2019-09-20

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

Philippines confirms 2nd polio case after declaring outbreak – (Associated Press)
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine health officials on Friday confirmed a second case of polio in a 5-year-old child a day after declaring the country’s first outbreak in nearly two decades,…

Millions of young people, led by Sweden’s Thunberg, to strike for climate action – (Reuters)
With world leaders about to gather in New York for a UN Climate Action Summit next week, millions of young people from Australia to Iceland will take off from school or work on Friday to demand urgent measures to stop environmental catastrophe.

U.N. urged by own staff to look at its climate footprint – (Reuters)
More than 1,000 United Nations employees have called for the global body to reduce its carbon footprint, including through curbs on their own diplomatic perks like business-class flights and travel handouts, a letter obtained by Reuters showed.

Fighting climate change, one quip at a time – (Reuters)
For thousands of student protesters around the world, the fate of the planet is a serious business, but some couldn’t resist a bit of fun to press home the point to judge from their placards.

Special Report: The three young women racing to defuse a climate-change bomb – (Reuters)
Banking hard over the whitecaps off the west coast of Norway, the jetliner flying Dominika Pasternak and her fellow scientists descends so sharply that it seems for a moment as if the crew is about to ditch them all in the drink.

Fed’s Bullard, explaining dissent, says U.S. manufacturing appears ‘in recession’ – (Reuters)
After delivering a split-decision rate cut earlier this week, U.S. Federal Reserve officials on Friday squared off over where the economy stands and what should be done about it.

U.S. repo rate rises ahead of Fed repo operation – (Reuters)
The interest rate on U.S. overnight repurchase agreements climbed early Friday in advance of an operation conducted by the New York Federal Reserve which may add up to $75 billion in temporary cash in the U.S. banking system.

At least they’re talking: EU, UK push on with Brexit meets – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — British and European Union negotiators agreed Friday to press on with talks in search of an elusive Brexit deal, as Ireland’s deputy leader warned that the two sides remain far apart…

‘Save our future’: Striking students demand global climate action – (Reuters)
Hundreds of thousands of students, office workers and other protesters took to the streets around the world on Friday to demand global leaders gathering for a U.N. climate summit take urgent action to avert an environmental catastrophe.

Saudi Arabia shows attack site damage as Iran pledges tough defense – (Reuters)
Saudi Arabia on Friday took media to inspect oil facilities hit by attacks that Washington and Riyadh blame on Iran, showing melted pipes and burnt equipment, as Tehran vowed wide retaliation if heightened tensions boil over into hostilities.

Imelda leaves 2 dead in Texas, others stranded and trapped – (Associated Press)
CHINA, Texas (AP) — Emergency crews continued to pull motorists and others from high water Friday after the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda soaked the Houston area, leaving at least two people…

German coalition reaches deal on new climate package: source – (Reuters)
Germany’s governing parties on Friday agreed a new climate protection package, including a domestic carbon price and the possibility of more stringent measures in future, a source close to the talks said.

Brexit: EU and UK ‘share common purpose’ – (BBC News)
Both sides promise to look for an agreement ahead of 31 October, following a meeting in Brussels.

Young climate strikers “drop dead” at Thai environment ministry – (Reuters)
More than 200 young people in Thailand stormed into the environment ministry on Friday and dropped to the ground feigning death as they demanded government action on climate change along with thousands of strikers around the world.

Indonesia’s president delays vote on law banning extramarital sex – (Al Jazeera English)
Under proposed law, people who have pre-marital or extramarital sex could face between six months and one year in jail.

Young people lead global climate change protests – (Associated Press)
BERLIN (AP) — In Canberra and Kabul, Cape Town and Berlin, and across the globe, hundreds of thousands of people took the streets Friday to demand that leaders tackle climate change in the run-up…

Jennifer Lopez stripper film banned in Malaysia – (BBC News)
The country’s film censorship board decrees that Hustlers is “not suitable for public screening”.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio drops 2020 presidential bid – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Friday after struggling to gain traction in a sprawling field of…

New York mayor pulls out of presidential race – (BBC News)
Bill de Blasio says it’s “clearly not my time” as he drops out of the 2020 election campaign.

US military to present Trump with several options on Iran – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will present a broad range of military options to President Donald Trump on Friday as he considers how to respond to what administration officials say was an…

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From various sources

AFL Preliminary Final: Richmond Tigers defeat Geelong Cats for grand final berth, Tom Lynch, Dion Prestia – (News.com.au)
Richmond staged a dramatic comeback to beat Geelong and advance to the AFL Grand Final.

NRL Finals live scores Rabbitohs vs Manly, updates, video of South Sydney vs Sea Eagles – (News.com.au)
South Sydney are red-hot favourites to continue Manly’s ANZ Stadium hoodoo when they face off for a spot in the NRL final four on Friday night.

Right from Wrong: Belittling Bibi’s mastery by calling it ‘magic’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Stunned that this campaign hasn’t been as successful as they’d anticipated, Netanyahu’s naysayers minimize his ability to remain in power by calling him a “magician.”

Opinion | What might finally ensnare Trump – (The Washington Post)
Yes, Trump really could be that dumb.

When the Chosen People Can’t Choose – (The Jerusalem Post)
Master tactician Netanyahu falls short with Russian and Arab voters.

Devils Of Manhattan – (The American Conservative)
I visited two friends in Manhattan. We weren’t the only ones in the room

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Fed launches fourth intervention to soothe money markets – (Financial Times)
Key measures suggest conditions easing after dramatic flare-up this week

Man who threw terminally ill mum to her death from care home balcony avoids jail – (Mirror)
After pushing his mother to her death, Robert Knight is said to have told care home staff: “I have just killed her, my mother, I threw her off there”

Trader Joe’s $3 Stuffed Gnocchi Might Be Your New Favorite Dinner – (Buzzfeed)
Like pasta? You’ve gotta try this.

Remnant: From the Ashes patch adds Leto Dungeon and new armor set – (Polygon)
Remnant: From the Ashes’ latest patch adds the new Leto’s Way dungeon which features important new story information and a unique puzzle.

Cory Booker compares Democratic opposition to nuclear power to GOP’s climate change denial – (Axios)
“Our party has the same obligation to listen to scientists.”

Thieves Rob UK Children’s Hospital & Steal Xbox One – CCN.com – (Crypto Coins News)
Thieves steal Xbox One from ward at Leeds Children’s Hospital, but community rallies together to source a replacement within minutes.

Trump to hear military options on Iran as Saudis show oil site damage – (CBS News)
CBS News has confirmed that Pentagon officials will give President Trump military options on Friday, for any possible retaliation against Iran for its alleged role in the strike on Saudi oil facilities. While the United States said it’s looking at all options…

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio drops out of Democratic presidential race – (CBS News)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday morning that he’s ending his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination after making no headway in the polls and failing to qualify for the last debate. CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns ha…

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All about Trump

Opinion | What might finally ensnare Trump – (The Washington Post)
Yes, Trump really could be that dumb.

Trump to hear military options on Iran as Saudis show oil site damage – (CBS News)
CBS News has confirmed that Pentagon officials will give President Trump military options on Friday, for any possible retaliation against Iran for its alleged role in the strike on Saudi oil facilities. While the United States said it’s looking at all options…

Controversy over Trump phone call centers on Ukraine, as president claims new plot by Schiff – (Fox News)
The developing controversy over a mysterious phone conversation President Trump had with a foreign leader apparently centers on Ukraine, as the president and his allies claim the uproar is just another partisan plot against him.

U.S. excludes another 437 Chinese-made product types from Trump’s tariffs next month | CBC News – (CBC News)
The U.S. has exempted another 437 types of products from China from the tariffs Washington had previously threatened to impose on them, in the latest sign that the combatants in the Sino-American trade war are perhaps becoming gun-shy.

John Avlon: This is the latest episode in Trump’s war on the intelligence community – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s John Avlon walks through President Donald Trump’s history of dismissing or going against information from the US intelligence community.

Trump denies saying ‘something inappropriate’ on call – (Fox News)
John Yoo and Buck Sexton react.

After a rocky start with the Aussies, Donald Trump to host state dinner for Prime Minister Scott Morrison – (USA Today)
President Trump will treat Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to a White House state dinner. Here are 5 things you should know about his visit.

Trump Administration may Divert Additional Pentagon Funds for Border Wall – (National Review)
Trump wants 500 miles of barriers by the 2020 election. The construction requires $18.4 billion, much more than the administration has publicly disclosed.

Dow Crawls Higher After Trump Awards China 400 Tariff Exemptions – CCN.com – (Crypto Coins News)
The Dow enjoyed a small recovery after Trump exempted 437 Chinese products from US tariffs ahead of next month’s negotiations.

Scott Morrison US visit: Donald Trump hosts White House arrival ceremony – (News.com.au)
Trump welcomes ScoMo to White House

Trump Administration Blocks Whistleblower Report: The Latest – (Fortune)
The government’s intelligence watchdog says the blocked complaint is “serious” and “urgent.”

Mark Penn: Hillary would be 2020 contender if she had conceded the 2016 election – (Fox News)
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed voter suppression this week, specifically in the key state of Wisconsin, for her 2016 loss to Donald Trump.

Trump: ‘Nothing wrong’ with Ukraine call sources say is focus of intel complaint – (ABC News)
President Donald Trump’s call with a foreign leader that’s the focus of a formal complaint was to Ukraine’s president, sources told ABC News.

Live updates: The latest on the Trump whistleblower mystery – CNNPolitics – (CNN)
A communication between President Trump and a foreign leader prompted a whistleblower complaint. Follow here for the latest.

Live updates: The latest on the Trump whistleblower mystery – CNNPolitics – (Google News)
A communication between President Trump and a foreign leader prompted a whistleblower complaint. Follow here for the latest.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ends presidential campaign. Trump responds in tweet – (USA Today)
De Blasio announced the end of his presidential campaign Friday, saying on MSNBC, “I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election.”

‘Teetering on a public health crisis.’ New Title X policy forces Ohio Planned Parenthood clinics to close – (USA Today)
A new Trump administration policy that blocks Title X grantees from referring patients to abortion providers has left Planned Parenthood struggling to find funding

Scott Morrison applauds America’s ‘moral purpose’ while meeting Donald Trump – (Google News (Australia))
Prime minister says Australia will take a ‘stronger stand against the biased and unfair targeting of Israel in the UN General Assembly’

The Disappearing Political Center: In More Places, Elections Aren’t Close – (The Wall Street Journal)
A comparison of Bill Clinton’s re-election in 1996 with Donald Trump’s victory 20 years later

Zuckerberg meets Trump, senators; nixes breaking up Facebook – (News24)
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg met with US President Donald Trump and members of Congress on a political reconnaissance mission to Washington, where he rejected calls to break up the world’s biggest social network.

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