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Paul Brandus

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Freelance Journalist — Freelance

Paul Brandus: Author/speaker/columnist on presidential history/leadership. President, Montrose Group LLC. Ex: Wall St, NBC, Moscow. Book:

Did JFK predict his own death? — As utterly shocking and traumatic as the assassination of John F. Kennedy was, the one person who might not have been surprised that it happened was JFK himself. It's worth remembering, as the 50th anniversary of JFK's death approaches, that the young president had a morbid fascination with sudden death - and sometimes speculated that he would die at the hands of an assassin.

The high cost of Trump wanting allies to ‘pay up’ — By On September 12, 2001, the day after the towers fell, the Pentagon was hit, and Shanksville violated, America's oldest and closest friends-our allies in NATO-invoked, for the first time in the alliance's 52-year history, Article 5. Article 5 says that if one member is the target of ''an armed attack,'' it ''shall be considered an attack against them all."

Trump’s pessimism at odds with every postwar president — By Even when times have been much, much worse than they are today, presidents have tried to convey optimism and good faith. With the Civil War raging in 1861, Abraham Lincoln spoke of America's blessings and his hopes for its "vast future."

Little to show from the Obama economic recovery — By The way the Obama administration talks, it's like the good old days are back. Housing prices are up, the auto industry has staged a strong rebound. Gas prices are low, the deficit's been cut 69%. More than 14 million jobs have been added to the economy.

Why gun industry’s biggest threat is neither Obama nor Clinton — By The National Rifle Association and the lawmakers it owns in Congress say "liberal gun grabbers" like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are their biggest threat. Actually, they should worry about a far more powerful force: the American consumer.

For better or worse, Clinton’s running on Obama’s economy — By Hillary Clinton is thrilled to have President Obama's endorsement. They'll campaign together next week in Wisconsin-as the race to November 8th shifts into high gear.

How much a Trump trade war could cost you — By Donald Trump is absolutely right that the U.S. has a big trade deficit with China. Last year it was $365 billion-a far cry from his half-trillion-dollar claim-but still a cool billion dollars a day.

Global jitters mean good times for defense stocks — By How time flies. It has been a year - May 18, 2015 - since stocks peaked, as measured by the S&P 500 and since then the air has been leaking out of the balloon - or should I say bubble? We're down about 2.5% since then, hardly catastrophic, but a lost year nonetheless.

Too big to fail isn’t the only problem — 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 — 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.
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Aug 28, 2016

No public events on President's Sunday schedule; departs for China/Laos later this week - meetings w/Xi, G-20, ASEAN and East Asia summits

Aug 28, 2016

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Aug 28, 2016

31.6% of voters cast ballots early in 2012 (Census Bureau survey), up from 29.7% in 2008; plays to Clinton's current swing state leads

Aug 28, 2016

First in-person voting for President begins in three weeks in four states, including swing-state VA, where Clinton is +12.8 (RCP avg)

Aug 28, 2016

Fox's Wallace gets Trump campaign manager to admit that in 14 months Trump has never visited any inner-city in he country

Aug 28, 2016

No one told Jacqueline Kennedy that South Lawn fountain isn't to be used as a swimming pool (JFK Library)

Aug 27, 2016

Financial journos have suddenly discovered dividends, like they're new. Dividends have been approx 40% of stock market return since 1929

Aug 27, 2016

President back from golf and, White House says, in for the night

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