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Financial Times: "America Is Now A Dangerous Nation"

The Financial Times reminds readers of something that has occurred numerous times throughout history when leaders lose the support of their people... "The president may exploit an overseas conflict to distract from problems at home..."

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China's $9 Trillion Shadow Banking System Shrinks For The First Time In 9 Months

On the surface, the latest Chinese credit data reported overnight by the PBOC was not particularly memorable: new loans tumbled from the near record 1.540TN Yuan in June to only 825.5BN in July, just above the 820BN expected, while Total Social Financing also declined substantially from June's 1.78TN to 1.22TN, also beating the 1TN estimate. While both July prints were a steep drop from June - reflected in Monday's miss in retail sales, industrial production and capex - they were a significant increase from the year ago numbers. At the same M2 dropped to a new record low, sliding from June's 9.4% to 9.2% in July, missing expectations of a modest rebound to 9.5%.

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"It's Barack Obama Marries Dick Cheney" All In One Think Tank

In Russia Sanctions And The Coming Crackdown On Americans we exposed a new project called "Hamilton 68" which claims to monitor 600 twitter accounts in real time, looking for what its creators consider to be overt, covert, as well as "second tier" Russian propaganda. The list of suspected "pro-Russian" twitter accounts is not provided, nor is any rationale given for how an account gets put on the list. Most disturbing is that the organization behind Hamilton 68, the newly established Alliance for Securing Democracy, is a creation of the German Marshall Fund - itself mostly funded by the US and NATO states.

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