2019-04-10

Headlines:

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

Bayer shareholder Deka joins chorus of complaints over Monsanto – (Reuters)
One of Bayer’s largest shareholders tore into the company’s management on Wednesday for underestimating the legal risks of its takeover of Monsanto, setting the stage for a fiery annual general meeting after a 30 percent plunge in the shares.

Principals from schools with shootings form support group – (Associated Press)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In the days after a teenager shot and killed three fellow students at Ohio’s Chardon High School in 2012, then-Principal Andy Fetchik remembers getting a call from someone…

Trump says he will not release his tax returns – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday held steady in his refusal to publicly release his tax returns, despite mounting pressure in Congress that is likely to spur a legal battle for the documents to be disclosed.

British nuclear submarine yard reopens after brief evacuation – (Reuters)
A shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, northwest England, that builds Britain’s new generation of nuclear submarines reopened on Wednesday after being briefly evacuated due to an incident, defense company BAE Systems said.

May says aims to secure delay for orderly Brexit – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was asking EU leaders at a summit on Wednesday to delay the Brexit deadline to June 30 so that Britain could leave the European Union in an orderly way.

‘Seeing the unseeable’: Scientists reveal first photo of black hole – (Reuters)
Using a global network of telescopes to see “the unseeable,” an international scientific team on Wednesday announced a milestone in astrophysics – the first-ever photo of a black hole – in an achievement that validated a pillar of science put forward by Alber…

Khashoggi’s children deny considering settlement over murder – (Reuters)
The children of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi denied on Wednesday discussing any sort of settlement over his killing by Saudi agents after a report of compensation awards.

S&P 500 flat ahead of Fed minutes – (Reuters)
The S&P 500 was flat on Wednesday, as a drop in Boeing shares offset gains in the technology sector, while investors awaited minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting.

Brexit-hungry media to be turfed off grassy patch outside UK parliament – (Reuters)
After months of grueling political perma-crisis, Brexit is taking its toll on the British political establishment – not least the small patch of grass opposite parliament that has become a makeshift home to the world’s media.

Astronomers capture first-ever image of a black hole – (Al Jazeera English)
The highly anticipated photo shows a dark core, encircled by a bright orange halo of white-hot gas and plasma.

Red Cross regains entry to Venezuela jails, military prisons – (Associated Press)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross has regained access to prisons in Venezuela, including highly guarded military facilities where dozens of inmates considered…

Scientists reveal first image ever made of a black hole – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists on Wednesday revealed the first image ever made of a black hole, depicting a fiery orange and black ring of gravity-twisted light swirling around the edge of the…

Deadly fire hits Bangkok shopping complex – (BBC News)
A fire started at the popular CentralWorld complex on Wednesday evening, leaving at least two dead.

Airbnb reverses West Bank listings ban – (BBC News)
The decision follows legal proceedings against the US company on grounds of discrimination.

Democrats prepare border bills, say Trump enflames problem – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure to show they have solutions, Democrats are honing proposals to address the surge of families entering the U.S. at the southern border, a problem they say President…

New York holidaymakers presumed dead – (BBC News)
Two bodies were found matching descriptions of the pair, who were visiting the Dominican Republic.

Man wins over $110K, breaks single-day record on ‘Jeopardy!’ – (Associated Press)
CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — A 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas won more than $110,000 on “Jeopardy!” on Tuesday, breaking the record for single-day cash winnings on the trivia…

Barr to testify before the Senate as Mueller’s report looms – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is returning to Capitol Hill for a second time this week as lawmakers, the White House and the American public anxiously await his release of…

Netanyahu poised to become Israeli PM for 5th time – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to be headed toward a historic fifth term as Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday, with close-to-complete unofficial election results giving his…

WikiLeaks says Julian Assange is being spied on in Ecuadorean embassy – (Reuters)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been the subject of a sophisticated spying operation in the Ecuadorean embassy where he has been holed up since 2012, the group said on Wednesday.

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From various sources

How did Arab parties receive votes from far-Right settlers? – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Due to Zehut ballots being replaced by Arab ballots and other Zehut ballots going missing, anyone who voted for Zehut should report to the Facebook link above where they voted and which kalpi no.”

Attempted stabbing attack at Jerusalem checkpoint – (The Jerusalem Post)
Police fired into the air and police detectives who happened to be in the area were able to incapacitate the woman and take away the knife.

Israel’s Beresheet poised to make history with moon landing – (The Jerusalem Post)
Only three countries have completed the formidable task of landing a spacecraft on the lunar surface – the United States, Russia and China.

Trump congratulates Netanyahu on election victory, ‘good sign for peace’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Trump made the remark to reporters at the White House.

Scientists to reveal the first true image of a black hole – Live – (The Jerusalem Post)
Black holes can contain the mass equivalent to a large mountain to the mass of thousands and even millions times greater than the mass of the sun.

Palestinians: Israelis voted to maintain status quo, apartheid – (The Jerusalem Post)
PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said that Israelis have voted for candidates “who are unequivocally committed to entrenching the status quo of oppression.”

What Will Happen to the U.S.-Israel Relationship? – (The American Conservative)
The lopsided U.S.-Israel relationship is going to continue because virtually no one in Congress or the White House is willing to change it.

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Virginia Beach cold case: Ernest Broadnax, 80, charged in 1973 killings of Janice Pietropola and Lynn Seethaler – (CBS News)
Virginia Beach police said their cold-case unit began to pursue a “strong lead” last year and sought out “advanced forensic technology”

Will Captain America Finally Lift Thor’s Hammer in Avengers: Endgame? – IGN – (IGN)
Here’s our theory on how Captain America could lift Thor’s trusty hammer Mjolnir in Avengers: Endgame.

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All about Trump

Trump congratulates Netanyahu on election victory, ‘good sign for peace’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Trump made the remark to reporters at the White House.

Barr says he thinks law enforcement officials spied on the Trump campaign – (Axios)
“But the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated.”

Trump says he will not release his tax returns – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday held steady in his refusal to publicly release his tax returns, despite mounting pressure in Congress that is likely to spur a legal battle for the documents to be disclosed.

IRS commissioner: No rule against releasing Trump’s tax returns while under audit – (Axios)
It’s a defense Trump has used for the past 3 years.

Donald Trump says he won’t give his tax returns to Congress – (USA Today)
House Democrats have asked the IRS to provide Trump’s tax records, and say they are willing to go to court to get them.

William Barr believes “there was spying” on Trump campaign — live updates – (CBS News)
Barr goes for round two in Congressional questions as he appears before the Senate on Wednesday

President Donald Trump is facing an imminent congressional deadline for his administration to provide his tax returns but he says he “won’t do it” while he’s under audit by the IRS. – (ABC News)
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DOJ watchdog reportedly scrutinizing role of FBI informant in Russia probe – (Fox News)
The Justice Department’s internal watchdog reportedly is scrutinizing the role of an FBI informant who contacted members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, as part of a broader review of the early stages of the Russia investigation.

Politico: Trump criticizes George Washington for not better naming Mt. Vernon – (CNN)
President Donald Trump paid a visit to Mount Vernon last year with French President Emmanuel Macron, and according to new details relayed by associates to Politico, the experience was “truly bizarre.”

Trump repeats claim he won’t release his taxes while he’s under audit – (CNN)
President Donald Trump continues to hold the line on refusing to release his tax returns.

Trump says ‘people don’t care’ about his tax returns, but polls show otherwise – (CNBC)
Most voters want Trump to release his tax returns — or support Democratic efforts to get the documents if Trump refuses to share them.

Trump says he has not seen Mueller report – (The Hill)
President Trump on Wednesday said he has not seen or read special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report on the Russia investigation, one day after the attorney general refused to say if he shared it with the White House.

Trump blasts Mueller investigation as ‘attempted coup’ – (NBC News)
Trump on Wednesday blasted the special counsel investigation into Russian collusion and obstruction of justice as “an attempted coup” against his presidency.

Democrats prepare border bills, say Trump enflames problem – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure to show they have solutions, Democrats are honing proposals to address the surge of families entering the U.S. at the southern border, a problem they say President…

Wall Street Journal: Investigators in New York ‘gathered more evidence than previously known’ in Trump hush money probe – (CNN)
Federal investigators in New York have “gathered more evidence than previously known” from individuals in the President’s “inner circle,” related to the hush-money payments made to two women who claim they had affairs with President Donald Trump, Wall Street …

Trump’s $11B tariff threat against Europe could spur Canada-EU links: Don Pittis | CBC News – (CBC News)
As relations with China remain rocky, Europe remains a potential bright spot for Canadian trade. But experts warn a new EU-U.S. trade war helps no one.

Trump rejects giving Dems tax returns, citing audit – (The Hill)
President Trump said Wednesday he won’t release his tax returns while he’s under audit, setting the stage for a stand off among the White House, the Treasury Department and House Democrats.

Will We Ever See Trump’s Tax Returns—And Does It Matter? – (Fortune)
Trump broke with tradition by not releasing his tax returns. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal is now requesting them.

Trump calls Netanyahu’s election victory “a good sign for peace” – (Axios)
The administration is expected to release its Middle East peace plan very soon, now that Israel’s elections are over.

Senate Democrats attack Trump tax cuts with proposal to expand tax credits for children and poor families – (CNBC)
The plan does not include corresponding tax increases on the wealthy or for raising the corporate tax rate — measures that have been embraced by several Democratic presidential candidates.

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