2018-12-11

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

9,000 firearms and counting: Illegal guns flood Chicago – (Associated Press)
CHICAGO (AP) — Ke’Shon Newman’s daily routine is guided by guns — the hundreds of illegal pistols, revolvers and other firearms that torment his South Side neighborhood. He walks on brightly lit streets, the ones lined with Jamaican jerk and seafood joints, m…

Trump bickers with Dem leaders, threatens gov’t shutdown – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arguing heatedly in public with Democratic leaders, President Donald Trump threatened repeatedly on Tuesday to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t provide the money he says is needed to build a wall at the Mexican border. He insiste…

Jury recommends life in prison for driver in Charlottesville protest – (Reuters)
A white nationalist who drove his car into a crowd protesting a white supremacist rally in Virginia last year, killing one person, should spend the rest of his life in prison, a jury said on Tuesday.

Trump spars with top Democrats in Oval Office over border wall – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump openly fought with the top two Democratic lawmakers at an Oval Office meeting on Tuesday about government funding, throwing into question whether a deal was possible ahead of a deadline later this month.

Walker says Wisconsin governor’s powers will remain strong – (Associated Press)
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday that the powers of his Democratic replacement will remain among the strongest of any governor in the country, even if he signs bills fellow Republicans approved in a lame-duck legislative session. …

Trump rolls back clean water protections – (BBC News)
The proposal targets wetlands and seasonal streams, removing federal protections against pollution.

After May asks for help, Germany’s Merkel says no more Brexit negotiations – (Reuters)
German leader Angela Merkel ruled out further negotiations on Brexit on Tuesday but said efforts were being made to give Britain reassurances after Prime Minister Theresa May abruptly pulled a parliamentary vote at home because she faced defeat.

Trump Claims Progress With China as Negotiators Talk Trade – (The New York Times)
A telephone call between top negotiators comes despite concern over the arrest of an executive from the Chinese company Huawei.

‘Stop Brexit!’ – one man’s daily protest against UK-EU divorce – (Reuters)
Steve Bray is already hard at work when dawn breaks over London, waving anti-Brexit banners behind television crews reporting live outside Westminster.

Trump argues with top Democrats over border wall funding – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said he was unlikely to come to an agreement with Democrats on Tuesday over border wall funding as he argued with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in front of reporters at the White Ho…

Tech stocks buoy Wall Street as China-U.S. trade talk progress – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks rose for the second straight day on Tuesday, led by technology companies on signs that China and the United States were moving toward resolving their bitter trade dispute that has roiled global equities markets for months.

Stocks gain on possible thaw in trade spat; oil climbs – (Reuters)
A gauge of global stock markets climbed on Tuesday as signs of a thaw in the U.S.-China trade battle helped investors overlook heightened uncertainty over Brexit and French protests, while oil prices rebounded from a selloff a day earlier.

U.S. to use sanctions, indictments over China hacking, economic espionage: report – (Reuters)
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump will condemn China over hacking and economic espionage, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing U.S. officials, and will take action against the Asian nation using sanctions and indictments.

Republicans and Democrats Unite on at Least One Issue: Oversight of the V.A. – (The New York Times)
Republicans are joining Democrats in a vigorous examination of Department of Veterans Affairs failings, a rare area of bipartisan oversight on Capitol Hill.

Potent Weapon or Poison Pill? Super PACs Pose Quandary for 2020 Democrats – (The New York Times)
While Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders would likely disavow super PACs, candidates from donor-rich states like New York and California would face a vexing choice and risk alienating liberals.

Time’s ‘Person of Year’ goes to journalists, including Reuters pair – (Reuters)
Time on Tuesday presented its “Person of the Year” honor to a group of journalists, including a slain Saudi Arabian writer and a pair of Reuters reporters imprisoned by Myanmar’s government, as the magazine warned the ideal of truth as critical to democracy i…

Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nation’s sentencing laws. McConnell’s decision …

Google chief denies political bias claims – (BBC News)
US lawmakers accused firm of “programming” bias against conservative views into its algorithms.

Live Updates: Sundar Pichai, Google’s C.E.O., Testifies on Capitol Hill – (The New York Times)
Google’s chief is getting his turn under the Washington bright lights, appearing before lawmakers to explain his company’s practices, which some critics say are biased against conservatives.

No jail time for ex-Baylor student accused of sex assault – (Associated Press)
DALLAS (AP) — A woman who says she was raped by a former Baylor University classmate lashed out over a plea bargain that will spare him from a jail sentence, saying the justice system is “severely broken.” Judge Ralph Strother’s decision on Monday to accept t…

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From various sources

When Hamas takes center stage in realm of world opinion – (The Jerusalem Post)
Although the UN General Assembly vote condemning Hamas did not pass, all sides have chalked it up as a victory.

Government anti-racism head asks IDF to appoint special officer – (The Jerusalem Post)
Attorney Oka Zana approached IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Eisenkot following several severe incidents of racism towards minorities in the military.

Israeli-American conference highlights Arab innovation – (The Jerusalem Post)
Thirty emerging Arab-led start-ups sought to impress dozens of Israeli and American investors on Tuesday.

Netanyahu: If Hezbollah strikes, they will suffer ‘unimaginable’ blow – (The Jerusalem Post)
The operation will continue until we completely remove the terror tunnels from our border.

Jury recommends Charlottesville neo-Nazi James Fields be sentenced to life in prison – (Vice News)
Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore will now decide Fields’ fate.

The charges against a Brooklyn mom arrested at a food stamps office were dropped, but she’s still in jail – (Vice News)
The 23-year-old mother was brutally arrested in an incident caught on video, prompting leaders across the city to speak out against her treatment.

Here’s The First Look At Aidy Bryant In “Shrill,” Hulu’s Show About Body Positivity – (Buzzfeed)
The new Hulu series inspired by Lindy West’s 2016 memoir starts streaming on March 15.

Schumer and Pelosi statements after meeting President Trump – (Fox News)

Mystery shipwreck in Michigan draws crowds – (Fox News)
A mystery shipwreck that was uncovered in a Michigan channel drew in crowds of people and spawned possible theories on where the vessel originated from.

B/R Live – Watch live sports online – (Bleacher Report)
Stream UEFA Champions League, NBA and much more here on Bleacher Report Live, where we make it easy to find and watch your favorite sports.

Google CEO faces questioning on censorship after earlier no-show with Senators | CBC News – (CBC News)
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai faces a grilling from U.S. lawmakers on how the web search giant handled an alarming data breach and whether it may bend to Chinese government censorship demands.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year: The cheeky trophy spills the beans on his 65-year career – BBC Sport – (BBC Sport)
Before BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018, the trophy remembers his wonderful 65-year career living with some of the world’s greatest sporting stars.

Businessman, 47, ‘bludgeoned woman to death at flat’ – (Daily Mail)
Married businessman Zahid Naseem, 47, a father of two, and financial consultant, has gone on trial at Lewes Crown Court charged with murdering Christina Abbots, 29.

Instagram is testing Creator Accounts for high-profile influencers – (The Verge)
Instagram is launching Creator Accounts to give high-profile influencers and celebrities more control over their accounts. Direct messaging capabilities and growth analytics are some of the incoming changes.

Babes in the Wood killer is jailed for at least 36 years – (Daily Mail)
Bishop, 52, was found guilty of the murders of Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway yesterday, ending the victims’ families’ 32-year fight for justice.

What Movie Moment Always Makes You Cry? – (Buzzfeed)
What scene always makes you emotional?

Marcelino suggests Valencia open to Batshuayi departure – (FourFourTwo)
Michy Batshuayi has failed to impress since joining Valencia on loan and coach Marcelino has suggested he can leave if he wants.

9,000 firearms and counting: Illegal guns flood Chicago – (Associated Press)
CHICAGO (AP) — Ke’Shon Newman’s daily routine is guided by guns — the hundreds of illegal pistols, revolvers and other firearms that torment his South Side neighborhood. He walks on brightly lit streets, the ones lined with Jamaican jerk and seafood joints, m…

Trump bickers with Dem leaders, threatens gov’t shutdown – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arguing heatedly in public with Democratic leaders, President Donald Trump threatened repeatedly on Tuesday to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t provide the money he says is needed to build a wall at the Mexican border. He insiste…

Earth Defense Force wants to be the next big international gaming hit – (Polygon)
Earth Defense Force’s creators want to make the Japanese hit popular around the world. EDF5 is now available internationally and EDF Iron Rain arrives in 2019. Ahead of the releases, we spoke with producer Nobuyuki Okajima about the past, present and future o…

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All about Trump

Schumer and Pelosi statements after meeting President Trump – (Fox News)

Trump bickers with Dem leaders, threatens gov’t shutdown – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arguing heatedly in public with Democratic leaders, President Donald Trump threatened repeatedly on Tuesday to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t provide the money he says is needed to build a wall at the Mexican border. He insiste…

Trump: ‘No rush’ to pick next chief of staff – (The Hill)
President Trump on Tuesday said he would announce his next White House chief of staff in a “week or two,” adding he is in “no rush” to choose a successor to John Kelly.

Trump clashes with Pelosi, Schumer on border security in explosive Oval Office meeting – (Fox News)
President Trump clashed Tuesday with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi with the cameras rolling in the Oval Office as the president insisted he’s willing to let the government shut down if Congress doesn’t approve funding for his U.S.-Mexico b…

Trump spars with top Democrats in Oval Office over border wall – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump openly fought with the top two Democratic lawmakers at an Oval Office meeting on Tuesday about government funding, throwing into question whether a deal was possible ahead of a deadline later this month.

Trump rolls back clean water protections – (BBC News)
The proposal targets wetlands and seasonal streams, removing federal protections against pollution.

Live: Trump spars with Schumer and Pelosi in Oval Office meeting – CNNPolitics – (CNN)
President Trump sparred with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in a Oval Office meeting. Follow here for the latest.

Trump: “I’m proud to shut down the government” over border wall – (Axios)
He made the statement in a heated Oval Office exchange with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

Trump Claims Progress With China as Negotiators Talk Trade – (The New York Times)
A telephone call between top negotiators comes despite concern over the arrest of an executive from the Chinese company Huawei.

Trump, Democrats battle over wall in Oval Office spat – (The Hill)
President Trump on Tuesday engaged in an extraordinary argument with Democratic congressional leaders over his demand for border-wall funding, threatening a government shutdown if he does not get the money.

Trump argues with top Democrats over border wall funding – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said he was unlikely to come to an agreement with Democrats on Tuesday over border wall funding as he argued with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in front of reporters at the White Ho…

Trump, Pelosi and Schumer get into a heated Oval Office fight over border wall and shutdown – (CNBC)
Trump said he would be “proud” to shut down parts of the government over his proposed border wall.

U.S. to use sanctions, indictments over China hacking, economic espionage: report – (Reuters)
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump will condemn China over hacking and economic espionage, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing U.S. officials, and will take action against the Asian nation using sanctions and indictments.

Trump EPA Proposes Big Changes To Federal Water Protections – (Google News)
The Trump administration wants to substantially limit which waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act. Farmers and developers have long lobbied against the current rule as too expansive.

Mrs. Trump visits Joint Base Anacostia – (Fox News)

Did President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen disclose every crime he knows about? – (USA Today)
Did Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, come clean on all he knows? Federal prosecutors don’t know – and that’s one reason they’re not recommending leniency.

‘Massive power grab’: Trump EPA prepares to roll back Obama-era clean water rules – (USA Today)
President Trump has called the Obama-era Waters of the U.S. rule a “massive power grab” due to environmental limits. The EPA is preparing a new rule.

Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nation’s sentencing laws. McConnell’s decision …

What they’re saying: GOP shrugs off Trump’s place in Cohen guilty plea – (Axios)
“Jesus loves [Michael Cohen], but everybody else thinks he’s an idiot.”

Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote on criminal justice reform this month, handing victory to Trump – (CNBC)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate will vote on a major criminal justice reform bill in December, paving the way for easing America’s federal sentencing laws and handing a victory to President Donald Trump, who endorsed the le…

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