2019-04-01

Headlines:

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

Biden says he never meant to make women feel uncomfortable – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday defended his interactions with women, saying he doesn’t believe he’s ever acted inappropriately. But a Nevada politician’s assertion…

Supreme Court rebuffs anti-abortion activists in Planned Parenthood suit – (Reuters)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by anti-abortion activists to narrow a Planned Parenthood lawsuit accusing them of illegally recording video of abortion providers to try to falsely show the illicit sale of aborted fetal tissue for profit.

Comedian takes commanding lead in Ukraine presidential vote – (Reuters)
A comedian with no political experience took a commanding lead in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election, offering a fresh face to voters fed up with corruption in a country on the front line of the West’s standoff with Russia.

Wall Street opens higher on trade progress, China data – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Monday, as a surprise recovery in China factory activity and further signs of progress in the U.S.-China trade talks helped extend last quarter’s upbeat mood.

Rapper Nipsey Hussle shot dead outside his Los Angeles store: media – (Reuters)
Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed outside his clothing store in south Los Angeles on Sunday, media reports said.

FAA says glitch fixed, U.S. airlines back up – (Reuters)
U.S. airlines were back in operation on Monday after a series of system-wide outages delayed flights and fired-up customer complaints on social media.

Erdogan loses ground in Turkey’s big cities in local voting – (Associated Press)
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s opposition dealt President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a symbolic blow by gaining ground in key cities in the country’s local elections. The opposition won the capital, Ankara, a…

Final Four features 3 first-time coaches and Izzo in his 8th – (Associated Press)
Tom Izzo drew up the perfect play at the perfect moment, sending Michigan State past mighty Duke for a spot in the Final Four.The trip is always emotional, but Izzo has done it before. This…

Weak February U.S. retail sales underscore slowing economy – (Reuters)
U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in February, the latest sign economic growth has shifted into low gear as stimulus from $1.5 trillion in tax cuts and increased government spending fades.

North Korea says embassy raid in Spain was a ‘grave terrorist attack’ – (Reuters)
A break-in at the North Korean embassy in Spain in February was “a grave terrorist attack”, a representative from North Korea’s foreign ministry said on Sunday in the North’s first official comment on the incident.

Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle shot and killed at 33 – (Associated Press)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside the clothing store he founded to help rebuild his troubled South Los Angeles neighborhood, police said, cutting short a career that…

Democrats to prepare subpoenas for full Mueller report – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee will prepare subpoenas this week seeking special counsel Robert Mueller’s full Russia report as the Justice Department appears likely to miss an…

House committee poised to subpoena Mueller report – (Reuters)
The U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Monday said it will work this week on a resolution authorizing subpoenas for Special Counsel Robert Muller’s full report on his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Ukrainian comedian sure of victory in presidential runoff – (Associated Press)
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Volodymyr Zelenskiy has no political experience, but that’s no problem for the people of Ukraine who have already seen that working for him.In a striking example of…

Murder charge dropped for suspect in Kim Jong Nam killing – (Associated Press)
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — Two years after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother was killed, a Malaysian court on Monday dropped the murder charge against the only suspect still in…

A Staple Gun. A Dental Drill. See How Billie Eilish Made a Haunted Pop Hit. – (The New York Times)
The fastest-rising pop star of the moment is 17 and writes off-kilter songs with her older brother. Go behind the making of “Bury a Friend” and their new model for making it big.

Watchdog alleges fake pro-Netanyahu social media accounts – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli watchdog said Monday that it found a network of social media bots disseminating messages in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of next week’s…

Mosquito scent discovery could change a billion lives – (Al Jazeera English)
US researchers genetically modify mosquitoes making females less likely to spread diseases like dengue and Zika.

YouTube faces Zac Efron video backlash – (BBC News)
YouTube is criticised for promoting Zac Efron’s new YouTube channel instead of smaller creators.

Factories rush to stockpile for Brexit – (BBC News)
The rate of stockpiling hit a record high for the third month in a row, says a closely watched survey.

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From various sources

Portuguese airline TAP Air Portugal inaugurates Tel Aviv-Lisbon route – (The Jerusalem Post)
TAP Air Portugal will provide daily flights from Tel Aviv to Lisbon.

Israel opens first embassy in Rwanda – (The Jerusalem Post)
Israel and Rwanda initially established diplomatic ties in 1962, but Rwanda along with African states severed those ties after the 1973 Yom Kippur war.

White House swears Trump isn’t bluffing about shutting down the border this time – (Vice News)
“You can take the president seriously,” Kellyanne Conway said.

Live: Indian Premier League 2019 | KXIP vs DC scorecard – (The Hindu)
Both teams would want their respective youngsters to continue leading the charge.

– (Fox Sports)

REDIRECT::First Things First – (Fox Sports)
Cris Carter and Nick Wright team up on First Things First, a discussion and opinion-based studio program that covers all the headlines weekdays on FS1.

chrisdickinson/git-rs – (Hacker News)
git, implemented in rust, for fun and education :crab: – chrisdickinson/git-rs

Ocasio-Cortez’s record as youngest member of Congress may be challenged by Florida Republican – (Fox News)
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., may be the youngest member of Congress at the moment, but that could change if a Republican millennial from Florida is able to unseat a Democrat in the November 2020 election.

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

Suspended term for youth who ‘copied’ porn when abusing half-sister (8) – (The Irish Times)
Boy (16) ordered to reside away from parents after guilty pleas to oral rape, sex assault

Fast bowling an Achilles heel for Kings XI Punjab – (ESPN Cric Info)

Andile Ramaphosa and the man who nearly scored a R400m Eskom kickback – (News24)
Days before News24 was set to publish more details abot another murky business partner of Andile Ramahosa, the president’s son has issued a statement revealing details of the deal

Eurovision prep halts amid government spat – (The Jerusalem Post)
KAN’s CEO says stopping work constitutes a ‘real danger’ to the competition taking place.

Biden says he never meant to make women feel uncomfortable – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday defended his interactions with women, saying he doesn’t believe he’s ever acted inappropriately. But a Nevada politician’s assertion…

John Oliver slams WWE, Vince McMahon for not giving wrestlers health insurance – (Entertainment Weekly)
The ‘Last Week Tonight’ host tells fans to advocate for their favorite entertainers’ safety.

Democrats threaten subpoenas over White House security clearances for Kushner, others – (ABC News)
The House Oversight Committee says it wants to talk to Carl Kline, who was reportedly involved in granting high-level security clearance to Jared Kushner and others.

27 Products Every Aspiring Pokémon Trainer Will Want To Own Right Now – (Buzzfeed)
♫ Gotta own ’em all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ♫

US manufacturing activity rebounds in March, construction spending hits 9-month high in February – (CNBC)
U.S. manufacturing activity rebounded a bit more than expected in March, according to an industry report released on Monday, as production, new orders and hiring all picked up.

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All about Trump

White House swears Trump isn’t bluffing about shutting down the border this time – (Vice News)
“You can take the president seriously,” Kellyanne Conway said.

House Democrats Are Getting Ready for a Legal Showdown With the Trump Administration – (Time)
Democrats will subpoena the White House after reports that President Trump ordered Jared Kushner’s security clearance to be approved.

Trump claims 2020 census without citizenship question is “meaningless” – (Axios)
The Department of Justice says the data for the question would help protect voting rights.

How President Trump mastered the art of deflection – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s John Avlon looks at President Trump’s skills in the art of deflection.

Watch: ‘SNL’ has Trump celebrating Mueller report – CNN Video – (CNN)
Saturday Night Live took on the conclusion of the Mueller report from the perspectives of the special counsel, Attorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump.

Sen. Blackburn: Every town is a border town until we close the southern border – (Fox News)
Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn throws her support behind President Trump’s threat to close the southern border amid the ‘national security emergency.’

Trump: Census would be ‘meaningless’ without citizenship question – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday chided Democrats for opposing the addition of a citizenship question to the Census, arguing the report would be “meaningless” and a waste of money without the controversial inquiry.

Democrats to authorize subpoena for full Mueller report – (CNN)
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler will authorize a subpoena this week to obtain the full, unredacted report from special counsel Robert Mueller, teeing up a showdown between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration over the nearly 400-page rep…

Democrats to authorize subpoena for full Mueller report – (Google News)
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler will authorize a subpoena this week to obtain the full, unredacted report from special counsel Robert Mueller, teeing up a showdown between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration over the nearly 400-page rep…

Ocasio-Cortez joins criticism of Fox News after ‘3 Mexican countries’ on-air gaffe – (USA Today)
Ocasio-Cortez joined a chorus of social media critics who tore into Fox News an error onscreen that said Trump had cut “aid to 3 Mexican countries.”

Trump calls on Congress to ‘fix’ asylum, other immigration ‘loopholes’: ‘Get it done now!’ – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday urged Democrats to work with Republicans to address U.S.

Posthaste: Carbon tax roll out, Poloz’s Arctic speech, and the world’s most profitable company is revealed – (Financial Post)
Job-killing or not, carbon tax is here. Apple loses its title of the world’s most profitable company. And Trump’s border closures could lead to avocado and tequila shortages

Young Republicans push party to drop climate change scepticism – (Financial Times)
Strategists warn that Trump’s anti-green rhetoric is alienating younger conservatives

The President As Adolescent Bully – (New York Magazine)
Trump’s bullying nicknames have become mini-events celebrated by his fans.

America would run out of avocados in three weeks if Trump shuts down the U.S.-Mexico border – (NBC News)
Trump’s threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border would hit American consumers in the gut. Nearly half of all imported U.S. vegetables and 40 percent of imported fruit are grown in Mexico.

Trump’s threat to shut down border could “cost American businesses…millions of dollars,” Kamala Harris warns – (Newsweek)
“This isn’t a game,” the Democratic presidential candidate said.

Eye Opener: Joe Biden responds to allegation of misconduct – (CBS News)
Joe Biden’s expected plans to run for president hit a bump after a Nevada Democrat claimed the former vice president touched and kissed her in a way that made her uncomfortable. Also, President Trump threatens to close the U.S. border with Mexico to stop a hu…

China offers broad opioid curbs promised to Trump – (The Washington Post)
The announcement comes as China’s top trade envoy heads to Washington to hammer out a deal.

Barbara Bush saw Trump as a ‘symbol of greed’ – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Barbara Bush didn’t bite her tongue in recent years when it came to Donald Trump: She just didn’t like him. But a new biography of the former first lady finds that her disdain…

The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump vows to close US border with Mexico this week – (The Hill)

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