forth,” Pelosi said in a clip that aired on...

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Expectations were low for US manufacturing growth last month, but no one saw this coming: The ISM manufacturing index fell to 54.1 in December, its lowest level since November 2016. Below is the by-the-numbers breakdown: The New Orders Index was 51.1%, a decrease of 11.0 percentage points from November. The Production Index was 54.3%, 6.3-percentage point decrease. The Employment Index was 56.2%, a decrease of 2.2 percentage points. The Supplier Deliveries Index was 57.5%, a...

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In the doozy that was 2018, with an endless barrage of news developments, it’s easy to forget that President Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong-un held an unprecedented meeting in mid-2018. Following that meeting, the two leaders signed a document outlining their agreements, but it became quickly apparent the two sides had very different understandings of what had transpired and what either country was agreeing to. The document was only 400 words long and...

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While some Republican lawmakers in both the House and the Senate seem to be shaking their heads at the President’s handling of the government shutdown, Trump has one supporters who 100% has his back: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX). Gohmert said on “Fox & Friends” that the government shutdown should continue “until hell freezes over” if the $5 billion for the border wall doesn’t come through. The government shutdown is well into its second week with no end...

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Wells Fargo has faced a barrage of criticism and regulatory scrutiny following the revelation that its employees opened millions of unauthorized accounts and made improper referrals and incorrectly charged customers, in violation of consumer protection laws. Wells Fargo has been on a feel-good PR campaign ever since, trying to restore its corporate image. Now, the bank will settle with all 50 states plus the District of Columbia for $575 million. The money is divvied up between thee states....