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Washington

Did the U.S. Government Plot to Take Down Cuba with "Cuban Twitter"?

Was there a secret U.S. government plot to take down the Cuban government through a Twitter-like social media platform?

That depends on who you ask…

U.S. officials adamantly deny that there was a secret plot, but after reading excerpts from the documents obtained by AP, we're not so sure...

Washington

Jaw-Dropping Government Spending Stats: $6.1 Million on "Fancy Goats"

Government spending can seem absurd at times, and this latest example of lunacy is almost too ridiculous to believe.

On the American taxpayer's dime, the Pentagon spent $6.1 million to import fancy goats from Italy to try and stabilize the economy in Afghanistan.

But that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the jaw-dropping wasteful spending habits of our government. Apparently, there was one project that cost $43 million that should have cost $500,000...

The Fed

What the FOMC Meeting Today Means for Investors in 2016

The March FOMC meeting concludes today when the U.S. Federal Reserve releases its policy decision.

Now the focus shifts to what the decisions from the FOMC meeting today mean for investors and their money.

Before we get to that, here;s what investors are looking for from today's meeting...

Washington

Who Is Brian Sandoval (and Will He Be Our Next Supreme Court Justice)?

Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada is purportedly being vetted for the open SCOTUS justice position, according to two unnamed sources for The Wall Street Journal …

Even though Senate Republicans are refusing to hold a confirmation hearing until a new president has been elected.

Here's more on the news about this moderate Republican governor's possible SCOTUS nomination...

Currencies

How the Government Will Force You to Give Up Your Cash

You may not realize it, but the government's war on cash has already begun.

And it's happening not just in the United States, but all over the world. In fact, many countries are well ahead of the U.S. in the war on cash.

It would be easy – and a mistake – to dismiss the government's war on cash.

But here's why the death of cash represents a serious threat to every citizen...

Stocks

How a Government Shutdown Affects Defense Stocks

For the second time in two years, Americans face another government shutdown.

Oct. 1 marks the first day of fiscal year 2016 – the deadline for funding. But debate over financing nonprofit reproductive healthcare provider Planned Parenthood threatens to halt the nation if no measure is passed to keep the government funded beyond Sept. 30.

If a government shutdown does happen, we know one thing for sure: defense stocks will get hit – hard.

Here's what happened in late September and early October 2013 as the last shutdown became inevitable - and what investors can do to this turn lemon into lemonade...

Stocks

The No. 1 Reason to Love a Government Shutdown – Double-Digit Profits

We stand on the verge of yet another government shutdown. The last shutdown, as costly and embarrassing as it was, was profitable for savvy investors. This one will be, too.

Playing this sector with one of our favorite trading strategies could create some quick double-digit profit opportunities.

These three picks will get you started...

government secrets

A Day in the Life of Being Spied On

We're all being spied on. It's common knowledge here in the U.S… And some folks just accept it.

But they don't know how and how often they're being watched.

If you're one of these folks, then tell: Are you ok with the NSA tracking your whereabouts?

If not, then read on. Because you're definitely being watched. We all are. Probably right now...

The U.S. Government

What Is the Government Hiding from Us?

Just what is the government hiding from us? It's a question on many people's minds, though conspiracy theorists are the ones doing the asking.

Since they know full well the government isn't going to respond with a litany of honest answers, they have to do their own research.

Here are four of the most investigated rumored cover-ups...

Washington

Crowd-Watch State of the Union 2015 for These Five Epic Moments

U.S. President Barack Obama will address the condition of the nation and outline his legislative agenda in his State of the Union 2015 on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

He will touch on a major tax overhaul, cybersecurity, and economic recovery. But serious issues aside, millions of television viewers watch the address for more than intellectual debate…

They also tune in for a little social experiment. When you round up a heavily fractioned 535 Members of Congress in one room and force them to listen to a speech from our lightning-rod President, it is nigh-guaranteed some antics will occur.

Here are the top five most entertaining things to watch for in the crowd of State of the Union 2015.