- No survivors after TX balloon crash July 30, 2016Texas state police confirmed that 16 people died in the crash of a hot-air balloon, which hit power lines and burst into flames.
- Oil, gas in 'Bizarro World': Analyst July 30, 2016Tom Kloza, Global Head of Energy Analysis for the OPIS, compared oil and gas prices to an episode of 'Seinfeld.'
- Trump: Fundraising so good 'can barely keep up', rejects Koch brothers' support July 30, 2016The GOP nominee pointedly rejected the support of two very influential donors on the same day he said fundraising "crushed" expectations.
- Trump: 'No more Mr. Nice Guy' July 30, 2016Donald Trump said he was taking the gloves off in his battle against Hillary Clinton.
- 'Suicide Squad' set to break records? July 30, 2016"Suicide Squad" is a lesser-known comic book, but the film based on the team could be the first August release to break $100 million.
- 'Game of Thrones' to end in Season 8 July 30, 2016The television epic 'Game of Thrones' is set to end in its eighth season, USA Today reports.
- Kanye West backs Apple, Tidal deal July 30, 2016Note to Apple and Tidal: When Kanye West tells you to chill out, you know something's wrong.
- Handle required IRA withdrawals wisely July 30, 2016You are required to take money out of your IRAs and tax-deferred retirement plan at age 70½ or pay a hefty penalty.
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- US asks Goldman for 1MDB documents: WSJ July 30, 2016U.S. authorities have subpoenaed Goldman Sachs for documents on the bank's dealings with Malaysia's 1MDB, the WSJ reports.
- Polaroid's brand-new 'Swing' July 30, 2016Polaroid, the iconic camera company, is ready for its digital era close-up.
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- Kudlow: Trump knows you can’t tax to prosperity July 30, 2016Over the past year, real GDP has slipped to a paltry 1.2 percent. And what's the Hillary Clinton plan? Tax us into prosperity.
- Tesla has two theories on fatal Autopilot crash July 30, 2016Tesla staffers told congressional aides they were trying to understand the "system failure" that led to the crash, a source said.
- Killing TPP deal will hand China 'keys to castle' July 30, 2016Failure to ratify the U.S.-led pact won't fix the real problems underlying American anxiety over jobs, Michael Froman says.
- Hackers breached Clinton campaign July 29, 2016Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her campaign were on the receiving end of a broad cyber attack, according to sources.
- Cramer's game plan: Stay sidelined July 29, 2016Jim Cramer is ready for another chaotic week of earnings and recommended investors do their full homework before buying.
- Dog days could bite market in August July 29, 2016The Brexit bounce back that lifted stocks in July is unlikely to carry into August, and markets will be tested early on.
- BMPS fares worst in EU banks stress test July 29, 2016Stress tests found BMPS would have the most difficulty covering its loans of 51 of Europe's banks.
- No survivors after TX balloon crash July 30, 2016
- Rogers Cup: Kei Nishikori to face Novak Djokovic in Toronto final July 31, 2016Kei Nishikori beats Stan Wawrinka in straight sets to reach the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto where he will meet Novak Djokovic.
- Texas hot air balloon crash: No survivors among 16 on board July 31, 2016A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people catches fire and crashes in the US state of Texas with all on board confirmed dead.
- US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft July 31, 2016American Luke Aikins becomes the first person to jump from 25,000 ft (7,620m) without a parachute, landing safely in a net.
- Carl Frampton beats Leo Santa Cruz to win WBA world featherweight title in New York July 31, 2016Carl Frampton becomes Northern Ireland's first two-weight world champion by beating Leo Santa Cruz on points in a superb contest in New York.
- Tokyo votes for new prefecture governor after scandals July 31, 2016Japanese voters cast ballots for a new governor of Tokyo after financial scandals forced the previous two chiefs to quit, plaguing the city's preparations for the 2020 Olympics.
- New Harry Potter script enchants fans July 31, 2016Harry Potter fans gather at bookshops across the country for the release of latest instalment in the series.
- JK Rowling praises Harry Potter fans for not sharing Cursed Child spoilers July 31, 2016JK Rowling praises fans for keeping the secrets of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, as the stage show opens in London after weeks of previews.
- Syria conflict: Aleppo humanitarian corridors disputed July 31, 2016Reports from the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo suggest that only a small number of people have made use of humanitarian corridors set up to allow them to leave rebel-held areas
- Turkey's President Erdogan seeks to rein in spy agency after coup July 31, 2016Turkey's president wants to close the nation's military academies and directly control the spy agency and the military chief of staff after a failed coup.
- CEO Secrets: Reddit boss shares three tips for success July 30, 2016Steve Huffman, co-founder and chief executive of Reddit, offers the business advice he wishes he had been given before he started out, for the BBC News series CEO Secrets.
- Game of Thrones to end after season eight in 2018 July 30, 2016Game of Thrones - the record-breaking fantasy drama TV series - will end after its eighth season, American broadcaster HBO confirms.
- Rio 2016: IOC panel to have final say on Russian athletes' participation July 30, 2016The IOC says a three-person panel will have the final say on which Russian athletes can compete at the Rio Games.
- Hashtag ban July 30, 2016The United States Olympic Committee have been accused of bullying companies who want to talk about #Rio2016
- Olympian or civilian? July 30, 2016A clutch of celebrities have taken part in the Olympics, but gone on to find wider fame in different fields. Can you pick out which?
- Tunisia parliament votes to sack PM Habib Essid July 30, 2016Tunisia's parliament passes a vote of no confidence in the government of PM Habib Essid over what is seen as his failure to push through economic reforms.
- US PGA Championship 2016: Lightning threat delays round three July 30, 2016The threat of lightning in New Jersey forces Saturday's third round to be abandoned at Baltusrol with the top 10 players unable to tee off.
- Syria conflict: 'Families leave' besieged Aleppo July 30, 2016Dozens of families have left besieged areas of the city of Aleppo along a humanitarian corridor, Syrian state media say.
- Armenia police officer killed amid hostage crisis July 30, 2016A police officer is shot dead in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, during a stand-off with an armed group barricaded inside a police station.
- Luxury en-suite cell found in Paraguay prison July 30, 2016Police in Paraguay raided a drug lord's prison cell, only to find he was living a life of luxury - with a kitchen, plasma TV and a library.
- Pope Francis visits predecessor John Paul II's shrine July 30, 2016Thousands attend a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at a church dedicated to the late Polish Pope John Paul II in the city of Krakow.
- Rogers Cup: Kei Nishikori to face Novak Djokovic in Toronto final July 31, 2016
Never Assume anything By Bob Jentges
By Bob Jentges (Editor Emeritus, Clarion Advisory) 4-7-12
Some of President Obama’s remarks over the past few days have me scratching my head.
As 1) editor of the Harvard Law Review, 2) graduate of Harvard Law School, 3) Law Professor or Law Lecturer—take your choice—at the Chicago School of Law, 4) U.S. Senator and 5) President of the United States of America, Mr. Obama should certainly be knowledgeable about the balance of powers set forth in the Constitution, and the United States Supreme Court 1803 landmark decision, Marbury v. Madison.
In Marbury, the High Court established the precedent that it could declare acts of Congress null and void if they violate the Constitution. The Supreme Court has done that over 150 times since 1789.
I for one believe Mr. Obama does know as much.
For me that begs the question why he recently said: “I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress”. (My emphasis)
I have too much respect for President Obama’s intelligence to think he said that with the idea he might coerce a majority of the Court to rule Obamacare constitutional. I do not want to think he said it for political reasons i.e. to mislead those who have no clue what the facts are.
So to be generous, maybe he simply misspoke during an impromptu answer to a reporter’s question. But to the credit of the media, FactCheck.org has determined what the President said was wrong!
During another recent speech criticizing Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, President Obama used the metaphor: “I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper”. The “brother’s keeper” quote comes from the book of Genesis. But I think he used the quote out of context. After Cain killed his brother Abel, the LORD asked Abel’s whereabouts. Cain replied he did not know: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The quote had nothing to do with the liberal philosophy of wealth redistribution, which was President Obama’s central point.
President Obama say’s he is a Christian—I take him at his word. But the speech where he used the “brothers keeper” quote was not impromptu—it was from a prepared speech and probably read from a teleprompter as most of his prepared speeches are.
We should not necessarily expect our Presidents to have a theologians knowledge of the Bible. But if Mr. Obama’s “brother’s keeper” quote was written by a speech writer, its meaning and context should have first been researched.
My point is: Never assume anything.
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