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The writing was on the wall long before the largest US insurer, UnitedHealth, decided to pull the plug on Obamacare in mid April.  Then, just a week later, Aetna’s CEO said Thursday that his company expects to break even, but legislative fixes are needed to make the marketplace sustainable. "I think a lot of insurance carriers expected red ink, but they didn’t expect this much red ink,”

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Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,“The most striking fact about the story of Rip Van Winkle is not that he slept 20 years, but that he slept through a revolution. While he was peacefully snoring up on the mountain, a great revolution was taking place in the world - indeed, a revolution which would, at points, change the course of history. And Rip Van Winkle knew nothin

4 hours ago (via zerohedge.com)
Despite a trillion dollars of credit spewed into the Chinese 'economy'speculative finance channels, Manufacturing remains in a slump as April's China PMI tumbled to 49.4 after a brief bounce back up to 49.8 (from the 48.0 low in Feb). This is the 14th month in a row of contraction.As Caixin reports, relatively weak market conditions and muted client demand contributed to a further solid decline in

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Authored by Ben Tanosborn,Forget about the number of superdelegates; or the several undemocratic manipulations by the Democratic National Committee (DNC).  The reality that stands out loud and clear at the end of April, with almost two-thirds of the primary-caucus vote having been cast, is that Hillary Clinton is commandingly leading Bernie Sanders in the democratically-chosen delegate count

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by David Haggith The question begs for conspiracy theories to satisfy it, but one might more aptly say that central banks beg for conspiracy theories to explain them, since they operate in the shadows while being given charge of all the financial systems of all the world’s greatest economies. Central bankers have the unchaperoned power to create the greatest fortunes eve

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Submitted by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,Last week the House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act requiring women to register with Selective Service. This means that if Congress ever brings back the draft, women will be forcibly sent to war.The amendment is a response to the Pentagon’s decision to allow wo

4 hours ago (via zerohedge.com)
Three months ago the Fed released its Fourth Quarter "Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices", which revealed something ominous. It showed that in Q4, lending standards tightened for the second consecutive quarter. This was a problem because as Deutsche Bank pointed out at the time two consecutive quarters of tightening Commercial & Industrial loan standards "has never ha

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Submitted by Gail Tverberg via Our Finite World blog,There are many who believe that the use of energy is critical to the growth of the economy. In fact, I am among these people. The thing that is not as apparent is that growth in energy consumption is dependent on the growth of debt. Both energy and debt have characteristics that are close to “magic,” with respect to the growth of the

6 hours ago (via zerohedge.com)
Either The BoJ steps in soon and intervenes (even by just "checking levels") or Kuroda-san is truly terrified of The G-20. USDJPY has now crashed 7 handles since last Thursday's shock BoJ disappointment crashing to within 5 pips of a 105 handle tonight for the first time in 18 months...  Pewrhaps Jack Lew's "currency manipulation" report was enough to stall the Japanese currency war for

6 hours ago (via zerohedge.com)
As the make-or-break Indiana primary looms for the GOP establishment, Ted Cruz suffered a develishly-dismal day. First, as Gallup reports, Cruz's favorability has utterly collapsed in the last few days (blame Carly?) with 45% unfavorable to 39% favorable (a negative spread for the first time in his campaign). But it got worse, as not only does trump hold a commanding 15-point lead in Indiana,




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