A month ago, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down an unmanned American drone in the Strait of Hormuz. Later that week, President Trump called off a retaliatory military attack on Iran at the last minute. He explained the next day that he did not believe the loss of Iranian lives to be proportionate to the loss of a machine. On Thursday, the United States appeared to level the score. US Marines jammed an unmanned Iranian drone in the Strait, downing the aircraft and destroying it. The incident reignited tensions between the two countries, which seem to be stumbling toward war.
The United States government said yesterday it will never grant asylum to immigrants who did not request it in a “safe third country” in a new attempt to reduce the flow of migrants along the border with Mexico, mainly from Central America. Strict measures should reach migrants arriving along the Mexican border. Strict rules are making it difficult to grant benefits to applicants who have transited through other countries before arriving in the US.
Just before the weekend, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dropped a bombshell to those paying attention to Friday news: the federal government may run out of cash by early September. “Based on updated projections, there is a scenario in which we run out of cash in early September, before Congress reconvenes,” the secretary wrote in a letter to Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. “As such, I request that Congress increase the debt ceiling before Congress leaves for summer recess.” Since then, Mnuchin and Pelosi have become besties, negotiating directly, and almost continuously, by phone. Both sides want a deal before July 26, yet both sides remain far apart.
US President Donald Trump faces a flurry of criticism following statements deemed racist about women politicians in the Democratic Party. Trump wrote in his Twitter account on Sunday:
“So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”
Amid ongoing saber rattling between the United States and Iran, two European envoys have been dispatched to attempt to save the Iran Nuclear Deal. Emmanuel Bonne, representing French President Emmanuel Macron, was in Tehran this week, and British Foreign Minister (and Prime Ministerial candidate) Jeremy Hunt is headed for Brussels. Meanwhile, Iran says it’s ready to talk, conditionally. It seems unlikely the United States will be as willing to listen.
British police have launched an investigation into an alleged leak of e-mails from the British ambassador in Washington criticizing the administration of US President Donald Trump. Deputy police commissioner Neil Basu said there was “clear public interest” in bringing officials to justice. Sir Kim Darroch resigned as an ambassador on Wednesday, saying it was “not possible” for him to continue.
On Friday, in “the most important foreign policy vote in the United States Congress,” the Democrat-controlled House voted to reauthorize the often-contentious National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)— and tied President Trump’s war-making hands in doing so. Twenty Republicans voted with the majority on a bipartisan amendment to require the president to get congressional approval before attacking Iran. The bill now heads to the Senate, where it faces long odds, and the threat of a presidential veto.
The Turkish Defense Ministry said on Friday that they have received the first Russian air defense system S-400. The delivery was made earlier today with the equipment reaching an air base northwest of the capital Ankara, the ministry said. The purchase angered the United States, Turkey’s ally. The United States has warned Turkey that it may face sanctions because of the purchase, including denial of access to US F-35 fighter jets.
Is President Donald Trump’s new policy with Mexico working? Or is the seasonal drop in migration due to the weather?
First, if you take the May to June average for the last five years of Southern Border illegal migration and end prior to this year or 2018, the average seasonal drop is 9%. Without a doubt, there seems to be something real going on because it just dropped around 300% more than the average season decline.
Iranian ships tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, the UK government said. This happened a week after British marines detained an Iranian tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar.
As stated by the British government, the incident occurred on Wednesday into the Strait of Hormuz: three Iranian boats tried to prevent the passage of British Heritage a commercial vessel but were forced to retreat when the HMS Montrose tanker escorting crew demanded they withdraw.
Fed chief Jerome Powell has given further fodder to those expecting Fed rate cuts this year in testimony before Congress. The market believes Powell will lower rates as early as the next Fed meeting and Powell’s testimony reassured them about the Fed’s dovish shift in June.
Powell said that the lower U.S. business investment and slower growth among American manufacturers as worrisome signs. He said U.S. gross domestic product is likely to moderate in the second quarter from the 3.1% annual pace of growth in the first three months of the year.
The case is unprecedented: one of the most important figures in British diplomacy, an ambassador to Washington, forced to submit his resignation after his negative analysis of the American administration leaked in the press. On Wednesday, July 10, Kim Darroch felt that he could no longer fulfill his role after the publication of British diplomatic cables in the Daily Mail where he describes US President Donald Trump as “inept,” “unstable,” and “incompetent.”
Diplomacy is also an art of courtesy. But not behind the scenes: After Donald Trump’s visit to Europe, the British Ambassador to the US wrote an extraordinary briefing.
Previously, the British newspaper Mail on Sunday reported on Kim Darroch’s secret briefings to the State Department in London, in which the ambassador expressed extremely negative comments about the functioning of the government in Washington – also with regard to Trump’s foreign policy.
The nuclear deal with Iran is facing another serious setback. The government in Tehran wants to ramp up uranium enrichment.
France’s head of state Emmanuel Macron warned his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in a telephone conversation about the “risk of weakening” the international nuclear agreement. Macron had expressed deep concern in the conversation, pointing out that such weakening of the agreement would have consequences, the Presidential Office in Paris said. What consequences this could be, was not explained.
America like all nations in the world is fighting for survival. The difference between America and other nations is that America plays the game according to the rules. It allows freedom to its people, even to their opponents living with the Christian motto, “Love your enemy.”
In preparation, President Trump encouraged a fantastic event in DC on 4th of July. He said, “We want millions to come to DC for the Fourth of July. We want the people to come who love our country.”
When President Trump declared a national emergency in November in order to secure funding for the border wall, he predicted a fierce legal battle would ensue, and he was right. In November the president ended a 35 day government shutdown in exchange for $1.4 billion for a physical barrier along the southern border, which was far less than he originally wanted.
In an op ed appearing in the Washington Post on the 4th of July, Republican Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan declared his Independent’s Day. Rep. Amash is the first member of congress to cross the floor in ten years. With primary challengers on the horizon, he is also the latest Trump critic to seemingly jump before being pushed. He might not be the last, as a new Republican establishment takes increasing aim at conservative and moderate mavericks within the party. The result could be a House caucus that is both smaller and more loyal to Donald Trump.
It’s no secret that Chicago is proud of their sanctuary city status and their lack of cooperation with the Trump Administration. With the election of Lori Lightfoot as mayor, it became clear that Chicago will continue down the path of presidential defiance and migrant protection.
Lightfoot recently addressed the issue of illegal immigration, saying that the Chicago Police Department would not cooperate with President’s Trump’s planned ICE raids that will target over 2,000 families in 10 cities.
The question begs: Is it really happening?
Are media giants like Facebook and Twitter censoring rhe right, smaller news companies and the public? Are they censoring Christians? Are they censoring the left equally? With algorithms now controlling everything said, we now also have machines controlling our conversations, our very lives.
It’s said that nothing ever really gets done at the G20, which is currently meeting in Osaka, Japan. Nineteen member countries and the European Union agreed to a new deal to tackle climate change. Guess who was the lone holdout. President Trump was harshly criticized, at home and abroad, for praising Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who ordered the killing of Washington Post columnist (who had legal residency in the U.S.) Jamal Khashoggi. There was one cautiously positive development to emerge from the summit, however. Trump and Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, agreed to restart talks and temporarily de-escalate the trade war.
After the disappointing two day Summit of Jared Kushner representing the U.S., the situation in the Middle East and in Israel continues to be on fire. The Palestinians from Gaza have continued to send fire balloons from their territory into southern Israel. More than a hundred of these balloons were recorded during the past week in an escalation of terror from the time of the Summit in Bahrain.
Friday morning was an unusual one for observers of the United States Senate. The longest vote in the chamber’s history, in which several of the deliberative body’s sacrosanct rules and traditions were bent, resulted in a somewhat foregone conclusion, and with it, another abdication of congressional responsibility. An amendment requiring the president receive explicit congressional approval before attacking Iran got 50 votes after more than 10 hours of open-house voting. It needed 60, and failed.
Nineteen countries are meeting this Friday and Saturday in Osaka, Japan, for the G20. “Welcome to Osaka,” said Shinzo Abe, Japan Prime Minister, who hosts the G20 on Friday and Saturday.
“Together, I hope we will achieve a beautiful harmony in Osaka,” he said in reference to the meaning of “Reiwa,” the name of this new era. Flanked on one side by President Trump, on the other side of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the two great rivals of the moment, Shinzo Abe called for “finding common ground rather than highlighting the clashes.” “We have time” to resolve the tensions.
“Are you an American citizen?” Although this question seems simple, it is surrounded by controversy. The most recent of which comes from a Supreme Court case involving adding an additional question to the Census. This question would ask American residents if they are citizens. Despite the conservative lean of the court, they delayed the president’s action, perhaps long enough to keep it off the 2020 Census. The court claimed that the White House’s explanation for adding the question was insufficient. They felt that President’s reason was “more of a distraction” than an explanation.
Last December President Trump announced that he will be withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria, although he later decided to leave 400 troops in Syria. This hopefully signifies a changing policy for the region. President Trump’s decision reminds me of a similar decision made 50 years ago in 1969. This decision was the beginning of the end of U.S. involvement in an unwinnable war that had been raging on for nearly 20 years. This decision was President Richard Nixon’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Vietnam. It is impossible not to draw a plethora of similarities between the Vietnam War and the current War on Terror.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said “The Fed will act as appropriate to sustain economic expansion.” Powell claimed “The outlook for the U.S. economy has become cloudier since early May, with rising uncertainties over trade and global growth causing the central bank to reassess its next move on interest rates.”
He also said “The crosscurrents have reemerged, with apparent progress on trade turning to greater uncertainty and with incoming data raising renewed concerns about the strength of the global economy.” To add to the disappointments, economic reports also show a big surprising drop in consumer confidence, plus added weakness in the housing market.
If a real estate developer pitches a $50 billion timeshare presentation at a seminar in Bahrain, and nobody shows up to take it seriously, is it really a plan to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? That’s the approximate weight given by most observers— those who bothered to observe— to the “deal of the century,” crafted by senior White House advisor Jared Kushner, who also happens to be President Trump’s son in law. Kushner unveiled the economic portion of the plan at the “Peace and Prosperity” workshop in Bahrain on Tuesday.
America is working to negotiate peace between Israel and the Palestinians. There is resistance on both sides to the peace plan initiated by Jared Kushner representing President Trump, his father-in-law.
The first phase of the peace treaty involves a $50 billion investment in all interests surrounding Israel including Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, and Lebanon. The idea is to create first an environment for peace between these nations before reaching a political solution. The agreement will attempt to connect Gaza with the West Bank. Israel is concerned about its tourist trade located in the city of Eilat which will be cut off from the rest of Israel through this thoroughfare. This thoroughfare could also be used by terrorists from Arab Gihad to infiltrate Israel.
If you don’t like what President Trump does, wait about five minutes. What started as a joke is quickly becoming a theme. On Friday afternoon, it was reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement was planning raids in more than a dozen major cities, targeting up to 2,000 families for deportation. By Saturday, Trump tweeted the raids would be delayed another two weeks, ostensibly so that Congress could “work out a solution.” It’s the third such instance this week— and second on immigration— where Trump has threatened major action, only to pull back at the last minute.
If oil demand is down so much due to the China trade war and tariffs, how come the more economically sensitive materials, such as copper, have not felt the same economic downward price effects?
Today China has asked it’s refineries to hold off on placing new orders for crude oil imports in anticipation of lower prices once and if demand stalls further. The Chinese buyers have cut off purchases of U.S. crude oil as the trade dispute between Beijing and Washington continues.
In case you missed it, we almost went to war on Thursday night. That same day, Iran shot down an American surveillance drone, which was flying in or near the country. President Trump confirmed earlier media reports Friday morning that he authorized a limited strike on Iran, but called it off at the last minute. His action, and abrupt control-Z, raise more questions about the administration’s Iran policy than they do answers.
One down, two to go. On Wednesday, the Mexican Senate passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, becoming the first nation, of three, to ratify the new trade deal. The agreement was met with little resistance, relative speed, and enthusiastic celebration from the Mexican government upon ratification. That was the easy part. The USMCA still faces an uphill battle in Washington, and a race against time in Ottawa.
On Monday, in one of his last acts as acting Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan announced the United States would send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East. They will join the roughly 1,500 American troops already there— plus an aircraft carrier strike group, Patriot missile batteries, and bombers— to counter what the Trump administration sees as a threat from Iran. It is the latest development in a tit-for-tat escalation between the two countries, which some fear may lead to war. And Congress— nominally, an important player in the use of military force— might not be involved.
Before asking yourself the question: Do I need the Messiah, first ask yourself the question Do I need God? Do I need to study the Bible? President Trump is pictured carrying a Bible.
There are atheists in the world who refuse to believe in God. They may have suffered in the holocaust or have witnessed great tragedies in life which have made them atheists. Atheists live their whole life without faith in God performing their duties to humanity as doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers etc. Most atheists did believe in God once but lost it. Their faith is compared to a lost object which has disappeared and the hope of finding it has been given up. Every day they witness another tragedy reinforcing their atheism.
Today following the world news can be seen in a world at unrest. In these countries especially is apparent World Unrest:
Khazakhstan – The world’s largest land locked country and the ninth largest in the world with an area of 2,724,900 square kilometers. It is a democratic secular republic with a diverse heritage. After the elections resulting in the overwhelming victory of interim president Toqaev began wave of protests against the lack of fairness in the elections.
You might have to go back to 1811 to find a freshman Member of Congress who has attracted as much national attention as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). That was when Kentucky’s Henry Clay became Speaker of the House his first day on the job. Since her shocking primary upset of Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley nearly a year ago, the ex-Bronx bartender has attracted a Twitter following nearly rivaling that of her arch-nemesis from Queens. AOC made her first appearance on a Sunday show since her election, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and hinted at real “animus” between her fellow progressive backbenchers in Congress and the Democratic leadership, particularly on the issue of impeachment.
On Thursday, President Trump took to his favorite medium to announce his Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, would be leaving her post at the end of the month. Trump tweeted she would be returning to her native Arkansas, and added, “I hope she decides to run for Governor.” Sanders is the 43rd high-profile departure from an administration well known for its record high turnover. Her successor will be the third White House Press Secretary to serve the Trump administration. But should they?
The race for arguably the least-desirable job in global politics may be turning in to a cakewalk. Boris Johnson, former London Mayor, Foreign Secretary, and current brash Brexiteer, appears to be cruising to 10 Downing Street, to succeed Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Johnson easily topped his rivals in the first round of voting among Tory MPs Thursday. Eventually, all but two candidates will be eliminated, giving the party’s 160,000 faithful the final choice. As is typically the case in electoral politics, winning the job will be the easy part.
It’s astonishing really. Not only is Hilary not been held accountable for her many wrongful actions, even worse she is making public speeches basically accusing Donald Trump of actions that she did (or was in charge of) that we know were illegal and/or unethical.
We took words from Hilary Clinton’s speech on YouTube as she “assails President Trump” from her speech on May 30th 2019.
The ongoing struggle between the irresistible Democratic House and the immovable Republican presidency escalated again Tuesday. Along party lines, the House voted to hold Attorney General William Barr, and former White House Counsel Don McGahn, in civil contempt of Congress. In response, the Justice Department threatened to invoke Executive Privilege to block House access to documents pertaining to the U.S. Census. It’s the latest skirmish in a conflict that has consumed the capitol and paralyzed policymaking.
Late Friday evening, President Trump took to his favorite platform to make a major announcement. “I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico,” he tweeted. “The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended.” At first glance, the agreement alluded to seems to have been based on earlier reports of Mexico redoubling its border security. The news was welcomed by all sides Friday night, weary of the damage Trump’s tariffs might have caused.
Border crossings are exploding, with over 144k people crossing in May 2019, up 182% over May 2018. We have seen over 675,000 apprehensions so far this year, up 99% over this time last year.
Sources: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The Biggest Border issues are in El Paso, up 2,100%
The El Paso district has seen a 2,100% increase in border crossings compared to 2018. The city has a population of about 840k, and the district has seen over 100k apprehensions. El Paso is just across the border from Ciudad Juarez. With a population of 1.5 million, Ciudad Juarez is the most populated city in the state of Chihuahua. Interestingly, the biggest migration is next to a major Mexican City.
Sources: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Are Mexican Officials Working for a Deal?
The person negotiating to avoid Trump’s tariffs on Mexico is Marcelo Ebrard, the Foreign Minister and an active politician.
He worked for the Hillary Clinton Campaign. Mr. Ebrard said “It was after hearing Donald Trump speak…that I decided to get much more involved, beyond just giving opinions. The risk represented by el Señor Trump, the things that he says, in particular about Mexico, but in general, too, are like nothing else I’ve encountered.”
President of the Untied States Donald Trump has proposed placing tariffs on Mexico to force them to stop or mitigate illegal immigration flows into the US. The Mexican Foreign Mister who just visited the White House has compared Trump to Hitler claiming “He, like Hitler, is a good communicator.” and is “Mexico’s Enemy.” Mr. Ebrard has a history of meddling in US elections, working on Latino get-out-the-vote campaigns. In the past Mr. Ebrard worked with Voto Latino, one of many voter-registration and participation groups in California, Arizona, Florida, Chicago, and elsewhere.
As a foreign national, Mr. Ebrard openly supported and worked with and for a US president candidate, in this case Hillary Clinton. Mexican officials do far more each election cycle to interfere in US elections than the Russians, but the Bob Mueller investigation and Congress weren’t interested in that. Clinton and the Democrats repeatedly accused Russia of illegal influence in the 2016 election and connected it to Trump. Nothing was proven but there’s plenty of evidence of Mexican influence that helps the DNC. The mainstream press has also been silent about Mr. Ebrard’s past as he negotiates with the White House.
So not only has Ebrard worked to help Democrats in the past but he’s also called Trump the “Enemy” and compared him to Hitler. This is the man negotiating a deal between the US and Mexico. Will he sabotage any deal and try to blame it on Trump?
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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.
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.
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.”
We see miracles everyday but don’t recognize them. At the age of seventy already getting up in the morning is a miracle.
There will always be skeptics to reject the miracles of God. When I was a college student I read a book that accepted the events which are recorded in the Bible Exodus – the ten plagues and the splitting of the Red Sea but the author brought proofs that the cause of these supernatural events was an eclipse which occurred at this time which had altered nature.
As I was reading an article by a man whose first name was Collin and last name was smudged too much to see, I became interested in what he was writing about. He was writing about the truth of Peace and the truth of Wrath. I remember reading about the wrath of God that will come somewhere in the future in my Bible studies.
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:
- Howard Schultz, former CEO of Starbucks, running as an Independent.
- Former Independent New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg running as a Democrat.
- Hedge Fund manager, environmental activist and Democrat Tom Steyer.
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.