Daily Clips: August 31st, 2016

Why is Mexico’s president sitting down with Trump? I’m surprised Barry O hasn’t picked up the phone and called President Enrique Peña Nieto. Why is he inserting himself into American politics? It really doesn’t make sense to me. The Atlantic‘s conclusion is probably the closest to the truth:

The visit confirms an essential truth about politicians: Unpopular leaders will try all sorts of risky maneuvers to improve their standing.

Democrats really might have a shot at taking the House: Vox’s analysis indicates that if Hillary Clinton wins by 6 percentage points that victory would put 50 Republican-held House seats in play.

Why is hatred of government most intense among people who need government services most? This is the central question of Arlie Hochchild’s new book, Strangers in Their Own LandShe travels to Louisiana and there she talks to “people who identify with the Tea Party and its implacable hostility to ‘big government.'”

Share buybacks are down: Some intriguing facts here.

U.S. company stock buybacks are down 21 percent in the first seven months of 2016 compared to the same period a year earlier, according to TrimTabs Investment Research, a fall driven in part by five consecutive quarters of year-over-year earnings declines among S&P 500 stocks.

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Nick Cassella

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