Outlook in US, UK, Japan and Australia

I have already addressed Europe today. So let's look at the US, the UK, Japan and a few other economies based on the news flow.
First, in the US, the big story is not the economy at all, it is government espionage. What everyone is talking about is the NSA, where Obama has appointed Susan Rice as his national security advisor and placed Samantha Power in Rice's former seat  through a recess appointment similar to John Bolton's appointment to the UN.
Just as these appointments were made Glenn Greenwald broke a story that the US government has requested and received all of the metadata of conversations of Verizon Wireless' customers including IMEI numbers, length of call, telephone numbers, etc. Through cross-referencing, it is quite simple to determine who the individual parties are. The Ob...

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