2019-02-06

Headlines:

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

Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Face to face with emboldened Democrats, President Donald Trump called on Washington to cast aside “revenge, resistance and retribution” and end “ridiculous partisan investigations” in a State of the Union address delivered at a vulnerable mo…

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s claims in his State of Union address – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump laced his State of the Union speech with puffed-up numbers and partial truths Tuesday as he hailed an “economic miracle,” warned of human traffickers flooding across the border and appeared to place Afghanistan in the …

Dress Monroe wore to announce DiMaggio split to be auctioned – (Associated Press)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The black dress that a distraught Marilyn Monroe wore to a 1954 press conference announcing her separation from baseball legend Joe DiMaggio less than a year after she married him is going up for auction.The simple wool dress with a zippere…

No timeline for possible U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan: State Department – (Reuters)
The United States has not agreed on any timeline to pull U.S. troops from Afghanistan, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said on Wednesday, adding that it would look at potential changes to its military presence “as conditions allow.”

High-margin pickup trucks drive General Motors profit, shares rise – (Reuters)
General Motors Co on Wednesday swung to a quarterly profit thanks to high-margin pickup trucks and crossovers in the U.S. market plus cost cutting and maintained its full-year 2019 earnings forecast, sending its shares up nearly 4 percent in pre-market tradin…

EU’s Tusk rebuffs May, says no-plan Brexiteers deserve ‘place in hell’ – (Reuters)
The European Union will make no new offer on Brexit and those who promoted Britain’s exit without any understanding of how to deliver it deserve a “special place in hell”, EU Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday.

5 Takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union speech – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union speech Tuesday night, calling on Democrats and Republicans to work together and making only brief reference to the rancor that has dominated his presidency.Five key takeaways fro…

In Democratic response, Abrams sharply rebukes Trump – (Associated Press)
ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams harnessed the frustration of Democrats on Tuesday with a sharp rebuke of President Donald Trump for abandoning working Americans and fomenting partisan and cultural discord.Just months after narrowly losing her bid to become Ameri…

EU chief ponders ‘special place in hell’ for some Brexiters – (Associated Press)
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk took a swipe Wednesday at some Brexit-backers in Britain, wondering aloud what “special place in hell” might be reserved for those who had no idea how to deliver the country’s exit from the European Union…

‘Get out of Syria,’ Iran tells U.S. – (Reuters)
Senior Iranian figures said on Wednesday that Syria was a top foreign policy priority and American troops should withdraw, as planned by U.S. President Donald Trump.

A year after high school shooting, Florida town still struggling – (Reuters)
Signs that read “Parkland Strong” and “MSD Strong” still dot the well-manicured Florida town where a young gunman carried out the deadliest U.S. high school shooting on Valentine’s Day in 2018.

China hacked Norway’s Visma to steal client secrets: investigators – (Reuters)
Hackers working on behalf of Chinese intelligence breached the network of Norwegian software firm Visma to steal secrets from its clients, cyber security researchers said, in what a company executive described as a potentially catastrophic attack.

Debate rages over Liam Neeson race row – (BBC News)
Newspaper commentators express shock over the actor’s remarks, but some offer qualified support.

DUP told UK’s May that Brexit border backstop must be replaced – (Reuters)
Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) stressed to British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday that the Irish border backstop was the issue with her Brexit deal and needs to be replaced, leader Arlene Foster said.

Venezuela army ‘blocks aid corridor’ – (BBC News)
Military forces have blocked a crossing on the Colombian border, the opposition says.

Blackface photo reopens long history of bigotry in medicine – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — The racist photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s yearbook page wasn’t the only thing that disgusted Monifa Bandele. She was especially appalled that the image was published as he was graduating from medical school and about to become a pediat…

EU now sees Brexit unstoppable, aims to avert ‘fiasco’ – (Reuters)
EU summit chairman Donald Tusk said he had abandoned hope that Brexit might be stopped and said on Wednesday his priority was now to avert a “fiasco” in 50 days if Britain crashes out without a deal.

Red carpet event for Liam Neeson movie scrapped after revenge remarks – (Reuters)
The New York celebrity red carpet event on Tuesday for actor Liam Neeson’s new film “Cold Pursuit” has been canceled in the wake of an interview in which Neeson said he wanted to kill a black man in response to the rape of a friend who said her attacker was b…

Tusk: Special place in hell for Brexiteers – (BBC News)
The European Council president hits out at “those who promoted Brexit” without a “sketch of a plan”.

Ivanka Trump condemns lookalike artwork – (BBC News)
An impersonator of the US president’s daughter is spending two weeks hoovering in an art gallery.

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From various sources

Democrats dismiss Trump’s call for comity as more broken promises – (The Washington Post)
What party leaders said was a disingenuous plea for bipartisanship fell unheeded in a capital riven by anger over policy differences and recriminations.

Greenblatt to Erekat: ‘Get serious’ and ‘use your intellect’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
US envoy, PLO officials extend twitter spat to 6th day.

Iran to increase range of land-to-sea missiles – (The Jerusalem Post)
Tehran has continued to work on their missile projects despite American sanctions.

Likudniks send a message to Netanyahu and (mostly) reject populism – (The Jerusalem Post)
They rejected gimmicks and went for candidates with proven records – even if those are candidates that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t like.

AA bill notices ‘already issued’ – (Hacker News)
Despite the serious concerns industry associations, civil society groups and academic experts, Australian intelligence and law enforcement agencies have already issued notices under the controversial new encryption legislation.

GM tops estimates as turnround plan starts to pay off – (Financial Times)
General Motors’ profits fell less than expected in the final quarter of last year despite the Detroit automaker citing a “volatile” year in which it was hit by $1bn in tariff related commodity costs.

Immigration Minister Hussen impersonated in refugee scam | CBC News – (CBC News)
A brash new scam on social media hijacked the identity of Canada’s immigration minister to defraud desperate refugees of thousands of dollars.

Dominik Paris wins super-G gold at World Championships in Sweden – BBC Sport – (BBC Sport)
Italy’s Dominik Paris wins men’s super-G gold as Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria and Johan Clarey of France share silver at the 2019 Alpine World Championships in Sweden.

Convicted paedophile Rolf Harris thrown out of school grounds – (Daily Mail)
Headteacher Richard Jarrett said he ordered the celebrity who was released from HM Prison Stafford in 2017 to leave the school in Maidenhead after Harris was seen waving at children.

Latest leaks confirm cheaper and smaller Samsung Galaxy S10e variant – (The Verge)
It’s been rumored for a while now that Samsung will add a third Galaxy S10 model to its lineup alongside the standard S10 and super-sized S10 Plus. The latest batch of leaks confirmed both the design and the name for the cheaper and smaller Galaxy S10e.

Florida choir director passes “passion and purpose” onto students – (CBS News)
The advanced women’s choir at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida, showed us their musical talents. Only on “CBS This Morning,” we are revealing this year’s Grammy Music Educator Award: West Orange High School choir’s leader, Jeffery Redding. As…

Meghan Markle ‘sent dad letter begging him to stop victimising her in media’ – (Mirror)
One of Meghan Markle’s closest friends claims the Duchess of Sussex wrote to Thomas Markle Snr after the royal wedding – and he replied asking for a media photo opportunity

Elizabeth Warren wrote ‘American Indian’ for race on 1986 bar registration, report says – (USA Today)
“I can’t go back,” Warren said. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”

EU chief says there’s a ‘special place in hell’ for Brexiteers – (Daily Mail)
Furious Brexiteers hit back in moments, accusing Mr Tusk of ‘inflammatory’ language and insisting they do in fact have a plan to build a ‘global Britain’.

Scaramucci: Trump uses the State of the Union to kick off his re-election campaign – (CNBC)
President Trump’s State of the Union Address was the “lodestar for his reelection,” former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci says.

Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Face to face with emboldened Democrats, President Donald Trump called on Washington to cast aside “revenge, resistance and retribution” and end “ridiculous partisan investigations” in a State of the Union address delivered at a vulnerable mo…

Lady Gaga to perform at the Grammys for fifth year in a row – (Entertainment Weekly)
Five-time 2019 nominee Lady Gaga will take the stage at the 61st Grammy Awards to give her fifth consecutive performance for the Recording Academy.

Bodies of two men found on Ben Hope mountain after walkers got into ‘difficulty’ – (Mirror)
Concerns were raised for the two walkers yesterday afternoon before a helicopter crew made the devastating discovery at 2am today

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s claims in his State of Union address – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump laced his State of the Union speech with puffed-up numbers and partial truths Tuesday as he hailed an “economic miracle,” warned of human traffickers flooding across the border and appeared to place Afghanistan in the …

Fascinating 1950s images show how Brits queued up to donate blood – (Daily Mail)
Incredible images offer a rare glimpse inside a blood drive in London in the 1950s and reveal how Britons queued up to donate shortly after the National Blood Transfusion Service began.

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All about Trump

Democrats dismiss Trump’s call for comity as more broken promises – (The Washington Post)
What party leaders said was a disingenuous plea for bipartisanship fell unheeded in a capital riven by anger over policy differences and recriminations.

Scaramucci: Trump uses the State of the Union to kick off his re-election campaign – (CNBC)
President Trump’s State of the Union Address was the “lodestar for his reelection,” former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci says.

Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Face to face with emboldened Democrats, President Donald Trump called on Washington to cast aside “revenge, resistance and retribution” and end “ridiculous partisan investigations” in a State of the Union address delivered at a vulnerable mo…

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s claims in his State of Union address – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump laced his State of the Union speech with puffed-up numbers and partial truths Tuesday as he hailed an “economic miracle,” warned of human traffickers flooding across the border and appeared to place Afghanistan in the …

Trump uses State of the Union to call for bipartisan unity – (Daily Mail)
In a State of the Union address Tuesday night designed to call for an end to partisan bickering, President Donald Trump stressed that he could bring bipartisan unity to Washington.

Fact check: What Trump said (and didn’t) during his State of the Union address – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump used his address to Congress to push familiar themes of building a border wall and extracting the U.S. foreign conflicts.

Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, more lampoon Trump’s State of the Union – (Entertainment Weekly)
‘What it lacked in quality, it made up for in length,’ Colbert said.

US trade deficit narrows much more than expected in a win for Trump – (CNBC)
A release from the government Wednesday showed the gap had closed in November, the most recent month for which data was available, to $49.3 billion from $55.7 billion in October, representing an 11.5 percent decline.

5 Takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union speech – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union speech Tuesday night, calling on Democrats and Republicans to work together and making only brief reference to the rancor that has dominated his presidency.Five key takeaways fro…

Joshua Trump goes viral as he appears to fall asleep during SOTU – (Fox News)
The 11-year boy bullied for having the same last name as President Trump went viral in a cute moment after he fell asleep during the State of the Union address.

In Democratic response, Abrams sharply rebukes Trump – (Associated Press)
ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams harnessed the frustration of Democrats on Tuesday with a sharp rebuke of President Donald Trump for abandoning working Americans and fomenting partisan and cultural discord.Just months after narrowly losing her bid to become Ameri…

Nancy Pelosi clapped at Trump during State of the Union. The memes quickly followed – (USA Today)
During Donald Trump’s State of the Union, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi clapped at the commander-in-chief with a grin that caught people’s attention.

‘Happy Birthday’ serenade, Kavanaugh, investigations: What were the surprises in Trump’s SOTU speech? – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump touched on the usual litany of topics in his State of the Union address, but there were also some surprises.

Schumer: Trump’s address was ‘political, divisive, calculating, even nasty at times’ – (CNN)
President Donald Trump’s second State of the Union address was “political, divisive, calculating, even nasty at times,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday.

‘Get out of Syria,’ Iran tells U.S. – (Reuters)
Senior Iranian figures said on Wednesday that Syria was a top foreign policy priority and American troops should withdraw, as planned by U.S. President Donald Trump.

What Trump talked about in the 2019 State of the Union – (Axios)
This year’s speech was heavy on foreign policy, illegal immigration, and the wall.

Trump’s 2020 vision: America First vs. socialism – (Axios)
“Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

State of the Union: The chance of Trump’s agenda getting through Congress and other takeaways – (USA Today)
Here are six key takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union speech and whether his proposed agenda has any chance of passing in a divided Congress

Chuck Schumer to Trump on shutdown negotiations: “Stay out of it” – (CBS News)
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer joins “CBS This Morning” from Washington to discuss his reaction to President Trump’s second State of the Union address, and whether or not Congress is making progress toward a compromise as the government inches closer …

Mnuchin says Fed Chief Powell gave Trump an overview of the economy at ‘very casual’ White House dinner – (CNBC)
Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell’s dinner with President Donald Trump at the White House last week was “very casual,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday.

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