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  1. Irons

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    NAFTA Update: Likely ‘Loggerheads’ to be Announced At 3:00pm…
    Posted on October 17, 2017 by sundance
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    NAFTA Round #4 negotiations have been ongoing and resulting in little progress on the serious issues surrounding the three nation trade pact.

    Word from behind the scenes, and off-the-record, finds several insiders with the opinion that the decision by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce lobbying group to conflict with President Trump and the U.S. trade team has backfired.

    U.S. CoC President Tom Donohue made the decision to align in common cause with Canada and Mexico, against the interests of the U.S., and go public with his attacks against the U.S. negotiating team, the administration and President Trump personally.

    Following the confrontational approach by the largest DC lobbying group, the U.S. team asked Canada to take their protectionist trade restrictions off the Dairy and Poultry sectors. Canada was adamant they will never leave their agriculture unprotected, and rejected any consideration of open trade discussion toward those sectors.

    The U.S. is standing firm on three elements that Mexico and Canada are dead-set against:


    • A proposal that NAFTA be revisited every 5 years with measured way-points to ensure equity in trade position along with updates, if needed, to fast changing sectors.
    • A proposal to change the rules of origin to ensure that around 70% of automotive parts used in manufacturing actually come from inside the three-nation trade block (not Asia). Currently most cars built in Mexico, sent to the U.S., use Chinese parts.
    • A proposal that U.S. companies have preferential treatment for U.S. government taxpayer contracts. This keeps U.S. government stimulus spending inside the U.S. economy. [Canada and Mexico want access to U.S. contracts and U.S. taxpayers expenditures to expand their own economy.]
    Canada and Mexico have stated their joint intention to use the DC lobbying groups, including the U.S Chamber of Commerce, to purchase American politicians, block the U.S. trade proposals and increase pressure on President Trump to comply with their demands.

    Apparently this CanaMex hostile approach -and alignment with Tom Donohue- does not sit well with President Trump. It should be noted that Chamber President Tom Donohue and Mitch McConnell are best friends and the majority of McConnell’s incumbent campaign funds comes directly from Donohue.

    VIA REUTERS – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland are scheduled to meet and take stock of the negotiations before issuing statements at a joint event at 3 p.m. (1900 GMT). They later plan to separately brief media.(link)

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    George W. Bush Speech: Globalism Must Remain Our Credo…
    Posted on October 19, 2017 by sundance

    You know multinational corporate and financial interests, the big club, and the U.S. K-street lobbying community are on their heels when they need to call former President George W. Bush to their defense.

    Delivering a speech today from the George W Bush institute, which is almost entirely funded by multinational corporations, the former president rises to speak out against nationalism and in defense of global economic interests. Pay attention to the specificity of the wording.

    President Bush’s professional political speechwriters always construct their verbiage in a series of sound-bite sentences that are assembled individually and then pasted together to create the flow. You’ll probably notice the pattern and be reminded of the familiarity therein. This segment below accurately reflects the overarching message:


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    The timing of this globalist-worldview speech is NOT coincidental given how recently President Trump has begun publicly engaging policy framework against individual aspects of global economic control. President Trump is reasserting U.S. policy that reestablishes sovereignty. The UniParty is more exposed than ever before in recent history; and now, not when President Obama was in office, but right NOW, George W. Bush rises to speak? Consider:

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.”

    “For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero


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    Worth noting that recently President Trump called out the multinational pharmaceutical industry (via ObamaCare payments etc.); additionally, the international finance group, IMF (International Monetary Fund), held their meetings to discuss the future of global economies. This is on the heels of World Bank forecasts, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce taking an adversarial approach toward the administration via NAFTA. None of this is accidental.

    Notice OPEC, particularly ‘The Gulf States’ (two-thirds of all production), now a Trump ally, are continuing to driving production. This is in combination with western nations domestic energy policies shifting as a result of Trump withdrawing from the Paris Climate Treaty. [*Note* all nationalistic energy activity is driven by the economics of financial viability, not the ruse of planetary climate.] Sword dancing has benefits.

    Meanwhile Venezuela, an OPEC member and also China and Russia’s largest debtor, is in a state of economic crisis and under sanctions from Treasury Secretary Mnuchin. This makes their ability to reach out to the international financial community very, well, challenging.

    So what impact is all of this Trumpian shifting of geopolitical economic plates having out in the world of multinational finance?

    (Via Bloomberg) The IMF’s steering committee warned that global growth is at risk of faltering in coming years given uncomfortably low inflation and rising geopolitical risks, injecting a cautious note into an otherwise improving economic outlook.

    “The recovery is not yet complete, with inflation below target in most advanced economies, and potential growth remains weak in many countries,” the International Monetary and Financial Committee said in a communique released Saturday in Washington.

    “Near-term risks are broadly balanced, but there is no room for complacency because medium-term economic risks are tilted to the downside and geopolitical tensions are rising.” (read more)

    There are trillions of dollars at stake and global influence agents, along with multinational corporations, are beginning to realize that President Trump’s America-First economic strategy is continuing despite their control over the majority of congress.

    In the background, and as a direct counter to how President Trump is using the Trump Doctrine of economic leverage, you will note that China, Russia, Iran and other state adversaries are creating a financial network to avoid their exposure to U.S. trade currency leverage. Their strategic action is what’s driving up the value of crypto-currencies like Bitcoin as tools to avoid Trump’s leverage and Secretary Mnuchin’s aligned economic policy influence.

    Follow this economic confrontation and subsequent financial avoidance technique to it’s natural conclusion – and what appears on the horizon is a financial system where the U.S. dollar is the currency of allies, and crypto-currencies are the currency of adversaries.

    Europe will have to decide which direction to take; the International Monetary Fund and world banking institutions will have to decide whose side to take.

    Additionally, following the globalist economic path of the last 30+ years, the corrupted political lobbying system within the U.S. will lead to some U.S. politicians (GOPe and Dem UniParty members) siding with communist and totalitarian regimes against U.S. interests.

    Watch this financial angle closely. This is the epicenter of why President Trump has labeled the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as terror entities. The U.S. State Department and U.S. Treasury can take punitive action (financially) against identified and defined terrorist networks.

    This is the “Big Stuff” the U.S. corporate media will never discuss. Unfortunately, the media has a vested ideological stake in the outcome and cannot be guaranteed to align with freedom. The western media, writ large, are more sympathetic toward totalitarian perspectives and globalism: where a clustered group of exclusive “elites” control the masses.

    Hence, corporately controlled media can be predicted to sympathetically point out: A.) that North Korea is really just a misunderstood regime who really cares about its people; B.) China’s communism must not be too bad because look at all the stuff they generate; and C.) Iran is simply acting like a disgruntled teenager lashing out at those who don’t allow them to express their feelings… etc.

    However, hidden well behind the narratives we discover the motives, the real motives. There are trillions of dollars at stake and control over the masses therein by a few hand-selected control agents.

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    Trump Administration Proposes Largest Oil and Gas Lease Sale in U.S. History

    October 25, 2017 by gCaptain


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    The U.S. Department of Interior has proposed the largest oil and gas lease sale ever held in the United States, which will offer up over 79.9 million acres in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, to oil and gas exploration and development.

    The proposed region-wide lease sale covers an area about equivalent to the size of New Mexico and includes all available unleased areas on the Gulf’s Outer Continental Shelf. The sale is scheduled for March 2018.

    “In today’s low-price energy environment, providing the offshore industry access to the maximum amount of opportunities possible is part of our strategy to spur local and regional economic dynamism and job creation and a pillar of President Trump’s plan to make the United States energy dominant,” Secretary Zinke said. “And the economic terms proposed for this sale include a range of incentives to encourage diligent development and ensure a fair return to taxpayers.”

    Proposed Lease Sale 250 will be the second offshore sale under the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022. Lease Sale 249, held in New Orleans last August, received $121 million in high bids on 508,096 acres. The sale offered approximately 76 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida – the largest single amount of acreage ever offered in the history of the federal offshore program.

    The estimated amount of resources projected to be developed as a result of the proposed region-wide lease sale ranges from 0.21 to 1.12 billion barrels of oil and from 0.55 to 4.42 trillion cubic feet of gas. Most of the activity (up to 83% of future production) from the proposed lease sale is expected to occur in the Central Planning Area.

    The proposed lease sale will cover 14,375 unleased blocks located from 3 to 230 miles offshore in the Gulf’s Western, Central and Eastern planning areas in water depths ranging from 9 to more than 11,115 feet (three to 3,400 meters).

    “American energy production can be competitive while remaining safe and environmentally sound,” said Vincent DeVito, Counselor for Energy Policy at Interior. “People need jobs, the Gulf Coast states need revenue, and Americans do not want to be dependent on foreign oil. We have heard their message loud and clear.”

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) estimates that the OCS contains about 90 billion barrels of undiscovered technically recoverable oil and 327 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered technically recoverable gas. The Gulf of Mexico OCS, covering about 160 million acres, has technically recoverable resources of over 48 billion barrels of oil and 141 trillion cubic feet of gas.

    http://gcaptain.com/trump-administration-proposes-largest-oil-and-gas-lease-sale-in-u-s-history/
     
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    Living in a National Forest I got to see the destruction of OUR recreational lands under the hussein regime first hand. The National Forests belong to we the people. Campgrounds closed, maintenance of buildings and other structures ignored. Trails and roads closed and blocked with dirt berms. And fees on top of fees. I need to write President Trump and Secretary Zinke about getting rid of the hussein era fees.
    It got ridiculous. They made up an access fee so you couldn't even drive into a NFS parking lot to look at the river, lake or whatever without paying $5. That is bullshit.

    It was always understood you paid a modest fee to occupy a camp spot in a National Forest campground. No big deal write your licence plate number on the envelope and put in $10 or whatever and you were good to go for the weekend. You got a camp spot, a fire pit with a flip over grill, trash barrels and bathrooms. You also got to hang around some of the most beautiful places in Michigan.

    After asking a ranger a few years ago WTF he explained all the timber leases, oil and gas leases etc were being closed off and/or not renewed. They were intentionally shutting off the money to the National Park and Forest Services. In doing so it starved out forestry research and sound forest management. Think about that when you hear about massive forest fires that they can't stop. Sure it happens but allow the forestry experts to do their jobs and the fires are usually quickly contained. They are also really good at finding invasive insects and tree diseases and wiping it out before it kills miles of forest.


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    TRUMP MAKES HISTORY! Economy Grew 3.0% in Third Quarter DESPITE Devastating Hurricanes
    October 27, 2017 by Jim Hoft 24 Comments
    THIS IS AMAZING!

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    Despite the historic hurricanes that devastated Houston, New Orleans, Florida and Puerto Rico the third quarter GDP beat expectations.

    The economy was expected to rise 2.5%.
    Initial readings show the US economy rose 3.0% in the third quarter.

    CNBC reported:

    The U.S. economy unexpectedly maintained a brisk pace of growth in the third quarter as an increase in inventory investment and a smaller trade deficit offset a hurricane-related slowdown in consumer spending and a decline in construction.

    Gross domestic product increased at a 3.0 percent annual rate in the July-September period after expanding at a 3.1 percent pace in the second quarter, the Commerce Department said on Friday.

    The department said while it was impossible to estimate the overall impact of hurricanes Harvey and Irma on third-quarter GDP, preliminary estimates showed that the back-to-back storms had caused losses of $121.0 billion in privately owned fixed assets and $10.4 billion in government-owned fixed assets.

    As reported earlier.

    President Trump has now been in office for eight complete months and the economic results of his actions as President could not be better. As a matter of fact, President Trump’s economic results are at historic all time highs.

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    Jobs
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics President Trump added 1,405,000 jobs in his first eight months (January through August 2017.)

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    At the end of his 2nd term President Obama said that jobs were not coming back. (Obama lost (4,367,000) jobs in his first eight months in office.)

    But no one told President Trump. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more Americans are in the work force than ever before. Over 160 million Americans are working for the first time in US history. President Trump is working hard to bring good paying jobs back to the US and his efforts are showing fantastic results.

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    GDP
    A couple of days ago FOX News reported that Second Quarter US GDP grew by 3.1%. According the Bureau of Economic Analysis the US GDP grew to an astounding $19.25 Trillion. This is the highest GDP in US history.

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    US Stock Markets
    * The DOW has risen 22% since the election on November 8th. (On November 9th the DOW closed at 18,332 – on September 29th the DOW closed at 22,405.
    * The DOW increased more than 4,000 points during this time period.

    * President Trump is the only President in US history to oversee two stock market rallies of nine days or more where the markets set new highs each and every day.

    * On February 28th President Trump matched President Reagan’s 1987 record for most continuous closing high trading days when the DOW reached a new high for its 12th day in a row!
    * Then in early August President Trump reigned over a 9 day stock market rally with each day reaching record highs.

    * The DOW took just 66 days to climb from 19,000 to above 21,000, the fastest 2,000 point run ever. The DOW closed above 19,000 for the first time on November 22nd 2016 and closed above 21,000 on March 1st 2017.
    * The DOW closed above 20,000 on January 25th and the March 1st rally matched the fastest-ever 1,000 point increase in the DOW at 24 days.
    * Since President Trump’s Inauguration on January 20th the DOW is up 13%. (It was at 19,827 at January 20th.)
    * The Market gained $4 trillion in wealth since Trump was elected!
    * The S&P 500 also broke $20 Trillion for the first time in its history.


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    S&P 500 finishes the day on a record close, 37th record under @POTUS. U.S. major averages are in the green for the week, month, and quarter.

    4:06 PM - Sep 28, 2017


    Honorable Mention – US Debt
    President Trump can claim the longest and largest decrease of US Federal Debt in history.

    When President Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017 the amount of US Federal Debt owed both externally and internally was over $19 Trillion at $19,947,304,555,212. As of August 31st the amount of US Debt had decreased by more than $100 Billion to $19,844,533,441,924.

    A review of the amount of (unaudited) of US Debt outstanding back through the Civil War shows that the last time the US Federal Government had a debt decrease between years was when Republican Eisenhower was President in 1957 and 1958. He cut the amount of US Debt by $2 Billion each year.

    No President besides President Donald Trump has cut the amount of US Debt by $100 Billion ever. (As of today the US Debt is up a little more than $200 billion since the inauguration and much of this can be attributed to Fed rate increases.)

    In nearly every economic indicator the economy is moving in the right direction. If this continues President Trump will sit over one of the greatest, if not the greatest economic boom in US history.

    Jobs – Winning! GDP – Winning! Stock Market – Winning!

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/201...third-quarter-despite-devastating-hurricanes/
     
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    WAYNE ALLYN ROOT: “The Trump Spell” is Magic
    October 28, 2017 by Cristina Laila
    By Wayne Allyn Root

    Trump promised we’d win and win and win so much, we’d get sick of winning. Well no one is sick of winning, but Trump was right. We are winning everything.

    Trump is beating all the people and groups considered powerful, unstoppable and unbeatable. One by one they are going down like dominoes.

    Take the IRS. The IRS is the very personification of the DC swamp. Trump just beat the big, bad, powerful IRS. The Trump DOJ just days ago settled lawsuits with Tea Party and other conservative groups, finally admitting that we were unfairly targeted and persecuted based solely on our political beliefs, paid settlements, replaced the IRS Commissioner and get this…apologized. When Trump’s in charge, government apologizes! “The Trump spell” is that powerful.

    Take Hollywood. No, it wasn’t Trump alone who finally took down the most powerful and arrogant group in America. But it was the “Trump spell.” Anyone who takes on Trump suddenly experiences a spell of terrible luck. Enter Harvey Weinstein (and every other big shot in Hollywood). Hollywood is reeling and turning on itself. Talk about “sweet revenge”- it turns out there is a war against women. It’s conducted by the 100% liberal Democrat men of Hollywood.


    Take the NFL.
    If any organization is even more powerful than Hollywood, it’s the billionaire boys club of the NFL. They too picked a fight with Trump over players kneeling for the national anthem. “The Trump spell” has (ironically) brought the entire league to its knees. TV ratings have collapsed. 3.3 million less fans watch NFL games. Ticket sales are down dramatically. Stadiums are empty all over the league. The value of CBS and Fox has even been depressed (they televise the games). ESPN is reeling. And polls show the NFL in two months has gone from the #1 sport in America to #6. Owners are panicking. “The Trump spell” strikes again.

    Take Ivy League economists. All the Ivy League eggheads from Harvard claimed Trump would ruin the economy. As recently as days ago, a prominent economist from the liberal Brookings Institute called the outlook for Trump’s economy “bleak.” As of today, the 3rd quarter GDP is expected to be 3%. That means Trump’s first two full quarters as president produced 3% or higher GDP. That’s almost 3 times faster economic growth than the average of 1.3% GDP during Obama’s eight years. “The Trump spell” just made fancy Ivy League economists look like ignorant fools.

    Take the GOP establishment. Formerly popular U.S. Senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker decided to retire rather than face certain defeat from Trump voters. Take my advice Dean Heller- you’re next. Trust me, if unknown Kelli Ward was 15 to 20 points ahead of Jeff Flake, then Danny Tarkanian will defeat Nevada’s Senator Dean Heller (R-RINO). If I was Senator Heller, I’d be phoning DC lobbying firms looking for jobs.

    Take the Bush dynasty. Trump drives “anti-Trumpers” into fits of rage and idiocy. He forces them out of the swamp. He forces them to “out” themselves. Next thing you know former GOP icons have ruined their brand names. Look no further than Mitt Romney and George W. Bush. Ask any of the 63 million Trump voters who make up the base of the GOP. Romney is now ex-communicated. And Bush is even worse. He never said one word about Obama in eight long years. He never criticized Obamacare, or climate change, or heavy taxes, or the Iran treaty. Bush said it isn’t a former president’s role to ever criticize the current president. Yet Bush felt a desperate need to denigrate Trump, a Republican tax cutter? W. went from beloved to hated in a New York Minute. Trust me, the Bush dynasty is kaput.

    Take the Clinton Crime Machine. Then there’s the biggest trophy of all. Trump has finally driven a stake through Hillary, Bill, the Clinton Foundation, the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Podestas, Robert Mueller, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Loretta Lynch, Rod Rosenstein- they’re all tied in recent days to massive, multiple Clinton scandals.

    Refer back to my March 8th newspaper column in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

    https://www.reviewjournal.com/opini...-what-about-the-russians-and-hillary-clinton/

    Exactly as I predicted, the entire “Russian collusion scandal” is true- except it’s Hillary and her friends that did the dirty deeds. They sold a large portion of America’s uranium stock in return for massive bribes disguised as “donations” to the Clinton Foundation and Bill Clinton speaking fees. The FBI knew about it and covered it up. Then-FBI Director Robert Mueller raced around handing over uranium samples to the Russians. Many people involved will wind up in prison.

    But wait it gets better. Hillary’s campaign and the DNC paid (illegally) for a dossier about Trump’s “Russian collusion” crimes. They violated FEC campaign finance laws by hiding the use of proceeds. The dossier was 100% fraud. They gave money to Russian officials for the fake news. There’s your Russian collusion. Then James Comey and the FBI used the fake dossier as an excuse to get FISA warrants to listen in on the Trump campaign team. This makes Watergate look like kids play.

    The Clintons are finished. Forever. So are their pals in the FBI who covered up the Uranium One deal. So are their pals in the FBI who used a fake dossier on Trump to gain warrants to listen in on Trump’s campaign.

    “The Trump spell” takes down everyone and wins everything. I can’t wait for 2020.

    Wayne Allyn Root is the host off “WAR Now: The Wayne Allyn Root Show” on Newsmax TV, nightly at 8 PM ET, found on DirecTV channel #349, or at NewsmaxTV.com. He is also a nationally syndicated radio host of “WAR Now: The Wayne Allyn Root Show” on USA Radio Network.
     
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    U.S. EPA to Review How Clean Air, Water Laws Affect Energy Sector Jobs

    October 27, 2017 by Reuters


    By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday it will review how bedrock laws like the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act affect energy industry job losses, one of several measures U.S. agencies will take to “reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens” on business.

    The measure was one of four initiatives proposed by the EPA to help carry out an executive order issued by President Donald Trump in March. He directed cabinet chiefs to identify ways to ease regulatory burdens on energy development.

    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke each announced separate lists of measures they sent to the president to carry out his order.

    “We are working to curb unnecessary and duplicative regulatory burdens that do not serve the American people,” Pruitt said in a statement.

    Environmental groups said the plans submitted by the agency heads are putting U.S. natural resources in the hands of polluters.

    “The Trump Administration is intent on putting oil, gas and coal companies in charge of when, where and how they exploit taxpayer-owned resources,” said Kate Kelly, public lands director for the liberal Center for American Progress.

    The EPA will conduct a study to weigh how its regulations affect job losses in sectors like coal. A federal court has ruled that the EPA did not need to conduct such an assessment.

    The EPA will also create a task force to simplify the permit process for building new polluting facilities, weigh options to revamp national ambient air quality standards and launch a “smart sectors” program to engage with industries as it crafts regulations.

    The Energy Department said it will focus on streamlining natural gas exports, review its national laboratory policies, review National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations for approving major infrastructure projects and reviewing the agency’s popular household appliance standards program.

    The Interior Department submitted what it called an “energy burdens” report to the president, which outlines some Obama-era regulations it has started to reverse or reform, or has plans to.

    This includes lifting the moratorium on coal leases on federal land, reviewing regulations on fracking on federal and tribal land, developing a five-year plan for offshore drilling and streamlining the federal leasing program and permitting process. (Reporting By Valerie Volcovici; Editing by David Gregorio)

    (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2017.

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    THIS is why we have bushes coming out of the woodwork like roaches. THIS is what matters most right now folks, Trump's team will make the US wealthy again and with new wealth flowing back to the middle class he and we win every other battle to MAGA.
    The snipes and attacks by the media are a side show distraction. Don't get sucked in, pray we win this most important battle.

    Multinational Global and Financial Interests Attempt Ridiculous Smear To Cloud U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross…

    Posted on November 6, 2017 by sundance

    As any interested geopolitical observer will undoubtedly note, the Trump administration is systematically deconstructing the capability of multinational corporate interests to continue their decades-long exploitation of political and economic control.

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    Within that geopolitical battle President Donald Trump assembled a team of the sharpest, smartest and most patriotic U.S. economic insiders any administration has ever put together. These are, quite frankly “the killers” President Trump talked about during the campaign.

    The killers, dragon slayers amid the big and consequential battles, are, as an outcome of their intended objective, an existential threat to the influence of globalists who have held exclusive multinational economic control and influence for the past 30+ years.

    Chief among the team is Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross; a multi-billionaire in the strata of trade and finance, who, like Trump and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, set aside his own life of wealth accumulation and went to work on behalf of team ‘America-First’. The goal of Ross is to deconstruct and restructure international trade agreements which have been killing the American middle-class for decades. In that role, Wilbur Ross is a preeminent threat.

    It cannot be overstated how effective the America-First team are in carrying out their strategy. USTR Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross are crushing their globalist opponents.

    On virtually every continent the state actors within the multinational systems are reacting to the tectonic changes in geopolitical economics. India, China, Russia, the European Union, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Mexico, South America, Africa, Australia and the larger economies within the ASEAN nations are all changing or reversing their economic positions specifically because there’s a new head at the table of influence commanded by President Donald J Trump.


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    The signs are significant, the changes are ongoing, and at a level almost incomprehensible for the media to ever accept, President Trump is winning. From K-Street influences over congress striking out, to Saudi Arabia taking action against their ‘bad actors’ to attacks by former Presidents‘, it’s all connected; all of the opposition is enmeshed in the big picture.

    Yes, there are Trillions at stake, and nationalism (the outlook of self interest for mutual benefit) is driving down the global world-view and re-framing international economic policy engagement. Multilateral trade deals are ‘out’, and bilateral trade deals are ‘in’. Despite the Western media attempting to shore-up the value of the globalist perspective it’s not working. The signs are EVERYWHERE:

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    The world is breaking its clean-energy promise after Paris https://bloom.bg/2j3GG8c

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    Yes, President Trump, the man and his policy team, is an existential threat to the elitist hierarchy of things well beyond the borders of the DC Swamp. In the era of explaining the complex it’s a planetary economic reset almost too massive and consequential to encapsulate in words.

    THIS is the backdrop for the most ridiculous attack on a key and central figure on Team America. This is the backdrop for global left-wing sympathizers to lash out against Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. This is what it looks like when economic ideologies begin to accept the reality they are no match for Team America.

    Wilbur Ross holds blind-partnership interest in a company (Navigator), that does business with another company (Sibur – a gas producer) who had a former stakeholder who is the son-in-law of a Russian (Putin). Yes, that’s the severity of the stretch the opposition is now attempting. Oh, and when Ross filed his disclosure forms, his relationship to the board of Navigator was well known and fully disclosed.

    Associated Press Story HERE and Reuters News Story HERE

    […] Ross, a billionaire investor who is helping to shape Republican President Donald Trump’s trade policy, was criticized when several media outlets reported that he had failed to disclose that one of Navigator’s clients is Russian gas and petrochemical company Sibur.

    Sibur’s owners include Putin’s son-in-law, Kirill Shamalov, and Gennady Timchenko, a Putin associate who is subject to U.S. Treasury sanctions.

    The information is based on leaked documents from offshore law firm Appleby that are part of the so-called Paradise Papers, which show details of business dealings by wealthy people and institutions ranging from Ross to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and trading firm Glencore (GLEN.L). They were obtained by Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and some media outlets and published on Sunday. (read more)

    Despite the pearl-clutching ‘gotcha-isms’ of the banana-chasing media, Secretary Ross’s response is, well, as priceless as it is succinct. WATCH and ENJOY:


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    U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross ‘Likely’ to Divest Stake in Russia-Linked Navigator Holdings

    November 6, 2017 by Reuters


    WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday he probably would not keep his holdings in a shipping company with business ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle and that he had fully and properly disclosed investments.

    Pressed on whether he would retain the interest in Navigator Holdings, Ross told Bloomberg Television: “I’ve been actually selling it anyway, but that isn’t because of this.”

    Ross, a billionaire investor who is helping to shape Republican President Donald Trump’s trade policy, was criticized when several media outlets reported that he had failed to disclose that one of Navigator’s clients is Russian gas and petrochemical company Sibur.

    Sibur’s owners include Putin’s son-in-law, Kirill Shamalov, and Gennady Timchenko, a Putin associate who is subject to U.S. Treasury sanctions.

    The information is based on leaked documents from offshore law firm Appleby that are part of the so-called Paradise Papers, which show details of business dealings by wealthy people and institutions ranging from Ross to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and trading firm Glencore. They were obtained by Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and some media outlets and published on Sunday.

    Reuters has not independently verified the documents.

    The Paradise Papers are the second release of its kind by the ICIJ, which last year published the “Panama Papers,” leaked documents from Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca that chronicled a shadowy world of offshore holdings and hidden wealth.

    Ross said in multiple media interviews that he had fully disclosed his stake in Navigator Holdings as part of government ethics requirements.

    “There was disclosure, there is no impropriety and if people draw a contrary conclusion that’s because the papers have twisted the story and made it into something that it’s not there,” Ross told the BBC.

    U.S. media said partnerships used by Ross have a 31 percent stake in Navigator Holdings, which was included in Ross’ 57-page public financial disclosure report filed in December, before he officially joined the Trump administration.

    Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, said Ross had deceived the public as well as lawmakers who had confirmed his appointment to Trump’s Cabinet after he promised to divest holdings that posed conflicts.

    Blumenthal called for an investigation and hearings.

    “If he fails to present a clear and compelling explanation, he ought to resign,” Blumenthal told MSNBC.

    Senate Commerce Committee spokesman Frederick Hill said that Ross’ interest in Navigator was disclosed to the panel, but added: “The committee expects Secretary Ross will follow the advice of his department’s ethics officials should there be a determination that any holding creates a conflict of interest.”

    Navigator did not come up at Ross’ confirmation hearing in January, but he was asked about his decision to retain an interest in Diamond S Shipping, which operates 33 petroleum product tankers.

    Ross said his research showed that no ocean shipping cases had ever come before the Commerce Department. Ocean shipping is regulated by the Federal Maritime Commission, an independent agency.

    But asked by Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell if he would look at additional areas for possible further recusals from potential conflicts of interest, Ross replied: “I intend to be quite scrupulous about recusal in any topic where there is the slightest scintilla of a doubt.”

    Scrutiny of any ties between Russia and Trump administration officials has intensified with investigations into allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election campaign and potential collusion by the Trump campaign. The Kremlin has denied such meddling and Trump has denied any collusion.

    Officials from Navigator could not be reached for comment.

    Appleby released a statement late on Sunday saying that the release of its documents was the result of “an illegal computer hack” and not a leak.

    “This was not the work of anybody who works at Appleby,” the firm with offices in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and other offshore jurisdictions said. Appleby said there was no evidence of any wrongdoing.

    (Reporting by David Lawder; additional reporting by Barbara Lewis, Mike Holden, Andy MacAskill and Andy Bruce in London, Katya Golubkova in Moscow, and Susan Heavey in Washington; Editing by Frances Kerry and Grant McCool)

    (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2017.

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    Not a Good Look for the Secretary of Commerce -Editorial

    November 6, 2017 by Bloomberg


    By The Editors (Bloomberg View) — “Appearance,” Plato observed, “tyrannizes over truth.” President Donald Trump’s administration should keep that in mind when attending to its latest conflict-of-interest scandal.

    According to news reports based on leaks from a Bermuda law firm, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross did not disclose business ties with people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ross holds an investment in Navigator Holdings Ltd., which does business with a company owned by Putin’s son-in-law and another Russian who is subject to U.S. sanctions.

    Give the secretary the benefit of the doubt for a moment. He hasn’t been accused of a crime. He has complicated finances. And he could be forgiven for not knowing every detail of every deal done by companies he invests in. But this is all the more reason he should’ve divested himself from such holdings when he was first confirmed: to remove the appearance of a conflict.

    Instead, Ross chose to maintain stakes in several entities that invest in shipping and real estate, most registered in the Cayman Islands, while declining to explain why. Now he has “recused himself from transoceanic shipping matters” — which really is not a great subject for a commerce secretary to recuse himself from.

    Nor is this Ross’s only apparent conflict. He has negotiated a trade deal with China while retaining investments in shipping and natural-gas exploration companies that could directly benefit from it. He owns stakes in an oil-tanker company even though his department regulates oil spills. His global shipping and real-estate holdings — worth up to $41.5 million — create innumerable avenues for impropriety, by Ross or by those seeking to influence him. From the start, he has taken every available opportunity to delay disclosures or divestments.

    Such behavior would ordinarily constitute a scandal. In this administration, where “not technically illegal” is the reigning ethical standard, it’s more or less routine. Members of Trump’s administration have shown extreme indifference to conflicts of interest. They have flouted ethics requirements. They work on areas of public policy that might benefit them financially. They seem to get remarkably forgetful when filling out disclosure forms or testifying under oath.

    All this, of course, starts at the top. The man in the Oval Office has comprehensively failed to extricate himself from his family businesses, release his tax returns, or divulge key details about his finances. He hasn’t even bothered to come up with plausible excuses. “The president can’t have a conflict of interest,” he once said, falsely, and left it at that. Meanwhile, foreign dignitaries duly drop by his hotels.

    Even if everyone in Trump’s White House were flawlessly virtuous, the mere appearance of so many conflicts erodes public trust. (The indictments and grand-jury proceedings don’t help.) Entering public service means adhering to norms and principles intended to demonstrate propriety, above and beyond what the letter of the law states. Wilbur Ross probably didn’t commit a crime — but surely the commerce secretary can aim for a higher standard than that.

    -Editors: Timothy Lavin, Michael Newman.

    © 2017 Bloomberg L.P

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    November 8, 2016: The Untold Story of Breitbart’s Election Night
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    by CHARLIE SPIERING AND AMANDA HOUSE8 Nov 20178,985

    November 8, 2016, was a historic day as President Donald Trump pulled off one of the biggest political upsets in political history. But many of the details were lost in the crazy development of the late-night and early morning hours.
    We asked our Breitbart News staff, inspired by Esquire‘s behind the scenes look into the campaigns and some of the newsrooms, to share some of their election night memories with our readers. We hope you enjoy it and encourage everyone to post their own memories on social media or in the comments below.

    Happy MAGA Day!

    The Run-Up
    Rebecca Mansour, Senior West Coast Editor-at-Large: During a morning editorial call a few weeks before Steve left us to run the campaign, I made a comment prefaced with the words, “if Trump wins.” Steve interrupted me, “Wait. Stop. Don’t say, ‘if!’” He then launched into an impromptu St. Crispin’s Day speech, mixing in arcane history, pop culture trash talk, and a few Bannonesque poetic flourishes. At one point, I think he even referenced that ultimate symbol of a doomed endeavor: Pickett’s Charge.

    That last week of the election, I was uncharacteristically optimistic. Friends and family in my home state of Michigan told me that Trump was flooding the airwaves with a brilliant two-minute ad that explained his populist and economic nationalist message. And Michigan LOVED it. It was a love letter to the Rust Belt.

    Joel Pollak, Senior Editor-at-Large: The first time I really thought — fleetingly — that Trump would win was at the “Midnight Special” speech in Virginia. It was Nov. 6, the Sunday before Election Day, and the speech was supposed to start at 9:30 pm. But Trump was running late, uncharacteristically. He had already been to five other states and held four rallies that day. I was traveling with the press pool and we arrived, finally, at 12:30 am, reaching the barn in Loudon County where the crowd was waiting. And wow! They were still waiting — thousands in the barn and perhaps thousands outside. Parents were in the crowd holding their sleepy kids on their shoulders, on a school night. When I asked them why they had come, they said: “To be part of history.” That’s when I texted my wife and told her that I thought Trump might actually do this. I was skeptical again by Election Day itself. But that was one of the little glimmering moments of hope for the Trump campaign.

    Michelle Moons, Reporter: After spending a month on the Trump-Pence campaign trail, witnessing firsthand an enthusiasm among Americans that defied every poll or conventional wisdom pundit, I knew something special was coming that night.

    Adelle Nazarian, Reporter: Shortly before I moved to D.C., several of our colleagues were sitting at our headquarters in Los Angeles watching TV — the news blazing with Fox, CNN, and MSNBC on three screens — when one of my colleagues asked me, “There’s a gun to your head. Does Trump win, yes or no?” It took about 5 seconds for me to answer, but I said, “Yes!”

    I remember traveling with Mike Pence on November 7th from Traverse City, Michigan, to Erie, Pennsylvania, where he held his final solo rally — the day before Election Day — that sealed the deal. As I, and the rest of the media, passed him on our way out of the aircraft, Pence looked at me and said, “one more.” But I knew that, in those words, his work had just begun. At the Trump-Pence joint rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, later that evening, there was an unprecedented energy in the atmosphere.

    Robert Marlow, Senior Homepage Editor: My daughter Molly called me from New York on the day before the 2016 election and told me she was very worried that Donald Trump was not going to win the presidency. I “promised” her that Trump would win. At stake was, first, a near perfect track record of keeping my promises to my children … and, second, the fate of Western Civilization.

    Michael Patrick Leahy, Polling Editor: I had no doubt Trump would win. I predicted 300 electoral votes publicly late September at a speech to Williamson County Republican women. I knew he would win Michigan due to the refugee issue. The only state that would later surprise me was Wisconsin. I thought he had a chance in Minnesota due to the refugee issue as well but thought he would come up a little short due to the overwhelming liberal bias of the local media there. We later found out, Trump ended up losing the state by barely 40,000 votes.


    Jeff Poor, TV Editor: After well over a decade of being in the business of monitoring radio and cable news, tolerating smug punditry was just part of the job. Earlier in the week, The Atlantic’s David Frum predicted “a scorched earth period of recrimination” for Trump supporters coming after Trump’s inevitable loss. A day before the election, MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt was advising Donald Trump on air to prepare a concession speech.

    Charlie Spiering, White House Correspondent: I went shooting at a gun range with a couple of friends the weekend before the election and only one predicted that Trump was going to win in a landslide. I said it was a “High Energy” prediction but said something lame like, “anything can happen.”

    I took the train to New York City on Monday after I was assigned to cover Hillary Clinton’s election night at her campaign headquarters and met up with our editorial staff at the hotel bar. I specifically remember telling Breitbart COO Jon Kahn that Trump would win Florida, Ohio, and North Carolina, but he couldn’t win the presidency without winning Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, or Michigan. I was the wet blanket at the bar that night. I had credentials to both campaign headquarters, but I was expected to cover Hillary Clinton first. My only consolation was that maybe I would personally witness history if she won.

    James Delingpole: In late summer of ’16, I got a frantic call from a journalist on Britain’s glossiest magazine, Tatler. He was trying to find someone, anyone, even halfway well-known in Britain who would admit to being a supporter of Donald Trump. Clearly, he must have been desperate because, apart from Canadian media mogul Conrad Black and Viscount Monckton, about the only one he could find to quote was me. I said: “I think he gets modern culture in a way a lot of people don’t. Trump and the age have coalesced. We have reached peak liberal-left stupid. Trump stamps all over that. If you believe the defining characteristic of our age is to virtue-signal, then Trump is the anti-virtue signaller.”

    Aaron Klein, Jerusalem Editor: I watched as the fake news media repeatedly smeared Donald Trump with baseless accusations regarding women while not only ignoring but actively minimizing Bill and Hillary Clinton’s actual war against women. The establishment media were going to let Hillary get away with running on a platform of empowering women even though she enabled her husband’s predatory behavior and allegedly engaged in a campaign to silence Bill’s traumatized sexual assault victims. I knew that I had to do something. And so I did.

    Alex Marlow, Editor-in-Chief: Mrs. Dr. Marlow and I voted early at our Northwest Washington, D.C. polling place a couple weeks before the election. I remember waiting to cast our ballots in a seating area in the middle of a community center auditorium thinking that virtually everyone in the crowded room hated Trump, hated Breitbart, and was there to vote for the most corrupt person ever nominated for President by a major American political party, Hillary Clinton. I still couldn’t help smiling.

    Election Day
    Alex Marlow: Election day got off to a fast start for me. I woke up in Manhattan and started the day hosting talk radio from SiriusXM’s Rockefeller Center studios. It was an exciting election to be in New York as both campaign HQs were there. I got to interviewthen-candidate Trump on Breitbart News Daily, and it was a cautiously upbeat conversation, focusing mostly on his efforts to build a “yuge tent” for the Republican Party.

    The consensus among the show’s guests and callers that day was that Trump would be victorious. I’m not one who frequently makes predictions, but I did state that Trump would win. I had gone through the math, and starting with a baseline of Romney’s 2012 electoral map, I thought Trump was going to hold onto North Carolina by a narrow margin and pick up Iowa, Ohio, and Florida fairly easily. That brought him to around 259 electoral votes, but, more importantly, I thought Hillary’s cap was about 279. All Trump had to do was surprise in one or two states — and there is always a surprise in one to two states — and he would become the next president. He had a lot of “outs,” while she had to hang on for dear life.

    Rebecca Mansour: In our morning senior editorial call on Election Day, our editor-in-chief Alex Marlow asked us for our final assessments of the race. I surprised myself by saying, “I feel really good about Trump’s chances. I think he can do it.” That was a big turn-around for a gal who had been playing Debbie Downer for months.

    Katherine Rodriguez, Pre-viral Reporter: I cast my vote around 11 am at a polling place in Randolph, New Jersey, and noticed a lot more Republicans showing up to cast their votes than Democrats based on the number of ballots being handed out. I didn’t think anything of it at the time, given that my precinct tends to lean Republican and that New Jersey as a whole is a pretty Democratic state.

    James Delingpole: I had two £50 bets placed at the bookmakers on Trump to win. The odds — 3 to 1 — were pretty poor, it seemed to me, given that EVERYONE was saying Trump was going to lose. And now, here were the polls saying he didn’t have a hope of winning. At this point, a thought crossed my mind: it was just like this in the last stages of the Brexit vote. All the experts were saying, right to the last minute, that the Remainers were going to win, yet they lost. My gut was telling me this might be a re-run. I thought of how Trump had toured the country hard in the way that Nigel Farage had toured the country hard. I thought of the rapturous reception both had received at rallies, reaching the kind of people who didn’t normally vote and who might confound the pollsters. Sadly, I didn’t trust my gut enough to place another bet — which was annoying. On the last day, I could have got odds of 8 to 1.

    Charlie Spiering: I went to Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, prayed for our country, and ate a massive breakfast. The campaign was over. Later I went back to my hotel room and tried to get some sleep, but that was impossible.

    Frances Martel, National Security Editor: Election Day was an unnaturally sunny, silent day in New Jersey. I remember being the only person at the polling station when I voted, and almost certainly the only Republican. It was eerily quiet outside and, save for a flurry of “OMG OMG” texts from friends, quiet online too. After two years of campaigns, I think everyone had just run out of things to say.

    Ben Kew, Reporter: Although I remained convinced that Trump would lose, I remember seeing a memo from Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow claiming that Trump was performing better than expected in some early voting counties. This was cause for some cautious optimism.

    Wynton Hall, Social Media Consultant: I’m sitting there staring at all my social media analytics dashboards, and I realize that by midday Breitbart already had the equivalent of an NFL stadium-size audience just sitting on the Facebook page. The polls were far from closing, but folks weren’t going anywhere. Breitbart Nation was in position and manning their battle stations. They machine-gunned so many shares, comments, and reactions that Breitbart beat CNN, Fox News, and the New York Times in Election Day Facebook engagement. It was incredible to watch it unfold.

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    5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Rebecca Mansour: On the evening senior editorial call, Alex was careful not to give us a false sense of optimism or pessimism. None of us knew what the outcome would be. As he had throughout the campaign, Alex kept us positive and focused. We knew that whether Trump won or lost, Breitbart would be a target.

    Throughout the day, I had been texting and speaking with Jon Kahn, who was at the Trump campaign headquarters in New York City. As the polls began to close, Jon said the exit polls weren’t looking good. The Trump team was worried about Florida.

    Alex Swoyer, former Political Reporter: I was surprised at the initial exit polls favorable to Hillary Clinton because they just didn’t reflect the energy I had seen from voters out on the campaign trail when I️ spent time covering Iowa, Florida, and Ohio.

    Raheem Kassam, London Editor: I arrived at the Hilton in Midtown Manhattan pretty downbeat, if I’m honest. But it was the same feeling I had on the morning of June 23rd when we confounded the British and European political, corporate, and media establishments to lead the UK to an“Out” [Brexit] vote. A small gaggle of us huddled around a cash bar (yes, a cash bar!) in the Hilton, grabbing campaign paraphernalia for posterity, exchanging pleasantries about work, and wondering what our lives would look like under President Clinton.

    Amanda House, Deputy Political Editor: I was our newest editor then, so figured I’d take one for the team and cover Hillary with Charlie, our White House correspondent, while I expected the rest of the Breitbart crew in NY would be celebrating a hard-fought, but ultimately lost, battle.

    Getting into the Javits Center was a complete logistical nightmare. Once inside, they stuck us in the basement. The only “view” we had was whatever they piped in for us on the TV screens. As the evening progressed, the feed operator became increasingly anxious, obnoxiously changing the channel every minute or so between CNN, MSNBC, CBS, and ABC. Whenever the commentators started to say anything that wasn’t pro-Hillary it seemed — *Click* — It was time for yet another one-minute promo of Hillary tracked to either Katy Perry’s “Roar” or Sarah Bareilles’s “Brave.” I was in “I’m-With-Her”-feminism hell.

    Charlie Spiering: I met up with my colleague Amanda House to cover Hillary Clinton’s election night party. Amid the chaos of security and credentialing into the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, we realized that most digital/print media was stuck in the basement with no line of sight to the stage or any of her supporters. What a joke! TV media and campaign trail press were allowed space in the arena but had to have special passes.

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    6:33 PM - Nov 8, 2016
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    I chatted with a few reporters I knew, waiting for the election results to come in. Many reporters already had their stories written, I idly jotted down some notes as we waited. Florida came in hot, looking blue for Hillary, and the crowd of her supporters was going wild — we could hear them from the basement.

    Ben Kew: I was sitting on the pool deck of a hotel in Caracas, Venezuela, speaking to some Americans. They told me they would rather live in Venezuela, a country ruined by socialism, than Trump’s America. This made me more nervous as I realized just how much was at stake. As I went back to my hotel room to follow the night’s events, I heard a Democratic strategist saying how he expected it to be a “strong night for Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.” My worst fears were realized.

    Joel Pollak, from How Trump Won:

    At my friend’s apartment, I lie down for a nap for exactly 15 minutes. I wake to the news that pollster Frank Luntz, citing some new numbers, has projected Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States. People are still voting, but the election seems over. I dress for the evening and head uptown, in a state of resignation. I spend the subway ride pondering different options for drowning my sorrows. I conclude that none of them is any good, and I may as well just do my work. I find my way to the hotel, past a few Trump supporters. The street in front of the New York Midtown Hilton is still largely empty. Walking into the building feels like going to a funeral, as people prepare to console one another.

    Dan Flynn, Editor: Fresh from casting a ballot for Trump in school’s mock election, and the ensuing grief that choice caused among their fellow Massachusetts youth (try being six and the only girl casting a sans-Australian-ballot vote for Trump in a Bay State classroom), the second- and fifth-graders in my home wanted to know what state victories meant a national victory for their preferred candidate. My children believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, so, as a seasoned writer on politics who knew better than to put much stock in a Trump victory, I played along and told them he needed to win North Carolina to retain a chance and that, if he won Wisconsin, Clinton held no chance.

    Alex Marlow: I was working the front page at Breitbart.com and tracking three things at this time: 1) Smug media-types embarrassing themselves on various social platforms. 2) I had a keen eye on Florida, where the polls closed at 7 p.m. Early returns showed Trump well ahead, but then he seemed to plummet. I led our evening editorial call, showered, got dressed, and headed into SiriusXM’s studios for our nighttime simulcast for The Patriot Channel 125 and Breitbart.com. I checked my phone while walking and saw that Trump had retaken the lead in the Sunshine State. That’s when things got fun. 3) It was around this time I found — and subsequently became obsessed with — a Reuters exit poll that revealed unprecedented disdain for both the political and media establishments among the electorate (the post has over 77,000+ comments). I plastered the data all over our front page, and we were immediately heckled by blue checkmarks, who suggested we were living in an alternate reality. Their laughter soon turned to tears. The highlights from the poll:

    – 75 percent agree that “America needs a strong leader to take the country back from the rich and powerful.”

    – 72 percent agree “the American economy is rigged to advantage the rich and powerful.”

    – 68 percent agree that “traditional parties and politicians don’t care about people like me.”

    – 76 percent believe “the mainstream media is more interested in making money than telling the truth.”

    8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
    Alex Marlow: I broadcast live with David Webb, Andrew Wilcow, and guests from SiriusXM’s glass studio known as the “fishbowl” in front of a small live audience. I provided news updates, while they supplied the color commentary. I was frantically refreshing browsers on a couple monitors for up-to-the-second updates. When Ohio turned into a blowout, the atmosphere became electric. The most compelling data to chart was the New York Times’ election forecaster which provided real-time betting odds on who would win. At the start of the day, it had Clinton at 85 percent.

    Wynn Marlow, Associate Political Editor: My daughter Molly and I took a cab to the Hilton Hotel, NYC, to attend the gathering optimistically called the Trump Victory Party. It was around 8:30 p.m. The street was closed to traffic and the security detail itself exuded excitement. We were escorted to an enormous ballroom where the press was allowed to congregate. Women for Trump posters were on the tables. MAGA hats were distributed to one and all. There were huge TV screens hanging, tuned to Fox News. Oddly, there were no chairs at all. Reporters stood at small pedestal tables with their laptops. There was a cash bar at one end of the room. No surprise, perhaps, that the Breitbart contingent ended up congregating on the floor, against a pillar, next to the bar. Milo was there with his entourage. CEO Larry Solov and COO Jon Kahn came over from Trump Tower where the campaign was waiting for the returns. Matt Boyle bounced around the room in his MAGA hat. Everyone wore big smiles amid the excitement of the moment, the supreme sense of historical significance.

    Raheem Kassam: Just like Brexit, the atmospheres were similar as the nights wore on: sore feet, sore heads, and glances of disbelief at friends and acquaintances. Not a word had to be exchanged in those moments. As eyes locked, both parties quizzically but clearly conveyed the voiceless words: “Are you seeing what I’m seeing? Am I going crazy? Have we actually done this?”

    Charlie Spiering: At 8:30 p.m., Debbie Wasserman Schultz was spotted at Clinton HQ, and reporters scrambled to ask her about Florida. “The jury’s still out,” she said, looking nervous. Maybe it wasn’t going to be a short night after all. By 9:00 p.m. everything had changed, reporters stopped talking, laughing, and waiting and started getting anxious watching election results come in. The cheering upstairs had dampened.

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    Shortly after 10:00 p.m., Hillary Clinton was called the winner of Virginia, prompting wild cheers from supporters although the tide was turning the opposite direction. Amanda and I agreed it was time to leave and make our way to the Trump headquarters. As we left, we could see everyone inside the glass box building, literally trapped in a glass cage of emotion.

    Amanda House: When Team Hillary cut all news programming in the media room to run a four-minute “History of Hillary Clinton” video, I knew something was up. I checked twitter and, sure enough, the markets had turned. The globe was watching. The Democrats, the NeverTrumpers, the world had placed their bets on Hillary, and, as the reporter from one of our alphabetical news outlet neighbors, Black Enterprise, whispered to her colleague, “It [was] not looking good.”

    Charlie and I were refreshing the NYT election tracker, trying to get a better sense of what was really happening outside. Hillary started out the day with an 85 percent chance of winning. By 9:30 p.m., Trump was at 51 percent, Clinton 49. Hillary had tweeted something ominous a few minutes earlier about “ whatever happens tonight, thank you for everything.” By 10 p.m., the DOW was plunging. A few minutes later, I saw reports online that Hillary’s campaign was on “lockdown. As they were throwing Katy Perry on the stage, I remember telling Charlie, “As soon as Florida or Virgina go, we’re leaving.”

    They were both nail bitters, but Virginia was called soon thereafter for Hillary. The NYT tracker had jumped to something like 90 percent for Trump though. At that point, I thought, “It’s done. No one wants to call it yet, but he’s won Florida.” It was done. And from our labeled “BREITBART” desk, I could feel everyone’s eyes on us. I could no longer see our friends from the Daily Caller. Hillary’s HQ was in full meltdown. I knew it was time to get out of there.



    Joel Pollak, from How Trump Won:

    This is Game 7, all right. Now, somehow, I find myself calming down. I am in Cubs mode. Instead of watching the television—which I could do anywhere—I decide to work, to write about the mood swings and the tension in the air. And as I do so, I feel just a little glimmer of that familiar feeling, that sense I had in the Armory Ballroom in New Hampshire, the feeling that Trump is going to win. I quickly suppress the thought. He is still likely to lose. It would be nice, looking back, to have believed in a win, this late in the game. But it seems impossible.

    Frances Martel: I had been going on about Trump having what it takes to win since easily 2012, but now, it was impossible to imagine the reality of a President Donald Trump. Somehow, “President Hillary Clinton” sounded even less likely.

    Dan Flynn: A strange thing happened: events vindicated naivety and mocked expertise. Brett Baier calling North Carolina for Trump elicited a reaction similar to that which greeted Al Michaels calling Malcolm Butler’s interception. Thousands of pounds of house shook as only hundreds of pounds of kid could make it (surely the funeral-home-quiet abodes that surrounded heard, nay, felt the ruckus). This would repeat later in the evening with Wisconsin (and, truth be told, other states that I did not think of as barometers), and Rachel Maddow’s unintentionally-amusing sulfur-face acted as the substitute for Richard Sherman’s horrified, televised frown from two years earlier.

    Alex Swoyer: I remember being certain Donald Trump would come out on top when Florida was tied with only the panhandle left to be counted. Trump had massive support in that area and throughout the gulf coast states.

    Alex Marlow: Watching the NYT tracker go from 85 percent Clinton to >95 percent Trump was one of the great pleasures of my life.




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    10:53 PM - Nov 8, 2016


    11 p.m. – 1 a.m.
    Alex Marlow: After our live coverage ended, I left SiriusXM and walked uptown through Manhattan toward my Central Park South hotel and it was, as others have said, much like the zombie apocalypse (I’m a zombie movie superfan). The quiet was surreal. A Trump victory was inevitable at this point, but I was mostly in “work mode,” so I was not yet in a celebratory mindset. It was a privilege to be the caretaker of Breitbart.com at such a historic moment, and I was savoring it.

    Jeff Poor: Throughout the night, The New York Times had a dial prognosticating which way the election would go — for Hillary or Trump. Once that dial passed the “tossup” category and moved to “leaning” toward Trump early in the evening, I knew Frum, Schmidt, and all the others forecasting a Hillary Clinton landslide were going regret their earlier prognostications. And that turned out to be the case.

    Neil Munro, Editor: I got to the White House around 12:00 a.m. and the plaza at Lafayette Square was jammed with a mass of young people, some cheering, some shouting, most just watching. An allied mob of Islamic advocates, Black Lives Matter, and left-wingers snaked its way into and around the crowd, endlessly and pointlessly shouting “F*** Donald Trump, F*** Donald Trump.” One Trump supporter pushed himself into the middle of the Trump-haters and grinned from ear to ear as they yelled in his face. Bernie Sanders’ supporters stood around mournfully. The most bizarre behavior came from a few handfuls of wealthy female students who loudly wailed and wept, so manipulating their male friends to serve as resentful bodyguards for a public display of female anger and power.

    Katherine Rodriguez: I had checked the electoral college map on Politico one last time before heading to bed, seeing Hillary ahead but not by much as Trump gained momentum. I was cautiously optimistic that I would not wake up to a “President Hillary Clinton” the next morning, but I expected the worst.

    Charlie Spiering: When we finally got through security and into Trump Election HQ, Wisconsin was called for Trump. That’s when I knew it was real. The party atmosphere turned into a roar. People wearing red MAGA hats bought beers from the cash bar and began shouting, high-fiving, and chanting, “TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP!” I snapped pictures with my Breitbart colleagues and slipped into the crowd directly in front of the stage. Fox News was being broadcast live and people were cheering and jeering the media as the election night rolled on. I spotted several campaign aides and even Sen. Jeff Sessions wading through the crowd, shaking hands and greeting supporters who were by the stage. I was witnessing history.

    A friend spotted me in this AP photo of election night. It perfectly captures what I was feeling:

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    Another friend texted me to say, “I am so drunk, I want this done!”

    Amanda House: The evening dragged on forever. Some of us were sitting on the ground near the bar — tired, anxious, and double checking our math. At some point, I remember seeing Canada’s immigration site had crashed. This was really happening. At this point, it seemed like it was Hillary who needed the miracle.

    Joel Pollak, from How Trump Won:

    Underneath my dress shirt, I am wearing a t-shirt bearing the face of Andrew Breitbart. I am not going to reveal it unless Trump is winning decisively. I begin to think about when: Wisconsin, or Michigan. I send some encouraging text messages to my wife. I watch the monitors, which are tuned to Fox News. The conservative network is showing the tense, bewildered scene at the Clinton party at the Jacob K. Javits Center. I keep ignoring those who say Trump is going to win—including the Times, which is now putting the probability of a Trump victory above 90 percent. Then, suddenly, Wisconsin is called. “It’s over,” I tell the people near me, as I remove my tie, and bare my Breitbart t-shirt to the world.

    Rebecca Mansour: One by one, Trump was winning his “must have” states. But there was still that so-called “blue wall” of states that served as Hillary’s Maginot Line. Trump would have to flip at least one of them to win. And then it happened. Wisconsin was called for Trump!

    I immediately jumped in our internal Slack channel and typed: “BLUE WALL DOWN!! BLUE WALL DOWN!!” That was the moment Trump won. As goes Wisconsin, so goes Pennsylvania. And Michigan.

    Michigan would officially be called for Trump a few weeks after the election. But we knew that night Trump had won there.

    Wynn Marlow: As November 8 began to bleed into November 9 and the election still unresolved, the mood in the ballroom took on a slightly surreal quality. At least for me, it felt kind of out-of-body, the finish line like a shimmering mirage in the distance. I remember letting out a victory yelp when Fox announced that Wisconsin had gone for Trump. That was unexpected. That was YUGE.

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    Some of the Breitbart crew on election night at Trump’s Victory Party in New York City, NY. From left to right: Molly Marlow, Amanda House, Alex Swoyer, Adelle Nazarian, Wynn Marlow. (Photo courtesy: Wynn Marlow, Breitbart News)

    1 a.m. – 3 a.m.

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    2:34 AM - Nov 9, 2016


    Michael Patrick Leahy: Around one in the morning, I started getting calls from friends who were deliriously happy. “I can’t believe you were right that Trump would win!” was the consistent message from about half a dozen friends who called me during those early morning hours.

    Frances Martel: I fell asleep sometime around 2 a.m. when it seemed like it was really going to end up being Trump’s win but not quite certain yet and had what I thought was a weird dream where Trump had given a victory speech and everything!

    Wynn Marlow: The networks seemed to be taking an interminable time to call state results — as though they were dragging it out on purpose. The collected body in our ballroom began to groan loudly and yell at the TVs: “Call it!”

    Charlie Spiering: At 2:30 a.m., the crowd was getting impatient while watching the Fox News reports live from Trump campaign party. Everyone in the room turned around and started shouting at the anchor, “Call it! Call it! Call it!” Some saw on their phones that the Associated Press had called Pennsylvania for Trump, and they demanded that the cable networks deliver the verdict.

    At 2:40 a.m., Fox News made it official.

    The exhausted crowd roared when Trump went onstage with all of his campaign team. It was over.


    Wynn Marlow: Joyous famous faces like Jeff Sessions and Diamond and Silk began streaming out of the VIP room in a virtual conga line toward the stage that was being prepared for the newly elected President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. We all pressed into that part of the ballroom in exhausted anticipation. And then they arrived: Trump and his family and his campaign team, including our own Stephen K. Bannon. I don’t remember a word he said. All I knew was that we won!!!

    Adelle Nazarian: Watching Trump and his family enter the room after he won was unlike anything I’d ever witnessed in my life. I fell in love with my country again that night.

    Michelle Moons: As I watched the results roll in and the blue wall fall, I knew the grassroots movement I had seen in more states than I could keep track of would prevail that night. And as I watched enthusiasm rise in the Trump victory party and deflate among the Clinton election night event, I thought back to the faces and words of each rally-goer I interviewed along the way, from the teens to the seniors and those who said they were voting for the first time, for Trump, for the America First president who pledged to fight for those hurt by a failing economy, rising health insurance costs, illegal immigration, and politicians who fought more for their special interests than the American people.

    Amanda House: When we got reports that Hillary was not going to the Javits Center and Podesta was going instead, all I could think was, “Wow … How embarrassing.”

    Ben Kew: I sat there in my hotel room in Caracas, Venezuela, watching the BBC Coverage in disbelief as the results continued to roll in.

    Alex Marlow: I set the front page one last time at around 3:30 a.m. and handed it off to Robert Marlow, our night editor (and my dad). I hit the airwaves again for SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily at 6:00 a.m. Reality finally set in for me as I opened the show. I got chills announcing to our audience that Donald Trump would be the next President of the United States. I let a “Wow…” hang in the air for a few moments as our intro music played. I had never felt like I did at that moment.

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    If I had one regret about an otherwise perfect election day, it was that I didn’t get to spend enough time watching the contemptible media elite come to grips with the news live on air. It would have been hard to pick between Benedict ✨ Megyn ✨, Fake News CNN, far-left MSNBC, or myriad online streams from assorted NeverTrumpers and Obama Bros. It pains me to think about how much joy I missed while I was focused on work. Maybe someone will email me YouTube highlights.

    Rebecca Mansour: On November 8, 2016, the Hobbits and Deplorables won. For those of us who had been fighting in the conservative trenches for years, it was a vindication.

    That night, I scrolled through the comment section on our homepage and Facebook page to celebrate the moment with Breitbart readers. I was overwhelmed with gratitude toward them and astonished at what we accomplished together. It reminded me of how G.K. Chesterton described the reaction of the English victory over the Spanish Armanda or the Scots victory at Bannockburn: It was “a victory that astonished the victors.”

    Jeff Poor: At 3 a.m. ET, around when most media outlets called the election for Trump, for a brief moment, there was a pause and contrition on CNN and MSNBC. That relief after years of know-it-all punditry lasted for a few hours. Then it was on to excuse-making and the next chapter of American politics.

    Charlie Spiering: After waiting for a long time while Trump left the building, security finally let us out. It was past 3:00 a.m., and the bars in the area were all closed, so there was no time for additional celebrations. I walked to Trump Tower and watched as Trump fans continued to celebrate the historic night.

    Ezra Dulis, Deputy Managing Editor: I don’t have very strong memories from election night, as I was just watching TV and working on a dozen tasks for the site. Looking back over the Breitbart Twitter account, it seems I had bookmarked a bunch of weird gifs from The_Donald and elsewhere to react as states were called. The final one — taken from the old Transformers cartoon — I remember was very cathartic as the race was called. “Meme magic” had won; a bunch of weirdos goofing off on social media really did have more pull than an unprecedented tidal wave of corporate propaganda.


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    Morning After
    Alex Marlow: We tend to keep it classy at Breitbart News. People were thrilled on our radio show and morning editorial calls, but we all knew we had a lot of work to do. The left and the media were going to double down, and we were already gearing up for that. We never let up. Ever. That’s our edge. That’s why we do so much winning.

    Our last big front page election spread:

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    Aaron Klein: After three months on the campaign trail, I departed on a flight back to Tel Aviv, awed that I was able to play a role in getting out the truth and helping to shape the conversation of the race that changed the course of American history.

    James Delingpole: It was like Brexit all over. Trump had won, I had won, and all the worst people really were as upset as I hoped. This was no time for magnanimity in victory. This was a time to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, hear the lamentations of their women. Soon YouTube would be filled with compilation films of tearful liberals on political comment shows and suchlike reacting to Trump’s election like it was the end of the world. Mwahahah. A beautiful new dawn had begun — and at last I felt like I was on the right side of history.

    Wynton Hall: The Breitbart Facebook page was a full-blown party. No one wanted to leave; everyone wanted to comment and share.

    Charlie Spiering: That morning was a blur. I hardly slept at all and finally gave up and went to Dominique Ansel to buy my wife a cronut for her birthday. When I got back, I ran into Jon Kahn at the hotel breakfast and we sat there drinking coffee while marveling at what had happened. Several members of Steve Bannon’s family arrived unexpectedly and I met them for the first time. They were very proud and excited for what was possible.

    I still had to cover Hillary Clinton’s concession speech, which was pushed back for hours and my zombie mind was taking in all the reaction from cable news. After she finally spoke, I filed my last article on the historic 2016 election and ran to catch my train home.

    Katherine Rodriguez: I noticed nearly half of the voters in my county went for Trump as I checked the election results the next morning. I scrolled through my Facebook feed and saw friends on both sides of the aisle either rejoicing or angry at the election results. As I checked Breitbart’s Facebook page/website, I came to the realization after seeing the insane amount of traffic on both the website and the Facebook page over the past 24 hours that I and many other writers at Breitbart played an incredible role in shaping the national conversation leading up to the election through the stories we wrote.

    Robert Marlow: I praised the Lord my stellar track record of kept promises remained in tack, and there is still hope for Western Civilization.

    Dan Flynn: My children always remember two particularly joyous events in my living room: Malcolm Butler intercepting a Russell Wilson pass on the goal line and Donald Trump’s similar goal-line stand against Hillary Clinton.

    Frances Martel: I woke up to this picture on my phone, which I must have taken during my “dream”:
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    Adelle Nazarian: I fought hard to stay up to watch Hillary Clinton’s concession speech from my hotel room in Manhattan. When I saw her enter the screen around 10:30 a.m., my mind told me I should get some rest because she wasn’t going away anytime soon. It’s one year in and my prediction was spot on.

    Chris Burgard, Filmmaker: When they announced that Trump was going to be the next president, my wife and I were not only elated, we weren’t surprised. However, our Hollywood producer friend who was with us was apoplectic and suddenly grey skinned. At first, she thought it was a joke. She went from disbelief to shock to horror to tears as it slowly sunk in that Hillary Rodham Clinton was not going back to the White House.

    She tried to hide her anger, but the emotional storm of disdain that was brewing inside of her was palpable to everyone. The kind of uncomfortable that even really nice red wine can’t cover up. In the past year, we haven’t gotten together as much, and when we do, it is strained. But at least we still talk, which is more than I can say of some of our other Hollywood friends. People we’ve known for decades no longer speak to us because of 45. It’s so sad and yet such a great lesson in tolerance. Bless their hearts.

    Raheem Kassam: When I saw the president-elect two days after the election in his Manhattan penthouse, he seemed to express the same sentiment. He actually couldn’t believe he had won. “What does this mean?” He asked a group of five of us, perched on his extra-long couch in his gaudy living room.

    “So much,” I thought. “So, so much.”

    Amanda House: I can’t wait to tell my grandkids.

    Some New Members of the Breitbart Newsroom Share Their Experiences from November 8, 2016:
    Ian Mason, DOJ and Legal Reporter: When it started to look like Trump had almost certainly won — when the lead in OH and FL looked insurmountable and WI and PA looking very good — my most distinct memory was my host saying something like, “Ian Ian, I’m excited too, but you have to stop I have neighbors below.” I hadn’t realized I’d been jumping up and down for almost a minute. It just hadn’t even occurred to me.

    We knew this was really long before the announcement. I was teary-eyed for Trump’s speech, but it was Podesta coming out for Hillary that really made it sink in. A world turned upside down. They had no idea what to do. They hadn’t planned for “what happened.” That was when I knew for certain things would never be the same.

    Penny Starr, Political Reporter: I may be one of the few Donald Trump supporters who didn’t stay glued to the television all night. In fact, after watching the liberal media drone on and on about how Hillary was going to win, I decided I’d rather get a good night’s sleep than listen to the talking heads. And against all odds and polls, I believed Trump would win. When I awoke, I was literally afraid to boot up my computer to find Hillary Clinton was the 45th president of the United States. But when Trump’s photo popped up, I knew the Obama administration was finally over and America might just be great again.

    Kristina Wong, Pentagon Correspondent: From the minute that Florida went red, I knew I was watching something historic. Since I was not covering the election, I was at a bar in D.C., and around me was mostly gloom. I went to bed with the results inconclusive and woke up to Donald Trump being our next president! He had defied D.C. and the political class. All of the city seemed silent that day, but I remember feeling relieved and excited. The little guy — outside of D.C. — had spoken.

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    I remember that thread on here that night. Running back & forth from TV to computer & all of us sharing what was going on.......... :robber: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer:

    With every word written against him and every liberal talking head in tears gives me strength. Don knows he is just one tweet from draining the accessible swamp in 24 hrs.
     
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    That was fun as heck wasn't it? The left has been in spittle flecked outrage and losing ever since!


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    I would like to thank the people who follow this thread. I try to keep the really serious posts and articles here that require critical thinking for those of you who want to know what is really going on in the world. A lot of these articles I post from CTH I have to read 2 or 3 times before the pieces really fall into place for me.

    While the ridiculous US media chases their tails reporting trivial bullshit there is major, major economic and policy shifts going on in the world that has been triggered by President Trump and the team he has put together. Some of these countries, like China and Mexico, are less than thrilled they are going to have to start playing fair.
    Other countries like Saudi Arabia (I hope), UAE and others seem like they have been waiting for the opportunity of a strong US leader to start major reforms in their own countries. A lot of the corruption in Saudi Arabia looks to be linked to crooked, corrupt US congressmen. They needed somebody with balls on our side to take on the john mccains so they could out their own bad guys.
    India, South Korea Japan etc are loving the opportunity to open trade bilaterally with the US without being constantly strong armed and ground under by China.

    But whether Saudi Arabia, China and France likes President Trump or hates his guts they treated him like a king when he visited. That, of course was not reported in the US media. Sad. The US is regaining power, prestige and respect in the world and the pissant US media is ignoring it because President Trump is making their chosen messiah look like the weak, stupid loser he is. Ditto for the bushes, hillary and john kerry. Pathetic, stupid losers and sellouts all of 'em.

    Remember on hussein's last trip to China they sent low level diplomats to meet AF 1, did not roll out a red carpet or roll out stairs high enough to reach the main door on AF 1 and hussein had to exit the rear of the plane? Or when hussein went to Cuba and the Castro's didn't bother to meet him?

    The US had become a joke under hussein.

    Not any more, and the entire US media is missing out on honestly reporting truly historic times. Fuck' em. MAGA!!! . aarock.gif

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    Tectonic Shifts – The Saudi Alliance Strategy Continues…
    Posted on November 9, 2017 by sundance

    If you haven’t followed the entirety of how the “Freedom Alliance” was assembled in the very early months shortly after the election of President Donald Trump, it’s hard to understand the scope of what is taking place in the middle-east.

    The nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), led by Saudi Arabia, are on the cusp of transforming themselves into a modern and engaged era. The goals of the GCC allies, led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) are to remove the influence agents who have supported extremism, the Muslim Brotherhood, and stimulated and/or enabled crisis for personal and ideological gains.

    Because of the financial reach within the parties involved, the downstream consequences are being felt within the political bodies of most nations including our own. Specifically within Washington DC’s deep-state institutions, career politicians on foreign affairs committees, and within the upper and lower tiers of the aggregate U.S. State Dept. A great realignment is taking place.

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    Caption: There will come a time when you will need to choose a side. Think wisely…

    French President Emmanuel Macron said today he will make an unexpected trip to Saudi Arabia after leaving the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to see Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and discuss crises in Lebanon, Yemen and the wider region. This happens simultaneous to the UAE announcing they too are examining bank accounts for their own officials, officers and leaders within their nation.

    DUBAI (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron is making a previously unscheduled trip to Saudi Arabia on Thursday to see Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, notably over Lebanon and Yemen.


    Macron, on a visit to the United Arab Emirates, declined to discuss a wave of high-level arrests for corruption in Saud Arabia, but said it was vital to work with the kingdom for the stability of the region and to fight terrorism.

    He told a news conference in Dubai that the decision to go to Riyadh had been made on Thursday morning, and that his talks with the prince would include “regional questions, in particular Yemen and Lebanon”. (read more)

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    Last Saturday Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned as prime minister in a shocking declaration read from inside Saudi Arabia. It is widely suspected that Crown Prince bin Salman confronted PM Hariri with documented evidence of financial relationships between Hariri and Iran, including agreements for terrorist funding therein, and that led to Prime Minister Hariri resigning.

    This resulted in putting Lebanon into a political crisis and pushed Lebanese political leadership back into the spotlight amid the regional and ideological struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran and Salman’s goal to stop extremism.

    After his resignation, Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri remained in Saudi Arabia prompting officials in Lebanon to claim he is being held against his will. According to regional media reporting Lebanese President Michel Aoun is seeking help from other international diplomats to uncover the mystery surrounding Hariri’s resignation.

    Hariri reportedly met the French Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Thursday in Riyadh, and has met EU, U.K. and U.S. diplomats in recent days. Hence, French President Emmanuel Macron traveling to Riyadh to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to find out the details behind what’s happening.

    In the interim, in what appears to be a precautionary move against hostile action from Iranian sympathizers inside Lebanon, both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are telling their citizens in Lebanon it would be advisable if they left. This is happening at the same time the UAE is expanding their own probes into the financial networks of officials.

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    ABU DHABI/DUBAI (Reuters)Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on corruption has spread beyond its borders as regulators in the United Arab Emirates ask UAE banks for information about Saudi citizens detained in the investigation, a possible prelude to freezing their accounts.

    The UAE central bank has requested commercial banks and finance companies in the UAE to provide details of the accounts of 19 Saudis, commercial bankers told Reuters on Thursday, declining to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.

    Almost all of the 19, including billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and former National Guard chief Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, are known to be among dozens of senior officials and businessmen detained in the corruption inquiry.

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    Commercial bankers said UAE authorities had not explained why they wanted the information, but believed the authorities were acting at the behest of the Saudi government, which has said it aims to recover billions of dollars of illicit assets identified in its investigation.

    Central bank officials in the UAE, a federation of seven emirates, were not available to comment, and Saudi officials in Riyadh, who have frozen over 1,700 domestic bank accounts as part of the crackdown, did not respond to requests for comment.

    The UAE, particularly its most commercially prominent emirate Dubai, is one of the main places where wealthy Saudis park their money abroad. In addition to bank accounts, they buy luxury apartments and villas in Dubai and invest in the emirate’s volatile stock market. (read more)

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    It doesn’t take a deep geopolitical thinker to see the basic outlines of what’s happening. In order to confront the issues in the region, all of them, the most direct approach is to cut off the money. Saudi Arabia and their regional partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council are doing just that.

    From President Trump’s perspective he says: ‘great, go for it – my administration has your back’. After initial diplomatic strategy meetings, to discuss up the basic outlines and the consequences that could/would happen, well, then came the historic summit in Saudi Arabia. Five months later King Salman and the Crown Prince execute the plan.

    Now we are seeing it happen. The Big Ugly… Saudi Arabia version.

    However, amid the apex team of corrupt financial influencers MbS arrested are a bunch of regional players who bought U.S. politicians in exchange for assistance as they carried out their ideological and indulgent interests.

    The corrupt Saudi crew are directly connected to corrupted U.S. politicians who sell foreign policy. Therefore the arrests of the corrupt Saudi players becomes the ripple effect shock-wave within DC.


    Is the new era MbS leadership willing to expose the names of the politicians who were purchased? Has MbS told President Trump who was being paid-off within those financial records?

    See the alarm bells?

    ThinkSenator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

    BING-BING-BING !

    Who else was Chairman of that committee…. oh, that would be Senator John Kerry, who later became Secretary of State…. BING-BING-BING!

    The biggest names in Washington DC politics including lobbyists, Clintons and the biggest names in congress, are all affiliated with the business model of selling foreign policy influence. Do you really think it’s accidental these voices are lashing out against President Donald Trump?

    Even the smaller and more meddling critters like Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham are part of the business model. Heck, a review of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is a ‘who’s who’ of NeverTrumpers and Neo-Cons.

    How about Evan McMullin and/or Representative Adam Kinzinger. Remember the connections between the Muslim Brotherhood and NeverTrump? All ya’ gotta’ do is just align the names with their attacks against the Trump administration, and the connections are transparent.

    And remember… there are TRILLIONS of dollars at stake.

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    “[…] I have just returned from a historic trip to Europe and the Middle East, where I worked to strengthen our alliances, forge new friendships, and unite all civilized peoples in the fight against terrorism. No civilized nation can tolerate this violence, or allow this wicked ideology to spread on its shores.

    I addressed a summit of more than 50 Arab and Muslim leaders — a unique meeting in the history of nations — where key players in the region agreed to stop supporting terrorism, whether it be financial, military or even moral support.

    The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level, and in the wake of that conference, nations came together and spoke to me about confronting Qatar over its behavior. So we had a decision to make: Do we take the easy road, or do we finally take a hard but necessary action? We have to stop the funding of terrorism.

    I decided, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, our great generals and military people, the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding — they have to end that funding — and its extremist ideology in terms of funding.

    I want to call on all other nations to stop immediately supporting terrorism. Stop teaching people to kill other people. Stop filling their minds with hate and intolerance. I won’t name other countries, but we are not done solving the problem, but we will solve that problem. Have no choice.

    This is my great priority because it is my first duty as President to keep our people safe. Defeating ISIS and other terror organizations is something I have emphasized all during my campaign and right up until the present. To do that, stop funding, stop teaching hate, and stop the killing.

    For Qatar, we want you back among the unity of responsible nations. We ask Qatar, and other nations in the region to do more and do it faster.

    I want to thank Saudi Arabia, and my friend, King Salman, and all of the countries who participated in that very historic summit. It was truly historic. There has never been anything like it before and perhaps there never will be again. Hopefully, it will be the beginning of the end of funding terrorism. It will, therefore, be the beginning of the end to terrorism.

    No more funding.

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    U.S. and #Qatari officials met in Wash, DC today for the first U.S.-Qatari #counterterrorism dialogue. Topics discussed included regional terrorist threats, countering terrorist financing, regulation of the charitable sector, information sharing, and aviation security.

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    No, Thank you for taking your time and putting this thread up. I don't have a good computer. For me to read sites, it takes forever to load.
     
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    hammerhead Not just a screen name Gold Chaser

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    I'm guessing every anniversary of our country being saved by DJT will feel as good as November 8, 2016.
    Does love feel the same way?
     
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    TPP Economics, NAFTA, The APEC Summit, Mexico, Canada and Trump…
    Posted on November 10, 2017 by sundance

    Apologies in advance to our conservative Canadian friends; but the explainer here is regarding America-First trade and economics against the backdrop of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, Canada and Mexico’s alignment therein, the APEC Summit and rainbow socks.

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    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Justin from Canada


    Here’s why Canada and Mexico signing up to TPP is great news for the U.S., and couldn’t come at a better time for NAFTA round #5 on November 17th. We don’t want TPP to collapse, because TPP ties the hands of Canada and Mexico to elements of trade that are based on collective interests. Their joining TPP provides the U.S. leverage in NAFTA.

    Remember, Vietnam is exactly 12 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone. At 7:450pm last evening in Vietnam (local time), at the last minute, Rainbow Socks backed out of the signing the TPP framework (explained here). Twelve hours later, at 7:20am (local), the AP reported the agreement was “back on” with “a compromise”:

    DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — The Latest on the summit of 21 Pacific Rim economies in Vietnam (all times local): 7:20 a.m. – Trade ministers say they have reached a basic agreement on a Pacific Rim trade pact without the United States.


    A statement issued in the early hours Saturday says an accord was reached on “core elements” of the 11-member Trans-Pacific Partnership, a deal abandoned by President Donald Trump after he took office. (more)

    Rainbow Socks tweets out his appreciation for Japanese PM Sinzo Abe. In essence, beyond the language, Prime Minister Abe just saved political face for Rainbow Socks.

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    Prime Minister Abe said he also had concerns for the agreement, even though he was one of the 10 foreign heads-of-state ready to sign the accord last night. Just like Businessman Donald Trump, Businessman Shinzo Abe knows how to create leverage. His maneuver to save face of Justin from Canada creates leverage. BFF’s Trump and Abe are masters of the leverage universe… Rainbow Socks, not-so-much.

    The APEC CEO Summit is all about economics and trade with a smattering of national security etc. mixed in. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is about their collective assembly and how they will agree to share the “trade and economic wealth”.

    President Trump, via team USA, isn’t interested in collective wealth sharing agreements; there’s no upside benefit to the U.S. in such matters. As such there was really no reason, based on the primary purpose of the summit, for President Trump to attend. However, President Trump wanted to tell the collective assembly face-to-face what the U.S. policy on trade means. That’s why he was so direct, deliberate and unapologetic last night as he laid out the terms and U.S. position.

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    Additionally, Trump talked about North Korea with the Summit participants, but you’ll note he did so only at a high level. Trump only needs the APEC group to generally just agree with the USA/China/Japan/S-Korea action regarding the DPRK, they don’t need to do anything extra. Ergo there’s no sense in expending energy on them. The real solution to N-Korea is within China.

    President Xi Jinping is 90% of the Trump strategy because Xi can solve the problem unilaterally. [South Korea and Japan hold lesser influence and the rest of the APEC summit participants combined only amass 1% on the DPRK importance scale.]

    Back to trade. You’ll note that China (Xi Jinping) also doesn’t seem to be too involved in the details of the APEC summit. The reason is the same as Trump, China’s not in TPP and when/if they ever decide to enter the backdoor to TPP (they’ll wait til it’s all assembled and finalized to look at it), China will demand terms that the rest of the participants will just have to deal with. So China, along with Russia, is also in “just watching” mode.

    However, Rainbow Socks and Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto have made their decision to attach their economies to TPP. This means they will agree to binding rules on disagreements, give up their own court system for trade disputes, agree to manufacturing employment laws that benefit Asia and in a general sense screw themselves royally. TPP is not about just trade, it’s actually a legal binding to all kinds of intrusive measures.

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    By Mexico and Canada signing on to TPP they automatically put their own manufacturing and commerce systems into a compliance model that requires them to adhere to the TPP mandates on how stuff is made.

    This is where it gets important. This means two-thirds of the NAFTA participants, Mexico and Canada, are signing up to restrictive trade rules on their own free market systems. Their companies will have to adhere to Asia and the collective TPP policy in their manufacturing sectors, ie. e-commerce, as well as finance laws and employment.


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    The United States is not participating in the multilateral TPP boondoggle. So when the U.S. is negotiating NAFTA, team USA can insist on manufacturing and trade terms that are entirely outside the framework of TPP.

    The makes massive leverage for the U.S. because the details can force Rainbow Socks and Pena Nieto to operate dual systems of manufacturing in various trade sectors. One system TPP compliant, and the second NAFTA compliant.

    Obviously, it would be ridiculous for CanaMex to attempt to operate under two costly systems of trade that might be directly in opposition to each other; so there’s no way they could ever agree to such conditions.

    Accepting this reality, it makes you wonder if Team USA didn’t intentionally delay NAFTA renegotiations until CanaMex signed up to TPP. Remember: “killers”.

    USTR Lighthizer begins Round #5 NAFTA talks on November 17th. This is going to be very telling because Round #4 ended with such distance between the parties. With Canada and Mexico signing up to TPP, Lighthizer walks into Round #5 with incredible leverage. Either Canada and Mexico take the knee, or the U.S. just cancels NAFTA and deals with each nation individually. Either way, it’s good for team USA.

    The likely scenario is NAFTA is dissolved. Trump, Ross and Lighthizer begin constructing trade deals that are America-First, and U.S. Companies are free to engage in use of the unregulated operational leverage Team U.S.A. has provided.

    Meanwhile. regardless of TPP, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is already holding a golden ticket to the U.S. Market provided by Trump. The same offer appears on the horizon for South Korea’s Moon Jae-In, if he gets into compliance with the Trump security/trade agenda.

    India’s Prime Minister Modi is looking good as the Indo-Pacific plans outlined by the administration also appear to show that Modi has the golden ticket opportunity if he opens his markets to U.S. manufacturing. Negotiations ongoing…

    That leaves Chinese President Xi Jinping. If, BIG IF, President Xi can convince Beijing to allow him to act on Little Rocket Man, well, it won’t exactly be a golden ticket -because they’ve over used (exploited) the prior ticket- but it’ll be much better than the alternative.

    POTUS Trump would like nothing more than to return the three air carrier groups away from the DPRK posture and provide Shinzo Abe and Moon Jae-in the defense material to take care of themselves with the U.S. partnership as their insurance policy. There’s a great deal of taxpayer value is not spending on the DPRK issue; those dollars can be shifted to provide the underlying trade-ticket value for China.

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    Arabella’s Gift…
    Posted on November 14, 2017 by sundance

    The most notable aspect amid President Trump’s granddaughter Arabella delivering a folk song in native Mandarin wasn’t the song itself, it was the response from Madame Peng Liyaun, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping. If you haven’t watched the video, you should.

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    The song was shared moments after President Trump delivered these remarks during a state dinner presented by President Xi and Madame Peng to honor the visit of President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump:

    […] “This moment in history presents both our nations with an incredible opportunity to advance peace and prosperity alongside other nations all around the world. In the words of a Chinese proverb, “We must carry forward the cause and forge ahead into the future.” I am confident that we can realize this wonderful vision.

    […] It is my hope that the proud spirits of the American and Chinese people will inspire our efforts to achieve a more just, secure, and peaceful world, a future worthy of the sacrifices of our ancestors, and the dreams of our children.

    In a moment, we will view a video of my granddaughter, Arabella, reciting traditional Chinese songs and poetry about your country’s serene beauty and treasured customs. Our children so often remind us of our shared humanity and true dignity.” (link)

    Arabella began her video by saying: “Hello, Grandpa Xi. Hello, Grandma Peng”, and then began to sing a story in Mandarin very familiar to the Chinese people. Exceptionally familiar to Madame Peng Liyaun who, along with being the wife of President Xi, was a folk singer and popular cultural icon herself.


    [Video 14:20 – Prompted, Just Hit Play]



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    Coming out of this dinner U.S. media spun a narrative that President Trump acquiesced in his tone toward President Xi; and Trump’s opposition framed a narrative of comparative weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    Again, watch that video and look at the response from Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyaun. Now contrast that relationship, that visible connection, against the words both grandfathers delivered toward each other. Then evaluate and overlap the possibilities of hostile action -nuclear ambition- from North Korea.

    What you immediately notice is there is an element there that extends beyond transactional geopolitical consequence, and into the realm of the personal. President Trump has drawn the panda into the clearing within the bamboo forest. That personal space is where the discussion of terms holds the greatest consequence.

    There’s a reason Little Rocket Man has been quiet.

    The level of diplomatic and personal respect displayed by President Trump toward the Chinese people and their leader Xi Jinping was pitch perfect.

    Those who follow China closely will note a cultural reality that China believes in victory, in all things, as part of their general perspective. Conquest and winning it is in their DNA.

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    Traditionally and historically if it does not benefit China, it simply is not done. That’s the mindset and approach most outside China fail to understand. The European and American framework of mutually beneficial outcomes does not work in China. It is a zero-sum outlook. However, if an action does benefit China it will most certainly be done; that too is the reality. Therefore negotiation with China involves requests for action, that when taken, also derive the Chinese a benefit.

    President Trump established the benefit side of the equation early on in his administration. The benefit is favorable trade outcomes and the subsequent economics. The request toward achieving that outcome is for Xi Jinping to eliminate the threat that is North Korea.

    If you have followed the foreign policy pattern of President Trump you immediately recognize he does not restrain himself to DC political customs or DC political norms. Indeed as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi optimistically noted, President Trump can accomplish many things because he brings a unique perspective to the world of policy and diplomatic engagement. Later al-Sisi repeated: “He Can Do The Impossible“.

    Additionally since we originally outlined the likely scenario for a restart of the ‘six party talks‘ (China, South Korea, Russia, Japan and the U.S.), on August 13th, there was visible activity providing further evidence toward that end.

    •Japan (Shinzo Abe) has stated they have “great confidence” in President Trump’s Asian national security approach. •South Korea (President Moon Jae-in) stated they are “confident there will not be war again on the Korean peninsular“; •and they are willing to send a special envoy to North Korea to begin talks. •In addition, China quietly removed the 71-year-old veteran diplomat, Wu Dawei, from the position of negotiator toward the DPRK, and replaced him with 58-year-old Kong Xuanyou. Kong is a long time Chinese diplomat in charge of Asian affairs and he speaks Korean.

    All of this was generally under-reported and took place months before President Trump arrived in Asia; the U.S. media was busy pushing Charlottesville narratives. More importantly this quiet activity took place while President Trump directed USTR Lighthizer to begin a section 301 trade investigation into China.

    President Trump was ramping up the economic pressure on Chinese President Xi Jinping, but more specifically Lighthizer’s action was targeting Beijing’s communist old guard who control both their economy and the DPRK behavior ahead of the communist congress.

    Remember, China takes no action that does not benefit China:

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    China says foreign firms won't be forced to turn over technology secrets to gain market access https://bloom.bg/2AxD42L

    2:26 AM - Nov 10, 2017

    Yesterday in a release from the State Department:

    Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Joseph Yun will travel to Seoul and Jeju from November 14-17 for meetings with the R.O.K. government. Special Representative Yun will also to participate in the Northeast Asia Platform for Peace and Cooperation Conference and the United Nations Conference on Disarmament.

    Now we watch closely for the appearance of Kong Xuanyou. After returning from the ASEAN summit, that will be the strongest indication that post-Trump-visit President Xi has won the support of Beijing and will engage in a comprehensive plan toward Kim Jong-un.

    There are those who would criticize such a strategy; using economics to achieve national security. Those voices would prefer China be confronted on the economic issues regardless of North Korea. However, if you look at the larger plan it’s not an either/or issue.

    Under the current strategy visible from President Trump, the only question is the degree of confrontation. Trump has already established the baseline in the trade confrontation; there will be actual economic loss to the Chinese. The question, the negotiation, is entirely over the amount.

    U.S. taxpayers are either going to spend hundreds of billions, perhaps trillions, to deal with the hostile action of North Korea…. at this point, it’s almost a sunk cost. Or, we could spend a fraction of that money via a favorable trade outcome to the Chinese in exchange for them dealing with the issue.

    Against the visible execution of the Trump Doctrine, in combination with the relationship side of this equation he has established, there’s almost no possibility of the U.S. entering a military confrontation with North Korea now.

    Thanks Arabella.

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    Pocahontas Financial Control Scheme Returns To Bite Its Creator…
    Posted on November 19, 2017 by sundance

    Everyone is aware how apoplectic the Democrat loonery became when their best laid schemes to put Hillary in the White House ran into the reality of electoral Cold Anger carried by the deplorables. Lots has been written about the gobsmacked reaction to the election, yet few have outlined the underlying policy reasons for the scope of the panic.

    The desperate need for post-election control showcased the lefts’ reaction to fear. However, it is only by looking at the policy groundwork they lost where a political observer can evaluate the scale of defeat. Democrats created a continuum pathway that is now entirely controlled by the very nemesis of their controlling belief system.

    In a largely under-reported story last week, President Trump installed OMB Director Mick Mulvaney as interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the CFPB.

    The CFPB was created to establish power and control over almost every financial transaction in the United States. But it is only when you review how Elizabeth Warren and the control agents structured the czar head of the CFPB that you recognize the scale of the intent carried within the construct.

    When Senator Elizabeth Warren and crew set up the Director of the CFPB, in the aftermath of the Dodd-Frank Act, they made it so that the appointed director can only be fired for cause by the President.

    This design was so the Director could operate outside the control of congress and outside the control of the White House. In essence the CFPB director position was created to work above the reach of any oversight; almost like a tenured position no-one could ever remove.

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    The position was intentionally put together so that he/she would be untouchable, and the ideologue occupying the position would work on the goals of the CFPB without any oversight.

    Elizabeth Warren herself wanted to be the appointed director; however, the reality of her never passing senate confirmation made her drop out.

    The CFPB Director has the power to regulate pensions, retirement investment, mortgages, bank loans, credit cards and essentially every aspect of all consumer financial transactions.

    However, in response to legal challenges by Credit Unions and Mortgage providers, last October the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that placing so much power in a single Czar or Commissioner was unconstitutional:

    […] The five-year-old agency violates the Constitution’s separation of powers because too much power is in the hands of its director, found the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Giving the president the power to get rid of the CFPB’s director and to oversee the agency would fix the situation, the court said. (more)

    After the November 8th 2016 election (during the lame-duck Obama period), the CFPB sought an en blanc review of the decision by the circuit court panel. However, in March the Trump administration reversed the government’s position. In essence, Team Trump was now positioned to use the power of the CFPB Director to eliminate itself. The entire DC panel heard the appellate case in May and a decision is pending. [Either outcome Trump wins]


    Facing insurmountable legal headwinds, and simultaneously finding himself under the control of the executive branch, the Obama Director of the CFPB Richard Cordray announced his resignation.

    President Trump has now appointed OMB Director Mick Mulvaney as interim head of the agency; with no rush on a permanent replacement. [Mulvaney will return to his role as OMB Director as soon as a permanent replacement is nominated. Until then he wears two hats.]

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    While in congress Mick Mulvaney, along with dozens of Dodd Frank critics, strongly opposed the creation of the CFPB and the scope of control within its mandate to regulate all consumer financial transactions. During his confirmation hearing Mulvaney referred to the CFPB as “one of the most offensive concepts” in the U.S. government and that he stood by an earlier comment describing it as a “sad, sick joke.”

    The Democrats, most specifically Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren and crew, are apoplectic at the end result of their too-cute-by-half plans and the possibility of their agency being deconstructed. What is even more delicious to note – in their rush to construct the entire CFPB scheme the Dodd-Frank law does not specify the deputy director as next in line to serve in the event of a vacancy. That means President Trump is within his normal constitutional powers to appoint whomever he likes.

    In appointing Mick Mulvaney President Trump has now put in place someone who can be counted on to deconstruct Warren’s leftist plan to control all our financial transactions by dictatorial fiat and unilateral authority. By their own doing Pocahontas et al created a situation they are now powerless to stop.

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    Expanding the Consequence: This now becomes a critical part of President Trump and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s overall strategy to create a secondary financial marketfor smaller banks and credit unions to operate the Main Street economy.

    Because Dodd-Frank Act created even fewer and even bigger banks it’s become almost impossible to re-institute something like a Glass Steagall wall between commercial and investment divisions within banks.

    Back in July 2010 when Dodd-Frank banking regulation was passed into law, there were approximately 12 to 17 banks who fell under the definition of “too big to fail”.

    Meaning 12 to 17 financial institutions could individually negatively impact the economy, and were going to force another TARP-type bailout if they failed in the future. Dodd-Frank regulations were supposed to ensure financial security, and the elimination of risk via taxpayer bailouts, by placing mandatory minimums on how much secure capital was required to be held in order to operate “a bank”.

    One large downside to Dodd-Frank was that in order to hold the required capital, all banks decreased lending to shore-up their liquid holdings and meet the regulatory minimums. Without the ability to borrow funds, small businesses have a hard time raising money to create business. Growth in the larger economy is hampered by the absence of capital.

    Another downstream effect of banks needing to increase their liquid holdings was exponentially worse. Less liquid large banks needed to purchase and absorb the financial assets of more liquid large banks in order to meet the regulatory requirements.

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    In 2010 there were approximately twelve “too big to fail banks”, and that was seen as a risk within the economy, and more broad-based banking competition was needed to be more secure.

    Unfortunately, because of Dodd-Frank by 2016 those twelve banks had merged into only four even bigger banks that were now even bigger risks; albeit supposedly more financially secure in their liquid holdings. This ‘less banks’ reality was opposite of the desired effect.

    The four to six big banks (JP Morgan-Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, US BanCorp and Mellon) now control $9+ trillion (that’s “TRILLION). Their size is so enormous that small group now controls most of the U.S. financial market.

    Because they control so much of the financial market, instituting a Glass-Steagall firewall between commercial and investment divisions (in addition to the Dodd-Frank liquid holding requirements), would mean the capability of small and mid-size businesses to get the loans needed to expand or even keep their operations running would stop.

    2010’s “Too few, too big to fail” became 2016’s “EVEN FEWER, EVEN BIGGER to fail”.

    That’s the underlying problem for a Glass-Steagall type of regulation now. The Democrats created Dodd-Frank which: #1 generated constraints on the economy (less lending), #2 made fewer banking options available (banks merged), #3 made top banks even bigger.

    This problem is why President Trump and Secretary Mnuchin are working to create a parallel banking system of community and credit union banks, individually less than $40 billion in assets, that are external to Dodd Frank regulations and can act as the primary commercial banks for small to mid-sized businesses.

    The goal of “Glass Steagall”, ie. Commercial division -vs- Investment division, is created by generating an entirely new system of smaller banks under lowered regulation. The ten U.S. “big banks” operate as “investment division banks” and are subject to the rules and regulations of Dodd-Frank. The smaller banks and credit unions have less regulation and operate as the “Commercial Side” directly benefitting Main Street.

    Instead of fire-walling an individual bank internally (within its organization), the Trump/Mnuchin plan firewalls the banking ‘system’ within the United States internally.

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    i supported chump for 2 reasons. - 1. import tariff 2. stopping the invasion (southern border and by air from hellholes east)

    1. no politician in decades has even mentioned import tariff. nyc.dc skype howl in pain when it is brought up. i tip my hat for him bringing into the conversation. but little action :( imo, this is EXACTLY what the country needs

    2. invasion -- jury still out -- seen some action, seen some inaction
     
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    Irons,

    for myself it can be stated that your efforts are much appreciated.

    With so much bs newz around the web, actually dominates the internet, even here on gim, it is real hard to find another viewpoint on things.

    I can still say that election was critically important.

    Up above, you can see where tramp was giving the sauds the business back in '15. Then earlier this year he went over and had meets, dancing with swords, and so on. Yet, the final results are now coming in and a massive purge is going on in SA. Pretty important stuff.

    The number of persons not running for office any longer.
    The number of .gov divisions that are being retooled. That firing of over 300 employees at the VA was important. gw and the kenyan both paid lip service to the vets, but this guy actually is trying to do something to improve the situation.
    The whole kenyan care thing has exposed all of these fools for what they really are.

    We have spoke for years about the uni-party, and we were labeled nut cases for ever thinking such a thing. All here who understood and promoted that line of thought have now been vindicated in spades.

    the list grows ever longer by the day, and I have no problem watching the implosion. My only disappointment is the length of time it takes to make it happen.
     
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    Please, Please, PLEASE lets not forget about the SUPREME COURT!
     
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    Macron and Trump Agree on Coalition Plan To Counter Iran and Hezbollah – Saudi Grand Mufti Forbids Killing Jews…
    Posted on November 19, 2017 by sundance

    Holy Cats… things are moving exponentially fast now…

    Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is now disclosing the nature of his resignation, and why he left Lebanon to spend time in Saudi Arabia. It appears the Saudi and regional partners provided evidence that Iran and Hezbollah were planning an assassination targeting Hariri and his family.

    Saad Hariri traveled to France for a meeting with French President Emanuel Macron.

    Yesterday President Trump and President Macron had a phone conversation where they agreed on the need for continued cooperation and partnership with regional allies, namely Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the Gulf States and coalition members to confront the destabilizing efforts of Iran and Hezbollah:

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    JEDDAH: US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday agreed on the need to partner with allies to respond to the destabilization activities of Hezbollah and Iran in the region.

    The two leaders’ telephone conversation came in the aftermath of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s resignation, which he announced during a recent trip to Saudi Arabia.

    “Both presidents agreed on the need to work with allies to counter Hizballah’s and Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region,” a statement from the White House said.



    Hariri has accused Iran and Hezbollah of dominating Lebanon and attempt to covertly target his life, which prompted his resignation, and drew comparisons to the similar “atmosphere that prevailed before the assassination of martyr Rafik Al-Hariri.”

    “I refer explicitly and unequivocally to Iran, which sows sedition, devastation and destruction in any place it settles in, as proven by its interferences in the internal affairs of the Arab countries, in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Yemen, driven by a deep hatred of the Arab nation and an overwhelming desire to destroy and control it,” Hariri said, when he announced his resignation on November 4. (read more)

    Meanwhile the Arab League held an emergency meeting to discuss the ongoing threat and destabilizing efforts of Iran:

    The Secretary-General of the Arab League has said that Iran seeks to be a “dangerous dagger” in the region, especially toward Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries.

    Ahmed Aboul Gheit also confirmed a recent missile launched by Houthi militias targeting Saudi Arabia was Iranian-made.

    […] The Arab League is currently holding an extraordinary meeting at the request of Saudi Arabia to discuss “violations” committed by Iran in the region, according to a memorandum.

    Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates supported the Saudi request, which was also approved by Djibouti, the current chair of the pan-Arab bloc.

    Tensions have been rising between Saudi Arabia and Iran, including over League members Qatar and Lebanon. (more)


    [​IMG]AFP news agency

    ✔@AFP


    #BREAKING Riyadh will not stand idly by in face of Iran 'aggression': Saudi FM

    11:53 AM - Nov 19, 2017



    And just to prove how serious the shift is amid the outlook of the coalition members in the region, one of the most prolific hate-speech-advocates against Israel, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, has just announced that war against the Jews is forbidden and Hamas is a terrorist organization.

    …wait,.. huh,… what?

    Yes, this pronouncement by the Grand Mufti is a paradigm shift akin to former President Obama telling all his followers and supporters that President Trump is the true light-bringer and delivering a full-throated endorsement for Trump’s platform.

    Yea, it’s a stunning shift in Saudi religious approach toward Israel:

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    The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia issued a ruling forbidding war against the Jews and proclaiming that Hamas is a terror group.

    The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, issued a surprising religious ruling, saying that fighting against Israel was inappropriate and that Hamas is a “terror organization.”

    The Muslim cleric issued the ruling while answering a question on a television program regarding the Palestinian riots surrounding the Temple Mount in July, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported.

    Israel’s Communications Minister Ayoub Kara welcomed the unexpected decision and invited the Mufti to visit Israel.

    “We congratulate Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia as well as the head of Ulema (Islamic scholars), for his fatwa [Muslim religious ruling] forbidding the fight against the Jews and forbidding to kill them,” Kara, a Druze, tweeted on Monday. (read more)

    And then there’s this:

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    [​IMG]Reuters Top News

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    Israeli minister reveals covert contacts with Saudi Arabia http://reut.rs/2zQAdEs

    2:10 PM - Nov 19, 2017


    Which, when added to all the other rapidly sequencing events takes us all the way back to the original discussions about the formation of the Freedom Coalition and how President Trump was assembling a vast assembly of partners, policy positions and alliances that was going to reshape the entire middle east.

    With the actions of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, it’s all coming together now at an incredible speed.

    Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and the Gulf Cooperation Council states are assembling a peace coalition with Israel and all Arab partners. Egyptian President al-Sisi has positioned the Palestinian Authority as a partner and Hamas, Hezbollah and the extremists within the Muslim Brotherhood have been cast out.

    To counter the peace, Iran is moving to prop up the terroristic sympathies within Yemen, Qatar and more importantly with Hezbollah inside Lebanon; and that was the precursor to getting Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri the hell out of there – until the peace team could assemble and plan for any adverse action against their coalition.

    “With regard to the political situation in Lebanon, I will go to Beirut in the coming days, I will participate in the independence celebrations, and it is there that I will make known my position on these subjects after meeting President (Michel) Aoun,” Hariri said after holding talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

    Hariri declined to take questions, but is set to return to Beirut by Wednesday when Lebanon celebrates its independence day. He thanked Macron, who has been mediating as part of French efforts to try to ease tensions across the region, for his help.

    Macron had leveraged France’s close relations with both Lebanon and Saudi Arabia to secure a deal that saw Hariri travel to Paris and open the door to a resolution of the crisis. (more)


    https://theconservativetreehouse.co...ollah-saudi-grand-mufti-forbids-killing-jews/
     
  29. Irons

    Irons Deep Sixed Site Supporter Mother Lode

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    Ever wonder why your mexican manufactured Chevrolet falls apart? Probably because it's fucking chinese.

    NAFTA Round #5 Reaches Impasse on Critical Auto Sector – Canada/Mexico Balk At Rules of Origin…
    Posted on November 20, 2017 by sundance
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    $64 billion of the current annual trade deficit with Mexico stems from the auto sector alone.

    For over a decade auto manufacturers have moved to Mexico in order to import parts from Asia, assemble and install them, and then ship the completed cars into the U.S. through NAFTA without duties (tariffs).

    The U.S. auto ancillary business groups (parts suppliers) have been pushed out of competition in the auto sector by this corporate profit strategy. Thousands of U.S. jobs have been lost in both the plant assembly and the ‘auto-parts’ manufacturing sector.


    CTH has called attention to this bastardized supply chain for years. Foreign auto-parts, made by foreign workers, assembled into U.S. owned manufacturing, and sold as U.S. automobiles. The weird supply chain and assembly process is essentially a multinational corporate scheme (in the auto sector) which exploits one of the loopholes in the 25-year-old NAFTA agreement.

    If the assembly plant was on U.S. soil the foreign (mostly Asian) parts would be taxed as imported parts. However, so long as the assembly is in Mexico (or Canada), the origin of the parts is currently irrelevant, and the finished automobile crosses the border into the U.S. avoiding the taxes using NAFTA.


    Keep in mind, the auto manufacturing sector, not just U.S. assembly plants but also European auto-makers, have made capital investments into Mexico, based on this NAFTA loophole as part of their business model. They don’t want this cost/profit plan disrupted.

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    Along comes U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and say: NO MORE.

    If you are going to consider it a North American Free Trade Agreement vehicle, then an established percentage of that vehicle should actually have to come from North America; just as importantly, that percentage should be high.

    That’s the basic argument behind the “rules of origin” part of NAFTA. If you are going to call it a “North American vehicle”, then the parts should come from North America. Makes rational sense, no?

    The U.S.A. position is that half of content for ‘American-built’ autos should be produced in the United States; and the regional (NAFTA) vehicle part content requirement should be increased to 85 percent from the current 62.5 percent.

    Mexico and Canada do not want rules of origin because they want to use their workers to assemble vehicle parts from other nations and sell into the U.S. as “American Autos”. They correctly fear that if American cars must actually contain American content, and be assembled by actual Americans, then the American Auto-Manufacturers will move their auto plants to America.

    The auto-industry, who have invested tens-of-millions in the current scheme, wants to keep the entire source of origination a hidden secret from the public. They are not too keen on American consumers finding out that Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Korean and Vietnamese parts are actually behind the American badges.

    Additionally, the European Auto-Manufacturers who are also building in Mexico and Canada don’t want to lose the NAFTA loophole that lets them assemble outside the U.S. and get their vehicles into the American market.

    The current system employs lots of Mexican and Canadian workers who assemble foreign parts into American vehicles that are then sold into the U.S. as “American Cars”.

    If “rules of origin” are forced upon them, there’s no incentive -beyond labor- for the U.S. auto corporations to continue making cars in Mexico and/or Canada. Simultaneously, the vast majority of the assembly is now automated (with human assistance), so the labor costs are currently smaller as a percentage of the overall cost of manufacturing.

    Automation and modern efficiencies in human assisted robotics mean the labor cost incentive is not as valuable as it once was for manufacturing. In the modern auto-era it’s the quest for cheaper parts that is now driving the business model; hence, the “rules of origin” exploitation.

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Canada and Mexico will rebuff the United States over its demand for tougher NAFTA automotive content rules, top officials said on Monday as negotiations to renew the treaty bogged down with only a few months to go.

    […] Canadian and Mexican negotiators will address the U.S. auto demands on Tuesday, the final day of the fifth round of talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, chief Mexican negotiator Ken Smith told reporters.

    Although the talks are due to wrap up in March 2018 after a seventh and final round, they are deadlocked over a series of hard-line proposals the United States unveiled at the fourth round last month.

    “It’s definitely slowed down from the previous round,” said a Canadian source with direct knowledge of the talks. “There has been no progress in the contentious chapters.”

    Canadian and Mexican officials have complained repeatedly about what they see as U.S. inflexibility. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative declined to comment.

    Mexico and Canada fear Trump will follow through on a promise to pull out of NAFTA, causing disruption and economic damage. The Canadian dollar edged lower against its U.S. counterpart on Monday, in part because of concerns about the negotiations. (read more)

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    This is where we must fight the lobbyists.
    You must remain engaged and understanding of the issues within these and other trade disputes. President Trump is wearing the bullet-proof vest, but you must engage your congressman to let him/her know you support the administration and their objectives in these Trade deals.

    Your congressional representative is being lured with millions of millions of dollars from lobbyists who work for the multinational corporations. They will try to retain their financial position. YOU must educate yourself and your family on these issues.

    Together we must engage and fight. This is the president we have been waiting for. Don’t expect he can do this on his own. Make your voice heard.

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    https://theconservativetreehouse.co...sector-canada-mexico-balk-at-rules-of-origin/
     
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    remembering too that .chevy was bought out with our tax money, then flipped into the market at huge losses,

    and now they have the audacity to move manuf out of country and ship it back to us as chin tin
     
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    Yep. I was a tool and die machinist in Michigan when the GM orders did not come and the entire industry went into panic. Ford spread as much work around the shops as they could to try to keep some of the companies afloat. Most went under. GM just turned their backs on all of us.
    I was asking everybody I knew who worked for GM who the hell they thought was going to buy their cars and trucks? It takes a special kind of stupid to put millions of your most faithful customers into the unemployment line.

    First GM fucked my industry, then they fucked their customers, then they went belly up and fucked their retiree's and their stockholders. Then they fucked the American taxpayer. I drive Fords now, I wouldn't stop to piss on a GM product if I walked past one that was on fire.

    . :give finger:
     
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    All of this and a truck with a $70,000 price tag.
     
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    Irons Deep Sixed Site Supporter Mother Lode

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    Yeah ponder that. They have mexicans making $2 a day assembling parts made in china by folks making $2 a day.
    The car companies cried their eyes out about how much they had to pay greedy American workers.

    So now they have slave labor, pay zero taxes or tariff's on their chinese parts and a fucking Camaro costs $53,000???

    Sorry, ain't buying it. Or their overpriced rust out in one season pieces of computerized pressed pot metal shit.
    I'll drop engines and transmissions into my 2000 S-10 and drive it for the rest of my life.

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    More MAGAnomic Winning – NY Fed Raises GDP Forecast, DOW Closes New Record…
    Posted on November 21, 2017 by sundance

    Almost too much winning… almost, but I think we can take it. The New York federal reserve has raised their anticipated fourth quarter GDP growth forecast to 3.8%. That’s only a week after previously raising it to 3.2%.

    The Stock Market closes again at yet another all time high today:

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    Yup, as widely anticipated, the impact from Trump’s MAGAnomic policies are creating a massive upward dynamic on the Main Street economy. The increase in consumer confidence; the recent increases in wages; the increase in disposable income as an outcome of lowered energy costs and downward prices on high consumables (fuel, food, etc.); the increases in housing starts; the reductions in imported durables; the expansion of exports in energy products and agriculture, and the expanding domestic investment, are all factors in expanding the GDP.

    The NY Fed have revised their projection upward to 3.8%, and THAT’S BEFORE they get a first analysis on holiday spending (due out the end of the month); and well before they can quantify the November and December retail sales results which account for two-thirds of GDP math. So don’t be surprised, as we shared on their last revision, if you see that GDP growth number go much higher.

    Oh, the winning…. squeeze the kids. REMEMBER:


    …”Hold on to your economic britches peeps – throw dem ju-ju bones out the windows – grab hold of the young-un’s, squeeze em tight and introduce them to their first opportunity to see capitalism unchained; we are in uncharted MAGA territory now. Q4 will be well beyond 3.2% 3.8%… Well Beyond.”…

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    https://theconservativetreehouse.co...ed-raises-gdp-forecast-dow-closes-new-record/
     
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    Scorpio Скорпион Founding Member Board Elder Site Mgr Site Supporter ++

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    re chevy

    my sentiments exactly irons,

    I won't touch them and that is all I used to drive.

    Have a ford plat now, and won't ever go back
    ever

    All my kids are in fords also,
     
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    I'm done with GM as well. Dad is a retired GM mechanic and the employee discounts were great but they no longer manufacture anything that suits my needs. Part of the Zerobama bailout plan was reducing their product line, including the Pontiacs and Saturns that were arguably their best products. Dad once said "the higher the sticker price, the lower the value," as many Cadillacs, Suburbans etc. were some of the worst vehicles ever made. Had a '99 Sonoma P/U that was great until it hit 5 years and 100,000 miles, then started falling apart in big, expensive chunks right after that. When my 13 year old Vibe (which is more Toyota than GM) with 269,000 miles on it dies, I'll be looking at Ford, Subaru and Toyota models to replace it. Good luck out there folks.
     
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    I'm a Tool & Die maker & that post alone deserves 10 million likes! It's TRUTH!
     
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