Obama is back, and this is what will happen

Through his mouthpiece, Kevin Lewis, Obama is back. The great Uniter, Mr. Hope and Change, the messiah of ‘we’re all in this together,’ the father of Obamacare, the prophet of post-racial America, the former First Community Organizer, the free cell phone provider is on the stump again.
Politico: ‘Kevin Lewis, spokesman for Obama in his post-presidency, said that Obama – who has been threading the balance between the tradition of presidents deferring to their successors and coming out against President Donald Trump on specific issues he considered core values – ‘is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country’.’
‘It is Obama’s first statement since leaving the White House.’
”Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake’, Lewis said.’
”With regard to comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions, as we’ve heard before, the president fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion’, Lewis said.’

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on January 31, 2017.

Meet America’s Newest Supreme Court Justice: Judge Neil Gorsuch

Confirming a choice that many had already pegged as a front-runner to fill Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat, President Trump officially announced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States. Gorsuch, 49, the youngest supreme court nominee in 25 years, was among a group of federal judges reported in recent weeks to be on Trump’s shortlist. A strict adherent of judicial restraint known for sharply-written opinions and bedrock conservative views, Gorsuch, a Colorado native, is popular among his peers and is seen as having strong backing among Republicans generally.
A fly-fishing enthusiast and skier who lives outside Boulder, Colorado, Gorsuch lived in Washington DC as a boy, after his mother Anne Gorsuch Burford was appointed by Reagan to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. After graduating from Columbia University, Gorsuch, who is said to have ‘an inexhaustible store of Winston Churchill quotes’, went on to Harvard Law school and attended Oxford University on a Marshall scholarship. He worked as a corporate lawyer in Washington for a decade before his appointment to the circuit court by George W Bush in 2006, a post to which the Senate confirmed him by voice vote.
Per Politico, Gorsuch has the typical pedigree of a Supreme Court Justice with degrees from Columbia, Harvard and Oxford. Moreover, Gorsuch’s professional background includes time at a Washington law firm, the Department of Justice and clerkships with Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy, and some conservative analysts theorize that he could assert a rightward influence on the centrist Ronald Reagan nominee.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 31, 2017.

Silicon Valley High Tech Leaders and India’s IT Outsourcers-Sound Alarm Over Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy

US-president Donald Trump just assumed office on January 20th, but already, his ‘America First’ agenda is sending a big chill through Silicon Valley and India’s biggest tech stocks. The US tech industry has long lobbied for an easier way to recruit talent from abroad and had expected Hillary Clinton to expand high-skilled immigration. However, under President Trump, it now appears highly likely there will be a new set of rules that will dramatically ratchet back immigration overall into the US.
White House officials say Silicon Valley chieftains and their suppliers of cheaper labor from abroad- are right to be nervous, especially about changes to the visa program. Chief strategist Steve Bannon and policy chief Stephen Miller are known to be deeply skeptical of the H-1B program and will have a strong, vocal ally when Jeff Sessions gets confirmed as Attorney General. On the campaign trail, Trump promised to ‘end forever the use of H-1B as a cheap labor program.’ He later signaled in a meeting with tech leaders that he’s most concerned about companies misusing the visas to displace lower-wage American workers.
Google, Apple, Microsoft and other tech giants have expressed great dismay over President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ policy. Aaron Levie, chief executive of cloud computing company Box, said seeing Mr. Trump win the elections for the presidency had been ‘incredibly stressful’ and ‘painful’ for many in Silicon Valley. ‘Given the rate of growth we are seeing in so many different tech companies from Facebook to Uber to Google or a company like Box, there’s simply a shortage of really great talent,’ Mr. Levie said. ‘When you have incredible talent that wants to work in your organization but you are preventing them from doing so, that is disastrous to innovation and competition.’

This post was published at FinancialSense on 01/31/2017.

Something Was Buried In The 2017 NDAA Which Former President Obama Signed – Episode 1192b

The following video was published by X22Report on Jan 31, 2017
Democrats are blocking Trump nominees. Trump fires Yates for not following the executive order. Trump getting ready to pull out of the Paris global warming agreement. Google and other tech companies filed an amicus suit against the temporary immigration ban. Hungary is going after Soros. Syria rebels (terrorists) are claiming that Trump sent them weapons. Lebanon says Assad will stay and the refugees will return home to Syria. Video surfaced showing Assad is fine, the fake story he was ill is debunked. Something was buried in the NDAA 2017, which will allow the US to look into a nuclear strike with China and Russia and to see if their governments would survive.

The Swine Of The Mainstream Media Are Terrified: We Finally Have A President Who Acts On Behalf of The U.S.

Just look at President Trump go! Yes! Enjoy it! This is the type of thing that all Americans who want to restore the United States to a free nation want to see! The TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) is not going down the drain: The President is flushing it down the toilet, where it belongs. Hopefully the toilet paper he used is the New York Times, which published an article covering the death of (as they quoted it) ‘Obama’s signature trade agreement.’ Here’s an excerpt of that AP article:
‘WASHINGTON – President Trump upended America’s traditional, bipartisan trade policy on Monday as he formally abandoned the ambitious, 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership brokered by his predecessor and declared an end to the era of multinational trade agreements that defined global economics for decades.
With the stroke of a pen on his first full weekday in office, Mr. Trump signaled that he plans to follow through on promises to take a more aggressive stance against foreign competitors as part of his ‘America First’ approach. In doing so, he demonstrated that he would not follow old rules, effectively discarding longstanding Republican orthodoxy that expanding global trade was good for the world and America – and that the United States should help write the rules of international commerce.

This post was published at shtfplan on January 31st, 2017.

French Presidential Election Crisis: Party Leaders Consider “Plan B” After Police Search Fillon Office

It is looking increasingly likely, that Francois Fillon who until recently was considered the favorite for the French presidential election in the April/May presidential election, may drop out leaving the frontrunner challenger spot to Marine Le Pen in limbo.
Shortly after news broke that the presidential candidate may have paid out as much as 1 million euros to his wife and children – more than initially alleged – in an ever growing graft scandal, French police searched Francois Fillon’s office in parliament as an inquiry into alleged fake work by his wife threatened his campaign and party leaders began to consider a ‘Plan B’ without him. Fillon had been favorite to win the presidency for the conservative Republicans party until a week ago, when it was reported that his wife Penelope had drawn hundreds of thousands of euros in pay from state funds without doing any work.
Fillon on Tuesday declared that he was a victim of a ‘professional’ plot aimed at derailing his bid to become France’s next president. He only failed to mention Vladimir Putin and the farce would have been complete.
‘To my knowledge, in the history of the Fifth Republic, this situation has never occurred’ he during a conference in Paris. ‘Never with less than three months to go before a presidential election has an operation of such magnitude and this professional been staged with the aim of getting rid of a candidate.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 31, 2017.

The First Firestorm

That hysterical reaction to the travel ban announced Friday is a portent of what is to come if President Donald Trump carries out the mandate given to him by those who elected him.
The travel ban bars refugees for 120 days. From Syria, refugees are banned indefinitely. And a 90-day ban has been imposed on travel here from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.
Was that weekend-long primal scream really justified?
As of Monday, no one was being detained at a U. S. airport.
Yet the shrieking had not stopped. All five stories on page one of Monday’s Washington Post were about the abomination. The New York Times’ editorial, ‘Trashing American Ideals and Security,’ called it bigoted, cowardly, xenophobic, Islamophobic, un-American, unrighteous.
This ban, went the weekend wail, is the ‘Muslim ban’ of the Trump campaign. But how so, when not one of the six largest Muslim countries – Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Turkey – was on the list? Missing also were three-dozen other Muslim countries

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 31, 2017.

Google’s Eric Schmidt: Trump Admin Will Do “Evil Things”

As we reported earlier, thousands of Google employees staged protests on Monday over Trump’s executive order on immigration with Bloomberg noting that more than two thousand Google employees participated across several offices.
What we did not report, however, is what Google executive chairman and staunch Hillary supporter – recall the leaked Podesta email which revealed Google’s strategic plan to help Democrats win the election – Eric Schmidt told an earlier audience of Google employees. Quoting BuzzFeed, the CEO of one of the world’s biggest and most influential companies said that the “Trump administration is ‘going to do these evil things as they’ve done in the immigration area and perhaps some others.”
For a company whose original motto was “don’t be evil“, but was changed to “do the right thing” when Google became Alphabet, one would expect Google to be an expert in such matters, and yet questions remain.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 31, 2017.

Sean Spicer Faces The Press For First Time After Trump Fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates

Update: Here are some updates on topics covered so far:
On firing of Sally Yates: “This isn’t about joining the government to execute your ideas or opinions … If they don’t like it, they shouldn’t take the job. But it’s the President’s agenda that we’re fulfilling here.”
SCOTUS: “We’ve got an individual that I think is gonna have widespread bipartisan support.” Spicer deferred to Mitch McConnell when asked if Trump supports the Senate invoking the “nuclear option” for Supreme Court nominees.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 31, 2017.


Despite US claims no civilians were killed in Yemen raid, Dr. Nasser Awlaki says his 8 yr old granddaughter was shot in the neck & killed
— jeremy scahill (@jeremyscahill) January 29, 2017

Editor’s Note: Well… during the election, Donald Trump did suggest murdering the families of terrorists…
Washington, D. C. – While President Trump was publicly mourning the death of a SEAL Team 6 member, and several others wounded in the raid on a compound purported to harbor al-Qaeda officials, reports from Yemen indicate that as many as 10 women and children were also killed in the raid.
As usual, public reports in the corporate mainstream media failed to acknowledge any of the civilian deaths, after the U. S. military initially denied that any civilians were killed in the raid.
According to a report by the Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald:
In a hideous symbol of the bipartisan continuity of U. S. barbarism, Nasser al-Awlaki just lost another one of his young grandchildren to U. S. violence. On Sunday, the Navy’s SEAL Team 6, using armed Reaper drones for cover, carried out a commando raid on what it said was a compound harboring officials of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. A statement issued by President Trump lamented the death of an American service member and several others who were wounded, but made no mention of any civilian deaths. U. S. military officials initially denied any civilian deaths, and (therefore) the CNN report on the raid said nothing about any civilians being killed.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JANUARY 31, 2017.

The Energy Rally That Couldn’t

Energy stocks jumped after the November election because investors thought new management in Washington would be their ticket to wealth. But what if it’s not?
On the surface, the stars seem lined up for Big Oil & Gas. President Trump promised to reduce the industry’s regulatory burden and open more federal land and offshore areas to drilling.
Furthermore, lower taxes and friendlier regulation will unleash animal spirits, boosting economic growth – and energy demand with it.
Maybe it will all work that way, but simple economics tells me it won’t be so easy.
The Bullish Case for Energy
So here’s what we know: Energy production is a highly regulated industry, and Trump will make it less so. The president demonstrated this last week when he revived the Keystone and Dakota Access pipeline projects, which had been stalled by his predecessor.
Also, Trump’s key appointees should be a boon for the industry:
Scott Pruitt, nominated to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, was the energy industry’s best friend as Oklahoma attorney general. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Trump’s choice for secretary of energy, once advocated abolishing the very department he will soon lead.

This post was published at Mauldin Economics on JANUARY 31, 2017.


‘The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.’ ~ Author Mark Twain
How is this for an eerie psychological mind game?
Breitbart is reporting that a flurry of regional news stories out of Syria are claiming that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was in serious condition after either suffering a stroke or an assassination attempt.
The office of the presidency has officially responded that all such claims are false and Assad is ‘carrying on his duties quite normally’.
‘The presidency denies all these reports. President Assad is in excellent health,’ the statement read, according to Reuters, suggesting that ‘changing circumstances in the field and politically’ were behind the claims that Assad was ill.
‘The Syrian people had become immune to such lies,’ the statement concluded.
Really? Immune? Fake news must be happening all the time over there at this point as the obvious regime change operation is probably considered behind schedule.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JANUARY 31, 2017.

Leaked Executive Order Reveals Trump Crackdown On Immigrant Welfare

Seemingly following the proposals of Bill Clinton (and Ron Paul), The Washington Post reports that a leaked document shows the Trump administration is planning to crackdown on current, and would-be, immigrants who are likely to require public assistance.
After Bill Clinton received a standing ovation for suggesting crackdown on immigrant welfare…
“We are a nation of immigrants.. but we are a nation of laws”
“Our nation is rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country…
Illegal immigrants take jobs from citizens or legal immigrants, they impose burdens on our taxpayers…
That is why we are doubling the number of border guards, deporting more illegal immigrants than ever before, cracking down on illegal hiring, barring benefits to illegal aliens, and we will do more to speed the deportation of illegal immigrants arrest for crimes…
It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws that has occurred in the last few years.. and we must do more to stop it.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 31, 2017.

OPEN SOCIETY: Soros-backed, Anti-Trump Immigration Protests ‘Sprung from Nowhere’ at Airports Across America

21st Century Wire says…
This week a US presidential executive order temporarily restricted travelers and refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen from entering America. In response to the controversial order, a wave of anti-Trump ‘flash mob’ protests emerged seemingly out of nowhere at New York’s JFK Airport and other airports across the nation.
While the airport angst appeared to be an organic effort to reject Trump’s executive order on immigration, it was revealed that the heavily organized protests were found to be tied to social movement financier George Soros. Participating groups included the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Immigration Law Center, the Urban Jusric Center, and ‘Make The Road’ advocacy group, to name only a few – are all funded by Soros front organizations led by his Open Society Foundation.
The airport protests erupted just a week after a string of multi-million dollar Soros-linked/Democratic Party-affiliated NGO’s organized what was dubbed a Women’s March on Washington DC. The Soros-backed ‘women’s march’ was full of Hollywood celebrities in addition to a bevy of other speakers that included Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, activist Gloria Steinem, filmmaker Michael Moore, as well as the convicted felon Donna Hylton, who took part in kidnapping and torturing a 62-year-old real-estate broker named Thomas Vigliarole, in a botched ransom plot from 1985.
The recent airport protests and mainstream media reportage regarding the immigration based executive order prompted a response from President Donald Trump over the past 24 hours:

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JANUARY 31, 2017.

Democrats Boycott Confirmation Of Trump Nominees, Blocking Mnuchin, Price Votes

Full out war between Democrats and the White House broke out today when Senate Democrats on Tuesday refused to attend a committee vote on two President Trump’s more controversial nominees, effectively delaying their consideration. Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted votes to advance Tom Price, Trump’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services, and Steven Mnuchin, his selection to head the Treasury Department.
Since at least one democrat must be on present for the vote to be held, the move will effectively delay and potentially prevent the confirmation votes on Mnuchin and Price. The duo is among some of the more contentious selections to join Trump’s Cabinet.
Democrats walked out of the Senate Finance Committee hearing room, arguing that Mnuchin and Price misled senators in their testimony before the panel, and saying they could not allow a vote to proceed without more information. Minutes before the scheduled vote on the pair, democrats said they refused to enter the hearing room until they get answers to their questions about Price’s stock purchase in an Australian biotechnology company.
“At a minimum, I believe the committee should postpone this vote” and have an opportunity to talk to officials at the biotech company, Sen. Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the committee, told reporters. He said they’ll be willing to move forward on Price and Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin only after their questions are answered, especially on Price, whom Wyden suggested hasn’t been “straight” with the committee.
Both Price and Mnuchin had been targeted fiercely by Democrats on a range of ethical issues. Price was pressed on his investment activity in various medical companies, and whether he improperly mixed his political activity with his personal portfolio. Mnuchin’s time at the head of OneWest Bank, and whether it treated homeowners facing foreclosure fairly, was central to his testimony.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 31, 2017.