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13 State Attorney Generals File Lawsuit Against Health Care Reform

The Attorney Generals of 13 states have filed a lawsuit against Obamacare.  The only Democrat in the bunch is Louisiana’s Buddy Caldwell.  See the petition they filed below

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Is America’s AAA Rating in Trouble?

America’s current predicament is that it borrows money from countries or individuals to finance many of its expensive obligations, including financing the $862 billion stimulus bill as well as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But what would happen if America had to pay higher interest rates on all future borrowing? This is the question that some people in the federal government have to ponder, as influential rating agencies such as Standard & Poor’s and Moody’shave both recently voiced their view that America’s AAA rating is not guaranteed or in fact even assured. The massive and growing debt obligation makes some professionals question whether this country’s rating may soon be lowered.

Read the rest here: Is America’s AAA Rating in Trouble? | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News..

FOR MORE ON THIS TOPIC SEE:

Obama Pays More than Buffet as US Risks AAA Rating

Growing Debt Could Cost US it’s AAA Rating

Moody’s Puts US, UK on Chopping Block

US Likely to lose its AAA Rating: Prechter

US Ratings fears surface on UK negative outlook

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The Chinese Central Banker Tells Obama Not To Expect China To Save Him

Some strategists are betting that China will hike the yuan in April…

But then, in response to Obama’s most recent call for a yuan hike, a Chinese central banker has come out and said this:

WSJ:

“We believe the yuan exchange rate issue will not help shrink or increase our trade surpluses and deficits (in the U.S. or China),” Mr. Su said on the sidelines of the meeting of the National People’s Congress.

“We don’t agree with politicizing the renminbi exchange rate issue,” Mr. Su said. “We also don’t agree with a country taking its own problems and having another country solve them.”

Keep in mind this is the man who famously said China’s U.S. treasury holdings were unsafe last year.

As George Soros has pointed out in the past, it might be best to act as if China doesn’t like to be told what to do. They’ll hike the yuan if its in their interest and that’s it. So the U.S. needs to show them how it is in their interest if the U.S. wants it to happen.

via The Chinese Central Banker That Loves To Scare America Tells Obama Not To Expect A Yuan Hike To Save Him.

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Soros More Than Doubled Gold ETF Stake in 4th Quarter

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Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) — Billionaire George Soros’s Soros Fund Management LLC more than doubled its holding in the biggest gold exchange-traded fund in the fourth quarter after bullion advanced 8.9 percent to a record.

The $25 billion New York-based firm became the fourth- largest holder in the SPDR Gold Trust, adding 3.728 million shares valued at $421 million, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday. Its investment was worth about $663 million, the fund’s largest single investment, as of Dec. 31.

Soros joined China Investment Corp. and central banks including those in China and India in acquiring gold. China Investment, the $300 billion sovereign wealth fund based in Beijing, took a 1.45 million-share stake in the SPDR Gold Trust worth $155.6 million, according to a SEC 13F filing posted on Feb. 5.

“The dollar is weak and people are just shifting their money into a safer haven,” Tetsuya Yoshii, vice president for derivative products at Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd., said from Tokyo today. “Central banks are adding gold to their reserves and we’re going to see more people adding gold to their investment portfolio as they shift into safer stuff.”

Gold for immediate delivery traded little changed at $1,118.35 an ounce at 2:48 p.m. in Singapore. It rose for a ninth straight year in 2009, reaching a record $1,226.56 an ounce on Dec. 3, as the dollar dropped 4.2 percent against a basket of six major currencies.

‘Ultimate Bubble’

India bought 200 metric tons from the International Monetary Fund in October, while China’s holdings have expanded 76 percent to 1,054 tons since 2003, it said in April.

SEC filings are done quarterly, with a 45-day lag, so Soros could have sold some or all of the position since then. Soros, speaking last month at the World Economic Forum in Davos, called gold the “ultimate asset bubble” and said the price could tumble, according to a report in the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Money managers who oversee more than $100 million in equities must file a Form 13F listing their U.S.-traded stocks, options and convertible bonds. The filings don’t show non-U.S. securities or how much cash the firms hold.

Michael Vachon, a spokesman for Soros, declined to comment on Soros’s investments.

Assets held by the SPDR Gold Trust have expanded 2.2 percent this year after surging 24 percent in 2009. They stood at 1,109.42 metric tons yesterday.

Institutional investor Paulson & Co. held the largest number of shares in the fund as of Dec. 31, with 8.65 percent, or 31.5 million shares.

Gold demand grew 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter from the previous three months as investment and jewelry consumption climbed amid record prices, the World Gold Council said in a report today. Global consumption increased to 819.7 metric tons as prices averaged 15 percent more than the third quarter, the London-based industry group said.

via Soros More Than Doubled Gold ETF Stake in 4th Quarter (Update1) – Bloomberg.com.

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