2019-09-04

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

Hurricane Dorian Updates: Florida to North Carolina Under Storm Surge Threat – (The New York Times)
The National Hurricane Center warned of the danger of “life-threatening” storm surges along hundreds of miles of the southeast coast.

Hong Kong withdraws extradition bill that sparked protests – (Associated Press)
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced Wednesday the government will formally withdraw an extradition bill that sparked months of demonstrations, bowing to one of the…

Brexit breathes life back into Scottish independence push – (Associated Press)
STIRLING, Scotland (AP) — When Scotland voted in 2014 against independence, that seemed to settle the issue: The hauntingly rugged region where Britain’s royal family spends its holidays at its…

AP source: Cowboys, Elliott have deal, ending long holdout – (Associated Press)
The Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott have agreed on a $90 million, six-year contract extension that will make him the NFL’s highest-paid running back and end a holdout that lasted the entire…

More than 120 U.S. military construction projects to be hurt by Trump’s border wall funding – (Reuters)
More than 120 U.S. military construction projects will be adversely affected as the Pentagon prepares to use $3.6 billion to help build or enhance 175 miles (282 km) of the border wall with Mexico, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

Wall St. opens higher as robust Chinese data eases growth concerns – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks rose broadly at the open on Wednesday as encouraging data from China allayed concerns of slowing global growth, with sentiment getting a boost on signs of easing tensions in Hong Kong following the withdrawal of a controversial bill.

Turkey says it faces up to $3 billion in trade losses with Britain under no-deal Brexit – (Reuters)
Turkey may lose trade with Britain worth up to $3 billion in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said on Wednesday, adding that many Turkish companies lacked information on the consequences of such a scenario.

‘We need help’: Rescuers in Bahamas face a blasted landscape – (Associated Press)
FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — Rescuers trying to reach drenched and stunned victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas fanned out across a blasted landscape of smashed and flooded homes Wednesday,…

Scottish court rules in PM Johnson’s favor in parliament suspension case – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament later this month until shortly before Britain leaves the European Union is lawful, a Scottish court ruled on Wednesday, saying the matter was not one for judges to decide.

PM Johnson believes lawmakers must back new election if they vote for Brexit bill: spokesman – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson believes that if parliament votes to try to stop a no-deal Brexit – or “surrender bill” – lawmakers should back an election before an EU summit on Oct. 17, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

YouTube to pay $170M fine after violating kids’ privacy law – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Google’s video site YouTube has been fined $170 million to settle allegations it collected children’s personal data without their parents’ consent.The Federal Trade…

YouTube fined over children’s privacy violation – (BBC News)
A record fine of $170m was agreed after the site was accused of breaking children’s privacy laws.

Family of 5, teens among 34 presumed dead in dive boat fire – (Associated Press)
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — High school students, a science teacher and his daughter, an adventurous marine biologist and a family of five celebrating a birthday are among those presumed dead…

Pentagon defers 127 building projects to fund border wall – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the use of $3.6 billion in funding from military construction projects to build 175 miles (282 kilometers) of President Donald Trump’s wall…

Miami’s Bahamian ties inspire relief effort after Dorian – (Associated Press)
MIAMI (AP) — Spared from the wrath of Hurricane Dorian, people in South Florida are donating water, food and household supplies in a relief effort spearheaded by descendants of some of Miami’s…

Regulators Fine Google $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube – (The New York Times)
As part of a settlement, YouTube said it would also institute new privacy measures on children’s videos. Critics said the changes did not go far enough to protect children.

Hong Kong leader withdraws extradition bill, but too little too late, say some – (Reuters)
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday withdrew an extradition bill that triggered months of often violent protests so the Chinese-ruled city can move forward from a “highly vulnerable and dangerous” place and find solutions.

Bahamas officials search for Dorian survivors as storm heads for Florida, Georgia – (Reuters)
The wreckage of pulverized homes, beached boats and floodwaters covered miles of the Bahamas in Hurricane Dorian’s wake on Wednesday, as rescuers searched for survivors of the worst storm to ever strike the island nation.

Defiant UK lawmakers move to bar ‘no deal’ Brexit – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Parliament was attempting to defy Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans on Wednesday as lawmakers sought a way out of the impasse that has gripped the nation since…

Applause as MP demands Johnson burka apology – (BBC News)
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi asks the PM when he will “finally apologise” for saying Muslim women looked like “letterboxes”.

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From various sources

Ashes 4th Test 2019: Live cricket scores, updates, weather | Day 1 – (News.com.au)
Welcome to our live coverage of day one of the fourth Ashes Test in Manchester.

Netanyahu to go to Moscow soon for meeting with Putin – (The Jerusalem Post)
This visit was annouced after Netanyahu cancelled a meeting in India due to “scheduling issues.”

Netanyahu was close to attacking Iran in 2012 despite Obama – NYT – (The Jerusalem Post)
In an interview, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that Israel was close to attacking Iran in 2012 but stopped after he did not have enough support in his cabinet.

Hurricane Dorian Updates: Florida to North Carolina Under Storm Surge Threat – (The New York Times)
The National Hurricane Center warned of the danger of “life-threatening” storm surges along hundreds of miles of the southeast coast.

Joint List’s Ayman Odeh: ‘I want to be prime minister’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Odeh used former US president Barack Obama as an example of a member of a minority who became the leader of a nation.

Bank of Canada resists pressure to cut its interest rate — for now | CBC News – (CBC News)
Canada’s central bank has decided to keep its benchmark rate at 1.75 per cent, despite ‘escalating trade conflicts’ that are starting to take a toll on the country’s economy.

Google and YouTube pay $170m to settle child privacy claims – (Financial Times)
Video site accused of illegally collecting personal information without parents’ consent

Ninja’s exclusive Gears 5 stream shows the breadth of his Microsoft partnership – (The Verge)
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins raised some eyebrows yesterday when he announced an exclusive first look at Gears 5’s campaign, a game published by Microsoft, and Blevins has a contract to stream exclusively on the Microsoft-owned streaming platform Mixer.

China’s Yangtze River Basin Represents the World’s Third-Largest Economy—And It’s at Great Risk – (Fortune)
It’s vitally important—domestically and globally.

Most Accurate 2016 Poll Shows Biden, Warren, Sanders Beating Trump – (National Review)
The poll shows Joe Biden and several other Democratic candidates beating President Trump in a 2020 general-election matchup.

Bank of Canada holds rate for now, but says trade war taking a toll – (Financial Post)
Move widely expected

Hong Kong withdraws extradition bill that sparked protests – (Associated Press)
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced Wednesday the government will formally withdraw an extradition bill that sparked months of demonstrations, bowing to one of the…

The View: Meghan McCain to her co-hosts: “I’m not going to live without guns” – (CBS News)
“The View” co-host warned there could be “violence” if people’s guns are taken away from them

Childish Boris Johnson calls Jeremy Corbyn ‘big girl’s blouse’ during fiery PMQs – (Mirror)
The insult came as the Labour leader refused to support Boris Johnson’s desperate bid to call a snap general election

Nurse, 24, claims RSPCA put down two kittens without consent – (Daily Mail)
Lucy Pauley, from Coventry, claims the RSPCA allowed a vet to down two kittens which had been born with ‘wobbly cat syndrome’, also known as cerebellar hypoplasia.

Facebook expands its use of facial recognition technology – (Axios)
It could be greasing the wheels for even greater use of the technology later.

Dad ranks Cadbury and Nestle chocolate bars from ‘God-like’ to ‘cat vomit’ – (Mirror)
“Don’t bother commenting, this isn’t up for discussion”

Hate crimes in Washington, D.C.: Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton wants more action on hate crimes; LGBTQ residents targeted – (CBS News)
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says a previous request for information by the U.S. attorney’s office has gone unanswered

Chanel Miller: Stanford sex assault victim reveals her name, face and voice – 60 Minutes – (CBS News)
For years she was known as “Emily Doe,” the sexual assault victim of Stanford swimmer Brock Turner. Now she’s revealing her name, face, and voice

This photo of Hurricane Dorian’s eye puts the monster storm’s destructive power on full display – (Google News)
You don’t have to be down on Earth to comprehend the destructive power of Hurricane Dorian.

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All about Trump

Most Accurate 2016 Poll Shows Biden, Warren, Sanders Beating Trump – (National Review)
The poll shows Joe Biden and several other Democratic candidates beating President Trump in a 2020 general-election matchup.

O’Rourke campaign responds to bot-promoted conspiracy theory that Odessa shooter was a supporter – (CBS News)
The conspiracy theory, which went viral on Twitter, was echoed by a Trump campaign surrogate

More than 120 U.S. military construction projects to be hurt by Trump’s border wall funding – (Reuters)
More than 120 U.S. military construction projects will be adversely affected as the Pentagon prepares to use $3.6 billion to help build or enhance 175 miles (282 km) of the border wall with Mexico, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

Pence’s office now says it wasn’t Trump’s idea to stay at his hotel in Ireland | TheHill – (The Hill)
Vice President Pence’s office issued a statement late Tuesday saying President Trump did not dire…

Pentagon defers 127 building projects to fund border wall – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the use of $3.6 billion in funding from military construction projects to build 175 miles (282 kilometers) of President Donald Trump’s wall…

Ex-Bush Ethics Attorney Slams Mike Pence’s Trump Hotel Stay: Illegal And Immoral – (The Huffington Post)
Richard Painter railed against spending taxpayer money to help the president’s personal businesses.

Trump Admin Diverts $3.6 Billion from Defense Projects for Border Wall – (National Review)
The Trump administration is moving forward with a plan to reroute $3.6 billion from military projects to building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Conan O’Brien goes to Greenland to find out what people think of America – (Entertainment Weekly)
President Donald Trump said he wants to buy Greenland. O’Brien became his ambassador.

France extends a $15 billion lifeline for Iran nuclear deal – (Axios)
The prospective deal hinges on the Trump administration not blocking it.

Trump’s rollback of climate change regulations will be felt far beyond his presidency – (Google News)
In his time in office, President Trump has rolled back dozens of environmental regulations, and critics say the impacts of his policies will be felt for generations to come.

Eric McCormack backtracks, says he doesn’t support ‘blacklists’ after calling to out Trump donors – (Fox News)
“Will & Grace” star Eric McCormack is walking back his comments after he and his co-star Debra Messing were widely criticized after calling for Trump donors in Hollywood to be outed.

Goldbug Trumpets Bitcoin as Your Portfolio’s Long-Term Bond Killer – (Crypto Coins News)
Dan Tepiero, co-founder of Gold Bullion International said that gold and bitcoin will replace bonds as vehicles of portfolio hedge in the long term.

Using Military Funds For Wall Is ‘Slap In The Face’ For Forces: Schumer – (Newsweek)
President Donald Trump is “willing to cannibalize already allocated military funding to boost his own ego, and for a wall he promised Mexico would pay to build,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck…

Odessa, Texas mass shooting responses tie together evangelical Christians and guns – (NBC News)
Odessa, Texas mass shooting responses tie together Trump, evangelical Christians and gun control in America a few weeks after El Paso

Lou Dobbs Just Went Full Propaganda On His Show And Trump Is Already Quoting It – (The Huffington Post)
The Fox Business host began to trend on Twitter after making an extreme defense of the president.

‘They are riding a rubber ducky into alligator-infested waters’ – (Politico)
Trump faces a contracting U.S. factory sector, a narrow path to trade victories and investors spooked by recession risks — all before an election year.

Trump’s Base Fooled by Phony Populism? Hardly – (The American Conservative)
New data shows that his voters in key states have done very well economically since he took office.

Trump advisers are more worried about Elizabeth Warren than any other 2020 Democratic candidate – (Business Insider)
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has seen a meteoric rise in the narrowing Democratic field over the last several months.

Trump advisers are more worried about Elizabeth Warren than any other 2020 Democratic candidate – (Business Insider (UK))
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has seen a meteoric rise in the narrowing Democratic field over the last several months.

Black Voters Warn Dems: ‘Trump Is Not Enough’ to Increase Turnout – (Breitbart News)
Black voters in key big cities like Detroit are warning Democrats that being against President Donald Trump will not be enough to motivate black Democrats to go to the polls in 2020.

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