2019-03-08

Headlines:

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

Shamima Begum’s son may have died – lawyer – (BBC News)
The lawyer for IS schoolgirl Shamima Begum’s family cites “unconfirmed reports” that her son has died.

International Women’s Day: Strikes, protests and holidays – (Associated Press)
MADRID (AP) — Marches and protests are held Friday across the globe to mark International Women’s Day under the slogan #BalanceforBetter, with calls for a more gender-balanced world.The…

SpaceX Dragon capsule ends test flight with ocean splashdown – (Al Jazeera English)
Unmanned capsule designed to take humans into space returns to Earth, completing landmark mission for Elon Musk’s firm.

Wall Street falls at open after weak jobs data, growth concerns – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks fell at open on Friday after data showed U.S. job growth almost stalled in February, adding to global growth worries sparked by weak China export data and prolonged slowdown in eurozone.

Venezuela grinds to a halt as blackout drags into a second day – (Reuters)
Venezuela shut schools and suspended the workday on Friday as the worst blackout in decades paralyzed most of the troubled nation for a second day, spurring outrage among citizens already suffering from hyperinflation and a crippling recession.

Elizabeth Warren Proposes Breaking Up Tech Giants Like Amazon – (The New York Times)
The Massachusetts senator, who is running for president, is set to announce a regulatory plan aimed at breaking up large tech companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook.

SpaceX crew capsule ends test flight with ocean splashdown – (Associated Press)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s swanky new crew capsule made an old-fashioned splashdown in the Atlantic on Friday, ending a six-day test flight to the International Space Station.The…

U.S. economy gains paltry 20,000 jobs in February – (Reuters)
U.S. job growth almost stalled in February, with the economy creating only 20,000 jobs as construction and retail payrolls dropped, which could raise concerns about a sharp slowdown in economic activity.

Instant View: U.S. February job growth stalls but wage gains strong – (Reuters)
U.S. job growth almost stalled in February, with the economy creating only 20,000 jobs amid a contraction in payrolls in construction and several other sectors, which could raise concerns about a sharp slowdown in economic activity.

US adds just 20K jobs; unemployment dips to 3.8 pct. – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring tumbled in February, with U.S. employers adding just 20,000 jobs, the smallest monthly gain in nearly a year and a half. The slowdown in hiring, though, might have been…

Elon Musk’s SpaceX capsule splashes down off Florida coast – (Reuters)
An unmanned capsule from Elon Musk’s SpaceX splashed down into the Atlantic Ocean on Friday morning after a short-term stay on the International Space Station, capping the first orbital test mission in NASA’s long-delayed quest to resume human space flight fr…

Trump budget to include $100M for Ivanka’s women’s fund – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget proposal will include $100 million for a global women’s fund spearheaded by his daughter Ivanka Trump.The White House said the budget,…

US jobs shock as growth slows – (BBC News)
The world’s largest economy added just 20,000 jobs in February as construction hiring plunged.

Omar praises House vote as condemning ‘anti-Muslim bigotry’ – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Divided in debate but mostly united in a final vote, the House passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other bigotry. Democrats are trying to push past a dispute that…

U.S. Added 20,000 Jobs in February; Unemployment at 3.8% – (The New York Times)
Even with a weak report, the gains extend the record streak of hiring to 101 months.

Massive Venezuela power outage raises tensions amid crisis – (Associated Press)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Much of Venezuela was still without electricity Friday amid the country’s worst-ever power outage, raising tensions in a country already on edge from ongoing political…

Test space capsule returns to Earth – (BBC News)
The SpaceX Dragon capsule completes its demonstration flight with a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

America’s Light Bulb Revolution – (The New York Times)
Light bulbs are helping to reshape America’s energy economy right now. But the Trump administration could slow the pace of the transformation.

Eight years on, water woes threaten Fukushima cleanup – (Reuters)
Eight years after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, a fresh obstacle threatens to undermine the massive clean-up: 1 million tons of contaminated water must be stored, possibly for years, at the power plant.

UK’s May tells EU ‘just one more push’ as new Brexit votes loom – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Theresa May urged the European Union to make “just one more push” to break an impasse on Brexit before she tries to get parliament to back her deal next week.

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From various sources

Anti-Semitism part of wave of `depraved hatred’, pope says – (The Jerusalem Post)
“I stress that for a Christian any form of anti-Semitism is a rejection of one’s own origins, a complete contradiction,” Francis said.

Palestinian protestors clash with IDF forces along Gaza Strip border – (The Jerusalem Post)
Thousands of Palestinian protesters clashed with IDF forces on Friday throwing rocks and explosive devices. Two Palestinians breached the security fence and were arrested.

U.S. Ambassador Friedman greets special-needs IDF soldiers – (The Jerusalem Post)
Israel is currently the only country in the world in which autistic and disabled soldiers serve in the army.

Tensions remain over ‘Gate of Mercy’ in Jerusalem, but no clashes reporte – (The Jerusalem Post)
ordan has complained about the incidents. King Abdullah of Jordan is heading to Washington Sunday for meetings and neither he nor Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu want escalation in Jerusalem.

Audio of Chris Watts’ murder confession released – CNN Video – (CNN)
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation released several hours of audio from an interview with Chris Watts where he detailed how he murdered his wife and two daughters.

Trump falsely claims Ivanka ‘created millions of jobs’ – CNN Video – (CNN)
President Trump claimed his daughter Ivanka Trump “created a million jobs” during an address to US governors. No matter how you spin it, that’s not true.

Spotify announces expanded Samsung partnership focused on pre-installs and free trials – (TechCrunch)
In August 2018, Spotify became Samsung’s go-to streaming music service provider following a strategic partnership between the two companies that initially focused on bringing Spotify to Samsung Smart TVs and a deeper connection with Samsung’s assistant techno…

Trump says he hasn’t discussed Manafort pardon, feels ‘very badly’ for him – (The Hill)
President Trump on Friday said he feels “very badly” for Paul Manafort, who was sentenced to four years in prison in the special counsel probe, but said he has not discussed a pardon for his former campaign manager.

Michael Cohen testifies he met with Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff’s team before his second Capitol Hill testimony – (Fox News)
Ohio Republican Rep. Brad Wenstrup says it is unprecedented for a chairman of a committee to meet with the person testifying prior to a hearing.

Sean Hannity: 2020 Democrats are too afraid to face real questions from Fox News – (Fox News)
Dems have become so radical, they won’t allow debates on Fox News.

Login – (Axios)
Ina Fried, our expert on tech, illuminates the news shaping Silicon Valley and tech products. Weekday mornings

The Banality of Empathy – (Hacker News)
The idea that art promotes empathy has become a platitude. This idea is particularly prevalent when it comes to those works of art described as “narrative”: stories, novels, TV shows, movies, comics. We assume that works that depict characters in action over …

Audubon Action Alert: Don’t Sell Out the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Oil Companies – (Hacker News)
Submit a public comment opposing the disastrous proposal to sell out the heart of the Arctic Refuge for oil drilling.

Recent Match Report – New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2nd Test 2019 | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read the detailed Reports & Articles of New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2nd Test 2019, Bangladesh tour of New Zealand 2018/19 only on ESPNcricinfo.com

Trump: Dems an ‘anti-Jewish’ party – (The Hill)
President Trump on Friday said the House vote on an anti-hate resolution shows the Democrats have become an “anti-Israel, anti-Jewish party.”

Chelsea transfer ban: FIFA deny request to freeze ban while club challenge punishment – (TalkSport)
The Blues were hit with the two-year transfer ban due to breaching regulations in relation to the signing of youth players

How Stan Lee’s ‘Captain Marvel’ cameo changed after his death – (Mashable)
We Stan a legend.

Man in failed €60,000 claim ‘forgot’ crash that led to suspended sentence – (The Irish Times)
Eric Norton sought damages over Dublin incident in which car, mobile home collided

EU court rejects Hamas appeal, reinforces its status as terror group – (The Jerusalem Post)
The EU General Court rejected all the arguments Hamas presented, meaning EU funds aimed for Hamas are still frozen.

21 Lightweight Sweaters That Are Still Super Cozy – (Buzzfeed)
Light, breathable sweaters for max comfort.

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All about Trump

Trump falsely claims Ivanka ‘created millions of jobs’ – CNN Video – (CNN)
President Trump claimed his daughter Ivanka Trump “created a million jobs” during an address to US governors. No matter how you spin it, that’s not true.

Trump says he hasn’t discussed Manafort pardon, feels ‘very badly’ for him – (The Hill)
President Trump on Friday said he feels “very badly” for Paul Manafort, who was sentenced to four years in prison in the special counsel probe, but said he has not discussed a pardon for his former campaign manager.

Trump: Dems an ‘anti-Jewish’ party – (The Hill)
President Trump on Friday said the House vote on an anti-hate resolution shows the Democrats have become an “anti-Israel, anti-Jewish party.”

Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow says the weak jobs report is ‘very fluky,’ and he wouldn’t pay attention to it – (CNBC)
Kudlow’s comments came after the Labor Department’s employment report showed U.S. job growth came to a near halt in February.

President Donald Trump won’t say whether he will pardon Paul Manafort – (USA Today)
President Trump did not address whether he is considering a pardon for Paul Manafort, who faces nearly four years in prison.

Trump on Manafort’s lighter-than-expected sentence: ‘No collusion’ – (The Hill)
President Trump offered his first reaction Friday morning to a lighter-than-expected four-year prison sentence delivered to his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, stating he judge felt there was “no collusion” between his campaign and Russia.

Trump budget to include $100M for Ivanka’s women’s fund – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget proposal will include $100 million for a global women’s fund spearheaded by his daughter Ivanka Trump.The White House said the budget,…

America’s Light Bulb Revolution – (The New York Times)
Light bulbs are helping to reshape America’s energy economy right now. But the Trump administration could slow the pace of the transformation.

On Trump’s ties to Russia, Americans have made up their minds: Reuters/Ipsos poll – (Reuters)
Only a small number of Americans have not yet made up their minds about whether Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign coordinated with Russian officials, according to new Reuters/Ipsos polling, which also showed deep divisions in the United States in the run-…

North Korea acknowledges Trump-Kim summit ended without agreement – (Google News)
North Korean state media has acknowledged that February’s Hanoi summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump ended “unexpectedly without an agreement.”

North Korea state media says people blame U.S. for summit breakdown – (Reuters)
North Korean state media acknowledged a fruitless summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump for the first time on Friday, saying people were blaming the United States for the lack of an agreement.

Trump Heads to Alabama Promising ‘A-Plus’ Help for Storm Victims – (Bloomberg)
President Donald Trump travels to Alabama on Friday after directing federal emergency personnel to provide “A Plus treatment” in assisting the state’s recovery from tornadoes that killed 23 people last weekend.

Eye Opener: Manafort sentenced to less than 4 years – (CBS News)
Paul Manafort is going to prison amid a barrage of criticism from people who say President Trump’s former campaign chairman got off easy. Also, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passes a resolution condemning all hate speech in response to a Muslim …

Manafort gets 47 months, judge cites mostly ‘blameless’ life – (Associated Press)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians,…

As Trump visits tornado victims in Alabama, is he playing politics with disaster relief? – (USA Today)
Because Trump has directed pointed criticism of disaster recovery at California and Puerto Rico, critics question if he’s playing favorites.

Trump must be dancing for joy at Sherrod Brown news – (CNN)
The progressive, midwestrn senator could’ve beaten Trump, bringing an economic populism that would have eaten into the President’s working-class support, writes Paul Begala. Now Democrats need a candidate to fill that populist front and be the real working cl…

Sherrod Brown Just Showed Why Democrats Need Him In The Senate – (The Huffington Post)
The Ohio senator ripped Republicans for mindlessly confirming inexperienced and ideological judicial nominees for Donald Trump.

Trump set for tumultuous ride with Congress – (The Hill)
President Trump is entering a tumultuous stretch in his rollercoaster relationship with Congress, setting up some of his biggest battles to date.

How Trump Is Like JFK – (Politico)
The president is cozier with the press than is commonly understood. But he reaches out to us for different reasons than his predecessors.

What happens when Mueller files his report — and why Trump critics won’t like it | CBC News – (CBC News)
The public has been waiting 21 months for special counsel Robert Mueller to share the findings of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with Donald Trump’s campaign. There are signs he’s wrap…

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