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S&P 500 at record high; investors await fresh earnings – (Reuters)
The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hit record highs on Monday after data showed U.S. consumer spending surged in March, but gains in shares remained muted as investors waited for a fresh batch of earnings reports.

Mozambique death toll rises as aid blocked – (BBC News)
Torrential rain and strong winds make getting aid into the cyclone-affected area almost impossible.

Beluga whale with Russian harness raises alarm in Norway – (Associated Press)
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A beluga whale found with a tight harness that appeared to be Russian made has raised the alarm of Norwegian officials and prompted speculation that the animal may have…

Church urges more vigorous crackdown on Sri Lankan militants – (Associated Press)
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka urged the government on Monday to crack down on Islamic extremists with more vigor “as if on war footing” in the aftermath of the Easter…

Evacuations ordered after zinc plant fire – (BBC News)
Smoke from the recycling plant fire has led people to flee over potentially toxic chemicals in the air.

GOP warnings about Democratic socialism tap voter unease – (Associated Press)
ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) — In this scruffy, high-desert town encircled by prairies and potato farms, Sen. Cory Gardner drew shouts of approval last week for his message that Democrats are shoving the…

Centre-right Ciudadanos claims leadership of Spain’s opposition – (Reuters)
(This April 28 story has been refiled to fix reference to Podemos in last paragraph to far left, not far right.)

Norway finds ‘Russian spy whale’ off coast – (BBC News)
A tame beluga wearing a Russian harness is thought to have come from a Russian navy facility.

Beto O’Rourke unveils climate plan with Yosemite as backdrop – (Associated Press)
EL PORTAL, Calif. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has announced his first major policy initiative, a $5 trillion plan to combat climate change that he says will keep the…

Democrats in N.Y. Find Unexpected Foe in Campaign Finance Overhaul – (The New York Times)
An effort in New York to provide public financing for elections has laid bare divisions among Democrats and the unions that typically support them.

Boeing CEO faces shareholders for first time since 737 MAX crashes – (Reuters)
Boeing Co Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said on Monday the company was making steady progress toward getting approval for new 737 MAX software as he faced shareholders for the first time since two fatal crashes triggered the jet’s grounding.

Boeing says making progress to certify grounded MAX jets with software fix – (Reuters)
Boeing Co said on Monday it was making steady progress to certify its grounded 737 MAX jets with a software update and completed a final flight test prior to the certification flight.

Death toll jumps to 38 after Mozambique’s latest cyclone – (Associated Press)
PEMBA, Mozambique (AP) — The death toll from Cyclone Kenneth in northern Mozambique jumped to 38, the government announced on Monday, as flooding and pounding rains hampered efforts to deliver aid…

Spain’s political future may be hazy for months, experts say – (Associated Press)
MADRID (AP) — Spain’s political future is no clearer after a third election since 2015, with experts saying Monday that it won’t be anytime soon before the muddle is resolved.The incumbent…

U.S. consumer spending posts biggest increase since 2009 – (Reuters)
U.S. consumer spending increased by the most in more than 9-1/2 years in March, but price pressures remained muted, with a key inflation measure posting its smallest annual gain in 14 months.

Trump accuses New York state of trying to ‘take down’ NRA – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday accused New York state officials of trying to “take down” the National Rifle Association as the powerful gun rights group faces internal divisions and allegations of financial improprieties.

Sri Lanka bans face veils after attacks by Islamist militants – (Reuters)
Authorities in Sri Lanka on Monday banned women from wearing face veils under an emergency law put in place after deadly Easter Sunday attacks by Islamist militants.

Jewish community will ‘stand tall’ after synagogue shooting – (Associated Press)
POWAY, Calif. (AP) — Eight-year-old Noya Dahan had finished praying and gone to play with other children at her Southern California synagogue when gunshots rang out. Her uncle grabbed her and the…

Police: 8 shot, 1 fatally, in latest Baltimore shooting – (Associated Press)
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore city leaders urged witnesses to share what they know with police after a gunman fired indiscriminately into a crowd enjoying Sunday afternoon cookouts, killing a man and…

Suspect caught after seven bodies found at two Tennessee homes – (Reuters)
A suspect in the killings of seven people in rural Tennessee was shot and captured by police after an hours-long manhunt triggered by the discovery of the bodies in two separate homes, authorities said on Sunday.


From various sources

Nine year old Palestinian boy kidnapped, killed in Belgian asylum center – (The Jerusalem Post)
The boy, who was named Daniel, was allegedly killed by other Palestinian asylum seekers who were attempted to blackmail his family for 100,000 Euros.

Israel defends right to West Bank settlements at UNSC – watch live – (The Jerusalem Post)
Danny Danon will speak after a briefing to the UNSC by the Israeli Palestinian co-directors of the non-governmental group EcoPeace Middle East.

Plague of black beetles hits Israel – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Ministry of Environmental Protection has made it clear that the beetles are not harmful to humans and crops, and they do not spread disease.

Live: Indian Premier League 2019 | SRH vs KXIP scorecard – (The Hindu)
Both the teams need to win all their remaining three matches to make the playoffs.

Hitchens On The Scruton Scandal – (The American Conservative)
‘The Left will win in the end because it recognises no limit on how wicked it can be to get its way’

Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder back with new solo album – (Fox News)
‘American Rock ‘n’ Roll’ features Slash, Bob Weir, Mick Fleetwood and Sammy Hagar.

Annual Day of Remembrance ceremony honors victims of the Holocaust – (Fox News)

Truck explodes in Burger King drive-thru – (Fox News)
A sharp-eyed Burger King employee may have saved a customer from getting flame grilled.

How eight elderly men nicknamed the ‘Bad Grandpas’ robbed $20M from safety deposit boxes in London – (Fox News)
A group of elderly men nicknamed the “Bad Grandpas” robbed an estimated $20 million in jewels from an underground deposit facility in London through some audacious means, a new book describes.

HyperCard Stack: Douglas Adams’ Megapode Nest Volume Calculator : Douglas Adams : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive – (Hacker News)
I’ve just spent a cheerful hour of my time writing a program on my computer that will tell me instantly what the volume of the mound was. It’s a very neat and…

Seattle crane collapse victims include college student, Marine as probe launched into 4 companies involved – (Fox News)
A freshman college student and a Marine who was a father were among the four people killed when a crane came crashing down on one of Seattle’s busiest streets on Saturday, prompting authorities to launch an investigation into four companies to determine what …

Can Royals keep their playoff hopes alive? – (ESPN Cric Info)

PFA accused of sexism over dancing girls at awards night – (Daily Mail)
Grime trio The Manor performed their hit Ibiza with four backing dancers in swimwear at the annual event at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel last night.

Home Office errors ‘force deportation flight cancellations’ – (Daily Mail)
Home office staff are ‘erratic’ in assigning escorts to go on flights with deportees, leaving them free to make noisy protests on board, which mean the whole flight sometimes gets cancelled.

49 of the record 144 underclassmen in this year’s NFL Draft didn’t get selected – (Axios)
They’re left without a school or true developmental league.

Disney Shares Hit Record Levels as ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Dominates Box Office – (Fortune)
Walt Disney Co. shares hit record levels on Monday, after the company’s “Avengers: Endgame” film shattered box-office records.

Pochettino living the dream as Spurs prepare for semi-final – (FourFourTwo)

S&P 500 could pop another 15% on top of recent new highs, says closely followed strategist – (CNBC)
“The second driver for this rally in the second half of the year” could be “better earnings” in addition to continued strength in the economy, says Jim Paulsen.

The Interesting Details You Might Have Missed In “Game Of Thrones” Season 8, Episode 3 – (Buzzfeed)
It was easy to miss a lot considering how dark the whole damn thing was. Warning: contains spoilers!

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Broke Nearly Every Box Office Record – (Wired)
It’s made more than $1 billion worldwide already.


All about Trump

How Fox News dominates Facebook in the Trump era – (Vice News)
There’s one clear winner in Facebook’s ever-changing approach to news: Fox News and its pro-Trump message.

Pompeo defends US support for Saudis in Yemen as ‘in America’s best interest’ – (The Hill)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday defended U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s civil war as the Senate prepares to take a vote on President Trump’s veto of a resolution to end that support.

Poll finds Trump in dead head-to-head heats with four Dems in Texas – (The Hill)
President Trump is in a dead heat with four Democratic presidential candidates in GOP-leaning Texas, according to a new Emerso

Trump: ‘People are fleeing New York state’ – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday said that people are “fleeing” New York, slamming his home state’s leadership for its tax policies and legal battles with the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Catch up fast: The mystery of Trump’s OPEC call about gas prices – (Axios)
Reports show Trump didn’t speak with OPEC or Saudi Arabia.

Trump accuses New York attorney general of illegally investigating NRA – (CNN)
President Donald Trump on Monday accused the New York attorney general’s office of illegally investigating the National Rifle Association and called on the group, which has been roiled by a leadership fight, to “get its act together quickly.”

Impeachment Could Be a Trap—for Democrats – (The Wall Street Journal)
With substantive policy proposals on the table—and the GOP’s failed attempt to remove President Bill Clinton as a cautionary tale—Democrats would run significant risks in trying to impeach President Trump.

Donald Trump tells NRA to ‘get its act together’ after power struggle erupts at convention – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump told the NRA on Monday to straighten out in the wake of a leadership crisis and a high-profile investigation into its finances.

Trump accuses New York state of trying to ‘take down’ NRA – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday accused New York state officials of trying to “take down” the National Rifle Association as the powerful gun rights group faces internal divisions and allegations of financial improprieties.

Bernie Sanders Has a Message for Trump on Trade – (Fortune)
Workers’ rights have become a focus for the 2020 presidential campaigns

Liberal and moderate Democrats unveil an infrastructure road map with no price tag as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer prepare to meet Trump – (CNBC)
The resolution, to be introduced Monday, is intended to provide a road map for party leadership ahead of Tuesday’s scheduled trip to the White House by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for a meeting with President Donald Tru…

Trump officials clash with Congress over hearing demands – (Google News)
A series of battles between Trump administration officials and congressional Democrats escalated over the weekend as one high-profile Cabinet member threatened to boycott a scheduled hearing and another official was facing the threat of contempt proceedings.

Trump: NRA ‘under siege’ by New York Democrats – (The Hill)
President Trump said Monday that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is “under siege” by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and New York Attorney General Letitia James (D), whose office recently launched a probe into the NRA.

Samantha Bee’s brutal Trump taunts: Why her Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is necessary – (Google News)
“Once a year the current president should face someone who calls them out,” Bee said at her Not the WHCAD event

Trump says NRA is ‘under siege by Cuomo’ after New York AG opens investigation into gun group – (CNBC)

Hillary Clinton reads from Mueller report in new video – (CNN)
Hillary Clinton is featured in a new video reading aloud excerpts of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, including a line in the report that quotes President Donald Trump bemoaning the appointment of Mueller.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager says nearly 1 million MAGA hats sold, $45 million made – (Newsweek)
“This president has changed the game,” Brad Parscale said.

Populist economic frustration threatens Trump’s strongest reelection issue, Post-ABC poll finds – (The Washington Post)
A clear majority of Americans, including large shares of Democratic and independent voters and a significant slice of Republicans, think the economy mainly benefits people already in power.

The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden, Trump vie for Rust Belt voters – (The Hill)

Robert De Niro blasts Trump as ‘unrepentant, lying scumbag’ – (The Washington Times)
Actor Robert De Niro delivered yet another profane rant against President Trump at Samantha Bee’s Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, blasting the president as an “unrepentant, lying scumbag.


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