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Obama Finally Fights GOP, Affirms a Role for Government, but Renews Threat to Shrink the US Economy- Michael Hoexter

As the US government shutdown was still in effect and the prospect of a debt default loomed, President Obama held an extraordinary and revealing White House press briefing on October 8th in which he clarified his then position vis-à-vis the shutdown and debt ceiling. After the shutdown was (temporarily) ended on October 17th, Obama made a fairly extensive public statement airing his views of how he sees economic policy and government’s role. While I have not followed every one of Obama’s press conferences or speeches, in both of these public appearances, Obama went into unusual detail and lengths to expand on his views of politics, government and the economy. In addition, he marked out his most combative stance vis-à-vis the Republicans to date. Also in his October 17th statement we had the clearest statement for a number of decades, of some of the benefits of having a government at all from a top American political leader.

The Spin on Cyprus Gold Sale Rumor Is “Back Asswards” – Aaron Krowne – The Implode-o-Meter

by Aaron Krowne Founder, The Implode-o-Meter There’s been plenty of press about the gold (and silver) “crash” of April 12 and 15th, most of it yielding a not-so-subtle schadenfreude stench.  This is not so surprising, as anyone who has been openly positive about the precious metals’ prospects given today’s “new normal” of unprecedented “high-powered” money-printing…

“But The Rising Star Is The USA” – Wolf Richter- Testosterone Pit

German industrial companies now consider investing overseas – to build new operations or expand existing ones – more attractive than investing at home. China retained the top spot for the third year in a row. The Eurozone, eclipsed by China in 2011, continued to decline. The attractiveness of other target markets slid as well. But…

With strong month, Durable Goods Orders rose 5% over May 2011

6/27/12 May Real Durable Goods Orders, adjusted for inflation and not seasonally manipulated were up 4.1% over May 2011. That compares with a 4% gain in April. In adjusting for inflation, this measure attempts to represents actual unit volume of orders. Also, the use of actual, versus seasonally manipulated (SA) data allows an accurate view…

Euro firewall insufficient after Spain, says IIF – CNN Money

The recent €100 billion bailout of Spain’s banks will leave Europe’s financial rescue fund without enough money to bail out another big economy, an international banking group warned on Sunday. “[A]fter committing €100 billion for the Spanish saving banks, the Eurogroup’s rescue funds, as currently authorized and structured, will have sufficient funds to help a…

Spain suffers as sentiment sours post-Greek election | Reuters

(Reuters) – Spanish bond yields hit a new euro-era high above seven percent and Italian yields jumped on Monday as initial relief after a pro-bailout victory in Greek elections gave way to pessimism about the huge problems still facing the currency bloc. The swift reversal in sentiment saw German Bund futures rise, quickly erasing early…

Divided Greece risks social explosion | Reuters

(Reuters) – Pro-bailout party New Democracy may have come first in Sunday’s Greek election but the radical left anti-austerity SYRIZA bloc was celebrating like the real winner well into the warm Athens night. The election exposed a struggling nation deeply divided over whether to implement a harsh austerity package, the price for receiving a total…

EU Smiled While Spain’s Banks Cooked the Books, and Now We’re Surprised?

…back in 2008 and early 2009, Spanish regulators were riding high after their country’s banks seemed to have dodged the financial crisis with minimal losses. A big reason for their success, the regulators said, was an accounting technique called dynamic provisioning. By this, they meant that Spain’s banks had set aside rainy- day loan-loss reserves…