2019-09-26

Headlines:

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

Immigrant Population Growth in the U.S. Slows to a Trickle – (The New York Times)
The U.S. population gained immigrants last year at the slowest pace since 2008. President Trump’s approach to immigration is seen as the likely cause.

Highlights of the U.S. whistleblower complaint – (Reuters)
The U.S. House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released a declassified version of a whistleblower report accusing President Donald Trump of using his office to solicit interference in the 2020 presidential election from a foreign country.

Exclusive: Texas signs ex-Microsoft lawyer, others to aid in Google antitrust probe – (Reuters)
The Texas attorney general’s office has hired three consultants for a multi-state probe it is leading into Alphabet Inc’s Google, including an economist who worked with some of the firm’s major rivals and a lawyer who is a Microsoft veteran.

UK government discussing the timing of Queen’s Speech – (Reuters)
The British government is discussing the timing of a Queen’s Speech with parliamentary authorities, the leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, said on Thursday.

Wall Street starts flat as political woes offset China on trade – (Reuters)
U.S. stock indexes saw a muted open on Thursday as fresh developments on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump kept markets subdued, dampening optimism spurred by upbeat comments from China on trade.

UK parliament speaker says election cannot happen before October 31 – (Reuters)
The speaker of Britain’s House of Commons John Bercow said on Thursday that, under existing rules, a national election could not be held before the country is due to leave the European Union at the end of October.

Whistleblower complaint says Trump abused power – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A secret whistleblower complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry alleges that President Donald Trump abused the power of his office to “solicit interference from a…

Looking for loopholes: How could UK PM Johnson avoid delaying Brexit? – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he will refuse to seek a delay to Brexit, raising fears he could try to exploit a loophole to bypass legislation aimed at preventing the country leaving the European Union without a deal.

UK lawmakers vote against parliament adjourning for Conservative conference – (Reuters)
British lawmakers voted on Thursday against adjourning parliament until Oct. 3 for the governing Conservative Party to hold their annual conference.

‘Gross’: Lanternflies causing big bug problem for some – (Associated Press)
KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) — In the Great Spotted Lanternfly War, Pennsylvania’s citizen-soldiers are fighting back with fly swatters and vacuums, dish soap and sticky tape. They’re stomping and spraying…

The Latest: Schiff says complaint reads like crime shakedown – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on testimony by the acting director of national intelligence and a whistleblower complaint (all times local):9:30 a.m.House Intelligence Committee…

US economy grew at modest 2% rate in second quarter – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2% annual rate in the second quarter, a pace sharply lower than the 3%-plus growth rates seen over the past year. Many analysts believe growth…

Trump pushes Attorney General Barr into political fray again – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In offering Ukraine’s president the help of Attorney General William Barr in investigating political rival Joe Biden, President Donald Trump is once again inserting the nation’s…

Whistle-Blower’s Complaint Says White House Tried to ‘Lock Down’ Ukraine Call Records – (The New York Times)
The declassified complaint, released Thursday, accuses the president of trying to get Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election to benefit him.

England thrash United States 45-7 in Rugby World Cup – (BBC News)
England hit their World Cup straps with a seven-try demolition of the USA to make it two bonus-point wins from two.

Whistleblower alleges Trump sought foreign meddling in 2020 election – (Reuters)
A report by a U.S. whistleblower released on Thursday alleged that President Donald Trump used his office to solicit Ukraine’s interference in the 2020 election, risking U.S. national security.

Ex-French President Chirac, who stood up to US, dies at 86 – (Associated Press)
PARIS (AP) — Jacques Chirac, a two-term French president who was the first leader to acknowledge France’s role in the Holocaust and defiantly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, died…

Kathryn Murdoch Steps Out of the Family Shadow to Fight Climate Change – (The New York Times)
You know her last name, and her father-in-law, Rupert, the conservative media mogul. Now, she hopes to remove partisan obstacles to climate progress that her family’s empire helped build.

UK leader Johnson faces backlash over confrontational tone – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced a backlash from furious lawmakers Thursday over his use of charged and confrontational language in Parliament about opponents of his Brexit…

Former French president Jacques Chirac dies, aged 86 – (Reuters)
Former President Jacques Chirac, a political chameleon who dominated French politics for decades in roles ranging from mayor of Paris to the second-longest serving leader of the nation, died on Thursday at the age of 86.

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From various sources

Why did Fatah close its own official Facebook page? Fear – (The Jerusalem Post)
“We were worried that Facebook would shut it down permanently because of that Israeli organization’s campaign and complaint

Police officer injured in stabbing attack near Temple Mount – Police – (The Jerusalem Post)

Gantz to Netanyahu: Let’s aim for a real unity government without spin – (The Jerusalem Post)
Gantz called out to Netanyahu and asked him to come to the negotiation table without the bloc or any other tricks, citing the good of the state as the reason that should be done.

12 countries where Apple iPhone 11 is cheaper than India | Gadgets Now – (The Times of India)
The new iPhone 11 will go on sale starting September 27 in India. The base model of the Apple iPhone 11 with 64GB storage costs Rs 64,900. It’s a known fact that Apple iPhones costs less in many other parts of the world than in India, due to lesser taxes and …

– (Fox Sports)

Whistleblower accuses Trump of covering up bid to seek Ukraine’s help in 2020 election – live – (Google News (UK))
Joseph Maguire, acting director of national intelligence, testifies before the House intelligence committee on the whistleblower complaint

Package Free picks up $4.5 million to scale sustainable CPG products – (TechCrunch)
The climate crisis continues to be just that… a crisis. And it’s spurring people across the country (and globe) to take action, particularly when it comes to their own lifestyle. Lauren Singer is one such person. After studying Environmental Science and Polit…

<em>The Unicorn</em> star Walton Goggins looks back at his roles of a lifetime – (Entertainment Weekly)
Role Call: From ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘Sons of Anarchy’ to ‘Justified’ and ‘Django Unchained,’ Walton Goggins looks back on 10 of his past roles.

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All about Trump

Immigrant Population Growth in the U.S. Slows to a Trickle – (The New York Times)
The U.S. population gained immigrants last year at the slowest pace since 2008. President Trump’s approach to immigration is seen as the likely cause.

Opinion | The big, alarming question about Trump hovering over today’s hearing – (The Washington Post)
The Director of National Intelligence can help shed light on Trump’s corruption.

Whistleblower accuses Trump of covering up bid to seek Ukraine’s help in 2020 election – live – (Google News (UK))
Joseph Maguire, acting director of national intelligence, testifies before the House intelligence committee on the whistleblower complaint

Opinion | What Republicans should and should not be doing to respond to Trump’s abuses of power – (The Washington Post)
They better think beyond Trump

4 takeaways from the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower complaint – (Axios)
Its allegations go beyond the summary of the phone call released by the White House.

Trump’s efforts to discredit Joe Biden backfired on him. Will they hurt the former VP anyway? – (USA Today)
The impeachment inquiry targeted at President Trump over Ukraine has created a complicated dynamic for former vice president Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign.

Highlights of the U.S. whistleblower complaint – (Reuters)
The U.S. House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released a declassified version of a whistleblower report accusing President Donald Trump of using his office to solicit interference in the 2020 presidential election from a foreign country.

Whistleblower Complaint Claims White House Moved to ‘Lock Down’ Ukraine Call Transcript – (National Review)
According to the complaint, White House officials were “deeply disturbed” by Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Schiff describes whistleblower complaint as ‘most graphic evidence yet’ against Trump | TheHill – (The Hill)
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) described the whistleblower complain…

Whistleblower says Trump of using ‘the power of his office’ to solicit foreign help to discredit Joe Biden: complaint – (USA Today)
The whistleblower accused President Donald Trump of using ‘the power of his office’ to enlist Ukraine’s help in discrediting his rival, Joe Biden

Ukraine transcript: Read the Trump – Ukraine president phone call White House memorandum released today, transcript PDF referencing Joe Biden and Crowdstrike – (CBS News)
The controversy has convinced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move forward with an impeachment inquiry

Wall Street starts flat as political woes offset China on trade – (Reuters)
U.S. stock indexes saw a muted open on Thursday as fresh developments on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump kept markets subdued, dampening optimism spurred by upbeat comments from China on trade.

Dow Defies Bears While Trump Warns of Stock Market Crash – (Crypto Coins News)
A defiant Dow fought to protect its gains, while President Trump warned that Democrats could trigger a stock market crash.

Whistleblower complaint says Trump abused power – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A secret whistleblower complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry alleges that President Donald Trump abused the power of his office to “solicit interference from a…

What we know about the whistleblower in the Trump Ukraine scandal and an ‘urgent’ complaint – (USA Today)
Here’s what we know about a whistleblower whose “urgent” complaint about national security was given to Congress Wednesday.

Read the full declassified text of the Trump whistleblower complaint – (USA Today)
The whistleblower’s complaint that sparked an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump was released. Read the full declassified text here.

‘Explosive’ whistleblower complaint on Trump’s Ukraine phone call released – (Google News (Australia))
Donald Trump used his presidential power to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election, according to a whistleblower complaint.

Trump pushes Attorney General Barr into political fray again – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In offering Ukraine’s president the help of Attorney General William Barr in investigating political rival Joe Biden, President Donald Trump is once again inserting the nation’s…

Congress releases Trump whistleblower complaint – (Financial Times)
Document comes ahead of hearing with intelligence director over Ukraine revelations

Whistleblower complaint on Ukraine call released, alleges Trump solicited foreign ‘interference’ in election – (Fox News)
The whistleblower complaint that touched off a political tempest in Washington was released to the public Thursday, alleging President Trump used the “power of his office to solicit interference” from a foreign country in the 2020 election — and that White H…

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