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A Le Pen Victory in France is the Next Domino in the Trump/Brexit Political Earthquake

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by Mark Angelides

Polls are predicting a stunning victory for Marine Le Pen and her party, France’s National Front (FN), in this year’s French elections. Riding a wave of popularity that has never before been seen in modern French politics, Le Pen looks set to follow the trajectories of both Donald Trump and the Brexit vote in upsetting the political establishment’s Status Quo.

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Kim Murder Suspect Says She Was Paid $90 To Rub VX Toxin On His Face

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Feb 25, 2017 1:21 PM

In the latest turn of increasingly more bizarre events leading up the death of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un’s half brother, who as revealed late last week had been poisoned with the deadly VX nerve agent, the arrested Indonesian woman who is one of the suspects in the killing said she was paid $90 to apply a baby oil-like liquid to his face in what she believed was a “prank.”

Siti Aisyah, in her first meeting with Indonesian officials after more than a week in detention said Saturday she didn’t know that the substance—subsequently identified by police as a banned, lethal nerve agent known as VX—was poisonous. Police believe Ms. Aisyah and another woman, Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam, applied the chemical to Mr. Kim’s face on Feb. 13 in a three-second assault at Kuala Lumpur International Airport that was orchestrated by a group of North Korean men. Mr. Kim died shortly afterward. Aisyah told Indonesian officials she thought she was playing a prank as part of a reality show.

According to Indonesian officials, Aisyah told authorities she did not want her parents to see her in custody. “She doesn’t want her family get sad to see her condition,” Indonesia’s deputy ambassador to Malaysia, Andriano Erwin said after speaking to the suspect. Erwin said Aisyah told Indonesian officials that men with Japanese or Korean appearances, and names name like James and Chang, asked her to carry out the act, and that she was paid about 400 Malaysian ringgit ($90).

As the WSJ adds, until several years ago, Aisyah, a 25-year-old from a small town in western Java, was working at a clothing store at a mall in Indonesia, making about $200 a month. But she has traveled extensively in Asia since then, people with knowledge of the matter told the Journal.

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“Where Does This Crisis End?” – Kurt Schlichter Lays Out The Left’s Violent Endgame

Submitted by Kurt Schlichter via Townhall.com,

The Democrat Party, its Media serfs, and Social Justice Incorporated are all outraged because we uppity normals are again presuming to rule ourselves, and their agony is delightful. Less delightful is how, in the process of trying to claw their way back into power, they are incinerating the norms and rules that preserve our political order. That stuff Hillary babbled about honoring the legitimacy of elections? Yeah, no. There’s an invisible asterisk only liberals can see that explains that the norms and rules are void when liberals lose.

So, where does this crisis end?

We know where the leftists want it to end, with us silenced and subservient forever, toiling to pay taxes for them to redistribute to their clients as they pick at, poke at and torment us. You look at the things Trump stands for and all of them are about lifting the yoke off of us – cutting taxes, slashing regulations, guaranteeing the Second Amendment, protecting our religious liberty, and safeguarding us from terrorists and illegals. But everything liberals want, everything Hillary ran on, is about clamping the yoke ever tighter around our necks – raising taxes, issuing more regulations, disarming us, limiting our religious freedom, and putting us at risk from terrorists and alien criminals. The whole leftist platform is about putting us down and keeping us down.

Think what they will do if they take power again.

They are certainly not going to risk us ever being able to repeat November’s rejection. California’s decline lays out their tyrannical road map. When the Democrats took power here, they “reformed” the election laws to lock-in their party, co-opted the “nonpartisan” redistricting process, and changed the ballot initiative system to make sure we will never see another unapproved proposition. (more…)

Watergate’s Bob Woodward: “Press Shouldn’t Whine About Trump, It Doesn’t Work With The Public”

Infamous Watergate reporter Bob Woodward had some uncomfortable words for the mainstream media’s safe-space-seekers. Following a tempestuous few days as the media and the White House toss propaganda grenades at one another, on Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball” show, the Washington Post Associate Editor stated that:

the press “shouldn’t whine, and if we sound like we are an interest group only concerned with ourselves, it doesn’t work with the public. At the same time, we need to continue the in-depth inquiries, the investigations.”

Woodward begins at 6:45:

Woodward added that it’s not in the interest of either the Trump White House or the media to war with each other.

“I think everyone has accelerated this work. The other question to ask, is there any justification for Trump and people like — in his White House responding this way? And the only justification I can think of, which really isn’t a justification, but it accounts for emotional spasm of, my God, this is enemy of the people, I know that reporters have talked to people in the Trump house, — Trump White House about very sensitive intelligence operations, that we find out about in the press. And I think Trump is horrified that this is out there. And these are not necessarily things that are going to be published, but Trump is a newcomer saying, my God how do reporters know about these things? And so it’s — we’ve got to stop it.”

 

“[I]t’s not in our interest, the media’s interest to have a war with the Trump White House. It’s not in Trump’s interest to have this war.”

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Charts Of The Week: 10 Reasons To Be Cautious In This Market

Submitted by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com,

Visualizing 10-Reasons For Caution

Just recently, David Rosenberg in a recent research note, laid out 10-reasons to be cautious in the market. I thought it would be useful to look at each of these in a visual form to get a better idea of what he is addressing.

The obvious reason to look at these indicators is that market records are records for a reason. As I wrote previously:

First, “record levels” of anything are records for a reason. It is where the point where previous limits were reached. Therefore, when a ‘record level’ is reached, it is NOT THE BEGINNING, but rather an indication of the MATURITY of a cycle. While the media has focused on employment, record stock market levels, etc. as a sign of an ongoing economic recovery, history suggests caution.  The 4-panel chart below suggests that current levels should be a sign of caution rather than exuberance.”

4-panel-recession-watch

However, while economic data suggests we may be closer to the end of the current economic cycle than the beginning, data related specifically to the stock market is also suggesting the same.

Let’s take a look:

1 – Confidence Levels at 105

The chart below a COMPOSITE confidence index consisting of both the University of Michigan and Census Bureau indices. At 105, the index is currently at levels that have historically denoted the end of an economic cycle. (more…)

Significant Stock Market Narrative Development: There is a Westerly Trump Wind Underneath It

Both Obama and Bush couldn’t give two shits about the stock market. Bush was focused on colonizing the middle east and Obama was fixated on having mentally ill transgenders urinate in the ladies restroom — standing up.

But now we have a shit-poster in chief, very vain and ideally focused on how the public perceives him. Being a man of business, he’s singularly interested in what the media has to say about him, and more importantly, the stock market.

He tweeted this out this morning.

Just last week, in a CNBC interview, Sec. Mnuchin said ‘we’re in a mark to market business’ and the bullish tone and tenor of the stock market was a reflection of the administration’s progress.

“There’s a lot of confidence in the Trump administration and in the desire to invest in the U.S. (more…)

Establishment Favorite Tom Perez Wins Vote To Lead Democratic Party

Having fallen just shy of victory in the first round of votes, the establishment favorite former Labor Secretary Tom Perez (and Obama/Clinton loyalist) has defeated Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee in a blow to Bernie Sanders and the progressive wing of the party.

Vice President Biden and other key figures from the Obama administration supported Perez, who backed Hillary Clinton in the primary. Sanders and many of his allies backed Ellison, the first-ever Muslim elected to Congress and a star on the left. The party remains clearly divided…

…winning by 235 to 218 in the second round of voting (after failing to get the 213.5 votes required in the first round).

Perez: "We need a chair who can not only take the fight to Donald Trump" but "change the culture of the Democratic Party and the DNC"

“They Want You Purged” – NRA Head Rages Against Violent Left “Terrorists”

Wayne Lapierre, executive director of the NRA. pulled no punches in a fiery speech yesterday, painting anti-Donald Trump protesters as violent extremists and compared their disruptions to terrorism during a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

 

As NBC News reports, Lapierre's comments were among the strongest against the left and the media during the conference in which bashing those opposing Trump's agenda has been a prominent theme.

"Ladies and gentlemen, another definition of terrorism is violence in the name of politics," said Wayne Lapierre, executive director of the NRA. "And criminal violence has no place in political debate."

 

"The left's message is absolutely clear. They want revenge, you've got to be punished," Lapierre said. "They say you're what's wrong with America and now you've got to be purged."

 

He said many on the extreme left "literally hate everything America stands for" and "are willing to use violence against us."

 

Lapierre also warned that terrorists could infiltrate the political demonstrations that are widely publicized on social media. (more…)

In Latest Intel Mutiny Against Trump, DHS Analysts Say White House Travel Ban Is Wrong

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Feb 25, 2017 9:01 AM

Another day, another symbolic ‘mutiny’ has broken out against president Trump in the US intel community, this time involving the Department of Homeland Security.

Overnight, analysts at DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis found “insufficient evidence” that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump’s travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States. According to a draft document obtained by The Associated Press, citizenship is an “unlikely indicator” of terrorism threats to the United States and that few people from the countries Trump listed in his travel ban have carried out attacks or been involved in terrorism-related activities in the U.S. since Syria’s civil war started in 2011. The DHS report said its staff “assesses that country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity.”

The White House on Friday dismissed it as politically motivated and poorly researched. Trump has previously cited terrorism concerns as the primary reason he signed the sweeping temporary travel ban in late January, which also halted the U.S. refugee program.

The DHS report was prepared in response to the White House request for intelligence assessments of terrorist threats posed by migration. Current and former officials with direct knowledge of the Homeland Security report said it was compiled on short notice, but that it relied on information that analysts routinely collect and examine in order to guide counterterrorism policies. The report was shared with agencies outside DHS.

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