The Evening: Farm Aid, More Troops to Mideast, Layla Deluxe and More
May 23, 2019
$16 Billion Aid Package to Farmers
The Trump administration Thursday announced a new $16 billion farm aid package to offset losses from the U.S. trade war with China, as the Washington Post’s Laura Reiley reports.
Dive Deeper: “Trump’s Trade War Timeline: An Up-to-Date Guide,” by the Peterson Institute’s Chad Bown and Melina Kolb.
Pentagon Weighs Sending More Troops to Middle East
Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Thursday confirmed that the Pentagon was considering sending additional U.S. troops to the Middle East as one of the ways to bolster protection for American forces there amid tensions with Iran, as Reuters’ Phil Stewart reports.
And, as Reuters reports, Iran will not surrender to U.S. pressure and will not abandon its goals even if it is bombed, President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday.
Historic Election in India
India’s incumbent prime minister Narendra Modi led his party to a stunning election victory on Thursday, eviscerating the opposition and giving Hindu nationalists the strongest hand they have ever held in modern Indian history, as the NYT’s Jeffrey Gettleman, Vindu Goel, Kai Schultz, Suhasini Raj, and Hari Kumar report.
Turkish Military Defies United States
Turkey’s armed forces have begun training to use a Russian missile-defense system that it purchased despite U.S. warnings, deepening a rift between the two NATO allies, as the WSJ’s Courtney McBride and Dion Nissenbaum report.
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In That Number
The Trump administration’s latest increase in tariffs on Chinese imports is costing the average U.S. household $831 a year through higher prices and reduced economic efficiency.
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York
“There will not be any negotiations between Iran and America.”
— Keyvan Khosravi, Iranian Supreme National Security Council Spokesman
CSIS's Transnational Threats Project has analyzed satellite imagery of Hezbollah’s El Boqaa training facility in southern Lebanon. Training facilities such as El Boqaa highlight Iran’s commitment to using irregular methods, such as training partner forces, to project power through the region.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Atul Loke/Getty Images). Narendra Modi acknowledges to the victorious party workers while getting garland at the BJP party headquarters in New Delhi, India. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set for another five-year term on Thursday after a landslide victory as over 600 million people voted in a marathon seven-phase general elections which lasted over six weeks.
“Why the European Parliament Elections Are Important to the United States,” by CSIS’s Heather Conley and Donatienne Ruy.
This Town Tomorrow
At 10:00 a.m., CSIS will host a conversation analyzing the evolving relationship between Russia and China. The event will explore the increasing political, military, and economic cooperation between the two countries.
And, at 10:00 a.m., Brookings will hold a panel discussion analyzing the results of the Indian national elections.
CSIS released "What’s Happening with the Green New Deal," the newest episode in our video series about global policy hotspots. In this short video, CSIS's Sarah Ladislaw explains how the Green New Deal attempts to pursue both environmental and economic reform.
“The sun’s got to shine on my guitar someday.”
Yesterday, we discussed the 20th Anniversary Edition of Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.” Today, let’s talk about the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. It’s even better. I love how it contains three separate versions of the Dominos’ live staple “It’s Got to Get Better in a Little While.”
Before the 40th Anniversary collection came out in the Spring of 2011, the studio version of “It’s Got to Get Better” remained unavailable to the public. The song was originally recorded in the early 70s for a planned second Dominos album which never came to be, and thus, we never got to hear a studio take of the track. The only thing we ever had was a few fantastic live versions of the tune, most notably from the “Live at the Fillmore” disc released in 1994.
So when the 40th Anniversary Layla album dropped, it had this forgotten studio gem on it which was supposed to be for the follow up album to Layla. Listen to this, I think that second studio album would have been pretty strong.