What I am watching today = June 28, 2019
Curation and commentary from Marc A. Ross
Reporting from Alexandria, Virginia
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Vladimir Putin, Treaty of Versailles, Kamala Harris, VW + Ford, Jony Ive, Funny, #USWNT
✔️ Trump, smiling, tells Putin not to meddle in election
✔️ Kamala Harris stakes claim as top 2020 contender
✔️ Apple design chief Jony Ive to depart
✔️ What’s so Funny? the science of why we laugh
✔️ Mega-showdown today between US and France #USWNT
Guardian: G20: world leaders urge Trump and Xi to reach a trade deal or risk global economy
Financial markets fall amid growing fears that talks in Osaka will fail to break the logjam.
FT: G20 convenes in Japan with currency wars the next big worry
Amid trade tensions, world leaders have a further problem to think about in Osaka.
Daniel Moss: Currency wars are easy to start and tough to win: Global devaluations don’t happen in practice because everyone loses. Trump and his G-20 peers would do well to remember that.
Vladimir Putin: friendship with China, ‘Donald’ and the rise of national populism: As he heads to the G20 in Japan, the Russian leader believes he is back at the top table. https://on.ft.com/2FEjmGt
Trump, smiling, tells Putin not to meddle in election: WSJ reports, at the G-20 summit in Japan, President Trump called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to stay out of the 2020 presidential election, though the tone of his comments was open to interpretation.
Trump tells Putin (with a grin) not to meddle in elections: NYT reports, turning to Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, President Trump said with an almost joking tone in his voice, “Don’t meddle in the election, President.” Trump made clear at the G20 summit meeting that he did not take election interference as seriously as many back home do.
Bloomberg: Xi fires shots at US before Trump meet, without mentioning him
China’s Xi says rich countries ‘destroying’ trade system: FT reports, comments come ahead of meeting with Donald Trump to reboot trade talks.
The Times: Ditch your tariffs, Xi to tell Trump
Trump prepares for 'productive' talks with Xi: Reuters reports, Trump said he hoped for productive talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on a trade war that is casting a shadow on global growth, but said he had not made any promises about a reprieve from escalating tariffs.
Alan Beattie: Trump’s heavy-hitting China game drives trade into the G20 rough: US leader appears set on crashing through every norm governing world trading system.
OTD: In 1919 the peace treaty between the Allies and Germany was signed in the Palace of Versailles.
Treaty of Versailles 100 years on: A fragile peace and a fraught legacy: DW reports, in November 1918, an armistice ended the fighting in World War I. But it took seven months until the official peace treaty was signed. Germany, meanwhile, always objected to its terms.
US tells Europe: Choose between us and Iran: WP reports, a US envoy spoke on the topic as European countries made a last-ditch effort to prevent Iran from breaching the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, a move which could add to soaring tension in the Persian Gulf.
Tim Harford: How economics can raise its game: The split between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ approaches limits its ability to answer key questions.
AFP: Dutch roll out fines for mobile-using cyclists
Bloomberg: China's hydrogen vehicle dream chased with $17 billion of funding
Startup Mingtian Hydrogen sees ‘springtime’ in fuel cells.
China giving subsidies as EV titan promotes ‘hydrogen society.’
Plastic bans proliferate in 2019 as planet drowns in trash: DW reports, when the EU finally committed to banning an array of single-use plastics in March, it became part of a growing plastic-free movement that is seeing similar bans imposed from Vanuatu to Canada and Tanzania.
WSJ: Democratic rivals attack Biden as Harris leads on race issues
Biden draws bulk of attacks in second debate: WSJ reports, former Vice President Joe Biden faced challenges from a new generation of presidential hopefuls who took aim at his decadeslong record and questioned whether the party’s Obama-era policies have gone far enough.
Biden faces repeated attacks in Democratic debate: NYT reports, Senator Kamala Harris pressed Joseph R. Biden Jr. on race, lacing into his remarks about working with segregationists in the Senate. The exchange highlighted Biden’s vulnerability and the urgency his rivals feel to start sowing doubts about his candidacy.
Harris takes bite out of Biden in fiery debate: FT reports, former US vice-president urged to pass torch as he faces younger generation of Democrats.
Bloomberg: Kamala Harris stakes claim as top 2020 contender in clash with Biden
Harris makes the case that Biden should pass the torch to her: NYT reports, this was the moment Mr. Biden had to know would be coming, our reporters write in an analysis, but he did not seem entirely prepared.
Kamala Harris, known for caution, finds a risky move pays off against Joe Biden: LAT reports, on Night 2, the California senator delivers a breakout moment in upbraiding Biden over school segregation.
Democratic 'spiritual' candidate stands out for quirky remarks at debate: DW reports, self-help guru and presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson raised eyebrows with her Democratic debate performance. Her plan to "harness love" to beat Trump prompted people to dig out some of her older online adages.
Nathan Robinson: Joe Biden's harsh lesson: when you're on top, the only way to go is down
Frank Bruni: And now, the dream of a Harris-Buttigieg ticket: Two new Democratic stars outshone Biden and Sanders on the debate stage.
WSJ: Supreme Court declines to place restrictions on gerrymandering
Boeing troubled 737 MAX fleet is expected to stay grounded until late this year.
Libra appears to operate more like existing web-payment systems, such as PayPal, than bitcoin.
FT: Lego family and Blackstone assemble £6bn bid for Merlin
The deal is one of the largest European buyouts in recent history.
Bloomberg: VW board puts Ford alliance on agenda for July meeting
Cooperation is poised to expand beyond van and truck projects.
Joining forces with US peer would help VW to share costs.
Apple design chief Jony Ive to depart: WSJ reports, Apple said its chief design officer, Jony Ive, will leave this year to form an independent design company, with Apple being one of its primary clients.
Jony Ive’s departure ‘gives Apple chance for shake-up’: FT reports, shares slip 1% as investors and analysts look forward to change.
He was the mastermind behind the designs of the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, and iPod.
Apple design chief Jony Ive, Steve Jobs' confidant, to leave and start own firm: Reuters reports, Jony Ive, a close creative collaborator with Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs whose iPhone and other designs fueled Apple's rise to a $1 trillion company, will leave later this year to form an independent design company.
What will Apple do without Jony Ive? The departure of the tech giant’s chief design officer raises questions about its future. https://on.ft.com/2FH9JqO
French state architects warn Notre-Dame not stabilized: FT reports, reconstruction will ‘take time’ despite Macron’s vow to rebuild in 5 years.
HBD: Mel Brooks, director, and actor, Blazing Saddles (1974), Spaceballs (1987), 93.
HBD: John Cusack, actor, High Fidelity (2000), and screenwriter, 53.
What’s so Funny? the science of why we laugh: Psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers are trying to understand humor. http://bit.ly/2YiGmlV
The big buzz over mega-showdown today between US and France: WP reports, It's only a quarterfinal, but few international women’s team sports events have generated such excitement. https://wapo.st/2FEawsl
Why you need to watch the USWNT vs. France: WSJ reports, It’s a zesty World Cup quarterfinal that feels like a final. Make a plan to tune in. https://on.wsj.com/2FDMm1f
FIFA Women's World Cup = Quarterfinals
France vs. United States @ 3:00 pm ET
Italy vs. Netherlands @ 9:00 am ET
Germany vs. Sweden @ 12:30 pm ET
Tuesday, July 2
England vs. USA/France @3:00 pm ET
Wednesday, July 3
Germany/Sweden vs. Italy/Netherlands @ 3:00 pm ET
Enjoy the ride + plan accordingly.