2018-10-31

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

Pittsburgh funerals continue after Trump visit and protests – (Associated Press)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Members of Pittsburgh’s grief-stricken Jewish community endured another round of funerals Wednesday for victims of the synagogue massacre, a day after President Donald Trump encountered hundreds of protesters when he came to town to pay his …

Pittsburgh funerals continue after Trump visit and protests – (Associated Press)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Members of Pittsburgh’s grief-stricken Jewish community endured another round of funerals Wednesday for victims of the synagogue massacre, a day after President Donald Trump encountered hundreds of protesters when he came to town to pay his …

Hawaii approves world’s biggest telescope – (BBC News)
Construction had halted in 2015 amid protests from native Hawaiians who consider the land sacred.

Migrants to rest, hope to win mass transport to Mexico City – (Associated Press)
JUCHITAN, Mexico (AP) — Thousands of Central American migrants in a caravan that has already advanced 250 miles (410 kilometers) into Mexico hope they won’t have to walk anymore, at least for a while. Red Cross personnel on Wednesday bandaged the swollen feet…

Turkey: Khashoggi was strangled immediately – (BBC News)
The journalist was choked as soon as he entered the consulate, says Turkey’s first official account.

Turkish prosecutor says Saudi writer strangled, dismembered – (Associated Press)
ISTANBUL (AP) — Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as part of a premeditated killing, and his body was dismembered before being disposed of, a top Turkish prosecutor said Wednesday. Chief Istan…

Duck boats roll in Boston for Red Sox victory parade – (Associated Press)
BOSTON (AP) — Sports fans grown accustomed to the success of their beloved teams lined the streets in the hundreds of thousands on Wednesday to salute the Boston Red Sox on their fourth championship in the last 15 years. The parade, beginning at venerable Fen…

How a Democratic Dark-Money Group Flooded the 2018 House Map – (The New York Times)
The Hub Project, a Democratic group that does not disclose its donors, has spent nearly $30 million on the midterms through an array of state-level groups.

Istanbul prosecutor says Khashoggi was suffocated in Saudi consulate – (Reuters)
Istanbul’s chief prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday journalist Jamal Khashoggi was suffocated as soon as he entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate in a planned killing four weeks ago, and his body was then dismembered and disposed of.

Robust earnings boost equity markets after brutal month – (Reuters)
Robust corporate results helped world stock markets surge on Wednesday, bringing some relief to jittery investors after a brutal October that saw equities suffer one of their worst drops since the financial crisis ten years ago.

AP Exclusive: Regulators OK’d child doc charged with abuse – (Associated Press)
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Nearly two decades ago, Pennsylvania regulators were confronted with evidence that a well-regarded pediatrician had fondled the genitals of two small children during office visits. Instead of holding him accountable, regulators let the d…

Lion Air crash search finds debris, belongings on seafloor – (Associated Press)
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The search for the crashed Lion Air plane has found aircraft debris and passenger belongings on the seafloor but the object thought to be the fuselage is still eluding it, an Indonesian official said Wednesday, as chilling video of p…

Istanbul prosecutor says Khashoggi was suffocated – (Reuters)
Istanbul’s chief prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday journalist Jamal Khashoggi was suffocated as soon as he entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate on Oct. 2 in a pre-planned killing, and his body was then dismembered and disposed of.

Private payrolls rise in October; wages surge in third quarter – (Reuters)
U.S. private sector payrolls increased by the most in eight months in October, suggesting overall job growth accelerated this month after Hurricane Florence weighed on restaurant and retail employment in September.

Is It Safe to Be Jewish in New York? – (The New York Times)
Hate crimes in the city are largely driven by incidents of anti-Semitism. And the aggressors don’t conform to an easy profile.

Wall Street gets lift from strong earnings at end of rough month – (Reuters)
The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq were on track to post their first two-day gain this month on Wednesday, as Facebook led a slew of encouraging earnings reports that boosted sentiment at the end of a tumultuous October for global markets.

China factory growth weakest in over two years, slump in export orders deepens – (Reuters)
China’s manufacturing sector in October expanded at its weakest pace in over two years, hurt by slowing domestic and external demand, in a sign of deepening cracks in the economy from an intensifying trade war with the United States.

Samsung slashes capex, calls end to chip boom after record third quarter – (Reuters)
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd slashed 2018 capex by more than a quarter on Wednesday and warned of lower profit until early next year, calling an end to a two-year boom in memory chips that fueled record third-quarter profit.

U.S. Constitution doesn’t cover birthright citizenship, says Trump – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the right to citizenship to everyone born in the country and he would continue his push to end it, bringing his tough line on immigration to the fore as the country heads into n…

U.S. House within Democrats’ grasp, Senate a long shot – (Reuters)
After two years of wielding no practical political power in Washington, the Democratic Party faces a strong chance of winning control of the U.S. House of Representatives in next week’s election, with Republicans likely to keep the Senate.

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From various sources

What we know about the Indiana bus stop crash, the children and the driver – (Indystar.com)

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All about Trump

The dark history behind Trump’s heated rhetoric – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s John Avlon dives into the history behind much of President Trump’s heated campaign trail rhetoric.

Pittsburgh funerals continue after Trump visit and protests – (Associated Press)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Members of Pittsburgh’s grief-stricken Jewish community endured another round of funerals Wednesday for victims of the synagogue massacre, a day after President Donald Trump encountered hundreds of protesters when he came to town to pay his …

Pittsburgh funerals continue after Trump visit and protests – (Associated Press)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Members of Pittsburgh’s grief-stricken Jewish community endured another round of funerals Wednesday for victims of the synagogue massacre, a day after President Donald Trump encountered hundreds of protesters when he came to town to pay his …

Midterm elections 2018: Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle gin up GOP base like ‘rock stars’ – (USA Today)
Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle are traveling the country to boost Republican candidates. Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle have proven to be some of the most effective communicators to the president’s base besides President…

Trump administration looking at ways to dissuade caravan – (Fox News)
House Speaker Ryan warns Trump can’t end birthright citizenship on his own. John Roberts reprots.

President Trump may have met his match when it comes to U.S. citizenship: The 14th Amendment – (USA Today)
As the administration vowed to block a migrant caravan heading toward the border, Trump turned his focus on generations of American-born citizens.

Khashoggi fiancée speaks out in new interview – CNN Video – (CNN)
The fiancée of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi declined an invitation from US President Donald Trump to visit the White House, she said in a new interview.

Protests meet Trumps in Pittsburgh – (The Jerusalem Post)
Trump and his wife, Melania, briefly entered the crime scene and lit a candle before laying white roses by the Stars of David bearing the names of the victims outside.

Donald Trump says birthright citizenship will end ‘one way or the other’; others disagree – (USA Today)
Donald Trump insists he can end birthright citizenship, even though many legal scholars and House Speaker Paul Ryan say it would be unconstitutional.

No, President Trump Can’t Strike Birthright Citizenship Out of the Constitution – (New York Magazine)
The president is trying to stir up questions about the 14th Amendment, though for more than a century the courts have been very clear on its meaning.

Trump claims U.S. Constitution does not cover birthright citizenship – (The Globe And Mail)
In a tweet, the U.S. President said he would continue his push to end it

Elizabeth Warren Questions Tariff Exclusions Granted to Chinese and Japanese Companies – (The Wall Street Journal)
Senator Elizabeth Warren is asking Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to explain why so many foreign companies and so few American companies were granted waivers from President Trump’s steel tariffs.

Trump Claims He Was ‘Treated Very Nicely’ In Pittsburgh, Despite Protests – (The Huffington Post)
Mayor Bill Peduto, who had urged Trump to postpone his visit, was among the elected officials who declined to join the president.

U.S. Constitution doesn’t cover birthright citizenship, says Trump – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the right to citizenship to everyone born in the country and he would continue his push to end it, bringing his tough line on immigration to the fore as the country heads into n…

Bennett criticized for defending Trump in Pittsburgh – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Antisemites don’t ask if you’re Orthodox, Conservative or Reform. How about the Israeli government?”

Trump claims 14th Amendment doesn’t cover birthright citizenship – (CBS News)
With one week to go until the midterm elections, the president is pushing to end birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants

DOJ investigation of Zinke follows possible administration efforts to thwart probe – (The Hill)
The Interior Department’s internal watchdog referred its investigation of Secretary Ryan Zinke to the Department of Justice (DOJ) more than two weeks ago, just days before it was announced that Interior would be getting a Trump political appointee

The unintended consequences of Jamal Khashoggi’s killing – (CNN)
Has the Trump administration had a sudden attack of humanitarianism? Perhaps it was struck by warnings of nationwide famine in Yemen? Or did it move to call for a ceasefire in southern Arabia out of a sudden concern for its tattered citizens?

NYT: Trump administration plans new rule challenge to Obamacare birth control mandate – (CNN)
The Trump administration is seeking to change rules to give employers more flexibility to deny women insurance coverage for birth control, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing administration officials.

Thousands protest Donald Trump and family’s visit to Pittsburgh synagogue: “President hate, leave our state!” – (Newsweek)
“He’s fostered an administration of white supremacy, and he is not welcome here in our time of mourning,” a Jewish organizer said of the president.

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