2019-03-07

Headlines:

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

Paul Manafort to Be Sentenced Thursday in 1 of 2 Cases Against Him – (The New York Times)
President Trump’s former campaign chairman could get a sentence that effectively leaves him in prison for the rest of his life.

Ilhan Omar Controversy Caps a Month of Stumbles for Democratic Leaders – (The New York Times)
House Democrats, rusty after years in the minority, have stomped on their own messages, have fallen prey to Republican maneuvers and are in battling over punishing Ms. Omar for an anti-Israel remark.

Pastor haunted by task of notifying tornado victim families – (Associated Press)
BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — With nearly two dozen people killed in a tornado outbreak that shattered a rural community in east Alabama, notifying the families of the dead was a huge, gut-wrenching…

Britain still hopeful of weekend Brexit breakthrough, says Hunt – (Reuters)
Britain’s government is still hopeful it can secure a Brexit breakthrough with the European Union this weekend ahead of a key parliamentary vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal next week, foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday.

Trump still hopes for North Korea deal after ominous report – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Satellite photos showing new activity at a North Korean rocket launch site raised fresh doubts that Kim Jong Un will ever give up his drive for nuclear weapons, yet talks…

Out of the shadows: Loyal money man swept into Trump probes – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Allen Weisselberg is seemingly everything his longtime boss, Donald Trump, isn’t.The modest money man has always been content to work behind the scenes, with no hint of…

Fired Florida officer guilty of slaying black motorist – (Associated Press)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A fired Florida police officer was found guilty of manslaughter and attempted murder Thursday for the fatal 2015 shooting of a stranded black motorist, becoming the…

Can Zuckerberg really make a privacy-friendly Facebook? – (Associated Press)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After building a social network that turned into a surveillance system, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he’s shifting his company’s focus to messaging services designed to…

Wall Street dips at open after ECB decision – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened slightly lower on Thursday led by financial stocks as investors digested the European Central Bank’s move to push out its first post-crisis rate hike until at least 2020 and a new round of cheap loans to boost the euro zone economy.

ECB to appoint banking watchdog vice chair ‘in coming weeks’: Draghi – (Reuters)
The European Central Bank will appoint someone to become the euro zone’s second-most senior banking watchdog “in the coming weeks”, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Thursday.

ECB pushes out rate hike, offers cheap cash to banks – (Reuters)
The European Central Bank changed tack on its tightening plan on Thursday, pushed out the timing of its first post-crisis rate hike until 2020 at the earliest and offering banks a new round of cheap loans to help revive the euro zone economy.

Wall Street set for slightly higher open after ECB pushes out rate hike – (Reuters)
Wall Street was set to eke out gains at the open on Thursday after the European Central Bank kept its interest rates unchanged, pushed out its first post-crisis rate hike to next year and offered banks new rounds of multi-year loans.

R Kelly says ex-wife destroyed his name, others stole money – (Associated Press)
CHICAGO (AP) — Embattled R&B star R. Kelly angrily blamed his ex-wife for “destroying” his name and claimed other people stole from his bank accounts in an interview that aired Thursday, a day…

ECB statement following policy meeting – (Reuters)
Following is the text of European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s statement after the ECB’s policy meeting on Thursday:

Rain melts Greenland ice even in winter – (BBC News)
The sheer volume of ice covering Greenland means its fate has global repercussions.

French cardinal convicted of covering up sex abuse allegations – (Reuters)
A high-ranking French Catholic cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, was convicted on Thursday of failing to report allegations of sexual abuse in his diocese and said he would submit his resignation to Pope Francis.

Canada PM Trudeau says made mistakes in SNC-Lavalin affair, no rules broken – (Reuters)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday he had made mistakes in the handling of a political crisis that could dash his chances of winning re-election in October, but insisted that nothing illegal had happened.

Trudeau denies meddling amid crisis – (BBC News)
The Canadian prime minister admitted he made mistakes in his handling of the matter.

ECB cuts growth, inflation forecasts – (Reuters)
The European Central Bank slashed its growth and inflation forecasts for 2019 and lowered those for 2020 and 2021 on Thursday, acknowledging that Europe’s slowdown is longer and deeper than earlier thought.

Ex-Trump campaign boss Manafort to be sentenced in tax fraud – (Associated Press)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — When former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is sentenced for tax and bank fraud , U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III will likely issue the same lecture he gives to…

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From various sources

Measles outbreaks in America are getting harder to contain – (The Economist)
The biggest have occurred among insular religious or immigrant groups

Beresheet completes another successful maneuver en route to Moon – (The Jerusalem Post)
SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries engineers completed the maneuver at 3:11 p.m. local time.

Deri retracts expulsion of Congolese migrants, under pressure from NGOs – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Congolose have lived in Israel some 15 years.

WIZO campaign calls on women to demand politicians address their issues – (The Jerusalem Post)
The campaign, called “Women are flocking to the voting booths,” alludes to a statement Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made about Israeli Arabs ahead of the 2015 elections.

North Korea has restarted work on ICBM production site, report says – (Vice News)
Satellite imagery shows movement of cargo vehicles around a factory in Pyongyang that produced ICBMs capable of reaching the U.S. mainland

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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.

Kinzinger: Statistics say one-third of women who make the journey from Central America are sexually assaulted – (Fox News)
Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger says the situation at the southern border is a humanitarian crisis.

House Oversight and Reform Committee holds hearing – (Fox News)

Senate Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere Subcommittee holds hearing – (Fox News)

CNN’s Chris Cuomo accused of politicizing Alex Trebek’s cancer diagnosis – (Fox News)
The Media Research Center accused CNN’s Chris Cuomo of politicizing Alex Trebek’s cancer diagnosis by praising the “Jeopardy!” host for putting facts first during a time of “rampant truth abuse in our politics.”

The ECB decision shows how giving up monetary stimulus is hard – (Financial Times)
The economy has turned out, time and again, to be weaker than expected

Tammy Bruce: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s hypocrisy is on display in some remarkable ways – (Fox News)
It’s bad enough that the Democrats are trying to bamboozle their own base with the so-called Green New Deal. As I discuss in a previous column, this project is simply a get-out-the-vote effort using extreme language to manipulate their own base in a cynical c…

‘You’ve just dropped the World Cup’ – (ESPN Cric Info)
Steve Waugh didn’t say exactly those words, but Headingley 1999 was no less memorable for it

How John Deere’s autonomous vehicles are besting self-driving concept cars – (Mashable)
It’s a win-win for productivity and drivers.

Tommy Robinson will face contempt of court prosecution – (Mirror)
Geoffrey Cox QC has decided it is in the public interest to bring contempt of court proceedings against Robinson

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All about Trump

Fear versus socialism — America’s looming choice – (Financial Times)
Even if Democrats choose a moderate candidate, Trump will label them a socialist

Paul Manafort to Be Sentenced Thursday in 1 of 2 Cases Against Him – (The New York Times)
President Trump’s former campaign chairman could get a sentence that effectively leaves him in prison for the rest of his life.

Impeachment drumbeat builds on left, as House shifts probes into high gear – (Fox News)
House Democrats’ rapidly expanding probes of President Trump and his associates have coincided with renewed calls on the left for an impeachment fight, with high-profile testimony against the president and plans for more explosive hearings only fueling a fren…

Trump still hopes for North Korea deal after ominous report – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Satellite photos showing new activity at a North Korean rocket launch site raised fresh doubts that Kim Jong Un will ever give up his drive for nuclear weapons, yet talks…

Out of the shadows: Loyal money man swept into Trump probes – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Allen Weisselberg is seemingly everything his longtime boss, Donald Trump, isn’t.The modest money man has always been content to work behind the scenes, with no hint of…

Trump: I did not break campaign finance laws – (The Hill)
President Trump on Thursday denied he broke the law when he involved himself in a scheme to pay hush money to two women who alleged to have extramarital affairs with him.

Kelly says a full border wall would be a ‘waste of money’ – (Google News)
Kelly also said he viewed his nearly two-year stint in the Trump administration as doing his civic duty to the country.

Teacher union president Randi Weingarten says Trump admin is underutilizing public education – (Axios)
“I hope the president and Betsy DeVos are listening.”

Trump’s ex-campaign boss Paul Manafort could get up to 24 years as sentence is handed down in Mueller case – (CNBC)
Manafort could get a sentence of between 19 and 24 years in prison, along with millions of dollars in fines.

William Watson: Trump has a tremendous, beautiful trade deficit. The best, believe me – (Financial Post)
Most economists see the U.S. trade deficit as an unavoidable consequence, but also a reliable symptom, of macroeconomic success

John Bolton goes inside the North Korea negotiations that ended without a deal – (Fox News)
On ‘Fox & Friends,’ White House National Security Adviser John Bolton denies that there was a last-minute push by North Korea to keep President Trump at the table in Vietnam.

Glenn Beck Suggests Donald Trump Is 1 Of The Last Male Role Models And It Doesn’t Go Well – (The Huffington Post)
“If being an utterly dishonest, proudly ignorant, off the charts narcissistic bully is a role model for men, then sure, Donald Trump is a role model.”

Dems Split As Khanna, AOC And Progressives Slam Trump On Venezuela – (The Huffington Post)
“We need to speak up,” House progressives say in a foreign policy challenge to President Donald Trump — and their own party.

Ex-Trump campaign boss Manafort to be sentenced in tax fraud – (Associated Press)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — When former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is sentenced for tax and bank fraud , U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III will likely issue the same lecture he gives to…

Donald Trump Refers To Apple CEO Tim Cook As ‘Tim Apple’ – (The Lad Bible)
Look, we’ve all been there… We’ve just never been there with the CEO of Apple

Movement at North Korea ICBM plant viewed as missile-related, South says – (Reuters)
New activity has been detected at a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles plant, South Korean media said on Thursday, as U.S. President Donald Trump said he would be very disappointed if Pyongyang rebuilt a rocket site.

Paul Manafort Set to Be Sentenced – (The Wall Street Journal)
Paul Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday on tax and bank-fraud charges that could see the former Trump campaign chairman spend much of the rest of his life in prison.

Trump’s high school scores spark debate – (News.com.au)
It may sound trivial, but Donald Trump’s high school test scores have come front and centre in the past week.

Trump-Kim documentary on North Korean TV leaves out that whole part about negotiations abruptly ending – (ABC News)
The 75-minute film didn’t include the fact no deal was reached.

Guidelines ask agents to target Spanish speakers at border – (Associated Press)
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Border agents have been told to explicitly target Spanish speakers and migrants from Latin America in carrying out a Trump administration program requiring asylum seekers wait in…

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