Who has to do well in the Democratic debates this week?

Who has to do well in the Democratic debates this week?

Well at the top end. Former V.P. Joe Biden had better do better than he did in the first debate. He's recovered in the polls from that. But a bad second debate would be really problematic. And then the second tier - a lot of those candidates are going to be gone without a strong debate performance. That's Booker, Castro, Gillibrand a bunch of others. They're going to be gone if they don't have good debates.

What's going on at the DCCC?

Well black and Latino lawmakers are saying that there's not anywhere near enough diversity in the top ranks. They're calling for the executive director to be fired. It's a real mess at the House campaign arm for Democrats.

Is talk of impeachment over?

Far from it. In fact the number of House Democrats calling for impeachment is rising. There's now over 100, which is about half the Democratic caucus. So it's still very much alive.

The Rant: President Trump and the Fed

He's out there again bashing the Fed saying interest rate hikes have badly slowed the economy and they should cut this week. They're going to cut this week but largely because of Trump's economic policy particularly on trade which has slowed down manufacturing in the U.S. and around the globe.

The Business and Market Fair that recently took place in Sanzule, Ghana featured local crops, livestock and manufactured goods, thanks in part to the Livelihood Restoration Plan (LRP), one of Eni's initiatives to diversify the local economy. The LRP program provided training and support to start new businesses to approximately 1,400 people from 205 households, invigorating entrepreneurship in the community.

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Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky sat down yesterday with Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron for a meeting in the Elysée Palace in Paris for peace talks. This was the first-ever meeting between Putin, Russia's dominant political force since 2000, and Zelensky, who was a TV comedian at this time last year.

Fears that Putin would use Zelensky's inexperience to back him into a deal on Russian terms weren't realized, but the relationship between the two has only just begun.

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4: The World Anti-Doping Agency handed Russia a four-year ban from all major sporting events, precluding its participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, and soccer's 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Russia has three weeks to appeal the ban, which its prime minister says is the result of "chronic anti-Russian hysteria."

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Are we seeing the creation of a parallel universe for US and Chinese tech industries?

I think the answer is yes. In the past, US has dominated the world in technologies from P.C. operating systems, semiconductors, to servers, and even Internet. But ever since the rise of mobile technologies, China has really leveraged the large market with a huge amount of data and now is beginning to innovate and build great mobile apps on which there's a large amount of data being collected.

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