Iran Announces Central Infringement of Nuclear Agreement – Europe Worried

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.

Fourth of July Highlights and Insights – America is Under Attack

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.”

On the 4th of July, Rep. Amash Declares His Independent’s Day

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.

Chicago Mayor and Illinois Governor Refuse to Cooperate with Trump; They Have No Problem Taking His Money

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.

Cease Fire at the G20: Trump and Xi Declare Truce on Trade

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.

Will a Cease Fire in Gaza Hold? Tensions Rising in the Middle East

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.

Senate Holds Marathon Vote, Rejects Congressional Approval for Iran War

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.

G20 in Osaka: The Summit Opens in Harmony

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?” How a Simple Question Can Cause so Much Controversy

“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.

Is Trump Taking a Cue from Nixon on Foreign Policy? He Should

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.

Did Chairman Powell Just Change Course? Did Trump Influence Him?

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.

Jared Kushner Presents Peace Plan: Between Israel and Gulf States Against Iran

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.

Middle East Tensions – Did Lindsey Graham Admit that Israel Will Soon Attack Iran?

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.

Trump Calls Off ICE Raids Again, Gives Congress Two Weeks to Fix Immigration

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.

Has Oil Bottomed? If Demand is So Low Due to China, Why isn’t Copper Showing Any of the Same Patterns?

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.

Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off! Trump Orders, Aborts Attack on Iran— But Why?

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.

¡Arriba! Mexico First to Approve USMCA with the Potential of a Win for all 3 Countries

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.

Trump / USA may Go it Alone— Without Congress Vote — on Iran Conflict

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.

Do You Need the Messiah? Follow President Trump to Victory in 2020

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.

Unrest Around the World – A Country by Country Look

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.

Progressives Battle Pelosi on Impeachment— But Who’s Winning?

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.

Must There Be a White House Press Secretary?

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?

Britons Back Boris to Deliver Brexit, Beat Brexit

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.

Hilary Clinton Accuses Trump of Her Own Actions

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.

Constitutional Conflict: House Votes in Contempt, DOJ Threatens Executive Privilege

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.

U.S., Mexico Strike Deal to Avoid Tariffs

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.

Trump Wants to Stop Border Crossings; Mexico’s Foreign Minister Compared Him to Hitler

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Miracles Today – NBA Finals

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. 

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.

Coming Half Way – Two State Solution in the Middle East

Most of the problems of the world can be solved through compromise.  Compromise is not simple.

Compromise begins with two sides in conflict.  National compromise requires the guarantee of two nations which are in conflict to insure their security. In the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians each side must first be required to guarantee the other side’s security. To accomplish this task of peace in Israel requires two sides which are strongly united to become two nations separate and united.  To make peace between two nations you first need national unity.

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.

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.

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.

Trump Campaign Update: More Talk Than Action on His Big 3 Issues

Trump has been focusing on three major issues during the last few days: immigration, tariffs, and infrastructure. Of those issues, infrastructure is the one that seems at least a bit refreshing. The last time Trump really made infrastructure a major focus was during his 2016 campaign.

During that campaign Trump compared U.S. infrastructure to that of “a third world country.” His promise to rebuild and reinvest in the country’s infrastructure was something that excited and pleased many Americans.

North Korea: Is a Deal Still Possible?

It’s never good when North Korea is in the news. On Thursday, the Hermit Kingdom launched two short-range ballistic missiles in to the Sea of Japan. The pair were similar to one the DPRK test-fired on Friday. Later that day, American authorities seized a coal ship used by North Korea for sanction-busting.

The missile tests were the first by North Korea in more than 500 days. Yet, the self-imposed moratorium on long-range testing remains. The state media, whose prophesies of mass annihilation and lakes of fire normally rival that of any shortwave radio preacher, assured the world that nothing was amiss.

Trump’s Tax Transcripts: “The Biggest Loser” or No Story?

On Tuesday, The New York Times published an investigation detailing ten years worth of figures it had obtained from President Trump’s tax returns. The paper claimed the previously unrevealed numbers came from IRS tax transcripts, and someone who had legal access to them. The story provided the latest flare up in the political tug of war between the Democratic House and the GOP White House.

The Times claimed their report painted a far bleaker picture of Trump’s finances, between 1985 and 1994, than even he led on. Trump’s core businesses reported $1.17 billion in losses during the period.

US and China Trade: The Stakes Are Rising

On Sunday, President Trump tweeted an escalation to his trade war with China, warning tariffs would more than double, from 10% to 25%. By Tuesday, stocks were sent tumbling, and companies scrambling. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 472 points Tuesday, it’s worst day in four months. Grain futures hit their lowest mark in more than 40 years. Companies weren’t given much in the way of warning, with tariffs due to increase Friday. They’ll have to decide whether to eat the tariffs themselves or pass the costs on to consumers.

Trump’s escalation comes amid a five-month truce between the world’s two biggest economies, and as the U.S. and China appeared close to a deal. However, Administration officials say China has been backtracking from earlier commitments. In a Washington Post op-ed, former chief strategist Steve Bannon urged the president to “follow his instincts and not soften his stance against the greatest existential threat ever faced by the United States.” Trade advisor Peter Navarro, and others, see no deal as preferable to any deal, and some fear the president will cave, again.

“Or Else What?” The Limits of Checks and Balances

America’s founding fathers were wise in many respects. They were revolutionary in setting up a republic, based on the separation of powers and a system of checks and balances. One even presciently warned against the mischief of factions. What they did not foresee was two nationalized factions paralyzing government, a viable means of resolving disputes between elections, and an answer to “or else what?” should one branch refuse to comply with the demands of the other.

Biden Maintains 20 Point Lead Over Dem Rivals

Vice President Joe Biden (D) continues to lead all rivals for the Democratic nomination by a wide margin. The only other candidate with double digit support is Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (D), and Biden leads him by 20 points.

Biden also leads in a head-to-head match up with President Donald Trump in the key Electoral College states of Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Trump leads Biden in North Carolina. The men are tied in Arizona. However, it’s worth remembering that nearly every pollster was wrong about the 2016 presidential outcome.

It’s Complicated: Facebook’s Relationship With Civil Society

Facebook made headlines Thursday, banning several media personalities from their social media platforms, calling them “dangerous.”  That is, multiple media outlets reported the bans before they actually took place.  Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Nehlen, Louis Farrakhan, Paul Joseph Watson, and Infowars creator Alex Jones still had control of their Facebook and Instagram accounts several hours after their bans were reported by the press.

Infowars’ status as a proscribed entity seems particularly unique.  In a move usually reserved for terrorist organizations, all official and unofficial pages and content has been removed.  Infowars content posted by ordinary users will be removed.  Repeat violators of this policy will themselves be banned.

Biden Leads Trump by 6: First poll After Biden Officially Announces His Candidacy

Vice President Joe Biden (D) launched his candidacy in Pennsylvania, a purple state where President Donald Trump (R) only beat Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by .007 percent, or just over 44,000 votes out of almost 6 million.

Prior to Trump, the last six presidential elections in the keystone state were won by the Democratic ticket. Our guess is that he will soon show up in Michigan where the Trump winning margin was even smaller (only .002 percent). The six Great Lake State elections prior to Trump were also all won by the DNC candidate.