2019-03-10

Headlines:

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

Clean House to Survive? Museums Confront Their Crowded Basements – (The New York Times)
With storage spaces filled with works that may never be shown, some museums are rethinking the way they collect art, and at least one is ranking what it owns.

Attack on Syrian Islamic State enclave to begin, U.S.-backed SDF says – (Reuters)
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday that their frontline troops had received orders to attack the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria, and the assault could begin at any moment.

U.S.-backed SDF says attack on last Islamic State enclave has begun – (Reuters)
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) started an attack to capture Islamic State’s last remaining shred of territory in eastern Syria on Sunday and were exchanging fire with the jihadist militants, an SDF official said.

The Latest: US confirms Americans were on Ethiopian plane – (Associated Press)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Latest on Ethiopian Airlines crash (all times local):7:25 p.m.The United States confirms that Americans are among the victims of the Ethiopian…

Kashmir dailies print blank front pages to protest gov’t ad ban – (Al Jazeera English)
The Indian government has blocked ads to Kashmir Reader and Greater Kashmir following the Pulwama attack.

Mass protests against Russia internet bill – (BBC News)
The government says the bill will boost security but activists say it will stifle dissent.

Canada’s no-sex, no-money scandal could topple Trudeau – (Associated Press)
TORONTO (AP) — There’s no money, no sex and nothing illegal happened. This is what passes for a scandal in Canada.U.S. President Donald Trump has been engulfed in allegations involving…

Modern policing: Algorithm helps NYPD spot crime patterns – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — When a syringe-wielding drill thief tried sticking up a Home Depot near Yankee Stadium, police figured out quickly that it wasn’t a one-off. A man had also used a syringe a few…

Brexit backers to UK prime minister: Don’t delay – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Two prominent Brexit backers are warning Prime Minister Theresa May not to seek a delay to Britain’s scheduled March 29 departure from the European Union if her withdrawal deal is…

Jaguar attacks selfie-taker at zoo – (BBC News)
Zoo officials warn that barriers are “there for a good reason” after a woman is injured.

Venus surges, defending champ Osaka nervous but wins at Indian Wells – (Reuters)
Venus Williams fought back to down third seed Petra Kvitova 4-6 7-5 6-4 and reach the BNP Paribas Open third round on Saturday, while Naomi Osaka got her title defense off to a flying start with a straight sets win over Kristina Mladenovic.

Venezuela enters fourth day of blackout as Maduro blames U.S. for power outage – (Reuters)
Venezuelans woke up to a fourth day of an unprecedented nationwide blackout on Sunday, leaving residents concerned about the impacts of the lack of electricity on the South American country’s health, communications and transport systems.

Plane believed to be carrying Algerian leader leaves Geneva – (Associated Press)
GENEVA (AP) — An Algerian government plane believed to be carrying President Abdelaziz Bouteflika took off from Geneva on Sunday to bring him back home as major demonstrations against his rule…

No survivors in Ethiopian Airlines crash en route to Kenya – (Associated Press)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A jetliner carrying 157 people crashed shortly after takeoff from the Ethiopian capital Sunday, killing everyone aboard, authorities said. At least 35 nationalities…

Brexit in peril if PM May’s deal is rejected: foreign minister Hunt – (Reuters)
British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Sunday that there was momentum behind a move to stop Brexit, warning that unless lawmakers backed the government’s exit deal on Tuesday then Brexit could be reversed.

Oil majors strut into Houston for annual energy conference – (Reuters)
The oil industry converges this week on Houston at CERAWeek, the largest gathering of top energy executives in the Americas, with oil majors showing a bigger presence as the United States has taken the crown as the largest crude producer in the world.

With shrouded faces, Islamic State fighters stand guard over final enclave – (Reuters)
Armed with assault rifles and with faces wrapped in scarves, the Islamic State fighters visible at the boundary of their last enclave in eastern Syria are among the hardened jihadists who appear ready to fight to the death.

Head of UN Women: Technology revolution must benefit women – (Associated Press)
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. women’s agency is calling for the revolution in technology to be used to benefit the world’s poor, and especially women, who will not achieve gender…

Trump Budget to Request Additional Wall Funding – (The New York Times)
The president’s third budget request to Congress on Monday is expected to propose cuts to government programs and ask for border wall funds.

Ethiopian Airlines flight crashes, killing 157 – (Reuters)
An Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet bound for Nairobi crashed minutes after take-off on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board and raising questions about the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, a new model that also crashed in Indonesia in October.

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From various sources

Abbas appoints new Prime Minister, ‘gov’t should enhance culture of peace’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Hamas: “We won’t recognize new Fatah-led gov’t.”

Women of the Wall condemn police’s ‘abandonment’ in letter – (The Jerusalem Post)
The legal department of the Women of the Wall sent a letter to the police commissioner on Sunday, condemning the police’s actions as part of the events that took place on Friday.

PA reduces wages to employees due to Israel’s payment deduction – (The Jerusalem Post)
Israel said the sum represented the amount the PA pays to families of Palestinians jailed in Israel or killed while carrying out attacks or other security offenses.

Facing hate – WZO holds protests against antisemitism around the world – (The Jerusalem Post)
Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau called for a special day in which demonstrations will be held around the world against the growing wave of antisemitism.

Two Special Data Validations – (Hacker News)

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All about Trump

Trump to ask Congress for $8.6 billion in new wall funding as part of 2020 budget proposal – (Axios)
It would include $5 billion for DHS and $3.6 billion for the Pentagon’s military construction budget.

Trump to Request $8.6 Billion for Border Wall in 2020 Budget – (The Wall Street Journal)
President Trump will request $8.6 billion to fund construction of additional barriers along the southern border in his fiscal 2020 budget proposal to be released Monday, an administration official said.

Top House Dem says Cohen likely to face DOJ perjury probe; admits blocking Fox News from primary debates ‘doesn’t help’ – (Fox News)
A top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee told “Fox News Sunday” that she believes the panel’s chairman, Elijah Cummings, will “end up referring” former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to the Department of Justice for a perjury investigation, on the heels …

Canada’s no-sex, no-money scandal could topple Trudeau – (Associated Press)
TORONTO (AP) — There’s no money, no sex and nothing illegal happened. This is what passes for a scandal in Canada.U.S. President Donald Trump has been engulfed in allegations involving…

Bolton: Trump would be ‘disappointed’ if North Korea launches missile test – (The Guardian (UK))
National security adviser speaks after reports based on imagery suggest Pyongyang was continuing work at rocket launching site

Top House Dem says Cohen likely to face DOJ perjury probe; admits blocking Fox News from primary debates ‘doesn’t help’ – (Google News)
A top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee told “Fox News Sunday” that she believes the panel’s chairman, Elijah Cummings, will “end up referring” former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to the Department of Justice for a perjury investigation, on the heels …

Trump to demand $8.6 billion in new wall funding, setting up fresh battle with Congress – (The Washington Post)

Top House Republican Blasts Trump Plan To Charge Allies A Premium On U.S. Troops – (The Huffington Post)
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wis.) said the president’s “cost plus 50” formula would be “absolutely devastating” for national security.

Trump Budget to Request $8.6 Billion in Additional Wall Funding – (Google News)
The president’s third budget request to Congress on Monday is expected to propose cuts to government programs and ask for border wall funds.

Adam Schiff: Erik Prince did not disclose 2016 Trump Tower meeting during testimony – (Axios)
Prince suggested last week that the committee got his interview transcript wrong.

Adam Schiff: Mueller making a ‘mistake’ without Trump testimony under oath – (Google News)
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said special counsel Robert Mueller would be making a “mistake” if President Trump isn’t brought in to testify under oath for the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possib…

Mueller failure to have Trump testify would be a mistake – Schiff – (The Guardian (UK))
House intelligence chair wants president put under oath but White House lawyers have resisted putting ‘liar’ Trump at risk

National security adviser: The president is open to meeting with Kim Jong Un again – (Fox News)
John Bolton says President Trump will be very disappointed in North Korea if they are testing nuclear weapons.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow promises big cuts in domestic spending for 2020 budget – (Fox News)
White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow revealed Sunday that President Trump wants a five percent cut “across the board” on all domestic spending as part of his proposed 2020 budget.

‘There’s No Reason to Obsess’ Over Budget Deficit, President Trump’s Top Economic Adviser Says – (Google News (Canada))
President Trump’s top economist is brushing off concerns about rising budget deficits ahead of the release of the president’s 2020 budget.

Trump Budget to Request Additional Wall Funding – (The New York Times)
The president’s third budget request to Congress on Monday is expected to propose cuts to government programs and ask for border wall funds.

GOP congressman representing 40% of border slams Trump’s national emergency – (Axios)
“[B]uilding a 30-foot high concrete structure from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security.”

Top White House economic adviser previews ‘tough budget’ – (The Hill)
Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Sunday that President Trump will call for an across-the-board domestic spending cut of 5 percent in his budget proposal, even as he asks for an increase in funding for a wall along the southe

Five things to watch for in Trump’s 2020 budget – (The Hill)
The president’s blueprint will be a guide to his agenda under the new divided Congress and a roadmap to the budget fights looming in the coming year.

Kushner, Inc., American Carnage, Border Wars: Journalists cash in on Trump’s Washington – (Axios)
A subgenre of five upcoming books are entirely or partly about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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