2019-03-28

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

Wall Street opens higher, U.S.-China trade talks in focus – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday, helped by gains in technology and consumer discretionary companies, while investors awaited more details on the progress in U.S.-China trade talks.

Trump calls Smollett case ’embarrassment,’ announces review – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the Department of Justice will “review” the case of actor Jussie Smollett, who was charged with staging a fake hate crime in Chicago before prosecutors abruptly dropped the case this week.

Venezuela slowly gets back electricity after massive blackout – (Reuters)
Several cities in Venezuela, including most of capital Caracas, recovered electricity gradually on Thursday, according to Reuters witnesses, after the second blackout in less than a month left the oil-rich country without power for days.

UK leader Theresa May makes final push on EU divorce deal – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was making a final push Thursday to save her European Union withdrawal deal after her promise to step down gained the deal some support but failed…

Tanker hijacked by rescued migrants arrives safely in Malta – (Associated Press)
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A Maltese special operations team boarded a tanker Thursday that had been hijacked by migrants rescued at sea and recaptured control of it before escorting it to a Maltese…

Passengers stranded after Iceland’s WOW air collapses – (Reuters)
Iceland’s WOW air became the latest budget airline casualty on Thursday, halting operations and cancelling all future flights after efforts to raise more funds failed.

‘It doesn’t open’: Mosque survivors describe terror at door – (Associated Press)
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When the gunman began to attack the Al Noor mosque, Ahmed Alayedy scrambled to get to the nearest emergency exit. He was the first one there.”I tried to open…

U.S. jury says Bayer must pay $80 million to man in Roundup cancer trial – (Reuters)
A U.S. jury on Wednesday awarded $80 million to a man who claimed his use of Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup caused his cancer, in the latest legal setback for the company facing thousands of similar lawsuits.

Facebook facing housing discrimination charges from HUD – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook is again facing charges of housing discrimination because of its ad-targeting system, this time by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.The claim…

Winning ticket sold in Wisconsin for U.S. Powerball $768 million lottery jackpot – (Reuters)
A winning ticket was sold in Wisconsin for a $768 million Powerball lottery jackpot, the third largest in history, lottery officials said after the draw on Wednesday night.

UK’s Brexit options include customs union, no deal and delay – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Brexit logjam has become a pileup. Lawmakers have voted, and the results are a mess. They don’t want Prime Minister Theresa May’s EU divorce deal, don’t want to leave…

Myanmar’s top court hears Reuters reporters’ appeal in official secrets case – (Reuters)
Myanmar’s Supreme Court heard the appeal on Tuesday of two Reuters journalists imprisoned for breaking a colonial-era official secrets law, in a case that has raised questions about Myanmar’s progress towards democracy.

US-Mexico border ‘at breaking point’ – (BBC News)
US immigration officials say it is “a matter of time” before tragedy strikes at their facilities.

Russia says it sent ‘specialists’ to Venezuela, rebuffs Trump – (Reuters)
Russia said on Thursday it had sent “specialists” to Venezuela under a military cooperation deal but said they posed no threat to regional stability, brushing aside a call from U.S. President Donald Trump to remove all military personnel from the country.

Theresa May Put Her Head on the Block for Her Brexit Deal. It Might Not Be Enough. – (The New York Times)
The British prime minister made one final gamble, offering to resign in exchange for the votes to get her withdrawal agreement over the line.

UAE official says Arab countries should be more open to Israel – (Al Jazeera English)
Anwar Gargash says he expects more contact between Arab countries and Israel via bilateral deals and political visits.

Mueller’s evidence is likely a massive amount of material – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats say they want “all of the underlying evidence” in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation . But what is all of that evidence?Mueller’s team issued more…

Deadly blaze hits Dhaka skyscraper – (BBC News)
At least seven people die and dozens are feared trapped in an office block in Bangladesh’s capital.

Adviser and allies warning Trump against issuing pardons – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — The end of the special counsel’s investigation sparked fresh speculation that President Donald Trump might pardon some of those charged in the probe. It’s also spawned a…

Smollett saga shook public trust, heightened racial tensions – (Associated Press)
In the two months since Jussie Smollett reported a late-night attack by assailants shouting racial and anti-gay slurs, the “Empire” actor and activist went from victim to defendant. Police and…

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From various sources

Is the IDF prepared for Palestinian violence this weekend? – (The Jerusalem Post)
What has the IDF done to prepare for Land Day and the 1year anniversary of The Great Return Marches?

Netanyahu: Israel’s preparing for a broad campaign in Gaza – (The Jerusalem Post)
The IDF also deployed additional snipers have also been stationed to defend troops from Gazan sniper fire and explosive devices thrown by Palestinians.

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Learning Ada • Steve Klabnik – (Hacker News)
I decided to try and learn Ada. I love programming languages. This post documents my attempt, and explains what I learned. This is pretty stream of consciousness and basically is a bunch of random notes, so if you hate that, better close the tab…. | Steve K…

Kong Raises $43 Million in Series C Funding Led by Index Ventures – (Hacker News)
We’re announcing today that Kong has raised $43 million in Series C financing led by Index Ventures, deliver the industry’s first service control platform.

MLB – (Fox Sports)
Find live MLB scores, MLB player & team news, MLB videos, rumors, stats, standings, team schedules & fantasy games on FOX Sports.

Axios Sports – (Axios)
A daily look at the news, stats and storylines dominating the sports world, by Kendall Baker

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds hearing to examine the nomination of David Bernhardt – (Fox News)

NY Attorney General Letitia James delivers important announcement regarding the opioid crisis – (Fox News)

Watch Samsung’s Galaxy Fold get folded many, many times – (Mashable)
Samsung Galaxy Fold, folded by folding machines.

Theresa May offers to fall on her sword if her Brexit deal is passed – (Daily Mail)
In a highly-charged speech last night, Theresa May told Tory MPs she would quit ‘earlier than intended’ if Parliament backed her withdrawal agreement.

UK report blasts Huawei for network security incompetence – (TechCrunch)
The latest report by a UK oversight body set up to evaluation Chinese networking giant Huawei’s approach to security has dialled up pressure on the company, giving a damning assessment of what it describes as “serious and systematic defects” in its software e…

Girls excluded for allegedly putting nuts on allergic teacher’s desk – (Daily Mail)
Alexandra McDonald (pictured) is having to sit mock exams in isolation as she remains excluded from Rochester Grammar School despite her passing a £600 lie detector test her father paid for.

Schiff angrily pushes back against GOP calls for him to step down – (The Hill)
Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) aggressively pushed back at calls for him to step down from President Trump and other Republicans, defending his past comments by lighting into the president and his family and campaign over i

Tories preside over ‘national scandal’ as 4.1million children are in poverty – (Mirror)
Slow wage growth and the cruel Tory freeze on benefits have been blamed for the huge toll – despite Theresa May claiming she’d fight “burning injustices”

“It’s corrupt and evidence of collusion”: Schiff doubles down as GOP calls for resignation – (Axios)
Schiff carefully and angrily laid out the contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016 and 2017.

Brandwatch turns its war-chest on acquiring market research startup Qriously – (TechCrunch)
In the past few years it’s become increasingly evident that while social media was a fantastic new way to get into the minds of people and understand what they thought in order to sell them things, you couldn’t just rely on the blathering of millions of peopl…

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All about Trump

Schiff angrily pushes back against GOP calls for him to step down – (The Hill)
Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) aggressively pushed back at calls for him to step down from President Trump and other Republicans, defending his past comments by lighting into the president and his family and campaign over i

“It’s corrupt and evidence of collusion”: Schiff doubles down as GOP calls for resignation – (Axios)
Schiff carefully and angrily laid out the contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016 and 2017.

Trump calls Smollett case ’embarrassment,’ announces review – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the Department of Justice will “review” the case of actor Jussie Smollett, who was charged with staging a fake hate crime in Chicago before prosecutors abruptly dropped the case this week.

Trump Says He Wants the FBI and DOJ to Investigate the Jussie Smollett Case – (Fortune)
The move could be part of a political strategy to indirectly attack Barack Obama and Democrats.

DOJ, FBI to review ‘outrageous’ Jussie Smollett case, Trump says – (Fox News)
President Trump announced Thursday that the FBI and Justice Department will review the “outrageous” decision to drop charges in the Jussie Smollett case.

President Trump says FBI, DOJ will review ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett’s case – (ABC News)
President Trump weighed in on the case of Jussie Smollett — two days after prosecutors dropped charges against him — and said the FBI and DOJ would review the case.

Trump dropped an ominous hint that a revenge campaign over Mueller could spread to the FBI and intelligence officials – (Google News)
Speaking with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday, the president said people involved in the genesis of Robert Mueller’s investigation should pay.

President Donald Trump says FBI will look into Jussie Smollett case – (USA Today)
“It is an embarrassment to our Nation!” President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

How Bill Barr turned the Mueller report into a legal defense of Trump – (Vice News)
In one four-page letter, Barr set a historic new precedent for executive power.

Russia says it sent ‘specialists’ to Venezuela, rebuffs Trump – (Reuters)
Russia said on Thursday it had sent “specialists” to Venezuela under a military cooperation deal but said they posed no threat to regional stability, brushing aside a call from U.S. President Donald Trump to remove all military personnel from the country.

Trump Administration Ends First-Time Border Crosser Prosecutions – (Fortune)
There isn’t enough room left in jails in part of West Texas to house more charged people

Trump looks to remove Fannie and Freddie from conservatorship – (Axios)
They faced collapse during the subprime mortgage crisis in 2008.

Trump says it’s ‘very important that OPEC increase the flow of oil’ because prices are too high – (CNBC)
President Donald Trump on Thursday issued his second warning to OPEC this year as oil prices continue to rise.

Michigan highlights the promise and peril for Trump in 2020 – (Google News)
It’s no surprise that President Trump is holding a rally in Michigan Thursday — it’s a state that shows the promise, but also peril, for his re-election effort.

RNC chair: ‘Alarming’ that no 2020 Democrat candidates came to AIPAC – (Fox News)
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel speaks out on President Trump pivoting to health care and says the absence of Democrat candidates at AIPAC shows the party is anti-Israel.

Trump says feds will review Jussie Smollett case after local charges were dropped – (CNN)
President Donald Trump has announced the FBI and the Department of Justice will review the Jussie Smollett case.

Trump administration sues Facebook over ‘discriminatory’ advertising practices – (CNBC)
Until last week Facebook allowed employers or landlords to limit their audiences on the basis of race and ethnicity or gender.

Trump administration sues Facebook over ‘discriminatory’ housing advertising practices – (Google News)
Until last week Facebook allowed employers or landlords to limit their audiences on the basis of race, ethnicity or gender.

Attention Wall Street: Democrats are seeking higher taxes on capital gains – (CNBC)
The growing blue-collar tilt of the Trump-era GOP base makes raising taxes on capital gains even more tempting, writes CNBC’s John Harwood.

Adviser and allies warning Trump against issuing pardons – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — The end of the special counsel’s investigation sparked fresh speculation that President Donald Trump might pardon some of those charged in the probe. It’s also spawned a…

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