2019-01-26

Headlines:

From Al Jazeera, Associated Press, BBC News, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, New York Times, and Wired

Smaller government? Some Trump supporters cheer the shutdown – (Associated Press)
FORT HANCOCK, Texas (AP) — Donald Trump didn’t carry many parts of Texas’ heavily Democratic areas along the border with Mexico, but he won remote Hudspeth County thanks to people like Terry Rose. And the 71-year-old mechanic saw the longest shutdown in U.S. …

U.S. peace envoy Khalilzad heads to Afghanistan after ‘significant progress’ in talks with Taliban – (Reuters)
The U.S. peace envoy leading talks with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan on Saturday confirmed that progress had been made in six days of discussions in Qatar.

Brazil halts work at Vale mine with hundreds missing after dam burst – (Reuters)
Teams of rescuers were preparing to dig through thick mud on Saturday in a search for survivors of a dam burst at a Brazilian iron ore mine owned by Vale SA that left hundreds missing and halted operations.

Brazilian rescuers find 10 bodies after mine dam burst: firefighters – (Reuters)
Brazilian firefighters on Saturday confirmed that 10 bodies have been recovered after a tailings dam at a Brazilian iron ore mine owned by Vale SA burst, leaving hundreds missing and halting operations.

Trump insists border wall will be built – (BBC News)
The US president is defiant despite failing to secure funds in his long confrontation with Democrats.

In a Trump retreat, shutdown ends without wall money for now – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The record 35-day federal shutdown has ended with President Donald Trump giving in to mounting pressure and signing legislation to reopen the government for three weeks, a retreat from his demand that Congress commit billions to a U.S.-Mexic…

Curry accent: Brothers Steph, Seth Curry in 3-point contest – (Associated Press)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NBA’s All-Star weekend is shaping up to be quite the family affair, with the Curry brothers facing each other in the 3-point contest.Stephen Curry told ESPN he and brother Seth Curry of the Portland Trail Blazers will square off Feb…

European powers poised to recognize Venezuela’s Guaido – (Reuters)
Major European countries threw their weight behind Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday saying they would recognize him as interim president if Nicolas Maduro failed to call elections within eight days.

Michael Jackson documentary ‘disturbing’ – (BBC News)
Journalists react after watching Leaving Neverland at the Sundance Film Festival in the US.

Pope aims to inspire priests, nuns ‘wounded by church’s sin’ – (Associated Press)
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Pope Francis sought Saturday to inspire Panama’s priests and religious sisters, acknowledging they have grown weary from the “wounds of the church’s own sin,” but urging them to find again the joy that sparked their vocations.Francis celebr…

Judge OKs new Harvey Weinstein lawyers who once represented accuser – (Reuters)
A New York state judge on Friday approved Harvey Weinstein’s overhaul of his legal team to defend him against criminal sexual assault charges, though two of his new lawyers represented one of the disgraced Hollywood mogul’s most vocal accusers, actress Rose M…

Pompeo urges countries to ‘pick a side’ on Venezuela – (Reuters)
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on countries at the United Nations on Saturday to “pick a side” on Venezuela, urging them to back Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido and calling for free and fair elections as soon as possible.

EU calls for free, credible presidential elections in Venezuela – (Reuters)
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Saturday urged Venezuela to hold free, transparent and credible presidential elections to elect a government that truly represents the will of its citizens.

Khashoggi inquiry has sought access to Saudi consulate, kingdom – (Reuters)
A U.N. human rights investigator leading an international inquiry into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Saturday she had made a request to have access to the crime scene in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul and to visit the kingdom.

After record wins, women make small gain among top lawmakers – (Associated Press)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Following a record-setting election for women, state legislatures across the country are convening this year with at least 17 new women in top leadership roles.But those gains are offset by another reality: At least a dozen women wh…

Foreign troops to quit Afghanistan in 18 months under draft deal: Taliban officials – (Reuters)
Taliban officials said U.S. negotiators on Saturday agreed a draft peace deal stipulating the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan within 18 months of the agreement being signed.

South Sudanese fear leaving UN protected camps despite peace – (Associated Press)
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Tracing his fingers over the metal fencing at a United Nations protected site in South Sudan’s capital, Nhial Nyuot Nhial hung his head as he contemplated going home after years of civil war. “At the moment it’s impossible for someone…

9 dead, search for 300 missing after Brazil dam collapse – (Associated Press)
SAO PAULO (AP) — Rescuers in helicopter on Saturday searched for survivors in a huge area in southeastern Brazil buried by mud from the collapse of dam holding back mine waste, with at least nine people dead and up to 300 missing.Nearly a full day since the d…

Brazil orders Vale to halt Corrego do Feijao operations after dam burst – (Reuters)
Brazil’s National Mining Agency on Saturday ordered Vale SA to suspend operations at its Corrego de Feijao iron ore mining facility after a dam burst there released a torrent of sludge that has left hundreds missing.

Shia LaBeouf turned rehab into a writing room for new film – (Associated Press)
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Shia LaBeouf latest film was born in an unusual place — court-ordered rehab.The actor spent time writing the script for his semi-autobiographical “Honey Boy” while he was being treated for substance abuse after a 2017 arrest.”He wrote t…

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From various sources

Abbas under pressure to form Fatah-dominated gov’t – (The Jerusalem Post)
Abbas and Fatah leaders have reached agreement on the appointment of Erekat as prime minster, sources stated.

Thousands of Palestinians receive payments after Qatar-Hamas deal – (The Jerusalem Post)
Thousands of Palestinians converged on post offices throughout the Gaza Strip to receive the payments,

Gucci owner Kering faces €1.4bn Italian tax bill – (Financial Times)
Luxury group disputes long-expected claim on ‘the grounds and the amount’

Cerberus and Centerbridge seek minority stake in NordLB – (Financial Times)
Private equity groups join forces to table bid for ailing state-owned German lender

Étude, Brute? – Commentary – (Hacker News)
The case for ChopinView Post

Kings stun Edinburgh with 2 late tries – (News24)
Two late tries saw the Southern Kings claim an upset PRO14 victory over Scottish side Edinburgh in Port Elizabeth.

Brexit: Backstop will be revised if UK moves towards customs union, Juncker tells May – (The Irish Times)
EU Commission president’s deputy says: ‘We cannot throw Ireland under the bus’

Manchester City 5-0 Burnley in FA Cup fourth round – (BBC Sport)
Manchester City easily move into the fifth round of the FA Cup as they thrash Burnley at Etihad Stadium.

73 Things That Are 100% Liberal Arts College Culture – (Buzzfeed)
Falling in love with the one boy in your poetry class.

Palestinians resumed their protests along the Gaza border – (The Jerusalem Post)
On Friday, one Palestinian was killed and dozens more injured by IDF fire during the weekly protests which saw some 10,000 demonstrators.

Smaller government? Some Trump supporters cheer the shutdown – (Associated Press)
FORT HANCOCK, Texas (AP) — Donald Trump didn’t carry many parts of Texas’ heavily Democratic areas along the border with Mexico, but he won remote Hudspeth County thanks to people like Terry Rose. And the 71-year-old mechanic saw the longest shutdown in U.S. …

Roger Stone’s arrest sparks new questions on direction of Mueller probe – (Fox News)
Former Trump adviser Roger Stone says his indictment has nothing to do with Russian collusion; analysis from Robert Ray, former Whitewater independent counsel.

Chief Deputy Whip Dan Kildee on chances the government will shut down again in three weeks – (Fox News)
President Trump and Congress strike a deal to end the partial government shutdown and fund the government until February 15.

A thread written by @SarahJamieLewis – (Hacker News)
Facebook are going to monetize encrypted messaging by consolidating metadata analysis of 3 key platforms (Messenger, Whatsapp & Instagram). They will make money by tracking your relationships and social groups. They will make that information easily acces…

Cape May Brewing CEO Ryan Krill on the impact of government shutdown on breweries – (Fox News)
Some craft breweries face roadblocks as shutdown froze agency that regulates alcohol production.

Trump renews call to ‘build the wall’ after reopening government, warns ‘both parties very dug in’ – (Fox News)
President Trump on Saturday promised supporters that the wall on the southern border will be built, a day after he agreed to temporarily re-open the government without funding for a wall — but warned that “both parties [are] very dug in.”

Axios AM Deep Dive – (Axios)
A deeper look at the biggest topics impacting the future, by Axios subject matter experts. (Provided to all Axios AM subscribers, published periodically)

NIST Cybersecurity Framework in MOSP – (Hacker News)
MOSP – Create, edit and share JSON objects

U.S. peace envoy Khalilzad heads to Afghanistan after ‘significant progress’ in talks with Taliban – (Reuters)
The U.S. peace envoy leading talks with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan on Saturday confirmed that progress had been made in six days of discussions in Qatar.

18 Tweets From This Week That Motherfreakin’ Hilarious – (Buzzfeed)
“When i go to a website and my computer fan turns on, that’s how i know it’s a good website.”

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All about Trump

Smaller government? Some Trump supporters cheer the shutdown – (Associated Press)
FORT HANCOCK, Texas (AP) — Donald Trump didn’t carry many parts of Texas’ heavily Democratic areas along the border with Mexico, but he won remote Hudspeth County thanks to people like Terry Rose. And the 71-year-old mechanic saw the longest shutdown in U.S. …

Roger Stone’s arrest sparks new questions on direction of Mueller probe – (Fox News)
Former Trump adviser Roger Stone says his indictment has nothing to do with Russian collusion; analysis from Robert Ray, former Whitewater independent counsel.

Chief Deputy Whip Dan Kildee on chances the government will shut down again in three weeks – (Fox News)
President Trump and Congress strike a deal to end the partial government shutdown and fund the government until February 15.

Trump renews call to ‘build the wall’ after reopening government, warns ‘both parties very dug in’ – (Fox News)
President Trump on Saturday promised supporters that the wall on the southern border will be built, a day after he agreed to temporarily re-open the government without funding for a wall — but warned that “both parties [are] very dug in.”

Trump insists border wall will be built – (BBC News)
The US president is defiant despite failing to secure funds in his long confrontation with Democrats.

In a Trump retreat, shutdown ends without wall money for now – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The record 35-day federal shutdown has ended with President Donald Trump giving in to mounting pressure and signing legislation to reopen the government for three weeks, a retreat from his demand that Congress commit billions to a U.S.-Mexic…

Roger Stone set to appear in federal court in Washington DC – (The Guardian (AU))
Prosecutors say the Trump ally, who was arrested on charges including obstruction, lied about his pursuit of hacked emails

Roger Stone set to appear in federal court in Washington DC – (The Guardian (UK))
Prosecutors say the Trump ally, who was arrested on charges including obstruction, lied about his pursuit of hacked emails

Trump’s losing streak may expose him to a primary challenge from a popular Republican – (Axios)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is planning a trip to Iowa in March.

Pete Souza’s tortoise Charlotte is a Trump-shading Instagram star – (Mashable)
Behold, the power of Instagram!

Roger Stone arrest: Even Richard Nixon’s foundation seems embarrassed by association with arrested Trump adviser – (Google News (UK))
Foundation for disgraced 37th US president feels compelled to stress that arrested ‘dirty trickster’ was only a very junior scheduler during ‘Tricky Dicky’s’ 1972 re-election campaign

Trump tries to bounce back after horrible day – (CNN)
For a few hours, it looked like the foundations of Donald Trump’s presidency were crumbling in plain sight.

Trump tries to bounce back after horrible day – (Google News)
For a few hours, it looked like the foundations of Donald Trump’s presidency were crumbling in plain sight.

Trump renews call to ‘build the wall’ after reopening government, warns ‘both parties very dug in’ – (Google News)
President Trump on Saturday promised supporters that the wall on the southern border will be built, a day after he agreed to temporarily re-open the government without funding for a wall — but warned that “both parties [are] very dug in.”

Telegraph apologises and pays damages to Melania Trump – (The Guardian (AU))
British newspaper pulls article peppered with false claims about US first lady from its site

Telegraph apologises and pays damages to Melania Trump – (The Guardian (UK))
British newspaper pulls article peppered with false claims about US first lady from its site

Fact-check: Five things President Trump said while announcing the shutdown is over – (USA Today)
Here is a look at five things President Trump said during his Friday speech and the context needed to fully understand the issues he brought up.

Trump seeks to shift narrative after Stone indictment – (The Hill)
President Trump on Saturday attempted to shift attention surrounding the indictment of his former informal adviser Roger Stone.

Melania Trump gets ‘substantial damages’ and an apology for story in British magazine – (CNN)
A British magazine has issued an apology to first lady Melania Trump for an article it published last week which included several inaccuracies about her life and her family.

Roger Stone takes to the airwaves to plead his case – (Axios)
It was an unusual step that prompted questions about whether Stone was appealing for a Trump pardon.

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