Michael Cohen Secretly Taped Trump Discussing Playboy Model Payoff

President Trump’s former longtime attorney, Michael Cohen, secretly recorded Trump two months before the 2016 US election discussing payments to a former Playboy model who said she and Trump had an affair, according to the New York Times, citing lawyers and others familiar with the recording which was seized during an FBI raid on Cohen’s office. The

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Global Bonds Stumble, Yield Curve Steepens After Trump, BoJ

Following Trump comments on The Fed, rates, and currency manipulation and headlines about The BoJ shifting its policy, global bond markets hiccupped to the downside and yield curves steepened aggressively. The bear-steepening move was initially fueled by a Trump tweet that tightening “hurts all that we have done” and extended after Reuters reports about the

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Ecuador Reportedly Preparing To Hand Assange To UK In “Coming Weeks Or Days”

Ecuador is preparing to hand over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the UK in “coming weeks or even days,” RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan reported, as political support and sympathy for Assange’s predicament have more or less evaporated since the arrival of an administration that largely views Assange as an inherited problem, and would like more

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Kunstler On The Resistance’s Displacement-Projection Syndrome

Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com, “For more than a decade, Russia has meddled in elections around the world, supported brutal dictators and invaded sovereign nations — all to the detriment of United States interests.” — The New York Times The Resistance sure got a case of the vapors this week over Mr. Trump’s failure

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Dollar Tumbles As Trump Blasts China, EU “Currency Manipulation”, Fed Rate Hikes, Strong Dollar

After bouncing yesterday following White House reassurances of Fed independence and PBOC’s big weakening of the Yuan fix, the dollar is tumbling again this morning… accelerating after Trump tweeted that “China, EU are manipulating their currencies,” adding that Fed “tightening now hurts all that we have done.” China, the European Union and others have been

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Why One Analyst Thinks It’s Time To Sell The FAANGs

While the FAANG stocks remain a favorite group for both institutional and retail investors, having been responsible for all the market gains in the first half of 2018, a new round of warnings about their future performance has emerged in recent days. On Wednesday, during CNBC’s Delivering Alpha conference, Oaktree’s Howard Marks doubled down on

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Pompeo: “Trump Relentless In Protecting America From Russian Aggression”

President Trump “understands what Russia did in our elections in 2016 and he has empowered” his administration officials to ensure it doesn’t happen in this year’s midterm elections or in 2020, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Thursday, adding that “this administration has been relentless in its efforts to deter Russia

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China Just Doubled Oil Shipments To North Korea

Authored by Tsvetana Paraskova vie Oilprice.com, After the recent visits of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to China, Beijing has almost doubled the volume of crude oil pipeline shipments to North Korea, South Korea’s newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported on Thursday, citing a source in Beijing. The surge in Chinese shipments to North Korea is raising additional concerns

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These Are The Leaders Trump And Putin Phone Most Often

On Monday, President Trump sparked a liberal media meltdown and a vicious circle of virtue-signaling among every opinionated neocon and military-industrial complex-hanger-onner demanding an end to ‘the end of cold war 2.0’ and urging Trump to condemn ‘thuggish’ Putin and throw some nukes his way. But, as Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes, the awkward and uncomfortable

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