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The White House Is Under Siege

“Having long nursed a grudge over being viewed derisively by many business moguls, he reveled in inviting them to the White House” writes David A for theatlantic.com. The improbability of that happening is manifest in the case of Trump’s manufacturing and strategy councils, in which he would not sacrifice white identity politics to defend another of his top priorities. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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The Supreme Art of War on the Korean Peninsula: Regime …

“A strategy of regime change by targeting the mind of Kim Jong Un is far less costly than any direct military option” writes Jeffrey Lewis for foreignpolicy.com. Moreover, a strategy of regime change by targeting Kim’s mind does not require Chinese and South Korean cooperation, although such cooperation would certainly be helpful.While the U.S. goal of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula is a valid strategic goal, nearly everything the U.S. does strengthens Kim’s strategy of regime preservation. Source: foreignpolicy.com Share This:

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What Game Theory tells us about Trump’s ‘madman’ approach to North Korea

“At no time in recent history has an American president been so free with threats of nuclear war” writes Rob Garver for businessinsider.com. Trump’s experience in the world of business, Brams said, has almost certainly made him personally familiar with the strategy. “It’s a common argument in bargaining situations, which of course is Trump’s background,” he said.In fact, he pointed out, Trump’s history of driving several large business ventures into bankruptcy with questionable decision-making likely only increased the effectiveness of a “madman strategy” in the corporate world.If it succeeded, Nixon…

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Sadiq Khan criticised for backtracking on pledge for London public energy company

“This, campaigners say, is a far cry from the publicly owned energy company which was promised” writes Sandra Laville for theguardian.com. But his manifesto promise on creating a publicly owned energy company for Londoners is not part of the plan.But the Green party and other campaigners have accused Khan of failing to carry out his pledge to create a not-for-profit energy company for the city, instead putting it out to tender.Campaigners have condemned the mayor of London’s new environment strategy for falling short by failing to announce the establishment of…

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Snap Stumbles Through Another Disappointing Quarter

“For Snap, there have long been signs that it would face bumps as a public company” writes Katie Benner for nytimes.com. User growth was a mixed bag.Last month, Morgan Stanley, which helped underwrite Snap’s I.P.O., issued a report on the company that questioned the measurement tools that Snap makes for advertisers.Snap shares fell by more than 12 percent after the company released its numbers. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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Frustrated with President Trump, John McCain promotes his own Afghan plan

“John McCain declared Thursday that “America is adrift in Afghanistan” as he promoted a war strategy that would expand the U.S. counterterrorism effort and provide greater support to Afghan security forces” writes Richard Lardner for sun-sentinel.com. The relationship dates to the 1980s Afghan war against the Soviet Union, which had sent in more than 100,000 soldiers to support the pro-communist Afghan government. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Apple appeal: Some traders are trying to make extra money off the tech giant

“His research shows that not only are Apple options expensive compared to S&P 500 options, but that Apple options are more expensive now than they have been in the past” writes Alex Rosenberg for cnbc.com. This means traders collectively think Apple shares have a high probability of rising or falling, while the S&P 500 will remain stable.While the prices of S&P 500 options have lingered around record lows, Apple options remain relatively well bid.MKM Partners derivatives strategist Jim Strugger can also get on board with the overwriting strategy. Source: cnbc.com Share…

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How to trade currencies amid rising North Korea tensions

“The Swiss franc, the U.S. dollar and even the euro might be the best options for investors trading currencies in the face of rising threats from North Korea, analysts told CNBC. “The CHF (Swiss franc) along with the JPY (Japanese Yen) are widely considered the usual safe-haven currencies” writes Silvia Amaro for cnbc.com. However, given geographical proximately I would expect the JPY to be most sensitive to issues regarding North Korea,” Jane Foley, head of forex strategy at Rabobank, told CNBC Wednesday.In fact, the Swiss franc rose 1 percent against…

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This pack of dividend-paying stocks outruns the ‘Dow Dogs’

“They are: If history is any guide, a portfolio of these stocks will, over the next several years, outperform a portfolio comprised of only the 10 highest-yielding Dow stocks” writes Mark Hulbert for marketwatch.com. What better time than the dog days of summer to focus on the so-called “Dogs of the Dow” strategy?. Of the 10 highest-yielding Dow stocks currently, for example, Wright’s relative-yield approach identifies only four as being undervalued right now.That stock is IBM. There are nine additional stocks on Wright’s “Timely Ten” list, even though they are…

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