2018-12-08

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

2 deadly shootings send a chill through black gun owners – (Associated Press)
ODENTON, Md. (AP) — Gun-rights advocates like to say, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” Some black gun owners, though, are not so sure it’s a wise idea for them to try to be the good guy and pull out a weapon in public…

The Latest: Crowds line funeral train route to honor Bush – (Associated Press)
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on events honoring former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Crowds have lined the route of the special funeral train that is taking former President George H.W. Bush to the city where he’ll be laid to rest. Peop…

In major shift, U.S. now exports more oil than it ships in – (Reuters)
The United States last week exported more crude oil and fuel than it imported for the first time on record, according to data released on Thursday, the same day OPEC ended a meeting without a decision to curb global output to balance out the historic surge in…

U.S. crude oil exports surge to record 3.2 million bpd last week: EIA – (Reuters)
U.S. crude oil exports surged to 3.2 million barrels per day (bpd) last week, the highest on record, based on data going back to 1991, U.S. Energy Information Administration data showed on Thursday.

Dick Cheney biopic ‘Vice’ tops Golden Globes nominations – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” staged an awards-season coup Thursday, landing a leading six nominations from the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards to narrowly edge more expected favorites like Bradley Cooper’s tear-jerking revival “A Sta…

‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Shook France. Here’s the Lesson for Climate Change. – (The New York Times)
There is little doubt among scientists and economists that carbon taxes are needed to reduce fossil fuel dependence. The question is how to design them to cushion the blow on the most vulnerable.

New Democratic governors show shift on US charter schools – (Associated Press)
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor’s race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country’s highest concentration of for-profit charter schools. Republican Bill Schuette, a DeVos al…

Special Report: After a child’s dire diagnosis, hope and uncertainty at the frontiers of medicine – (Reuters)
“I wish I didn’t have this hand anymore,” my 4-year-old son said as he woke one winter morning.

Special Report: Learning about targeted-therapy options – (Reuters)
When we were told our son had a potentially life-threatening brain tumor, our family was lucky to have world-class doctors and hospitals close to home and health insurance that covered nearly all his medical expenses and prescription drug costs.

Politics, race, music dominate diverse Golden Globe film nominations – (Reuters)
Movies about race, politics and music dominated nominations for the Golden Globe awards on Thursday, setting the stage for a lively Hollywood awards season leading up to the Oscars in February.

US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird – (Associated Press)
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling, mining and other activities across millions of acres in the American West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bi…

China demands Canada release executive of tech giant Huawei – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday demanded that Canada release an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei who was arrested in a case that compounds tensions with the U.S. and threatens to complicate trade talks. Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei T…

Factbox: With pride, shock, stars react to Golden Globe nominations – (Reuters)
A satirical political comedy, two racial injustice films, a superhero epic, biographies and musicals were among the crop of movies and TV shows that earned Golden Globe nominations on Thursday.

Stocks plunge again as Huawei arrest renews China tensions – (Associated Press)
U.S. stocks tumbled again Thursday, knocking 400 points off the Dow Jones Industrial Average as the arrest of a senior Chinese technology executive threatened to cause another flare-up in tensions between Washington and Beijing. China criticized the arrest bu…

Eiffel Tower, Louvre among Paris tourism sites to close on Saturday – (Reuters)
French authorities will close dozens of museums, tourism sites and shops on Saturday, including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre, fearing a recurrence of last week’s violence in Paris, officials said on Thursday.

Exclusive: U.S. probe of China’s Huawei includes bank fraud accusations – sources – (Reuters)
Chinese telecoms giant Huawei’s chief financial officer was arrested as part of a U.S. investigation into an alleged scheme to use the global banking system to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Making President Trump’s Bed: A Housekeeper Without Papers – (The New York Times)
At the president’s New Jersey golf course, an undocumented immigrant has worked as a maid since 2013. She said she never imagined she “would see such important people close up.”

Prisoner swap deal bolsters hopes of progress in Yemen talks – (Associated Press)
RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemen’s warring sides agreed to a broad prisoner swap Thursday, sitting down in the same room together for the first time in years at U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden aimed at halting a catastrophic war that has brought the country to…

‘There Isn’t Hope for Us’: Once Dominant, California Republicans Are on the Ropes – (The New York Times)
The California Republican Party is slouching toward irrelevance after an Election Day that party leaders described as disastrous.

Chinese Executive’s Arrest Sets Trump Priorities on a Collision Course – (The New York Times)
The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, an executive at the Chinese company Huawei, could imperil trade talks. But it is part of the Trump administration’s efforts to contain China and Iran.

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From various sources

The best way out of the Brexit mess – (The Economist)
Parliament cannot agree on what kind of Brexit the people want. Rather than guess, it should ask them

Want to join the Shin Bet? Try the intelligence agency’s new challenge – (The Jerusalem Post)
Visitors have reportedly come from the United States, Russia, France and the United Kingdom as well as from the Gaza Strip, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.

New Holocaust museum in Hungary won’t open without narrative consensus – (The Jerusalem Post)
Herzog: ‘We will struggle against historical distortion of Holocaust in Hungary; Orban to Lauder: ‘you have left-wing bias on Hungarian affairs.

The ISEF ripple effect – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Israel Scholarship Education Foundation’s International Fellowships Program demonstrates that lending a helping hand can have far-reaching repercussions

Fortnite Season 7 Map Changes and Image Comparisons – Fortnite Wiki Guide – IGN – (IGN)
Fortnite Season 7 Map Changes and Image Comparisons – Fortnite: Like all new seasons of Fortnite, Season 7 brought a number of map changes and updates both big and small. Snow now covers the southwestern portion o…

Why did Apple’s Copland fail when so many early-90s OS projects succeeded & dominate the world today – (Hacker News)
(Adapted from a Quora answer.) OS/2 1.x was a clean-sweep, largely legacy-free OS with only limited backwards compatibility with DOS. OS/2 2.x and later used VMs to do the hard stuff of DOS emulation, because they ran on a chip with hardware-assisted DOS VMs:…

Nearly All Major Economies Will Experience an Economic Slowdown Next Year – (Fortune)
The global economy gets a gut check—but don’t sweat a recession, Bank of America Merrill Lynch economists say.

This Is What the Soyuz Rocket Launch Looked Like From Space – (Fortune)
The Soyuz rocket brought three astronauts to the International Space Station.

Higher Gas Tax Needed to Restore U.S. Highways, Report Says – (Fortune)
As much as $70 billion annually will be needed over the next two decades to upgrade U.S. interstate highways, the report says.

2 deadly shootings send a chill through black gun owners – (Associated Press)
ODENTON, Md. (AP) — Gun-rights advocates like to say, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” Some black gun owners, though, are not so sure it’s a wise idea for them to try to be the good guy and pull out a weapon in public…

The Latest: Crowds line funeral train route to honor Bush – (Associated Press)
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on events honoring former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Crowds have lined the route of the special funeral train that is taking former President George H.W. Bush to the city where he’ll be laid to rest. Peop…

Report: Orban writes defending Hungarian magazine accused of antisemitism – (The Jerusalem Post)
Orban also accused World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder of having a “left-wing and liberal bias” in Hungarian public affairs.

Love Island winners Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham split after six months – (Mirror)
The Love Island winners recently moved in together and got a dog, but are said to have split due to their hectic schedules

IGN Fan Fest: Celebrate the Year in Games With IGN This December – IGN – (IGN)
Come celebrate the year in games with IGN. Your favorite gaming personalities will be there and we want you to join us Friday, December 7 in Los Angeles, California.

Lives of London’s poorest kids revealed in poignant bedroom photos – (Daily Mail)
They are part of a new exhibition, Bedrooms of London, at the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square which captures the shocking reality of home life for 700,000 kids living below the poverty line.

After Khashoggi briefings, rift widens between White House and Congress – (Axios)
Several senators have implied that Mattis and Pompeo were not truthful.

Bumblebee – “People of Earth” Clip – IGN Video – (IGN)
The Decepticons show off their triple-changing abilities in this scene.

Popular Jervis Bay holiday spots slapped with health warning for PFAS contamination – (ABC News (AU))
Visitors to some of the south coast’s most popular holiday spots are being warned not to fish or swim due to contamination by chemicals in nearby Jervis Bay.

Let’s meet in Poland this month – (TechCrunch)
I’ll be heading back to Europe in December to run a pitch-off in Wroclaw and Warsaw, Poland. Are you ready? The Wrocwal event, called In-Ference, is happening on December 17 and you can submit to pitch here. The team will notify you if you have been chosen to…

Google is getting into AI-curated news playlists – (The Verge)
Soon, you’ll be able to listen to an audio news playlist curated by Google Assistant to inform you on topics you care about. Google Assistant has used AI to help make custom news playlists, and it’s available today for a limited number of people.

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All about Trump

Here are the key Trump team lies Mueller’s unveiled in court – (Vice News)
Often it’s the lie — not the action itself — that’s got them in trouble.

Scoop: U.S. blocking Israel-Croatia arms deal – (Axios)
A rare standoff between Trump’s White House and Israel

Bill Barr, The Potential New Attorney General, Has Backed Trump’s Call For New Clinton Probe – (The Huffington Post)
The former attorney general has criticized the Mueller probe and suggested the DOJ should look into allegations against Hillary Clinton.

ABC News’ imagining of President Trump’s vision for his own funeral ‘despicable garbage,’ critic says – (Fox News)
ABC News imagined President Trump’s vision for his eventual funeral of on Wednesday, joking about what the current president would expect compared to the services of George H. W. Bush.

William Barr, H.W. Bush-era attorney general, eyed as possible Sessions successor – (Fox News)
President Trump wants to nominate William Barr, the George H.W. Bush-era leader of the Justice Department, as his next attorney general, sources told Fox News.

3 new Mueller filings may show some of what ex-Trump aides have told investigators – (NBC News)
On Friday, Mueller’s team is due to reveal what led them to dump an agreement with Paul Manafort, and prosecutors will file 2 sentencing memos for Michael Cohen.

US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird – (Associated Press)
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling, mining and other activities across millions of acres in the American West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bi…

Washington Gasps Over Trump’s Tiny Pentagon Cut – (The American Conservative)
The truth is that it’s not nearly big enough. Here’s why.

Trump hotel housekeeper is undocumented immigrant: NYT – (The Hill)
A woman who has worked for years as a maid at President Trump’s New Jersey golf club is an undocumented immigrant,

Making President Trump’s Bed: A Housekeeper Without Papers – (The New York Times)
At the president’s New Jersey golf course, an undocumented immigrant has worked as a maid since 2013. She said she never imagined she “would see such important people close up.”

Chinese Executive’s Arrest Sets Trump Priorities on a Collision Course – (The New York Times)
The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, an executive at the Chinese company Huawei, could imperil trade talks. But it is part of the Trump administration’s efforts to contain China and Iran.

Giuliani said Trump’s written responses to Mueller were “a nightmare” – (Google News)
“It took him about three weeks to do what would normally take two days,” the president’s attorney said.

Senate sends two-week funding measure to Trump – (The Hill)
The Senate approved a two-week government funding bill on Thursday, sending the measure to the White House and pushing a fight over the U.S.-Mexico border wall up against the holidays.

Alimony deduction loss in Trump tax reform could create rush on divorce deals – (USA Today)
Alimony will no longer be tax-deductible by the spouse making payments, but the recipient will no longer declare the payments as taxable income.

Sen. Joe Manchin opposes Trump energy regulation nominee – (Axios)
Manchin’s surprise change of heart could impact internal Democratic caucus politics.

Trump Claims His Approval Rating Would Be 75 Percent If Not For Mueller’s Investigation – (The Huffington Post)
“It’s called Presidential Harassment!” Trump tweeted.

Congress Passes Temporary Spending Bill – (The Wall Street Journal)
Both the House and the Senate passed a two-week spending patch to avert a government shutdown as lawmakers debate whether to increase funding for border security. President Trump said he would sign it.

Trump Plans Major Rollback of Sage Grouse Protections to Spur Oil Exploration – (The New York Times)
The proposal would potentially open nine million acres of land to drilling, mining and other development.

The VA’s diversity chief wanted to condemn white supremacists. Her Trump-appointed boss blocked it. – (Vice News)
John Ullyot offered an alternative, watered-down statement that removed all references to white supremacy

House Dems seek to delay wall fight until September – (The Hill)
House Democrats’ preferred plan in their border wall dispute with President Trump would push a showdown over funding until the end of the fiscal year, which ends on Sept.

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