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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.

Prison Planet.com | Ron Paul looks back on the activities of his Institute for Peace and Prosperity in 2016 and looks ahead to a productive new year as the movement continues to grow.

Zero Hedge | US consumer confidence had soared to 113.7, the highest print since August 2001.

London Guardian | Bridgewater Associates has a team of engineers working on a project to automate decision-making to save time and eliminate human emotional volatility.

Daily Caller | President Barack Obama said in an interview published Wednesday that reparations payments for black Americans could be a good idea but simply aren’t politically feasible.

Brandon Smith | Vigilance is needed now more than ever.

Louder With Crowder | We hear it all the time from fervent Obama fans: the Obama admin helped boost the economy.

Bloomberg | Politicians love to criticize the firm but run to it for capital-market expertise.

Washington Examiner | Boeing will build the new Air Force One for less than $4 billion, the CEO told reporters Wednesday after meeting with President-elect Trump.

CNBC | In the Trump era, excess is in and modesty is out.

Mac Slavo | What is the anatomy of a breakdown?

CNBC | Telecoms and financials lead.

Mac Slavo | Forget about tax policies and left-right politics with the coming era of Trump.

Michael Snyder | For many Americans, the quality of Christmas is determined by the quality of the presents.

London Independent | But former French finance minister, who faced potentially one year in jail, will not face any punishment.

Zero Hedge | “The situation is getting worse by the day… people are desperate”

London Independent | It will come into force two days before the President-elect’s inauguration.

Michael Snyder | The collapse of the euro is accelerating, and it looks like we could be staring a major European financial crisis right in the face early in 2017.

Bloomberg | The dollar climbed to the highest level since 2003 against the euro as the prospect of a steeper path for U.S. interest rates next year filtered through markets.

Zero Hedge | This looks eerily similar to some Clinton Foundation budgets we recently reviewed which claimed to have spent “every dollar” of their donations on “charity work.”

Michael Snyder | Now that Donald Trump has won the election, the Federal Reserve has decided now would be a great time to start raising interest rates and slowing down the economy.

American Mirror | It’s almost as if big-time Democrats like Eric Schmidt, Bill Gates, Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos have never even heard of Barack Obama.

Mac Slavo | In the ongoing saga of Venezuela’s sad economic slide into hell, it came as a strong arm move on the part of President Maduro.

Zero Hedge | With the market certain the Fed will hike at 2pm today, there is little room for surprise.

The Hill | The CEO of IBM announced on the eve of a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump that the company plans to hire 25,000 “new collar” employees.

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