2019-03-27

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

Exclusive: Told U.S. security at risk, Chinese firm seeks to sell Grindr dating app – (Reuters)
Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd is seeking to sell Grindr LLC, the popular gay dating app it has owned since 2016, after a U.S. government national security panel raised concerns about its ownership, according to people familiar with the mat…

The murder of an Instagram star – (BBC News)
Who killed the Iraqi social media blogger Tara Fares?

Dismissal of Smollett case brings backlash, more questions – (Associated Press)
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors still insist Jussie Smollett faked a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in the hopes that the attention would advance his acting career. The “Empire” star still says he…

Avenatti charged with fraud as he testified in related case – (Associated Press)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even before federal prosecutors unsealed charges against Michael Avenatti, the lawyer best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in legal battles against President…

Autonomy founder Lynch was scapegoat for HP’s incompetence, court told – (Reuters)
Hewlett-Packard botched its $11.1 billion acquisition of Autonomy and then tried to cover up its own mismanagement by accusing the British software company’s founder Mike Lynch of fraud, a London court was told on Wednesday.

Mayor: Jussie Smollett ‘abused’ Chicago – (BBC News)
The Empire actor, who escaped hate hoax charges, “abused the city of Chicago”, says the city leader.

Northern Ireland must be treated differently after No Deal Brexit: Irish PM – (Reuters)
Northern Ireland must be treated differently from the rest of the United Kingdom immediately after a no-deal Brexit if a hard border on the island of Ireland is to be avoided, Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday.

Labour will back customs union, new referendum as Brexit options: spokesman – (Reuters)
Britain’s opposition Labour Party will back Brexit proposals including keeping the country in the European Union’s customs union and a new referendum when lawmakers vote alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal on Wednesday.

Conservative lawmakers allowed ‘free vote’ on Brexit options: UK lawmakers – (Reuters)
Conservative lawmakers will be able to vote with their consciences, a so-called free vote, when considering alternative Brexit options later on Wednesday, two of them said.

Mozambique city fought climate change, but cyclone roared in – (Associated Press)
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Long before Cyclone Idai roared in and tore apart Mozambique’s seaside city of Beira, the mayor dreamed of protecting his people from climate change.It would be a…

U.K. Parliament Faces a Key Brexit Question: What Does It Want? – (The New York Times)
Lawmakers are expected to vote on a series of options, trying to wrest control from Prime Minister Theresa May, but they may be unable to agree on an alternative.

UK lawmakers prepare to vote on alternatives to Brexit deal – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers were preparing to vote Wednesday on multiple options for leaving the European Union as they sought to bring some clarity to the country’s tortured Brexit…

India shoots down satellite in test, Modi hails arrival as space power – (Reuters)
India shot down one of its satellites in space with an anti-satellite missile on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, hailing the country’s first test of such technology as a major breakthrough that establishes it as a space power.

UK PM May is totally focused on the job in hand: spokesman – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Theresa May is totally focused on the job at hand and will remain so, her spokesman said, as rumors swirled that she would set out a timetable for her departure to her Conservative lawmakers later on Wednesday.

Nissan committee says facts point to legal violations by former chairman Ghosn – (Reuters)
An external committee tasked with recommending ways to improve governance at Nissan Motor Co said on Wednesday there were sufficient facts to suspect violations of laws and the private use of company funds by ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn.

Brexit in play: parliament tries multiple choice as May’s job on the line – (Reuters)
The British parliament will try to find an alternative to Theresa May’s twice-defeated Brexit deal on Wednesday as the prime minister readied a last ditch effort to win over rebels in her party, possibly by giving a timetable for quitting.

Search on for burial site of America’s first published poet – (Associated Press)
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — Anne Bradstreet was the North American continent’s first published poet, yet her legacy has largely been lost to time.Now, professors and students at Merrimack…

Democrats pivot to health care as Trump attacks ‘Obamacare’ – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling on Republicans to revive the effort to quash the Affordable Care Act, handing Democrats an opportunity to unite in defense of the law as they…

Trump assembling an army of operatives for re-election fight – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2016, President Donald Trump compared Hillary Clinton’s campaign to the lumbering federal bureaucracy. Now he’s building one of his own.From an office tower across the…

White van kidnap rumours spur French mob attacks – (BBC News)
The spectre of a suspicious foreigner in a white van has resulted in violence against France’s Roma.

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From various sources

Comptroller: Home front dangerously vulnerable, rescuers are ill-prepared – (The Jerusalem Post)
Report finds that police purchases violate conflict of interest principles.

Palestinians holding violent protests throughout West Bank – (The Jerusalem Post)
Near Bethlehem, a 17 year old Palestinian identified as a volunteer paramedic was killed after being shot by IDF forces.

Can we send robots to fight wars in place of soldiers in the future? – (The Jerusalem Post)
Brig Gen. (ret.) Eli Ben Meir, said that the trend of robots or autonomous systems taking over significant aspects of fighting wars from IDF soldiers was irrevocable.

Ismail Haniyeh: Hamas said its piece and Israel got the message – (The Jerusalem Post)
A senior Israeli political source carried in Israeli media said Haniyeh should “find a new office” before issuing threats.

Avigdor Liberman: Netanyahu personally torpedoed my plans for Gaza – (The Jerusalem Post)
Avi Dichter: “We have to destroy the military infrastructure in Gaza, and it will not be by a political move or only by airstrikes.”

Trump’s favorite scorecard for the trade war is finally improving, but not because of tariffs – (Business Insider)
Trump’s favorite scorecard for the trade war is finally improving, but not because of tariffs

Trump’s favorite scorecard for the trade war is finally improving, but not because of tariffs – (Business Insider (UK))
Trump’s favorite scorecard for the trade war is finally improving, but not because of tariffs

Kremlin denies Netanyahu gave Putin plan for removing Iran from Syria – (The Jerusalem Post)
A month ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin for a meeting devoted primarily to the situation in Syria.

EU: We do not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights – (The Jerusalem Post)
US President Donald Trump on Monday signed an official presidential proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

A night on the Gaza border, waiting for another war – (The Jerusalem Post)
The concern is always there that the next round will come.

Senate Democrats led by Chuck Schumer hold press conference – (Fox News)

Mississippi newspaper hits back after Keith Olbermann calls for writer to be fired over turkey-hunting article – (Fox News)
Sports and political commentator Keith Olbermann took to Twitter to call on his social media followers to make a Mississippi hunter’s life “a living hell” after he killed a rare white turkey.

Christian ex-USC player says teammates ripped up Bibles he gifted them – (Fox News)
When Ben Malcolmson got the call that he made the University of Southern California’s football team, he couldn’t believe it.

Rahm Emanuel considers suing Jussie Smollett to recoup money wasted on investigation: report – (Fox News)
After publicly blasting the decision to drop 16 charges against embattled “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is considering suing the actor to recoup some of the money the city wasted on the lengthy investigation, according to media rep…

Black people 6 times more likely to be street checked by Halifax police, report finds | CBC News – (CBC News)
A new report released Tuesday on street checks and racial profiling by Halifax-area police found black people are six times more likely to be checked than white people in the city.

Sen. Ted Cruz: Green New Deal promises to destroy the American energy industry as we know it – (Fox News)
Most Americans are now familiar with the so-called “Green New Deal” and its plan to save the world from the evils of atmospheric carbon by restricting cars, airplanes, and bovine flatulence at astronomic cost to the American people.

Pro Rata – (Axios)
Insider views on deals and dealmakers in venture capital, private equity and M&A, by Dan Primack. Weekday mornings

Fifty Women Say Salesforce Helped Sex Traffickers Exploit Them – (Hacker News)

Google Podcasts search might get a lot better soon – (Mashable)
Google has started transcribing podcasts on its Podcasts app and making the text searchable.

Live scores: Indian Premier League 2019 — Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab – (The Hindu)
KKR comes into this game against KXIP on a high after securing a sensational victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in its first outing.

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All about Trump

Trump’s favorite scorecard for the trade war is finally improving, but not because of tariffs – (Business Insider)
Trump’s favorite scorecard for the trade war is finally improving, but not because of tariffs

Trump’s favorite scorecard for the trade war is finally improving, but not because of tariffs – (Business Insider (UK))
Trump’s favorite scorecard for the trade war is finally improving, but not because of tariffs

EU: We do not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights – (The Jerusalem Post)
US President Donald Trump on Monday signed an official presidential proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Mueller report conclusion raises question of Trump pardons – (Fox News)
Speculation is mounting over whether President Trump will grant pardons to his campaign associates charged during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, now that the report has turned up no evidence of collusion with the Russians during the 2016 pres…

“I don’t understand why people are for him”: Barbara Bush blamed Trump for her heart problems – (Axios)
She kept a “Trump countdown clock” on her bedside table until her death.

The Trump Administration Wants to Strike Down the Affordable Care Act. Democrats See That As an Opportunity – (Time)
The Trump Administration wants to quash the Affordable Care Act, giving Democrats an opportunity to unite in defense of the law.

Marla Maples ‘bedded Michael Bolton’ while Donald Trump was away – (Daily Mail)
It is also revealed that Chuck Jones, would later testify that while he was working for Maples, she ‘brought singer Michael Bolton back to her room following [Donald] Trump’s departure

Former Homeland Security chief says diverting resources to build Trump’s wall “makes no Homeland Security sense” – (Newsweek)
“In my judgment, a wall is a symbol. It’s not a strategy,” former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told MSNBC.

Anti-Totalitarian Camus, Trolling Progressives, and Tim Burton’s “Dumbo” – (The American Conservative)
Also: The Trump tell-all book agents, making sense of the South, and more.

“Exuberant” Donald Trump crashed GOP senators’ policy lunch to gloat about Mueller probe: Report – (Newsweek)
President Donald Trump reportedly described the special counsel’s probe as “two years of bulls***.”

U.S. soldier Travis Atkins, who died shielding comrades from Iraq bomber, to receive Medal of Honor – (USA Today)
President Trump will convey the Medal of Honor to the family of Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins, who died shielding fellow soldiers from an explosion.

Barbara Bush Had A Clock That Counted Down Donald Trump’s Presidency In Her Bedroom – (The Huffington Post)
The former first lady also blamed Trump for her hospitalization, per a new book.

PBS CEO: “I don’t understand” why Trump keeps proposing to defund us – (Axios)
It’s unlikely Congress would allow PBS to be cut.

Democrats pivot to health care as Trump attacks ‘Obamacare’ – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling on Republicans to revive the effort to quash the Affordable Care Act, handing Democrats an opportunity to unite in defense of the law as they…

Barbara Bush: Did she still consider herself a Republican? ‘I’d probably say no today.’ – (USA Today)
USA TODAY Exclusive: In “The Matriarch,” Barbara Bush blames Donald Trump for her heart attack and for driving her from the Republican Party.

Trump assembling an army of operatives for re-election fight – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2016, President Donald Trump compared Hillary Clinton’s campaign to the lumbering federal bureaucracy. Now he’s building one of his own.From an office tower across the…

Getting rid of Obamacare would be a headache for Trump – (Google News)
This country is stuck with Obamacare. Republicans can’t find the votes to repeal or replace it. Democrats can’t agree on how to make it better. President Donald Trump just wants to move on from it. But it’s so ingrained at this point that if the courts sudden…

Trump renews attacks on Obamacare – (CBS News)
President Trump is starting a new effort to get rid of Obamacare. In a closed-door lunch with Republican senators, the president called for lower health care costs, according to lawmakers who participated. In a legal filing earlier this week, the Trump Justic…

Trump wants to erase Obama by breaking the ACA – (CNN)
The Trump Justice Department is asking the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to wipe out Obamacare, under which millions of Americans have health insurance. Remember this heartless and destructive moment when you step in the voting booth, writes Jill Filipovic.I…

Trump news – live: Impeachment talk resumes amid claims attorney general thinks Trump is ‘above the law’ on Mueller report – (Independent)
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