2019-05-08

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

Trump Asserts Executive Privilege Over Full Mueller Report – (The New York Times)
Lawmakers plan to act despite a Justice Department threat to ask President Trump to invoke executive privilege over the Mueller report material they want to see.

Pakistani woman acquitted of blasphemy headed to Canada – (Associated Press)
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, but who still faced death threats from Islamic extremists upon her release, flew to…

Appeals court allows U.S. to keep sending asylum seekers to Mexico – (Reuters)
A U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the Trump administration may continue sending asylum seekers to wait out their cases in Mexico while the government appeals a lower court ruling that found the policy violated U.S. immigration law.

Huawei CFO Meng set to appear in Canada court – (Reuters)
Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is set to appear in a Canadian court on Wednesday to begin what is expected to be a long legal battle against the United States’ request that she be extradited to face fraud charges.

Colorado School Shooting Victim Was 3 Days Away From Graduation – (The New York Times)
The authorities said two students, an 18-year-old male and a juvenile girl, opened fire on their classmates, killing one and injuring eight.

Drugmakers will have to reveal prices in TV ads – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Those ever-present TV ads for prescription drugs will soon carry prices, too, the nation’s top health official said Wednesday, responding to a public outcry for government action…

Germany: Want to maintain Iran nuclear deal, it’s key for security – (Reuters)
The German government is concerned about Iran’s announcement that it will scale back curbs to its nuclear program, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday, adding any action that could jeopardize regional stability should be avoided.

U.S. to hike tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports – Federal Register – (Reuters)
The United States will raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25 percent from 10 percent effective on Friday, according to a notice posted to the Federal Register on Wednesday.

U.S. eyes further sanctions on Iran ‘very soon’: White House official – (Reuters)
The United States is planning to impose further sanctions on Iran ‘very soon’, a senior White House official said on Wednesday, as Tehran announced it was scaling back some curbs to its nuclear program.

Exclusive: China backtracked on almost all aspects of U.S. trade deal – sources – (Reuters)
The diplomatic cable from Beijing arrived in Washington late on Friday night, with systematic edits to a nearly 150-page draft trade agreement that would blow up months of negotiations between the world’s two largest economies, according to three U.S. governm…

Iran threatens more uranium enrichment if no new nuke deal – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran threatened Wednesday to resume higher enrichment of uranium in 60 days if world powers fail to negotiate new terms for its 2015 nuclear deal a year after President Donald…

China’s Xi speaks to Saudi king amid Iran tensions – (Reuters)
Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke by telephone with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday amid tensions with Riyadh’s regional rival Iran after Tehran announced it was scaling back some commitments under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Trump puts deal-making credentials to test with China talks – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — As he cranks up the pressure on China in pursuit of a new trade accord, President Donald Trump is putting his deal-making persona on the line and injecting new risk into his bid…

Russia and Iran blame U.S. for Tehran nuclear pact roll-back – (Reuters)
Russia and Iran condemned the United States on Wednesday, blaming it for what they portrayed as Tehran’s forced decision to scale back some curbs to its nuclear program, while putting the onus on European powers to offer Iran sanctions relief.

North Korea says recent rocket drill was “regular and self-defensive”: KCNA – (Reuters)
Last week’s “strike drill” in which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the launch of rockets and at least one short-range ballistic missile was “regular and self-defensive,” the North’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday, according to state media.

Nadler: ‘Constitutional crisis’ over Mueller report dispute – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary chairman said Wednesday the Trump administration’s refusal to provide special counsel Robert Mueller’s full Russia report to Congress presents a…

Uber, Lyft drivers strike in cities worldwide ahead of Uber IPO – (Al Jazeera English)
Drivers turn off apps for hours, demanding higher pay rates, better work conditions and job security.

South Africa votes with corruption, unemployment big issues – (Associated Press)
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans voted Wednesday in presidential and parliamentary elections, with early signs of a relatively low turnout, as voters say they are disillusioned by widespread…

Students kill classmate, injure 8 at school near Columbine – (Associated Press)
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — Two high school students shot and killed a classmate and injured eight others at a charter school in a Colorado community that just weeks ago marked the 20th…

‘A dream:’ Meghan, Harry present royal newborn to the public – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Two tired but beaming parents and one blissfully sleeping baby posed for the cameras Wednesday as Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, helped satisfy a huge global…

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From various sources

Federal election 2019: Third debate between Scott Morrison, Bill Shorten – (News.com.au)
Welcome to our live coverage of the third debate between Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten at the National Press Club in Canberra.

Tel Aviv Memorial Day ceremony: He was my brother, my hero – (The Jerusalem Post)
Shlomo Laniado “was an amazing man, good-hearted, always helped, and he was smart. He loved life, he really loved life,” his younger sister Etti Mansour told The Post next to his grave.

Netanyahu: Israel wants to build, terrorists want to destroy – (The Jerusalem Post)
Netanyahu said that the premeditated and indiscriminate targeting of civilians tells much about the terrorists’ goals.

Israeli company aims to manufacture cannabinoid-producing cells – (The Jerusalem Post)
If successful, the cannabis industry would shift from agriculture-based growing into a full 3-D cell culturing platform for growing and expanding cannabinoid-producing cells.

Russia says Iran deal’s European signatories should fulfill their obligat – (The Jerusalem Post)
One year after the US pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, the Islamic Republic is now threatening to scale back its commitments to Russia.

Trump exerts executive privilege over Mueller report – (The Hill)
President Trump has asserted executive privilege over special counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted report and the underlying evidence, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 8 – (Financial Times)

Federal prosecutors drop breach of trust charge against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman | CBC News – (CBC News)
The Public Prosecution Service of Canada has dropped a single breach of trust charge against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.

England v Pakistan ODI: ‘Beautiful delivery’ – Archer makes early breakthrough for England – BBC Sport – (BBC Sport)
Watch Jofra Archer remove Fakhar Zaman during England’s one-day international against Pakistan at The Oval.

Pelosi claims Congress is a ‘superior branch’ of government, as clash with White House intensifies – (Fox News)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday declared that Congress is a “superior branch” of government, as the clash between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration over closely held documents intensifies.

Uber’s Arbitration Addiction Could Be Death by 60k Cuts – (Hacker News)

Trump Asserts Executive Privilege Over Full Mueller Report – (The New York Times)
Lawmakers plan to act despite a Justice Department threat to ask President Trump to invoke executive privilege over the Mueller report material they want to see.

Baby Sussex is revealed to the world! First pictures of royal newborn – (Daily Mail)
Baby Sussex made his very first public appearance at a photocall alongside a thrilled Prince Harry and Meghan (pictured) in the grounds of Windsor Castle today.

Crown drops breach-of-trust charge against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman after defence presents new evidence – (The Globe And Mail)
Federal prosecutor says this new information brought ‘greater context … that we were not aware of’

White House asserts executive privilege over full Mueller report – (Axios)
In response to the House Judiciary Committee’s contempt vote for AG Bill Barr.

Baby Sussex enjoys a very private welcome into public life – (Daily Mail)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today unveiled their two-day old newborn son in a meticulously planned, stage managed photocall at Windsor Castle.

Tencent’s New ‘PUBG’ Lookalike Is a Peace Offering to China’s Game Regulators – (Fortune)
Tencent’s new Game for Peace has replaced PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which regulators had cut off from monetization.

Kerry Katona ADMITS not sending one of her five children to school – (Daily Mail)
The former Atomic Kitten singer, 38, from Crowborough, East Sussex, did not attend Brighton Magistrates Court today, but a plea was lodged on her behalf.

Warren to donate money from family behind opioid giant – (The Hill)
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The Queen will meet Baby Sussex today – (Daily Mail)
After introducing Baby Sussex to the world, the proud new parents have taken their son to see the 93-year-old monarch at Windsor Castle this afternoon.

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All about Trump

Trump exerts executive privilege over Mueller report – (The Hill)
President Trump has asserted executive privilege over special counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted report and the underlying evidence, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

Pelosi claims Congress is a ‘superior branch’ of government, as clash with White House intensifies – (Fox News)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday declared that Congress is a “superior branch” of government, as the clash between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration over closely held documents intensifies.

Trump Asserts Executive Privilege Over Full Mueller Report – (The New York Times)
Lawmakers plan to act despite a Justice Department threat to ask President Trump to invoke executive privilege over the Mueller report material they want to see.

Breaches of Iran deal raise risks unacknowledged by Trump team – (Axios)
Conflict is more likely but there’s no diplomatic table to return to.

NYT reporter calls Trump business losses ‘unbelievable’ – CNN Video – (CNN)
New York Times reporter Susanne Craig shares details of her reporting on President Donald Trump’s tax documents from 1985 to 1994, which show losses of $1.17 billion.

Late-night hosts rip into Trump’s financial fall – CNN Video – (CNN)
Comedians dig into the New York Times report that President Trump has lost a great deal of money in previous years.

Appeals court allows U.S. to keep sending asylum seekers to Mexico – (Reuters)
A U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the Trump administration may continue sending asylum seekers to wait out their cases in Mexico while the government appeals a lower court ruling that found the policy violated U.S. immigration law.

Chairman Nadler: Trump’s disregard for the law is causing a constitutional crisis – (Axios)
“I don’t like to use that phrase because it’s been used for far less dangerous situations.”

Does China Threaten America’s Dominance of Technology Unicorns? – (Next Big Future)
China has consistently remained in the headlines recently as the back and forth between Donald Trump and Chine

U.S. Files Paperwork to Raise China Tariffs on Friday – (The Wall Street Journal)
The U.S. Trade Representative’s office filed paperwork to formally raise tariffs to 25% from 10% on about $200 billion a year of Chinese imports effective on Friday, carrying through on a threat made by President Trump.

Trump puts deal-making credentials to test with China talks – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — As he cranks up the pressure on China in pursuit of a new trade accord, President Donald Trump is putting his deal-making persona on the line and injecting new risk into his bid…

Nadler: ‘Constitutional crisis’ over Mueller report dispute – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary chairman said Wednesday the Trump administration’s refusal to provide special counsel Robert Mueller’s full Russia report to Congress presents a…

Pelosi claims Congress is a ‘superior branch’ of government, as clash with White House intensifies – (Google News)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday declared that Congress is a “superior branch” of government, as the clash between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration over closely held documents intensifies.

Pelosi: Trump becoming ‘self-impeachable’ – (The Hill)
Speaker Nancy Pelsosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that while she opposes a rush to impeachment, President Trump is pulling himself into the process by his own conduct. “Every single day the president is making a case — h

Elizabeth Warren: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate – (Axios)
She has voted with Trump 13.5% of the time.

Trump’s China tariffs are getting a major increase on Friday – (TechCrunch)
The stock market has already seen some wild fluctuations this week in anticipation of the latest volley in a trade war ramping up between the U.S. and China. Now it seems the President is making good on his promise to further increase tariffs on goods from th…

Pelosi: Trump is becoming ‘self-impeachable’ – (Google News)
“Every single day, the president is making a case,” Pelosi said.

George Clooney mocks ‘dumb f–ing idiots’ like Trump in Kimmel’s environmental PSA – (Entertainment Weekly)
United to Defeat Untruthful Misinformation And Support Science, a.k.a. UDUMASS.

Drugmakers Will Have to Put Prices in Ads Under New Trump Rule – (Bloomberg)

Trump administration will require drug companies to disclose prices in TV ads – (The Hill)
Drug companies will be required to disclose prices in television ads under a Trump administration final rule announced Wednesday.

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