2019-01-28

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

Trump warns Europeans not to try to evade Iran sanctions – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is closely eyeing efforts in Europe to set up an alternative money payment channel to ease doing business with Iran and avoid running afoul of sanctions the U.S. has levied on the Islamic republic.The White House is …

Partial U.S. government shutdown cost economy $3 billion: budget office – (Reuters)
The U.S. economy took a hit from the 35-day partial federal government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall funding, but much of the lost ground will be made up now that 800,000 federal employees are back on the job, congressional res…

Apple says spent $60 billion with U.S. suppliers in 2018 – (Reuters)
Apple Inc said on Monday it spent $60 billion with 9,000 U.S. component suppliers and companies in 2018, an increase of more than 10 percent from the year earlier.

Brazil’s grief turns to anger as death toll from Vale disaster hits 60 – (Reuters)
Grief over the hundreds of Brazilians feared killed in last week’s mining disaster has quickly hardened into anger as victims’ families and politicians say iron ore miner Vale SA and regulators have learned nothing from the recent past.

Divinity student cracks religious code – (BBC News)
St Andrews undergraduate unravels the shorthand code used by leading Baptist theologian Andrew Fuller.

Netherlands turns down request to accept 47 rescued migrants – (Al Jazeera English)
Rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 rescued the migrants from a rubber boat off the Libyan coast more than a week ago.

Screen time ‘may harm toddlers’ – (BBC News)
A large study suggests excessive use may slow a toddler’s development in language and sociability.

Firefighters search mud after Brazil dam collapse; 60 dead – (Associated Press)
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian firefighters on Monday carefully moved over treacherous mud, sometimes walking, sometimes crawling, in search of survivors or bodies, four days after a dam collapse buried mine buildings and surrounding neighborhoods with i…

EU negotiator: High risk of UK crashing out – (BBC News)
The EU’s deputy chief negotiator says it is a challenge to see how a deal could be backed by MPs

$1.5 trillion U.S. tax cut has no major impact on business capex plans: survey – (Reuters)
The Trump administration’s $1.5 trillion cut tax package appeared to have no major impact on businesses’ capital investment or hiring plans, according to a survey released a year after the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years.

As West turns on him, Venezuela’s Maduro flexes military muscle – (Reuters)
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro oversaw a display of the army’s Russian hardware on Sunday, with anti-aircraft flak and tank rounds pounding a hillside to show military force and loyalty in the face of an international ultimatum for new elections.

Pope fears bloodshed in Venezuela, not taking sides for now – (Reuters)
Pope Francis said on Sunday he feared bloodshed in Venezuela but that it was premature for him to take sides because it could cause more damage.

U.S. committed to pulling foreign forces out of Afghanistan: official – (Reuters)
A senior U.S. government official, speaking after six days of U.S. peace talks with Afghan Taliban militants, said on Monday that Washington was committed to withdrawing foreign forces from Afghanistan to end more than 17 years of war.

Partial U.S. government shutdown cost economy $3 billion: budget office – (Reuters)
The U.S. economy is expected to lose $3 billion from the 35-day partial federal government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall funding, congressional researchers said on Monday.

Wall Street drops more than 1 percent on Caterpillar, Nvidia warnings – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks dived on Monday, as weak forecasts from Caterpillar Inc and Nvidia Corp fueled worries about a slowdown in China taking a bigger bite off corporate profits.

Arctic blasts sub-zero freeze towards U.S. upper Midwest, Northeast – (Reuters)
A blast of super-cold arctic air is bringing dangerous sub-zero cold to the U.S. Midwest and Northeast as the system cartwheels through the Dakotas into Chicago, Illinois, and on to New England.

Tornado hits Havana; Cuban president says 3 dead, 172 hurt – (Associated Press)
HAVANA (AP) — A tornado and pounding rains smashed into the eastern part of Cuba’s capital overnight, toppling trees, bending power poles and flinging shards of metal roofing through the air as the storm cut a path of destruction across eastern Havana.Power w…

High-schoolers get face time with extremists in class – (Associated Press)
WORTHINGTON, Ohio (AP) — The recent videotaped encounter at the Lincoln Memorial left many wondering about the state of reasoned political discourse in the country, or if it exists at all in a hyperpartisan era of red “Make America Great Again” hats versus pi…

AP analysis: NFL centers seeing shorter career longevity – (Associated Press)
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Pro Bowl center Alex Mack rattled off all he does before the snap: Checks for blitzes, keeps an eye on the play clock, makes blocking adjustments and communicates all the changes to everyone else.All that happens in seconds — with 300-pou…

Jumpy market gives young investors first big test of resolve – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — After gliding through years where stocks mostly just rose, a generation of investors last year suddenly confronted a hard financial truth: Stocks are risky and can plunge at any moment.For older investors, the nearly 20 percent drop in the S&a…

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From various sources

French company closes Nazi account linked to Hezbollah, Assad and BDS – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Third Way wrote on its website: “What every person can do against the Zionist genocide.” The neo-Nazi group supports the BDS movement against the Jewish state.

Malaysia’s PM: ‘The world obeys Israel, we don’t’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Mahathir said that Malaysia has the right “to voice our own feelings and to have our own policies.”

A cure for cancer? Israeli scientists say they think they found one – (The Jerusalem Post)
“We believe we will offer in a years’ time a complete cure for cancer.”

India to buy Harop suicide drones from Israel – (The Jerusalem Post)
Israel is India’s main drone supplier.

Nearly half of Israeli teens accept social media requests from strangers – (The Jerusalem Post)
Finding comes in report to mark International Data Privacy Day.

Netanyahu: ‘I will never uproot settlements’ in a peace deal – (The Jerusalem Post)
“As far as I’m concerned, there will be no removing of settlements or ending settlements, but rather the opposite,” Netanyahu said.

Roger Stone’s arrest brings Mueller’s case for collusion closer to Trump than ever before – (Vice News)
“This brings the investigation into the Trump campaign.”

Group of Border Patrol wives invite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to visit Texas border town – (Fox News)
A group of women whose husbands patrol America’s southern border along the banks of the Rio Grande are inviting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to come to Texas so she can see first-hand why a barrier between the U.S. and Mexico is desperately needed.

Achieving super low latency for critical real world Internet applications (2018) – (Hacker News)
Netdev 0x12, THE Technical Conference on Linux Networking

Google, online ad industry accused of abusing intimate personal data in GDPR complaint – (Mashable)
From STDs to eating disorders, internet advertisers are categorizing you based on your data.

15 Pictures Of Dogs And Cats Being Best Friends That’ll Make Your Eyes Leak – (Buzzfeed)
**heart explodes**

Trump warns Europeans not to try to evade Iran sanctions – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is closely eyeing efforts in Europe to set up an alternative money payment channel to ease doing business with Iran and avoid running afoul of sanctions the U.S. has levied on the Islamic republic.The White House is …

Partial U.S. government shutdown cost economy $3 billion: budget office – (Reuters)
The U.S. economy took a hit from the 35-day partial federal government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall funding, but much of the lost ground will be made up now that 800,000 federal employees are back on the job, congressional res…

Facebook increasing oversight for election-related political ads – (The Jerusalem Post)
Facebook said that the transparency tools for electoral ads would be expanded globally before the end of June, while the tools would be in launched in India in February

PG&E shares rise 3% following report of $4 billion plan to avert bankruptcy – (CNBC)
PG&E shares rise 3% following report of $4 billion plan to avert bankruptcy

Gemma Collins confined to wheelchair pushed by Arg after brutal fall – (Mirror)
The Towie star’s future in the contest has been thrown into jeopardy as she’s been confined to a wheelchair a day after her nasty fall

35-Day Government Shutdown Cost the U.S. Economy $3 Billion in Permanent Losses – (Fortune)
A new report from the Congressional Budget Office found that $3 billion in losses won’t be recovered following the government shutdown.

Dropbox Purchases Workflow Startup HelloSign for $230 Million – (Fortune)
Dropbox announced Monday its plans to purchase the electronic signature start-up HelloSign for $230 million in cash.

Warnings heavy snow could bring chaos to London and the South East – (Daily Mail)
Sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds could combine with snow in South East England to spell travel chaos, power cuts and cut off villages as bone-chilling air from the Arctic hits the UK.

The Dow drops 350 points as Caterpillar, Nvidia stoke China growth fears (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, NVDA, CAT, AAPL, TSLA, AMD) – (Business Insider)
The Dow drops 350 points as Caterpillar, Nvidia stoke China growth fears (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, NVDA, CAT, AAPL, TSLA, AMD)

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All about Trump

Roger Stone’s arrest brings Mueller’s case for collusion closer to Trump than ever before – (Vice News)
“This brings the investigation into the Trump campaign.”

Trump warns Europeans not to try to evade Iran sanctions – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is closely eyeing efforts in Europe to set up an alternative money payment channel to ease doing business with Iran and avoid running afoul of sanctions the U.S. has levied on the Islamic republic.The White House is …

Partial U.S. government shutdown cost economy $3 billion: budget office – (Reuters)
The U.S. economy took a hit from the 35-day partial federal government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall funding, but much of the lost ground will be made up now that 800,000 federal employees are back on the job, congressional res…

Democrats fear Howard Schultz presidential run would help Trump win – (CBS News)
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz told “60 Minutes” he’s seriously considering and independent presidential bid in 2020, and he’s already facing a backlash from the left. CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns has more on the reaction.

Trump’s Unrealistic Ultimatums for Iran and North Korea – (The American Conservative)
The administration’s approach to both states has amounted to issuing ultimatums that require the other side to surrender in exchange for little or nothing up front, and then they wonder why they haven’t made more progress.

State of the Union: Trump’s address will be postponed, claims Pelosi aide – live – (The Guardian (UK))
President’s second address will not occur on Tuesday as had been scheduled before the shutdown

David Petraeus, Stanley Fischer debate ‘World According to Trump’ at INSS – (The Jerusalem Post)
Participants in the panel on “The World According to Trump” include former CIA director David Petraeus, former Bank of Israel governor Stanley Fischer and former director of military Amos Yadlin.

Trump blasts former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who critics fear could help president win re-election – (USA Today)
Critics fear an independent bid by the former Starbucks CEO could help Trump in his re-election bid.

Even Republicans seem sick of Trump’s shutdown and border wall threats – (Vice News)
Trump puts the odds Congress meets his demand for border wall funding in the next three weeks at “less than 50-50.”

$1.5 trillion U.S. tax cut has no major impact on business capex plans: survey – (Reuters)
The Trump administration’s $1.5 trillion cut tax package appeared to have no major impact on businesses’ capital investment or hiring plans, according to a survey released a year after the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years.

Partial U.S. government shutdown cost economy $3 billion: budget office – (Reuters)
The U.S. economy is expected to lose $3 billion from the 35-day partial federal government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall funding, congressional researchers said on Monday.

Trump enters next phase of border security negotiations with low expectations – (Fox News)
The president expresses doubts that he’d accept any deal Congress strikes for border wall; Garrett Tenney reports from the White House.

Trump sceptical a wall deal can be struck – (BBC News)
The president says he doubts he would lower the sum he is prepared to accept for a border barrier.

Trump: Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz ‘doesn’t have the guts’ to run for president – (Google News)
Trump’s comment come a day after Schultz said he was considering an independent bid for president.

The Folly of a War with Venezuela – (The American Conservative)
The Trump administration is now effectively extending U.S. security guarantees to Guaidó and his supporters.

For Democrats, Shutdown Success Also Brings Danger – (The Wall Street Journal)
There is no doubt Democrats won the shutdown showdown with President Trump—and yet the monthlong drama also carried some little-noticed problems for the party, Gerald F. Seib writes.

“He is not the ‘smartest person'”: Trump blasts Howard Schultz’s 2020 flirtation – (Axios)
“I only hope that Starbucks is still paying me their rent in Trump Tower!”

Trump touts proposed Bible literacy classes in state schools – (Google News)
President Trump on Monday embraced proposals from lawmakers in six states that would allow public schools to offer Bible literacy classes.

Trump: Ex-Starbucks CEO Schultz ‘doesn’t have the guts to run for president’ – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday taunted Howard Schultz, who is considering a 2020 presidential bid, tweeting that the former Starbucks CEO “doesn’t have the ‘guts’ to run.”

Trump doubts negotiators will strike budget deal he’d accept – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said the odds congressional negotiators will craft a deal to end his border wall standoff with Congress are “less than 50-50.”As hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers prepared to return to work, Trump tol…

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