2019-04-12

Headlines:

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

Over 3 A.M. Dissent, Supreme Court Says Alabama Execution May Proceed – (The New York Times)
The 5-to-4 ruling, issued in the middle of the night, provided a rare glimpse of the inner working of a court bitterly divided on the death penalty.

Alabama inmate who wanted nitrogen spared lethal injection – (Associated Press)
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate convicted in the 1991 sword-and-dagger slaying of a pastor was spared a lethal injection when his death warrant expired before a divided U.S. Supreme Court…

Chevron vaults into new league on $33B Anadarko acquisition – (Associated Press)
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Chevron will buy Anadarko Petroleum for $33 billion in a cash-and-stock, energizing its deep water exploration in the gulf and in the energy-rich southwest region of Texas…

Japan court extends Carlos Ghosn’s detention until April 22 – (Reuters)
The Tokyo District Court said on Friday it had extended Carlos Ghosn’s detention period by eight days, giving prosecutors until April 22 to bring formal charges against the former Nissan Motor Co boss or let him go.

Occidental submitted $70 cash per stock bid for Anadarko: source – (Reuters)
Occidental Petroleum Corp submitted a cash-and-stock bid worth $70 per share for Anadarko Petroleum Corp, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

White House Considered Releasing Migrants in ‘Sanctuary Cities’ – (The New York Times)
The idea was suggested as the president condemned migrant caravans from Central America headed toward the southwestern border, people familiar with the plan said.

Traditional Hawaiian creation chant used to name black hole – (Associated Press)
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A language professor has given a Hawaiian name — Powehi — to the black hole depicted in an image produced in a landmark experiment.University of Hawaii-Hilo Hawaiian…

Blackouts threaten death blow to Venezuela’s industrial survivors – (Reuters)
The latest power outage started another tough week for factory owner Antonello Lorusso in the city of Valencia, once Venezuela’s industrial powerhouse.

Sudanese army says it holds president, won’t extradite him – (Associated Press)
CAIRO (AP) — The Sudanese army will not extradite deposed President Omar al-Bashir but will put him on trial at home, the military said Friday as it defended its seizure of power after ousting the…

Buttigieg goes from cordial to critical of Pence on campaign – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the campaign trail, Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg blasts Vice President Mike Pence’s cultural and religious conservatism. But as the mayor of Indiana’s…

Assange: A Self-Proclaimed Foe of Secrecy Who Inspires Both Admiration and Fury – (The New York Times)
From his beginnings as a teenage hacker in Australia to his arrest this week in London, the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been a deeply divisive figure.

House Democrats cheer wins of 1st 100 days, ponder stumbles – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly elected Rep. Sharice Davids is most proud of setting up a congressional office in part of her Kansas district she said hadn’t seen one for years. For Georgia Rep. Lucy…

Trump considered dumping migrants in Democratic strongholds – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House considered going after political opponents by pushing U.S. immigration authorities to release detained immigrants into “sanctuary cities,” three sources familiar…

Fans thought stand-up’s death ‘part of act’ – (BBC News)
Veteran comic Ian Cognito is pronounced dead after sitting down and falling silent mid-performance.

Algerians take to the streets as anger mounts at interim leader – (Al Jazeera English)
Police in Algiers try to disperse protesters angry at alleged attempts by Bouteflika allies to stay in power.

Labour Party says UK should oppose Assange extradition to US – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Key figures in Britain’s opposition Labour Party said Friday the government should oppose the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States on charges of…

Oil has best run in three years; JPM earnings boost stocks – (Reuters)
Signs of stabilization in China’s economy and a weaker dollar helped oil markets to their best run in more than three years on Friday, while global stocks edged up after JP Morgan’s results began the corporate earnings season in style.

Swallowed toys, coins, batteries spark rise in tot ER visits – (Associated Press)
CHICAGO (AP) — The number of young kids who went to U.S. emergency rooms because they swallowed toys, coins, batteries and other objects has nearly doubled, a new study says.In 2015, there…

Chevron to buy Anadarko for $33 billion in shale, LNG push – (Reuters)
Chevron Corp on Friday said it will buy Anadarko Petroleum Corp for $33 billion in cash and stock to bolster its position in shale oil and the liquid natural gas (LNG) market with the biggest industry merger since Royal Dutch Shell bought BG Group in 2016.

JPMorgan profit beat eases fear of slowing economy – (Reuters)
JPMorgan Chase & Co posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday, easing fears that slowing economic growth could weigh on its results.

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From various sources

How not to weaken central banks’ independence – (The Economist)
Why Stephen Moore and Herman Cain are poor picks for the Fed

ICC: No war crimes probe of US for torture in Afghanistan – (The Jerusalem Post)
The ICC’s decision to block a full criminal probe of the US could help Israel argue for the same result.

Netanyahu, Trump and the election just might spell progress – (The Jerusalem Post)
The prime minister could usually keep the first group “in the family.” But the latter affected foreign relations and in particular, the sacrosanct relations with the United States.

Thousands protests again in Algeria to demand political change – (The Jerusalem Post)
“We want the prosecution of all corrupt people,” one banner read.

Sudanese woman in iconic protest image reports getting death threats – (The Jerusalem Post)
The ouster on Thursday of Bashir, 75, followed months of protests against his rule.

Smith puts on show in shutout for Flames against Avalanche in Game 1 – (NHL News)
For Mike Smith, it began with fans chanting his name in encouragement after a modest bit of first-period goaltending. But the cries of “Smit-ty! Smit-ty!” thundered through Scotiabank Saddledome early in the second period on Thursday, the Calgary Flames goali…

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin aims to make Kentucky history with this year’s re-election bid – (Fox News)
Matt Bevin is Kentucky’s third Republican governor in the last half-century – and if he’s re-elected this year, he’d be the first in party history to win a second term to that office.

Anonymity Trilemma: Anonymity, Low Bandwidth Overhead, Low Latency – Choose Two – (Hacker News)

Jim Breslo: Gavin Newsom’s ‘train to nowhere’ represents a big part of the Green New Deal – (Fox News)
High-speed rail in California is proving to be a disaster, and it doesn’t bode well for the Green New Deal.

McGill dumps Redmen team name after calls from Indigenous community | CBC News – (CBC News)
McGill University has announced it will change the name of it’s men’s varsity sports teams — the Redmen — after calls from Indigenous students, faculty and staff saying the name is discriminatory.

Pro Rata – (Axios)
Insider views on deals and dealmakers in venture capital, private equity and M&A, by Dan Primack. Weekday mornings

Over 3 A.M. Dissent, Supreme Court Says Alabama Execution May Proceed – (The New York Times)
The 5-to-4 ruling, issued in the middle of the night, provided a rare glimpse of the inner working of a court bitterly divided on the death penalty.

Shocking moment bully pins schoolgirl to the ground in vicious attack – (Daily Mail)
EXCLUSIVE: In the video a girl appears to push Naomi, a year seven pupil at Walton Academy in Grantham, Lincolnshire, to the ground before getting her in a headlock and slapping her.

Alan Greenspan says economy will start to ‘fade out’ because of growing US entitlement burden – (CNBC)

Howzat sound? Luxury five-bed country manor that has a tennis court – (Daily Mail)
Hay Carr, in the hamlet of Bay Horse, near Lancaster, in Lancashire, was built in 1750 by agricultural pioneer Thomas Lamb and includes a cinema room, wine cellar and maze.

Disney will lose billions launching a streaming service to fight Netflix – (Recode)
The war for the streaming services is getting very expensive.

Alabama inmate who wanted nitrogen spared lethal injection – (Associated Press)
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate convicted in the 1991 sword-and-dagger slaying of a pastor was spared a lethal injection when his death warrant expired before a divided U.S. Supreme Court…

Labour sends John McDonnell into cross-party Brexit talks – (Daily Mail)
Speaking in Washington, Mr Hammond also said while Parliament might vote again on a second referendum the Government would continue to oppose it.

Maths graduate who stabbed ex-girlfriend to death is jailed for life – (Daily Mail)
Joe Atkinson was handed a minimum sentence of 15 years today after pleading guilty to the murder of Poppy Devey Waterhouse (pictured together).

Here’s What The “American Idol” Winners Looked Like When They Won Vs. What They Look Like Now – (Buzzfeed)
American Idol first debuted in 2002.

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All about Trump

Netanyahu, Trump and the election just might spell progress – (The Jerusalem Post)
The prime minister could usually keep the first group “in the family.” But the latter affected foreign relations and in particular, the sacrosanct relations with the United States.

What Trump Can (And Can’t) Do to Steer Federal Reserve Policy – (Fortune)
Trump can’t do much about the Fed. That doesn’t mean he isn’t trying.

Jared Kushner wasn’t a Republican until 2018 – (Vice News)
Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law just registered as a member of the GOP in September.

Trump accuses papers of downplaying indictment of ex-Obama counsel – (The Hill)
President Trump on Friday accused top newspapers of downplaying the indictment of former Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig in a case related to the now-concluded Russia investigation.

Trump advisers discussed whether military could build and run migrant detention camps – (NBC News)
Advisers discussed if the military could run detention camps, which officials said was unlikely since U.S. law bans troops from interaction with migrants.

Susan Rice: The U.S. Has Become an ‘Exporter of Instability’ Under Trump – (Fortune)
Rice, a former national security adviser under Barack Obama, criticized Trump’s foreign policy Thursday at the Women in the World summit.

Trump considered dumping migrants in Democratic strongholds – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House considered going after political opponents by pushing U.S. immigration authorities to release detained immigrants into “sanctuary cities,” three sources familiar…

Comey scoffs at Barr testimony, claims ‘surveillance’ is not ‘spying’ – (Fox News)
Former FBI Director James Comey joined the chorus of Democratic critics complaining about Attorney General Bill Barr’s testimony this week that “spying did occur” against the 2016 Trump campaign, claiming he has no idea what the Justice Department leader is t…

China’s trade with US slumps; eurozone factories beat forecasts – business live – (Google News (UK))
Latest Chinese trade data shows that imports from America have tumbled in 2019, as Donald Trump’s tariffs bite

Transgender military ban: Trump administration ban on transgender troops goes into effect – (CBS News)
The order keeps transgender troops​ from serving openly and blocks troops from receiving care should they transition to another gender

Trump news – live: President admits considering Ivanka for World Bank, as White House’s immigrant revenge plan revealed – (Independent)
Follow the latest updates from Washington

This 1979 Stephen King novel is a chilling prediction of Donald Trump’s rise – (Mashable)
The similarities are spooky.

60 Top Corporations Paid $0 Federal Taxes Under Trump Tax Law – (The Huffington Post)
Amazon, Chevron, Netflix, Eli Lilly, IBM and General Motors are reaping tax cut benefits and paying nothing.

President Donald Trump says he wants to keep sanctions in place to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, but says he has a good relationship with Kim Jong Un and didn’t rule out a third summit – (ABC News)
Get breaking national and world news, broadcast video coverage, and exclusive interviews. Find the top news online at ABC news.

Surprised on a Daily Basis: Senate GOP’s Bond With Trump Is Fraying – (The Wall Street Journal)
As the new split Congress hits its 100-day mark, a disconnect has emerged between the White House and Senate Republicans that threatens what had been a solid pact during the first two years of the Trump presidency.

Trump says he considered nominating Ivanka to lead World Bank – (The Hill)
President Trump said he considered nominating his daughter Ivanka Trump as president for the World Bank because “she’s very good with numbers,” according to a new interview with released by

Dodging Trump’s tariffs: Can you navigate the US-China Trade war? – (Financial Times)
Try your hand at navigating the US-China trade war

Mike Pence Says Trump Isn’t Bringing Back Family Separation At Border – (The Huffington Post)
Despite reports to the contrary, the vice president told CNN “we’re not considering going back” to the controversial policy.

‘She’s very good with numbers’: Trump says he considered his daughter Ivanka to lead the World Bank – (Google News)
In an interview with the Atlantic, the president heaped praise on his eldest daughter, a White House adviser, saying she has “a great calmness” and could be president one day.

Pence says Buttigieg bringing ‘attacks on my Christian faith’ – (CNN)
Vice President Mike Pence hopes South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg will offer more than attacks on his religious faith or the character of President Donald Trump as he embarks on his quest for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

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