2018-11-19

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Democratic senators sue over Whitaker’s appointment as AG – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Senate Democrats filed a lawsuit Monday arguing that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s appointment is unconstitutional and asking a federal judge to remove him. The suit, filed by Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie…

Bitcoin breaches $5,000, plumbs fresh 13-month low – (Reuters)
Bitcoin fell below $5,000 on Monday for the first time in over a year, slumping to a fresh 13-month low on the Bitstamp platform as a broad sell-off in cryptocurrencies sparked last week gathered momentum.

Yemen peace prospects rise as government, Houthis closer to talks – (Al Jazeera English)
Yemen’s government to take part in planned UN talks after Houthis say they will freeze attacks on Saudi-led coalition.

Yemeni Houthis halt missile attacks on Saudi coalition, raising peace prospects – (Reuters)
Houthi rebels in Yemen said on Monday they were halting drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their Yemeni allies, responding to a demand from the United Nations.

Oil slips on global supply fears even as OPEC mulls cut – (Reuters)
Oil futures fell about 1 percent on Monday amid global oversupply worries, but losses were muted as investors eyed potential sanctions on Iran from the European Union, a possible production cut from OPEC and slightly bullish storage drawdown in U.S. crude sto…

EU backs Iran sanctions over foiled France attack plot: diplomats – (Reuters)
European Union foreign ministers on Monday endorsed a French government decision to sanction Iranian nationals accused of a bomb plot in France, a move that could enable EU-wide enforcement of the measures, diplomats said.

Rouhani says Iran to continue oil exports and resist U.S. economic war – (Reuters)
Iran will continue to export oil despite U.S. sanctions, which are part of a psychological war doomed to failure, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday.

Apple cuts production orders for all three new iPhone models: WSJ – (Reuters)
Apple Inc has cut production orders in recent weeks for all three iPhone models launched in September, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing sources.

Wall Street hit by Apple slide, trade woes – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks fell on Monday, as a slide in Apple’s shares on concerns about iPhone demand hit its suppliers and the technology sector, with mixed signals over the state of play between the United States and China on trade dispute adding to the weakness.

Two more lawmakers call for confidence vote in UK PM May: BBC – (Reuters)
Two more Conservative lawmakers have submitted letters calling for a no-confidence vote in British Prime Minister Theresa May, the BBC’s political editor said in a tweet without citing sources.

Yemeni rebels say they will halt rocket fire at Saudi Arabia – (Associated Press)
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s Shiite rebels said Monday that they will halt rocket fire into Saudi Arabia for the sake of peace efforts, answering a key Saudi demand in the latest push to stop the civil war in the Arab world’s poorest country. But the rebels al…

Danske whistleblower says big European bank handled $150 billion in payments – (Reuters)
The whistleblower who revealed alleged money laundering involving Danske Bank said on Monday that a major European bank helped process up to $150 billion in suspicious payments and two U.S. lenders were also involved.

In a Walmart Lot, a Rough Refuge for California Wildfire Evacuees – (The New York Times)
Many in California who lost all they had when their homes were destroyed are collecting in makeshift camps, as firefighters keep struggling to contain the blazes.

‘Like a Terror Movie’: How Climate Change Will Cause More Simultaneous Disasters – (The New York Times)
By the end of this century, some parts of the world could face as many as six climate-related crises at the same time, researchers have concluded.

Thousands flee as Guatemala volcano erupts – (BBC News)
Almost 4,000 residents leave their homes as the Fuego volcano erupts for the fifth time this year.

Diddy pays tribute to Kim Porter – (BBC News)
It’s the first time the rapper has spoken about the death of his ex and mother of three of his children

The lifting of UN sanctions will not solve Eritrea’s problems – (Al Jazeera English)
Having gotten rid of international sanctions, the Eritrean regime is unlikely to change its repressive ways at home.

In smoldering wildfire ruins, life goes on for a hardy few – (Associated Press)
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Brad Weldon lost his home to fire when he was a kid, so when a deadly wildland blaze came roaring toward his ranch house in the pines where he lives with his 89-year-old blind mother, he wasn’t going to let disaster strike twice. Weldo…

Nancy Pelosi’s Last Battle – (The New York Times)
As she prepares to lead the House of Representatives again, the most powerful Democrat in Washington will have to navigate between a rampaging president and her colleagues’ plans for fighting back.

Trump waffles on pledge to keep chief of staff John Kelly – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn’t committing to a previous pledge to keep chief of staff John Kelly for the remainder of his term, part of widespread speculation about staffing changes that could soon sweep through his administration. Trump, in a…

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From various sources

Iranian-backed Houthi forces in Yemen fire missile at Saudi coalition – (The Jerusalem Post)
The missile used solid-propellant and was termed as Badr P-1, an upgrade from the Badr-1.

Airbnb to stop operating in West Bank settlements – (The Jerusalem Post)
“We concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.”

Passengers on ‘nightmare’ NY flight mulling legal action against El Al – (The Jerusalem Post)
Sources close to El Al said that the airline was planning to offer compensation to the passengers and would make decisions in the coming days.

Israeli astronomers discover ‘tadpole’-shaped galaxy – (The Jerusalem Post)
A disrupted galaxy is when a galaxy’s stars are incorporated into more massive galaxies or are ejected into intergalactic space. This discovery is important because of the sheer size of the galaxy.

Why Trump’s Bankrupt Iran Policy Can’t Succeed – (The American Conservative)
Iran sanctions can’t achieve the administration’s stated goals, and that is largely because those goals are unrealistic and unreasonable.

You Can Now Watch A Bunch Of Ad-Supported Films For Free On YouTube, Including “Legally Blonde” And “Rocky” – (Buzzfeed)
Hundreds of classic films were quietly made available for free back in October on the long-running video website.

A deal between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will not last – (Financial Times)
Growing military tensions make the US-China trade dispute harder to settle

Taylor Swift moves to Universal Music after bidding war – (Financial Times)
Singer’s first new contract since the age 14 is a coup for the Vivendi-owned label

The White House Is Threatening To Take Away Jim Acosta’s Credentials — Again – (Buzzfeed)
A federal judge ordered the White House to temporarily reinstate Acosta’s hard pass access last week while CNN’s lawsuit goes forward.

Apple and chipmakers drag Nasdaq more than 2 per cent lower – (Financial Times)
A string of iPhone suppliers have issued disappointing revenue forecasts

Man found guilty in sexsomnia case | CBC News – (CBC News)
A Brockville judge has ruled a man is criminally responsible for the sexual assault of a woman because of a sleep disorder.

Israel urges travelers to clear luggage of bullets before going abroad – (The Jerusalem Post)
The incident came quickly after the Foreign Ministry dealt with an Israeli who was arrested in the airport in Malta because he was found with brass knuckles in his bag.

Apple has cut production on iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, report says – (Mashable)
Happy holidays? Not for some of Apple’s suppliers.

Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn’s arrest in Japan shocks auto industry – (The Guardian (AU))
Shares slide after allegations executive understated income on financial statements

Sam Darnold (foot) misses Jets practice Monday – (NFL News)
New York Jets QB Sam Darnold sat out of practice Monday as he continues to rehab a foot injury. The third-overall pick was seen Monday without the walking boot he wore prior to the bye.

Taylor Swift reveals she signed a new record deal and used it to boost other artists’ pay – (USA Today)
Taylor Swift has a new record deal – and she’s using it to lobby for higher paydays for her new labelmates.

Facebook is launching its first ever program to support local journalism in the UK – (Mashable)
The Community News Project will donate £4.5 million to help fund 80 trainee journalists across the UK for two years.

Dembele must focus and be more responsible – Suarez – (FourFourTwo)
Amid talk Barcelona are demanding Ousmane Dembele improves his attitude, Luis Suarez has called on the winger to learn from his team-mates.

Neymar could return one day – Barca chief – (FourFourTwo)
Barcelona sporting director Pep Segura admitted Neymar made an “affront” when he left the club but claimed the door to a return is open.

6 of Just Cause 4’s Most Destructive Weapons – IGN First – IGN – (IGN)
From multi-missile launchers to the power of Thor himself, Rico’s arsenal is more insane than ever.

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All about Trump

Why Trump’s Bankrupt Iran Policy Can’t Succeed – (The American Conservative)
Iran sanctions can’t achieve the administration’s stated goals, and that is largely because those goals are unrealistic and unreasonable.

A deal between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will not last – (Financial Times)
Growing military tensions make the US-China trade dispute harder to settle

Democrats file lawsuit against Trump over Whitaker, accuse president of violating Constitution – (Business Insider (UK))
Several top Democratic senators on Monday filed…

Thiessen: Trump shouldn’t be hemorrhaging suburban voters – (Fox News)
The 2018 midterms revealed a shifting electorate and presented a challenge for the Republican Party, says Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen.

Trump considers making Cabinet changes – (Fox News)
President Trump tells Chris Wallace that he is thinking about changing ‘three or four or five’ positions in his Cabinet; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports.

Democratic senators sue to block Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general – (Fox News)
Three Democratic senators on Monday filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of President Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.

How Democrats’ Rust Belt Success Alters 2020 Picture – (The Wall Street Journal)
Counties that voted for President Trump in 2016 flipped back to the Democrats in midterm elections, raising questions about the power of the president’s trade policies, Gerald F. Seib writes.

Retired Admiral McRaven repeats: Trump’s media attacks ‘greatest threat to our democracy’ – (USA Today)
“I stand by my comment that the President’s attack on the media is the greatest threat to our democracy in my lifetime,” McRaven said.

Senate Democrats File Lawsuit Challenging Trump’s Appointment Of Matt Whitaker – (The Huffington Post)
Sens. Blumenthal, Hirono and Whitehouse have filed a suit saying the acting attorney general is illegitimate.

GOP’s Grassley admonishes Trump on Kelly comments – (The Hill)
Senior Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Monday admonished President Trump for disparaging his White House chief of staff John Kelly for lacking crucial job skills.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough On Trump: He ‘Isn’t Going To Win Re-election’ – (The Huffington Post)
The “Morning Joe” host said Trump will not do well in some swing areas in the 2020 election “unless he radically changes.”

Trump launches new attack on admiral who led Osama bin Laden raid – live – (The Guardian (AU))
President tweets that he ‘pointed out’ Bin Laden in his book ahead of World Trade Center attack after criticizing Bill McRaven in Fox interview on Sunday

Trump launches new attack on admiral who led Osama bin Laden raid – live – (The Guardian (UK))
President tweets that he ‘pointed out’ Bin Laden in his book ahead of World Trade Center attack after criticizing Bill McRaven in Fox interview on Sunday

White House tells Jim Acosta his suspension may be permanent after restraining order expires – (USA Today)
The Trump administration plans to again revoke Acosta’s press credentials after a restraining order imposed Friday by a federal judge expires.

The 42 most eye-popping lines from Donald Trump’s ‘Fox News Sunday’ interview – (CNN)
President Donald Trump sat for an interview with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, a conversation that reads like a greatest hits (or misses, depending on your view of the commander in chief) from his two years in the nation’s highest office.

Trump stands by McRaven criticism: ‘Should have captured Osama Bin Laden long before we did’ – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday defended his criticism of retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, repeating his belief the U.S. should have killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden sooner.

Senate Dems sue to block Whitaker from serving as attorney general – (The Hill)
Senate Democrats filed a lawsuit Monday challenging President Trump’s decision to name Matthew Whitaker acting attorney general.

Opinion | Republicans used to vilify presidents who disrespected the military – (The Washington Post)
Trump fails as commander in chief.

Senate Dems sue to block Whitaker from serving as attorney general – (Google News)
Senate Democrats filed a lawsuit Monday challenging President Trump’s decision to name Matthew Whitaker acting attorney general.

“Fools!”: Trump blasts predecessors, Pakistan on Osama bin Laden – (Axios)
In tweets, he touted his administration’s slashing of aid to Pakistan.

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