2018-11-05

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

Why So Many Kentuckians Are Barred From Voting on Tuesday, and for Life – (The New York Times)
Kentucky, Iowa and Florida impose lifetime voting bans for people with felony records. A ballot measure in Florida could restore some voting rights.

Hacking allegation shows peril of Georgia Republican’s twin election roles – (Reuters)
The Republican candidate in Georgia’s governor’s race, who also oversees the state’s elections, accused Democrats on Sunday of trying to hack voter registration systems, a move analysts said highlighted the inherent conflict between his twin roles.

Exclusive: Pentagon balked at U.S. border troops building detention facilities – officials – (Reuters)
Pentagon officials declined a preliminary Trump administration request for the U.S. military to build facilities to house detained migrants as part of its new mission on the Mexican border, U.S. officials said.

Trump says China wants to make a deal on trade, he wants right deal – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that China has hurt the United States economically but was ready to make a deal on trade and he was open to a fair agreement.

Trump Closes Out a Campaign Built on Fear, Anger and Division – (The New York Times)
On the last day before midterm elections, President Trump was set to embark on a three-state swing and appear with conservative icons Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.

Stocks little changed ahead of midterms, Fed; oil up – (Reuters)
An index of stocks on major markets were flat on Monday, following four days of a bounce-back from a 14-month low, ahead of a key vote to define the power balance in Washington and a meeting of the U.S. monetary policy makers.

Iran lost around $2 billion in oil revenues since May, U.S. official says – (Reuters)
Iran has lost around $2 billion in oil revenue since May, when U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal, U.S. Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, told reporters on a call on Monday.

Honduran survivor of migrant massacre joins caravan for safety – (Al Jazeera English)
A survivor of a 2010 massacre of migrant group, Billy Martinez makes the trek again, hoping to find safety in numbers.

US warns of ‘relentless’ pressure on Iran – (BBC News)
The US Secretary of State says Iran must “act like a normal country, or… see its economy crumble”.

Officials: Driver was huffing before crash that killed 4 – (Associated Press)
LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (AP) — A young driver was inhaling chemical vapors, or huffing, just prior to striking and killing three Girl Scouts and a mother and critically injuring a fourth girl who had been picking up trash along a rural Wisconsin highway, police sai…

Newlyweds die in air crash after wedding – (BBC News)
The Texas couple died in a helicopter crash moments after departing from their wedding party.

Japan youth suicides hit 30-year high – (BBC News)
The country’s education ministry says 250 children took their own lives this year.

Tracing a Meme From the Internet’s Fringe to a Republican Slogan – (The New York Times)
In less than two weeks, the three-word phrase expanded from corners of the right-wing internet onto some of the most prominent political stages in the country, days before the midterm elections.

Iran tells U.N. chief: U.S. should be held accountable over sanctions – (Reuters)
The United Nations should hold the United States accountable for re-imposing sanctions on Monday to choke off Iran’s oil and shipping industry, measures that defy a U.N. Security Council resolution, Iran’s U.N. ambassador wrote in a letter to Secretary-Genera…

Aasia Bibi’s lawyer seeks refuge in Netherlands – (Al Jazeera English)
Saif-ul-Malook fled to the Netherlands following threats to his life after Christian woman he represented was acquitted.

Sears, chairman, lenders seek bankruptcy loan breakthrough: sources – (Reuters)
Sears Holdings Corp is in discussions with Chairman Eddie Lampert and lenders on a deal to expand a bankruptcy financing package that would help it avoid liquidation, people familiar with the matter said.

U.S. ratchets up pressure on Iran with resumption of sanctions – (Reuters)
The United States reimposes oil and financial sanctions against Iran on Monday, significantly turning up the pressure on Tehran in order to curb its missile and nuclear programs and counter its growing military and political influence in the Middle East.

Think You Care About the Midterms? These People Upended Their Lives to Volunteer – (The New York Times)
Quitting jobs, moving across the country, driving 9,000 miles and door-knocking for 28 campaigns in 30 days. Some Americans are especially fired up about Election Day.

Georgia governor’s race awash in election security issue – (Associated Press)
ATLANTA (AP) — An already tight governor’s race in Georgia devolved into new chaos Monday after the Republican candidate, who is also the state’s chief election official, alleged with little evidence that Democrats sought to hack a voter database that will be…

Election Day 2018: A nation on edge heads to the polls – (Associated Press)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Michael Gregoire marched along a downtown sidewalk in the tense days before the midterm elections, waving a hand-painted sign at passing traffic: “DEFEAT REPUBLICANS 2018.” “The survival of the country is going to depend on this electio…

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From various sources

Rouhani says Iran will break U.S. sanctions – (The Jerusalem Post)

Court to state: Strike a deal with Israeli indicted for – (The Jerusalem Post)
Ezra Nawi was indicted in July for violating a provision in the Oslo Accords prohibiting Israelis from illegally aiding the PA.

Netanyahu: Reinstatement of U.S. Iranian sanctions, great day for Israel – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Today is a historic day. It is a day on which the United States, led by President Trump, has imposed the harshest of sanctions on Iran.”

Senior Catholic leadership calls on government to rescind nation-state law – (The Jerusalem Post)
The nation-state law generated huge controversy since it ascribed national rights and certain values to Israel’s Jewish population, and failed to affirm the commitment of the state to equality for all citizens.

The lower the effort the funnier the prank – (Reddit /r/all)

r/MadeMeSmile – So sweet – (Reddit /r/all)
28,313 votes and 140 comments so far on Reddit

r/gaming – Know the difference – (Reddit /r/all)
23,614 votes and 169 comments so far on Reddit

Netflix’s “The Haunting Of Hill House” Fails To Capture The Book’s Queer Spirit – (Buzzfeed)
In the Netflix series, a family unit’s destruction is the ultimate horror. But Shirley Jackson’s novel asked whether the nuclear family — which has alienated so many queer people — is itself horrifyin

Right to fish and hunt on ballot for North Carolina voters – (Fox News)
North Carolina ballot measure puts the right to hunt and fish in the hands of voters; Douglas Kennedy has more.

Ryanair was ‘woeful’, say lawyers for racially abused passenger – (The Guardian (UK))
Airline met her complaint with ‘obstructiveness’ and should compensate her properly

What fans really, really want: a Spice Girls reunion | CBC News – (CBC News)
The 1990s girl group posted a video message announcing a new 2019 U.K. stadium tour, but without original member Victoria (Posh Spice) Beckham.

Brian McFadden is ‘heading on holiday with Victoria Beckham’ as they miss tours – (Metro)
We’d pay to see that.

Sighting of sperm whales in Arctic a sign of changing ecosystem, say scientists – (The Guardian (UK))
Rare sighting in the Canadian Arctic leads to concern they could become trapped as winter approaches

Election 2018: voting tools, discounted rides, and everything else you need to know to vote – (The Verge)
Election Day is tomorrow, November 6th, in the United States, and the 2018 midterm elections are likely going to be some of the most contentious elections in recent history. Here’s everything you need to get ready for the big day, complete with registration i…

NBC says it will pull Trump campaign’s racist ad — after airing it on ‘Sunday Night Football’ – (CNN)
NBC said Monday that it would no longer air the Trump campaign’s anti-immigrant advertisement on any of its networks following a backlash over its decision to show the racist 30-second spot during “Sunday Night Football.”

Why So Many Kentuckians Are Barred From Voting on Tuesday, and for Life – (The New York Times)
Kentucky, Iowa and Florida impose lifetime voting bans for people with felony records. A ballot measure in Florida could restore some voting rights.

The Spice Girls announce return for six-date tour (without Victoria) – (Daily Mail)
The Spice Girls have confirmed that they’re reuniting for a six-date UK tour next summer, following months of relentless speculation – but they won’t be joined by Victoria Beckham.

Group laugh as they burn a home-made model of Grenfell Tower – (Daily Mail)
The model block made with cardboard also had paper people jumping from the windows in a sick joke at the expense of the 72 people who died in Britain’s worst ever fire in June 2017.

‘South Park Susan’ turns herself into police after video shows her harassing women in apartment parking lot – (USA Today)
Susan Westwood turned herself into police after a warrant was issued stemming from viral video of her harassing two women in North Carolina.

Niantic’s massive Ingress reboot launches today on iOS and Android – (The Verge)
Five years after the launch of the original Ingress, Niantic Labs is rebooting its first game as Ingress Prime, which launches for free today on iOS and Android. Those who already have the app and an account can access the new game as an update. Niantic says …

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All about Trump

Netanyahu: Reinstatement of U.S. Iranian sanctions, great day for Israel – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Today is a historic day. It is a day on which the United States, led by President Trump, has imposed the harshest of sanctions on Iran.”

NBC says it will pull Trump campaign’s racist ad — after airing it on ‘Sunday Night Football’ – (CNN)
NBC said Monday that it would no longer air the Trump campaign’s anti-immigrant advertisement on any of its networks following a backlash over its decision to show the racist 30-second spot during “Sunday Night Football.”

Hannity clarifies appearance at Trump rally: ‘I will not be on stage campaigning’ – (The Hill)
“Fox News” host Sean Hannity clarified Monday that he will not appear on stage when he attends President Trump’s rally Monday evening in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on the eve of the midterm elections.

Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump and the ghosts of 1918 – (Financial Times)
The presidents represent competing traditions of thought about international relations

US hits 700 Iranian targets with sanctions – (Financial Times)
Trump administration fulfils president’s pledge to take harder line against Tehran

US troops put up barbed wire near Mexico border – (Fox News)
U.S. troops and Customs and Border Protection officers are securing sections of the Texas-Mexico borderby laying down barbed-wire fencing. President Trump is calling the barbed-wire ‘beautiful.’

NBC to Stop Running Trump Immigration Ad Rejected by CNN as Racist – (Google News (Canada))
The ad, which ran during “Sunday Night Football,” stirs fear of a migrant caravan making its way through Mexico.

Exclusive: Pentagon balked at U.S. border troops building detention facilities – officials – (Reuters)
Pentagon officials declined a preliminary Trump administration request for the U.S. military to build facilities to house detained migrants as part of its new mission on the Mexican border, U.S. officials said.

Trump’s troubles: Signs point to midterm election shifts against the president. But it’s not over. – (NBC News)
Thanks to President Donald Trump’s terrible approval ratings among college-educated women, a historic number of GOP open seats and staggering Democratic fundraising, Democrats remain favorites to pick up the 23 seats they need for House control.

Trump says China wants to make a deal on trade, he wants right deal – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that China has hurt the United States economically but was ready to make a deal on trade and he was open to a fair agreement.

Trump accuses CNN of ‘Fake Suppression Polls and false rhetoric’ – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday accused CNN of promoting “fake Suppression Polls and false rhetoric” one day before the 2018 midterm elections.

Trump Closes Out a Campaign Built on Fear, Anger and Division – (The New York Times)
On the last day before midterm elections, President Trump was set to embark on a three-state swing and appear with conservative icons Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.

How to watch Trump’s final midterm rallies live in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri – (Newsweek)
The president’s scheduled marathon before the midterm election ends Monday night with Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

Iran lost around $2 billion in oil revenues since May, U.S. official says – (Reuters)
Iran has lost around $2 billion in oil revenue since May, when U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal, U.S. Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, told reporters on a call on Monday.

Trump disputes CNN polls while warning of penalties for illegal voting – (Axios)
“Anyone caught will be subject to the Maximum Criminal Penalties allowed by law.”

Obama condemns Trump’s response to migrant caravan as a “political stunt” – (Newsweek)
“Two weeks before this election, they’re telling us the single most grave threat to America is a bunch of poor, impoverished, broke, hungry refugees a thousand miles away,” Obama said.

Obama speech – LIVE: Former president hits campaign trail in Virginia as Trump prepares for MAGA rallies – (Independent)

NBC ran Trump anti-immigration ad CNN refused to air – (Axios)
CNN refused to run the ad, calling it “racist.”

Trump Isn’t Inciting Violence by Mistake, But on Purpose. He Just Told Us. – (New York Magazine)
Trump believe the threat of bombs and bullets can force his critics to bend the knee.

US midterms viewed as a referendum on Trump’s leadership – (Google News (Australia))
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