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Too big to fail isn’t the only problem

marketwatch.com — By Let's be honest. No one knows when the next financial meltdown will hit, or what it will look like. They're all different. We're always trying to prevent the last one from happening again-just before we're nailed by something new that few, if anyone, saw coming. What might cause the next crisis?

Compared to most countries, we’re undertaxed

marketwatch.com — By Ouch: if you're an average American, you'll pay about $17,340 in taxes-federal, state and local-this year, about 31.5% of your hard-earned money. Painful? Tell me about it. But as you write those fat checks, here are two surprising facts that might soften the blow: First, we really don't pay much more than prior generations of Americans did, and second, we pay less-a lot less-than citizens of most other first-world nations.

On trade, Trump could borrow from Reagan playbook

marketwatch.com — By Want proof that we have short memories? Donald Trump comes along and ta-da! Voters think we finally have a presidential candidate who talks tough on China. What a breath of fresh air! Fact is, bashing China is about as common for presidential candidates as shaking hands and kissing babies.

If Kasich becomes the default candidate, here’s what to expect on the economy

marketwatch.com — By Donald Trump had another big night Tuesday, winning Florida (knocking out "Little Marco" Rubio), Illinois and North Carolina. He remains the undisputed Republican frontrunner, with 661 delegates in the bag, more than half needed (1,237) to win the nomination at the Cleveland convention this summer.

Why Citizens United didn’t kill democracy

marketwatch.com — By The warnings were fast and furious: the sky is falling! Unlimited amounts of cash will wreck American democracy! Those with the deepest pockets will have an unfair advantage, be able to sway elections and buy their way into office! Sway elections? You mean like Jeb Bush -whose "Right to Rise" Super PAC raised nearly $119 million?

This presidential campaign’s crazy because economy’s not the main issue

marketwatch.com — By This presidential election is already one of the craziest ever, defying expectations and driving pundits crazy. But 2016 still has one big thing in common with the past: we continue to vote with our wallet. It's not complicated, you know how you're doing economically.

Russia, China and Saudi Arabia are on the ropes

marketwatch.com — By Three huge, vastly important countries on the world stage are in deep economic and political trouble-far worse than we may realize. I'm talking about Russia, China and Saudi Arabia. Think America has problems? They pale in comparison to what Moscow, Beijing and Riyadh face, and our next president may have quite a bit of geopolitical leverage.

Obama’s last big wish

marketwatch.com — By In his gun safety event Tuesday, I was struck by something President Obama said. "I'm not on the ballot again," he uttered. "I'm not looking to score some points." This is nonsense, of course. All presidents want to run up the score, particularly in their final year when days are few and the sense of urgency great.

Best investment advice for 2016 election? Ignore the ‘experts’

marketwatch.com — By Here we go again. Every four years, as a presidential election year begins, the business channels roll out their usual assortment of fast-talking investment slicksters telling you "what moves you have to make in 2016." What if Hillary Clinton wins? Or Donald Trump?

The gun industry’s biggest threat is Obama leaving office

marketwatch.com — By The stock market has been flat this year, but one sector has had a notably different experience in 2015. If you're into gun stocks, then Merry Christmas to you: Smith & Wesson has more than doubled in market value, while Sturm, Ruger & Co. has jumped two-thirds.
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Apr 30, 2016

Mystery: JFK prayer book, used for LBJ's swearing in, and a 3x5 card that the oath of office was typed out on for AF1 ceremony, are missingMystery: JFK prayer book, used for LBJ's swearing in, and a 3x5 card that the oath of office was typed out on for AF1 ceremony, are missing

Apr 30, 2016

When LBJ was sworn in on Nov. 22, 1963, he didn't use a Bible either - only thing avail was JFK's Catholic missal pic.twitter.com/u2QVyEAC3u

Apr 30, 2016

President golfing Joint Base Andrews; cloudy and 55President golfing Joint Base Andrews; cloudy and 55

Apr 30, 2016

“Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance.”  -Calvin Coolidge“Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance.”  -Calvin Coolidge

Apr 30, 2016

Nixon’s Cambodia announcement came after a year of bombing that the administration tried to keep secret; student protests erupted nationwideNixon’s Cambodia announcement came after a year of bombing that the administration tried to keep secret; student protests erupted nationwide

Apr 30, 2016

On This Day. 1970: Richard Nixon announced a U.S. invasion of Cambodia - used by N.Vietnam to wage war on S.Vietnam pic.twitter.com/Nv9yhXVplV

Apr 30, 2016

On This Day. 1939: Attending the New York World’s Fair, Franklin Roosevelt became the first POTUS to appear on TV pic.twitter.com/Px5zZPKxX3

Apr 30, 2016

The Bible used for Washington's swearing in -this day in 1789. John Quincy Adams & Theodore Roosevelt used no Bible httppic.twitter.com/S6rhpv9hA6

Apr 30, 2016

Washington was a reluctant POTUS. Age 57, he wanted to retire. But fearing political bickering was tearing U.S. apart, he agreed to serveWashington was a reluctant POTUS. Age 57, he wanted to retire. But fearing political bickering was tearing U.S. apart, he agreed to serve

Apr 30, 2016

On This Day. 1789: At NY’s Federal Hall, George Washington was sworn as the first President of the United States pic.twitter.com/IJVqU247kt


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