Ah, politics. For one of the finest quotes on the art we turn to that estimable political scientist, Groucho Marx, who said that, “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and apply the wrong remedies.” Today a new batch of candidates look to drive us either over the cliff or back up the mountain. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee all hopped in. Between that, the Middle East, Russia, Ukraine and negative interest rates there is plenty to talk about. We do just that with the brilliant George Friedman of Stratfor (who talks his latest, ‘Flash Points‘), and our friends Chris Robling, Richard Friedman, and Tom Gradel, who just co-authored the enlightening “Corrupt Illinois‘.