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Politico: 2016 brawl breaks out on Senate floor (Rand versus Rubio, Cruz, and ahem, Graham(?))

Yeah, Senator Graham somehow inserted himself into this story.

This has been one weird day in the Senate and this is the 3rd post we’ve done today on Rand Paul and his military funding proposal.

Though we have said that we were not pleased with Rand Paul’s amendment, at least it called for cuts (if future cuts) to other spending. Rubio just wanted to spend money on defense whatever the cost to taxpayers and future generations. Cruz sided with Rubio. But in the end neither Rand’s or Rubio’s proposals got past the Senate floor.

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Google meets with the White House nearly every week?

Google is massive. Its power radiates from Silicon Valley warming the bank accounts of employees, shareholders, and politicians alike. It is as iconic a brand as Coke or Ford. And it has gained this status in a relatively short period. I remember when Google just happened to have the best search engine in the business but trailed Yahoo. That was just over a decade ago.

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Israeli polster says State Department money was used in Israeli election against Netanyahu

I have my issues with Mr. Netanyahu, with the foreign aid which flows to Israel, and Israeli policy in the Middle East in general. But for all the nastiness over the years (and there has been serious nastiness) Israel has proven an ally (aside from the odd spying scandal) and is by far the most democratic state in the region. It is fair to say that we have a “special” relationship with the country on par with and in some ways surpassing even the relationship we have with the UK. Ours can at times be a tumultuous relationship, but we are friends. (For the most part.)

That State Department money flowed into Israel to counter Bibi’s campaign for president is remarkable if the allegations are true. That a  “community organizing” style effort was mounted in Israel with US taxpayer dollars to undermine Israeli leadership prior to the Israeli presidential election is not OK – if true.

This very odd interview with one of the founders of the Israeli community organizing group V15 is worth a listen. The guy gets all weird and defensive with an interviewer who seems (or seemed) generally open to hearing the guy. Very strange.

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Allegations of pay (The Clinton Foundation) to play from former Clinton advisor

Dick Morris says that the United Arab Emirates has poured millions into the Clinton political machine. He says the gravy train started in 2002. Back when the Clintons were dead broke according to Ms. Clinton. (Sorry but I’m not going to forget that line from her.) A few million dollars from the Persian Gulf state I’m sure helped the destitute couple from Arkansas pay a few outstanding bills.

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We asked Clinton donors why they gave. Here’s what they said

Why oh why would all these foreign companies and political muckety mucks want to give hundreds of thousands (in some cases millions) to a foundation controlled by a former Secretary of State who might be the next president of the United States? Do they really believe in the Clinton Foundation mission?

It appears that they do.

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De-Dollarization Accelerates As More Of Washington’s “Allies” Defect To China-Led Bank

He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious. – Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Being unconquerable lies with yourself; being conquerable lies with your enemy. – Sun Tzu, The Art of War

As we’ve said before, the SHTF moment to watch for is the day the dollar loses reserve currency status. As we’ve also said, this day is still probably pretty far off. But one gets the sense that things are very fluid and increasingly so in the global money game these days. It’s almost like a financial “cold war.” Nothing happening which is too hot. Which forces any drastic moves. But a war is being waged none-the-less. The US and dollar dominance are under sustained attack and unfortunately we have exposed ourselves thanks to our profligate ways.

Can we get our act together? Can we act like adults in coming years? I don’t know. We take too much for granted. We’ve been fat and happy for a very long time. Perhaps we aren’t hungry enough.

I do think America can be hungry (in the good sense) again however. But there needs to be fresh blood in leadership – political, financial, and elsewhere.

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