G20, E-cigarettes, DEM Debates, Ivory Tower, Cannes Lions, Google, Spain vs. United States

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What I am watching today = June 24, 2019

Curation and commentary from Marc A. Ross

Reporting from Alexandria, Virginia

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G20, E-cigarettes, DEM Debates, Ivory Tower, Cannes Lions, Google, Spain vs. United States


✔️ G20 will be a faceoff between Trump and Xi

✔️ San Francisco set to ban e-cigarettes

✔️ Preparing for the DEM debates

✔️ Takeaways from this year's Cannes Lions

✔️ Spain vs. United States @ 12:00 pm ET #USWNT


Ross Rant: Lewis Hamilton won today by 18 seconds

Even the best driver in the world needs a team to a win world championship.

A top-flight engineering team, buckets of financing, luck, and world-class talent.

An ecosystem essentially.

Do you have an ecosystem to win?

Your ecosystem may only be 18 seconds better, but that is all you might need to be considered the greatest.

Full post - here.


Iran: Trump and his aides have indicated they are prepared to wait for the economic vise on Tehran to tighten further, but didn’t elaborate on what additional sanctions would look like.

Iran says US cyber attacks fail, hints at possible talks: Reuters reports, Iran said US cyber attacks on its military had been a failure, while also hinting that it could be willing to discuss new concessions if the United States were to lift sanctions and offer new incentives.

Erdogan’s defeat shows opposition’s changing tactics: FT reports, president began his ascent in same contest that has now launched Ekrem Imamoglu.

In setback for Erdogan, opposition candidate wins Istanbul mayor seat: WSJ reports, Sunday’s ballot thrusts opposition politician in one of Turkey’s most powerful and prestigious elected positions.

Japan Times: For G20 host Abe, election hopes ride on summit success

AFP: China 'won't allow' G20 discussion on Hong Kong

Xie Feng: US attacks on China’s economy reflect a double standard

Labeling it ‘state capitalism’ is unfair and self-interested.

The writer is Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in Hong Kong

Nikkei: US and China must build trust at 'top level,' says Singapore PM

Lee sees Hong Kong unrest as 'difficult,' cites Beijing's sovereignty concerns.

Bloomberg: This year’s G20 will be a faceoff between Trump and Xi https://bloom.bg/2FumdSe

Failure to reach a trade deal could turn simmering tensions into a new cold war.

At Huawei headquarters, signs that the Chinese firm is digging in for a long battle with US: WP reports, the Trump administration has called the tech giant a threat to U.S. national security and taken steps in recent months to undermine Huawei’s business.

US weighs barring 5G equipment from China: WSJ reports, the Trump administration is considering requiring that next-generation 5G cellular equipment used in the US be designed and manufactured outside China.

US companies hunt for loopholes to beat China tariffs: FT reports, lawyers warn customs workarounds carry risks as business counts costs of Trump penalties.

FT: Apple weighs 15-30% capacity shift out of China amid trade war

Reuters: FedEx confirms Huawei mail ban as new 'mistake' reignites Chinese ire

Hunt tells Johnson to stop being a ‘coward’ and face questions: FT reports, contest to be next UK prime minister turns personal ahead of Tory members’ vote.

UK PM candidate Hunt: Boris Johnson is a 'coward' for avoiding debates on Brexit: Reuters reports, Jeremy Hunt, one of the two candidates vying to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May, said on Monday that rival Boris Johnson was a coward for avoiding public head-to-head debates on what to do about Brexit.

The Times: ‘No evidence’ Russia used Facebook to meddle in Brexit poll

Sir Nick Clegg has said that there is “absolutely no evidence” that Russia used Facebook to push for a Brexit vote and influence the result in the EU referendum.

OTD: In 1314 Robert the Bruce’s Scottish forces defeated the English army under Edward II at Bannockburn, near Stirling.


Seven-Eleven Japan to wrap its billions of rice balls in bioplastic: Japan Times reports, convenience store operator Seven-Eleven Japan Co. said Monday it will start selling all of its rice balls in wraps made of biomass plastics, possibly from July, as it aims to reduce the use of fossil-fuel-derived materials.

San Francisco set to ban e-cigarettes.

Dirty: Cement produces more pollution than all the trucks in the world.


Caracal Global = 2020 Presidential Candidates by tiers = click - here.

The strange reality of Donald Trump’s White House: Shannon Proudfoot in Maclean's writes, step inside the famous building and things seem, in places, smaller and shabbier. But there's no mistaking the lure of the man in the middle of it.

Fox News' Tucker Carlson will interview Trump in Osaka, Japan, on the sidelines of the G20, according to the network, with the full interview to air July 1.

Is Tucker Carlson the new Baghdad Bob?

How Democratic candidates are preparing for the debates: NYT reports, in hotel conference rooms and campaign offices across the country, presidential contestants are holding simulations and rapid-fire policy drills. The debates this week represent the best (and for some, the only) opportunity for Democrats to stand out in a large primary.

Sanders to propose canceling entire $1.6 trillion in student loan debt: WP reports, the proposal, which would affect 45 million Americans, is likely to face objections from conservatives as well as some moderates.

The Ivory Tower team of wonks behind Warren’s policy agenda: Politico reports, the 2020 hopeful has tapped deep into her former world of academia, going well beyond Beltway think tanks.

I couldn't think of a more devastating headline.

Sure, this might win Massachusetts, but tell me how this wins Michigan?

"Warren's plans posted on Medium, voters will find links to obscure academic literature from places like the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics, the Upjohn Institute, the Journal of Applied Business and Economics, and the American Journal of Sociology."

Early Democratic field splits into two tiers: WSJ reports, twenty of the 24 Democrats running for president are set to participate in nationally televised debates this week. But at this early stage of the primary, Americans are directing most of their attention to just five candidates.

"Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; and California Sen. Kamala Harris are in a clear tier above the rest of the candidates in recent surveys."

Joe Biden faces the most dangerous week of his campaign so far: Bloomberg reports, he could solidify his front-runner status—or jeopardize it with a gaffe, inappropriate joke or tone-deaf comment.

Andrew Stein: Trump-Haley in 2020: Putting her on the ticket may win over some moderate, suburban women.

11 days ago I tweeted = Trump is going to drop him for Nikki Haley. Trump will want more drama and showmanship for the re-election campaign.

Tim O'Brien: Trump suffers a triple fail on Iran, Mexico, and immigration: The president’s solo initiatives on Iran, Mexico and immigrants were all abandoned before taking effect. Twitter bravado is a terrible way to govern.


Brigadoon DC | Aperitivo

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An aperitivo is often described as being similar to the American happy hour, but when it's a Brigadoon gathering, it’s much more than that.

This is a free to attend, cash bar gathering designed for meeting old friends and making new friends.

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Five takeaways from this year's Cannes Lions https://buff.ly/2MXzVmP

Access for all
Momentum doesn’t guarantee wins
The majority of Grand Prix went to ideas that were tied to some aspect of social good
Subversion sells
Earnest appeals carried the week

Everything you need to know about Cannes Lions 2019 http://bit.ly/2ZFtcQ6

Eldorado Resorts has agreed to acquire Caesars Entertainment for $8.58 billion in a move that would create one of the largest gambling companies in the US.

Fiat Chrysler and Renault hope merger talks will restart soon: WSJ reports, the outcome of a vote by Nissan shareholders this week could help determine whether Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Renault can revive their $40 billion merger talks.

FedEx is offering big discounts to woo online merchants to its air network as it seeks to refashion a delivery system ill-equipped for the rise of e-commerce.

Amazon sells more than half of the books in the US, but takes a hands-off approach in its bookstore, never checking for authenticity or quality.

Bitcoin breaks $11,000 for first time since 2018.

Facebook’s full-frontal assault on finance: FT reports, digital currency plan has already garnered a backlash, but may still be hugely disruptive.

James Mackintosh: Facebook’s Libra is a license to print money: On some reasonable-sounding assumptions, Libra could be insanely profitable for its founders, but a lot less appealing for users.

Google Chrome has become spy software: WP reports, our latest privacy experiment found that Chrome ushered more than 11,000 tracker cookies into our browser in one week.

Google’s enemies gear up to make antitrust case: WSJ reports, competitors are readying documents and data in anticipation of meetings with the Justice Department.

Olympics takes gold with $3bn Mengniu Dairy-Coca-Cola deal: FT reports, US drinks maker and Chinese milk group in one of sport’s biggest corporate sponsorships.

"the US drinks maker and Chinese milk and yogurts group will announce they will jointly sponsor the event between 2021 and 2032, covering six summer and winter games."

Roll up, roll up for Gwyneth Paltrow's great London Goop summit: Guardian reports, need your wallet cleaned out next week? In Goop Health will be only too happy to help.


Delving into Detroit: Where to eat, sleep and record your own album (talent not required) in Motor City. https://on.wsj.com/2FqRHZt

Each episode of In The Dark costs American Public Media $100,000 to produce.

Michael Skapinker: The unexpected joys of a work trip to Rotterdam: The great advantage of business travel is that it takes you to places you never yearned to see. https://on.ft.com/2FtBnYf

Robert the Bruce film is the 'birth of a hero' says Angus Macfadyen https://bbc.in/2FobwAT

The Prince of Wales knights Ralph Lauren: The designer is recognized for his services to fashion for the past 50 years.

Shots go on a health kick: WSJ reports, wellness shots tout good-for-you ingredients. But you have to get past the taste first.

When it comes to wellness, the monkey brain thinks: if it tastes bad it has medicinal value.

HT Rory Sutherland, Co-founder, OgilvyChange

Carine Roitfeld: 'Drink espresso, sleep in your makeup, don’t take selfies…' http://bit.ly/2FvkfBd

FT readers’ best books of 2019 so far https://on.ft.com/2FuFPGd


What’s behind the horse deaths at Santa Anita? In dozens of interviews with race officials, trainers, jockeys and other horsemen, three reasons were most often cited for Santa Anita’s spate of fatalities. https://lat.ms/2Fss7Dq

FIFA Women's World Cup = Knockout stage (16)


Spain vs. United States @ 12:00 pm ET
Sweden vs. Canada @ 3:00 pm ET


Italy vs. China @ 12:00 pm ET
Netherlands vs. Japan @ 3:00 pm ET

FIFA Women's World Cup = Final Eight (qualified)


Enjoy the ride + plan accordingly.


Marc Ross

Based in Washington, DC, I specialize in thought leader communications and global public policy for public affairs professionals working at the intersection of globalization, disruption, and politics.

Clients hire me to ghostwrite, engage influencer networks, manage media relations, produce events, audit their communications infrastructure, consult on hiring, provide issue briefs and news generating talking points, as well as manage end to end communications projects where I assume a role of project leader and general contractor.

I work independently but provided access to a substantial global network of collaborators with expertise in websites, graphic design, audio, video, polling, data analytics, and research.

Using the latest tactics of an American political campaign with expertise shaped by being a practitioner of global business communications, I help clients tell their story and build trusted relationships with all necessary stakeholders.

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