The Federal Reserve says no new stimulus after today's meeting. They could buy mortgage backed securities as well as reduce the amount they allow banks to deposit at the Fed with interest. Either of these things would boost the housing market. Home prices are already going up in all markets, but there still is a lot of inventory on the banks books, so that might improvement might evaporate if they decide to start dumping it. If the banks think the market will continue to improve they might not be in a rush to do that, but the Fed isn't going to help.
The corporate media is labeling Harry Reid's outing of Mitt's zero tax rate and vastly larger fortune as "wild speculation". Harry has a source from inside Bain that he knows personally, the news media would print material like this as fact. That is if they weren't on Romney's side, (not so much on Willard's side, as they are in the pockets of billionaires who think only peasants like you should pay taxes).
Mitt has been coy with reporters about the tax rate he pays and makes nervous assertions that he's been audited and complies with the law. Given his history, it's likely that Mitt's Swiss bank account was in fact a tax evasion scheme. If he had to take the IRS pardon they were giving Swiss bank account holders who came clean on dodging taxes it would explain everything. Just not paying any taxes probably wouldn't lose him any votes, his base is that stupid. Criminal behavior would go to another level, and this would be apparent if he showed his returns. The time period fits, otherwise you would think he would go back further with releasing his tax returns. One year is a joke and he knows it, but going back before that would get into the IRS amnesty period.
The NY Stock Exchange had to suspend trading after the robot traders ran amok and started killing all the humans. Okay, that was just wishful thinking, they merely revealed, with erratic trading, the fraud that's going on everyday. The machines are simply supposed to skim the market of trillions of dollars in a way that you won't notice.
August 1st is the deadline for insurance companies to refund excess premiums under Obamacare. This year it totals $1.1 billion that went out as checks to the policy holders, either individuals or company plans. If your employer got a refund, then you will get a letter informing you that the money must be distributed to you or applied to future premium reductions in some way. This is a result of insurance companies being required to pay 80% or 85% (depending on size of group) of the premiums providing actual healthcare. Instead of as little as half of it. Republicans really don't want you to notice this.
The big advantage isn't the refund but the increased healthcare provided. To cut costs the bureaucratic infrastructure designed to avoid providing coverage has to be eliminated. Unfortunately this probably won't be noticed. It will start to show up in improved outcomes and gradually move the US up from the bottom tier in world healthcare. Who knows, maybe it will be featured in the opening ceremony the next time the Olympic Games are held in the US. No, if it works nobody will ever notice, because the Republicans will continue to portray it as a dismal failure no matter what.