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Too big to fail isn’t the only problem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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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May 04, 2016

President now returns to Washington; speaks tonight at Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies dinner (Wash Hilton)

May 04, 2016

"Pipeline of neglect," President calls #Flint. "We see it elsewhere," says "us" or "them" attitudes must be shattered

May 04, 2016

"Don't lose hope!" President tells parents of Flint. Again calls for more investment in communities, infrastructure

May 04, 2016

President notes that until 1980s, lead exposure was quite common - in paint, on toys, etc. - everyone, including him, was exposed

May 04, 2016

This time next year, President Clinton/Trump will have to wade into issues like this - visiting broken communities

May 04, 2016

In #Flint, President says cynical mindset that govt. is bad has wound up doing lots of damage to communities, hurting children's futures

May 04, 2016

President scoffs at those who warn of govt. overreach - says neglect of basic services in #Flint shows otherwise

May 04, 2016

President asks for more water. "This isn't a stunt, I need a glass of water," takes a sip. #Flint pic.twitter.com/b00lhcN9Tw

May 04, 2016

"Communities have to do some things together," President says. Individuals can't have their own fire dept. or water systems

May 04, 2016

"You can't have a democracy where people feel like they're not heard," President says; cites Lincoln on need for collective responsibility


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