2019-03-26

Headlines:

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

Israeli PM consults with military after Gaza violence – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned home from Washington on Tuesday, heading straight into military consultations after a night of heavy fire as Israeli aircraft…

EU lawmakers back copyright reforms targeting Google, Facebook – (Reuters)
EU lawmakers have endorsed an overhaul of the bloc’s two-decade old copyright rules, which will force Google and Facebook Inc to pay publishers for use of news snippets and make them filter out protected content.

Bahrain to use Huawei in 5G rollout despite U.S. warnings – (Reuters)
Bahrain, headquarters of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, plans to roll out a commercial 5G mobile network by June, partly using Huawei technology despite the United States’ concerns the Chinese telecom giant’s equipment could be used for spying.

Northern Ireland’s DUP prefer long delay to May’s Brexit deal: Sky News – (Reuters)
Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which currently props up Prime Minister Theresa May’s government, would prefer a long delay and change of leader to May’s Brexit deal, Sky News reported on Tuesday.

Father of Sandy Hook victim found dead in apparent suicide: police – (Reuters)
The father of one of the children killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was found dead of an apparent suicide on Monday morning at his office in Newtown, Connecticut, police said.

Ethiopian crash report likely to be released this week – (Reuters)
A preliminary report on an Ethiopian Airlines crash will very likely be released this week, the country’s transport ministry said on Tuesday, as Boeing prepares to brief more airlines on software and training updates on the 737 MAX.

Trump doubles down on Obamacare fight, asks court to overturn law – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has stepped up its attack on the Obamacare health care law, telling a federal appeals court it agrees with a Texas judge’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional and should be struck down.

Apple spotlights services with TV, gaming and credit card offerings – (Reuters)
Apple Inc attempted to reintroduce itself on Monday as an entertainment and financial services company that also makes iPhones as it launched a streaming television service, a credit card and an online gaming arcade.

Israel-Hamas fighting abates along Gaza border after major escalation – (Reuters)
Cross-border fighting between Israel and Hamas abated on Tuesday after a day of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli air strikes, but Israel said it reserved the right to strike again and kept its forces massed at the Gaza frontier.

Court in Georgia rules to extradite fugitive Brit – (Associated Press)
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — A court in Georgia has ruled to extradite a fugitive British man wanted for manslaughter in the case of a woman who was killed during a London date on a…

China not taking Boeing 737 MAX 8 airworthiness certificate applications – (Reuters)
China’s civil aviation regulator has stopped taking applications for Boeing’s 737 Max 8 airworthiness certification since March 21, an official at the regulator’s news department said on Tuesday.

House Democrats to unveil Affordable Care Act rescue package – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading House Democrats, backed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are unveiling broad legislation to shore up the Affordable Care Act. It’s an attempt to deliver on campaign promises…

Michelle Obama book sells 10 million copies – (BBC News)
The memoir, published in November, could be the world’s most popular autobiography, its publisher claims.

UK’s May to meet her lawmakers as resignation talk swirls – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Theresa May will address her Conservative lawmakers on Wednesday, possibly to announce a resignation date in a last throw of the dice to win support for her twice-rejected Brexit deal in parliament.

APNewsBreak: Founder, board of Vatican women’s magazine quit – (Associated Press)
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The founder and all-female editorial board of the Vatican’s women’s magazine have quit after what they say was a Vatican campaign to discredit them and put them “under the…

Israel-Hamas ceasefire holds amid tense calm in Gaza Strip – (Al Jazeera English)
Israel and armed factions in the Gaza Strip have stopped firing after ceasefire brokered by Egypt.

Trump says investigation abused him, led to ‘evil things’ – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats pressed the Justice Department to provide the full report from special counsel Robert Mueller even as Republicans gleefully called for them to “move on” from the…

Supreme Court Set to Again Weigh Voting Maps Warped by Politics – (The New York Times)
The justices will consider on Tuesday whether extreme partisan gerrymandering crosses a constitutional line, an issue they left undecided last term.

Avenatti hit with Nike extortion claims, other charges – (Associated Press)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A year ago, Michael Avenatti’s star was rising as the combative, media-savvy lawyer representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in her legal battles against President Donald…

Euro MPs vote on ending summer time clock changes – (BBC News)
EU states may be able to abolish daylight saving time, which is currently mandatory.

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From various sources

Pelosi, Friedman, McConnell address AIPAC on final day – watch live – (The Jerusalem Post)
Speakers include Dr. Yasmeen Abu Fraiha, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Ambassador David Friedman, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and more.

Official on PM’s plane: Reports of ceasefire a Hamas rumor – (The Jerusalem Post)
According to diplomatic officials, Netanyahu was in continuous contact with the IDF chief of staff during his flight from Washington, and the directive he gave was to continue attacks inside Gaza.

Broken Faith: Inside the Catholic Church’s plan to quietly pay survivors of sexual abuse – (Vice News)
The compensation programs are spreading just as states are trying to make it easier for child sex abuse victims to sue.

Hannity: Mainstream media has lied to you for years – (Fox News)
Left, anti-Trump media push collusion narrative, conspiracies throughout Mueller probe.

Login – (Axios)
Ina Fried, our expert on tech, illuminates the news shaping Silicon Valley and tech products. Weekday mornings

Ashwin and Kings XI’s chance to change the narrative – (ESPN Cric Info)

Police withdrew from St Patrick’s Day hotel stampede instead of rushing to help – (Mirror)
Three teenagers lost their lives in the ‘crush’ at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone on St Patrick’s Day

Deal Alert: Save Big on Gaming PCs, Razer Peripherals, Gaming Monitors, and More – IGN – (IGN)
Pick up a new RTX 2070 powered gaming PC on sale, plus tons more great PC peripherals to get your gaming going.

Pelosi at AIPAC: ‘We will never allow anyone to make Israel a wedge issue’ – (The Hill)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stressed at a pro-Israel conference Tuesday that congressional support for Israel remains bipartisan, saying no one should be allowed to make it a wedge issue.

Speedboat killer in court in Georgia ahead of extradition to UK – (Daily Mail)
The 31-year-old was sentenced to six years in jail in his absence for the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown, 24, on a champagne-fuelled first date when his speedboat overturned in the Thames.

Mogg leads a new Brexiteer climbdown – but is it too late to save May? – (Daily Mail)
The ERG chairman’s U-turn will give the PM hope she could get her deal over the line but she also needs to announce her own exit if Boris Johnson and other Brexiteers will be convinced.

The election that NO ONE wants! – (Daily Mail)
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are plumbing record-breaking new depths in their personal polling – while polls show more voters think Britain’s political ‘system is broken’.

Israeli PM consults with military after Gaza violence – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned home from Washington on Tuesday, heading straight into military consultations after a night of heavy fire as Israeli aircraft…

William Watson: Babies, batteries and Belgians: The things you discover on a more thorough read of the federal budget – (Financial Post)
Such an intricate level of detail in our fiscal system both taxes finance ministers and provides extravagant opportunity for lobbying and cronyism

Police officer sacked for racist rant wins her job back after appeal – (Daily Mail)
PC Katie Barratt, 23, was dismissed after using racial slurs at the Spice of Punjab takeaway after a Northumbria Police Christmas party last year.

Apple wants to be the only tech company you trust – (The Verge)
With Apple Card and its News, Games, and TV products, Apple is positioning itself as a privacy-focused alternative to competitors like Google and Facebook

Poorer children BANNED from playing alongside richer youngsters – (Daily Mail)
Baylis Old School complex on Lollard Street, south London, was completed in 2016 and consists of 149 units in a former 1960s school, divided between homeowners and social housing tenants.

Trump Tariffs Shedding $1.4 Billion a Month in Consumer Income, Study Says – (Fortune)
President Donald Trump’s tariffs are costing U.S. consumers $1.4 billion in monthly income, according to a new report.

PSNI response to hotel crush that killed three referred to ombudsman – (The Irish Times)
After initial assessment, first officers at the Cookstown scene ‘withdrew to await support’

5 questions with Stephen Malkmus – (Entertainment Weekly)
“If you’re gonna put stuff out on a record label and they’re gonna take like half your earnings, you want them to do something, right?”

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All about Trump

Hannity: Mainstream media has lied to you for years – (Fox News)
Left, anti-Trump media push collusion narrative, conspiracies throughout Mueller probe.

Trump Tariffs Shedding $1.4 Billion a Month in Consumer Income, Study Says – (Fortune)
President Donald Trump’s tariffs are costing U.S. consumers $1.4 billion in monthly income, according to a new report.

Trump Says Probe Led To ‘Evil Things’ As House Dems Demand Mueller Report – (The Huffington Post)
The President said “a lot of people” did “evil” and “treasonous” things during the investigation into Russian collusion.

Trump doubles down on Obamacare fight, asks court to overturn law – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has stepped up its attack on the Obamacare health care law, telling a federal appeals court it agrees with a Texas judge’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional and should be struck down.

Russia reacts to news of Mueller report: We told you so – (Newsweek)
Russia celebrated the end of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump but wants the U.S. to take things a step further.

Task Force to Look Into Child Sexual Abuse in Indian Health Service – (The Wall Street Journal)
The Trump administration will convene a task force to examine why a pediatrician was allowed to sexually abuse Native American boys for decades while working for the Indian Health Service and try to prevent such a crime from happening again.

Trump’s week just got even better: $1 billion for wall construction – (Vice News)
Donald Trump Jr. reacted to the announcement by claiming that “Christmas came early.”

Bump stocks, which allow rifles to mimic automatic weapons, are now illegal to own, buy or sell – (USA Today)
An October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 prompted action on bump stocks by President Donald Trump.

Trump signs document officially recognizing Israeli control over Golan – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Today I am taking historic action to promote Israel’s ability to defend itself, and really to have very powerful and very strong national security, which they are entitled to have.”

The Trump administration wants to repeal the whole of Obamacare – (Vice News)
“This is outrageous.”

Trump says investigation abused him, led to ‘evil things’ – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats pressed the Justice Department to provide the full report from special counsel Robert Mueller even as Republicans gleefully called for them to “move on” from the…

Pentagon announces $1 billion transfer for border barriers, angering Democrats – (Google News)
The move, announced Monday, was justified under Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border.

The end for Obamacare? Trump administration says it will ask a court to throw out entire health law – (USA Today)
The Trump Administration agrees in court filing with a lower court’s ruling that would eliminate the Affordable Care Act

Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution – (The Hill)
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) is asking colleagues to support a resolution to investigate President Trump for crimes worthy of impeachment following the release of a summary of the special counsel’s investigation.

Donald Trump, GOP look to settle score with Democrats, media over Mueller investigation – (USA Today)
Emboldened by special counsel Robert Mueller’s finding there was “no collusion” with Russia, Donald Trump’s allies are urging him to go on offense.

Eye Opener: Democrats demand full Mueller report by next week – (CBS News)
As President Trump turns on his critics, Democrats demand to see the full special counsel report by next Tuesday. Also, attorney Michael Avenatti is arrested and charged with stealing from a client and trying to extort millions from Nike. All that and all tha…

Ex-CIA Director John Brennan admits he may have had ‘bad information’ regarding President Trump and Russia – (Fox News)
Former CIA Director John Brennan has admitted he may have gotten it wrong with President Trump and Russia.

Openly Gay, Openly Christian Buttigieg Challenges the Religious Right – (New York Magazine)
The religious followers of the heathenish Donald Trump need a challenge. A churchgoing, married vet who happens to be gay might do the trick.

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. HOUSE VOTE TO STOP TRUMP’S BORDER PLAN UNLIKELY TO SUCCEEDThe vote to…

House vote to stop Trump’s border wall plan likely to fail – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is nearing a victory over Democrats as the House tries overriding his first veto , a vote that seems certain to fail and would let stand his declaration of…

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