2019-04-30

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

The Latest: ‘We are with you,’ Pence tells Venezuelans – (Associated Press)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):10:15 a.m.U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is saying “We are with you!” to the Venezuelans…

Trump sues Deutsche Bank, Capital One to try to block Democratic subpoenas – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump, his three oldest children and the Trump Organization have sued Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp to try to block them from responding to subpoenas issued by U.S. congressional Democrats seeking financial records.

‘Hadestown’ leads Tony Award nominations with 14 nods – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — “Hadestown,” singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s Broadway debut, earned a leading 14 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, followed by the jukebox musical “Ain’t Too Proud,” built around…

Instagram story aims to engage new generation with Holocaust – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — For seven decades, survivor testimony has been the centerpiece of Holocaust commemoration.But with the world’s community of aging survivors rapidly shrinking and global…

Iraq says I.S. remains threat, leader Baghdadi filmed video in ‘remote area’ – (Reuters)
Islamic State remains a potent threat around the world despite reduced capabilities, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday, adding its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had made his latest video appearance in a “remote area”.

Venezuela’s Guaido calls on troops to join him in uprising against Maduro – (Reuters)
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Tuesday called for a military uprising to oust President Nicolas Maduro and armed factions clashed at a protest outside a Caracas air base as the country hit a new crisis point.

Trump sues banks to try to block House subpoenas for records – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, his family and the Trump Organization filed a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an attempt to block congressional subpoenas seeking their…

Venezuela’s Guaido leaves rally at Caracas air base – (Reuters)
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido left a rally he was holding with military supporters at the La Carlota air base in Caracas, Reuters witnesses said, as he seeks support for an uprising to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

Juan Guaidó, Flanked by Soldiers, Calls for Military Uprising in Venezuela – (The New York Times)
The opposition leader appeared outside a military base in Caracas along with Leopoldo López, a prominent activist who had been under house arrest.

Brazil backs Venezuela opposition leader Guaido’s push to overthrow Maduro: minister – (Reuters)
Brazil’s Foreign Relations Minister Ernesto Araujo said on Tuesday that his country supports a democratic transition in Venezuela, where opposition leader Juan Guaido hours before said he had begun the “final phase” of his plan to oust President Nicolas Madur…

Game on for EU vote, but real fight comes after – (Reuters)
On posters, hustings and social media, a battle for Europe is being fought, as contenders seek votes for an EU parliamentary election in late May – but the real battle for power will come only once the count is in.

Explainer: How the EU will vote and why it matters – (Reuters)
In three weeks, Europeans will vote for a new European Parliament but the real struggle for power over the bloc will begin only after votes are counted. Here’s why?

Wall Street opens mixed; Alphabet weighs on S&P 500, Nasdaq – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened mixed on Tuesday, as investors parsed a barrage of earnings reports, while a slump in shares of Google-parent Alphabet weighed on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq.

Dallas officer tells 911: ‘I thought it was my apartment’ – (Associated Press)
DALLAS (AP) — The former Dallas police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in his own home told a 911 dispatcher “I thought it was my apartment” nearly 20 times as she waited for…

Venezuela’s Guaido takes to streets in military uprising – (Associated Press)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó took to the streets with activist Leopoldo Lopez and a small contingent of heavily armed troops early Tuesday in a bold and risky…

Venezuela’s Guaidó in ‘attempted coup’ – (BBC News)
The opposition leader announces “the final phase” of ending President Nicolás Maduro’s rule.

In video message, IS chief emulates other hunted leaders – (Associated Press)
They make threats from their hideaway lairs and celebrate mass attacks. The ending isn’t scripted for these hunted men with horrifying death tolls on their hands.When the reclusive Islamic…

Trump directs officials to toughen asylum rules – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump directed officials to toughen rules for asylum seekers on Monday, including by introducing a fee for their applications and barring those who entered the country illegally from working until their claims are approved.

Cambridge University to study how it profited from Atlantic slavery – (Reuters)
The University of Cambridge will conduct a two-year academic study of how much it benefited from the Atlantic slave trade and whether its scholarship reinforced race-based thinking during Britain’s colonial era.

Tony Award Nominations 2019: Live Updates – (The New York Times)
Among the 34 Broadway shows eligible for Tonys this season are adaptations of the films “Tootsie” and “Network.”

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From various sources

Gunfire in Venezuela: Guaido says military units back him over Maduro – (The Jerusalem Post)
Soldiers, reported to be from the National Guard, were seen on a bridge near the airport, their heavy-machine guns on an overpass and crates of bananas intermixed with belts of ammunition.

Saudi Arabia offered Abbas $10 billion to accept Trump’s peace plan – report – (The Jerusalem Post)
A senior Palestinian official in Ramallah refused to comment on the report.

Iran designates all U.S. troops in Middle East as terrorists – (The Jerusalem Post)
The law specifically labels as a terrorist organization the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), which is responsible for U.S. military operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

New York Times cartoonist to ‘Post’: Caricature wasn’t antisemitic – (The Jerusalem Post)
Antonio Moreira Antunes said he sought only to ‘critique Israeli policy’ and that his work is not antisemitic.

Report: Israel to release more prisoners for remains of more IDF soldiers – (The Jerusalem Post)
London-based Asharq al-Awsat says two Druze resident from Majdal Shams to be released in next round

Israel to offer grants to build hotels in West Bank settlements – (The Jerusalem Post)
In the past such grants could be received only with governmental approval.

Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg to be awarded Poland’s highest honor – (The Jerusalem Post)
The 93-year-old Holocaust survivor, who is philanthropist and educator, will be honored with the medal, which is the highest distinctions given by the President of the Republic of Poland.

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Toni Braxton’s niece Lauren dies aged 24 – (Mirror)
The daughter of Toni’s younger brother is believed to have died on Monday after being found unresponsive

Tories fear enraged voters as local election candidate is attacked – (Daily Mail)
Theresa May’s party could lose 1,000 councillors on Thursday and more than half her 19 MEPs on May 23 but still insists she can get a Brexit deal through Parliament to avoid European elections.

Jeremy Hunt tells May to stay until Brexit but avoid a Corbyn deal – (Daily Mail)
The Foreign Secretary, who is touring Africa on a trip seen as the launch of his leadership campaign, pictured today, suggested he hopes talks with Jeremy Corbyn fail if it leads to the softest possible Brexit.

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All about Trump

Saudi Arabia offered Abbas $10 billion to accept Trump’s peace plan – report – (The Jerusalem Post)
A senior Palestinian official in Ramallah refused to comment on the report.

Asylum seekers come to the U.S. fleeing poverty. Trump wants to charge them an entry fee. – (Vice News)

Trump admin. supports Juan Guaidó’s call for military uprising in Venezuela – (Axios)
In a new video, Guaidó called for a military uprising while surrounded by soldiers and a detained activist.

Donald Trump wants to charge asylum seekers to process applications as migrants seek U.S. entry – (USA Today)
Trump is proposing charging asylum seekers a fee to process their applications.

Donald Trump sues Deutsche Bank, Capital One in ‘long-shot’ attempt to block congressional subpoenas – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump has sued Deutsche Bank and Capital One to try to prevent them from providing financial records to Congress per subpoenas.

Trump sues Deutsche Bank, Capital One to try to block Democratic subpoenas – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump, his three oldest children and the Trump Organization have sued Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp to try to block them from responding to subpoenas issued by U.S. congressional Democrats seeking financial records.

Trump sues banks to try to block House subpoenas for records – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, his family and the Trump Organization filed a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an attempt to block congressional subpoenas seeking their…

Schiff: House panel to recommend DOJ open investigation into Erik Prince testimony – (The Hill)
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that his committee would make a criminal referral to the Department of Justice (DOJ) recommending President Trump’s ally, Erik Prince, be investigated for lying to Congress.

Biden: If Trump blocks investigations, Congress has no choice but to impeach him – (The Hill)
Former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Congress should move forward with impeachment proceedings if the White House and Republicans work to block Democratic efforts to investigate matters “left undone” by special counsel Robert Mueller’

Laura Ingraham: What Tuesday’s showdown between Pelosi and Schumer and Trump is really about – (Fox News)
Laura Ingraham: Pelosi and Schumer want the Dem nominee to be a defender of the working class.

Boeing Crisis Tests Elaine Chao’s Agenda at Transportation Department – (The Wall Street Journal)
The crisis over Boeing crashes is likely to test the agenda of Washington veteran Elaine Chao, who as President Trump’s transportation secretary has a broad deregulatory agenda.

Trump directs officials to toughen asylum rules – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump directed officials to toughen rules for asylum seekers on Monday, including by introducing a fee for their applications and barring those who entered the country illegally from working until their claims are approved.

Trump proposes new rules for asylum seekers, including charging a fee – (ABC News)
A White House memo released late Monday calls for new rules for asylum seekers.

Trump says he wants asylum seekers to pay a fee to apply – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing charging asylum seekers a fee to process their applications as he continues to try to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants…

64% oppose Trump’s move to build a wall; On asylum, just 30% support stricter rules – (ABC News)
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll

The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden’s bid gets under Trump’s skin – (The Hill)

Democrats have one good and two bad infrastructure demands – (Google News)
Writing to President Trump prior to their meeting at the White House on Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. offered three principles for infrastructure reform.

Ivanka Trump: Empowered women pave the way to economic progress – (CNN)
Despite the incredible difficulties they face, women in Africa are already transcending poverty, creating jobs, and pioneering a brighter future, writes Ivanka Trump. We should empower them, and their sisters, to unleash even greater economic prosperity and p…

The Trump-Loving Town and Its Favorite Undocumented Immigrant – (New York Magazine)
The citizens of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, embraced Alex Garcia — and now they want him back from the church basement where he’s been hiding.

GOP sets up firewall for Trump on Mueller – (The Hill)
Senate Republicans are beginning to set up a firewall for President Trump against special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, pushing back at a slew of Democratic attacks on the president’s conduct as described in the document.

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