2018-11-08

Headlines:

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

Who Is the Suspect in the Thousand Oaks Shooting? – (The New York Times)
The authorities identified the gunman as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old who had served in the Marine Corps.

The Latest: US flags at half-staff to honor bar victims – (Associated Press)
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on that shooting at a Southern California bar that killed 12 people (all times local): 8:15 a.m. President Donald Trump has ordered that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in respect for the victims of the shooting at…

The Latest: US flags at half-staff to honor bar victims – (Associated Press)
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on that shooting at a Southern California bar that killed 12 people (all times local): 8:15 a.m. President Donald Trump has ordered that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in respect for the victims of the shooting at…

Tesla names director Denholm as chair after Musk rows – (Reuters)
Tesla Inc director Robyn Denholm, a telecoms executive who has worked for Toyota, has been promoted to chairwoman of the electric car company, tasked with regulating billionaire Elon Musk’s regime after months of turbulence which have worried Wall Street.

‘Horrific scene’: 13 dead including gunman at California bar – (Associated Press)
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, a hooded former Marine dressed all in black opened fire during college night at a country music bar in Southern California, killing 12 people and sending hundreds fleeing in panic before apparentl…

‘Horrific scene’: 13 dead including gunman at California bar – (Associated Press)
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, a hooded former Marine dressed all in black opened fire during college night at a country music bar in Southern California, killing 12 people and sending hundreds fleeing in panic before apparentl…

‘Wizard of Oz’ draft scripts head for auction block – (Reuters)
A collection of draft scripts for “The Wizard of Oz” and other material from the archives of the 1939 film are going up for auction in December and could fetch up to $1.2 million.

Toshiba sheds more assets, cuts jobs to regain investor trust – (Reuters)
Toshiba Corp <6502.T> announced on Thursday it is shedding assets, cutting jobs and buying back its stock starting this week, sending its shares up 13 percent, as the once-mighty Japanese conglomerate aims to regain investor confidence.

Trump ousts Sessions, vows to fight Democrats if they launch probes – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump forced out his attorney general on Wednesday and threatened to fight back if Democrats use their new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives to launch investigations into his administration and finances.

GOP gov candidate Kemp resigns as Georgia secretary of state – (Associated Press)
ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Brian Kemp resigned Thursday as Georgia’s secretary of state, a day after his campaign said he’s captured enough votes to become governor, even though his election rival is conceding nothing in one of the nation’s marquee midterm rac…

High-profile U.S. races still unresolved two days after election – (Reuters)
A hard-fought race for governor in Georgia remained unresolved on Thursday, two days after U.S. elections, with Democrat Stacey Abrams forming a litigation team for possible legal challenges even as Republican Brian Kemp met with the state’s current governor …

EU watchdog proposes derivatives rule changes for any no-deal Brexit – (Reuters)
The European Union’s markets watchdog has proposed temporary exemptions from EU rules to ensure that uncleared derivatives contracts are not disrupted if there is a no-deal Brexit.

Trump Installs a Critic of the Mueller Investigation to Oversee It – (The New York Times)
Matthew G. Whitaker, the new acting attorney general, is a loyalist who once wrote that the Russia inquiry “is going too far” and should be limited in scope.

11/6 has become a landmark date in Muslim American history – (Al Jazeera English)
Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have rekindled hope for Muslim Americans across the US.

Gunman kills 12 including deputy in crowded California bar – (Reuters)
A gunman opened fire on a crowd of mostly college students and young adults dancing at a crowded country and western bar in a suburb of Los Angeles late on Wednesday night, killing 12 people including a sheriff’s deputy, police said.

Venezuelan migrant exodus hits 3 million: U.N. – (Reuters)
Three million Venezuelans have fled economic and political crisis in their homeland, most since 2015, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Ginsburg, 85, hospitalized after fracturing 3 ribs in fall – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital, the court said Thursday. The court’s oldest justice fell Wednesday evening, the court said. She …

Traces of acid, chemicals found at Saudi consul general’s home – (Al Jazeera English)
Source at Turkish attorney general’s office told Al Jazeera samples of acid were found at Saudi envoy’s Istanbul home.

California Shooting Victims: Sgt. Ron Helus ‘Went in to Save Lives’ – (The New York Times)
Sergeant Helus was killed in the shooting at the crowded country music bar, one of 12 people who lost their lives in the attack.

Trump Bars CNN’s Jim Acosta From the White House – (The New York Times)
The decision was a nuclear-level response by President Trump and the White House communications staff after more than two years of escalating tensions.

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From various sources

The mid-term elections produce a divided government for a divided country – (The Economist)
A recipe for gridlock, poor governance and disenchantment with the political system

Jeff Sessions loses his job – (The Economist)
President Donald Trump removes his attorney-general

Which countries are most likely to fight wars? – (The Economist)
Democracy and peace are linked, but the relationship is complex

This week in 60 seconds – (The Jerusalem Post)
Got a minute? Here’s the week in review.

Yoav Gallant: Hamas holding Gaza hostage, lacks military solution – (The Jerusalem Post)
“If you give us flowers you will get candy. But if you give us rockets, you will get bombed.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized after fracturing three ribs – (The Jerusalem Post)
Ginsburg, who has served on the court since 1993, is the oldest of the nine justices and one of the court’s four liberals.

r/gaming – First hours of RDR2 in a nutshell. – (Reddit /r/all)
11,113 votes and 378 comments so far on Reddit

Former press secretary Fleischer: WH got fed up with Acosta – (Fox News)
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer says he cannot defend the CNN reporter editorializing his role and says it was unwise of President Trump to call out losing Republican candidates.

Top Democrats demand acting AG Whitaker’s recusal – (Fox News)
After Jeff Sessions’ resignation, Democrats demand acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation; Sen. John Kennedy reacts.

NBC sports director arrested for ‘lewd acts’ at Vegas bar – (Fox News)
Randy Howe, sports director for NBC-affiliated KSNV-TV, was arrested for allegedly masturbating inside a suburban bar in North Las Vegas.

Sarah Sanders accused of circulating ‘doctored’ video of Jim Acosta’s interaction with White House intern – (Fox News)
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been accused of sharing a “doctored” video of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s interaction with a White House intern that resulted in the reporter’s press pass being revoked.

Codebook – (Axios)
The collision of cybersecurity and policy, and why it matters, by Joe Uchill. Tuesday and Thursday mornings

SL 15/0 (7.0 ov, FDM Karunaratne 7*, JK Silva 8*, MJ Leach 0/2) – Stumps | Match Report | ESPNCricinfo – (ESPN Cric Info)
Get a report of the Sri Lanka vs England 2018 cricket match.

‘Horrific scene’: 12 dead in Thousand Oaks, California, bar shooting; shooter identified as Ian David Long – (USA Today)
Authorities said shots were fired and people hit at the Borderline Bar & Grill, a country-western dance bar in Thousand Oaks.

Who Is the Suspect in the Thousand Oaks Shooting? – (The New York Times)
The authorities identified the gunman as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old who had served in the Marine Corps.

Boy, 16, stabbed in chest on Birmingham bus – (Mirror)
Police said the teen was rushed to hospital after being stabbed in Kingstanding

I will do things differently as Prince of Wales, says William – (The Guardian (UK))
Duke of Cambridge wants to depart from style of father Charles, according to BBC documentary

Antifa protesters chant outside Fox’s Tucker Carlson’s home, break door – (USA Today)
The anti-fascists group chanted “Tucker Carlson, we will fight.” outside of Tucker’s D.C. home. Carlson’s wife was home alone and called police.

PA: No change in Abbas’s stance toward Gaza truce – (The Jerusalem Post)
Abbas and several senior PA officials have voiced strong opposition to a truce between Hamas and Israel, arguing that such a move would consolidate the split between the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Amazon launches Alexa app for Windows 10 PCs – (TechCrunch)
Amazon today launched an Alexa app for Windows 10 PCs on the Microsoft Store. The voice application allows PC owners to speak to Alexa to set reminders, timers, alarms; create lists and to-dos; track their calendar appointments; get news, weather and other in…

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All about Trump

Jeff Sessions loses his job – (The Economist)
President Donald Trump removes his attorney-general

Former press secretary Fleischer: WH got fed up with Acosta – (Fox News)
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer says he cannot defend the CNN reporter editorializing his role and says it was unwise of President Trump to call out losing Republican candidates.

The Latest: US flags at half-staff to honor bar victims – (Associated Press)
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on that shooting at a Southern California bar that killed 12 people (all times local): 8:15 a.m. President Donald Trump has ordered that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in respect for the victims of the shooting at…

The Latest: US flags at half-staff to honor bar victims – (Associated Press)
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on that shooting at a Southern California bar that killed 12 people (all times local): 8:15 a.m. President Donald Trump has ordered that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in respect for the victims of the shooting at…

This is what the caravan inside Mexico City is really like – (Vice News)
Despite Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, the caravan continues

Watch out for an even more erratic Donald Trump abroad – (Financial Times)
Setback at home will intensify US president’s ‘America First’ foreign policy stance

Trump loyalist to oversee Mueller’s Russia investigation – (Financial Times)
Democrats say acting attorney-general could curtail probe to protect US president

Welcome To The Dystopia: People Are Arguing Whether This Trump Press Conference Is Doctored Or Not – (Buzzfeed)
An editor from the conspiracy site Infowars has provided us with a dizzying example of video manipulation that’s created a “choose your own reality” crisis.

White House suspends press pass of CNN reporter – (Financial Times)
Trump’s fight with media escalates after president’s heated exchange with Jim Acosta

Trump ousts Sessions, vows to fight Democrats if they launch probes – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump forced out his attorney general on Wednesday and threatened to fight back if Democrats use their new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives to launch investigations into his administration and finances.

Trump Installs a Critic of the Mueller Investigation to Oversee It – (The New York Times)
Matthew G. Whitaker, the new acting attorney general, is a loyalist who once wrote that the Russia inquiry “is going too far” and should be limited in scope.

Who ‘Lost’ Crimea? – (The American Conservative)
Trump talks about “losing” Crimea as if it were ours to lose.

The Antifa Mob At Tucker Carlson’s Place – (The American Conservative)
Left-wing berserkers threaten host’s family, drive his wife into hiding. This is how you get Trump, you fools

Opinion | Cornered and raging, Trump begins his coverup. Here’s how Democrats can respond. – (The Washington Post)
We are headed for a major escalation in hostilities, once Democrats assume the House majority.

Trump reviewing answers to Mueller as he changes who oversees the Russia investigation – (CNN)
As he was preparing to remove Jeff Sessions as attorney general, President Donald Trump had already begun reviewing with his lawyers the written answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump, Kavanaugh impeachment speculation kicks up after Dems’ House takeover – (Fox News)
With Democrats set to reclaim control of the House in January and President Trump already infuriating them with the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speculation is rampant over whether they will use that power to pursue impeachment agains…

Trump reviewing answers to Mueller as he changes who oversees the Russia investigation – (Google News)
As he was preparing to remove Jeff Sessions as attorney general, President Donald Trump had already begun reviewing with his lawyers the written answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is reportedly being considered to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general – (Business Insider (UK))
President Donald Trump is reportedly…

Trump’s Foreign Policy After the Midterms – (The American Conservative)
The midterm results will have some practical effects on Trump’s foreign policy.

Trump Bars CNN’s Jim Acosta From the White House – (The New York Times)
The decision was a nuclear-level response by President Trump and the White House communications staff after more than two years of escalating tensions.

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