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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Obama Says We Will Respond To Threat, The Democrats Revenge / Politics / US Politics

By: Andrew_McKillop

OBAMA TOUGH ON TERROR
In his inaugural address for his second and last presidential mandate, 21 January, president Obama made it clear he was going to take an aggressive line, for the 1461 days of his second mandate, on what he described as a threat so massive and so grave that "failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”

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Politics

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

UK Moves Away from the European Project / Politics / US Politics

By: STRATFOR

Adriano Bosoni writes: British Prime Minister David Cameron will deliver a speech in London on Jan. 23, during which he will discuss the future of the United Kingdom's relationship with the European Union. Excerpts leaked to the media suggest that harsh EU criticism will figure prominently in the speech, a suggestion in keeping with Cameron's recent statements about the bloc. But more important, the excerpts signal an unprecedented policy departure: renegotiating the United Kingdom's role in the European Union. London has negotiated exemptions from some EU policies in the past, even gaining some concessions from Brussels in the process; this time, it is trying to become less integrated with the bloc altogether.

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Politics

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Inaugural Address: What Obama Did Not Say / Politics / US Politics

By: Jesse

Like many others I listened to President Obama's second Inaugural Address yesterday.

There were of some higher moments, broader themes, and an emphasis on the positive.  I struggled to find 'the memorable phrase' that would be repeated and quoted in the particular.   I have one or two candidates. Read full article... Read full article...

 


Politics

Monday, January 21, 2013

Ron Paul on the Coming Debt Limit Drama: Government Wins, We Lose / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Last week President Obama bluntly warned Congress that he will not negotiate when it comes to raising the statutory debt limit. If Republicans attempt to use a debt ceiling vote to win concessions on spending from the White House, Mr. Obama threatens simply to raise the limit by executive order or other unilateral action.

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Politics

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Next Oil War Will be Different, China versus USA / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

WAS IRAQ AN OIL WAR?
Probably in 50 years time, academics but not many other persons will still be talking about the subject. For plenty of historians, journalists, writers, paywrights and movie makers there is no problem at all: since the 1991 Liberation of Kuwait, the birth of al Qaeda and terror war, the 9/11 atrocities in the US, the Afghan war, the second Iraq war, and the overthrow and killing of Khadafi we have had a succession of Oil Wars either directly caused or promoted by the US. This is always denied, of course.

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Politics

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Institutionalization of Tyranny / Politics / US Politics

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Republicans and conservative Americans are still fighting Big Government in its welfare state form. Apparently, they have never heard of the militarized police state form of Big Government, or, if they have, they are comfortable with it and have no objection.

Republicans, including those in the House and Senate, are content for big government to initiate wars without a declaration of war or even Congress’ assent, and to murder with drones citizens of countries with which Washington is not at war. Republicans do not mind that federal “security” agencies spy on American citizens without warrants and record every email, Internet site visited, Facebook posting, cell phone call, and credit card purchase. Republicans in Congress even voted to fund the massive structure in Utah in which this information is stored.

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Politics

Monday, January 21, 2013

President Obama's Inauguration Day / Politics / US Politics

By: Danny_Schechter

New York, New York: What a difference a term in office makes.

Look at the picture yesterday of the President becoming president again in an oval office ceremony surrounded only by his family swearing an oath administered by a Chief Justice he should be swearing at. 

Today what fans turn up will cheer him on, but the die seems to be cast.

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Politics

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sandy Hook Solutions / Politics / US Politics

By: Stephen_Merrill

How do people ever begin to redeem the suffering of twenty tiny souls?  What can help diminish the horrible images Americans will long have of that terrible day the week before Christmas at Sandy Hook elementary school?

In our modern world the answer, as always, is curative legislation.  Legislation is the natural offspring of senseless tragedy wherever it might occur.

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Politics

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Does it Take Another Civil War? / Politics / US Politics

By: Michael_T_Bucci

To think that twenty young children massacred in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14 would become catalysts to accelerate the continuing disintegration of American society was unconscionable on December 14th - and it remains unconscionable. While the nation fell into shock followed by grief, many wrote on the web, "Obama's gonna take away guns!" The narcissism of "2nd Amen" cultists is without boundaries it appears; to wit: the NRA rallies.

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Politics

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Trillion Dollar Coin: What You Really Need to Know / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Rudy_Avizius

Recently a novel idea began circulating in the Washington Beltway that the government could print a $1 Trillion coin and use that to fund its operations in the absence of an agreement on the raising of the debt ceiling. This idea certainly sounds like it came from fantasyland, but if one follows it carefully through to its logical conclusion, it will shine a light on our current monetary system and how it is fundamentally unsustainable. The floating of the $trillion coin has inadvertently opened up a window not just to reform, but to transform our monetary system. The resulting transformational consequences would be welcomed by all political perspectives.

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Politics

Saturday, January 19, 2013

France and the UK Could Be the Lynchpins of Europe / Politics / European Union

By: John_Browne

Over the past two months, Europe's problems seem to have disappeared from the headlines. However, the new French Socialist government is pushing ahead with policies that favor significantly higher government spending, greater regulation of business and commerce, and severely higher taxes on high earners. The long term effects of these policies, which I believe will lead to further economic decline, may be given fresh scrutiny if France is drawn into a lasting conflict in West Africa as a result of its surprise intervention in Mali last week. The financial discussions that will certainly accompany a longer term strategic commitment to the region may finally make clear that one of Europe's largest economies is heading down a dangerous fiscal path.

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Politics

Saturday, January 19, 2013

U.S. Fiscal Farce, Failure, Fantasy & Fornication Forecasts 2013 / Politics / Government Spending

By: James_Quinn

I’ve put off writing an article about what is likely to happen in 2013 so I could peruse the thousands of other articles by reputable bloggers, paid pundits, Wall Street shills and captured charlatans to gather their wisdom. It’s essential that I make predictions for 2013 so I can write another article in December rationalizing why 90% of my predictions failed to materialize. Reading all of these 2013 prediction articles made things much clearer for me. I now know for sure:

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Politics

Friday, January 18, 2013

CIA Wins 2013 Academy Awards, Dominates Hollywood Movies and TV / Politics / Propaganda

By: Washingtons_Blog

The Winners of the Academy Award and Golden Globe Are … Government Propagandists

Rob Kall points out that the military-industrial complex is the winner of the Golden Globe award:

Homeland won best TV series, best TV actor and actress. It IS a highly entertaining show which actually portrays some of the flaws of the MIIC system

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Politics

Friday, January 18, 2013

President Obama Shoots Himself in the Foot on Gun Contro / Politics / US Politics

By: Gary_North

North’s law of knee-jerk politics is this: “When you become a knee-jerk politician, you will eventually shoot yourself in the foot.” This is what President Obama has just done. He has decided that he is going to make gun control one of his two major issues.

The first issue is getting the House of Representatives to raise the debt ceiling. He has made it clear that he will not compromise in any way.

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Politics

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Ticking Trillion Dollar Debt Bomb / Politics / US Debt

By: Graham_Summers

Since the EU Crisis went into overdrive in 2010, EU politicians have largely resorted to political posturing rather than implementing any actual financial solutions to the EU’s debt and banking crisis.

To clarify that statement, we view a “real solution” as one that A) cleared bad debts from the system, B) brought debt levels down to manageable levels, and C) got the troubled country’s economy back on track.

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Politics

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Open Fort Knox! The Ink at the Money Printing Press Is Dry / Politics / US Debt

By: InvestmentContrarian

George Leong writes: The government needs money fast. The problem is that the bank vaults are closed for the time being, and unless they are opened by early March, America could face a cash crunch.

The intense battle between Congress and President Barack Obama, who is requesting an immediate increase to the current national debt limit of $16.4 trillion, is ongoing, but it needs to be resolved soon, as the current national debt subject to the limit is $16.39 trillion. Obama is threatening possible delays to Social Security and veterans’ benefits, along with an impact on the government payroll, if the cash doesn’t come. (Source: Lee, C.E., and Hook, J., “Obama Escalates Debt Fight,” Wall Street Journal, January 14, 2013.)

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Politics

Thursday, January 17, 2013

France's Soupcon Of Economic Austerity - Or Is It A Wall Of Poverty? / Politics / France

By: Andrew_McKillop

THE NUMBERS TALK
France's present and coming economic disaster is relatively well hidden, at least to outsiders who look in the wrong places and read the French official statistics - which are as lively, imaginative and "true to facts" as anyplace else. Above all, France seems for a short while longer to have wriggled out and away from the savage austerity cures which have already steamrolled, and go on crushing the economy and society of Spain, Greece, Portugal, Italy, Ireland and other European countries.

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Politics

Thursday, January 17, 2013

U.S. Government Raids Pension Funds to Avoid Debt Default / Politics / US Debt

By: Money_Morning

Diane Alter writes: The U.S. Treasury, in order to avoid default, has resorted to an eyebrow-raising move: it has borrowed from the federal employee pension fund as the country nears its debt ceiling.

The U.S. government stopped investing in the federal employee pension fund Tuesday "to avoid breaching the statutory debt limit," according to a letter Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sent to Congress.

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Politics

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tim Geithner, the King of a Cloud Cuckoo Land Stock Market / Politics / US Politics

By: Raul_I_Meijer

On January 25, Timothy Geithner will step down as US Treasury Secretary. A lot of people will say and write a lot of things about him at that point, and it sounds like a good idea to be ahead of the game and provide some perspective.

There are voices claiming (there will be many more, promise) that Geithner pulled us out of the recession and the crisis, and saved the economy. That seems presumptuous. It may just as well be true that Geithner has fooled us into thinking that. Just because the stock markets are pulling through so far doesn't mean, let alone prove, that the economy has recovered or been saved. You would need something better, more substantial than that. While acknowledging that relatively strong stock market numbers are at least in potential a great way indeed to fool people about the economy.

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Politics

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Washington's Trillion Dollar Banana / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Michael_Pento

It should be clear to all that Keynesian Counterfeiters now control many of the major governments across the globe. Fiscal and monetary "stimulus" led to the bond market collapses of southern Europe a couple of years ago. The Greek bond market was the first to crack at the beginning of 2010. Borrowing massive quantities of printed money caused yields on their 10-year note rose from 5.8% in January, to over 40% two years later. But the problem in Europe wasn't confined to just a Greek tragedy. In Portugal, their 10-year note yield soared from 4.07% at the start of 2010, to 15.4% in just 24 months. Similar, but less dramatic, bond duress occurred in Spain and Italy as well.

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