2018-11-09

Headlines:

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

Hundreds of migrants leave Mexico City headed for border – (Associated Press)
MEXICO CITY (AP) — About 500 Central American migrants headed out of Mexico City on Friday to embark on the longest and most dangerous leg of their journey to the U.S. border, while thousands more were waiting one day more at a massive improvised shelter. The…

Schumer asks Trump about Whitaker attorney general appointment – (Reuters)
U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Friday questioned the legality of President Donald Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general and sent the Republican president a list of questions about the move.

Trump limits asylum, says migrants must “have merit’ – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday invoked extraordinary national security powers to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. Trump is us…

Trump limits asylum, says migrants must “have merit’ – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday invoked extraordinary national security powers to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. Trump is us…

Southern California fires force evacuation of Malibu – (Associated Press)
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — The entire city of Malibu was ordered evacuated early Friday as a ferocious Southern California’s wildfire roared toward the beachside community that is home for many Hollywood celebrities. The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted …

Trump Says ‘I Don’t Know Matt Whitaker,’ the Acting Attorney General He Chose – (The New York Times)
Matthew Whitaker now oversees the Russia investigation, has visited the Oval Office several times and is said to have an easy chemistry with the president.

Mueller Inquiry Faces New Uncertainty With Skeptic Atop Justice Dept. – (The New York Times)
The new acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, has openly criticized the special counsel investigation. He now oversees it.

Trump Suspends Some Asylum Rights, Calling Illegal Immigration ‘a Crisis’ – (The New York Times)
The proclamation suspends asylum rights for immigrants who enter the United States illegally, though officials said it was aimed at migrants traveling through Mexico in caravans.

Trump claims video distributed by White House wasn’t altered – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed on Friday that a White House-released video depicting contact between a staffer and a CNN reporter wasn’t altered, and he seemingly threatened to revoke the White House press credentials of more reporters. Trump …

Trump signs order limiting migrant asylum at U.S.-Mexico border – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump on Friday signed a proclamation that effectively will suspend the granting of asylum to migrants who cross the U.S. border with Mexico illegally for up to 90 days.

Trump restricts asylum at the US-Mexico border – (Al Jazeera English)
Presidential proclamation bars individuals who cross southern border between ports of entry from receiving asylum.

Trump on new acting AG: “I don’t know Matt Whitaker” – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving to distance himself from Matthew Whitaker as he faces criticism over his choice for acting attorney general. Trump told reporters Friday “I don’t know Matt Whitaker” and said he didn’t speak with Whitaker abo…

Hong Kong bars British journalist from entering – (Reuters)
Hong Kong has barred a Financial Times journalist from entering the city as a visitor, after authorities refused to renew his work visa in October, in a move a British official said undermined free speech.

‘Year of the Woman’ Indeed: Record Gains in the House – (The New York Times)
There will be at least 100 women in the House next year — the largest number yet in U.S. history.

Bereaved mum’s plea: ‘No more guns’ – (BBC News)
Susan Schmidt-Orfanos’ son Telemachus, 27, survived a shooting in Las Vegas last year, but died when a man opened fire in his home town on Wednesday.

U.S. judge halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline – (Reuters)
A federal judge in Montana halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday on the grounds that the U.S. government did not complete a full analysis of the environmental impact of the TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO) project.

Exclusive: ‘Can’t eat, can’t sleep’ – Rohingya on Myanmar repatriation list – (Reuters)
For Nurul Amin, a Rohingya Muslim living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, the days since learning he and his family were among a group of people set to potentially be repatriated to Myanmar have been among the most frightening since they fled their home.

China expresses satisfaction over Rohingya repatriation deal – (Reuters)
China is “happy” that Bangladesh and Myanmar have reached a deal to start repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees to Rakhine, its government’s top diplomat said on Friday.

Trump says he did not discuss Russia probe with acting attorney general – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump on Friday said he did not discuss the U.S. special counsel’s ongoing Russia investigation with Matt Whitaker before appointing him as acting attorney general this week.

Trump slams U.S. judge’s decision to halt Keystone XL pipeline – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday blasted a federal judge’s decision to halt construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry heavy crude oil from Canada to the United States, a project that has been in development for a decade.

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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

Analysts: Saudi nuclear research appears to not be an immediate threat – (The Jerusalem Post)
Possible Experts skeptical of the kingdom’s plans to build 16 reactors, which they believe is motivated by a desire to counter Iranian influence.

Palestinian protesters in Gaza attack Qatari envoy after $15m. transfer – (The Jerusalem Post)
The paychecks of the Hamas members, which were being paid through financial aid by Qatar, were passed on in suitcases in a heavily guarded vehicle.

Merkel commemorates Nazi Kristallnacht against Jews with synagogue speech – (The Jerusalem Post)
Dressed in black, Merkel told Jewish leaders that violence against Jews, blamed on far-right militants or Muslims, was growing in Germany now, eight decades later.

Facebook, Amazon, and Google could pose big problems for ESPN’s streaming service, analyst says (DIS) – (Business Insider)
Facebook, Amazon, and Google could pose big problems for ESPN’s streaming service, analyst says (DIS)

Confronting Jelly-Spined Bishops – (The American Conservative)
Time for angry Catholic laity to read the riot act to the cowardly episcopate

Laura Ingraham: Midterm madness in Florida — Democrats refuse to accept the agony of defeat – (Fox News)
If you thought the midterm drama was over, well, you are wrong. It’s shades of 2000 in Florida right now as the state is mired once again in a recount drama.

Accusations fly over Broward County ballot shenanigans: Mystery truck deliveries, abandoned boxes and more – (Fox News)
Lawyers are descending on Florida as the state braces once again to become ground zero in a national election fight, and the epicenter appears to be Broward County where late-arriving ballots in Democratic strongholds are fueling accusations of political shen…

This robotic cowboy is making cattle herding much safer – (Mashable)
In Nebraska, this robotic cowboy is waving trash bags at animals to keep humans safe.

California fires: Malibu residents ordered to evacuate – (The Guardian (UK))
Fire officials say multiple buildings have been destroyed as Malibu evacuates 13,000 of its residents

Boris Johnson’s brother quits ministerial post over Brexit – (The Irish Times)
Jo Johnson says Theresa May’s Brexit deal offers choice between ‘vassalage and chaos’

Ruth Bader Ginsburg “up and working” after fracturing ribs, nephew says – (Axios)
He said she was “cracking jokes.”

20 Things Gays In The Early 2000s Wanted But Were Too Closeted To Ask For – (Buzzfeed)
I still want all of these.

Solicitor claims discriminatory remarks made as she is ‘a woman and a black African’ – (The Irish Times)
Woman tells High Court she was questioned about qualifications and not allowed represent client at Mental Health tribunal

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg released from hospital after fracturing three ribs in fall – (USA Today)
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital Friday morning, a day after being admitted with fractured ribs from a fall.

Rakuten has SoftBank in its sights – (TechCrunch)
This week, I’ve tried to do something new at TechCrunch with this experimental column — getting obsessed about a topic broadly in tech and writing a continuous stream of thoughts and analysis about it. With my research consultant and contributor Arman Tabatab…

These are the technology advances that could end animal farming – (The Verge)
The Verge spoke to Jacy Reese about his book The End of Animal Farming and the future of technological advancements like plant-based and cultured meat.

Evacuation ordered for Malibu as raging fire jumps U.S. 101, closes freeway – (USA Today)
The northern California town of Paradise was largely destroyed by a fast-moving fire in a state wracked by three wind-driven wildfires that continued to gain strength Friday.

Evacuation ordered for Malibu as raging fire jumps U.S. 101, closes freeway – (Google News (UK))
The northern California town of Paradise was largely destroyed by a fast-moving fire in a state wracked by three wind-driven wildfires that continued to gain strength Friday.

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All about Trump

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

Judge halts construction of Keystone XL pipeline – (Vice News)
A Montana judge blocked Trump’s presidential permit, saying the environmental analysis fell short of a ‘hard look.’

Schumer asks Trump about Whitaker attorney general appointment – (Reuters)
U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Friday questioned the legality of President Donald Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general and sent the Republican president a list of questions about the move.

Trump limits asylum, says migrants must “have merit’ – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday invoked extraordinary national security powers to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. Trump is us…

Trump limits asylum, says migrants must “have merit’ – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday invoked extraordinary national security powers to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. Trump is us…

Trump Says ‘I Don’t Know Matt Whitaker,’ the Acting Attorney General He Chose – (The New York Times)
Matthew Whitaker now oversees the Russia investigation, has visited the Oval Office several times and is said to have an easy chemistry with the president.

Trump Suspends Some Asylum Rights, Calling Illegal Immigration ‘a Crisis’ – (The New York Times)
The proclamation suspends asylum rights for immigrants who enter the United States illegally, though officials said it was aimed at migrants traveling through Mexico in caravans.

Trump claims video distributed by White House wasn’t altered – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed on Friday that a White House-released video depicting contact between a staffer and a CNN reporter wasn’t altered, and he seemingly threatened to revoke the White House press credentials of more reporters. Trump …

Trump Attacks Journalists, Claims ‘No One Manipulated’ Jim Acosta Video – (Google News)
The president again bashed the CNN reporter, then lit into journalist April Ryan, saying she “doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing.”

Michelle Obama calls out Trump in new book – CNN Video – (CNN)
The Washington Post reports that in her new book, former first lady Michelle Obama says President Trump jeopardized her family’s safety by propagating the false ‘birther’ conspiracy theory. The excerpt was confirmed by CNN presidential historian David Brinkle…

Trump signs declaration to limit asylum protections for migrants | CBC News – (CBC News)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday invoked extraordinary national security powers to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States.

Keystone XL pipeline: judge rules government ‘jumped the gun’ and orders halt – (The Guardian (UK))
District court judge Brian Morris rules Trump administration did not consider environmental consequences before pushing ahead

Trump signs order limiting migrant asylum at U.S.-Mexico border – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump on Friday signed a proclamation that effectively will suspend the granting of asylum to migrants who cross the U.S. border with Mexico illegally for up to 90 days.

Trump slams Florida vote count as prospects for recount grow – (The Hill)
President Trump slammed the vote counting process taking place in Florida’s Broward County as the prospect of recounts in the Senate and Governor races grow.

Donald Trump claims he doesn’t “know” Matt Whitaker despite meeting with him more than a dozen times – (Newsweek)
“Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions and he was always extremely highly thought of and he still is, but I didn’t know Matt Whitaker,” Trump told reporters on Friday.

Trump restricts asylum at the US-Mexico border – (Al Jazeera English)
Presidential proclamation bars individuals who cross southern border between ports of entry from receiving asylum.

Trump on new acting AG: “I don’t know Matt Whitaker” – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving to distance himself from Matthew Whitaker as he faces criticism over his choice for acting attorney general. Trump told reporters Friday “I don’t know Matt Whitaker” and said he didn’t speak with Whitaker abo…

Trump: More Reporters May Lose White House Credentials – (Fortune)
President Donald Trump said he might not return CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s pass to get into the White House

Trump defends choice for acting AG, but also says he doesn’t know him – (The Hill)
President Trump said Friday he has not spoken to acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker about the Russia investigation, which Whitaker now oversees.

Trump claims he hasn’t spoken with Whitaker about Mueller probe – (NBC News)
Trump said he didn’t know Matt Whitaker and claimed that he hadn’t discussed the ongoing probe of special counsel Robert Mueller with him.

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