2019-01-15

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Trump AG nominee Barr says Mueller would not back witch hunt – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general said on Tuesday he did not believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be involved in a “witch hunt,” a charge often levied by Trump against the Russia probe that Mueller leads.

U.S. Justice Dept. broadens restrictions on internet gambling – (Reuters)
The Justice Department has released a report that broadens restrictions on internet gambling beyond betting on sports.

U.S. charges hacker, traders for infiltrating SEC database – (Reuters)
A Ukrainian computer hacker and several others were charged by U.S. authorities on Tuesday over their alleged roles in a scheme to trade on nonpublic corporate earnings news obtained by infiltrating a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission database.

Trump’s pick for attorney general faces questions on Russia probe – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general, William Barr, faced questions from senators on Tuesday about his past criticism of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian election meddling.

White House shifts shutdown strategy, tries to bypass Pelosi – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shifting strategy, the White House invited rank-and-file House Democrats to lunch Tuesday with President Donald Trump, bypassing Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team in an effort to get centrist and freshman lawmakers on board with f…

Extremists attack upscale hotel complex in Nairobi – (Associated Press)
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Extremists attacked a luxury hotel in Kenya’s capital Tuesday, sending people fleeing in panic as explosions and heavy gunfire reverberated through the complex and black smoke rose over the scene. A witness reported seeing at least two b…

Netflix raises prices for US customers – (BBC News)
Prices are to rise by between 13% and 18%, the second increase in less than two years.

Netflix leads Wall Street higher; bank earnings disappoint – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, as hopes of more stimulus for China’s slowing economy and a jump in Netflix shares helped investors look past disappointing earnings from JPMorgan and Wells Fargo.

British Parliament nears historic vote on Brexit – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Parliament neared a historic vote Tuesday as British Prime Minister Theresa May lobbied vehemently for a positive verdict on her proposed divorce deal with the European Union. Lawmakers will finally get their chance to say yes or no to May’s dea…

The Latest: Barr doubts Mueller would engage in ‘witch hunt’ – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee, William Barr (all times local): 10:20 a.m. President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general says he doesn’t believe special counsel Robert Mueller (MUHL’-ur) “would be inv…

PG&E plunges for second day after step toward bankruptcy – (Reuters)
Shares in California power company PG&E fell sharply for a second day on Tuesday as investors took fright at the prospect of bankruptcy proceedings to protect from $30 billion in potential liabilities related to wildfires in 2017 and 2018.

Netflix raises prices for U.S. subscribers – (Reuters)
Netflix Inc said on Tuesday it had raised prices for its U.S. subscribers by 13 percent to 18 percent, as the video streaming service spends heavily on original content and expands internationally.

Florida children die trapped in freezer – (BBC News)
The three children had climbed into the unplugged unit in a garden when the latch closed on them.

JPMorgan misses fourth-quarter profit estimates as bond trading slumps – (Reuters)
JPMorgan Chase & Co , the largest U.S. bank by assets, on Tuesday reported a slump in bond trading revenue that it blamed on market volatility and a smaller-than-expected quarterly profit.

Judge rejects citizenship question for 2020 U.S. census – (Reuters)
A federal judge on Tuesday set aside U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census questionnaire.

Broadway legend Carol Channing has died at age 97 – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Carol Channing, the lanky, ebullient musical comedy star who delighted American audiences over almost 5,000 performances as the scheming Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway and beyond, has died. She was 97. Publicist B. Harlan Boll said …

Complaint: Kidnapping suspect kept Wisconsin girl under bed – (Associated Press)
BARRON, Wis. (AP) — For nearly three months, prosecutors say, 13-year-old Jayme Closs was forced to hide in a 2½-foot space beneath her kidnapper’s bed, going without food, water or a bathroom for hours, too terrified to flee from a man she knew had fatally s…

Netflix raising prices for 58M US subscribers as costs rise – (Associated Press)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is raising its U.S. prices by 13 percent to 18 percent, its biggest increase since the company launched its streaming service 12 years ago. Its most popular plan will see the largest hike, to $13 per month from $11. That option of…

MPs prepare to vote on EU withdrawal deal – (BBC News)
At around 19:00 GMT, the House of Commons will decide whether to approve the EU withdrawal deal.

Blasts and gunfire around Nairobi hotel – (BBC News)
Explosions and gunfire reported around hotel complex in Kenyan capital, Nairobi

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From various sources

State to indict Jewish minor in case of killed Palestinian woman – (The Jerusalem Post)
Aysha Rabi, a Palestinian mother of nine, was killed after suspected Jewish rock throwers hit her car while her husband was driving.

Mahmoud Abbas chairs Group of 77 at U.N., taking control of largest bloc – (The Jerusalem Post)
In New York, Abbas said the United Nations must provide the Palestinians with an international protection force, he remarked on Monday.

Bringg raises $25m. to expand global delivery platform – (The Jerusalem Post)
Bringg will use the funds, the company said, to further expand its current global reach of more than 50 countries.

Likud comes out against improved election regulations – (The Jerusalem Post)
PM’s party says serious changes need to be passed by Knesset; Yesh Atid: Likud admitting it’s spreading lies.

Trump administration can’t ask if someone is a citizen on the 2020 Census, federal judge rules – (Vice News)
Secretary Ross “violated the public trust,” the judge wrote in his ruling.

Political clouds gather over Germany’s export machine – (Financial Times)
Economy risks slide into technical recession as trade spats and Brexit hit sentiment

Donald Trump struggles to be the Middle East’s anti-Obama – (Financial Times)
Pompeo’s speech highlights foreign policy parallels the US president prefers to ignore

Nielsen: 16M U.S. homes now get TV over-the-air, a 48% increase over past 8 years – (TechCrunch)
The number of U.S. households without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription that instead receive broadcast stations using a digital antenna has jumped by nearly 50 percent over the past 8 years to reach 16 million homes, according to a new report f…

Amazon’s Fire TV stick now comes with a remote that can control your TV – (The Verge)
Amazon is now including its upgraded Alexa voice remote with its entry-level $39.99 Fire TV Stick, replacing the old, basic remote that the company had included.

‘Aquaman’ Hits $1 Billion at Global Box Office – (Mashable)
Did you watch it?

Trump AG nominee Barr says Mueller would not back witch hunt – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general said on Tuesday he did not believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be involved in a “witch hunt,” a charge often levied by Trump against the Russia probe that Mueller leads.

Nintendo Selects line adds more Nintendo 3DS games in February – (Polygon)
Nintendo will update its line of budget-priced Nintendo 3DS games next month, with a trio of recent (and less-recent) ports for the handheld console. As of Feb. 4, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, and Star Fox 64 3D w…

READ: Federal judge’s ruling against Trump administration’s push for 2020 census citizenship question – (The Hill)
A federal judge in Manhattan ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census

White House Lays Out a Fast Food Spread for Clemson Tigers – (Fortune)
President Trump orders fast food for Clemson Tiger college football champions since the government shutdown affected White House kitchen.

World Economic Forum 2019: Who’s going to Davos this year? – (CNBC)
Thousands of business, political and cultural leaders from all over the world will return to the snowy mountains of Davos, Switzerland next week to discuss the latest global issues.

Follow live: William Barr’s Senate confirmation hearing to become attorney general – (USA Today)
William Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, will be questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee during

PM faces crushing Brexit defeat and a vote of no confidence – (Daily Mail)
Allies of the Prime Minister acknowledged her plans could be rejected by a majority approaching 200 votes – eclipsing record government loss of modern times in 1924.

U.S. Justice Dept. broadens restrictions on internet gambling – (Reuters)
The Justice Department has released a report that broadens restrictions on internet gambling beyond betting on sports.

Boy ‘crushed to death in footwell of car by mother’s boyfriend’ – (Daily Mail)
Stephen Waterson, 25, pushed his seat back into Alfie Lamb after the three-year-old was put in the rear footwell of the Audi by his mother, Adrian Hoare, 23, the Old Bailey heard.

Why I’ll keep doing my wellness routine despite what people say – (Metro)
‘The first thing I do is scrape my tongue, using a copper tongue-scraper, to get rid of the toxins that accumulate overnight. I brush my teeth, have a shot of live bacteria to keep my gut healthy, then do online yoga for 25 minutes.’

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All about Trump

Trump administration can’t ask if someone is a citizen on the 2020 Census, federal judge rules – (Vice News)
Secretary Ross “violated the public trust,” the judge wrote in his ruling.

Donald Trump struggles to be the Middle East’s anti-Obama – (Financial Times)
Pompeo’s speech highlights foreign policy parallels the US president prefers to ignore

Trump AG nominee Barr says Mueller would not back witch hunt – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general said on Tuesday he did not believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be involved in a “witch hunt,” a charge often levied by Trump against the Russia probe that Mueller leads.

READ: Federal judge’s ruling against Trump administration’s push for 2020 census citizenship question – (The Hill)
A federal judge in Manhattan ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census

White House Lays Out a Fast Food Spread for Clemson Tigers – (Fortune)
President Trump orders fast food for Clemson Tiger college football champions since the government shutdown affected White House kitchen.

Follow live: William Barr’s Senate confirmation hearing to become attorney general – (USA Today)
William Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, will be questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee during

The Destructive Iran Obsession – (The American Conservative)
Pompeo’s remarks are probably the clearest public indication yet that the Trump administration’s policy is one of regime change.

Judge strikes down Trump administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to 2020 Census – (USA Today)
A federal district judge Tuesday struck down the Trump administration’s plan to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 Census.

The Killers’ politically charged song ‘Land of the Free’ condemns border wall, confronts gun violence – (Fox News)
The Killers’ newest song “Land of the Free” with a music video directed by Spike Lee criticized the border wall proposed by President Trump.

Trump’s pick for attorney general faces questions on Russia probe – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general, William Barr, faced questions from senators on Tuesday about his past criticism of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian election meddling.

Trump Justice pick says Mueller wouldn’t be involved in ‘witch hunt’ – (The Hill)
President Trump’s nominee to serve as attorney general, William Barr, said Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller wouldn’t be involved in a “witch hunt.”

White House shifts shutdown strategy, tries to bypass Pelosi – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shifting strategy, the White House invited rank-and-file House Democrats to lunch Tuesday with President Donald Trump, bypassing Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team in an effort to get centrist and freshman lawmakers on board with f…

Trump attorney general pick William Barr: Special counsel Robert Mueller would not be ‘involved in a witch hunt’ – (CNBC)
“I don’t believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt,” Barr said at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Trump shares article blasting federal workers, calling for long shutdown – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday shared an op-ed from a writer claiming to be an anonymous senior member of his administration who harshly criticizes federal workers as disloyal to the White House and worthy of losing their jobs.

Federal judge strikes down effort to add citizenship question to Census – (CNN)
A federal judge in New York has struck down the Trump administration’s proposal to reintroduce a citizenship question into the 2020 census.

The Latest: Barr doubts Mueller would engage in ‘witch hunt’ – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee, William Barr (all times local): 10:20 a.m. President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general says he doesn’t believe special counsel Robert Mueller (MUHL’-ur) “would be inv…

Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 Census – (Google News)
A federal judge in New York has barred the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.

Reggie Bush after President Trump celebrates Clemson with fast food: ‘Huge slap in the face’ – (USA Today)
Former NFL running back and college star Reggie Bush called President Trump’s honoring of Clemson, which included fast food, “disrespectful.”

Federal judge blocks Trump administration from asking citizenship question on 2020 census – (Axios)
Critics argue that a citizenship questions would lead to an inaccurate census count

Trump Plan to Put Citizenship Question on 2020 Census Blocked by Court – (Fortune)
A federal judge blocked the Trump Administration’s plan to put a question about citizenship on the 2020 census