Will President Trump Make A Wise Decision or a Dangerous One?

Trump almost took the country to the abyss, but instead he stopped and made the smarter choice. Instead of giving Bannon a rubber stamp on the national security council he gave the national security state a man they trust and respect.

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Obama and the Hope That Failed

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:51
James Antle, Washington Examiner
If you are a conservative, you might have read President Obama's parting shot to the media as a plea for leniency with the man who will succeed him, President-elect Trump. My hope is that you will continue with the same tenacity that you showed us, Obama said at his last White House press conference. Of course, the president wasn't really telling journalists to go soft on Donald Trump. Obama's parting shot to the White House press corps actually urged them to be tough on elected officials. You're not supposed to be sycophants, you're supposed to be skeptics, he said. You're not supposed to be...

Have Some Sympathy for Mike Pompeo

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:50
Tim Weiner, Reuters
By Tim Weiner Have some sympathy for Mike Pompeo, the smiling, sharp-tongued Kansas congressman who breezed through his confirmation on Jan. 11

It's No Secret: Intelligence Agencies are Politicized

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:50
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO
Furor has arisen over President-elect Donald Trump's charges that our intelligence agencies are politicized.

California Strikes Bold Pose as Vanguard of the 'Resistance'

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:49
Adam Nagourney, NYT
LOS ANGELES — In the months since the election of Donald J. Trump, California has turned into a laboratory of resistance — championing legal, legislative and political strategies to counter Republican policies while pressing the kind of new Democratic policies that presumably will not be coming out of Washington anytime soon.

Rex Tillerson: Confirm a Personal Diplomat

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:49
Anne MacDonald, RealClearPolitics
Diplomacy is personal. Thomas Jefferson used relationships he developed as ambassador to France to secure America's greatest bargain, the Louisiana Purchase. Drawing on decades of personal...

Can Canadian Kevin O'Leary Replicate Trump's Success?

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:48
John Ivison, National Post
O'Leary is the prohibitive favourite. That's because for the Conservative members who will elect the next leader, it's all about who can beat Justin Trudeau in 2019

Rebelling Against Ruling Class Part of America's DNA

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:48
George Skelton, LA Times
Millions of Californians will click on their TVs Friday and groan. They'll wince as the unthinkable becomes a reality. Can you say President Trump ? It's painful.

The Most Ominous Inauguration Day in History

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:48
E.J. Dionne, Washington Post
Why is this inauguration different from any other?

4 Reasons No One Trusts Media Coverage Of Trump

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:47
Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
The media would like to imagine themselves heroes in their war with Trump. If they don't improve quickly, they'll fail in their task.

Women's March Will Send Message to Trump

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:47
Wendy Sherman, USA Today
We're here. We're united. We'll never stop fighting for women and against misogyny.

Western Union's stock drops in active trade after agreeing to pay $586 million for criminal violations

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:47

Shares of Western Union Co. tumbled 3.1% in active afternoon trade Thursday, reversing earlier gains of as much as 1.3%, after the provider of money movement services admitted to money laundering and consumer fraud violations, and agreed to pay $586 million. Volume spiked to 11.3 million shares, nearly triple the full-day average of 3.9 million shares, according to FactSet. "In its agreement with the Justice Department, Western Union admits to criminal violations including willfully failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering (AML) program and aiding and abetting wire fraud," the Department of Justice said in a statement. The company said it also agreed to implement an anti-fraud program and enhanced compliance obligations. "Western Union owes a responsibility to American consumers to guard against fraud, but instead the company looked the other way, and its system facilitated scammers and rip-offs," said Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. The stock has run up 29% over the past 12 months, while the S&P 500 has gained 20%.

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The Irony of a Feminist March Banning Pro-Life Women

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:47
Elizabeth Peace, Examiner
On Saturday, thousands of women plan to descend on Washington, D.C., to show how passionate they are about women's rights and overcoming sexism. But a woman like me won't be allowed to march with them. I'm one of those women who believes in rights for everyone â?? including children. While I don't identify as a modern-day feminist, I have a long history of advocating for women and children. I agree women deserve equal pay for equal work, that promotions should be based on talent and hard work rather than gender or skin color, and that society must hold people accountable for treating women as...

Trump's New Foreign-Policy Direction

RealClearPolitics - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:46
Peter Beinart, The Atlantic
Inaugural addresses are, in part, catechisms. The new president signals that he’ll take the country in a new direction. But he casts that new direction as consistent with old and cherished national principles, from which the country has strayed, and to which it must return.

How the NYT Plays with History

ConsortiumNews - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:43
Special Report: By failing to tell the hard truth about Establishment wrongdoing, The New York Times — along with other mainstream U.S. media outlets — has destabilized American democracy, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry Whenever The New York Times…

Rock band Gorillaz releases anti-Trump song

MiddleEasteye - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:33
Language Undefined

The new Gorillaz song attacks the powerful role of money in society, with multiple references to Donald Trump

TCF Financial discloses CFPB civil suit related to overdraft protection program

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:28

Shares of TCF Financial Corp. slumped 2.9% in active afternoon trade Thursday, after the Minnesota-based regional bank disclosed that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had filed a civil lawsuit against the company related to its overdraft opt-in practices from 2010 through April 2014. Volume jumped to 3.3 million shares, more than double the full-day average. TCF said it plans to "vigorously defend" against the CFPB's complaint, given its belief that the overdraft protection program "complied with the letter and spirit of all applicable laws and regulations," and that customers were treated fairly. TCF said the CFPB's allegations that customers were misled by its employees into enrolling into overdraft protection programs pointed out that 60% of the customers who opened accounts without person-to-person interactions opted in to the programs. In addition, TCF said it received only 341 complaints from 2010 to 2015 related to customers' decision to opt in, from a total of 2.6 million customers. TCF's stock has soared 50% over the past 12 months, while the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF has surged 49% and the S&P 500 has climbed 20%.

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Gold futures log biggest one-day loss of the year, but hold above $1,200 an ounce

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:05

Gold futures settled lower on Thursday, with their largest one-day dollar and percentage loss of the year so far, as the U.S. dollar strengthened. The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged as expected and U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen on Wednesday said the Fed expects a few rate hikes a year until 2019, providing support for the greenback-in turn pressuring prices for dollar-denominated gold. February gold lost $10.60, or 0.9%, to settle at $1,201.50 an ounce.

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Trump taps NFL owner Woody Johnson as ambassador to UK

Reuters US Politics - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 13:54
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday that National Football League team owner Woody Johnson was "going to St. James," indicating he would assume the plum diplomatic post of U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom.

U.S. strikes in Libya kill more than 80 Islamic State fighters

Top Reuters News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 13:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 80 Islamic State militants, some of whom were believed to be plotting attacks in Europe, died in U.S. air strikes on camps outside the group's former North African stronghold of Sirte in Libya, the United States said on Thursday.

Secretary of State Kerry meets with Tillerson: U.S. official

Reuters US Politics - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 13:44
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with his likely successor Rex Tillerson on Thursday, their first meeting since U.S. President-elect Donald Trump named the former oil executive as his pick for the job, a senior State Department official said.