2019-04-13

Headlines:

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

Stephen Curry Has a Popcorn Problem – (The New York Times)
As the N.B.A. playoffs begin, the Golden State Warriors superstar guard tells all about his favorite snack and how it fuels his sharpshooting

Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police – (The New York Times)
The tech giant records people’s locations worldwide. Now, investigators are using it to find suspects and witnesses near crimes, running the risk of snaring the innocent.

House Chairman Says Treasury’s Reasons to Withhold Trump’s Tax Returns ‘Lack Merit’ – (The New York Times)
The tone of a lawmaker’s letter suggested Democrats are prepared to take their request to court, initiating what could be a protracted legal fight over Congress’s oversight powers.

Quebec proposes ban on religious clothing for public workers – (Associated Press)
MONTREAL (AP) — A proposal to ban many public employees from wearing religious clothing is creating a fiery debate in the Canadian province of Quebec, where people are fighting to freely practice…

Top House Democrat steps up demand for Trump’s tax returns – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House Democrat on Saturday ratcheted up his demand for access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns, telling the IRS that the law clearly gives Congress a right to them….

Shots fired after car ‘driven at police’ – (BBC News)
The Ukrainian embassy in London says police detained an individual who rammed the ambassador’s car.

The Many Reasons to Run for President When You Probably Don’t Stand a Chance – (The New York Times)
There are book deals and TV contracts and maybe a cabinet position if your side wins. Recent history suggests there is almost no downside to giving it a shot.

Trump wields presidential power on pipeline, energy projects – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to jump-start the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline and other energy projects, President Donald Trump has acted to assert executive power over pipelines and such…

Taliban launches deadly in Afghanistan’s Kunduz – (Al Jazeera English)
The group’s fighters attack city from multiple directions after midnight, killing several and wounding over 50 others.

Pakistani minority protests after bombing – (BBC News)
Members of the Hazara community demand better security after a bombing in Quetta kills 24 people.

Russia, OPEC may ditch oil deal to fight for market share: Russian minister – (Reuters)
Russia and OPEC may decide to boost production to fight for market share with the United States but this would push oil prices as low as $40 per barrel, TASS news agency сited Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov as saying on Saturday.

New military council leader promises civilian government for Sudan – (Reuters)
The new head of Sudan’s military council said on Saturday a civilian government would be formed after consultations with the opposition and the transition period would last for a maximum of two years, as protesters kept up pressure for rapid change.

What the ‘pursuit of Assange’ means for press freedom – (Al Jazeera English)
Journalists fear WikiLeaks founder’s case could set precedent and harm media’s ability to report government wrongdoing.

House panel chairman gives IRS April 23 deadline on Trump taxes – (Reuters)
The Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on Saturday set a new April 23 deadline for the Internal Revenue Service to comply with his request for six years of President Donald Trump’s personal and business tax returns.

Fighting across Afghanistan as Taliban opens offensive before talks – (Reuters)
Taliban forces attacked the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday, a day after the launch of their annual spring offensive, as fighting intensified across the country ahead of the next round of peace talks with U.S. representatives.

Kim open to another summit with Trump, with conditions – (Associated Press)
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he is open to a third summit with President Donald Trump, but set the year’s end as a deadline for Washington to offer mutually…

Pressure mounts on UK officials to send Assange to Sweden – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — More than 70 British lawmakers have urged the government to make sure that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape allegation…

Civilian government to be established in Sudan: new head of military council – (Reuters)
The new head of Sudan’s transitional military council said on Saturday that a civilian government would be established after consultations with opposition forces and promised that the transitional period would last for a maximum of two years.

Sudan coup: Will military council’s actions satisfy protesters? – (Al Jazeera English)

Fashion brand ‘FUCT’ seeks trademark help from Supreme Court – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Erik Brunetti’s four-letter fashion brand starts with an “F” and rhymes with “duct.” The federal government calls it “scandalous” and “immoral” and has refused to register the…

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From various sources

Chief Rabbi of Russia hopes for improved relations with Israel – (The Jerusalem Post)
Following the Israeli elections, Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar hopes that Israel-Russia relations will improve.

Yad Vashem slams Bolsonaro after Holocaust comments – (The Jerusalem Post)
“We can forgive, but we can not forget,” said the President of Brazil, seemingly indicating that one can forgive the Nazis and other perpetrators the Holocaust.

Yemen leader-in-exile Hadi returns for meeting of divided parliament – (The Jerusalem Post)
Hadi’s Riyadh-backed government, which is still recognized internationally, has been based in the southern port city of Aden since 2015 and Hadi has not set foot there since a visit last August.

Ghajar, home of the Israeli Alawites – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Six Day War completely transformed the lives of the population of Ghajar

Facts and figures: Blue Jackets making history against Lightning – (NHL News)
The Columbus Blue Jackets became the fourth team to take a 2-0 series lead in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Presidents’ Trophy winner since the award was instituted in 1985-86 when they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 in Game …

Trump tweets he is considering sanctuary cities policy – CNN Video – (CNN)
President Trump tweeted that his administration is considering placing illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities, an idea that was previously denounced by White House sources.

10 Photo Stories That Will Challenge Your View Of The World – (Buzzfeed)
Here are some of the most interesting and powerful photo stories from across the internet.

One company targets the feeling of hunger that can follow the consumption of cannabis – (Axios)
Conagra Brands is debuting a new snack for a pot-friendly holiday.

John Delaney: talks ongoing in bid to deal with loan controversy – (The Irish Times)
Two FAI board members are believed to be opposed Delaney continuing in new role

Stephen Curry Has a Popcorn Problem – (The New York Times)
As the N.B.A. playoffs begin, the Golden State Warriors superstar guard tells all about his favorite snack and how it fuels his sharpshooting

World War II veteran, last of the Doolittle Raiders, dies at 103 – (CBS News)
It was 77 years ago this week that 80 American service members struck the first blow against the Japanese mainland in retaliation for the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The attack, known as the Doolittle Raid, was planned and led by Lt. Col. James Doolittle who pil…

Which Cereal Must Be Eliminated? – (Buzzfeed)
It’s time to get serious about cereal.

House Dems give IRS new deadline for Trump’s tax returns – (Axios)
A second and final deadline was determined for April 2, calling for 6 years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns.

Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police – (The New York Times)
The tech giant records people’s locations worldwide. Now, investigators are using it to find suspects and witnesses near crimes, running the risk of snaring the innocent.

House Chairman Says Treasury’s Reasons to Withhold Trump’s Tax Returns ‘Lack Merit’ – (The New York Times)
The tone of a lawmaker’s letter suggested Democrats are prepared to take their request to court, initiating what could be a protracted legal fight over Congress’s oversight powers.

SAHRC subpoenas City of Joburg, Premier’s office and Cogta over Alexandra – (News24)
The plight of residents in Alexandra should be addressed by government, and politicians should not use their concerns as an election campaign tool, said the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

Taylor Swift and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ both have plans for April 26 – (Mashable)
New music on April 26? Or is she just a huge Marvel fan?

Cory Booker could be America’s first modern bachelor president – (Axios)
An unmarried president could break the mold in a presidency that has been marinated in traditional nuclear family values.

The Indictment of Julian Assange Is a Threat to Journalism – (Hacker News)
It is important to recognize that the legal charges brought against the founder of WikiLeaks this week have nothing to do with Russia or the 2016 election.

Knight Riders wary of losses piling up as CSK come calling – (ESPN Cric Info)

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All about Trump

Trump tweets he is considering sanctuary cities policy – CNN Video – (CNN)
President Trump tweeted that his administration is considering placing illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities, an idea that was previously denounced by White House sources.

House Dems give IRS new deadline for Trump’s tax returns – (Axios)
A second and final deadline was determined for April 2, calling for 6 years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns.

House Chairman Says Treasury’s Reasons to Withhold Trump’s Tax Returns ‘Lack Merit’ – (The New York Times)
The tone of a lawmaker’s letter suggested Democrats are prepared to take their request to court, initiating what could be a protracted legal fight over Congress’s oversight powers.

Pelosi admonishes Trump for using 9/11 video to criticize Ilhan Omar – (CNN)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admonished President Donald Trump for using video of 9/11 to criticize Rep. Ilhan Omar’s remarks she made referencing the terrorist attacks as “some people did something.”

House Democrats give IRS until April 23 to hand over Trump’s tax returns – (CNBC)
“Please know that, if you fail to comply, your failure will be interpreted as a denial of my request,” the letter to the IRS states. NBCNews reports.

Top House Democrat steps up demand for Trump’s tax returns – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House Democrat on Saturday ratcheted up his demand for access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns, telling the IRS that the law clearly gives Congress a right to them….

Kim announced Saturday he would be open to meeting with President Trump again. – (ABC News)
Get breaking national and world news, broadcast video coverage, and exclusive interviews. Find the top news online at ABC news.

Pelosi suggests Trump’s 9/11 tweets could make Democratic Congresswoman ‘less safe’ – (ABC News (AU))
President Donald Trump’s tweeted criticism of Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar, including a video edited to suggest that she was dismissive of the significance of the September 11 attacks, is slammed by Democrats.

Trump hints at possibility of third North Korea summit – (Axios)
Kim Jong Un said he was prepared for another meeting with Trump, but stipulated the U.S. has until the end of the year for the sit-down.

Trump wields presidential power on pipeline, energy projects – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to jump-start the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline and other energy projects, President Donald Trump has acted to assert executive power over pipelines and such…

Pelosi hits Trump over Omar video: Wrong to ‘fan the flames’ – (The Hill)
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed President Trump on Saturday after he tweeted an edited video of comments from Rep.

House Dems give IRS new deadline to provide Trump’s tax returns – (The Hill)
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) on Saturday sent a second letter to the IRS in his push to obtain President Trump’s tax returns, after the agency missed his original deadline to provide the documents.

The IRS Now Has Until April 23 to Turn Over Trump’s Tax Returns – (Fortune)
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal set the IRS a new deadline of April 23 to hand over Donald Trump’s tax returns

House committee sends new letter to IRS demanding Trump’s tax returns – (Google News)
House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal is not backing down on his request for six years of the President Donald Trump’s personal and business tax returns, he writes In a new letter sent Saturday to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig.

North Korea’s warning to Trump – (News.com.au)
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump both backed a possible third summit between the two nations.

House panel chairman gives IRS April 23 deadline on Trump taxes – (Reuters)
The Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on Saturday set a new April 23 deadline for the Internal Revenue Service to comply with his request for six years of President Donald Trump’s personal and business tax returns.

Kim open to another summit with Trump, with conditions – (Associated Press)
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he is open to a third summit with President Donald Trump, but set the year’s end as a deadline for Washington to offer mutually…

Congressman Sets April 23 Deadline for Trump Tax Returns – (The Wall Street Journal)
The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee set April 23 as the deadline for the IRS to deliver President Trump’s tax returns.

Trump’s legally dubious idea to put illegal immigrants in “sanctuary cities,” explained – (Axios)
“Sanctuary cities” shield migrants, limiting cooperation with deportation.

Burnett: We know Trump lied when he said this – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Erin Burnett criticizes President Trump for staying quiet while a battle rages for the release of six years of Trump’s tax returns.