2019-05-07

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

GOP leader McConnell to say ‘case closed’ on Mueller probe – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is declaring “case closed” on the Russia probe and potential obstruction by President Donald Trump.The Republican leader, in his…

GM’s Cruise gets $1.15 billion new cash from T. Rowe Price, SoftBank – (Reuters)
General Motors Co’s majority-owned Cruise self-driving division on Tuesday said T. Rowe Price and a group of existing investors put down $1.15 billion in new equity, valuing the unit at $19 billion.

Celebs try to out-camp each other at wild Met Gala – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B swept by in a stunning red quilted dress accentuated with a matching sequin headpiece, feathers and a train that took up much of the pink carpet, Jared Leto was accompanied…

Wall St. opens lower as trade worries keep investors on sidelines – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened lower on Tuesday, as renewed worries over a prolonged trade spat between the United States and China weighed on investor sentiment.

Exclusive: Pence to offer ‘carrots’ to Venezuela military, warnings to judges – (Reuters)
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is set on Tuesday to offer new incentives to Venezuela’s military to turn against President Nicolas Maduro, responding to an attempted uprising that fizzled out last week, a senior administration official told Reuters.

Prince Alexander or just plain Albert? Fans await news of Harry and Meghan’s baby – (Reuters)
A day after the birth of their baby boy to a global fanfare, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan on Tuesday were considering names for the newest member of the British royal family and when to show him off to the world.

Britain’s Prince Charles delighted at the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan’s son – (Reuters)
Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, said on Tuesday he was delighted at the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby boy.

BMW hikes X3 production in China, U.S., mitigating fallout from tariffs – (Reuters)
BMW’s Chief Executive on Tuesday said the carmaker has increased production of its X3 offroader model in Spartanburg, South Carolina, as well as in China, a step which reduces exposure to trade tariffs between China and the United States.

Senate’s McConnell to declare ‘case closed’ on Mueller report as Democrats eye contempt – (Reuters)
The divided U.S. Congress’ fight over the Mueller report intensified on Tuesday as the U.S. Senate’s top Republican sought to shut the door on congressional probes while House Democrats pushed ahead with efforts to gather testimony from top administration off…

A loophole could keep young terror suspects out of US courts – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s ability to charge minors for supporting terrorist groups has been hampered by a 2018 Supreme Court decision, forcing prosecutors to hand off at least one…

Samsung Electronics says no anticipated shipping date yet for Galaxy Fold – (Reuters)
Samsung Electronics said on Tuesday it cannot confirm the shipping date for its foldable device Galaxy Fold yet and apologized to its pre-order customers in the United States for the delay.

Refusal to hand over Trump’s tax returns sets up legal fight – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has made it official: The administration won’t be turning President Donald Trump’s tax returns over to the Democratic-controlled…

British soldier killed by elephant in Malawi – (BBC News)
Mathew Talbot, of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was killed by an elephant, it is believed.

Ferrari shares race ahead after fast start to 2019 – (Reuters)
Ferrari beat forecasts on Tuesday with a 14 percent rise in first-quarter core earnings, boosting its shares on growing expectations the Italian luxury carmaker might soon raise its full-year financial targets.

Pakistani girls trafficked to China in new “bride market” – (Associated Press)
GUJRANWALA, Pakistan (AP) — Muqadas Ashraf was just 16 when her parents married her off to a Chinese man who had come to Pakistan looking for a bride. Less than five months later, Muqadas is back…

Pressured over press rights, Myanmar frees Reuters reporters – (Associated Press)
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Two Reuters journalists whose reporting on the Myanmar military’s abuses of Rohingya Muslims got them imprisoned and drew the world’s attention to curbs on freedom of the…

Don McLean in row over withdrawn award – (BBC News)
A California university rescinds an honour because of the singer’s 2016 domestic abuse arrest.

US-Iran tensions rise ahead of anniversary of deal pullout – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A sudden White House announcement that a U.S. aircraft carrier and a bomber wing would be deployed in the Persian Gulf to counter Iran comes just days ahead of…

‘Untraditional’ royal birth delights US – (BBC News)
US media praise the couple for demanding more privacy – and wonder whether the baby will have red hair.

China economy czar heading for Washington tariff war talks – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — China confirmed Tuesday its economy czar will go to Washington for trade talks despite fears he might cancel after President Donald Trump threatened to escalate a tariff war over…

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From various sources

Leah Goldin: My son fell in battle, I am fighting for nation’s ethos – (The Jerusalem Post)
On the eve of Memorial Day, Goldin released a video saying others have a grave to visit while she “remains a captive.”

Rivlin honors fallen friend – Holocaust survivor, fought for the state – (The Jerusalem Post)
Israel to commemorate 23,741 fallen IDF soldiers and security personnel on Wednesday.

Hamas journalist threatens: Terrorist group could destroy Eurovision – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Eurovision song contest is set to launch at 10 p.m. Israel time on May 14 and run through May 18. Some 41 countries are slated to compete in the competition in Tel Aviv.

German Jews slam Social Democrats for event with Iran’s ‘criminal regime’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
“There is enough evidence to break all relations with Iran. Why are you giving this criminal regime a podium?”

Saudi journalists support Israel over Hamas in latest battles – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Our hearts are with you. May Allah protect Israel and its people,” wrote Abd Al-Hamid Al-Hakim, former director of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies in Jeddah.

IAF to give special salute to residents of South during popular flyby – (The Jerusalem Post)
The IAF has been practicing for the flyby in recent days ahead of Independence Day.

Dr Tvacha Super Judge Contest – fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2019 – (The Times of India)
Vote and win gift vouchers worth up to Rs. 85,000/-*

A Modern Chekhov, in Memory of John Lukacs, and Morning Edition’s New Theme Song – (The American Conservative)
Also: In praise of the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Mount Yoshino, and more.

What Will It Take to Get Bolton Fired? – (The American Conservative)
For someone “not playing along,” Trump has obediently given Bolton and the Iran hawks practically everything they have wanted so far.

Nationalism on the rise as Saudi Arabia seeks sense of identity – (Financial Times)
Activists warn social media being used to foster ‘with us or against us’ mentality in kingdom

US provokes fury after blocking Arctic Council statement – (Financial Times)
Polar experts angered as climate change is omitted from vague declaration

Mississippi police feel ‘vindicated’ after chance encounter leads to arrest of suspected cop killer – (Fox News)
A Mississippi police chief says his department feels “vindicated” after arresting the 19-year-old suspected of gunning down one of its officers in a brazen attack right outside its headquarters.

Nostrum Laboratories raises price of cold remedy by 300% – (Financial Times)
CEO has previously cited ‘moral requirement’ to charge as much as possible

Man who used his girlfriend’s thumb to unlock her phone avoids jail – (Daily Mail)
Alexander Heavens, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, had subjected Stacey Booth (pictured) to a campaign of both psychological and physical abuse during their relationship.

EU elections WILL go ahead on May 23, government confirms – (Mirror)
Theresa May’s deputy David Lidington was dispatched to make the humiliating admission of defeat – and it’s quite possibly the least surprising announcement of the week

15 “Game Of Thrones” Photos With And Without Visual Effects That’ll Blow Your Mind – (Buzzfeed)
Game of green screens.

<em>Lucifer</em> team previews Deckerstar tension in ‘scarier, darker’ season 4 – (Entertainment Weekly)
EW visits the resurrected drama’s set and learns how the move to Netflix has and hasn’t changed the show

What the spring real estate market will tell Canada’s big banks about their whole year – (Financial Post)
Green shoots offer hope for growth in residential mortgages that has so far been underwhelming

The secret of why Donald Trump won’t release his taxes – (CNN)
On Monday night, as expected, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin informed House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, that he would not be handing over President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

Met Gala was a ‘dream and an objective’ – Sinéad Burke – (RTE)
Irish activist and educator Sinéad Burke has become the first little person to attend the Met Gala, considered one of the world’s biggest fashion events.

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All about Trump

What Will It Take to Get Bolton Fired? – (The American Conservative)
For someone “not playing along,” Trump has obediently given Bolton and the Iran hawks practically everything they have wanted so far.

The secret of why Donald Trump won’t release his taxes – (CNN)
On Monday night, as expected, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin informed House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, that he would not be handing over President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

GOP leader McConnell to say ‘case closed’ on Mueller probe – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is declaring “case closed” on the Russia probe and potential obstruction by President Donald Trump.The Republican leader, in his…

Everything you need to know about 2020 candidate Kirsten Gillibrand – (Axios)
She has voted in line with Trump the least out of any senator.

Trump to host far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the White House – (Axios)
The ultranationalist Orbán erected a barrier on Hungary’s border at the height of Europe’s migration crisis in 2015.

Bannon: Trump’s China tariff threat ‘the most important day’ of presidency – (Fox News)
Steve Bannon accuses corporate America and Wall Street of trying to rush Trump into making a trade deal with China.

Ilhan Omar claims she’s Trump’s ‘biggest nemesis’ – (Fox News)
Rep. Ilhan Omar branded herself as President Trump’s “biggest nemesis” because she’s a “nightmare” for the White House that wants to use her “identity to marginalize our communities.”

China Agrees to Resume U.S. Trade Negotiations – (The Wall Street Journal)
China is sending its top trade envoy to Washington to resume negotiations and confront U.S. demands that Beijing has balked over, as well as address a deadline set by President Trump to raise punitive tariffs on Chinese goods.

The Trump Administration’s Dangerous Wishful Thinking – (The American Conservative)
It is almost certain that they would approach the “planning” for a war with one or more of these countries in the same slapdash, incompetent way that they do everything else.

DHS launching program testing DNA of some migrant families in effort to prevent “recycling” of children – (Newsweek)
A new pilot program from the Trump administration will test immigrants using rapid DNA detection to determine that individuals presenting as families are indeed related.

A century-old feud between millionaires is now key to getting Trump’s tax returns – (Google News)
A 1924 law that could compel Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to hand over Trump’s tax returns was forged amid the fallout from the Teapot Dome Scandal.

Refusal to hand over Trump’s tax returns sets up legal fight – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has made it official: The administration won’t be turning President Donald Trump’s tax returns over to the Democratic-controlled…

Voters Want an ‘America First’ Foreign Policy (Just Not Trump’s) – (New York Magazine)
A majority wants to prioritize domestic spending over the military budget, and their own economic security over spreading democracy.

China Hits Back at Trump’s Tariff Threats: “Do Not Even Think About It” – (Vice News)
The Trump administration is set to impose massive tariffs on Chinese goods previously spared by the long-simmering trade war.

McConnell demands end to ‘Groundhog Day spectacle’ of ongoing Trump investigations – (NBC News)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is set to deliver a speech on special counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation.

Trump administration’s message to the world on Iran: ‘Don’t do business with these people’ – (Google News)
President Trump signals the U.S. won’t stand for Tehran’s “support of terrorism” and threats to restart its nuclear program, Energy Secretary Rick Perry tells CNBC.

Cooper to former Trump adviser: Really? Wow. – CNN Video – (CNN)
Anderson Cooper reacts to CNN political commentator Steve Cortes’ assertion that there was an “attempted coup” against President Donald Trump.

Trump pardons former US soldier who killed Iraqi prisoner – (ABC News (AU))
United States President Donald Trump pardons a former US soldier, convicted in 2009 of stripping a suspected Al Qaeda terrorist naked for questioning and shooting him twice.

Hundreds of former Justice officials assert Trump would be facing felony charges if he were not President – (CNN)
Hundreds of former Justice Department officials said in an open letter released Monday that President Donald Trump would be facing multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice stemming from the Russia investigation if he were not President.

Biden tops Trump by 5 points in Arizona: poll – (Google News)
Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Trump by 5 points in Arizona, according to a poll released early Tuesday.

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