2019-04-19

Headlines:

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

Rural Nevada creating a virtual presidential campaign trail – (Associated Press)
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Kimi Cole is tired of excuses from presidential candidates who say it’s too expensive and time-consuming to visit areas of rural Nevada like her town of Minden,…

Papal Good Friday service draws attention to world’s poor – (Reuters)
Pope Francis listened as a preacher denounced the widespread inequality in the world at a Good Friday service on the day Christians recall Jesus’ death by crucifixion.

Fire-ravaged Notre Dame now stabilized, firefighters leave – (Associated Press)
PARIS (AP) — Architects and construction workers have now stabilized the damaged structure of Notre Dame cathedral, four days after a fast-spreading fire ravaged the iconic Paris building, and…

US hurricane was strongest in 26 years – (BBC News)
October’s Hurricane Michael was the strongest to strike the US since 1992, new analysis shows.

Tombstone Tourism’s Last Stop, a Plot of Your Own in Vienna – (The New York Times)
In the city’s Central Cemetery, where Beethoven and Schubert lie, a company is offering music lovers the chance to join them for eternity.

Hurricane Michael gets an upgrade to rare Category 5 status – (Associated Press)
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle last fall, was actually stronger than initially measured, prompting forecasters to upgrade it from a Category 4…

Turkey arrests suspected UAE spies, probes Khashoggi link – (Al Jazeera English)
Citing judicial sources, Anadolu news agency says the two suspects face charges of ‘political and military espionage’.

Northern Ireland journalist is killed; police hunt suspects – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland said Friday they are searching for multiple suspects in the fatal shooting of a journalist during overnight rioting in the city of Londonderry.The…

Biden to announce U.S. presidential run on Wednesday: report – (Reuters)
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden plans to make a widely expected announcement of his candidacy for the presidency in a video on Wednesday, the Atlantic reported on Friday, citing sources close to Biden’s top aides.

Biden expected to launch presidential campaign next week – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to join the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential race next week.The decision answers one of the most significant outstanding…

Democrats make legal push for all Russia probe evidence, Trump calls Mueller report ‘crazy’ – (Reuters)
Congressional Democrats on Friday took legal action to see all of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s evidence from his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, with an eye to using the probe’s findings against President Donald Trump.

Algerian protesters keep up pressure on old political guard – (Al Jazeera English)
Demonstrators gather for ninth successive Friday in cities across Algeria to call for root-and-branch political reform.

Subway Chief May Quit Over Tensions With Cuomo, Colleagues Fear – (The New York Times)
Andy Byford, the transit executive hired to rescue New York City’s foundering subways, has clashed with the governor over management of the system.

Pompeo says nothing’s changed on North Korea talks: ‘It’ll be my team’ – (Reuters)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said U.S. diplomatic efforts will continue toward the goal of denuclearization of North Korea, a day after a North Korean official said it no longer wanted to deal with him in talks.

Mueller Report Updates: Sarah Sanders Defends ‘Slip of the Tongue’ F.B.I. Remarks – (The New York Times)
A day after the release of the most anticipated report in years, Washington takes a breath, and a resolution seems anything but clear.

U.S. homebuilding near two-year low; permits extend decline – (Reuters)
U.S. homebuilding dropped to a near two-year low in March, pulled down by persistent weakness in the single-family unit segment, suggesting the housing market continued to struggle despite falling mortgage rates.

Two-wave US flu season is now the longest in a decade – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. But a surprising second viral wave has made it the longest in 10 years.This flu season has…

More yellow vest protests despite Notre Dame fire – (Associated Press)
PARIS (AP) — For many yellow vest protesters, the stinging sadness that came with the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral has quickly given way to boiling anger.Some of the activists,…

Supreme Court girds for fight over Trump census citizenship question – (Reuters)
Sitting on a working-class commercial strip in the shadows of an above-ground rail line, a group called Make the Road New York’s busy street-level offices are easy to miss. But its mission to support and advocate for immigrants is front and center.

Northern Ireland journalist killed by gunman during riot – (Reuters)
A 29-year-old Northern Irish journalist was shot dead during rioting in Londonderry overnight, an attack that shocked the region and police said was likely the work of Irish nationalist militants opposed to the 1998 Good Friday peace deal.

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From various sources

The subtle ways that discrimination works – (The Economist)
In the workplace, it’s still a man’s world

Special U.S. Envoy Greenblatt: Deal of the Century does not include Sinai – (The Jerusalem Post)
Special U.S Envoy Jason D. Greenblatt took to Twitter on Passover eve to slam those saying ‘Deal of the Century’ includes a part of Egypt.

Labour social media releases Passover greeting – with bread – (The Jerusalem Post)
British Labour sends out a Passover greeting with Chala bread before realizing their mistake.

Fourteen Palestinians injured during clashes with IDF forces – Report – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Friday clashes follow an IDF strike against Hamas outposts in the Gaza strip.

Microsoft/BosqueLanguage – (Hacker News)
The Bosque programming language is an experiment in regularized design for a machine assisted rapid and reliable software development lifecycle. – Microsoft/BosqueLanguage

Starkey and the Future of Hearing Aids – (Hacker News)

Alabama alumni and Chicago Bears defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has degree withheld over $1 debt – (Fox News)
Chicago Bears defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix received his degree from the University of Alabama in 2018 but the school is holding it over an unpaid debt.

Rural Nevada creating a virtual presidential campaign trail – (Associated Press)
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Kimi Cole is tired of excuses from presidential candidates who say it’s too expensive and time-consuming to visit areas of rural Nevada like her town of Minden,…

Britain to bask in sunshine on hottest Easter weekend in 70 years – (Daily Mail)
Conditions are expected to heat up as the bank holiday continues, with London likely to hit 25C (77F) tomorrow, after a 2019 high of 73.9F (23.3C) was recorded in West Sussex yesterday.

Journalist, 29, is shot dead while covering riots in Londonderry – (Daily Mail)
Journalist Lyra McKee, 29, was shot dead while covering a riot in Londonderry last night in a suspected dissident republican attack as police said the ‘New IRA’ was likely behind the attack.

Lawmakers call for Zuckerberg to be held accountable for Facebook’s privacy fumbles – (CNBC)
Regulators and lawmakers worldwide have begun to take a firmer stance against executives whose companies are found guilty of wrongdoing.

Madonna, Maluma to perform new song ‘Medellín’ at 2019 Billboard Music Awards – (Entertainment Weekly)
Pop icon and Colombian rapper will take the stage at the 2019 BBMAs to perform their new song ‘Medellín’ from Madonna’s new album ‘Madame X.’

Girl, 13, approached by ‘sinister’ muscular man – and has courageous response – (Mirror)
Olivia McLean came home crying and shaking after a man drove his BMW alongside her in Liverpool

Here’s the 1 thing the Mueller report proves beyond a shadow of a doubt – (CNN)
The Mueller report — the result of a 22-month investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election — didn’t end the debate over whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice or acted inappropriately while in office. But there’s one thing it prov…

What’s Open—and Closed—on Easter Sunday 2019? – (Fortune)
Many grocery stores and restaurants will be open on Easter, but if you’re looking to hit a department store, it’s a bit more hit or miss.

Actress Emma Thompson leads hundreds of climate activists – (Daily Mail)
The Hollywood actress, who jetted into London from Los Angeles on Wednesday, laughed with demonstrators at Oxford Circus in London as youth members of the group held a so-called ‘Day of Love’.

Next Gen Tiltrotor Much Faster than Helicopters and Will Fly Unmanned – (Next Big Future)
The Tiltrotor Bell Valor V280 tiltrotor is now 55% faster than the maximum speed of the Blackhawk helicopter.

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All about Trump

Here’s the 1 thing the Mueller report proves beyond a shadow of a doubt – (CNN)
The Mueller report — the result of a 22-month investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election — didn’t end the debate over whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice or acted inappropriately while in office. But there’s one thing it prov…

Mueller report shows Hope Hicks’ struggle to persuade ‘boss man’ Trump – (CNN)
She built a national reputation as the elusive public relations force behind President Donald Trump’s campaign and administration, but Hope Hicks couldn’t save the President from himself on Air Force One in July of 2017.

White House reacts to Nadler subpoenaing complete Mueller report – (Fox News)
Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley calls the Democrats’ continued efforts to target President Trump after the release of the Mueller report ‘absolutely ridiculous.’

The Surprises in the Mueller Report – (Politico)
So what did we really learn about Trump, Russia and the power of the presidency? Some of the nation’s top legal minds unpack the document of the decade.

Democrats make legal push for all Russia probe evidence, Trump calls Mueller report ‘crazy’ – (Reuters)
Congressional Democrats on Friday took legal action to see all of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s evidence from his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, with an eye to using the probe’s findings against President Donald Trump.

How Trump officials’ encrypted messaging made Mueller’s job harder – (Vice News)
Ironically James Comey, whose firing spurred Mueller’s investigation, fought encryption as FBI chief.

Trump rails against associates who spoke to Mueller, calls claims ‘total bull—t’ – (Fox News)
President Trump lashed out Friday at certain associates who spoke to Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his Russia investigation — calling some of the claims made about him in the report “total bull—t.”

Mueller report: Donald Trump failed us as commander-in-chief – (USA Today)
A president who takes seriously his oath would be in shock to realize the astonishing level of penetration of his inner circle by agents of Russia.

US Democrats issue subpoena to see full Mueller report – (ABC News (AU))
The subpoena for special counsel’s Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 election comes as Congress escalates its investigation of President Donald Trump.

Don McGahn may have single-handedly saved Donald Trump’s presidency – (Google News)
On Friday morning, Donald Trump took to Twitter to attack the Mueller report — and, not-so-subtly — his former White House counsel Don McGahn.

Mueller Report Describes a Businessman President Indifferent to Facts, Unwilling to Take on Tough Tasks – (The Wall Street Journal)
President Trump campaigned on his record as a businessman who would bring private-sector efficiency to the federal government. But the Mueller report shows him to be lacking in what are widely perceived to be executive attributes.

Taking the Wrong Side in Libya – (The American Conservative)
The Trump administration is taking sides in Libya’s civil war, and thanks to the president’s bad judgment our government is taking the wrong side.

Trump & Civilizational Plate Tectonics – (The American Conservative)
Some thoughts on the Mueller Report, with something to offend everybody

Trump thought Mueller would ‘end’ his presidency and other takeaways from the Mueller report – (USA Today)
Although the probe “did not establish that members of Trump campaign conspired” with the Russians, it identified “numerous links” between them.

Donald Trump slams Mueller report as ‘crazy’ and ‘fabricated’ – (News.com.au)
US President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed unfavourable testimony in the Mueller report on Russian election interference as “fabricated” and labelled the document “crazy.” “Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report, in itse…

AOC on Mueller report: it’s time to investigate Trump for impeachment – (Google News)
“The report squarely puts this on our doorstep.”

Supreme Court girds for fight over Trump census citizenship question – (Reuters)
Sitting on a working-class commercial strip in the shadows of an above-ground rail line, a group called Make the Road New York’s busy street-level offices are easy to miss. But its mission to support and advocate for immigrants is front and center.

There Was No Russia Conspiracy. But Trump Is More Dangerous Than Ever. – (New York Magazine)
The Mueller report reveals a man who is a constant threat to the rule of law. Impeachment is the only answer.

Sanders claims she didn’t lie, despite Mueller finding – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders pushed back Friday against allegations that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report exposed a culture of lying at the…

Trump declares some notes cited in Mueller report “total bullsh**” – (CBS News)
President Trump is tweeting his grievances from West Palm Beach on Good Friday

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