2018-11-02

Headlines:

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

Wall Street snaps three-day rally as Apple sours, trade weighs – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks snapped a three-day rally on Friday as Apple shares dropped following a disappointing forecast and the White House dampened optimism over U.S.-China trade talks.

Exclusive: Twitter deleted over 10,000 accounts seeking to discourage voting – (Reuters)
Twitter deleted more than 10,000 automated accounts posting messages that discouraged people from voting in Tuesday’s U.S. election and wrongly appeared to be from Democrats, after the party flagged the misleading tweets to the social media company.

Iran braces for oil sanctions after currency crash, protests – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is bracing for the restoration of U.S. sanctions on its vital oil industry next week, as it grapples with an economic crisis that has sparked sporadic protests over rising prices, corruption and unemployment. The Trump administration …

Congregations attacked at synagogue to hold joint service – (Associated Press)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The three congregations attacked at a Pittsburgh synagogue will gather for a joint service Saturday, while a prayer vigil is planned outside their desecrated worship space to mark the time the massacre began one week earlier. Meanwhile, Frid…

Congregations attacked at synagogue to hold joint service – (Associated Press)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The three congregations attacked at a Pittsburgh synagogue will gather for a joint service Saturday, while a prayer vigil is planned outside their desecrated worship space to mark the time the massacre began one week earlier. Meanwhile, Frid…

Alec Baldwin arrested in alleged parking dispute punch – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Baldwin was arrested Friday after allegedly punching a man in the face during a dispute over a parking spot outside his New York City home, authorities said. Police said the actor claimed he had a family member holding the spot for him as…

FBI confirms suspicious package sent to Tom Steyer – (Reuters)
The FBI on Friday said it had recovered a suspicious package addressed to California billionaire Tom Steyer, a Democrat known for his ads calling for the impeachment of Republican President Donald Trump, exactly one week after federal authorities arrested Ces…

Obama warns against rhetoric of fear in U.S. congressional races – (Reuters)
Former U.S. President Barack Obama warned against rhetoric he said was designed to sow fear at rally supporting Democratic candidates on Friday, a packed day of campaigning that will also see his successor, Donald Trump, on the road urging voters to keep his …

US restores Iran sanctions lifted under Obama nuclear deal – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday announced the reimposition of all U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, ramping up economic pressure on the Islamic Republic as President Donald Trump completed the unrave…

Florida becomes epicenter of nation’s polarizing politics – (Associated Press)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is emerging as an epicenter of the nation’s polarizing politics in the final days of the 2018 campaign. In the closely contested campaign for governor, President Donald Trump and GOP nominee Ron DeSantis have used what has bee…

Trump predicts U.S. will reach a trade deal with China – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that a lot of progress had been made with China on trade, and he predicted the world’s two largest economies would reach a very good deal.

Soldiers on border could face decisions on use of force – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s suggestion that soldiers on the southwest border open fire on any rock-throwing migrants captures in a nutshell the risk of using active duty troops for domestic security: They’re not intended to interact with migran…

Women marched, then ran: will they win in record numbers? – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gender politics have been a defining issue of this election cycle, beginning back with the mobilization by women against the victory and inauguration of President Donald Trump. But it’s not clear whether the #MeToo movement — and the controv…

Struggling to cope, Iranians fear more misery from U.S. sanctions – (Reuters)
Iranians fear an even more painful squeeze on living costs after additional U.S. sanctions take effect on Monday, from businesses struggling to buy raw materials to the sick and elderly unable to afford life-saving medicines.

Trump says troops will not fire on migrant caravan – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that illegal immigrants who throw rocks at the military would be arrested, but not fired upon by troops.

Alec Baldwin arrested over parking row – (BBC News)
This alleged assault is not the first time the 30 Rock actor has been on the wrong side of the law.

EU, Germany, UK and France say they want to protect European firms doing legitimate business with Iran – (Reuters)
The European Union, France, Germany and Britain said in a joint statement on Friday that they regret Washington’s decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran.

Young Voters Could Make a Difference. Will They? – (The New York Times)
Young voters have a variety of causes this year: gun control, climate change, reproductive rights. Will they vote in big numbers? History says no.

Trump vs. Obama in the final weekend of the midterms – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The final weekend of campaigning in the midterms might come down to this: Donald Trump versus Barack Obama. The Republican president and his Democratic predecessor are both lending their considerable political clout to key Senate and guberna…

‘Father of Taliban’ killed in Pakistan – (BBC News)
There are fears the murder of cleric Maulana Sami ul-Haq could trigger violence in Pakistan.

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From various sources

Why the mid-terms matter – (The Economist)
Politicians are making Americans miserable. The elections offer a chance to change

How to forecast an American’s vote – (The Economist)
Religion, not race, is the best single predictor of voting preferences

From her mouth to God’s ears, reflecting on the Pittsburgh attack – (The Jerusalem Post)
Last Shabbat, our community was attacked by a terrorist. He didn’t climb over a fence or sneak through a border. He is an unremarkably normal, white, American man.

The FIDF’s record breaking gala, Ashton Kutcher and Pharrell in attendance – (The Jerusalem Post)
The event featured a special performance by Pharell Williams and presented a program that told the 70-year history of Israel through the accounts of soldiers and other eyewitnesses.

“Teen Mom” Star Farrah Abraham Pleaded Guilty To Resisting Arrest – (Buzzfeed)
The reality star had been charged with attacking a security guard and resisting arrest after refusing to leave the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge.

Sequoia leads $10M round for home improvement negotiator Setter – (TechCrunch)
You probably don’t know how much it should cost to get your home’s windows washed, yard landscaped, or countertops replaced. But Setter does. The startup pairs you with a home improvement concierge familiar with all the vendors, prices, and common screwups th…

U.S. grants Iraq waiver over sanctions on Iran – (The Jerusalem Post)
Iraq imports crucial supplies from its neighbor including uses gas for power stations.

Two thirds of voters in their 20s and 30s prefer Thatcherite policies – (Daily Mail)
A Government-funded report found two in three voters in their twenties and thirties either support or accept some of the policies of Margaret Thatcher’s 1980s government.

Clayton Kershaw Reportedly Re-Signs with Dodgers on 3-Year, $93M Contract – (Bleacher Report)
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw reportedly agreed to a new three-year, $93 million contract Friday that ensures he won’t become a free agent, according to the New York Post ‘s Joel Sherman …

All Blacks captain Read to quit Tests after RWC – (News24)
All Blacks captain Kieran Read has indicated he will quit internationals after next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Six key questions that need answering after WWE Crown Jewel – (Mirror)
WWE went ahead with the pay-per-view despite concerns – now there are questions that need answering before Survivor Series

Howlin expects election next year but says Labour will not enter pacts – (The Irish Times)
Party leader says increase in Dáil seats from six to double digits ‘absolutely achievable’

Wall Street snaps three-day rally as Apple sours, trade weighs – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks snapped a three-day rally on Friday as Apple shares dropped following a disappointing forecast and the White House dampened optimism over U.S.-China trade talks.

Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Suspect Offered To Help White Supremacist Dox A Blogger On Gab – (The Huffington Post)
Robert Bowers offered to help League of the South’s Brad Griffin find a more recent address for a blogger who closely tracked white supremacists.

Dog bites off and eats man’s testicles – (News.com.au)
AN ENGLISH bulldog has been euthanased after biting off his Scottish owner’s testicles, which had been coated in peanut butter.

Diablo Immortal on phones, WarCraft 3: Reforged top BlizzCon’s announcements – (Ars Technica)
New Overwatch hero, free Destiny 2 on PC round out announcements.

Alec Baldwin arrested, charged with assault after punching a man in a parking dispute – (USA Today)
The comic actor, known for his volatility, was taken into custody, NYPD said. He allegedly punched a man in a parking dispute, according to reports.

Elon Musk says Tesla won’t make e-scooters, but might consider electric bikes – (TechCrunch)
Tesla won’t be joining the scooter wars. But electric bikes? Yeah, maybe. During a lengthy podcast with Recode’s Kara Swisher, Tesla CEO Elon Musk talked about everything from AI and his fights on Twitter with journalists to Saudi Arabia and Mars. Even scoote…

US says 8 nations to receive waivers on importing Iranian oil – (Financial Times)
Turkey confirms it is among countries allowed to buy crude despite American sanctions

Trump: US immigration system is obsolete – (Fox News)
President Trump addresses the economy, migrant caravan and China before departing the White House.

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All about Trump

Trump: US immigration system is obsolete – (Fox News)
President Trump addresses the economy, migrant caravan and China before departing the White House.

Obama calls troop deployment to border a ‘political stunt’ – (Fox News)
Former President Barack Obama derided the deployment of thousands of active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as a “political stunt” by the Trump administration, as Obama rallied for Florida Democrats and found himself repeatedly heckled by protesters.

Judge shuts down Trump’s claim in emoluments case, denies request for stay – (Axios)
The plaintiff’s schedule for discovery will be submitted in the next 20 days.

Trump administration to reimpose sanctions on Iran – (The Irish Times)
Oil exporters among 700 companies, individuals, vessels, aircraft set for US blacklist

Iran braces for oil sanctions after currency crash, protests – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is bracing for the restoration of U.S. sanctions on its vital oil industry next week, as it grapples with an economic crisis that has sparked sporadic protests over rising prices, corruption and unemployment. The Trump administration …

Michael Cohen claims Trump made repeated racist references – (Google News)
Michael Cohen claimed that President Donald Trump used racist language in several private conversations with him during the time he worked as Trump’s personal lawyer and “fixer.”

Watch live: Trump holds rally in West Virginia – (The Hill)
President Trump on Friday afternoon will hold a rally in Huntington, W.V., to support GOP Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey in his bid to unseat incumbent Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin. The rally is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. EST.Watch the live video above.

Michael Cohen claims Trump made repeated racist references – (CNN)
Michael Cohen claimed that President Donald Trump used racist language in several private conversations with him during the time he worked as Trump’s personal lawyer and “fixer.”

Dem or GOP? In Ohio, it’s complicated – CNN Video – (CNN)
The special election in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District between Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O’Connor is all about President Trump.

Watch Trump and Obama face off – CNN Video – (CNN)
Side-by-side, listen to President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama deliver very different messages ahead of the midterm elections.

Trump hosts Make America Great Again Rally in West Virginia – (Fox News)
The president speaks to supporters as the midterm elections draw closer.

‘I didn’t say shoot’: Trump says migrants throwing rocks won’t be shot, will be arrested – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump said Friday migrants who throw stones at members of the U.S. military will be arrested, not shot as he suggested during an address the previous day.

FBI confirms suspicious package sent to Tom Steyer – (Reuters)
The FBI on Friday said it had recovered a suspicious package addressed to California billionaire Tom Steyer, a Democrat known for his ads calling for the impeachment of Republican President Donald Trump, exactly one week after federal authorities arrested Ces…

Michael Cohen: Trump said ‘black people are too stupid to vote for me’ – (CNBC)
An explosive Vanity Fair interview with President Donald Trump’s ex-longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen comes more than two months after Cohen pleaded guilty to tax crimes and also to election law violations by making a secret, $130,000 hush-money payment …

Michael Cohen: Trump said ‘black people are too stupid to vote for me’ – (Google News (UK))
An explosive Vanity Fair interview with President Donald Trump’s ex-longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen comes more than two months after Cohen pleaded guilty to tax crimes and also to election law violations by making a secret, $130,000 hush-money payment …

Obama warns against rhetoric of fear in U.S. congressional races – (Reuters)
Former U.S. President Barack Obama warned against rhetoric he said was designed to sow fear at rally supporting Democratic candidates on Friday, a packed day of campaigning that will also see his successor, Donald Trump, on the road urging voters to keep his …

US restores Iran sanctions lifted under Obama nuclear deal – (Google News (Canada))
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday announced the reimposition of all U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, ramping up economic pressure on the …

US restores Iran sanctions lifted under Obama nuclear deal – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday announced the reimposition of all U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, ramping up economic pressure on the Islamic Republic as President Donald Trump completed the unrave…

Florida becomes epicenter of nation’s polarizing politics – (Associated Press)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is emerging as an epicenter of the nation’s polarizing politics in the final days of the 2018 campaign. In the closely contested campaign for governor, President Donald Trump and GOP nominee Ron DeSantis have used what has bee…

Trump says troops “won’t have to fire” at migrants approaching southern border – (Axios)
He said he didn’t want migrants throwing rocks.

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