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[ • 29 Aug 2017 • No Comment ]
Should we be surprised that Donald Trump, who once strongly opposed the war in Afghanistan but also declared himself the most “militaristic” presidential candidate, has decided to put more money and cannon fodder into America’s longest war?  That nearly-16-year war no one really believes is winnable?  A  war where no one even knows what “winning” looks like?   A perpetual war where as much money is absorbed by the corrupt Afghan government as is spent for the...


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[ • 23 Aug 2017 • No Comment ]
While the Sunday morning talk shows discuss the number of Civil War monuments that can dance on the head of a pin…and a rare Eclipse grabs focus…investors might be shocked at how the economy has accelerated. Although we still have more than a month left in the third quarter, and many more pieces of data to come, as of August 16th the Atlanta Fed’s “GDP Now” model, which tracks and estimates real GDP growth, says the economy is expanding at a 3.8% annual rate in...


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[ • 22 Aug 2017 • No Comment ]
It’s an established, transparent pattern by now. When Trump is having a bad week or seriously under fire, he has a near-genius for changing the subject by week’s end. Sometimes it’s an outrageous tweet to distract attention–sometime an overt action, such as this past Friday’s firing of “Darth” Bannon. Most White House observers knew Bannon’s days were numbered. He actually submitted his resignation on August 7, but Trump held it for use at an appropriate...


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[ • 19 Aug 2017 • No Comment ]
Mayor Bloomberg funding $2 million of ads backing Cook County Soda Tax
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[ • 16 Aug 2017 • No Comment ]
THE LOOP — When CTA trains stopped running from the North Side into the Loop because of a death on the tracks Tuesday morning, Uber and Lyft sprung into action by raising rates. And the city of Chicago isn’t happy about it. “It is unfortunate that at least two ride-share companies chose to take advantage of this morning’s difficult commuter situation,” said Lilia Chacon, a spokeswoman for the city’s Business Affairs and Consumer Protection department. Read more in...


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[ • 15 Aug 2017 • No Comment ]
Trump’s new and dangerous bellicosity toward North Korea involves a subtle shift in his language, which may reflect a change in policy, a new speechwriter or both. The phrase “fire and fury” is relatively high rhetoric compared to his usual off-the-cuff, un-telepromptered speeches. It’s said by the New York Times to have been “improvised,” while another report said the words were scrawled on a piece of paper in front of him. We do know his statement was neither...


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