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VIDEO: Volatile

VIDEO: Market Leninism

On August 25, 2015
Monday  24 August 2015 / Hour 1, Block C:  Gordon G. Chang, Forbes.com, in re:   Beijing invited PM Abe to the Chinese "Victory over Japan" parade in commemoration of the end of WWII.  He declined.  Meanwhile the market has been parachuting downward; today was a rout. Chinese economy falling precipitously, Beijing doesn't have the juice to stop it. "Market Leninism."  Stats from China have been opaque, unlikely; now, the curtain is being drawn back.  That 7% growth that Beijing touted is now seen to be 5%, which itself is bogus.

VIDEO: Last of the Progressives

On August 21, 2015
Thursday 20 August 2015 / Hour 1, Block D:  Cori O'Conner, WSJ editorial board asst, in re: . . . the fee-based model is typically in larger accounts; new rule will go to former commission-based model of less than $25,000.  Goal is to send people to roboadvice.  Two large camps in contest: progressive (e.g., Tom Perez), which regards competition as a danger zone fraught with exploitation, and libertarians, classical liberals, who regard the marketplace as the safest place.

VIDEO: Operation Fox Hunt

On August 20, 2015
Wednesday  19 August 2015 / Hour 1, Block A: Charles Burton, professor at Brock University, in re:  Chinese agents illegally entered the US – Chinese state police passing themselves off as members of trade delegations –  have been intimidating Chinese-Americans and bullying them to return to China, threatening their families at home.  Operation Foxhunt and Operation Skynet. WSJ: "All Chinese officials are corrupt" – Xi Jinping's "anticorruption" campaign is actually two political factions fighting each other.

VIDEO: Aggression

On August 14, 2015
Wednesday   12 August  2015  / Hour 2, Block A: Scott Harold, Asia-Pacific Policy at RAND, dep dir, in re: Two live-fire Chinese exercises. . .  Regional states see China's aggression as outside of their norms; many countries are working together to buy arms jointly, train together; stand together with interests with which it has common interests and values.  Even one-party dictatorships have domestic politics to worry about: currently, wracked in its most severe crisis of several decades. Xi Jinping soon to attack Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin.  No climbdown.

VIDEO: Vietnam Hearts USA

On August 13, 2015
Wednesday   12 August  2015  / Hour 1, Block B: Harry Kazianis, executive editor of The National Interest and a senior fellow for defense policy at the Center for the National Interest, in re: Vietnam and China.  China with the Nine-Dash Line is trying to carve out a space in the South China Sea to extend its property into the ocean.  No one has ever yet declared an ocean as part of his territory – they're common space. . . .

VIDEO: Schumer vs. Obama

On August 12, 2015
Tuesday 11 August 2015 / Hour 1, Block D:  Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Right Turn columnist, in re:  . . .  Plouffe calls Sen Schumer "naïve."  Gone to far; and from the president, unseemly anti-Jewish attacks.  Both Michael and Jim Webb – neither one conservative at all  telling ht White House to knock it off.  On a trip to Israel this week, Steny Hoyer (number two in the House) seems to be opposing the Iran deal.  . . .