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The Obama Administration perpetrated another of their disaster aid shell-game tricks yesterday, with the victims being the localities in the many stricken areas, whose Federal relief is being delayed or denied. Meantime, spokesmen for the U.S. Mayors Conference, the National League of Cities, and others, are condemning Washington for condemning their citizenry to harm and misery. The solution?

September 28th, 2011 • 9:11 AM

The Greek opposition New Democracy party appears to be making overtures to Russia in an effort to get out from under the jackboot of the European Union. Two Greek MPs including Dimitris Avramopoulos, the vice president of the party and Simos Kedikoglou attended the party congress where Vladimir Putin and Dimitri Medvedev made their announcement to switch roles in the next election.

September 27th, 2011 • 10:31 AM

The day before his resignation was demanded by President Dmitri Medvedev, then-Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin had promised Russian reserves to bail out euro bank debt. In an interview with Russia Today on Sept. 25, "Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said European Financial Stability Facility bonds would provide a mechanism for Russia to invest in the euro area's debt.

September 27th, 2011 • 9:22 AM

An editorial in China's Global Times entitled "Putin Maintains Dominance In Russia" expresses China's satisfaction with the announcement by Vladimir Putin of his candidacy for President of Russia. "A Russia that follows Putin is in China's interests for now. In the long run, it may bring challenges to East Asia, but this is hard to say now.

September 27th, 2011 • 9:16 AM

After the weekend IMF-World Bank meeting concluded in chaos—the only thing everyone seemed to agree on there is that it is indeed time to panic—a new raft of "announcements" and "plans" began to emerge on both sides of the Atlantic about how EU440 billion in EFSF funds would be leveraged into EU2 trillion—or EU4 trillion, depending on the source—in bailout money.

September 27th, 2011 • 9:04 AM

In a widely-circulated Sept.

September 28th, 2011 • 9:10 AM

Certainly in response to the growing momentum in the German population for a refererendum on the euro, Andreas Vosskuhle, president of the constitutional court, took to the pages of Frankfurter Allgemeine past Sunday, saying indeed amazing things which have stirred up Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, for example: "The sovereignty of the German state is inviolate and anchored in perpetuity by basic law; It

September 27th, 2011 • 10:25 AM

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev fired the City of London's darling Alexei Kudrin from the posts of Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation today, during a nationally televised meeting. Kudrin had been head of Russia's Finance Ministry for eleven years, having first joined that ministry in 1997 on invitation of another London favorite, Anatoli Chubais.

September 27th, 2011 • 9:20 AM

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) publicly protested against Obama's racist and offensive remarks to the Congressional Black Caucus Sept. 24, telling CBS's Early Show today that she found the language he used "a bit curious." Waters, a leader of the Caucus, said: "The President spoke to the Hispanic Caucus....

September 27th, 2011 • 9:11 AM