1. Stephani Scruggs: Trade Agreements Must Address Currency Manipulation
2. Dr. Gerard Lameiro: How Accurate are Republican Presidential Polls Today?
3. Lowell Ponte: Did Greece Vote "NO" on its Future?
4. Wayne Allyn Root: Why the Democrats Will Do and Say Anything to Stop Donald Trump
5. James Hirsen: Cash-strapped Chicago Desperately Seeks Revenue by Taxing the Cloud
Trade Agreements Must Address Currency Manipulation
As the United States Senate prepares to call a vote on granting President Obama Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority to finalize the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement, (TPP), the Coalition for a Strong America submitted a strong warning to Congress that currency manipulation must be addressed in any trade agreement: "The Obama Administration's refusal to address currency manipulation is stunning, considering most of the TPP partners are IMF currency manipulation violators. If TPP does not address currency manipulation, there is simply no way TPP can honestly be called a free trade agreement" said Michael Bowen, the organization's National Co-Chair and Reagan Committee inductee. The Coalition letter will be circulated to Members of Congress this week as Congressional leadership attempts to bring Fast Track Trade Authority to a vote. [more...]
How Accurate are Republican Presidential Polls Today?
We seem to hear a steady drumbeat of poll results every week as we approach the 2016 presidential election. But how accurate are these polls anyway? Some polls indicate that Jeb Bush is ahead and the frontrunner. Some polls indicate Donald Trump has jumped into the second spot. But what are the problems with these polls? Who's really ahead today? Who will be ahead after the first Republican debate in early August? How much can you read into these polls? [Go here for a complete analysis...]
Did Greece Vote "NO" on its Future?
By Lowell Ponte
Have the Greeks just manipulated democracy to commit suicide - or to kill the Euro currency, destroy a united Europe, and undermine America's economy as well? On Sunday, July 5, Greeks voted "no" by roughly 61 percent in a national referendum to, as the New York Times put it, "reject bailout terms in rebuff to European leaders." In fact, European leaders had said that their offer to rescue a Greece drowning in debt would automatically end at midnight on June 30 if Greece failed to make a required debt payment. The ruling radical leftist Syriza Party called for this strange vote on a European bailout offer that had already been withdrawn five days earlier. By voting "no," Greeks could have been voting either "yes" or "no" to accept a conditional European bailout. And to further tilt the outcome, Syriza violated the traditional ballot order in yes-no votes by making its preferred "no" the first, not customary second, box to check on Sunday's ballot. [more...]
Why the Democrats Will Do and Say Anything to Stop Donald Trump
Someone is getting very nervous. President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, Jon Corzine - to name just a few. And I know why. The powerful socialist cabal and the corrupt crony capitalists are scared. I've never seen them this outraged, this vicious, this motivated, this coordinated - NEVER in all my years in politics have I seen anything like the way the mad dogs of hell have been unleashed on Donald Trump. When a known fraud, scam artist and tax cheat like Al Sharpton ran for President, I never saw anything remotely close to this. The over-the-top reaction to Trump by politicians of both parties, the media and the biggest corporations of America has been so swift and insanely angry that it suggests they are all threatened and frightened like never before. [more...]
Cash-strapped Chicago Desperately Seeks Revenue by Taxing the Cloud
By James Hirsen
The Windy City has done the Beatles' "Taxman" lyrics one better by going after streaming concerns, which happen to include Netflix, Spotify, Xbox Live and Apple Music, among others. As brick-and-mortar retail outlets are on the decline and costs of online services are on the rise, cash-strapped municipalities burdened with upside down financial statements have been eyeing the Internet for some relief. Chicago appears to have taken the lead with its virtual raising of the price of cloud services via a new tax assessment. Since the city is facing a massive budget shortfall, largely due to pension payment obligations, the financially troubled city in an expansion of its "amusement tax" is imposing a nine percent tax on any activity that involves "watching electronically delivered television shows, movies or videos" (Netflix), "listening to electronically delivered music" (Spotify, Apple Music), or "participating in games, online or otherwise" (Xbox Live). [more...]