Today’s BIG NINE News Brief from Against Crony Capitalism (4-24-2017)

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Macron vs. Le Pen — meet the next president of France (CNBC)

Congress returns as Trump pressures Democrats ahead of funding deadline (Reuters)

China Calls for Restraint on North Korea as USS Carl Vinson arrives  (NBC)

Pentagon chief arrives in Afghanistan (The Hill)

Risk Back On as French Vote Ripples Across Markets (Bloomberg)

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Today’s BIG NINE news brief from Against Crony Capitalism (4-18-2017)

 

Live: Theresa May calls snap general election for June 8 – latest updates and reaction (The Mirror)

 

Europe’s ‘fear gauge’ is rising ahead of first presidential vote in France this weekend (CNBC)

7 tips for procrastinating taxpayers before the deadline (AJC)

 

US Deploys Two More Aircraft Carriers Toward Korean Peninsula: Yonhap (Zerohedge)

 

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White House has had enough, Cuts CNN out, No more pundits on “fake news” channel

CNN has been pushing its luck. It basically was all in for Hillary in the election and then post election it went all in against Trump. I’m not surprised that the administration made this decision. And really, it is CNN that made the decision.

Now this doesn’t mean CNN can’t cover the White House of course. It just means that it has lost its preferred membership card.

Sorry CNN you can go hang out with BuzzFeed and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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A declining Washington Post freaks out, whines, everyone who doesn’t agree with its heavily biased coverage is a Russian plant

I have serious issues with Warren Buffett but when he sold The Washington Post to Jeff Bezos I sensed that it was probably a good move for Buffett. Originally Buffett bought The Post because it was the chosen news source within the power circles of Washington DC. In addition to this important factor Washpo had a strong readership based in a wealthy city. Good for ad revenue. There was deep value in the publication. But, to Buffett’s credit he probably sensed the winds shifting (even if he did think Hillary was going to win) and sold The Post when he could before the real serious decline in value became too obvious and too expensive even for someone who wanted to revamp the newspaper for delivery on Kindle devices.

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Judge Napolitano: A Truly Free Press Will Always Be an Inconvenience To The Government

This is absolutely true, and thank God we still have a mostly free press in this country.

A free press must be fought for because the powers that be don’t like being held accountable. They will shut down the questioners if they are able. Watch out for (even more) serious assaults on free speech in the immediate future.

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