2019-02-04

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Plane breaks apart in California, killing 5 and injuring 2 – (Associated Press)
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Five people died and two were injured after a small plane apparently came apart Sunday over a suburban Southern California neighborhood, raining debris on streets and backyards and igniting a house fire, authorities said.Four people…

Virginia gov. resists resignation call over blackface photo – (Associated Press)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was clinging to office Monday morning amid nearly unanimous calls from his own party to resign over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, after a bizarre weekend in which he first admitted he was …

Blackface scandal spotlights deeply embedded racism in US – (Associated Press)
When Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam refused to resign last week, he did so in the shadow of a Capitol built by a founding father and a slave owner, in the former seat of the Confederacy still wrestling with what to do about statues that honor those who fought to…

Italy blocks EU statement on recognizing Venezuela’s Guaido: sources – (Reuters)
Italy on Monday blocked a joint European Union position to recognize Venezuela’s National Assembly head Juan Guaido as interim president, diplomatic sources said.

European nations raise pressure on Venezuela’s Maduro – (Associated Press)
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A key group of European Union countries endorsed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president on Monday, piling the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to resign and let the country hold a new …

Review: Thank U, Next: Maroon 5’s halftime show was basic – (Associated Press)
There are a number of words you could use to describe Maroon 5’s halftime show performance: Empty. Boring. Basic. Sleepy. Skippable. Unfulfilling. Unnecessary.And those who came to help save the day didn’t do their jobs: If you blinked you would have missed t…

Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a challenge within GOP – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about a potential Republican primary challenge, President Donald Trump’s campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to prevent an intraparty fight that could spill over into the general-election campaign.The nascent initiative has…

10 Things to Know for Today – (Associated Press)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. BLACKFACE SCANDAL UNDERLINES “FESTERING WOUND” OF RACISMThe crisis engulfing involving Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam came on the first day of Black History…

Germany: We must keep up international pressure on Venezuela – (Reuters)
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Monday said he would discuss the situation in Venezuela with a U.S. official and representatives of other countries at an upcoming Washington conference, stressing it was key to maintain pressure on Venezuela.

Iraqi president says Trump did not ask permission to ‘watch Iran’ – (Reuters)
Iraqi President Barham Salih said on Monday that President Donald Trump did not ask Iraq’s permission for U.S. troops stationed there to “watch Iran.”

Senator Sanders to ask why drug, once free, now costs $375k – (Reuters)
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders plans to send a letter to Catalyst Pharmaceuticals on Monday asking it to justify its decision to charge $375,000 annually for a medication that for years has been available to patients for free.

Throwback night: Pats win Super Bowl the old-fashioned way – (Associated Press)
ATLANTA (AP) — Graying but still gritty, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots came to the Super Bowl intending to stave off, for at least one more game, the inevitable onslaught of the NFL’s future.Job well done.Pro football never looked flatter, older …

Trump says U.S. military intervention in Venezuela ‘an option;’ Russia objects – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said military intervention in Venezuela was “an option” as Western nations boost pressure on socialist leader Nicolas Maduro to step down, while the troubled OPEC nation’s ally Russia warned against “destructive meddling.”

Body seen in Emiliano Sala plane wreckage – (BBC News)
Footage of the plane lying on the seabed off Guernsey was filmed by an underwater search vessel.

World stocks muted, dollar firms on fading U.S. job’s bounce – (Reuters)
World stocks clung to near two-month highs on Monday, with the dollar strengthening and oil prices racing to a 2019 peak, though some European bourses struggled as momentum provided by U.S. employment and manufacturing data started to fade.

Body found in wreckage of plane carrying soccer player Sala, investigators say – (Reuters)
Air accident investigators said on Monday they had found the wreckage of the missing aircraft carrying Premier League soccer player Emiliano Sala on the seabed near Guernsey and that a body was visible inside.

Searching for her son: A mother’s quest in Brazil dam breach – (Associated Press)
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — My first day covering the devastating dam collapse in southeastern Brazil, I was on the phone with my editor when a crying woman approached me.”Sir, sir, can you help me to find my son?” she asked, looking at me with glassy eyes that…

Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage arrested, faces deportation – (Reuters)
Grammy-nominated Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage was arrested on Sunday by U.S. immigration officials, who said he was illegally in the country and a convicted felon.

Venezuela’s Guaido says he wants Italy’s backing: newspaper – (Reuters)
Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido said in a newspaper interview published on Monday he would do all he could to secure Italy’s backing after the government split on whether to recognize him as interim president.

Some lofty goals from 2018 State of Union speech still unmet – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump whiffed on some lofty goals that he laid out in last year’s State of the Union address, most notably his call for an overhaul of immigration laws and a “great wall on our southern border” but also on his pitches for a …

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From various sources

Trump Foundation: Next government must focus on middle school reform – (The Jerusalem Post)
The latest Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test in 2016 showed that Israeli students continue to lag behind OECD counterparts in literacy, mathematics and science.

Iranian dissident suspects regime agents attacked him in Berlin – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Berlin police report stated alleged agents of the government in Tehran assaulted the 47-year-old Iranian dissident in the Steglitz district in the capital city.

New Tamuz 5 missile unveiled in Rafael’s latest video – (The Jerusalem Post)
The video shows the firing of the Tamuz 5 missile to above 25 km at various target types and at a range of firing trajectories.

The greatest State of the Union moments through the years – (Fox News)
As President Trump prepares to deliver his second State of the Union address, historian Doug Wead looks back at the best moments from past presidents.

Tim Tebow gives ‘perfectly timed’ response to someone yelling ‘Jesus’ after his swing – (Fox News)
Tim Tebow, who is newly engaged to former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, made praying on one knee — “Tebowing” — famous, so his “perfectly timed” response to someone yelling “Jesus” instead of “fore” at a golf range is no surprise.

Liz Peek: Ocasio-Cortez, Warren spout anti-rich rhetoric – It’s proof they don’t support the American dream – (Fox News)
Too many Democrats have stopped believing in the American dream and instead favor big tax increases to funding expensive programs.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam holds urgent meeting with top staffers amid calls to resign: Report – (Newsweek)
After two days of adamantly refusing to resign, people with knowledge of the meeting reportedly said that Northam still hadn’t made up his mind.

Nissan ‘could lose £60m sweetheart deal with government’ – (Daily Mail)
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the company had said there would be no job losses at the huge plant and it was committed to the UK.

2/4: CBSN AM – (CBS News)
New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams giving Tom Brady his 6th ring; Spongbob Squarepants song performed during halftime show in memory of show’s creator

Short sellers renew bets against Canadian banks in 2019 — so far they’re paying a high price – (Financial Post)
‘Everyone’s walking on eggshells’: Short interest in the big Canadian banks now stands at US$11.39 billion

Five dead after plane falls apart in the sky and crashes into house – (Daily Mail)
The Cessna 414A came apart while flying over Yorba Linda on Sunday evening and landed in a home. The male pilot died as did two females and two males who were inside the house.

Plane breaks apart in California, killing 5 and injuring 2 – (Associated Press)
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Five people died and two were injured after a small plane apparently came apart Sunday over a suburban Southern California neighborhood, raining debris on streets and backyards and igniting a house fire, authorities said.Four people…

Virginia gov. resists resignation call over blackface photo – (Associated Press)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was clinging to office Monday morning amid nearly unanimous calls from his own party to resign over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, after a bizarre weekend in which he first admitted he was …

Lance Corporal found hanged at barracks – (Daily Mail)
Lance Corporal James Ross (pictured), 30, from Leeds, who served in Afghanistan, was found hanged at Abercorn Army base in Ballykinler on December 8 2012.

Emiliano Sala: Search leader David Mearns admits he’s ‘a little bit concerned’ authorities may not recover wre – (TalkSport)
Mr Mearns led the privately-funded search which found the Piper Malibu N264DB in the English Channel

Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage in ICE custody as a British citizen – (Daily Mail)
EXCLUSIVE: MailOnline can reveal 21 Savage’s birth certificate shows he was born to British parents on October 22, 1992 at Newham Hospital, in east London.

Five embassies ‘regret’ investment memo misunderstanding, meet with Dirco – (News24)
Five diplomatic missions say they “regret” the misunderstanding caused by a memo they penned in which they warned President Cyril Ramaphosa that his drive to attract foreign direct investment could be hampered if the state didn’t enforce the rule of law more …

‘Bond King’ Bill Gross is retiring – (Business Insider)
‘Bond King’ Bill Gross is retiring

‘Bond King’ Bill Gross is retiring – (Business Insider (UK))
‘Bond King’ Bill Gross is retiring

The Yincrow X6 cost less than $10, sound like $100 – (The Verge)
Champion of cheap.

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All about Trump

Trump Foundation: Next government must focus on middle school reform – (The Jerusalem Post)
The latest Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test in 2016 showed that Israeli students continue to lag behind OECD counterparts in literacy, mathematics and science.

The greatest State of the Union moments through the years – (Fox News)
As President Trump prepares to deliver his second State of the Union address, historian Doug Wead looks back at the best moments from past presidents.

Trump wants to keep U.S. troops in Iraq to spy on Iran. That’s causing big problems in Baghdad. – (Vice News)
“We’re going to keep watching and we’re going to keep seeing and if there’s trouble, if somebody is looking to do nuclear weapons or other things.”

Analyses show companies ridiculed by Trump outperform ones he praised – (Axios)
According to a pair of indexes created by Ritholtz Wealth Management CIO Barry Ritholtz.

Huawei fades from U.S. headlines, but still looms large over Trump’s trade talks with China – (Financial Post)
Analysis: The U.S. is in the middle of a broad, multi-pronged, long-term effort to blunt China’s economic, geopolitical and military might and Huawei is an important component

Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a challenge within GOP – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about a potential Republican primary challenge, President Donald Trump’s campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to prevent an intraparty fight that could spill over into the general-election campaign.The nascent initiative has…

Trump advisor Hassett: Warren and Ocasio-Cortez’s tax proposals targeting the wealthy are ‘economically illiterate’ – (CNBC)
“It’s very disappointing that over and over again I see the Democrats pursue really economically illiterate proposals just because they think they sound good politically,” Hassett says.

Iraqi president says Trump did not ask permission to ‘watch Iran’ – (Reuters)
Iraqi President Barham Salih said on Monday that President Donald Trump did not ask Iraq’s permission for U.S. troops stationed there to “watch Iran.”

“This was premeditated murder”: A leak of Trump’s private schedules rattles the White House – (Axios)
“People inside are genuinely scared.”

Trump says U.S. military intervention in Venezuela ‘an option;’ Russia objects – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said military intervention in Venezuela was “an option” as Western nations boost pressure on socialist leader Nicolas Maduro to step down, while the troubled OPEC nation’s ally Russia warned against “destructive meddling.”

Poll: Immigration is top concern, and Democrats are winning – (Google News)
Immigration has become one of the top concerns of Americans, and the nation is getting in line behind Democrats in their fight with President Trump over a border wall and amnesty, according to a new survey.

The Trump era could last 30 years – (Financial Times)
But the populist movement is going to need more than electoral success

Maduro: Trump’s presidency will be “stained in blood” if he intervenes in Venezuela – (Vice News)
“Let’s respect each other, or is it that you are going to repeat a Vietnam in Latin America?”

Dems seize on Trump feud with intelligence leaders – (The Hill)
Democrats are seizing on President Trump’s latest feud with his intelligence chiefs to cast themselves as the party that is taking national security more seriously.

Trump says “only way” Democrats can win is to bring out “artificial” impeachment charges – (CBS News)
From whether he would let his son play football to potential impeachment threat from a Democratic-controlled House, President Trump spoke with “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan in a wide-ranging conversation ahead of Super Bowl LIII. The president …

What Nancy Pelosi’s Shutdown Win Says About Women’s Relationship to Power – (Fortune)
In outmaneuvering President Trump on the government shutdown, Nancy Pelosi owned her power in a way few feel comfortable doing.

Some lofty goals from 2018 State of Union speech still unmet – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump whiffed on some lofty goals that he laid out in last year’s State of the Union address, most notably his call for an overhaul of immigration laws and a “great wall on our southern border” but also on his pitches for a …

Trump is teasing bombshells for his State of the Union address. They could include a national emergency over the wall and a new summit with Kim Jong Un. – (Google News)
The landmark speech is scheduled for Tuesday after being delayed because of the partial US government shutdown.

Maduro refuses Europe’s ultimatum to call new elections in Venezuela, and threatens a White House ‘stained with blood’ if Trump intervenes – (Google News)
EU countries demanded President Nicolás Maduro call new elections by Sunday. He refused. Donald Trump is considering sending troops into Venezuela.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Has A New Name For Trump’s ‘Executive Time’ – (Google News)
The White House press secretary said there’s a point to Trump’s hundreds of hours of unstructured time.

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