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2019-02-11

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Top U.S. congressional negotiators to meet Monday on border security-aide – (Reuters)
The top four Democratic and Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress on border security funding were scheduled to meet later on Monday in an attempt to reach a deal that would avert another government shutdown by a Friday deadline.

Factbox: Brexit – What will happen in the British parliament on Feb. 14? – (Reuters)
The British parliament is set to hold a debate on Brexit on Feb. 14 but this is not a re-run of a vote last month on whether to approve the exit deal Prime Minister Theresa May’s negotiated with the European Union.

Wall Street opens higher as U.S.-China trade talks restart – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Monday as the latest round of trade talks between the world’s largest economies began in Beijing, while U.S. lawmakers attempted to hammer out a deal to avoid another government shutdown.

Budget talks resuming amid pessimism over border differences – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget negotiators will meet Monday to revive talks over border security issues that are central to legislation to prevent key parts of the government from shutting down on Saturday, but an air of pessimism remains after talks broke down ove…

Stocks inch higher as investors look ahead to trade talks, Brexit – (Reuters)
World stock markets edged higher on Monday, as investors eyed the resumption of trade talks between the United States and China and watched for signs of progress on Brexit.

Thai election panel disqualifies princess as PM candidate – (Reuters)
Thailand’s election panel on Monday disqualified the sister of the king from running for prime minister, putting an end to a stunning, short-lived candidacy by echoing King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s words that royalty should be “above politics”.

‘He is a free man’: Thailand releases refugee Bahraini footballer after extradition bid dropped – (Reuters)
Thailand on Monday freed a jailed refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia, after Bahrain abandoned its bid to seek his extradition, and immigration officials said he was immediately driven to the airport.

Altria to tap European bond market to help fund Juul stake buy – (Reuters)
Altria Group will tap the European investment grade corporate bond market to help finance its $12.8 billion purchase of a stake in e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc, the Marlboro maker said in a regulatory filing https://bit.ly/2thLVTO on Monday.

In Pictures: Iran celebrates as Islamic Revolution turns 40 – (Al Jazeera English)
After four decades of political and economic difficulties, Iranians put a brave face and vow to defend Islamic Republic.

Exclusive: Venezuela’s Maduro seeks OPEC help against U.S. sanctions – letter – (Reuters)
Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro has sought OPEC support against U.S. sanctions imposed on his country’s oil industry, citing their impact on oil prices and potential risks for other members of the producer group.

‘I can’t bring Alyssa back’: Grieving Parkland mom fights on – (Associated Press)
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Every morning, Lori Alhadeff makes breakfast for her two boys, gets dressed and sprays on her daughter’s Victoria’s Secret perfume.The scent is part of her armor, propelling her through her whirlwind of a day as she fields hundreds of em…

Virginia lawmaker backs off fast track for impeachment bill – (Associated Press)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia lawmaker on Monday backed off his plans to swiftly introduce an impeachment bill seeking the ouster of the state’s leading black elected official as Democrats struggled to address revelations of past racist behavior and allegat…

Insect decline may see ‘plague of pests’ – (BBC News)
Houseflies and cockroaches will thrive as bees, butterflies and beetles decline, says a new analysis.

Russia plans to ‘unplug’ from internet – (BBC News)
Russia is planning to briefly disconnect from the internet as part of planning against a future conflict.

Fierce fighting for last IS foothold in eastern Syria – (Associated Press)
BEIRUT (AP) — Fierce fighting was underway Monday between U.S.-backed Syrian forces and the Islamic State group around the extremists’ last foothold in eastern Syria, with the besieged militants fighting back using suicide car bombs, snipers and booby traps, …

10 Things to Know for Today – (Associated Press)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. TRUMP TRIES TO TURN BORDER DEBATE WITH EL PASO RALLYIn his first rally since November’s midterm elections, the president is aiming to deliver on his elus…

China rails at Turkey over ‘dead musician’ – (BBC News)
Abdurehim Heyit, a Uighur musician, has been in a detention camp after a crackdown on the minority.

Australia called to act against Chinese detention of Uighurs – (Al Jazeera English)
Activists urge government to help in the release of Australian Uighurs held in China’s Xinjiang region.

‘Freedom fries’ congressman dies at 76 – (BBC News)
Walter Jones, who originally supported the Iraq war, later became one of its most vocal critics.

UK’s May rejects pivot toward Brexit customs union compromise – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected the idea of targeting a customs union with the European Union, pouring cold water on hopes from some that she could shift her Brexit policy to win over the opposition Labour Party.

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From various sources

U.S.’s peace plan complete, delayed until Israeli elections – report – (The Jerusalem Post)
“The plan is done… [the president] is happy with the parameters of the deal,” a senior administration official told FOX News.

Iran threatens to ‘raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground’ if U.S. attacks – (The Jerusalem Post)
“The United States does not have the courage to shoot a single bullet at us despite all its defensive and military assets. But if they attack us, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”

Remand of Palestinian suspected of murdering Israeli teen extended – (The Jerusalem Post)
The body of 19 year-old Ori Ansbacher was found with multiple stab wounds Thursday in a forest outside Jerusalem.

Reports: Israel spying on Iran from Afghanistan – (The Jerusalem Post)
Russian, Iranian media said Israeli troops are collecting intelligence on Iranian military movements around the Persian Gulf.

Why did multiple Israeli government websites go down at the same time? – (The Jerusalem Post)
Several unconfirmed reports cited that it was possible the websites were under a DDOS attack. However, there was no official confirmation about what was causing the issue from any of the ministries.

Asked about Trump tweet, Cheney slams Warren – CNN Video – (CNN)
When asked if she is concerned with President Trump’s tweets referencing the Trail of Tears, Congresswoman Liz Cheney turns to slam presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren for claiming Native American heritage.

Fred Dryer breaks down Super Bowl LIII, the state of the NFL and the greatest threat to the game of football – (Fox News)
Former football star and actor Mark Levin for a frank conversation on ‘Life, Liberty & Levin.’

Colin Kaepernick situation should have been handled differently, former NFL great says – (Fox News)
Actor and former NFL great Fred Dryer said Sunday on “Life, Liberty & Levin” he would have handled the Colin Kaepernick situation differently if he was the owner of the San Francisco 49ers in 2016.

Police In Indonesia Used A Huge Snake During An Interrogation – (Buzzfeed)
The human rights lawyer who obtained the footage and posted it on Twitter told BuzzFeed News the man’s treatment amounted to torture.

What It’s Like to Work Inside Apple’s ‘Black Site’ – (Hacker News)

A new essay collection about the schizophrenias tackles everything from diagnosis to Slender Man – (The Verge)
The Verge interviews writer and novelist Esmé Weijun Wang about her new essay collection on mental health, The Collected Schizophrenias (Graywolf).

Top U.S. congressional negotiators to meet Monday on border security-aide – (Reuters)
The top four Democratic and Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress on border security funding were scheduled to meet later on Monday in an attempt to reach a deal that would avert another government shutdown by a Friday deadline.

Elon Musk Says ‘Dog Mode’ Is Coming to Tesla Cars This Week – (Fortune)
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that his company will launch a Dog Mode this week to reduce chances of dogs suffering heat stroke.

Arians: Much of Jameis Winston’s struggles mechanical – (NFL News)
Upon taking the Buccaneers’ head coaching job, Bruce Arians praised the talents of Jameis Winston. Now that he’s broke down his film, he’s begun working to correct the young QB’s issues.

Factbox: Brexit – What will happen in the British parliament on Feb. 14? – (Reuters)
The British parliament is set to hold a debate on Brexit on Feb. 14 but this is not a re-run of a vote last month on whether to approve the exit deal Prime Minister Theresa May’s negotiated with the European Union.

Buffon: Football is strange – PSG were favourites but now we’re on a level with Manchester United – (FourFourTwo)
PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is looking forward to visiting Manchester United’s “temple” of Old Trafford and believes their…

Wall Street opens higher as U.S.-China trade talks restart – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Monday as the latest round of trade talks between the world’s largest economies began in Beijing, while U.S. lawmakers attempted to hammer out a deal to avoid another government shutdown.

New government shutdown looms as negotiations break down – live news – (The Guardian (UK))
A government shutdown is less than a week away as congressional negotiators have reached an impasse

Trump’s planned AI initiative includes education, but lacks key details – (TechCrunch)
This weekend, the Trump administration shed more light on the “American A.I. Initiative,” a plan the President is set to sign today, in hopes of helping keep the U.S. at the forefront of innovation. The executive order highlights, in its own words, “bold, dec…

Tesla Faces ‘Serious Competition’ From a Detroit Startup, According to Morgan Stanley – (Fortune)
Rivian Motors has capital, top industry talent and experience, and claims to have an SUV and pickup, each with a 400=-mile range.

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All about Trump

Asked about Trump tweet, Cheney slams Warren – CNN Video – (CNN)
When asked if she is concerned with President Trump’s tweets referencing the Trail of Tears, Congresswoman Liz Cheney turns to slam presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren for claiming Native American heritage.

Trump’s planned AI initiative includes education, but lacks key details – (TechCrunch)
This weekend, the Trump administration shed more light on the “American A.I. Initiative,” a plan the President is set to sign today, in hopes of helping keep the U.S. at the forefront of innovation. The executive order highlights, in its own words, “bold, dec…

Robert Mueller has spent two years investigating Trump and he hasn’t said a word. It’s possible he never will. – (USA Today)
As the special counsel probe grinds toward its conclusion, there are growing signs that Mueller will never say anything about his own investigation.

Top lawmakers to meet to revive stalled border talks with shutdown days away – (The Washington Post)
Trump’s wall is no longer the main issue.

Trump’s sanity highlighted by Democrats’ crazy, disastrous spectacles in two states – (Fox News)
For proof that Trump is not the root of all madness, consider the spectacles Democrats created in two states.

With her control over media attention, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the Democrats’ Trump – (Axios)
AOC’s success comes from the buzz around her policies, videos and viral quips.

The Trump Administration lays out a plan to keep the U.S. in the AI vanguard – (Axios)
Though it doesn’t say it outright, the strategy is meant to counter China.

Scoop: More Trump schedules leaked as enraged officials launch internal hunt – (Axios)
The crackdown has not stopped the leaking.

Trump lashes out at Dems for ‘brand new demand’ in border security talks – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday lashed out at Democrats after border security negotiations hit a snag in part because of their desire to cap the number of beds available to hold detained immigrants.

As another shutdown looms, Trump holds border rally in Beto’s hometown | CBC News – (CBC News)
U.S. President Donald Trump is trying to turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to become a model of unfulfilled promises.

Trump lashes out at Dems for ‘brand new demand’ in border security talks – (Google News)
President Trump on Monday lashed out at Democrats after border security negotiations hit a snag in part because of their desire to cap the number of beds available to hold detained immigrants.

Trump: ‘No president ever worked harder than me’ – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday repeated his declaration that he is one of the most hardworking presidents in U.S. history.“No president ever worked harder than me (cleaning up the mess I inherited)!” Trump tweeted.

Trump Heads to Border for First Rally of Year – (The Wall Street Journal)
President Trump will return in earnest to campaign posture, holding his first rally of the year in the shadow of the Mexican border and in the hometown of a potential rival, former Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

President Trump slams Democratic leaders as border wall negotiations break down – (Fox News)
White House doesn’t rule out declaring national emergency.

Trump supporters form a human chain at Mexican border, chanting “build a wall” before El Paso rally – (Newsweek)
The activists appeared to be making their own symbolic barrier where the border fence currently finishes.

10 Things to Know for Today – (Associated Press)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. TRUMP TRIES TO TURN BORDER DEBATE WITH EL PASO RALLYIn his first rally since November’s midterm elections, the president is aiming to deliver on his elus…

White House says leaker about to be caught. Then new leaked copies of Trump schedule land – (USA Today)
White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that hope to identify the staffer who leaked Trump’s schedule by the end of the week.

Rural U.S. Carriers Resist Proposed Chinese Telecom Ban Aimed at Huawei – (The Wall Street Journal)
President Trump is weighing an executive order that could ban Chinese telecommunications gear from U.S. networks, but the plan is facing resistance from U.S. carriers in rural areas whose networks run on Huawei Technologies equipment.

The Memo: Trump allies fret as legal troubles multiply – (The Hill)
President Trump’s legal troubles are spiraling and even some people who are supportive of his agenda worry about what comes next.

Judd Gregg: Venezuela, the Monroe Doctrine and the Roosevelt Corollary – (The Hill)
OPINION: President Trump faces a hard choice on whether to intervene in Venezuela.

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