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Michael Snyder | While most of the country has been focused on the inauguration of Donald Trump, a very real crisis has been brewing behind the scenes.

DCWhispers.com | Donald Trump has been, and remains, a businessman. Winning the presidency will not change that.

Daily Caller | Secretary of the Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin summed up President Barack Obama’s economic legacy in one sentence.

RT | “Over the past, the Americans had thirteen wars spending 40.2 trillion dollars.”

Zero Hedge | Budgeting can be difficult.

Zero Hedge | An the WSJ reported overnight “many more students have defaulted on or failed to pay back their college loans than the U.S. government previously believed.”

Mac Slavo | This wasn’t the big one. And yet it was enough to bring things to a panic.

Washington Free Beacon | Net operating cost more than doubled over past year.

Washington Free Beacon | Over 10,000 small business establishments shut down due to health care law.

Zero Hedge | European shares decline led by a plunge in Pearson shares, S&P futures were modestly in the green as Asian and EM stocks gained.

Zero Hedge | Deutsche Bank employees have far less to look forward to than shareholders.

London Independent | Ms May emphasised Britain’s aim to build relationships outside of the EU while remaining a ‘best friend’ to the bloc.

Zero Hedge | When asked what Trump could do to make sure German customers bought more American cars, Gabriel had a simple suggestion: “Build better cars.”

Reuters | Gold rose as investors drew in their horns in response to comments on the dollar from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

Washington Post | “We do not seek to hold on to bits of membership as we leave,” she will say.

Daily Caller | The person who triggered IndyMac’s financial crisis, which led to one of the largest bank failures in American history, was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.

Times Of London | Donald Trump will offer Britain a quick and “fair” trade deal with America within weeks of taking office to help make Brexit a “great thing”.

Acting-Man.com | Whenever a failed CEO is fired with a cushy payoff, the outrage is swift and voluminous.

Information Liberation | Supervillain George Soros reportedly lost almost 1$ billion betting markets would collapse after Trump won the election.

Market Watch | Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, +0.32% said Thursday that it will create more than 100,000 full-time, full-benefit jobs across the U.S. over the next 18 months.

Michael Snyder | The stock market has been on quite a roll in recent weeks, but signs of trouble continue to plague the real economy.

Reuters | President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday promised a “major border tax” on companies that shift jobs outside the United States.

Zero Hedge | Not entirely unexpected as Trump discusses building “big big factories” in America…

Michael Snyder | The business community sure seems thrilled with Trump.

Zero Hedge | Trump just may shock the financial world.

RT | “The truth is that we must collectively recognize that the euro is incomplete and cannot last without major reforms.”

Bloomberg | Optimism among America’s small businesses soared in December by the most since 1980 as expectations about the economy’s prospects improved dramatically in the aftermath of the presidential election.

Michael Snyder | It has only been two weeks since Christmas, and already we are witnessing a stunning bloodbath of store closings.

MSNBC | Amid pressure to build products at home, Apple is seeking to conduct “high-tech manufacturing” at one of its American plants, according to a federal government filing.

London Times | Britain ended last year as the strongest of the world’s advanced economies with growth accelerating in the six months after the Brexit vote.

London Telegraph | There was a “disconnect” between political warnings about Brexit and the “remarkably placid” state of the markets.

Pamela Geller | Donald Trump has yet again shown the American people that he is keeping his campaign promises, agreeing to support a bill in favor of auditing the Federal Reserve.

AP | The U.S. Labor Department is trying to bar Google from doing business with the federal government.

RT | Blair has announced he will pour almost £10 million ($12 million) of his riches into his new non-profit organization set up to combat “populism.”

RT | Millions of computer users across the world could be blocked from the internet this year.

The Hill | Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have re-introduced legislation to “Audit the Fed.”

CNS News | The federal debt climbed by more than a trillion dollars during 2016, according to data released today by the U.S. Treasury.

Mac Slavo | We’re living in the calm before the storm.

CNBC | U.S. construction spending rose more than expected in November, reaching its highest level in 10-1/2 years.

London Telegraph | Finland has become the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income.

Zero Hedge | While “fuzzy math” can help these ponzi schemes elude the inevitable for a very long time, at some point they will eventually collapse.

The Ralph Retort | Soros might be moving to sink the economy in order to hurt Trump.

Wall Street Journal | On Wall Street, the rising dollar has been one of the most visible signals of growing optimism in the U.S. economy.

DCWhispers.com | Barack Obama has been boasting more and more how his administration “created” some 15 million jobs.

Market Watch | As 2017 kicked off, and with the bulk of other global markets closed, Bitcoin took the stage, hitting a fresh milestone atop $1,000.

London Independent | The index, dominated by global firms, has been boosted by a sharp drop in sterling after the referendum.

Zero Hedge | Since the economic crisis of 2008, Spain has seen a steady trend of increasingly fewer births.

Zero Hedge | Aside from the previously noted FX fireworks early in the illiquid Asian session, which saw the US Dollar “flash crash” briefly against most pairs, including the Euro and the Swiss Franc…

Zero Hedge | Who could have possibly thought that a soaring dollar would have an adverse impact on the US trade deficit, and thus, the US economy.

McClatchydc.com | As America’s first family enjoys its eighth and final vacation in Hawaii, new estimates put the price tag of the Obamas’ annual trip at $3.5 million or more.

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