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Zero Hedge | The House of Commons has gone full Lord of the Flies.

Mac Slavo | The markets are not buying what the Federal Reserve is attempting to sell in terms of their claims about the strength of the United States’ economy.

Michael Snyder | If the bond market is correct, the U.S. economy is definitely heading into a recession. 

Free Beacon | Reimbursed himself $31,000 on travel, spent on luxury hotels.

Zero Hedge | San Francisco is one of the few places in America where software engineers who earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a year routinely suffer the indignity of accidentally stepping in a steaming pile of human feces.

Reuters | Gold prices rose on Monday as investors’ appetite for riskier assets faded on concerns about a potential U.S. recession and decelerating global growth, increasing appeal for the bullion alongside yen and bonds.

Fox News | Despite low approval ratings and the cloud of the Mueller probe, President Trump would easily win a second term in office if the election were held today.

Mark Hanson | RedFin puts out a monthly home sales report, which contains a lot of great data.

Zero Hedge | While Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has resiliently stood his ground amid Washington’s surprisingly transparent coup attempt, today has been a tough one for the embattled leader of the socialist utopia.

Michael Snyder | Perhaps it is time to start dusting off all of those old “End the Fed” signs.

Daily Mail | The suicide of Alan Krueger, a former Obama and Clinton adviser who killed himself this weekend, has shocked the worlds of politics and business where he was universally revered. 

Zero Hedge | Not a single European country has banned Huawei.

Mac Slavo | Peter Schiff, the CEO and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital Inc., has said that we, as Americans, are not “borrowing ourselves rich” as the majority believes.  In fact, as with all borrowing, it’s only making us broke.

Michael Snyder | “Slowing international macroeconomic conditions” is just a fancy way to say that the global economy is in big trouble. 

Washington Examiner | The Defense Department has identified $12.8 billion in possible funding that it could use to fulfill President Trump’s call for a border wall.

Zero Hedge | Europe’s early gains lifted MSCI’s All world index for a seventh straight day, the longest streak of consecutive gains since Oct 2017, and to its highest since October.

NBC News | The Texas Democrat, who built an impressive fundraising operation last year against Ted Cruz, has sworn off all PAC donations.

Zero Hedge | Global stocks rose to the highest level in five months and the dollar dipped on Monday.

Breitbart | “This country has done a lot for General Motors. They better get back to Ohio and soon.”

USA Today | About $1.46 trillion in student loan debt has many millennials, as well as others, hiding their wallets and putting big ticket commitments on the back burner.

Daily Caller | Former Amazon employee Shannon Allen claimed in a Thursday interview with Tucker Carlson that the stressful workplace conditions nearly drove her to suicide.

Free Beacon | With the 2020 presidential campaign on its way, Democratic candidates are trying to portray an economy that is in “crisis” and not working for everyone under President Donald Trump.

Brandon Smith | For a few years now, since at least 2014, the phrase “global economic reset” has been circulating in the financial world.

American Mirror | CNN is calling out Democrats running for president in 2020 who are dodging questions about their views on capitalism, theorizing it’s a mistake that may help elect President Trump to a second term.

Michael Snyder | In the entire history of the United States, consumers have never been in so much debt. 

National Review | Representatives of America’s largest organized-labor group predicted that the recently introduced Green New Deal resolution would bring “immediate harm” to millions of workers if enacted in a letter sent to the plan’s sponsors on Friday.

Zero Hedge | Though it recently entered correction territory following the longest streak of falling prices since 2016, Hong Kong’s housing market remains one of – if not the most – unaffordable in the world.

Zero Hedge | The news sent the pound tumbling as it practically guarantees that a second vote on May’s deal, expected late Tuesday (though it may yet be cancelled), will fail.

American Mirror | Unions that count toll booth employees and other blue collar workers as dues payers haven’t yet weighed in on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s call to embrace automation.

Fox News | President Trump will soon formally seek a total of $8.6 billion in new border wall funding.

American Mirror | Unions that count toll booth employees and other blue collar workers as dues payers haven’t yet weighed in on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s call to embrace automation.

CNBC | The White House is expected to unveil a budget on Monday that does not balance, despite optimistic growth projections and deep cuts to discretionary programs, according to two people familiar with the plans.

Mac Slavo | The retail apocalypse is now in full swing.

Mac Slavo | Although many declared the deceleration in the economy in December to be a “soft patch” that we’ve somehow recovered from, others aren’t so sure.

Daily Mail | U.S. goods trade deficit surged to $891B last year, government said Wednesday.

Michael Snyder | The long-term trends that are gutting the U.S. economy continue to get even worse. 

Zero Hedge | Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is backpedaling after pissing off Amazon, costing New York City 25,000 – 40,000 jobs after they decided to abandon plans for a New York City HQ2. 

Mac Slavo | Since the United States government began tracking the cause of death in 1999, suicides, alcohol, and drug-related deaths have skyrocketed to record levels.

Michael Snyder | We now have official confirmation that the U.S. economy has dramatically slowed down. 

Zero Hedge | Morgan Stanley may have once again timed its call perfectly.

Econimica blog | From 2007 through 2018, births in the US have declined by 470 thousand on an annual basis, or an 11% decline.

The Mises Institute | The US Federal Reserve (Fed) has signalled to financial markets that it wants to pause further monetary policy tightening for some time.

Michael Snyder | 2019 sure has been a weird year so far.  On Wall Street, everything has been coming up roses for investors up to this point. 

Oilprice.com | Brent is creeping back up towards the high-$60s per barrel, prompting a scolding of OPEC by President Trump via tweet earlier this week.

CNBC.com | The amount of $100 bills in circulation is surging. And it’s leaving some economists scratching their heads.

Michael Snyder | Virtually every piece of hard economic data is telling us that the U.S. economy is slowing down dramatically. 

The Mises Institute | The European Central Bank has, predictably enough, reacted to the threat of a no-deal Brexit by calling for increased integration of EU capital markets.

Zero Hedge | When a group of wealthy investors traveled to Sanhe to confront the local government, they were swiftly rebuffed, leaving them little recourse to recover their money.

Zero Hedge | When most hedge funds were facing a surge in redemption requests at the end of 2018, one fund was quietly buying.

Zero Hedge | Five of every six companies for which there were recent insider transactions have experienced net selling. 

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