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August 5, 2019

Authorities Grapple with Domestic Terrorism

Hello Middle Americans. 

Both of the shooters from the attacks in Dayton Ohio and El Paso Texas fit a certain profile that’s become far too familiar. White males, with destructive political agendas. The two shootings, which happened within 24 hours of each other, have focused new attention on the issue of domestic terrorism. The majority of these cases are committed by white males.  Meanwhile, a Chicago hospital had to stop admitting patients, because its staff was so overwhelmed with shooting victims.  Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson said, “clearly too many of our citizens are being shot and killed.” The question now: will anything change? 

What’s your take on President Trump staying out of sight after these shootings? He’s being criticized for his response. Also, you might want to batten down the hatches, there’s a financial summer storm brewing according to CNBC. 

Stay safe and stay informed. 

– Fraser Dixon

Authorities Grapple with Domestic Terrorism, White Nationalism 

Violence committed by white men inspired by an extremist ideology makes up a growing number of domestic terrorism cases, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Wall Street Journal reported.  Of about 850 current domestic terrorism cases, 40% involve racially motivated violent extremism and a majority of those cases involve white supremacists, the FBI said.

Trump stays out of sight for hours after TX, OH, shootings

According to the Associated Press, Americans did not glimpse the president in the immediate aftermath of a shooting in El Paso, Texas, that killed at least 20 people and, hours later, one in Dayton, Ohio, that claimed at least nine lives. Not until Trump and the first lady prepared to fly back to Washington in the late afternoon Sunday did he appear before cameras.

“Hate has no place in our country, and we’re going to take care of it,” Trump declared before boarding Air Force One.

Chicago hospital stops accepting patients after trauma center is overwhelmed with shooting victims

“You have to stop yourself and ask what will it take before we get a handle on what’s going on,” Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson said, according to CNN. “Not only in Chicago, but across the country.”

“From police departments to the court systems to prosecutors to legislators — we have to come together and figure out more common-sense solutions to these problems because clearly too many of our citizens are being shot and killed.”

Perfect Storm Brewing for Stock Market Correction

Some analysts are expecting a stock market correction in a seasonally weak time of year, while markets await developments on trade and Fed policy that are not expected until September, noted CNBC. 

“The real issue as to why there’s going to be a correction in our view is there’s a massive, massive vacuum here,” said Julian Emanuel, head of equity and derivative strategy at BTIG.

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