2019-08-29

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

Hurricane on track for Florida after strike in Caribbean – (Associated Press)
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Dorian posed an increasing menace to Florida as it pushed over open waters Thursday after doing limited damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.The U.S. National…

No-deal Brexit risk rises to 35%: JPMorgan economists – (Reuters)
There is now a more than one-in-three chance that Britain leaves the European Union on Oct. 31 without a deal in light of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to suspend parliament, economists at U.S. investment bank JPMorgan said on Thursday.

Opposition grows to Johnson’s Parliament suspension – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Opposition to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to suspend Parliament crystalized Thursday amid protests, legal action and a petition that has gathered more than 1 million…

Argentine peso gets knocked lower, country risk soars as govt eyes debt ‘reprofiling’ – (Reuters)
Argentina’s peso slumped 3% on Thursday and country risk soared to levels not seen since 2005 after the government announced plans to “reprofile” about $100 billion of its debt, leaving investors scrambling to assess what kind of hit they might face.

Argentina says to extend maturities of international bonds, IMF debt – (Reuters)
Argentina will negotiate with holders of its sovereign bonds and the International Monetary Fund to extend the maturities of its debt obligations as a way of ensuring the country’s ability to pay, Treasury Minister Hernan Lacunza said on Wednesday.

Hurricane Dorian strengthens as it takes aim at Florida – (Reuters)
Hurricane Dorian took aim at the Florida coast early on Thursday, whipped up by warm Atlantic waters as it threatened to become a dangerous category 3 storm.

Anti-groping stamp lets victims mark assailants – (BBC News)
The Japanese device is paired with a special lamp that lets its otherwise invisible ink be seen.

Farmers’ loyalty to Trump tested over new corn-ethanol rules – (Associated Press)
LACONA, Iowa (AP) — When President Donald Trump levied tariffs on China that scrambled global markets, farmer Randy Miller was willing to absorb the financial hit. Even as the soybeans in his…

Thanks to consumers, US economy is rising steadily if slowly – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economic landscape would look even bleaker if not for America’s consumers.The economy slowed in the spring, and many analysts think the weakness will continue in…

China trade comments boost Wall Street at open – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened sharply higher on Thursday, as China sounded hopeful of a resolution to the long-standing trade dispute with the United States, allaying investor worries of the risk of a recession.

Europe cheers Italy pact, bond bulls pause for breath – (Reuters)
Signs that Italy’s latest political drama was over and hopeful noises from China in its trade war with the United States pushed share markets higher on Thursday and paused the relentless steamrolling of global bond yields.

EU ministers warn against no-deal Brexit – (Reuters)
European Union ministers on Thursday urged Britain to choose an orderly Brexit, with some openly expressing concern that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to suspend parliament increased the risk of a chaotic split.

Collapse us if you can, government dares Brexit opponents – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government on Thursday challenged opponents of Brexit in parliament to collapse the government or change the law if they wanted to thwart Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Scottish Conservative leader Davidson quits, citing Brexit and family – (Reuters)
Ruth Davidson quit as leader of the Conservative Party in Scotland on Thursday, delivering a blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson after she led a resurgence for the party in Scotland during her eight years in charge.

Outrage over suspension of Parliament is ‘phoney’ – (BBC News)
Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg defends the prime minister’s move but a government whip resigns in protest.

UK’s Johnson is gambling his future on suspending Parliament – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is gambling his future on the audacious proposition that he can blunt an effort to halt his Brexit plan by simply suspending “the mother of all…

US proposing easing rules on climate-changing oil emissions – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Oil and gas companies could face far looser oversight of emissions of potent climate-changing methane gas under a proposal expected from the Trump administration as soon as…

10 Democrats set for next debate as several others miss cut – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling Democratic presidential candidates are facing the bad news that they are not among the 10 who have qualified for the next debate, a predicament that is likely to spell…

Trump administration to relax methane limits at oil and gas operations – (Reuters)
The Trump administration is set to roll back Obama-era limits on emissions of methane at oil and gas wells on Thursday, a government source said, relaxing standards on one of the main pollutants scientists link to climate change.

Attacks by US extremists lead to push for anti-terror laws – (Associated Press)
SALEM, Oregon (AP) — A white man opens fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, targeting Mexicans and killing 22 people. Another man kills 11 Jewish worshippers at a synagogue in…

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From various sources

IDF identifies Iranian officers behind Hezbollah’s secret missile project – (The Jerusalem Post)
Israeli military identifies Iranian officers behind clandestine missile project; Lebanese government held responsible for project despite being unaware of it

United We Dream Is Endorsing ‘The Squad’ And Other Progressives In Congress For 2020 – (Buzzfeed)
“This is the election of our lives.”

Hong Kong protest organisers attacked by thugs – (Financial Times)
Alleged assaults with baseball bat and metal poles come as police ban march on Saturday

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

Hurricane Dorian heads for Florida after brushing Caribbean islands | CBC News – (CBC News)
Hurricane Dorian is becoming an increasing menace to Florida on Thursday as it pushes over open waters after doing limited damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Something’s stinky in Paradise: N.L. family gets spewed with sewage as town works on system | CBC News – (CBC News)
Jim Clarke went out his front door Wednesday evening in Paradise, N.L., to see what was happening, and got a face full of sewage spray for his trouble.

Pimco calls on the Fed to cut rates ‘aggressively’ on growth worries – (Financial Times)
World’s largest bond manager warns US economy may be in worse shape than thought

EPA expected to roll back Obama-era methane emissions standards today | CBC News – (CBC News)
The Trump administration will propose today the rollback of Obama-era limits on emissions of methane at oil and gas operations, a government source said, relaxing standards on one of the main pollutants scientists link to climate change.

Trump’s trade war has added deep uncertainty to the tech industry’s global supply chain – (Axios)
For all their differences, the U.S. and Chinese tech industries remain very interdependent.

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones take to the skies in dizzying <em>Aeronauts</em> trailer – (Entertainment Weekly)
‘The Theory of Everything’ stars Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne are taking their electric chemistry to new heights in the first trailer for upcoming historical drama ‘The Aeronauts.’

Hurricane on track for Florida after strike in Caribbean – (Associated Press)
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Dorian posed an increasing menace to Florida as it pushed over open waters Thursday after doing limited damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.The U.S. National…

Cyborgs will replace humans and remake the world, James Lovelock says – (NBC News)
In a new book, “Novacene,” British scientist James Lovelock foresees an Earth dominated not by humans but by smart, self-teaching entities he calls cyborgs.

Jessi Combs is killed in a high speed jet car crash – (Daily Mail)
Professional driver Jessi Combs died on Tuesday after crashing her jet car while trying to break her own land speed record in Oregon.

Instagram influencers are often white, and now the brands that pay them are getting pushback – (CNBC)
Brands are taking Instagram influencers on trips to promote their companies. But often the groups are white, young and thin. Some influencers are pushing back.

Hearts midfielder Lee joins Gillingham on loan – (FourFourTwo)

28 Pieces From Walmart That You’ll Probably Want To Layer With Everything – (Buzzfeed)
Everything you need to layer to your heart’s (and outfit’s) content.

Exclusive preview: New York comes to life (literally) in N.K. Jemisin’s next gripping series – (Entertainment Weekly)
For her next series, N.K. Jemisin is coming home — sort of. The beloved fantasy writer has certainly been keeping…

Watch <em>Steven Universe the Movie'</em>s mystery villain make her grand entrance – (Entertainment Weekly)
Meet the new baddie coming to Beach City in ‘Steven Universe the Movie.’

Epic Games announces 8 more exclusives coming to the Epic Games Store – (Polygon)
No Straight Roads, Manifold Garden, Superliminal, The Alto Collection, Airborne Kingdom, The Eternal Cylinder, Ooblets, and Wattam are all launching exclusively on the Epic Games Store.

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All about Trump

EPA expected to roll back Obama-era methane emissions standards today | CBC News – (CBC News)
The Trump administration will propose today the rollback of Obama-era limits on emissions of methane at oil and gas operations, a government source said, relaxing standards on one of the main pollutants scientists link to climate change.

Trump’s trade war has added deep uncertainty to the tech industry’s global supply chain – (Axios)
For all their differences, the U.S. and Chinese tech industries remain very interdependent.

Farmers’ loyalty to Trump tested over new corn-ethanol rules – (Associated Press)
LACONA, Iowa (AP) — When President Donald Trump levied tariffs on China that scrambled global markets, farmer Randy Miller was willing to absorb the financial hit. Even as the soybeans in his…

James Mattis says he had “no choice” but to leave Trump administration – (CBS News)
“Let me put it this way. I’ve written an entire book built on the principles of respecting your troops, respecting each other, respecting your allies,” James Mattis says

Cuomo to Trump press secretary: He lies and you know it – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Chris Cuomo pressed Trump 2020 Campaign National Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany when she claimed President Trump has never lied to Americans.

WSJ: James Mattis says he ‘did as well as I could for as long as I could’ under Trump – CNN Video – (CNN)
In an essay that was adapted from his forthcoming book, a portion of which was published in The Wall Street Journal, Former Defense Secretary James Mattis said he stepped down when he thought his advice was no longer valid in President Trump’s eyes.

US proposing easing rules on climate-changing oil emissions – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Oil and gas companies could face far looser oversight of emissions of potent climate-changing methane gas under a proposal expected from the Trump administration as soon as…

Trump’s Lawless Wall and Callous Attacks on Puerto Rico Are Connected – (New York Magazine)
Trump’s campaign says of Democrats, “This country is ours, not theirs.” The president’s policies say the same.

Trump spokesperson says ‘I don’t think this president has lied’ in heated exchange with Cuomo | TheHill – (The Hill)
CNN host Chris Cuomo and Kayleigh McEnany, a spokesperson for President Trump’s reelection campai…

Trump administration expected to roll back regulation on methane, a major climate change contributor – (CNBC)
The rule would be the latest move by the Trump administration to roll back Obama-era emission regulations on major oil and gas industries, which are the main source of methane emissions in the U.S.

The international community ignored Israel-Iran tensions this week, why? – (The Jerusalem Post)
In Europe, the antics of Brexit seemed to take all the oxygen, while the usual Trumpcentric news cycle spent time wondering if the US would buy Greenland

Trump tears into Lawrence O’Donnell, media over ‘totally false’ Russia report: ‘ALL APOLOGIZE!’ – (Fox News)
President Trump on Thursday blasted Lawrence O’Donnell and the media at large after the MSNBC host was forced to retract an unverified report he shared on his show this week that tied Trump’s finances to Russia.

Trump administration to relax methane limits at oil and gas operations – (Reuters)
The Trump administration is set to roll back Obama-era limits on emissions of methane at oil and gas wells on Thursday, a government source said, relaxing standards on one of the main pollutants scientists link to climate change.

Trump calls Puerto Rico ‘one of the most corrupt places on Earth’ as hurricane skirts by – (Google News (Canada))
Puerto Rico is still struggling to recover from back-to-back hurricanes in 2017 that killed about 3,000 people soon after the island filed for bankruptcy.

Trump gloats after MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell apologized and retracted a claim that Trump had loans backed by Russian billionaires – (Google News)
“Totally false, as is virtually everything else he, and much of the rest of the LameStream Media, has said about me for years,” tweeted Trump.

James Mattis: ‘I had no choice but to leave’ the Trump administration – (CNN)
Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis in an interview released Thursday defended his resignation from the Trump administration last year as well as his decision not to outwardly criticize the sitting president, even in his new book.

Trump administration planning methane regulation rollback: report | TheHill – (The Hill)
The Trump administration is set to announce plans to roll back regulations on methane emissions o…

Trump heavily considering blocking $250M in military aid to Ukraine – (CNN)
President Donald Trump is heavily considering a plan to block $250 million in military assistance to Ukraine, a move that would further ingratiate him to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Texts With Donald Trump’s New Challenger: (Woke?) Joe Walsh – (Buzzfeed)
In The Stakes 2020, BuzzFeed News’ newsletter about the 2020 campaign, former Congressman Joe Walsh talks about his worst tweets and insists he’s not challenging Trump for attention.

The new NAFTA won’t protect us from anti-trade U.S. presidents – (Financial Post)
Opinion: With Trump and most of his potential Democratic replacements, there are likely to be more and more serious trade storms ahead

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