2019-03-01

Headlines:

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

Washington Gov. Inslee joins Democratic presidential field – (Associated Press)
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, mixing calls for combating climate change and highlights of his liberal record with an aggressive…

U.S. imposes more sanctions on Venezuela amid humanitarian aid fight – (Reuters)
The United States imposed fresh sanctions on Venezuela on Friday, targeting six Venezuelan government officials tied to President Nicolas Maduro, in its latest move to squeeze the embattled leader.

Wall Street rises at open following benign inflation data – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks rose broadly at open on Friday as data showed inflation pressures remain tame, which together with slowing economic growth underscored the Federal Reserve’s “patient” stance towards raising interest rates further this year.

Battered by scandal, Netanyahu still poised for re-election – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — Just over a month before elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks more vulnerable than ever.Following a dramatic announcement Thursday by Israel’s…

South Korea to work with U.S. and North Korea after failed nuclear talks – (Reuters)
South Korea will work with the United States and North Korea to ensure they reach agreement on denuclearization, the South’s president said on Friday, a day after talks between the U.S. and North Korean leaders collapsed over sanctions.

Trump, on US-North Korea talks, says both sides know the issues – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Friday that his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi had been “substantive,” adding, “We know what they want and they know what we must have.”

Tesla shares down 5 percent after Model 3 launch, sales shake-up – (Reuters)
Wall Street reacted nervously on Friday to Tesla Inc’s move to shut its network of showrooms and launch a long-awaited cheaper version of its Model 3 sedan, with its shares falling 5 percent and most analysts expressing concern over the company’s long-term ma…

Back home from Hanoi, Trump faces more political headwinds – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump embarked on his trip to Vietnam with a political cloud hanging over his head and keen to show progress on a thorny foreign policy issue that has befuddled many of his predecessors.

Trump’s worst week in office – (Al Jazeera English)
Will the fallout of the Cohen testimony and the Vietnam summit setback push Trump to wag the dog?

Trump claims Cohen book would prove ex-aide a liar – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Friday that his former lawyer Michael Cohen shopped a book to publishers that portrayed Trump in a favorable light, vastly at odds with Cohen’s…

Saudi Arabia strips Osama bin Laden’s son of citizenship – (Reuters)
Saudi Arabia has stripped citizenship from Hamza bin Laden, the son of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the interior ministry said in a statement published by the official gazette Umm Al Qura.

Israel should face justice for unlawful Gaza protest killings: U.N. – (Reuters)
Israeli security forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in killing 189 Palestinians and wounding more than 6,100 at weekly protests in Gaza last year, United Nations investigators said on Thursday.

When music producers are accused of being predators – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Jessie Woo just wanted to sing. So when the budding vocalist met a successful music producer who told her he wanted to help her with her music, she believed him.Then, one…

First US governor joins White House race – (BBC News)
The two-term governor will focus his campaign on “defeating climate change” and creating energy jobs.

Walmart to make ‘every effort’ to keep disabled greeters – (Associated Press)
After more than a week of backlash, Walmart is pledging to make “every effort” to find other roles for disabled workers who’d accused the retailer of targeting them as it prepares to eliminate the…

Decision for 2020 Democrats: Should They Get in the Race Early, or Really Early? – (The New York Times)
With the primary race already historically crowded, some analysts say the old rules about when to announce no longer matter.

‘Worse than an oven’: Saudi-funded camp won’t be liveable by May – (Al Jazeera English)
Yemenis fear they could suffocate due to intermittent electricity and soaring temperatures in new housing units.

Pakistan brings captured Indian pilot to border for handover – (Associated Press)
WAGAH, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials brought a captured Indian pilot to a border crossing with India for handover on Friday, a “gesture of peace” promised by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran…

China cheers MSCI weight gain, yen takes the strain – (Reuters)
World markets enjoyed a lively end to an otherwise slow week on Friday, with Chinese A-shares leaping after MSCI quadrupled their weight in its global benchmarks and strong U.S. economic data lifted the dollar and bond yields.

Officials say Trump overstated Kim’s demand on sanctions – (Associated Press)
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump said he walked away from his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because Kim demanded the U.S. lift all of its sanctions, a claim that…

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From various sources

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn lose control of their Brexit policies – (The Economist)
Brexit is likely to be deferred until at least June 30th. This will not make it any easier to get mps to back a deal

Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson diagnosed with cancer – (The Jerusalem Post)
According to the announcement, Adelson, 85, suffers from blood vessels cancer and as a result is “limited in his ability to travel or function at regular office hours.”

Ilhan Omar’s offensive comments about U.S. Jews extend disturbing pattern – (The Jerusalem Post)
This is the third iteration of these kinds of comments, that seem to be increasingly frequent and a growing obsession of Omar.

Tiberias Mayor targeted by death threats over Saturday public buses – (The Jerusalem Post)
Since Cobi’s decision to operate public transportation in the city on Saturday, threats to the mayor’s life have increased.

Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ has become an election issue – (The Jerusalem Post)
Naftali Bennett is using Trump’s plan to bolster his right-wing flank.

Palestinians are not particularly interested in the Israeli elections – (The Jerusalem Post)
Palestinians don’t believe that the situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will change as a result of the upcoming election.

Netanyahu-Putin summit overshadowed by woes with Mandelblit – (The Jerusalem Post)
Does he want to make headlines? Is he introspective? Is he distracted?

For Israelis, right or left, Netanyahu’s indictment is sad: editor’s note – (The Jerusalem Post)
For all Israelis, no matter where they stand on the political spectrum, this is not a day to be proud of.

– (Fox Sports)

First Things First – (Fox Sports)
Cris Carter and Nick Wright team up on First Things First, a discussion and opinion-based studio program that covers all the headlines weekdays on FS1.

Tesla’s Model 3 has finally arrived; Gap announces plans to close hundreds of stores – (Fox News)
Morning Business Outlook: Elon Musk says Tesla’s long-awaited Model 3 has finally arrived and ready for purchase at $35,000; Gap plans to split off from its Old Navy brand and plans to close about 230 stores over the next two years.

Twitter’s cryptocurrency scam bots are back with a fresh new look – (The Next Web)
Cryptocurrency in 2019 has been missing one key ingredient, Ethereum scambots on Twitter. The good news is: they’re back! Those pesky fraudsters are up to their usual shenanigans, but this time they’ve been given a fancy makeover (new year, new do?), complete…

DUP hardliners signal they might BACK a new Brexit deal – (Daily Mail)
The Northern Irish party led by Arlene Foster (above left) is said to have told allies that it could back a revised deal in the face of efforts by MPs to delay Britain’s departure and block no-deal.

Colourised footage shows Churchill at 1911 Sidney Street siege – (Daily Mail)
The remarkable film of the then Home Secretary (centre) standing alongside armed police as they surround a blazing Latvian gang’s hideout has been digitally remastered for a documentary.

Washington Gov. Inslee joins Democratic presidential field – (Associated Press)
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, mixing calls for combating climate change and highlights of his liberal record with an aggressive…

Warren Buffett’s model for aspiring business managers — a retail legend known as ‘Mrs. B’ – (CNBC)
The billionaire investor says Rose Blumkin, founder of Nebraska Furniture Mart, was a “marvelous, marvelous woman” with an “incredible story.”

U.S. imposes more sanctions on Venezuela amid humanitarian aid fight – (Reuters)
The United States imposed fresh sanctions on Venezuela on Friday, targeting six Venezuelan government officials tied to President Nicolas Maduro, in its latest move to squeeze the embattled leader.

The Rodecaster Pro podcast board finally gets multi-track recording – (TechCrunch)
Rode promised multitrack support for the Rodecaster Pro in February — and delivered with no time to spare. The Australian company dropped news about the firmware update at 10PM PT on February 28, bringing the podcasting board’s most eagerly awaited feature as…

A <em>Shameless</em> goodbye: Emmy Rossum previews her ‘moving’ exit and Fiona’s new life – (Entertainment Weekly)
‘The way in which she says goodbye is quite moving,’ the actress says of her character’s upcoming departure.

Ireland has had one of its mildest winters in recorded history – (The Irish Times)
Mild spring not forecast to continue with freezing temperatures predicted

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All about Trump

Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ has become an election issue – (The Jerusalem Post)
Naftali Bennett is using Trump’s plan to bolster his right-wing flank.

Former Trump exec: Here’s how Trump reels you in – CNN Video – (CNN)
Barbara Res, a former Trump Organization executive, discusses her reactions to Michael Cohen’s testimony and shares what it was like working for Donald Trump.

Trump says Cohen’s newly revealed book proposal blows up testimony: ‘Totally discredited!’ – (Fox News)
President Trump on Friday blasted Michael Cohen over a newly reported book proposal that apparently painted the president in a positive light, saying his former lawyer’s pitch contradicts this week’s congressional testimony and renders him “totally discredite…

Trump touts ‘very good’ relationship with Kim after no agreement reached at summit – (The Hill)
President Trump on Friday celebrated what he called “substantive negotiations” with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un after returning from his summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, without an agreement on further denuclearization or sanctions relief.

Trump, on US-North Korea talks, says both sides know the issues – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Friday that his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi had been “substantive,” adding, “We know what they want and they know what we must have.”

Back home from Hanoi, Trump faces more political headwinds – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump embarked on his trip to Vietnam with a political cloud hanging over his head and keen to show progress on a thorny foreign policy issue that has befuddled many of his predecessors.

Five things: President Trump’s second summit with Kim Jong Un – (CBS News)
“Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan answers five key questions about the Hanoi summit and the prospect of future talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump rips Cohen in tweetstorm: He ‘committed perjury on a scale not seen before’ – (The Hill)
President Trump slammed Michael Cohen in a series of tweets Friday following his former longtime attorney’s testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee this week.

Trump’s worst week in office – (Al Jazeera English)
Will the fallout of the Cohen testimony and the Vietnam summit setback push Trump to wag the dog?

Trump claims Cohen book would prove ex-aide a liar – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Friday that his former lawyer Michael Cohen shopped a book to publishers that portrayed Trump in a favorable light, vastly at odds with Cohen’s…

Lawrence Solomon: Trump’s new climate committee could welcome the world’s smartest global-warming skeptics – (Financial Post)
Make way for the scientific misfits and incompetents the press has castigated for putting the planet in peril by questioning climate change

Michael Cohen’s testimony prompts a new question: In web of Trump investigations, is anyone safe? – (USA Today)
Michael Cohen’s testimony made clear that a web of federal investigations around President Trump show

Trump claims ‘very good’ Kim relations despite failed summit – (ABC News)

Kim Jong-un may have ‘lost the will to negotiate’ after Hanoi failure – (Daily Mail)
Choe Son-hui, North Korea’s vice foreign minister, said Kim ‘felt he didn’t understand the way Americans calculate’ and may not be willing to talk further after his Hanoi summit with Trump failed.

Democrats expand probe of Trump’s possible criminal conduct after Cohen testimony – (CBS News)
House Democrats say they are expanding their investigation of potential criminal conduct by the president. They are looking into allegations made by his former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen. Some Republicans say Cohen lied under oath. Nancy Corde…

Officials say Trump overstated Kim’s demand on sanctions – (Associated Press)
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump said he walked away from his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because Kim demanded the U.S. lift all of its sanctions, a claim that…

Trump reportedly ordered officials to upgrade Jared Kushner’s security clearance – (CBS News)
The New York Times reports the president directed that Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser, receive a top-secret security clearance, reportedly overruling objections from intelligence officials, the White House chief of staff, and the president’s…

Trump overruled security officials to demand Jared Kushner get top-secret clearance, report says – (NBC News)
The New York Times reported that Trump overruled security officials and his own counsel in giving his son-in-law top secret clearance.

Eye Opener: President faces new accusation of nepotism – (CBS News)
A new report says President Trump ordered a top-secret security clearance for his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, despite objections from his chief of staff and White House counsel. Also, the U.S. is offering up to a million dollars for informat…

Joe Biden agrees with Donald Trump for once: “He did the right thing by walking away” – (Newsweek)
Biden said he agreed the president had done the right thing after a summit with the North Korean leader was cut short.

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