The Evening: Nuclear Extortion, Merkel’s Health, Achilles Last Stand and More
July 10, 2019
U.S. Accuses Iran of Nuclear Extortion
The United States on Wednesday accused Iran of “nuclear extortion” and threatened further sanctions against Tehran, which has begun stockpiling and enriching uranium beyond the limits set in the 2015 accord that President Trump has abandoned, as the NYT’s Steven Erlanger reports.
Dive Deeper: “Gibraltar Tanker Seizure, Uranium Enrichment Breach Add New Dimensions to Middle East Tensions,” by CSIS’s Frank Verrastro.
U.S. To Probe French Plan For Tax on Tech Companies
The Trump administration is set to launch an investigation into French plans to bring in a special tax targeting big technology companies, which could result in the U.S. imposing trade tariffs on France, as the FT’s Kiran Stacey reports.
Merkel Health Issues
German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a public episode of involuntary trembling for the third time in just over three weeks, fueling speculation about her health after 14 years in office and prompting her to offer reassurances about her well-being, as the WSJ’s Bojan Pancevki reports.
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In That Number
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell signaled that an interest-rate cut may come soon, sending stocks to a new high as the benchmark S&P 500 stock index traded above 3,000 for the first time.
“Sanctions will soon be increased, substantially!”
— President Donald Trump
Competing nations - China, Russia, Iran and North Korea in particular - are contesting the rules of the U.S.-led international system by utilizing coercive tools between routine statecraft and open warfare--the "gray zone."
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(Photo credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images). After a ticker tape parade celebrating their gold medal victory in the 2019 Women's World Cup, members of the United States Women's National Soccer Team are honored at a ceremony at New York City Hall.
“Tell Me How This Ends: Military Advice, Strategic Goals, and the “Forever War” in Afghanistan,” by CSIS’s Mark Cancian.
This Town Tomorrow
At 9:00 a.m., join the Wilson Center for a series of remarks on how the Venezuelan refugee crisis is impacting South America.
Also at 9:00 a.m., the Atlantic Council will hold a panel discussion on Libra, Facebook's new cryptocurrency it plans to launch in 2020.
Later, at 1:30 p.m., the Bipartisan Policy Center will hold a wide-ranging discussion with Federal Reserve Vice Chair Randal Quarles.
This morning, CSIS held a discussion on the key issues of 5G technology, including Huawei's efforts to dominate the telecom market and supply chain diversity. Watch the full event here.
The Trade Guys and Jack Caporal talk with Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM). They discuss what the U.S. should be doing domestically while engaged in a trade war with China.
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Every once in a while something comes along in pop culture that is so surprisingly great. The new podcast, “Digging Deep with Robert Plant” is one of those things.
Yes, you heard it right. Rock deity Robert Plant now hosts a podcast where he takes a deep dive into discussing the songs from his cannon that interest him. How modern. They don’t really make rock starts any bigger than Robert Plant. Can you imagine Mick hosting a free podcast?
I had to listen to episode three of Plant’s “Digging Deep” first. It’s the episode where Plant dissects “Achilles Last Stand,” one of Led Zeppelin’s monstrous tracks. “Achilles” comes from Zep’s seventh studio album “Presence.” “Presence” isn’t the first Led Zep record I typically reach for (excuse me, I mean tap for.) It’s the band’s most overlooked album. In retrospect, it shouldn’t be. It is a hard rock masterpiece. And on “Digging Deep” Plant explains how some of it came together, about its influences.
My favorite part of the episode is when Plant talks about how the trio of Jimmy Page John Bonham and John Paul Jones melded together so forcefully on “Achilles” that it made him feel like a wedding singer. Plant admits on the podcast that “Digging Deep” is a deeply self-indulgent exercise. I’m so glad he decided to indulge. “Achilles Last Stand” is….