Does She Know Something That We Don’t? – Mike Pence ‘Is Planning An Inauguration’ According To Maxine Waters

Whenever you hear an unsubstantiated claim, it’s usually wise to disregard it. In a world where you can listen to and read a near endless supply of news stories, you really only have time to pay attention to claims that are backed by evidence. The only exception to this rule, is when there are multiple claims from diverse sources, that are all saying the same thing. At that point you absolutely have to wonder if something is going on.
And that’s exactly what we’ve been seeing over the past week in regards to President Trump. There have been multiple claims that forces within our government are trying to overthrow him in some capacity. Evangelical Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne recently claimed that he spoke to a high level Republican Congressman, who told him that there was a plot to forcibly remove Trump from office.
‘He said there is a plot on Capitol Hill to take the president out, I said you mean by impeachment or by indictment – he said no, to take him out, he will be removed suddenly from office,’ said Howard-Browne, before adding, ‘you can read between the lines’.

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

Wasserman Schultz IT Staffer “Frantically” Liquidating $2 Million In Real Estate Assets

As the mainstream media continues to report 24×7 on their Russian collusion narrative in a shameless attempt to take down a Republican administration without any actual evidence of wrongdoing, the Democrats find themselves embroiled in yet another actual scandal, with actual crimes, where people have actually been arrested by the FBI while actually trying to flee the country…yet shockingly, none of these actual crimes seem to be of any interest at all to traditional media outlets. Be that as it may, the rather curious case of Imran Awan continues with the latest development coming courtesy of the Daily Caller who notes that Imran was frantically liquidating nearly $2 million in real estate holdings right up until the day has was arrested at Dulles airport.

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

The Witch Hunt for Donald Trump Surpasses the Salem Witch Trials of 1692-93

We should be scared to death that Sally Q. Yates served as a prosecutor in the Justice (sic) Department for 27 years. In the New York Times Sally takes high umbrage to Trump’s criticism of his attorney general, Sessions, and blows Trump’s disappointment with Sessions into an attack by Trump on the rule of law. Sally has it backwards. The rule of law is being attacked by the appointment of a special prosecutor to find something on Trump in the absence of any evidence of a crime.
In 1940 US attorney general Robert Jackson warned federal prosecutors against ‘picking the man and then putting investigators to work, to pin some offense on him. It is in this realm – in which the prosecutor picks some person whom he dislikes or desires to embarrass, or selects some group of unpopular persons and then looks for an offense – that the greatest danger of abuse of prosecuting power lies. It is here that law enforcement becomes personal, and the real crime becomes that of being unpopular with the predominant or governing group, being attached to the wrong political views or being personally obnoxious to, or in the way of, the prosecutor himself.’

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on July 31, 2017.

The Scaling Debate and Hard Fork Highlight Several Key Differences Between Bitcoin and Gold

You know stuff’s going down when I write two posts in a row about Bitcoin, something which almost never happens anymore. In Friday’s piece, Is the Bitcoin Civil War Over? Here’s How I’m Thinking About Bitcoin Cash, I discussed a potential strategy that ‘big blockers’ might attempt to execute should the 2x part of Segwit2x not happen later this year. Today, I want to discuss how the entire episode has actually served to highlight one of Bitcoin’s (and cryptos in general) huge competitive advantages in the realm of monetary-type assets, but also examine why gold is still important.
There’s been a lot of FUD written at length about the whole scaling debate, in addition to the fair observation that network splits cause confusion and can be bad for the Bitcoin ‘brand.’ As I mentioned in Friday’s piece, I don’t see this being the case with Bitcoin Cash (BCC), since I don’t think there will be any real debate about which one is Bitcoin and which is an alt-coin. Interestingly enough, although the nastiness of the scaling debate has left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths, it’s also highlighted one of Bitcoin’s greatest strengths.
Earlier today I came across a tweet from an account I had never seen before, but it was simply genius in its poignant simplicity.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Jul 31, 2017.

It’s better to turn cautious too soon…

One of the greatest investors in the world is getting worried…
Howard Marks is the billionaire founder of Oaktree Capital, one of the largest and most successful investment firms in the world.
A few times each year Marks write up his thoughts about financial markets – he calls them ‘investment memos’.
And he just released his latest one with a very clear message: it’s time to be cautious.
From Marks’ memo…
I think it’s better to turn cautious too soon (and thus perhaps underperform for a while) rather than too late, after the downslide has begun, making it hard to trim risk, achieve exits and cut losses.
Marks admits this bull market could continue. But he’s happy taking chips off the table in today’s particularly dangerous market.
Asset prices are high across the board – the S&P 500 is trading at 25 times trailing 12-month earnings compared to a long-term median of 15 – and prospective returns are low.
Meanwhile, we’re also seeing record-low complacency amongst investors.

This post was published at Sovereign Man on July 31, 2017.

WHITE HOUSE CONSIDERS AFGHAN TROOP WITHDRAWAL

Amid consistent signaling that the administration will deploy several thousand additional soldiers to the Afghan war zone, inability to agree on a strategy has brought about discussion of a troop withdrawal, an option long thought to be beyond the pale for Washington policymakers.
‘It’s a macro question as to whether the U. S., this administration, and this president are committed to staying,’ an anonymous senior administration official told the Wall Street Journal. ‘It doesn’t work unless we are there for a long time, and if we don’t have the appetite to be there a long time, we should just leave. It’s an unanswered question.’
The exploration of the option reflects a divide within the White House, with the president and some top advisers hesitant to deploy new troops without a clear path forward.
During a visit to the Pentagon earlier this month, Trump appeared to back off his commitment to send more soldiers, answering ‘We’ll see’ after being asked about the deployment.

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

Trump Saw A Disturbing Video, Then He Shut Down The CIA’s Covert Syria Program

While we’ve carefully documented the dynamics in play behind Trump’s decision to end the CIA’s covert Syria program, as well as the corresponding fury this immediately unleashed among the usual hawkish DC policy wonks, new information on what specifically impacted the president’s thinking has emerged.
Thomas Joscelyn, a Middle East analyst for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explains in the August edition of The Weekly Standard:
Earlier this year, President Donald Trump was shown a disturbing video of Syrian rebels beheading a child near the city of Aleppo. It had caused a minor stir in the press as the fighters belonged to the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, a group that had been supported by the CIA as part of its rebel aid program.

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

Rand Paul: Trump Considering Executive Action On Healthcare

After the Senate failed to repeal Obamacare on Thursday, when a critical “Nay” vote by John McCain crushed Trump’s biggest campaign promise shortly after midnight, on Saturday the President threatened to end key payments to Obamacare insurance companies if a repeal and replace bill is not passed. “After seven years of ‘talking’ Repeal & Replace, the people of our great country are still being forced to live with imploding ObamaCare!” Trump tweeted, followed by: “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!.”
Now, in previewing what may be Trump’s next potential step to keep the fight against Obamacare alive, Reuters reports that Senator Rand Paul told reporters that Trump is “considering taking some form of executive action” to address problems with the healthcare system.
Paul said he spoke to President Donald Trump by phone about healthcare reform on Monday and told the president he thought Trump had the authority to create associations that would allow organizations to offer group health insurance plans.
Allowing groups like AARP, which represents retirees, to form health associations could enable individuals and small businesses to form larger groups to negotiate with health insurance companies for lower rates.

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