Dr. Ivan Eland is no fan of Gitmo or the extra-legal detention of enemy combatants, but he's troubled by the way the administration arranged the prisoner swap, violating the law and gaining nothing in return. He believes that the President should investigate the manner in which Bergdahl disappeared and the deaths of those who were searching for him, in order to dispel the rumors and half-truths that have circulated since the swap took place. What will become of the Taliban Leaders who were some of the most brutal men captured during the war is another issue that the administration apparently paid almost no attention to. Will they wind up on the battle field only to kill again? 

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Manipulation Mondays with Andrew Hoffman
  • NERP—Negative Interest Rates, LTRP, Unsterilization;
  • NFP Report all birth death—59-69 age group;
  • China and negative PMI and rehypothecation;
  • Japan’s low flying economy;
  • PMI’s and seasonal adjustments;
  • Weekly jobless claims and real numbers.
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John Rubino reports. The European Central Bank tried something different. As Bloomberg reported:

The European Central Bank cut its deposit rate below zero and said it would announce further measures later today as policy makers try to counter the prospect of deflation in the world’s second-largest economy. ECB President Mario Draghi reduced the deposit rate to minus 0.10 percent from zero, making the institution the world’s first major central bank to use a negative rate. Policy makers also lowered the benchmark rate to 0.15 percent from 0.25 percent. The promise of further measures today “has stoked up hopes that the ECB is going to unleash a huge bazooka on the market in the press conference,” said Philip Shaw, chief economist at Investec Securities Ltd. in London. While he thinks that quantitative easing is “very unlikely” now, “it may well be that what the ECB just said is stoking up hopes that QE could be on the cards after all. ”

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