2019-09-18

Headlines:

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

Analyst view: Fed’s day two of cash injection into U.S. banking system – (Reuters)
As if the U.S. Federal Reserve didn’t already have enough on its plate heading into its meeting on interest rates this week, chaos deep inside the plumbing of the U.S. financial system has thrown policymakers an unexpected curve ball.

Instant view: U.S. fed funds rate breaks above Fed’s target range – (Reuters)
A key interest rates the Federal Reserve aims to influence to control monetary policy broke above the top-end of the central bank’s target range for the first time since the global credit crisis more than a decade ago.

Saudi Finance Minister: still considering secondary options for Aramco IPO – Bloomberg – (Reuters)
Saudi Arabia is still considering secondary locations for the flotation of oil giant Aramco after primary location Riyadh, Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan said in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Wednesday.

Facebook still auto-generating Islamic State, al-Qaida pages – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of…

Israel’s Arabs poised to gain new voice after tight election – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Arab coalition appears poised to emerge as the main opposition bloc following Tuesday’s election, a historic first that would grant a new platform to a long-marginalized…

Trump names new national security adviser – (BBC News)
Robert C O’Brien is Mr Trump’s fourth national security adviser and replaces John Bolton.

Trump orders more Iran curbs as Saudi readies attack evidence – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he ordered a major increase in sanctions on Iran in the latest U.S. move to pressure Tehran, which U.S. officials say probably carried out a crippling weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities.

Trump names Robert O’Brien as new national security adviser – (Al Jazeera English)
Hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien, who has a long history in Republican foreign policy circles, will replace John Bolton

Trump Names Robert O’Brien, Hostage Mediator, as National Security Adviser – (The New York Times)
The president announced on Twitter that Mr. O’Brien will replace John Bolton, who was ousted amid myriad differences with Mr. Trump over foreign policy.

Wall Street ticks lower as FedEx warns on profit; Fed on tap – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks edged lower at open on Wednesday, pressured by FedEx’s warning on full-year profit, while investors waited for the Federal Reserve’s decision on interest rates.

U.S. housing starts, building permits hit 12-year high – (Reuters)
U.S. homebuilding surged to more than a 12-year high in August as both single- and multi-family housing construction increased, suggesting that lower mortgage rates were finally providing a boost to the struggling housing market.

Iran tells US retaliation looms if targeted for Saudi attack – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has warned the U.S. it will retaliate “immediately” if Tehran is targeted over a weekend attack on Saudi oil installations, its state-run news agency reported Wednesday,…

UK parliament suspension not a matter for judges, PM Johnson’s lawyer tells Supreme Court – (Reuters)
Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament is a political issue and not a matter for judges, a lawyer for the prime minister said on Wednesday as he sought to persuade the British Supreme Court that the five-week shutdown was lawful.

Lewandowski, House Democrats spar at 1st impeachment hearing – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first impeachment hearing held by House Democrats quickly turned hostile as their sole witness, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, stonewalled many of their…

Iran warns of crushing response, blames U.S. for regional tension – (Reuters)
Iran on Wednesday threatened a crushing response to any military strike after attacks on Saudi oil sites blamed by Washington on Tehran, though it said the Islamic Republic had no desire for conflict in the Gulf region.

Fire in Liberia religious school kills dozens of children – (Al Jazeera English)
Police spokesman says students ‘were learning the Quran when fire broke out’ in Paynesville, near Monrovia.

Cries in the night: Life in the limbo of a Mexican shelter – (Associated Press)
JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Long after midnight, when the heat has finally relented and the walled courtyard is scattered with men sleeping in the open, someone begins to sob.The sound is quiet,…

EU lawmakers vote to approve Brexit delay if UK requests one – (Associated Press)
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European Parliament lawmakers on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of another Brexit delay if Britain requests one and certain conditions are met, after European…

Israel election delivers deadlocked parliament – (BBC News)
Neither PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s party not that of his main rival has gained enough seats to govern.

School fire leaves many children dead in Liberia – (BBC News)
Fire breaks out in boarding school outside Liberian capital Monrovia, killing at least 23 children

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From various sources

Likud lost Ethiopian, Negev votes after shooting, rockets – (The Jerusalem Post)
Gantz won Tel Aviv, Litzman won Jerusalem and Jordan Valley supports Likud after Netanyahu annexation promises.

Women’s March board member, Zahra Billoo compares IDF soldiers to ISIS – (The Jerusalem Post)
Billoo tweeted that she doesn’t “see the difference between American youth leaving the country to join ISIS or the IDF.”

After a coalition is formed comes the steeper task of approving a budget – (The Jerusalem Post)
“… the competition for resources and the need to approve a budget will all be conducted in the shadow of an increasing fiscal deficit.”

Christian artists celebrate religious freedom win in Arizona Supreme Court – (Fox News)
A pair of Christian artists are celebrating a religious freedom win at the Arizona Supreme Court that found the government cannot force them to make invitations for a same-sex wedding.

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

Trump warns ‘Dummy Beto’ making gun deal ‘much harder’ with confiscation rhetoric – (Fox News)
President Trump warned Wednesday that a possible deal with Democrats for new gun safety legislation has been complicated by presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s confiscation rhetoric.

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

Kendall Jenner Responded With A Savage Tweet After Khloé Kardashian Complimented Her New Blonde Hair – (Buzzfeed)
Celebrity siblings are really just like us!

AI can’t protect us from deepfakes, argues new report – (The Verge)
A new report from Data and Society raises doubts that artificial intelligence is the solution to deepfakes. Authors Britt Paris and Joan Donovan argue altered video can’t be fixed with just technology.

Hori’s Split Pad Pro for the Nintendo Switch gives you a real controller on the go – (The Verge)
Hori’s Split Pad Pro is a new controller for the Nintendo Switch that lets you use a pro-grade controller in portable mode, making it perfect for titles like Dark Souls and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Damon Lindelof gives his first deep-dive <em>Watchmen </em>interview – (Entertainment Weekly)
Lindelof: “I’m not entirely sure I’ll be able to defend every decision I made, but I’ll be able to explain why I made it”

Ruben Neves dismisses claims that Europa League is damaging Wolves’ form – (FourFourTwo)

PlayVS picks up $50 million Series C to build out high school esports – (TechCrunch)
PlayVS, the platform that allows high school students to compete on varsity esports teams through their school, has today announced the close of a $50 million Series C led by existing investor NEA. Battery Ventures, Dick Costolo and Adam Bain of 01 Advisors, …

Supreme Court judge grills Boris Johnson’s lawyer on proroguing Parliament – (Daily Mail)
Sir James Eadie said the PM’s advice to the Queen to shut the Commons for five weeks until October 14 was lawful and ‘is not territory in which a court can enter’ as he fights Gina Miller’s case.

Brad Pitt lifts off as an astronaut in search of his father in <em>Ad Astra</em> – (Entertainment Weekly)
‘Fight Club’ actor stars in science-fi epic from director James Gray

Spanking ban is dangerous, destructive and disturbing, says lobby group – (News24)
Freedom of Religion South Africa says it is fuming after the Constitutional Court upheld a ruling that declared corporal punishment at home unconstitutional.

Everything you need to know about <em>Downton Abbey</em> before watching the movie – (Entertainment Weekly)
Meet the cast of characters from the ‘Downton Abbey’ series before watching the movie on Sept. 20.

How Reggie Fils-Aimé is keeping busy after retiring from Nintendo – (Polygon)
The former Nintendo of America president and COO is joining the New York Videogame Critics Circle after retiring from his position as Nintendo of America president in mid-April.

Opinion | The myth of the breakout – (The Washington Post)
Debates don’t boost the lesser-knowns.

‘Missing’ Delhi elephant Laxmi found, mahout Saddam arrested after two months on the run – (The Hindu)
Elephant Laxmi was found at around 3.30 a.m. in the Yamuna Khadar area in the eastern part of the capital near the Uttar Pradesh border.

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All about Trump

Trump warns ‘Dummy Beto’ making gun deal ‘much harder’ with confiscation rhetoric – (Fox News)
President Trump warned Wednesday that a possible deal with Democrats for new gun safety legislation has been complicated by presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s confiscation rhetoric.

CNN Interview With ‘No Obligation To Be Honest’ Corey Lewandowski Sparks Online Fury – (The Huffington Post)
The network faced backlash for giving air time to the former Trump campaign manager, a day after he admitted lying to the media.

Trump Taps Robert O’Brien as National Security Advisor – (National Review)
President Trump on Wednesday announced Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Robert O’Brien as his pick for national security advisor.

Did Trump lose the election for Netanyahu? – Analysis – (The Jerusalem Post)
The results of Tuesday’s election appeared to indicate that the slogan “Netanyahu: In Another League” was not as persuasive as the creative minds in Likud envisioned.

Trump taps Robert O’Brien for national security adviser – (CBS News)
O’Brien is currently the country’s hostage negotiator for the State Department

Trump orders Mnuchin to ‘substantially increase’ sanctions on Iran – (Google News)
The unspecified action comes after the U.S. accused Iran of carrying out the weekend attacks on critical Saudi oil installations.

Trump taps hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien as national security adviser to replace John Bolton – (USA Today)
O’Brien will replace the ousted John Bolton. Currently, O’Brien is Trump’s special envoy for hostage affairs at the State Department.

Trump names new national security adviser – (BBC News)
Robert C O’Brien is Mr Trump’s fourth national security adviser and replaces John Bolton.

Trump names new national security adviser – (Google News)
President Donald Trump named Robert O’Brien, the US hostage negotiator, his new national security adviser on Wednesday.

Trump orders more Iran curbs as Saudi readies attack evidence – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he ordered a major increase in sanctions on Iran in the latest U.S. move to pressure Tehran, which U.S. officials say probably carried out a crippling weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities.

Trump names Robert O’Brien as new national security adviser – (Al Jazeera English)
Hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien, who has a long history in Republican foreign policy circles, will replace John Bolton

Trump Names Robert O’Brien, Hostage Mediator, as National Security Adviser – (The New York Times)
The president announced on Twitter that Mr. O’Brien will replace John Bolton, who was ousted amid myriad differences with Mr. Trump over foreign policy.

Trump announces new economic sanctions on Iran – (The Irish Times)
Hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien to be new national security adviser, US president says

Trump orders ‘substantially’ tougher sanctions on Iran – (Financial Times)
US president has blamed Tehran for attack on Saudi oil facilities

Donald Trump To Name Robert C. O’Brien As National Security Adviser – (The Huffington Post)
O’Brien, who serves as special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, is set to replace John Bolton.

As Iran Threatens Retaliation Against U.S., Trump Plans New Sanctions – (Fortune)
President Donald Trump said Wednesday morning that he plans to “substantially” increase sanctions on Iran.

Trump names Robert O’Brien as national security adviser – (Axios)
He serves as the Trump administration’s hostage envoy.

Trump names Robert O’Brien as new national security adviser – (NBC News)
President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O’Brien, a State Department official who has specialized in hostage issues, as his new national security adviser.

Trump names new national security adviser – (CNN)
President Donald Trump named Robert O’Brien, the US hostage negotiator, his new national security adviser on Wednesday.

Trump Names Robert O’Brien as National Security Adviser – (The Wall Street Journal)
The hostage-affairs official with the State Department will succeed John Bolton

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