2019-03-29

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

Trump adviser warns Russia on military presence in Venezuela – (Reuters)
A top White House adviser on Friday issued a veiled warning to Russia about its military presence in Venezuela, saying the United States would consider any move to establish or expand military operations there a “direct threat” to international peace.

Journalist at site critical of Duterte arrested in 2nd case – (Associated Press)
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The head of a Philippine online news site that has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte was arrested Friday for the second time in two months, this time over a ban…

If Brexit deal fails Friday, UK has till April 12 to decide: Barnier – (Reuters)
Britain will need to tell the European Union what it wants to do on Brexit by April 12 if parliament fails on Friday to back the EU withdrawal treaty, the bloc’s negotiator Michel Barnier said.

In This Tech I.P.O. Wave, Big Investors Grab More of the Gains – (The New York Times)
Unicorn companies like Lyft are finally going public, after large gains have been captured by elite early investors.

White House says progress made in trade talks with China – (Reuters)
The White House said on Friday that the United States and China made progress toward a trade agreement during “constructive discussions” this week in Beijing.

White House says progress made in trade talks with China – (Reuters)
The White House said on Friday that the United States and China made progress toward a trade agreement during “constructive discussions” this week in Beijing.

Judge blocks Trump’s small-business health insurance plan – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has struck down a small-business health insurance plan widely touted by President Donald Trump, the second setback in a week for the administration’s health care…

Cost of Boeing groundings rises as TUI takes $200 million-plus hit – (Reuters)
Anglo-German tour operator TUI became the latest Boeing 737 MAX operator to warn of a hit to its profits as the U.S. planemaker moved to restore confidence in its best-selling model after two fatal crashes that have grounded the planes worldwide.

Factbox: Airlines set out cost after Boeing plane grounded – (Reuters)
Tour operator TUI warned its profit would fall by at least 200 million euros ($225 million) this year after the grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft, further evidence of the financial impact of two fatal crashes involving the same type of plane.

U.S., China hold ‘constructive’ trade talks in Beijing – (Reuters)
U.S. officials held “constructive” talks in Beijing, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday, concluding the latest round of dialogue with China aimed at resolving the bitter trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies.

Brexit Vote Live Updates: U.K. Parliament to Vote on Theresa May’s Deal – (The New York Times)
Lawmakers will vote a third time on the prime minister’s deal to withdraw Britain from the European Union, and she has promised to step down if it passes.

Rare tiger cubs make debut at Sydney Zoo – (BBC News)
The 10-week-old cubs – one male and two females – belong to a critically endangered sub-species.

Third time lucky? UK lawmakers hold new vote on Brexit deal – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — On the day that Britain was long scheduled to leave the European Union, U.K. lawmakers will vote Friday in what Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has described as the “last…

Pope demands sex abuse claims be reported in Vatican City – (Associated Press)
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday issued sweeping new sex abuse legislation for Vatican personnel and Holy See diplomats that requires the immediate reporting of abuse allegations to…

Brexit at a crossroads: May puts her deal to ‘last chance’ vote in parliament – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Theresa May puts a stripped-down version of her twice-defeated Brexit divorce deal to a vote in parliament on Friday, in an attempt to break the impasse over the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

Mozambique cholera cases jump to 139 a day after outbreak – (Associated Press)
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Cholera cases in Mozambique among survivors of a devastating cyclone have shot up to 139, officials said, as nearly 1 million vaccine doses were rushed to the region and health…

Factbox: Conservative lawmakers who have switched to back UK PM May’s Brexit deal – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Theresa May will put a stripped-down version of her twice-defeated Brexit divorce deal to a vote in parliament on Friday in an attempt to break the impasse over the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

Egypt frees rights activist Abdel Fattah after 5 years in prison – (Al Jazeera English)
Alaa Abdel Fattah will remain under police surveillance after his release from an Egyptian jail on Friday.

Lyft valued at $24.3 billion in first ride-hailing IPO – (Reuters)
Lyft Inc was valued at $24.3 billion in the first initial public offering (IPO) of a ride-hailing startup on Thursday, raising more than it had set off to do as investors overlooked uncertainty over its path to becoming a profitable company.

City leaders: Smollett owes Chicago $130K for investigation – (Associated Press)
CHICAGO (AP) — City officials have ordered Jussie Smollett to pay $130,000 to cover the cost of the investigation into his report of a street attack that Chicago police say was staged to promote…

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From various sources

Could the Trump team’s plan resemble a one state solution? – (The Jerusalem Post)
This week, in speeches to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, it became clear that the plan will likely not accommodate a sovereign Palestinian state.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro renounces embassy in Jerusalem promise – (The Jerusalem Post)

How “illegal” teacher strikes rescued the American labor movement – (Vice News)
Organized labor in the U.S. is having a moment thanks to public school teachers.

Live: Indian Premier League 2019 | SRH vs RR scorecard – (The Hindu)
It will be interesting to see who will partner David Warner, who showed his destructive ability in the first match on his comeback against KKR.

Laura Ingraham: Loser grievance culture grips the left – and empowers the losers in the Democratic Party – (Fox News)
Laura Ingraham: Losers calling the shots in the Democratic Party.

Generation Identity: The European Far-Right Group The Christchurch Suspect Donated To Is Under New Pressure – (Buzzfeed)
Generation Identity is facing fresh calls to be banned in France, days after Austria said it could try to dissolve the group.

User Interviews, a platform for product feedback, raises $5 million – (TechCrunch)
It’s not uncommon to hear CEOs and business leaders talk about focusing on the consumer. But the only way to build for the consumer is to hear what they want, which can be a resource-intensive thing to retrieve. User Interviews, an ERA-backed company out of N…

Sinemia says canceled accounts are defense against subscriber misuse – (TechCrunch)
Every time we publish a story about about MoviePass competitor Sinemia, a funny thing happens: our Twitter mentions explode. Seriously, follow the reactions to this post and see for yourself.  A number of folks have had cards canceled or have otherwise inacti…

Thug who murdered his girlfriend’s little daughter is jailed for life – (Daily Mail)
Tom Curd, of Liskeard, Cornwall, beat 22-month-old Eve Leatherland on several occasions and then tried to cover up her condition by ‘poisoning’ her with a fatal dose of codeine, a court heard.

Bucs kept GM Jason Licht to avoid ‘too much instability’ – (NFL News)
The Buccaneers have had three coaching changes and just one winning season since Jason Licht took over as general manager. Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer pointed to keeping continuity for Licht’s return.

22 Pantry Essentials From Walmart You Need ASAP – (Buzzfeed)
Having the “We have food at home” talk just got so much easier.

Paterson injury is a ‘disaster’ – Warnock – (FourFourTwo)

Ruth Wilson talks playing her grandmother in <em>Mrs. Wilson</em>: ‘It took an awful lot out of me’ – (Entertainment Weekly)
The actress previews the PBS Masterpiece miniseries about her grandmother, who discovered, after her husband’s death, that he had several other wives.

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa arrested – (Axios)
Watchdogs say she is being targeted by Rodrigo Duterte’s government.

Amazon and Uber lead U.S. tech charge into Middle East investment – (Axios)
Ahead of its IPO, Uber is investing in Careem, the region’s ridesharing giant.

New home sales rise to 11-month high in February – (CNBC)
Sales of new U.S. single-family homes increased to an 11-month high in February and sales for January were revised higher, suggesting that lower mortgage rates were starting to lift the struggling housing market.

Watch the video that got Ally Maki her role in <em>Toy Story 4</em> – (Entertainment Weekly)
Get to know Giggle McDimples, the tiny toy scene-stealer in ‘Toy Story 4.’

Nirav Modi Used Death Threat, Bribe To Influence Witnesses: UK Prosecutor – (Google News (India))
Fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi, the main accused in Rs 13,000 crore Punjab National Bank scam, threatened an eyewitness and tried to bribe another to evade arrest, the UK prosecutor said today in a London court, opposing the billionaire diamantaire’s bail appli…

U.S. Trade Negotiators Take Aim at China’s Cybersecurity Law – (The Wall Street Journal)
U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators haggled over how to get Beijing to walk back China’s tough cybersecurity law as both sides push to resolve deep-seated irritants and settle a yearlong tariff fight.

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All about Trump

Could the Trump team’s plan resemble a one state solution? – (The Jerusalem Post)
This week, in speeches to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, it became clear that the plan will likely not accommodate a sovereign Palestinian state.

Trump adviser warns Russia on military presence in Venezuela – (Reuters)
A top White House adviser on Friday issued a veiled warning to Russia about its military presence in Venezuela, saying the United States would consider any move to establish or expand military operations there a “direct threat” to international peace.

Rahm Emanuel blames Trump for Jussie Smollett controversy, creating ‘toxic environment’, tells him to ‘sit on the sidelines’ – (Fox News)
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel lit into President Trump on Thursday, demanding the commander-in-chief butt out of the drama unfolding over “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

House intelligence asks why Russian-linked Austrian bank funded Trump Tower project and never sought repayment – (Newsweek)
Congress continues to scrutinize Russian efforts to influence the U.S., even after the Mueller report was submitted.

Judge blocks Trump’s small-business health insurance plan – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has struck down a small-business health insurance plan widely touted by President Donald Trump, the second setback in a week for the administration’s health care…

It’s official: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the new Republican bogeyman – (CNN)
To warm up the crowd before President Donald Trump took the stage for a campaign rally in Michigan on Thursday night, his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., laid into the proposed “Green New Deal” as typical of the pie-in-the-sky, price-is-no-concern vision Democr…

If a recession really is coming, here’s what Powell and Trump can do to stop it – (CNBC)
With a reliable bond market signal pointing to a possible recession down the road, policymakers have a choice: act now to head off the downturn or hope that conditions will change for the better.

Mexico’s president pushes back against Trump criticism: illegal immigration “is not up to us Mexicans” – (Newsweek)
“This is a problem of the United States, or it’s a problem of the Central American countries,” Andrés Manuel López Obrador said.

‘The party of healthcare’: How Donald Trump is reshaping his strategy post-Mueller – (USA Today)
Donald Trump used a Grand Rapids rally to debut a post-Mueller strategy that includes reviving battles on healthcare, immigration and other issues.

2020 presidential election: Jay Inslee releases 12 years of tax returns, asks Trump to match – (Axios)
Kirsten Gillibrand was the first 2020 candidate to publicly release her 2018 tax returns.

‘Lock them up’? Trump turns his attention to enemies of his state – (NBC News)
President Donald Trump’s supporters chanted ‘Lock them up’ as he listed his enemies at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., Thursday night.

House Intelligence Republicans demand resignation of chairman Adam Schiff – (CBS News)
President Trump singled out a number of Democrats at his Michigan rally, especially the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Rep. Adam Schiff continues to accuse the president of collusion with Russia, and now Republicans are demanding that the Calif…

Eye Opener: President Trump takes victory lap in Michigan – (CBS News)
President Trump takes a victory lap, claiming total exoneration and slamming Democrats at his first rally after the Mueller report. Also, South Carolina community is demanding answers after a 10-year-old girl died from injuries suffered during a fight at her …

President Trump Portrays Himself as Vindicated and Vindictive at Michigan Rally After Mueller Report – (Time)
President Donald Trump unleashed a fervent diatribe about the Mueller report at a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich.

In 2020 Move, Trump Reverses Cuts to Great Lakes Cleanup | RealClearPolitics – (Google News)
President Trump returned Thursday night to Grand Rapids, Mich., the site of his final 2016 campaign rally, for his first big speaking event since Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his 22-month…

Trump pushes the angle of ‘no collusion’ in Russia report – (Associated Press)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Presenting himself as both vindicated and vindictive, a fired-up President Donald Trump turned the findings of the Russia investigation into a political weapon at a…

The Hill’s Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump rallies for second term on `promises kept’ – (The Hill)
Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. TGIF!

Trump: I’ve helped Puerto Rico more than ‘any living human being,’ alleges officials misspending funds – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump defended his record on Puerto Rico on Thursday, claiming he has taken care of the U.S. territory better than “any living human being” and claimed that officials there were misspending the billions sent to help in the aftermath of Hurric…

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. TRUMP REVELS IN RETELLING EARLY RESULTS OF MUELLER PROBEA fired-up President…

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misleads on health care, Russia probe – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rallying in Michigan, President Donald Trump bragged about a surging auto industry that isn’t surging, a Republican rescue for health care that has yet to take shape, a “total”…

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