2019-04-07

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US pulls forces from Libya as fighting approaches capital – (Associated Press)
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to “security conditions on the ground,” a top military official said Sunday as a Libyan…

Chief of staff says Dems will ‘never’ see Trump tax returns – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats will “never” see President Donald Trump’s tax returns, said White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday, as a new front opened in the confrontation between the…

Pakistan says it has intelligence of new Indian attack this month – (Reuters)
Pakistan has “reliable intelligence” that India will attack again this month, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Sunday, as tension over a February standoff between the two nuclear-armed neighbors had appeared to ease.

Pakistan summons Delhi envoy in protest against any possible ‘misadventure’ – (Reuters)
Pakistan, warning of a possible new attack by giant neighbor India, said on Sunday it had summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner to protest against any “misadventure”.

Flood-hit Iran getting no financial aid from abroad due to U.S. sanctions: statement – (Reuters)
U.S. sanctions have prevented the Iranian Red Crescent from obtaining any foreign financial aid to assist victims of flooding that has killed at least 70 people and inundated some 1,900 communities, the group said on Sunday.

In possible first, Cuba allows march by animal activists – (Associated Press)
HAVANA (AP) — More than 400 animal-lovers, many accompanied by their dogs, peacefully marched a mile through Havana on Sunday, waving placards calling for an end to animal cruelty in…

White House says Democrats will never see Trump’s tax returns – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump’s tax returns will never be handed over to Democratic lawmakers, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday, defying an effort in Congress to learn more about the Republican leader’s personal finances.

‘Chargesheet’ against Modi: Activists push ‘people’s agenda’ – (Al Jazeera English)
Days before India’s crucial election, civil society groups organise mass demonstration near parliament.

Cain, Moore nominations for Federal Reserve seats on track: Kudlow – (Reuters)
Top White House officials on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s plan to name two political loyalists to the Federal Reserve board of governors, brushing aside controversies over their personal lives and qualifications to help run the world’s most powerf…

Smoking pot vs. tobacco: What science says about lighting up – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country’s biggest public health…

Israel’s Netanyahu says plans to annex settlements in West Bank if reelected – (Reuters)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that he would annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins another term in office, a last-minute pre-election promise likely to enrage Palestinians and the Arab world.

Netanyahu plays pre-election Trump card: settlement annexation – (Reuters)
Palestinians voiced alarm while Israelis weighed the gravity on Sunday of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s sudden election promise to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Haftar forces conduct air strike on Tripoli as U.N. calls for truce – (Reuters)
Eastern Libyan forces carried out an air strike on the southern part of Tripoli on Sunday, escalating an operation to take the capital despite calls for a truce from the United Nations.

Slaying puts focus on ride-hailing safety, fake drivers – (Associated Press)
CHICAGO (AP) — Whenever Rachel Orden calls for an Uber, the 20-year-old Michigan State University sophomore immediately walks to the back of the vehicle to check the license plate number, then…

India’s leader rallies his base with Hindu mega projects – (Associated Press)
VARANASI, India (AP) — In the Indian city Hindus consider the center of the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has commissioned a grand promenade connecting the sacred Ganges River with the…

Wrestling legend attacked in ring by fan – (BBC News)
A man stormed the stage and pulled Bret “Hitman” Hart to the floor while he was delivering a speech.

Rwanda somberly marks the start of genocide 25 years ago – (Associated Press)
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda on Sunday somberly commemorated the start, 25 years ago, of its genocide in which some 800,000 people were killed, as the country continues to grapple with the lasting…

Compromise? Time ticking down for Britain to come to Brexit agreement – (Reuters)
Britain’s government held out the possibility of compromise with the opposition Labour Party on Sunday to try to win support in parliament for leaving the European Union with a deal, just days before the latest Brexit date.

After 2016 loss, Democrats know they need white male voters – (Associated Press)
UPPER ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — When he moved to Pennsylvania about five years ago, it was a coin toss which party Brian Heitman would register with.No longer.Since Donald…

Senate GOP game plan means more Trump nominees, fewer bills – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch McConnell says the Senate will be in the “personnel business” this year. But the majority leader’s focus on confirming President Donald Trump’s nominees is coming at the…

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From various sources

PLO: Israeli election infested with racism, incitement to violence – (The Jerusalem Post)
Palestinians denounced Netanyahu’s talk about annexing settlements.

Oman: We support establishment of Palestinian state – (The Jerusalem Post)
“The Sultanate’s consistent position in support of the Palestinian brethren in their aspirations for the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital,” Alawi said.

Netanyahu: Gantz and Lapid will win the elections – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Gantz supported the Iran nuclear deal and Lapid told me to destroy our relations with the US. If it wasn’t for me we would not have been here right now,” Netanyahu disclosed.

Iran to lease part of Latakia port – reports – (The Jerusalem Post)
Lease to begin October 1st and would see Tehran have direct access to the Mediterranean sea.

Zarif: U.S. is dragging Iran into a quagmire on behalf of Netanyahu – (The Jerusalem Post)
“We will answer any action taken against this force with a reciprocal action,” a statement issued by 255 out of the 290 Iranian lawmakers said, according to IRNA.

Fantasy rankings for 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs – (NHL News)
NHL.com has updated fantasy player rankings for basic Stanley Cup Playoff pools counting points (goals, assists) for skaters and wins and shutouts for goalies.

Facts and Figures: 2018-19 has most goals in NHL history – (NHL News)
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner scored the 7,589th goal of the 2018-19 NHL season at 8:03 of the first period in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday to set a new single-season record.

Islanders vs. Penguins playoff preview – (NHL News)
New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh PenguinsIslanders: 48-27-7, 103 points, second in MetropolitanPenguins: 44-26-12, 100 points, third in MetropolitanSeason series: NYI 2-1-1; PIT 2-1-1

Boughner fired as Panthers coach – (NHL News)
Bob Boughner was fired as coach of the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

Nancy Pelosi to be awarded JFK Profile in Courage Award – Breitbart – (Breitbart News)
BOSTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been named the recipient of the 2019 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. Caroline Kennedy, the daughter

These 15 People Have Never Packed Lunch A Day In Their Lives And It Really Shows – (Buzzfeed)
The most confusing meal of the day.

Convicted double murderer Damien Peters on the loose in Sydney – (News.com.au)
A convicted double murderer who dismembered his victims is on the loose in Sydney after breaking free from his electronic tracking device.

Kudlow says “worst case scenario” for border closures off the table for now – (CBS News)
Larry Kudlow, director of the White House National Economic Council, joins Margaret Brennan to discuss the economic impact of President Trump’s immigration policies with Mexico.

Tim Ryan says “listening to each other” key to unifying the country – (CBS News)
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, joins Margaret Brennan to discuss his 2020 bid and the future of the Democratic Party.

White House says Democrats will never see Trump’s tax returns – (CNBC)
Asked on “Fox News Sunday” if congressional Democrats will succeed in obtaining Trump’s tax returns, Mulvaney said: “Never. Nor should they.”

Nunes to send eight criminal referrals to DOJ concerning leaks, conspiracy amid Russia probe – (Fox News)
House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes exclusively told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that he is preparing to send eight criminal referrals to the Department of Justice this week concerning alleged misconduct during the Trump-Russia inve…

The Weekly with Wendy Mesley LIVE – (CBC News)
The Weekly with Wendy Mesley for Sunday April 7, 2019.

Watford vs Wolves, FA Cup semi-final: Live score and latest updates – (The Telegraph)
Wolves are in front!

Irish woman in Syria says she never trained with Islamic State – (The Irish Times)
Lisa Smith wants to come back to Ireland where people have ‘good manners’

County Championship – Notts on top against Yorkshire – (BBC Sport)
Follow live text and radio commentary from the third day of the 2019 County Championship season.

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All about Trump

Kudlow says “worst case scenario” for border closures off the table for now – (CBS News)
Larry Kudlow, director of the White House National Economic Council, joins Margaret Brennan to discuss the economic impact of President Trump’s immigration policies with Mexico.

White House says Democrats will never see Trump’s tax returns – (CNBC)
Asked on “Fox News Sunday” if congressional Democrats will succeed in obtaining Trump’s tax returns, Mulvaney said: “Never. Nor should they.”

Nunes to send eight criminal referrals to DOJ concerning leaks, conspiracy amid Russia probe – (Fox News)
House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes exclusively told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that he is preparing to send eight criminal referrals to the Department of Justice this week concerning alleged misconduct during the Trump-Russia inve…

Mueller report: Giuliani tells “Face the Nation” he’s “not worried” about full report, Trump wants “maximum transparency” – (CBS News)
The president’s personal lawyer lambasted House Judiciary Committee Democrats who are demanding the full report as “rabid people that hate Trump”

Mulvaney says Democrats will ‘never’ obtain Trump’s tax returns – (CNN)
Congressional Democrats will “never” obtain President Donald Trump’s tax returns, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday.

White House Chief of staff Mick Mulvaney vows Democrats will ‘never’ see Trump tax returns – (The Globe And Mail)
Mulvaney accused Democrats of engaging in a ‘political stunt’ after the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Richard Neal, asked the IRS to provide six years of Trump’s returns.

Mulvaney says Democrats will ‘never’ see Trump’s tax returns – (The Washington Post)
The White House chief of staff said voters had already shown in 2016 that they didn’t care.

Chief of staff says Dems will ‘never’ see Trump tax returns – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats will “never” see President Donald Trump’s tax returns, said White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday, as a new front opened in the confrontation between the…

Mulvaney vows Dems will ‘never’ see Trump’s tax returns, despite renewed push – (Fox News)
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told “Fox News Sunday” that Democrats will “never” see President Trump’s tax returns, days after a House Democrat committee chairman made the unprecedented demand that the IRS provide the documents.

Mueller report: Jerry Nadler tells “Face the Nation” Congress entitled to see “entire” report “with no redactions whatsoever” – (CBS News)
The New York Democrat denounced Attorney General William Barr as a “bias defender” and “agent” of President Trump

Conservatives’ takeover of Supreme Court stalled by John Roberts-Brett Kavanaugh bromance – (USA Today)
The conservative takeover of the Supreme Court under Donald Trump is stalled by a bromance between Chief Justice John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh.

Schiff on Trump claim of Dems’ anti-Semitism: Only GOP “believes there are good people on both sides of a Nazi rally” – (Newsweek)
“It’s not the Democratic Party that believes there are good people on both sides of a Nazi rally,” Schiff told host Jake Tapper.

Mulvaney vows Dems will ‘never’ see Trump’s tax returns, despite renewed push – (Google News)
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told “Fox News Sunday” that Democrats will “never” see President Trump’s tax returns, days after a House Democrat committee chairman made the unprecedented demand that the IRS provide the documents.

Top Trump Economic Aide Defends Herman Cain Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations – (The Huffington Post)
Larry Kudlow said Cain is a good choice for the Federal Reserve despite the accusations that surfaced in 2011.

Secrecy behind Saudi nuclear talks infuriates Congress – (The Hill)
Congressional anger is growing over President Trump’s efforts to secure a nuclear energy deal with Saudi Arabia.

White House says Democrats will never see Trump’s tax returns – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump’s tax returns will never be handed over to Democratic lawmakers, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday, defying an effort in Congress to learn more about the Republican leader’s personal finances.

Adam Schiff: ‘Ample’ evidence of Trump-Russia collusion ‘in plain sight’ – (The Washington Times)
The Washington Times delivers breaking news and commentary on the issues that affect the future of our nation.

Jake Tapper: This is strange no matter how you slice it – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Jake Tapper breaks down the situation in Calexico, California, as President Donald Trump travels to the border town for a visit.

Paul Ryan told Republicans to feel free to abandon Trump after Access Hollywood tape – (Axios)
“I am not going to defend Donald Trump,” Ryan said. “Not now, not in the future.”

Exclusive: Mick Mulvaney on President Trump’s border security push, growing tensions with House Democrats – (Fox News)
President Trump warns Mexico to stop the flow of migrants and drugs to the U.S.; insight from White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

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