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From Ossoff (who?) to Russia: The 10 least important news stories of 2018

LOS ANGELES:  The media is overwhelmingly liberal to the point of outright advocacy. Unimportant stories are amplified ad nauseam while vital stories are ignored. Far too many media personalities are now more interested in being the news rather than just reporting it. Accosted by Acosta: CNN correspondent banned from White House The liberal covers stories not ...

The ‘shared sacrifice’ of Obamanomics

Have you noticed that in Obama's America the champions of “shared sacrifice” and “income redistribution” have grown in power and wealth at the expense of your freedom and prosperity?

Friday markets: Oil, stocks on the Road to Oblivion

WASHINGTON, December 11, 2015 – Oil and the Fed are both slamming the tape Friday morning on Wall Street as fresh declines continue to batter shareholders hanging on for dear life, waiting for the Santa Claus Rally to come back out of hiding. At this point, we wouldn’t hold our breath. Friday’s trading action is ...

Oversold stocks attempt Thursday rally. Dead cat bounce?

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2015 – As of 11 a.m. EST, U.S. market averages are all nicely up in the neighborhood of 0.5 percent. This, of course, doesn’t come anywhere near to repairing the recent damage to stocks and market averages, many of which broke that magical 200-day moving average—something that usually signals to technical analysts ...

China’s accidental world war

China has managed to achieve global hegemony without its army having to fire a shot or detonate one intercontinental ballistic missile.

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Blue Monday: Ukraine, Middle East, other issues roil stocks

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 – Not a lot to write this morning as the Maven needs to exercise his real estate evil twin out in the wilds of West Virginia and in far western Mountain Maryland, which politically, oddly enough, is an enclave about as conservative as any city or town near a Texas oil ...

Iraq is back, Wall Street, Big Oil not amused

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2014 – Since the media, the Democrats and the organized left decided to go collectively ballistic after the Y2K elections, business, the markets, and politics itself have been increasingly and inextricably entwined in an ever-tightening Gordian knot. Latest case in point: the ongoing and seemingly instantaneous collapse of the at-least-moderately independent Iraq ...

‘Sell in May?’ Stock market treacherous for bulls

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2014 – Just when bulls thought they’d need to hide in their fallout shelters, the market got a bit of good news this morning when reports came in that housing permits “unexpectedly” skyrocketed in April after a couple months where they were nearly nonexistent. Not such big news, really, when you consider ...

Obamacare Fail: Stocks’ dead cat bounce conceals trouble

WASHINGTON, February 4, 2014 – Stock markets are staging a dead cat bounce this morning after yesterday’s 300+ point debacle on the Dow. But the Maven is not impressed. Things are wobbly on Wall Street these days as we noted in last evening’s column (February3), due in part to poor economic indicators and weakening foreign ...