IMF Boosts Growth Forecast for US, Cites Trump Impact

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund on Monday raised its forecast for the U.S. economy over the next two years, saying President-elect Donald Trump’s policies should boost economic growth, particularly in 2018. But officials warned that if Trump’s protectionist trade proposals set off a trade war, that could be “quite destructive” for the global economy.

The IMF also increased 2017 growth projections for a number of other countries including China, Germany, Japan and Britain, but warned that the global economy faced a number of downside risks from rising protectionism to a jump in interest rates. Continue reading

Gertz: U.S. Must Go on the ‘Offensive’ During the Information Age

 

Washington Free Beacon senior editor Bill Gertz discussed his new book, iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age, on Friday with Rush Limbaugh on his radio show.

“As somebody who knows about cyber wars and cyber security, how do you, Bill Gertz …? How do you process this stuff? How do you react to it?” Limbaugh asked. “Because you know whether some of this stuff is true, legitimate or not. So how do you deal with it yourself?”

Gertz responded by calling developments in the cyber domain an “amazing phenomenon” and discussed how cyber will dominate the current “information age” society, where people are under assault from all quarters. Continue reading

The Pentagon’s New Drone Swarm Heralds a Future of Autonomous War Machines

 

On Oct. 26, 2016, a pair of Hornets flying above an empty part of California opened their bellies and released a robotic swarm. With machine precision, the fast-moving unmanned flying machines took flight, then moved to a series of waypoints, meeting objectives set for the swarm by a human controller. The brief flight of 103 tiny drones heralds a new age in how, exactly, America uses robots at war.

The Pentagon’s worked with Perdix drones since 2013, with the October flight using the military’s 6th generation of the devices. F/A-18 Hornets, long-serving Navy fighters, carried the drones and released them from flare dispensers. The small drones were the subject of an episode of CBS’s 60 Minutes, and they move so fast they’re hard to film. Below, in a clip from the Department of Defense, the drones are barely visible as dark blurs beneath the fighters. Continue reading

Free Beacon Special Report: Obama’s Final Days as President

 

The Washington Free Beacon has a special report on President Obama’s farewell address in Chicago, as well as an exclusive on some of the other final things he’ll do before leaving the White House.

They include his final admonition to Valerie Jarrett and even the last word he will utter as president. Continue reading

2017: The Year Germany Is Forced to Lead

 

Since the end of World War II, Germany has generally been content in America’s shadow. The nation has been reluctant to show its power, being satisfied with economic success. But 2017 presents Germany with major international challenges. With a Russian ally in the White House, German Chancellor Angela Merkel could become Russian President Vladimir Putin’s enemy No. 1. The radical shifts in American foreign policy will force Germany to make tough decisions—and force it to try and unite Europe around whatever decision it makes. All this will force Germany to throw its weight around on the world scene in a way not often seen. Trumpet staff writer Richard Palmer examines why 2017 will be the year Germany is forced to lead. Continue reading

Gertz: ‘America Is Extremely Vulnerable’ to Cyber Threats

 

Washington Free Beacon senior editor Bill Gertz said that the United States is “extremely vulnerable” to cyber attacks during a radio interview with Sean Hannity on Tuesday evening. Gertz appeared on Hannity’s radio show to discuss his newly released book, iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age.

To begin the interview, Hannity asked Gertz what he thought of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s assertion that he did not receive hacked emails of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign from Russian sources.

“We’re going to have to wait to see what the [Obama] administration’s investigation of the Russian influence operation is,” Gertz responded. Continue reading

In a World Full of Enemies, America Can Only See One at a Time

 

On this day in 1991, Russian General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev did something many in the West thought would never happen: He announced that the Soviet Union would be dissolved. While this event helped bring an end to America’s longtime enemy, it did not bring an end to the spread of communism. The United States put the blinders on and moved forward. But now, less than three decades later, Russia is led by a man whose aim is to restore the Soviet Empire. Yet no one in America is ringing the alarm bells. On today’s show, Stephen Flurry discusses how America’s ignorance of its enemies is bringing down this once great nation. Continue reading

Obama grants most ever pardons in a single day

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President Barack Obama on Dec. 19 pardoned 78 inmates and cut the sentences of 153 others convicted of federal crimes. It was the most individual clemencies ever granted by a president in a single day.

“The 231 individuals granted clemency today have all demonstrated that they are ready to make use — or have already made use — of a second chance,” White House counsel Neil Eggleston wrote in a blog post. “While each clemency recipient’s story is unique, the common thread of rehabilitation underlies all of them.” Continue reading

Claim: Obama setting up “shadow government” to directly oppose Trump presidency

 

Author claims Obama working behind the scenes to form shadow government

“For the past 100 years every president who is outgoing has packed up his stuff, gone home and not criticized his successor. This is not what the Obamas are planning to do,” Klein stated. Continue reading

Fed Fakes Confidence With Another Dec. 1/4 Point Rate Hike

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Pandora’s Box Opens in Europe

America’s corruption the last eight years under Barack Obama has lead to the weakening of NATO, allies questioning the reliability of America and are left stunned at the mess it has created in the Middle East — including creating the conditions where thousands upon thousands of Christians are being persecuted and slaughtered. America, modern day Babylon, has become drunk off its own power. All this is recognized by Europe and leaving it no choice but (as well as other nations in Asia — the Philippines, for example) to look inward and rush into setting up its very own independent and protective capability.

An incoming Donald Trump administration is also forcing Europe to take a hard look at itself and ask itself if it wants to pay its ‘fair share’ for protection (NATO) or go on its own. Americans are tired of war and sending their mothers, daughters, sons and fathers into harms way. Taking NATO out of Europe might have substantial support this time around.

Aside from the nice-to-hear words coming out of European leaders, the creation of a European Army says it’s going its own route — and nuclear it will likely be, as there is no other deterrent known on earth to make aggressive nations think of the fatal consequences. It will have no choice but to go nuclear or allow itself to be steamrolled by Russia and its allies such as China.

The year is 2016 and this is the world we now live in.

 

 

Der Spiegel recently published a piece titled “Europeans Debate Nuclear Self-Defense After Trump Win.” Donald Trump continues to undermine NATO, which has been Europe’s main source of defense. He has also encouraged America’s allies to seek their own nuclear deterrent so they don’t have to rely on the United States. As Europe sees the American defense umbrella fold up, what can we expect to see with the rise of a European superpower? Stephen Flurry discusses this and more on today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show. Continue reading

The Prophesied Reconfiguration of Europe

 

Italy is one of the core nations of the European Union project. This week, however, its citizens rejected constitutional reforms from its pro-EU Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The referendum has shaken Europe. The EU appears to be fracturing, but Bible prophecy says that a core group of European nations will bind together to form the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. On today’s show, Stephen Flurry revisits some of the most troubling trends in Europe today and explains how they are leading to the fulfilment of Bible prophecy. Continue reading

Ralph Peters: Iranian Leadership ‘Should Be Very Afraid’ of Mattis

 

Retired. Lt. Col. Ralph Peters appeared Monday on the Fox Business Network to discuss President-elect Donald Trump’s pick of Marine Gen. James Mattis (ret.) for secretary of defense and how he would respond to Iran threatening action against the United States if it extends sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Host Connell McShane asked Peters what he thought of the Iranians threatening the United States government with “strong action.” Continue reading

Week in Review: The Iranian Empire Is Back, Europe’s Military, Censoring ‘Fake News,’ and Much More

 

Highlights:

Return of the Iranian Empire

  • “For the first time since 625 c.e.,” wrote Hussain Abdul-Hussain for now media, “Iran has restored its control over a contiguous territory that extends from the east of Afghanistan to the Mediterranean coast.”
  • The Syrian regime recently announced that Hezbollah will play a lead role in the nation’s military.
  • On the other hand, the Iraqi government voted to fully legalize Iranian-sponsored Shiite militias, officially making them a part of the Iraqi government forces.
  • Abdul-Hussain continued: “[T]hese militias will control—on Tehran’s behalf—their respective armies and, by extension, the governments behind these armies.”

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Sweden brings back Cold War weapons to deter Kremlin

 

Faced with a newly aggressive Russia, Sweden is taking mothballed Cold War missile launchers out of storage in museums to shore up the defenses on its Baltic Sea front line, according to The Times. Continue reading