2019-03-16

Headlines:

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

Wales 25-7 Ireland: Wales win Six Nations Grand Slam – (BBC News)
Wales secure the Grand Slam with a dominant 25-7 win over Ireland in Cardiff as they clinch their first Six Nations title since 2013.

‘Yellow-vest’ rioting in Paris as anti-Macron protests persist – (Al Jazeera English)
Violence in French capital as angry protests converge on famed Champs Elysee avenue for 18th week straight.

Grieving families given earth from Ethiopian crash site – (Associated Press)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — As investigators in Paris started studying the cockpit voice recorder of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet Saturday, grieving family members were given sacks of dirt…

French protesters set fires, smash shops in Paris riots – (Associated Press)
PARIS (AP) — French yellow vest protesters set life-threatening fires, smashed up luxury stores and clashed with police Saturday in the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President…

Special admissions called ‘original sin’ of college sports – (Associated Press)
Gerald Gurney spent nearly two decades at the University of Oklahoma asking the admissions office to enroll prospective athletes who didn’t meet the school’s entry standards.”The original…

Cyclone Idai hits Zimbabwe, at least 24 people dead – (Al Jazeera English)
Cyclone Idai, which brought floodwater and widespread destruction to Mozambique and Malawi has reached Zimbabwe.

Experts begin examining Ethiopia jet cockpit recorder – (Reuters)
Investigators hunting for the cause of the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that killed all 157 people on board have begun studying the cockpit voice recorder, France’s BEA air accident investigation agency said on Saturday.

French violence flares as yellow vest protests enter fourth month – (Reuters)
Rioters set fire to a bank and ransacked stores on Paris’ landmark shopping street in a new flare-up of violence as France’s yellow vest protests against President Emmanuel Macron and his pro-business reforms entered a fourth month.

New Zealand gunman entranced with Ottoman sites in Europe – (Associated Press)
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The white supremacist suspected in the mosque shootings that left at least 49 people dead in New Zealand had traveled to the Balkans in the past three years, where he…

When gunman advanced on New Zealand mosque, 1 man ran at him – (Associated Press)
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — When the gunman advanced toward the mosque, killing those in his path, Abdul Aziz didn’t hide. Instead, he picked up the first thing he could find, a credit card…

She Extols Trump, Guns and the Chinese Communist Party Line – (The New York Times)
Cindy Yang once owned the Florida massage parlor where Robert Kraft was arrested in a prostitution sting. Now she promises access to the president and raises money for him.

As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling – (The New York Times)
With China no longer accepting used plastic and paper, communities are facing steep collection bills, forcing them to end their programs or burn or bury more waste.

Investigators begin study of Ethiopian jet’s cockpit recorder – (Reuters)
Investigators have begun studying the cockpit voice recorder of an Ethiopian Airways plane that crashed last week, a spokesman for France’s BEA air accident investigation agency said on Saturday.

Brother’s mosque death ‘like losing limb’ – (BBC News)
Khursheed Alam’s nephew also died in the shootings in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

Apple Watch detects irregular heart beat in large U.S. study – (Reuters)
The Apple Watch was able to detect irregular heart pulse rates that could signal the need for further monitoring for a serious heart rhythm problem, according to data from a large study funded by Apple Inc , demonstrating a potential future role for wearable …

Stricken New Zealanders reach out to Muslims after shooting – (Associated Press)
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s stricken residents reached out to Muslims in their neighborhoods and around the country on Saturday, with a fierce determination to show kindness to…

Australian Senator Hit With Egg After Blaming Immigration for Mosque Attacks – (The New York Times)
A teenager in Melbourne, Australia, cracked an egg on the head of Senator Fraser Anning, who then struck his assailant twice in the face, footage shows.

Left or center? Democrats mull best options to beat Trump – (Associated Press)
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — As she waited to meet former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper at a recent house party in Dubuque, attorney Connie O’Connor was anxious about the liberal direction of the…

As Brexit stalls, supporters protest betrayal of their dream – (Associated Press)
SUNDERLAND, England (AP) — With Britain’s departure from the European Union likely to be put on hold, some Brexit supporters fear their dream is dying.But they aren’t giving up without a…

Yellow vest violence returns to Paris – (BBC News)
French “anti-elitist” protests increase in size – and violence – after weeks of dwindling numbers.

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From various sources

Hamas faces harsh criticism for crushing Gaza protesters – (The Jerusalem Post)
Fatah: “Palestinians have launched an uprising against Hamas”

Palestinian Gaza resident set himself on fire in protest over Hamas rule – (The Jerusalem Post)
The man publicly set himself on fire after he was evicted from his flat when he was unable to pay rent.

Afghani refugee charged at the Christchurch shooter, saving many – (The Jerusalem Post)
The alleged shooter, Brenton Tarrant, tried to catch him and eventually fled the scene and was captured by police.

Violence returns as France’s yellow vest protests enter fourth month – (The Jerusalem Post)
Protesters and police clash on Paris’ Champs-Elysees.

Six Nations: Wales 25 Ireland 7 (FT) – (The Irish Times)
Wales complete the Grand Slam with a comprehensive victory over Ireland in Cardiff.

FA Cup: Swansea v Man City – build-up and team news – (BBC Sport)
In-play clips, radio & live text coverage of Swansea v Man City in the FA Cup quarter-finals, before Wolves v Man Utd.

Six Nations: England v Scotland build-up – radio and text – (BBC Sport)
England host Scotland in the 2019 Six Nations – listen to BBC Radio 5 Live commentary and follow text coverage.

Wales 25-7 Ireland: Wales win Six Nations Grand Slam – (BBC News)
Wales secure the Grand Slam with a dominant 25-7 win over Ireland in Cardiff as they clinch their first Six Nations title since 2013.

14 Screenshots Of People Who Want The World To Know That They’ve Had Sex – (Buzzfeed)
“I get laid every morning.”

‘Yellow-vest’ rioting in Paris as anti-Macron protests persist – (Al Jazeera English)
Violence in French capital as angry protests converge on famed Champs Elysee avenue for 18th week straight.

12 states, and D.C., want to fundamentally change how the electoral college works – (Axios)
Their plan would decide the 2020 election, but it probably won’t happen.

Thousands of people come together across the globe at vigils – (Daily Mail)
Tributes in places such as London, Helsinki and Brussels lead the way with moving services where mourners gathered to pay the respects for the 49 worshipers who were killed at a mosque on Friday.

Grieving families given earth from Ethiopian crash site – (Associated Press)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — As investigators in Paris started studying the cockpit voice recorder of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet Saturday, grieving family members were given sacks of dirt…

Wales 25-7 Ireland: Wales claim Six Nations Grand Slam after dominant victory over Ireland – (TalkSport)
The win in Cardiff sealed the country’s first Grand Slam since 2012

Rugby: Wales secure Six Nations Grand Slam with Ireland thrashing – (Metro)
A stunning achievement from Warren Gatland and his team.

Wales win Six Nations Grand Slam: Warren Gatland’s side make history with emphatic 25-7 rout of Ireland – (Independent)

Apex Legends is prepping for a big Battle Pass launch – (TechCrunch)
Apex Legends surprised the gaming world two months ago, bringing a new, frenetic dynamic to the Battle Royale genre of games that has already attracted 50 million players. That first huge milestone didn’t come at a cheap price — EA reportedly paid Ninja $1 mi…

‘There’s a lot of anxiety here’: New Zealanders struggle with unanswered questions after mosque shootings | CBC News – (CBC News)
New Zealanders are dealing with both an unprecedented tragedy and the uncertainty that comes with it, as people wait for news of the dead, the critically wounded and the missing, CBC’s Adrienne Arsenault reports.

Lawmakers contemplate a tough political sell: Raising their pay – (The Hill)
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is calling for a cost-of-living adjustment to lawmaker salaries, which have now remained stagnant for a decade — but it’s likely to be a tough sell.

French protesters set fires, smash shops in Paris riots – (Associated Press)
PARIS (AP) — French yellow vest protesters set life-threatening fires, smashed up luxury stores and clashed with police Saturday in the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President…

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All about Trump

Trump: I told Republicans to vote for ‘transparency’ in releasing Mueller report – (The Hill)
President Trump said Saturday that he told Republican leadership to vote in favor of releasing special counsel Robert Mueller’s highly anticipated report, saying that transparency “makes us all look good.”

Pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc expected to plead guilty in spree aimed at Trump critics, including Obama, Biden and Clinton – (USA Today)
Cesar Sayoc expected to plead guilty in pipe bomb mailing spree that targeted critics of President Donald Trump and prominent Democrats.

Sen. Ben Cardin on whether Congress can override Trump’s veto – (Fox News)
President Trump issues first veto to uphold his national emergency declaration.

Christine Baranski becomes body double to Laura Benanti’s Melania Trump in Stephen Colbert bit – (Entertainment Weekly)
Baranski delivers another legendary performance.

Trump: I don’t think white supremacy is a growing threat – (The Jerusalem Post)
US President Donald Trump responded to the mass shooting in New Zealand calling it “a terrible thing” while marinating that white supremacy, in his opinion, “is not growing.”

She Extols Trump, Guns and the Chinese Communist Party Line – (The New York Times)
Cindy Yang once owned the Florida massage parlor where Robert Kraft was arrested in a prostitution sting. Now she promises access to the president and raises money for him.

A HUD official and close Trump ally spent a month of nights in public housing. Some question her motives – (CNN)
Lynne Patton’s public housing sleepovers have shone a stark light on simmering social and economic tensions, not least because the regional HUD administrator — who earns $160,000 a year and is mulling a reality TV contract — has been the key player.

Slow Fade of the Pennsylvania Irish – (The American Conservative)
‘End of Outrage’ tells the story of the immigrants from Donegal who still inhabit modern-day Trump Country.

Trump again punts on white supremacy after New Zealand attacks – (CNN)
Once again, President Donald Trump is having a tough time calling out far right-wing white nationalism.

Left or center? Democrats mull best options to beat Trump – (Associated Press)
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — As she waited to meet former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper at a recent house party in Dubuque, attorney Connie O’Connor was anxious about the liberal direction of the…

Behind the budget ‘gimmick’ that could help secure Trump’s border wall – (Fox News)
Certain things in Washington demand astute attention. Then there are things which serve as spectacular distractions.

Donald Trump predicts Jewish voters will switch to GOP in ‘Jexodus.’ Democrats call that a fantasy – (USA Today)
Donald Trump and his aides are trying to persuade Jewish voters to cut their longtime ties to the Democrats.

The Memo: Questions sharpen for Trump after New Zealand massacre – (The Hill)
Friday’s mass shooting in New Zealand is sharpening scrutiny of the rhetoric of international political figures, including President Trump.

POLITICO Playbook: What’s next for Trump’s veto, N.Z. to ban semi-automatic weapons and who’s on the Sunday shows – (Politico)

Washington Post Editorial Board Condemns Donald Trump’s Response To Mosque Shootings – (The Huffington Post)
The president’s response to the Christchurch attack was “the wrong message,” the newspaper said.

Trump could visit Ireland as early as June – Varadkar – (RTE)
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that US President Donald Trump could visit Ireland as early as June.

Chris Wallace: No Way Trump Will Win In 2020 With Just His Base – (The Huffington Post)
And that seems to be all the president cares about now, Wallace tells Fox News’ Shepard Smith.

Burnett: Trump embraced same word as suspected shooter – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Erin Burnett discusses President Trump’s reaction to the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, at two mosques by a white nationalist that left 49 people dead and dozens injured.

Trump Says He Doesn’t See White Nationalism as a Rising Global Threat After New Zealand Shooting – (Time)
President Trump said he doesn’t see white nationalism as a global threat, after 49 people were killed in shootings at New Zealand mosques

WH responds to mention of Trump in New Zealand manifesto – CNN Video – (CNN)
In an interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin, New York Times op-ed writer Wajahat Ali questions why white supremacist groups see President Donald Trump as an enabler after the suspect in the New Zealand mosque terror attacks mentioned Trump. The White House resp…

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