2019-04-25

Headlines:

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

Inside Joe Biden’s decision to run one more time – (Associated Press)
Joe Biden spent a hot August day at his lakefront Delaware home watching hatred on display in Charlottesville, Virginia, where, days earlier, torch-wielding white supremacists had marched through…

Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn released from Tokyo jail after posting bail – (Reuters)
Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, who was indicted this week on fresh charges of financial misconduct, was released from a Japanese jail on Thursday after posting $4.5 million bail and agreeing to conditions including limits on contact with his wife.

Biden launches 2020 bid warning ‘soul’ of America at stake – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, declaring the “soul of this nation” at stake if President Donald Trump…

Father of suspected Easter bombers arrested; Colombo on edge – (Associated Press)
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The father of two of the suspected Easter suicide bombers was arrested Thursday on suspicion of aiding his sons, Sri Lanka’s prime minister said, as businesses and…

Sri Lanka’s defense secretary quits following suicide bomb attacks – (Reuters)
Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando told Reuters on Thursday that he had resigned, taking responsibility for the suicide bomber attacks on the country last Sunday.

Nissan ex-chair Ghosn to be released from Japanese detention – (Associated Press)
TOKYO (AP) — Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn is likely to be released soon from detention after a Japanese court rejected an appeal from prosecutors Thursday to keep him in custody. Ghosn…

Former Vice President Biden launches White House bid as Democratic frontrunner – (Reuters)
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a moderate who has made his appeal to working-class voters who deserted the Democrats in 2016 a key part of his political identity, launched a bid for the White House on Thursday as the party’s instant frontrunner.

Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn granted $4.5 million bail, with curbs on contacting wife – (Reuters)
Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn was set to walk out of a Japanese jail for a second time since his arrest last year on financial misconduct charges, after posting $4.5 million bail

New cyclone fears for East Africa – (BBC News)
An intense tropical cyclone system is expected to bring hurricane-strength winds and heavy rain.

Can Humans Help Trees – (The New York Times)
A dark synergy of extreme weather and emboldened pests could imperil vast stretches of woodland. Foresters are only starting to wrestle with solutions.

Japanese court OKs Ghosn’s release on bail, rejects prosecutors’ appeal: media – (Reuters)
Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn was set to leave a Japanese jail after the Tokyo District Court on Thursday rejected a prosecutors’ appeal against its decision to allow his release on bail, Kyodo News and public broadcaster NHK reported.

FBI raids Baltimore mayor’s home – (BBC News)
The mayor reportedly struck deals to sell her children’s book Healthy Holly to city entities.

Fleeing fire common in California; evacuation plans aren’t – (Associated Press)
PARADISE, California (AP) — Wildfire surrounded Darrel Wilken and the three hospital patients in his car. But instead of evacuating Paradise, they were stuck in traffic along with thousands of…

Texas Executes White Supremacist for 1998 Dragging Death of James Byrd Jr. – (The New York Times)
John William King was put to death for the murder of Mr. Byrd, a 49-year-old black man who was dragged behind a truck for miles in an act of unfathomable brutality.

Rami Malek joins James Bond cast – (BBC News)
The Oscar winner is confirmed for the 25th James Bond film, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge will co-write.

Putin: NKorea ready to denuclearize _ if it gets guarantees – (Associated Press)
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed during their first summit Thursday he is willing to give up his nuclear weapons — but…

Strikes on Raqqa ‘killed 1,600 civilians’ – (BBC News)
The US-led coalition must end its denial over the death toll, Amnesty International and Airwars say.

Kim and Putin: Challenging the US role in denuclearisation – (Al Jazeera English)
Russia does not want a nuclear disaster next door, but its interest in the disarmament of North Korea is limited.

Sri Lanka on edge with scares, lock-downs and sweeps for bomb suspects – (Reuters)
Sri Lankan authorities locked down the central bank and shut the road leading to the jittery capital’s airport because of a bomb scare on Thursday as more people were swept up in the search for those behind Easter Sunday bombings that killed 359.

Harry and Meghan: Newest royal baby could be an American – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — What would the founding fathers think? Almost 250 years after the United States launched a revolution to rid itself of the British royal family, the next royal baby could be an…

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From various sources

Too distracted to stop terror? – (The Jerusalem Post)
Despite years of military support from Israel, Sri Lankan security forces dropped the ball, leading to one of the worst terror attacks since 9/11.

Show HN: Equilibrium in Cryptoeconomic Networks – (Hacker News)
A cryptoeconomic network is a network where nodes perform tasks that are useful to the network, incur costs while doing so, and get compensated through fees paid by the network users, or rewards generated by the network’s protocol (usually in the form…

Thursday, April 25 – (Financial Times)

Login – (Axios)
Ina Fried, our expert on tech, illuminates the news shaping Silicon Valley and tech products. Weekday mornings

45-Year-Old Man Shares Emotional Reaction To Putting On Bandage In Darker Skin Tone – (Buzzfeed)
“This was one of the first things that made me aware of ‘race’ when I was a kid,” one user wrote.

Israel Air Force opens second F-35 squadron – (The Jerusalem Post)
The squadron will be called “Defenders of the Negev.”

Father of heroic boy, who gave his life to save drowning friend, receives national order for bravery – (News24)
The father of late 9-year-old Thapelo Tambani says he is still in pain over the death of his heroic son, but remains comforted by the 2019 national Order of Mendi for Bravery bestowed upon him by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Joe Biden 2020: Former vice president Joe Biden says he’s running for president in video announcing bid released today – live updates – (CBS News)
The former vice president joins a crowded field of Democrats hoping to capture the nomination

Two weeks to go: Get ready for the 2019 elections – (News24)
Election fever is here! Update your News24 app to follow all the election-related news and views.

Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Hurricanes knock out Capitals in 2OT of Game 7 – (NHL News)
Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily in-depth look at the 2019 NHL postseason. The first round concluded Wednesday with the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in double overtime.

Thousands of penguin chicks in Antarctica disappeared overnight: scientists – (Fox News)
Thousands of penguin chicks from a colony in Antarctica virtually disappeared overnight three years ago when a storm destroyed the sea-ice they were be raised on, drowning them, according to a report.

Leslie Marshall: Biden’s in for 2020 — Here’s why he’ll make Trump a one-term president – (Fox News)
I believe Biden can fulfill the Democrats’ number one goal: to make Donald J. Trump a one-term president.

Inside Joe Biden’s decision to run one more time – (Associated Press)
Joe Biden spent a hot August day at his lakefront Delaware home watching hatred on display in Charlottesville, Virginia, where, days earlier, torch-wielding white supremacists had marched through…

Trump claims he ‘never’ told McGahn to fire Mueller, says he ‘could have done it’ himself – (Fox News)
President Trump on Thursday insisted he “never” told former White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, saying he could have done it himself, and had the “legal right to do so,” despite the special counsel’s report saying he instruc…

Former US Vice-President Joe Biden announces White House bid – (The Hindu)
The six-term former Senator from Delaware joins a galaxy of 19 Democratic presidential hopefuls.

Subscriber Only: What are the facts about teachers’ pay in Ireland? – (The Irish Times)
Smart Money: cost of housing is putting pressure on wages and the unions are prioritising better pensions

Innocent face of British-educated boy who turned into Sri Lanka bomber – (Daily Mail)
The sister of Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed, the British-educated Sri Lanka suicide bomber, has told MailOnline of her brother’s descent into extremism and released childhood pictures of him

G4S driver ‘makes off with £1m after stripping his security van’ – (Daily Mail)
Joel March, 36, pleaded guilty at Camberwell Magistrates Court and will remain in custody until he is sentenced next month.

Cancer-struck tobacco salesman plans to sue his old boss – (Daily Mail)
Simon Neale, who worked for what is now British American Tobacco, said he became a heavy smoker after being given freebies at work and at times had 30,000 cigarettes in his car.

Why this market is less Goldilocks and more Three Little Pigs – (Financial Post)
Joe Chidley: And what will happen when the wolf comes a-knocking?

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All about Trump

Leslie Marshall: Biden’s in for 2020 — Here’s why he’ll make Trump a one-term president – (Fox News)
I believe Biden can fulfill the Democrats’ number one goal: to make Donald J. Trump a one-term president.

Trump claims he ‘never’ told McGahn to fire Mueller, says he ‘could have done it’ himself – (Fox News)
President Trump on Thursday insisted he “never” told former White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, saying he could have done it himself, and had the “legal right to do so,” despite the special counsel’s report saying he instruc…

Donald Trump welcomes ‘Sleepy Joe’ Biden to ‘nasty’ presidential race in 2020 – (USA Today)
President Trump called the former vice president “Sleepy Joe,” before adding, “If you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!”

Biden launches 2020 bid warning ‘soul’ of America at stake – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, declaring the “soul of this nation” at stake if President Donald Trump…

Trump insults Biden saying intelligence ‘long in doubt’ after Democrat enters 2020 election race – (Independent)

Trump mocks ‘Sleepy Joe’ after Biden jumps into 2020 race – (The Hill)
President Trump on Thursday mocked Joe Biden after the former vice president launched his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

Biden emerging as most powerful candidate to challenge President Trump, former Obama adviser says – (Fox News)
Former economic adviser to President Obama Robert Wolf explains why the 2020 candidate is resonating with Democrat primary voters in the polls.

Trump denies ordering McGahn to oust Mueller – (The Hill)
President Trump on Thursday denied he ordered former White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller, one of the most damaging episodes for the president in the special counsel’s report on the Russia investigations.

President Trump sues Congress on subpoenas, upping investigations crisis – (Google News)
Trump and Democrats are barreling toward a constitutional showdown on oversight.

Joe Biden Finally Launches Campaign With Video Directly Attacking Trump – (New York Magazine)
Recalling Charlottesville, he says, “history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time.”

Joe Biden is officially running for president – (Vice News)
In a campaign video, Biden evokes Charlottesville and slams President Trump for not taking a moral stand against racism.

The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump tells House investigators ‘no’ – (The Hill)

Trump’s Widening OPEC Fight Puts Saudi Oil Capacity in Spotlight – (Bloomberg)

Michael Cohen was secretly recorded by actor Tom Arnold talking about his crimes and Trump – (USA Today)
Michael Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and soon-to-be prison inmate, was secretly recorded by actor and comedian Tom Arnold discussing the crimes he’s pleaded guilty to, President Donald Trump and how his life has been turned upside down over the last y…

Joe Biden launches 2020 presidential bid with attack on Trump over Charlottesville riots – (The Telegraph)
Former vice president of the United States Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, making his announcement in a video posted on Twitter.

Trump reveals his ‘dream’ 2020 opponent – CNN Video – (CNN)
In an interview with CBS News’ Jeff Glor, President Trump weighs in on his potential 2020 election opponents, saying Joe Biden would be a “dream” opponent.

Joe Biden Enters 2020 Democratic Presidential Race – (The Wall Street Journal)
Former Vice President Joe Biden said he would seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, launching a third bid for the White House as a blue-collar stalwart in a party hungry to defeat President Trump.

Biden says he will run for president in 2020 – (The Hill)
Former Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, shaking up the wide-open race to defeat President Trump.

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Seeks A Friend In Vladimir Putin – (The Huffington Post)
The Russian president and North Korean leader exchanged views on the nuclear standoff, two months after Kim’s summit with Trump ended in disagreement.

Washington Post Tells Donald Trump In No Uncertain Terms: Congress Can Investigate You – (The Huffington Post)
The newspaper’s editorial board also explained why the president’s own words proved he was more interested in avoiding political jeopardy.

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