2018-12-03

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

Britain’s government at risk of contempt of parliament over Brexit advice – (Reuters)
Britain’s opposition Labour Party said Prime Minister Theresa May’s government could face an action for contempt of parliament after only publishing on Monday a summary of the legal advice it received on her Brexit deal with the European Union.

1 child dead, 45 people hurt in Arkansas charter bus crash – (Associated Press)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — One child was killed and at least 45 other people were injured when a charter bus carrying a youth football team from Tennessee rolled off an interstate off-ramp and overturned before sunrise Monday in central Arkansas, authorities sa…

Trump urges ‘full sentence’ for his ex-lawyer Cohen in Russia probe – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump called for a “full and complete” sentence for his former lawyer Michael Cohen on Monday, weighing in on a judicial proceeding with accusations Cohen lied about dealings with Russia during his 2016 presidential campaign.

China vowed to move immediately on new trade commitments: U.S. official – (Reuters)
China vowed over the weekend to move immediately on new commitments it made to improve trade relations with the United States, a top White House official said on Monday.

Honor guard, cannon as former President Bush begins last trip to Washington – (Reuters)
A military honor guard loaded the body of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush onto Air Force One on Monday for a final trip to Washington and the start of four days of mourning the man who led the nation as the Cold War ended.

U.S. construction spending slows, factory growth readings mixed – (Reuters)
U.S. construction spending fell for a third straight month, government data showed on Monday, while private-sector figures showed an uptick in manufacturing order growth but offered a mixed view on overall factory activity.

Qualcomm says NXP deal is dead, even as China seen open to okaying it – (Reuters)
U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc rejected a suggestion by the White House that its collapsed $44 billion acquisition of Dutch peer NXP Semiconductors could be revived, saying the deal had been terminated as the deadline had expired.

Global markets surge on China-U.S. trade truce, dollar dips, yuan up – (Reuters)
A temporary ceasefire in the U.S.-China trade war boosted global stocks to their highest in about three weeks on Monday, while sending the dollar lower and the Chinese yuan and several trade-dependent currencies higher.

Nexstar to buy Tribune Media for $4.1 billion – (Reuters)
Nexstar Media Group Inc said on Monday it agreed to buy Chicago-based peer Tribune Media Company for about $4.1 billion in cash, making it the largest regional U.S. TV station operator.

Iran says OPEC members who increased output should take lead on cuts – (Reuters)
Qatar’s decision to quit OPEC shows the frustration of small producers at the dominant role of a Saudi and Russia-led panel, a top Iranian official said, adding that any supply cuts should come only from countries that had increased output.

Washington to pay respects, bid farewell to George H.W. Bush – (Associated Press)
HOUSTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush is ready to embark on his final journey to Washington as the nation salutes the 41st president for his lifetime of public service that began in the Navy during World War II, ended with four years as president and was characteri…

Washington to pay respects, bid farewell to George H.W. Bush – (Associated Press)
HOUSTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush is ready to embark on his final journey to Washington as the nation salutes the 41st president for his lifetime of public service that began in the Navy during World War II, ended with four years as president and was characteri…

US tourist vanishes after ‘sketchy’ text – (BBC News)
Carla Stefaniak’s last message to a friend said it was raining hard and power was out at her Airbnb.

A Kinder, Gentler Nation? Maybe for a Few Days – (The New York Times)
The death of George Bush has quieted a raucous political system as it honors him for a civility it no longer possesses. But history shows that’s unlikely to last.

UN chief: Climate change is “most important issue we face” – (Associated Press)
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a dramatic appeal to world leaders Monday to take the threat of global warming seriously and to act boldly to avert a catastrophic rise in temperatures before the end of the century. Guter…

UN chief: Climate change is “most important issue we face” – (Associated Press)
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a dramatic appeal to world leaders Monday to take the threat of global warming seriously and to act boldly to avert a catastrophic rise in temperatures before the end of the century. Guter…

French paramedics, students join protests amid crisis talks – (Associated Press)
PARIS (AP) — Anti-government protesters gained new allies Monday as French paramedics and students joined ongoing rallies while the prime minister met with political rivals in a bid to ease the anger following riots that rocked Paris. Facing the most serious …

Qatar to pull out of Saudi-dominated OPEC amid Doha boycott – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The tiny, energy-rich Arab nation of Qatar announced Monday it will withdraw from OPEC in January, a rebuke of the Saudi-dominated cartel as the kingdom’s boycott of Doha continues unabated and a crucial meeting of the group…

IS hostage murderer killed in air strike – (BBC News)
Abu al-Umarayn murdered a number of Western aid workers, including US citizen Peter Kassig.

India: Two killed in protests over alleged cow slaughter – (Al Jazeera English)
Police and a youth killed in clashes in northern state after carcass of a cow was allegedly found on a farm.

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From various sources

Irish FM terms U.S. ambassador’s Hanukkah tweet ‘provocative and biased’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Friedman’s tweet, some nine hours after it was posted, was retweeted some 530 times and garnered over 1,600 “likes.”

Nearly half of Israelis say leadership is corrupt – (The Jerusalem Post)
The institutions viewed by the majority of the public as corrupt include the national government (72%), municipalities (69%) and the Knesset (66%).

First ever civilian F-16 simulator opens up in Cinema City Glilot – (The Jerusalem Post)
Opened only four months ago, there has been over 4,000 visitors and the next two months are already fully booked.

Abbas says he’s ‘counting on’ Pope after Jerusalem embassy move – (The Jerusalem Post)
The two embraced and kissed on the cheek as the pontiff welcomed Abbas to a library in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace for a private, 20-minute meeting.

The marijuana producer Aphria is crashing after research firm alleges it’s a ‘shell game with a cannabis business on the side’ (APHA) – (Business Insider)
The marijuana producer Aphria is crashing after research firm alleges it’s a ‘shell game with a cannabis business on the side’ (APHA)

Holocaust Survivors Organization: Tell the stories of Holocaust heroes – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Jewish people had succeeded in surviving their enemies, she said, but the challenge today, is to survive from themselves.

Hungary’s war on Soros just killed this university – (Vice News)
“It is a dark day for Europe and a dark day for Hungary.”

Smith makes improbable scorpion-style save with skate blade – (NHL News)
Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith had a leg up on the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Quite literally.Leading by one goal in the third period with 5:15 to go, some action behind the net left Smith sprawled out on the left side of the crease. He knew most of the …

Hershey Bears set new Teddy Bear Toss world record – (NHL News)
Well that was a bear-y exciting goal. And it set off a new world record.

Hadfield known for creative pranks with Rangers – (NHL News)
The list of practical jokes Vic Hadfield pulled on teammates is long, storied and splendidly creative.

Scheifele leads 3 Stars of the Week – (NHL News)
Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele, Arizona Coyotes goaltender Adin Hill and Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 2.

Top Coding Schools 2018 – (Newsweek)
Do you know someone who codes for a living? A decade ago that question would have likely left you struggling for a name, whereas the same question asked now would probably produce 3 or 4 friends from

Bush leaves for final trip to Washington – CNN Video – (CNN)
Former President George H.W. Bush’s casket leaves Texas for the US Capitol, where he will lie in state.

Ballon d’Or Awards 2018 – (Bleacher Report)
Get the latest Ballon d’Or Awards 2018 news, photos, rankings, lists and more on Bleacher Report

Cannabis group’s shares are smoked after attack by shortseller – (Financial Times)
Canada’s Aphria denies Gabriel Grego’s claims and says it is considering legal options

Cardi B No-Showed To A Court Appearance And The Judge Is Giving Her One More Chance – (Buzzfeed)
The rapper is facing charges of assault and reckless endangerment for an incident at a New York City strip club in August. If she fails to show to her next court date, the judge will issue a bench war

Trump urges McConnell to act on crime bill – (Fox News)
President hoping to pass bipartisan criminal justice reform.

Expedition 58 docks with the International Space Station – (Fox News)

Derivatives trader Don Wilson cleared in manipulation case – (Financial Times)
Ruling against CFTC is setback for regulator’s definition of market manipulation

Does Trudeau’s byelection record point to a win in 2019? It’s complicated. | CBC News – (CBC News)
Prime ministers who win new support in byelections can usually count on re-election. Those who don’t are often booted from office. Justin Trudeau is somewhere in between.

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All about Trump

Trump urges McConnell to act on crime bill – (Fox News)
President hoping to pass bipartisan criminal justice reform.

House Democrat Adam Schiff says that Trump is just as “compromised” as Michael Flynn after latest Russia revelations – (Newsweek)
“There is now a witness who confirms that in the same way Michael Flynn was compromised, that the president and his business are compromised,” Representative Adam Schiff said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Trump urges ‘full sentence’ for his ex-lawyer Cohen in Russia probe – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump called for a “full and complete” sentence for his former lawyer Michael Cohen on Monday, weighing in on a judicial proceeding with accusations Cohen lied about dealings with Russia during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump can ignore environmental laws to build border wall after Supreme Court declines to hear challenge – (CNBC)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it would not hear a challenge to the Trump administration’s proposed border wall brought by environmental groups who say construction could threaten endangered animals and violate environmental laws.

Congress has a chance to embarrass Trump on Khashoggi and Yemen this week – (Vice News)
Will Congress take back its constitutionally-mandated oversight of foreign wars?

Trump Tweet on U.S.- China Trade Deal Differs from Chinese Media’s Understanding – (Fortune)
Trump’s understanding of U.S.-China trade deal differs from China’s media’s reporting of negotiations at the G20 summit.

Why Bruce Springsteen thinks Donald Trump is going to win in 2020 – (CNN)
Bruce Springsteen isn’t a big fan of President Donald Trump.

Trump: Roger Stone has ‘guts’ for not testifying against me – (Google News)
Stone said on Sunday that there’s “no circumstance in which I would testify against the president.”

Trump demands stiff prison sentence for his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen, accuses Mueller of seeking ‘lies’ from witnesses – (CNBC)
President Donald Trump called for his ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen to receive a stiff prison sentence for his admitted crimes, as he accused Cohen of making up “stories to get a GREAT & ALREADY reduced deal for himself.” Trump in a Twitter tirade also ac…

Wall Street surges as Trump hails ‘extraordinary’ trade talks with China – business live – (The Guardian (UK))
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as shares surge on Wall Street following gains in Asia and Europe

Trump says he wants Michael Cohen to receive a ‘full and complete sentence’ and goes on raging tweetstorm about Mueller – (Google News (Canada))
President Donald Trump on Monday said he believed Michael Cohen should serve a “full and complete sentence” over crimes to which he’s pleaded guilty.

As Michael Cohen points to Trump, Trump wants him to serve a “full and complete sentence” – (CBS News)
Months ago, the president tweeted that his longtime attorney wouldn’t “flip”

Michelle Obama on “Lean In”: That shit doesn’t work – (Vice News)
Throughout the tour, Obama has also been notably critical of President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania.

The Dow rallies more than 400 points after Trump and Xi reach trade war cease-fire – (Business Insider)
The Dow rallies more than 400 points after Trump and Xi reach trade war cease-fire

Trump praises Roger Stone for not cooperating with Mueller – (Axios)
“Nice to know that some people still have “guts!””

Trump administration organizes pushback against its own climate report – (Ars Technica)
Meanwhile, the press beclowns itself by asking non-experts to comment on it.

Trump: Cohen should go to prison – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday said Michael Cohen does not deserve leniency for cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, arguing that his former personal lawyer should serve a “full and complete” prison sentence.

Donald Trump’s tariff power will be limited in 2019 after igniting trade wars, Republican finance leader says – (Newsweek)
“Maybe the definition of national security or maybe the conditions under which national security could be used as an excuse is a little wide,” said Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

Trump: Michael Cohen Should Serve ‘Complete Sentence’ For Things ‘Unrelated’ To Campaign – (The Huffington Post)
The president attacked his former lawyer, insisting he should serve “a long prison term” for his plea deal.

Trump’s China truce sets up a make or break stretch for his promise to overhaul America’s trade policy – (CNBC)
The commitment to talks throws Trump into his most high-stakes period yet in his years long effort to crack down on what he calls unfair trade practices.

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