Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Tim Eagan)

In other news, American retail sales were forecast to increase by 0.3 percent in February, but sales actually dropped by 0.2 percent instead. It's tax cut magic!

The surprise drop in sales in February could partly reflect delays in processing tax refunds in the middle of the month. Tax refunds have also been smaller on average compared to prior years following the revamping of the tax code in January 2018. Cold and wet weather could also have hurt sales.

Meanwhile, Britain is a Brexit dumpster fire.

Finally, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) hired former American intelligence workers to hack a BBC host and members of the Arab media according to an exclusive report from Reuters.

The American operatives worked for Project Raven, a secret Emirati intelligence program that spied on dissidents, militants and political opponents of the UAE monarchy. A Reuters investigation in January revealed Project Raven’s existence and inner workings, including the fact that it surveilled a British activist and several unnamed U.S. journalists.

The Raven operatives — who included at least nine former employees of the U.S. National Security Agency and the U.S. military — found themselves thrust into the thick of a high-stakes dispute among America’s Gulf allies. The Americans’ role in the UAE-Qatar imbroglio highlights how former U.S. intelligence officials have become key players in the cyber wars of other nations, with little oversight from Washington.