2018-10-30

Headlines:

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

U.S. stocks ride higher on trade optimism – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, helped by a rebound in technology stocks after a volatile few sessions on Wall Street, amid optimism over the U.S.-China trade dispute and some upbeat earnings reports.

The Latest: Casket arrives for first funeral after massacre – (Associated Press)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the first funerals from the synagogue massacre (all times local): 10:25 a.m. The casket of Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz has arrived at the Jewish Community Center in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood for the first of the funerals…

Trump to push end to birthright citizenship as U.S. elections loom – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump said he will seek to end the right of citizenship to children born in the United States to non-citizens and illegal immigrants in his latest bid to dramatically reshape immigration policies as he seeks to shore up Republicans ahead of n…

Female Candidates Break Barriers, Except When It Comes to Money – (The New York Times)
Women are running in record numbers, and asserting themselves as donors as well, but they still trail male candidates in fund-raising.

Trump vows to end birthright citizenship – (BBC News)
Today’s mid-terms round-up looks at immigration, irked musicians, and an historic race in Georgia.

Previous flight of crashed Lion Air jet terrified passengers – (Associated Press)
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Relatives numbed by grief provided samples for DNA tests to help identify victims of the Lion Air plane crash that killed 189 people in Indonesia, as accounts emerged Tuesday of problems on the jet’s previous flight including rapid d…

US sending 5,200 troops to border, double Syria deployment – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is deploying 5,200 troops to America’s southwest border in an extraordinary military operation a week before nationwide elections in which President Donald Trump wants voters to focus on a slow-moving “invasion” of Central Ameri…

‘I’m going to die:’ Survivors relive horrors at Tree of Life – (Associated Press)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Up in the choir loft, alone, Rabbi Jeffrey Myers whispered to a 911 dispatcher on his cellphone. Below him, down in the sanctuary, eight of his congregants had been felled by a gunman’s bullets. Up here, though, Myers couldn’t see them — or …

‘I’m going to die:’ Survivors relive horrors at Tree of Life – (Associated Press)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Up in the choir loft, alone, Rabbi Jeffrey Myers whispered to a 911 dispatcher on his cellphone. Below him, down in the sanctuary, eight of his congregants had been felled by a gunman’s bullets. Up here, though, Myers couldn’t see them — or …

Trump: End birthright citizenship for some US-born babies – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making another hardline immigration play in the final days before midterm elections, declaring that he wants to order an end to the constitutional right to citizenship for babies born in the United States to non-cit…

Trump sends 5,200 troops to Mexico border as caravan advances – (Reuters)
The United States said on Monday it will send over 5,200 troops to help secure the border with Mexico, a far larger-than-expected deployment as President Donald Trump hardens his stance on immigration ahead of Nov. 6 mid-term elections.

‘Rage’ against elite: Centrist leaders losing Europe’s favor – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Angela Merkel’s decision to step down as party leader even as she tries to keep her position as German chancellor highlights a trend bedeviling Europe’s leaders: Centrist parties are fading as fringe parties gather pace. Merkel — whose familiar …

Apple expected to unveil iPads with facial recognition – (Reuters)
Apple Inc on Tuesday is expected to unveil updates to its Mac computers and iPads that include facial recognition features that have been available in the iPhone lineup at an event in Brooklyn.

Pittsburgh to bury synagogue shooting victims as Trump faces protest – (Reuters)
Pittsburgh’s Jewish community was gathering on Tuesday to bury the first victims of the deadliest attack on the U.S. Jewish community as critics prepared to protest President Donald Trump’s visit to the city.

Synagogue shooter was obsessed with Jewish refugee agency – (Associated Press)
Just moments before the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that left 11 people dead, the suspect is believed to have posted a final social media rant against a Jewish refugee settlement agency most people had never heard of, but which has increasingly become the t…

Exclusive: Defense firms see only hundreds of new U.S. jobs from Saudi mega deal – (Reuters)
Every time President Donald Trump mentions the $110 billion arms deal he negotiated with Saudi Arabia last year, he quickly follows up, saying “It’s 500,000 jobs.”

Stocks struggle after trade worries send yuan to 10-year low – (Reuters)
European shares labored in the red and China’s yuan hit a 10-year low on Tuesday as the prospect of an escalation in the U.S.-Sino trade war compounded the recent gloom in global markets.

Indonesian divers, ‘pinger locators’, hunt for doomed plane’s cockpit recorders – (Reuters)
Indonesia deployed divers on Tuesday to search for an airliner that crashed with 189 people on board, as “pinger locators” tried to zero in on its cockpit recorders and find out why an almost-new plane went down in the sea minutes after take-off.

Trump says he expects ‘great deal’ with China, but more tariffs if not – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said he thinks there will be “a great deal” with China on trade, but warned that he has billions of dollars worth of new tariffs ready to go if a deal isn’t possible.

Anger at ‘Jesus prayer’ for Jewish victims – (BBC News)
Rabbi Loren Jacobs led prayers in the name of “Jesus the Messiah” at a Republican campaign rally.

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From various sources

Apple’s new MacBook Air comes with Touch ID and a retina display, and it starts at $1199 – (CNBC)
The event follows Apple’s big September event where it unveiled new iPhones and a new Apple Watch.

Nature in steep decline due to human activities: WWF Living Planet Report 2018 – (Phys.org)
The ways in which humans feed, fuel and finance our societies and economies are pushing our planet’s natural systems – which support all life on earth—to the edge, according to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2018 released today.

Travel daredevils identified as couple dead from Yosemite cliff plunge – (Nypost.com)

Jimmy Butler upstages LeBron James from long range to lift Wolves – (Espn.com)
Jimmy Butler scored 32 points and was a perfect 5-for-5 from behind the 3-point arc in the fourth quarter, highlighted by a 26-footer with 19.7 seconds left that lifted Minnesota and effectively buried LeBron James and the Lakers.

Dancing With the Stars recap: Full of tricks, treats, and one truly frightening lift – (Entertainment Weekly)
The couples do their best to conjure up high scores with scary routines on Dancing With the Stars ‘Halloween Night.’

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All about Trump

Iran is still selling a lot of oil just days before Trump’s sanctions deadline – (CNBC)
The Trump administration’s sanctions have cut Iran’s oil exports more quickly than expected, but the White House is still a long way off from its goal of zeroing out Iranian crude sales.

Jair Bolsonaro poised to upend Brazil’s foreign policy – (Financial Times)
President-elect looking to imitate much of the agenda of ‘great ally’ Donald Trump

U.S. birthright citizenship explained: What is it, how many people benefit – (USA Today)
President Trump is trying to follow through on one of his campaign promises by ending birthright citizenship.

It’s not a blue wave. It’s a realignment of American politics – (CNN)
In next week’s midterm elections, President Donald Trump is poised to put his stamp on each party’s demographic and geographic base of support as surely as he formerly fastened it to one of his hotels.

Trump to push end to birthright citizenship as U.S. elections loom – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump said he will seek to end the right of citizenship to children born in the United States to non-citizens and illegal immigrants in his latest bid to dramatically reshape immigration policies as he seeks to shore up Republicans ahead of n…

President Trump says he plans to end birthright citizenship with an executive order – (USA Today)
“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States,” Trump said.

Trump vows to end birthright citizenship – (BBC News)
Today’s mid-terms round-up looks at immigration, irked musicians, and an historic race in Georgia.

GOP lawmaker blasts Trump: ‘Birthright citizenship is protected by the Constitution’ – (The Hill)
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Now Trump Is Saying He’ll Stop Babies Born Here From Becoming Citizens, Though He Probably Can’t – (Buzzfeed)
This is about as real as Middle Easterners in the caravan.

How Donald Trump’s war on political correctness opened a Pandora’s box of hate speech – (CNN)
When Donald Trump ran for president, one of the core pillars of his pitch to the voting public was this: Political correctness is a cancer eating away at the body politic.

Pharrell sends Trump cease and desist letter for playing ‘Happy’ at rally after Pittsburgh shooting – (Entertainment Weekly)
Grammy-winning musician has sent a cease and desist letter to the president after Donald Trump used ‘Happy’ at a rally following Pittsburgh shooting.

Live: Trump visits Pittsburgh after synagogue shooting – CNNPolitics – (CNN)
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will visit Pittsburgh to show support following Saturday’s synagogue shooting. Follow here for the latest.

US sending 5,200 troops to border, double Syria deployment – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is deploying 5,200 troops to America’s southwest border in an extraordinary military operation a week before nationwide elections in which President Donald Trump wants voters to focus on a slow-moving “invasion” of Central Ameri…

What is the migrant caravan and why is it dominating the US midterm elections? – (Independent)
Convoy of asylum seekers en route from Honduras find themselves at centre of border control debate as President Trump threatens crackdown

Trump’s attack on birthright citizenship will likely hit a constitutional dead end – (CNBC)
Trump is taking on the 14th Amendment, passed in 1868 to grant citizenship to former slaves. It’s one of the most heavily litigated provisions of the Constitution. Since at least 1898, the Supreme Court has held that it grants citizenship to children of nonci…

Donald Trump wants to revoke birthright citizenship in the US with an ‘executive order’ – (ABC News (AU))
President Donald Trump reveals he wants to end the constitutional right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorised immigrants born in the United States.

Trump: End birthright citizenship for some US-born babies – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making another hardline immigration play in the final days before midterm elections, declaring that he wants to order an end to the constitutional right to citizenship for babies born in the United States to non-cit…

Trump sends 5,200 troops to Mexico border as caravan advances – (Reuters)
The United States said on Monday it will send over 5,200 troops to help secure the border with Mexico, a far larger-than-expected deployment as President Donald Trump hardens his stance on immigration ahead of Nov. 6 mid-term elections.

10 years of Sachsgate: how a puerile prank call broke the BBC and made comedy more boring – (The Telegraph)
“Compared with leaving the EU or the election of Donald Trump, it was of no magnitude whatsoever,” says the comedy producer Jon Plowman when asked about the impact of the BBC bungle enshrined in history as “Sachsgate”.

Donald Trump is very wrong in claiming that the U.S. is the only country that offers birthright citizenship – (Newsweek)
“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States … with all of those benefits,” Trump said, incorrectly.

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