2019-02-01

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

National parks rush to repair damage after shutdown – (Associated Press)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — National parks across the United States are scrambling to clean up and repair damage that visitors and storms caused during the recent government shutdown while bracing for the possibility of another closure ahead of the busy Presidents …

U.S. suspends weapons treaty compliance with Russia, may withdraw in six months – (Reuters)
The United States will suspend compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia on Saturday and formally withdraw in six months if Moscow does not end its alleged treaty violations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday.

Iran begins marking 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Friday began celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed shah, overturned 2,500 years of monarchical rule and brought hard-line Shiite clerics to power.The climactic events …

EU states move to recognize Venezuela’s Guaido: diplomats – (Reuters)
European Union governments will move to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president from next week, but using cautious language for fear of setting a precedent for political crises, two EU diplomats said on Friday.

Hong Kong customs seize record haul of pangolin scales bound for Vietnam – (Reuters)
Hong Kong customs busted a massive endangered species smuggling operation from Africa, seizing a record quantity of pangolin scales along with more than 1,000 ivory tusks, as authorities step up the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking.

S&P near 8-week high after upbeat jobs data; Amazon results weigh – (Reuters)
The S&P 500 held near an eight-week high on Friday as stronger-than-expected U.S. job growth in January allayed concerns about a slowdown, although disappointing outlook from e-commerce giant Amazon capped gains.

Midwest awaits spring-like thaw just days after bitter cold – (Associated Press)
CHICAGO (AP) — The bitter cold that gripped the Midwest forced commuters to bundle up like polar explorers. By early next week, many of those same people might get by with a light jacket.Just days after the arctic conditions, forecasts say, the region will se…

Boeing goes bionic to roll out more Dreamliners – (Reuters)
Boeing Co is counting on a new kind of worker to help it reach a long-coveted target of rolling out 14 787 Dreamliners from its factories each month: half human, half robot.

U.S. to notify Russia on Saturday of intention to pull out of INF treaty: official – (Reuters)
The United States, through a written document, will notify Russia officially on Saturday of its intention to withdraw from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a senior Trump administration official said on Friday.

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker launches 2020 bid – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker on Friday declared his bid for the presidency in 2020 with a sweeping call to unite a deeply polarized nation around a “common purpose.”The New Jersey Democrat, who is the second black candidate in a primary field that’…

A climate problem even California can’t fix: tailpipe pollution – (Reuters)
For three decades, California has led the fight to control tailpipe pollution, with countless policies promoting cleaner gasoline, carpooling, public transportation and its signature strategy – the electric vehicle.

Trump blames Russia as US pulls out of nuclear arms treaty – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Friday it is freeing itself from the constraints of a nuclear arms control treaty with Russia and will begin withdrawing from the pact on Saturday.President Donald Trump blamed the Russians for the demise of the…

U.S. job growth jumps; unemployment rate rises to 4.0 percent – (Reuters)
U.S. job growth surged in January, with employers hiring the most workers in 11 months, pointing to underlying strength in the economy despite a darkening outlook that has left the Federal Reserve wary about more interest rate hikes this year.

US employers add robust 304K jobs; joblessness up to 4 pct. – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers shrugged off last month’s partial government shutdown and engaged in a burst of hiring in January, adding 304,000 jobs, the most in nearly a year.The healthy gain the government reported Friday illustrated the job market’s dur…

Outcry as pregnant woman dragged off train – (BBC News)
Two guards are suspended in Sweden after a woman is manhandled and rushed to hospital.

Science Says: Can a Super Bowl ad give you brain tingles? – (Associated Press)
A new Super Bowl commercial aims to calm frenzied football fans with oddly relaxing images of actress Zoe Kravitz whispering into a pair of microphones and softly tapping on a bottle. The beer ad , which already has drawn more than 10 million views, stands to…

Instant View: U.S. January payrolls rise much more than expected – (Reuters)
U.S. job growth surged in January, with employers hiring the most workers in 11 months, pointing to underlying strength in the economy despite a darkening outlook that has left the Federal Reserve cautious about further interest rate hikes this year.

US economy continues strong jobs growth – (BBC News)
The US economy added a stronger-than-expected 304,000 jobs last month.

US suspends compliance with INF treaty, may withdraw in 6 months – (Al Jazeera English)
Pompeo, accusing Russia of violating the treaty, says US will suspend its obligations under the INF on Saturday.

Five things about the EU-Japan trade deal – (BBC News)
It’s about more than just sauvignon, stilton and Suzukis.

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From various sources

The battle for Venezuela’s future – (The Economist)
The world’s democracies are right to seek change in Latin America’s worst-governed country

How Brussels should respond to Britain’s confused demands – (The Economist)
Brexit is a problem that only Britain can fix—but the EU must give it the time to do so

Italy’s slump reflects trouble both at home and abroad – (The Economist)
The weak economy complicates a fraught fiscal position

Netanyahu: The A-G seems to have succumbed to pressure from the Left – (The Jerusalem Post)
Netanyahu continued to explain the consequences this type of indictment could have on the future of the State, claiming that such a decision before an election could help the Left rise to power.

Amazon is about to look ‘cheap’: Analysts are doubling down on their bullish calls, even as the company’s growth slows – (Business Insider)
Amazon is about to look ‘cheap’: Analysts are doubling down on their bullish calls, even as the company’s growth slows

Three German NGOs finance pro-BDS Palestinian group employing terrorists – (The Jerusalem Post)
Former senior official of terrorist group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, now leads Al-Haq, Palestinian human rights NGO.

The Super Bowl is going to make it rain dollars on Atlanta’s strip clubs – (Vice News)
The strippers we spoke to told us they hope to be able to pay off all of their debt after the game.

In raging act of defiance, Sen. Joe Manchin delivers jam to Mitch McConnell – (Vice News)
McConnell reportedly said he wanted to “crush Manchin like a grape.”

Inside Congress’ futile talks to reach an immigration deal – (Vice News)
“We got stuck on the barrier situation, but we still overall agree there’s so much work that needs to be done in addition to a barrier.”

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Banksy donates fake bank note artwork to the British Museum – (The Guardian (UK))
Piece depicts Princess Diana and will join the museum’s collection of ‘skit notes’

Undisputed – (Fox Sports)
Watch Undisputed where Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe give their unfiltered, incisive, passionate opinions on the biggest sports topics of the day.

Two Sisters Bought DNA Kits. The Results Blew Apart Their Family – (The Wall Street Journal)
In an age of ubiquitous direct-to-consumer genetic testing, family secrets are almost impossible to keep. The Hurwitzes had no idea how much their lives would change when their test results revealed their parents’ hidden past.

The enlightening documentary Horror Noire explores black horror films – (The Verge)
The documentary Horror Noire, which is launching a limited theatrical run ahead of its premiere on the horror streaming service Shudder, looks back at the history of black characters, actors, and filmmakers in horror films going back to Birth of a Nation. Int…

Wargroove review: Advance Wars-style strategy on the Nintendo Switch – (The Verge)
Wargroove is a strategy game for the Nintendo Switch, PC, and Xbox One, that channels genre classics like Advance Wars and Fire emblem.

19 Serena Williams Tweets About Being A Mom That Are So Refreshingly Real – (Buzzfeed)
“I just put her to bed and I already miss her it’s literally been 2 mins.”

<em>Survivor</em> players explain why they will win <em>Edge of Extinction</em> – (Entertainment Weekly)
Each of the 18 players think they will win. And they tell you why.

Good news: inequality shrinking – (Axios)
Wages and jobs are steadily growing for those who need them the most

A handy guide for using society’s most neglected emoji – (Mashable)
Not every emoji can be 💯

Meghan Markle writes inspirational ‘be strong’ on bananas for sex workers – (Mirror)
The Duchess of Sussex sent the words of encouragement to the street workers

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All about Trump

Trump administration withdraws from nuclear weapons treaty, accuses Russia of violations – (USA Today)
Critics said abandoning the 32-year-old treaty will spark a new arms race, undermine American credibility, and put Europe at risk of Russian aggression.

Rita Moreno gives Trump the middle finger on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ while recalling first encounter with POTUS – (Fox News)
Legendary actress Rita Moreno appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday night where she recalled her first encounter with President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump confirms US withdrawal from INF nuclear treaty – (The Guardian (AU))
Announcement gives Russia 180 days to destroy violating missiles and launchers to avoid new arms race

Donald Trump confirms US withdrawal from INF nuclear treaty – (The Guardian (UK))
Announcement gives Russia 180 days to destroy violating missiles and launchers to avoid new arms race

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker announces 2020 presidential run – (USA Today)
The New Jersey senator makes it official: He’s running for president, joining the crowded field of Democrats looking to beat Donald Trump in 2020.

US pulls out of cold war-era nuclear arms treaty – (Financial Times)
Trump administration accuses Russia of violating 1987 pact

Trump’s late-term abortion warning in 2016 debate against Clinton goes viral – (Fox News)
A prescient exchange from a 2016 debate between now-President Trump and Hillary Clinton has gone viral and gained new traction amid the newly stoked abortion debate over state bills aimed at loosening restrictions on third-trimester terminations.

Bolton: US military intervention in Venezuela not imminent – (The Hill)
U.S. military intervention in Venezuela is not imminent but all options remain on the table, President Trump’s national security adviser said Friday.

U.S. to notify Russia on Saturday of intention to pull out of INF treaty: official – (Reuters)
The United States, through a written document, will notify Russia officially on Saturday of its intention to withdraw from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a senior Trump administration official said on Friday.

John King knocks GOP ‘selective outrage’ over Stone raid – CNN Video – (CNN)
A CNN panel hits the GOP over their “selective outrage” after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said special counsel Robert Mueller was trying to send a message with the raid on Roger Stone and President Trump called it “disappointing.”

‘America, we will rise’: Democrat Cory Booker announces presidential bid for 2020 election – (ABC News (AU))
Mr Booker becomes the ninth person to announce a presidential bid in what is expected to be a crowded and diverse race to be the Democratic candidate to try to unseat US President Donald Trump.

Trump blames Russia as US pulls out of nuclear arms treaty – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Friday it is freeing itself from the constraints of a nuclear arms control treaty with Russia and will begin withdrawing from the pact on Saturday.President Donald Trump blamed the Russians for the demise of the…

Stephen Colbert reveals the truth behind these Donald Trump ‘deepfakes’ – (Mashable)
Bringing fresh air to a standard Trump joke.

Trump Is Killing the INF Treaty – (The American Conservative)
Giving up on the INF Treaty is one of the biggest blunders that Trump has made as president, and it could prove to be one of his costliest mistakes.

Trump’s lofty promises begin to collide with reality – (Axios)
Democrats hold control of the House, and Trump’s big promises remain unfulfilled.

Burnett: Tapes don’t lie, but the President … – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Erin Burnett jabs President Trump for claiming his intelligence chiefs said they were misquoted even though they publicly testified on camera.

U.S. suspends nuclear treaty with Russia, plans to pull out in 6 months – (NBC News)
President Donald Trump on Friday said the U.S. is suspending its involvement in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and would start the process of withdrawing entirely in six months.

Trump administration to suspend nuclear treaty with Russia – (The Hill)
The Trump administration announced Friday that it would suspend its obligations under a decades old Cold War arms control pact with Russia on Saturday, citing Moscow’s violations of the treaty.

Cory Booker announces 2020 presidential bid – (CBS News)
Another Democrat is ready to challenge President Trump in 2020. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is now the fifth official candidate, while three others have formed exploratory committees. Ed O’Keefe reports.

Trump news – LIVE: President set to withdraw US from Russia nuclear arms treaty, after hinting he will declare state of emergency – (Independent)
Follow the latest updates on another turbulent day in Washington

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