Something is Right-Wing in Denmark: Immigration Top Concern for Both Blocs

Pollsters have had a rough go of it over the past four years or so. Several high-profile misses have led to reassessment and caution throughout the industry. But no one has been the least bit bashful about Denmark, headed to the polls on Wednesday. As sure as the sun will rise over the Baltic Sea, the Kingdom will have a new Prime Minister. Actually, it almost happened two days early, as Lars Løkke Rasmussen, leader of the center-right “Blue Bloc,” and centrist Venstre party, was nearly hit by a falling roof tile outside the National Museum on Monday. The real winners, however, are likely to be the populist Danish People’s Party, as mainstream parties race to the right on immigration.

Is the Fed Looking Forward to Lower Rates or in the Rear View Mirror Again?

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told reporters the Fed was “closely monitoring” the effects of trade tariff talk and developments and would “act as appropriate,” holding out that the Fed is calculating the possibilities of a future interest rate cut.

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard claimed the global economic outlook has “darkened” with a hint that many interpreted as an indication he thinks the U.S. economy “is expected to grow more slowly going forward, with some risk that the slowdown could be sharper than expected due to ongoing global trade regime uncertainty.” Bullard also pointed out that a “downward policy rate adjustment may be warranted soon.” This pushed the 10-year bond yields to multi-year lows.

Is the Economy Slowing? A Few Indicators Are Saying Yes.

  1. Interest Rates: The 10-year Treasury is hitting around 2.08%, down from 3.25% just three months ago.
  2. Oil is down around $53 per barrel. Down from about $65 in April.
  3. Industrial Production has hit multi-year lows.
  4. Gold and the dollar are moving up.

These four indicators have many forecasting both a tougher time ahead and a rotation into safe havens.  The central focus of concern is the trade wars with China and the new tariffs with Mexico.

Trump Starts UK Trip with Tweet Against London’s Mayor

US President Donald Trump has landed in London today. On his state visit, he wants to meet with, among others, Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister May. Shortly before Air Force One landed at Stansted Airport, Trump tweeted about London’s mayor.

Audience with the Queen

The focus today for Trump is on ceremonies for his honor. First, he and his wife Melania arrived at Buckingham Palace and met with Queen Elizabeth II. Later, the presidential couple will lay down a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Westminster Abbey.

Submit News: How to Get Your Article Listed on News Hubs Like Google News

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This article is about how to become a contributor who gets their news articles listed on Google News. This article is not about building a website or blog business to work with Google News.

Most writers simply want to write news and don’t want to deal with all the work involved in building an internet company. If you’re a journalist, and/or a quality writer, and you want to get into the news cycle, than this article is for you.

Assange: Prosecutors Drop Vault 7 Charges; Espionage Charge Still Controversial

In a stunning development Sunday, Politico reported the Justice Department decided not to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over his role in one of the most devastating leaks in CIA history. Dubbed Vault 7, the leak exposed the CIA’s hacking capabilities to compromise cars, smart TVs, web browsers, and operating systems. The move was seen as a surprise, given the Department’s decision to aggressively pursue Assange on other, more controversial charges.

Democratic Hopefuls Address California’s Convention

A gaggle of presidential hopefuls gathered in suddenly-relevant California this weekend for their first big audition. The better-than-bakers’ dozen served as headliners in San Francisco for the California Democratic Party’s state convention. A crowd of 5,000 delegates heard the pitches and policies, and may be the best look yet at what the national party’s base of activists and partisan primary voters are looking for from their presidential standard-bearer next year.

Nike Claims the “Consumer Gets Hurt” in a Trade War with China. True or False?

With the China tariff up 25%, we’re constantly being told this will hurt the consumer and that it’s why inflation is rising (up 1.5% in April from 1.4% in March accounting to the Commerce Department). The Consumer Price Index increased 0.3% last month after moving up 0.2% in March. If the trade war with China trade is so bad where is the inflation, where are the price hikes?

Nike and other companies are saying the “consumer will get hurt” with the China and Mexican tariffs, but is this really true? Bear in mind that Nike is not neutral in this fight as it has large investments in China and as a global manufacturer has strong ties to both countries.

Return of Tariff Man Imperils USMCA, Shocks Markets

If President Trump wants his free trade deal passed, he has a funny way of showing it. On the same day that Vice President Mike Pence met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, to push the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement through Parliament, the President tweeted out an entirely new trade policy. The United States would impose a 5% tax on all imports from Mexico, “until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.” The unexpected return of Tariff Man sent shockwaves through the continent and financial markets Friday.

Trump vs Biden In Polls: Biden – On Models; Trump – On Crowd Size; Trump Best Since Obama.

Polls – Biden

In the most recent RealClearPolitics poll, former Vice president Joe Biden (D) has an average 8.1 lead over current President Donald Trump (R) over the last month and we have seen very little change. Remember if the poll recipient believes there is evidence of a biases or polarity to their own personal belief they will not be completed forthright. It still is a very good indicator especially for the direction of a a campaign.

Let’s Try This Again! Israel Goes (Back) to the Polls

Wither the 21st Knesset. We hardly knew ye. Just six weeks after it had appeared Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had won Israel’s legislative election, and secured a record fifth term in office, Israeli voters are being asked to try again. For the first time in the history of the State of Israel, no government was formed by the incumbent Prime Minister, and no one else was allowed to try, following a general election. Israel’s first electoral mulligan will take place on September 17.

Jerusalem Day – Sunday, June 2, 2019

On Sunday June 2, 2019 will be celebrated Jerusalem Day commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath of the six day war in 1967.

In 1947 in the United Nations was proposed the establishment of two states in the British Mandate of Palestine, a Jewish State and an Arab State. Jerusalem was to be an International city neither Jewish nor Arab for a period of ten years when referendum would be made for the residents of Jerusalem to decide on which country to join.  The Jewish leadership accepted the plan and the Arabs rejected the proposal.

261+ Murdered in Islamic Terrorist Attacks in One Week; Increase Connected to Ramadan?

The number of Islamic terrorist attacks continue with a significant increase of 48 over the last week alone. The increase has coincided with the religious time of Ramadan.   This works out to over six terrorist attacks per day. One report lists over 261 dead in the last seven days. That works out to be over 37 people murdered per day.

Possibly the most gruesome attack this week was the 50+ killed in the Central African Republic (CAR). The party or group know as Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation (3R) lead an attack on many small villages in Pahoua, seeking revenge for the killing of one ethnic Peuhl.

Mueller Morning Presser Crashes Washington

On Wednesday, Robert Mueller surprised the nation with an impromptu morning press conference, offering his first public comments since the release of his report, and resigning as special counsel. In a quotation destined for the history books, Mueller stated that “if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.” His remarks stood in contrast to President Trump’s assertions, and those of his Attorney General, William Barr, that the President had been “completely exonerated.”

National Security – Israel Goes Again to Elections

Israel will be going to election again in September after failing to make a government with a majority. National security needs national unity and Israel failed to make a coalition government. The government was split after elections between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Ganz both received an equal amount of votes.

To make the government all on the side of Likud (the right side) Netanyahu needed the help of the other parties which had received mandates.  On the right there was a conflict between the religious ultra-orthodox right and the secular right. 

Communal News and Blog Feeds Have Been Picked Up by Google News

Google News has begun distributing Communal News newsfeeds and selected parts of our blog feeds. It’s been reported that Google Newsfeed sends significantly more traffic to websites than Facebook or any other social network. Being included in Google News helps to widely distribute our content and is an outstanding achievement. This is great additional exposure for our many writers!

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Punt, Pass, and Kick: Tuesday at the Supreme Court

These days, the Supreme Court is in the news as much for what it does not do as what it does do. On Tuesday, the Court did not hear an appeal to an abortion case, but did strike down a state restriction on the practice, yet not the whole law. They also did not intervene in a case involving transgender students, or comment why, leaving another lower court ruling in place. However, the Court did issue a decisive ruling in favor of law enforcement in a free speech case. The decisions may offer guidance to Court watchers as to what justices may do this term and next.

The Future of Abortion in America

For centuries abortion has been a topic of discussion and debate. Over the years the act of aborting a fetus has been labeled many things, a mortal sin, a basic right, an act of murder, a woman’s choice.

In the 1970’s we reached a crossroads as a country regarding abortion, and in 1973 the debate over abortion made its way to the Supreme Court of the United States. The case originated when Norma McCorvey, identified as Jane Roe for her protection, instituted a federal action against the district attorney of Dallas County, Texas, regarding a set of Texas statutes that, in most cases, criminalized abortion.

Is Elon Musk Juggling Too Many Companies to be Successful?

Now that Telsa’s Model 3 is having significant problems, both in production and in order rates, you would think the company led by Elon Musk would focus like a laser to get productivity and orders flowing for their products and snafus corrected. These issues are in the headlines almost daily and the stock is falling. But how can Elon focus on these problems when Musk is juggling so many other balls, with Tesla being only one of many major issues in his life?

European Roundup: News, Notes, and New National Elections

Austria:

The country’s youngest-ever Chancellor officially became it’s shortest-serving, and the first since the war to be brought down by a vote of no-confidence on Monday. Already headed for snap elections in the fall, the move was largely seen as necessary by the newly-enlarged opposition to avoid giving Sebastian Kurz an advantage. If Austrians were cross with Kurz, they sure didn’t show it on Sunday. His People’s Party (ÖVP) gained two seats, at the expense of his now-former coalition partners, the Freedom Party (FPÖ), and Greens.

What’s Good and Bad About a Biden Presidential Run?

With Biden’s poll numbers coming down, you may be wondering what is hurting him and what is helping.

The Good News

Former Vice President Joe Biden has the best political lane to maintain his lead as the frontrunner for the Democratic Party’s nomination. In marketing we call this a niche. He has the conservative and more moderate Democrats. That might not produce as much Twitter activity or create as much internet buzz, but it does mean he holds the greatest number of votes.

European Elections: A Shrinking Center Facing Trouble

Voters delivered a few pleasant surprises for some groupings, and a couple of bitter disappointments for others, in elections to the European Parliament Sunday. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all was turnout: more than 50% of the European Union’s 400 million voters did so this weekend. Sunday marked the first election since 1979 in which turnout actually increased. Various pro-EU factions still command a strong majority in the 751-seat Parliament. However, for the first time in 40 years, the EPP and S&D governing coalition has lost its majority.

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb: The End of May

Early Friday morning, outside the steps of 10 Downing Street, Theresa May brought the unmitigated disaster of her premiership to an abrupt and ignoble end. Three years ago, the day after 52% of Britons voted for divorce from the European Union, May inherited a deeply divided populace, a disintegrating political party, and a country flung into chaos by its own hand. By every measurable metric, she has left the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Conservative and Unionist Party with it, in a worse state than when she found it.

Are German Banks in Trouble?

Could Deutsche Bank be too big to fail? The bank’s stock hit a record low as UBS downgraded it to sell.

Deutsche Bank is the biggest bank in Germany, followed by Commerzbank, the bank that Deutsche just tried and failed to buy. Commerzbank opened merger and acquisition talks this week with others banks. Both banks are at best only marginally profitable which is becoming normal in Germany’s banking sector.

European Parliamentary Elections a Test of Populism, Legitimacy

More than 350 million Europeans are eligible to cast ballots in the world’s largest multi-country democratic exercise this weekend. Some of the European Union’s 28 (-ish?) member states began voting in European Parliamentary elections on Thursday, with results expected on Sunday. The vote will be a test of the power of populism, and whether a shrinking center can hold in Brussels.

Rallies or Polls – Which is Better for Understanding, Predicting, and Winning Elections?

Today you see President Donald Trump (R), Sen. Bernie Sanders (D) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) with multiple big rallies. That is a very health sign for their campaigns.

The poll leader and former Vice President Joe Biden is leading strongly in the polls but often has very small, considerably less successful, rallies. Much like Hillary Clinton early in 2016.

In the last presidential election Hillary Clinton was leading in all but one national poll:

Democratic Debate Bubble Watch: Who’s In and Out

Spirituality guru, self-help author, and one-time congressional candidate, Marianne Williamson, qualified for a spot in the first series of Democratic debates on Thursday. A friend of Oprah Winfrey, Williamson’s previous experience in electoral politics was in 2014, when she finished fourth in California’s jungle primary, for the congressional seat currently occupied by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).

Three Billionaires that Wanted to Be the Next President are No Longer Campaigning

Can anyone find Howard Schultz ?

President Donald Trump (R) is a billionaire who ran, won the Republican nomination and became president without any political experience. This gave a lot of other egocentric billionaires the idea that they could become president too:

  1. Howard Schultz, former CEO of Starbucks, running as an Independent.
  2. Former Independent New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg running as a Democrat.
  3. Hedge Fund manager, environmental activist and Democrat Tom Steyer.

Trump vs Biden on Abortion

With many states enacting new abortion laws (New York more pro-abortion, Alabama more anti-abortion), everyone is trying to position themselves for an overturn of Roe v. Wade.  This is becoming a very hot topic as many believe if Trump appoints another conservative Supreme Court Justice (for example Ruth B. Ginsburg age (86) or Stephen Breyer age (80) could resign), The Court would change to a 6-3 conservative majority and might curtail or even overturn the landmark 1973 abortion rights ruling.

Modi Likely Re-elected in Indian Landslide

The world’s biggest election in history is over. India’s six weeks of voting came to an end on May 19, and the unenviable task of counting the hundreds of millions of votes commenced on Thursday. The campaign for the 17th Lok Sabha was seen by most as a referendum on the policies and person of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and he seems to have won handsomely. While no seats have been declared at post time, Modi’s Hindu nationalist Indian People’s Party (BJP) is leading in 291 seats, well more than the 272 needed for a majority.

Uber and Lyft: The Good, Bad and Future News About Their Services

BAD NEWS

First Does Uber and Lyft reduce traffic?  The answer is a firm No.

In dense parts of cities, studies claim a 62% increase in congested cities like San Francisco vs 22% without them. The study claimed the ride sharing apps “are clogging roads and siphoning people from mass transit.” Surprisingly, in the more local neighbors they barely made and stastistical difference.  In Denver it was claimed Uber and Lyft added 83% more driver miles than models not having them available.

Brexit: Fourth Time Lucky?

The Brexit deal nobody likes is back, and characteristically, there’s something in it for everyone to hate. A ten-point plan presented to MPs by Prime Minister Theresa May contained many of the same promises and compromises she had previously offered. Vague language about “alternative arrangements” and “keeping Northern Ireland aligned” aren’t any more likely to win over Conservative Brexiteers, or her Democratic Unionist partners, than they were before. At least one item, per The Guardian, seemed placed for no other reason than to round the list up to ten.

Is Polling Broken? Australian Miss Continues Losing Streak

At around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night on Australia’s east coast, Antony Green, chief elections analyst at the ABC, made his announcement to a half-stunned, half-delirious nation. “At this stage, we think the Morrison Government has been reelected.” Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative Coalition, widely expected to lose to Bill Shorten’s Labor Party after six turbulent years (and three Prime Ministers), instead won a majority government in the House of Representatives. For Labor, it was a crushing and baffling defeat in an election many thought un-losable. For the polling industry, however, the Coalition’s triumph was catastrophic, the latest high-profile miss over an abysmal and embarrassing three-year span.

Google, Chip Manufacturers Join Huawei Ban

Tech giant Google suspended all business requiring the transfer of hardware, software, and technical services with Chinese firm Huawei, Reuters reported on Sunday. New Huawei smartphones will lose access to popular Google apps, like YouTube and Maps, as well as security updates. Those publicly available, via open source licensing, would not appear to be affected. The move comes days after the Trump administration blacklisted Huawei, prohibiting American firms from trading with the company without a license.

Russia Scandal Brings Down Government in Austria

“Enough is enough!” Those were all the words necessary Saturday for Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to explain why he was taking the country to early elections. His center-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) would be pulling out of a governing coalition with the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ). “I am not in politics to hold this office,” the Chancellor said in his announcement, “but to work for our beautiful country.” The President, Alexander Van der Bellen, has not yet set a date for the election, but condemned the “bold disrespect to the citizens of our country” which precipitated it.

Trump Lifts Steel & Aluminum Tariffs, Urges Ratification of USMCA

It was good news all around on Friday, as President Trump announced a deal to lift steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico.  The tariffs had been a major obstacle to passing the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement, which would replace NAFTA.  In fact, Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) had warned Trump in April that the deal would be dead unless they were removed.  The U.S. will drop the metals tariffs within two days, and Canada and Mexico will do likewise with their retaliatory tariffs.

Biden Leads Trump by 29 points in Favorability/Unfavorability Polls

Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden (D) is on top of the world right now. The polling world.

The question is can he hold his top position for 16 months?  The hard negative campaigning against him hasn’t really started yet. According to Gallup (May 15th), 53 percent of the public has a favorable opinion of Biden, compared to only 35 percent with a negative opinion. That’s an 18 point favorability spread.  President Donald Trump currently has a 42.1 favorable rating and 53.4 unfavorable rating giving him an 11.3 point negative rating.

As the Prime Ministership Turns: Australians Vote Saturday for Even More Change

Australians will be voting for a new Parliament, and possibly, their fourth Prime Minister in six years this weekend. Liberal incumbent Scott Morrison and Labor leader Bill Shorten have been neck and neck throughout the campaign. However, Aussies don’t seem to like either one of them, with up to a quarter unable to state a preference in the polls. Yet, voting is compulsory Down Under, so they’ll have to vote for one of them.

Australians go to the polls much more often than in other Westminster democracies, at every three years. Still, the frequent changes in party and national leadership have made the country something of an international joke.

Madonna Visits the Kabballah City of Safed

Madonna arrived in Israel early this week to perform at the Eurovision Festival in Tel Aviv. After two back to back concerts, she wrapped her tour with a visit Thursday night to Safed tomb of the holy saint the Arizal. Many years ago she became interested in Kabbalah Jewish mysticism.

The Arizal Rabbi Isaac Luria lived in the city of Safed in the 1500s where he became famous as a teacher of Jewish Mysticism.  Safed is located near the village of Meron where is buried Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai the author of the Zohar. The Zohar was discovered in Spain in the 13th Century and dates back to the period in Jewish history shortly after the destruction of the second temple in Jerusalem about 70 CE.

The Bitcoin Rally Up 132% Year-to-date. Why?

With the launch of several new products, Bitcoin future contacts hit a new high in future volumes.  This is the same Bitcoin that in November of 2018 had us asking Where is the Bitcoin Bottom?

Even though on a technical basis it appeared ready for a bounce, the news for Bitcoin has just been getting better as more and more large American companies become involved.

Here are some reasons why Bitcoin is having a great 2019:

Trump Declares Emergency, Blacklists Huawei

President Trump used an executive order Wednesday to declare a national emergency over threats to American technology. The move prohibits American companies from using telecom services solely owned, controlled, or directed by a foreign adversary. The order also “delegates authority to the Secretary of Commerce,” Wilbur Ross, “to prohibit transactions posing an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States.” The move clears the way for a ban on Huawei, China’s controversial telecom giant.

Elizabeth Warren Goes to War Against Fox News for Inviting Her to a Televised Town Hall

If Trump can call CNN, MSNBC, and others news outlets fake news, Elizabeth Warren Senator (D) now demonstrated she could be on the same warpath calling Fox News a Hate-for-profit Racket.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted that she rejected an invitation from Fox News to participate in a town hall with the network. She denounced Fox News as a “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”

Who Will Be in the Next Democratic Cabinet?

Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) announced his run for the presidency on Tuesday. He did so without the endorsement of Montana’s Democratic Senator, Jon Tester, and while struggling to name an accomplishment he was most proud of in his six years as governor. Democrats had hoped he would run against Montana’s other Senator, Steve Daines (R-MT), and are reportedly still pleading with him to change his mind.

Gov. Bullock is now the 22nd candidate to announce a run for the Democratic pennant, with more possibly on the way. Not all of them can be the nominee, and with several potential candidates currently polling at 0%, it’s questionable how many of them really want to be.

With Southern Border Family Units Up 400% ~ Biden Wants Healthcare for Immigrants ~ Trump Wants More US Control and Accountability

The US Southern Border with Mexico has seen 531,478 apprehension from October to April 2019, compared to 288,612 during the same time period in 2018–that’s an 84% increase.

There were 109,144 migrants encountered in April at the Southern Border, the highest since 2007, or 12 years.  Using nominal seasonal normality Princeton Policy Advisors predicts that 2019 Southern Apprehensions will double from 2018, and reach the highest level since 2006.

More People Died from Islamic Terrorism in 2019 than in the 9/11 Attacks

So far in 2019 there has been 3,541 deaths due to Islamic Terrorist.  On September 11, 2001 two Jet planes crashed into the each of the two Twin Towers in New York City, a jet flew into the Pentagon. and one more crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, killing a total 2,996 people. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor killed 2,403.

Deaths by radical terrorist in 2019, even though we are less than halfway through the year, are on track to reach about 7,000.