2019-04-03

Headlines:

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

UK’s May meets Labour leader for Brexit compromise talks – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May and the leader of Britain’s main opposition party were meeting Wednesday for talks on ending the impasse over the country’s departure from the European…

Brunei invokes laws allowing stoning for gay sex, adultery – (Associated Press)
SINGAPORE (AP) — New Islamic criminal laws that took effect in Brunei on Wednesday, punishing gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death, have triggered an outcry from countries, rights…

APNewsBreak: US finds “severe” problems in Alabama prisons – (Associated Press)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Justice Department has determined that Alabama’s prisons are violating the Constitution by failing to protect inmates from violence and sexual abuse and by housing them…

American woman kidnapped from Ugandan national park: police – (Reuters)
An American woman and her Ugandan driver have been kidnapped from Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwest Uganda by gunmen demanding a ransom of $500,000, police said on Wednesday.

NATO at 70: What is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization? – (Al Jazeera English)
The military alliance marks its 70th anniversary this week. What is the group and how has it changed?

FDA warns of seizure risk in some users of e-cigarettes – (Reuters)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday warned of the potential safety risks from the use of e-cigarettes after it found certain users had suffered from seizures.

Wall Street rises at open on trade optimism – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Wednesday, resuming a rally after a pause in the previous session, fueled by optimism over trade talks with Beijing and as China’s economy showed new signs of recovery.

Brexit gamble: UK’s May to meet opposition leader to seek a deal – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Theresa May was set to seek a Brexit compromise with opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday, a gamble that could see a European Union divorce deal finally clear parliament but also tear her party apart.

Irish PM says thinks EU leaders open to further Brexit extension – (Reuters)
Ireland believes European Union leaders are open to granting a British request to further delay its exit from the bloc, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday.

‘White power’ graffiti defaces historic Tennessee civil rights site – (Reuters)
Racist graffiti was painted in the parking lot of a Tennessee social justice center that hosted giants of the 1960s U.S. civil rights movement, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, it said on Tuesday.

UK lawmaker Letwin says Brexit delay law will give PM May backing in request to EU – (Reuters)
British Conservative lawmaker Oliver Letwin said on Wednesday that legislation he hopes to pass to force Prime Minister Theresa May to seek a delay to Brexit will give her backing in her request to the European Union.

EU’s Juncker: no more short Brexit delays unless leave deal approved by April 12 – (Reuters)
The European Union will not grant Britain another short delay to Brexit if UK lawmakers fail to ratify the stalled divorce agreement by April 12, the head of the bloc’s executive European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said on Wednesday.

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin to face college scandal charges in Boston court – (Reuters)
Actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among 15 wealthy parents due in Boston federal court on Wednesday to face charges that they participated in what prosecutors call the largest college admissions scam uncovered in U.S. history.

US investigates seizure risk with electronic cigarettes – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are investigating whether electronic cigarettes may trigger seizures in some people who use the nicotine-vaping devices.The Food and Drug…

Sanders rakes in $18M to take early lead in 2020 fundraising – (Associated Press)
A handful of Democratic presidential candidates are touting the amount of money they’ve raised in the first fundraising period of a 2020 primary fight that will last into next spring. The totals…

Palestinians are nowhere to be found in Israel’s election – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — In a charged election campaign that has been heavy on insults and short on substance, Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians has been notably absent from the…

Harry and Meghan break Instagram record – (BBC News)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex set a new world record with their official Instgram account.

Police arrest man they say killed rapper Nipsey Hussle – (Associated Press)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a nearly 48-hour manhunt, police arrested the suspect they say gunned down Nipsey Hussle in front of the popular rapper’s South Los Angeles clothing store.Los…

Newly elected Chicago mayor: Victory means ‘a city reborn’ – (Associated Press)
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot’s resounding victory was a clear call for change at City Hall and a historic repudiation of the old-style, insider politics that have long defined…

Transgender woman ‘humiliated’ in Paris attack – (BBC News)
Julia has spoken out after a video went viral of her being attacked outside a metro station.

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From various sources

After 37 years, the body of Sgt. Zachary Baumel has returned to Israel – (The Jerusalem Post)
There was no prisoner exchange, Manelis said, explaining that it was an operational mission carried out by military intelligence.

With Turkish loss of the F-35, Israel keeps its aerial superiority – (The Jerusalem Post)
Washington halts F-35 equipment over Turkey’s instance to buy the Russian S-400 missile defense system.

Labour leader Corbyn poster used as target by British soldiers – Report – (The Jerusalem Post)
British soldiers stationed in Kabul were filmed during target practice firing at a large poster of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Republican NGO launches ad campaign attacking Ilhan Omar – (The Jerusalem Post)
American Action Network told CNN that the campaign would launch later this week, spending six figures to question Omar for criticizing congress members’ support for Israel.

Borussia Dortmund, German companies to fund Yad Vashem expansion – (The Jerusalem Post)
Construction of the new center, which will also include a Holocaust exhibition suitable for families and children, is expected to commence in August and open in 2021.

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

Sen. John Thune: The president wants to solve big problems – (Fox News)
South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune weighs in on President Trump’s shift in focus to tackling health care reform.

Rep. Peter King says the Democrats are engaging in ‘political theater’ – (Fox News)
New York Republican Rep. Peter King says Democrats should not request an unredacted version of the Mueller report before they see the version Attorney General Bill Barr will release.

Couple found dead in Kate Middleton’s home village – (Daily Mail)
Retired Concorde pilot Tony Meadows, 84, and his wife Paula, 83, were found dead at their home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, yesterday evening.

‘Jeremy Corbyn is Deputy PM!’ Furious Rees-Mogg blasts May – (Daily Mail)
Ahead of a meeting of the 1922 Committee at 5pm, Tory MPs are understood to be bombarding chairman Sir Graham Brady with demands for action.

Pele admitted to hospital in Paris with ‘tetanus crisis’ – (Mirror)
We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story

Watford stopper says he’ll snub Rangers to “make my name in Premier League” – (FourFourTwo)
Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann has revealed that Rangers are interested in recruiting him this summer but admits he would prefer to stay in…

How Popular Are Your Opinions About These Controversial Odors? – (Buzzfeed)
The smell of freshly cut grass: do you love it or hate it?

Gigi Hadid Spilled Some Secrets About Her Friendship With Taylor Swift And They’re Adorable – (Buzzfeed)
“I love her and cherish her as a friend. But I’m also her biggest fan.”

UK’s May meets Labour leader for Brexit compromise talks – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May and the leader of Britain’s main opposition party were meeting Wednesday for talks on ending the impasse over the country’s departure from the European…

Adobe After Effects gets content-aware fill to let you remove unwanted objects from videos – (The Verge)
Adobe’s After Effects now has the power of Photoshop’s content-aware fill for video, as introduced in its latest update. The feature lets users remove unwanted objects from video.

On the heels of a $40 million round, TriNetX brings its services for drug trials to Europe – (TechCrunch)
The market for technology and services for clinical drug trials is expected to reach $68.9 billion over the next seven years. The trials, which are necessary to bring new healthcare treatments to market, are by necessity prolonged, complicated affairs. Severa…

Torch takes $10M to teach empathy to executives – (TechCrunch)
When everyone always tells you ‘yes’, you can become a monster. Leaders especially need honest feedback to grow. “If you look at rich people like Donald Trump and you neglect them, you get more Donald Trumps” says Torch co-founder and CEO Cameron Yarbrough ab…

Merkel ally dismisses May’s call for a second short delay to Brexit – (Daily Mail)
The EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Mrs May’s new strategy would work if her decision to accept cross party talks and pivot to soft Brexit pays off.

Scribd kicks off its original content initiative with a book about Robert Mueller – (TechCrunch)
Scribd is moving into the original content business with the release of “Mueller’s War,” a book by journalist Garrett Graff looking at the prosecutor’s time as a marine in the Vietnam War. CEO Trip Adler revealed earlier this year that the subscription e-book…

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All about Trump

Sen. John Thune: The president wants to solve big problems – (Fox News)
South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune weighs in on President Trump’s shift in focus to tackling health care reform.

Torch takes $10M to teach empathy to executives – (TechCrunch)
When everyone always tells you ‘yes’, you can become a monster. Leaders especially need honest feedback to grow. “If you look at rich people like Donald Trump and you neglect them, you get more Donald Trumps” says Torch co-founder and CEO Cameron Yarbrough ab…

3 theories on why Donald Trump’s lies don’t seem to faze him (or his supporters) – (CNN)
On Tuesday, during a sit-down with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, President Donald Trump said something that wasn’t true. About his own father.

Sean Spicer explains strategy behind President Trump’s shift to health care in 2020 – (Fox News)
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer reacts to the president promising a new plan if Republicans take complete control of Congress in 2020.

Trump now says he never wanted new ObamaCare replacement vote – (The Hill)
President Trump on Wednesday claimed he never wanted Congress to vote on an ObamaCare replacement ahead of the 2020 election, even though he unexpectedly revived the issue.

New book “Commander in Cheat” goes long on Trump’s golf game – (Axios)
How Trump plays golf is a “way to look at his soul,” author Rick Reilly said.

As two more women accuse Joe Biden of inappropriate touching, Trump takes swing at ex-VP: “Welcome to the world, Joe” – (Newsweek)
“[Biden’s] being taken care of pretty well by the socialists; they got to him,” President Donald Trump said. “I was gonna call him. I don’t know him well, but I was gonna say, ‘Welcome to the world, Joe. You having a good time, Joe?'”

House panel set to vote on subpoenas for unredacted Mueller report and former Trump associates – (CNBC)
The House Judiciary Committee is set to vote Wednesday to authorize a subpoena for an unredacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report, along with all of the evidence from the two-year investigation.

At Mar-a-Lago, Xi Jinping reminds President Trump he’s not a friend – (Google News)
The Secret Service has charged Chinese national Yujing Zhang with crimes related to her March 30 visit to Mar-a-Lago.

“No point in pushing the panic button”: Mitch McConnell says health care plan is off the table – (Newsweek)
The Senate Majority Leader said he told Trump the chamber “will not be doing a comprehensive” health care plan, despite legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act that could render millions of Americans without insurance.

Trump says Xi Jinping liked it when he called the Chinese president ‘king’ – (Vice News)
“I get along with him great,” Trump said Tuesday.

President Trump Pivots on Big Health Care and Border Closure Declarations – (Time)
Trump eased up on his threats to quickly close the southern border and deciding that an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act should wait until after the 2020 election

Trump pulls back from border closure threats, saying Mexico is cooperating – (The Hill)
President Trump on Tuesday evening pulled back from his threats to close the southern border, claiming that Mexico is now cooperating in apprehending migrants.

Adultery, arrears and amends: Inside Trump Federal Reserve pick Stephen Moore’s messy and very expensive divorce – (NBC News)
Court records from Stephen Moore’s divorce paint him as a brazen philanderer who openly talked about his mistress in front of his kids — and shorted his ex-wife on tens of thousands of dollars of alimony and child support.

Trump says he deserves to lose in 2020 if the Green New Deal becomes reality, refers to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a ‘young bartender’ – (Google News)
The president mocked the Green New Deal and joked that he should lose the 2020 election if the ambitious proposal ever became law.

Eye Opener: Charges filed against intruder at Mar-a-Lago – (CBS News)
A woman from China is charged with sneaking into President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, carrying dangerous malware on a thumb drive. Also, pilots on the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max that crashed last month reportedly followed Boeing’s recommended emergency proced…

Trump’s Takeover of the Republican Party Is Almost Complete – (The New York Times)
The Trump campaign has helped install allies atop the most significant state parties, and has urged them to discourage conservative criticism of the president.

Trump’s healthcare focus for 2020 election worries Republicans – (Financial Times)
Democrats believe president’s call to overturn Obamacare is a ‘gift’ for the party

The Hill’s Morning Report – GOP balks at Trump border closure – (The Hill)

GOP to go ‘nuclear’ with rules change for Trump nominations – (The Hill)
Senate Republicans are planning to go “nuclear” on Wednesday with a rules change for hundreds of nominations, escalating a war with Democrats over President Trump’s picks.

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