2019-05-14

Headlines:

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

Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump’s New Claims of Threats From Iran – (The New York Times)
The Trump administration is laying the groundwork for major military action against Iran, but it may have a hard time rallying domestic and international support.

Duterte allies beat opposition in key Philippines midterm vote – (Al Jazeera English)
Nine pro-Duterte candidates look set to win in Senate polls, boosting his already favourable numbers in 24-seat chamber.

Asia stocks wobble near three-and-a-half-month low as trade worries linger – (Reuters)
Asian stocks struggled near a 3-1/2-month low on Wednesday on lingering concerns over the economic impact of a U.S.-China trade war, although an overnight bounce on Wall Street helped limit the losses.

Alabama Senate rejects exception for rape amid debate to ban nearly all abortions – (Reuters)
Alabama’s state Senate on Tuesday debated a bill that would outlaw nearly all abortions, rejecting an exception for rape and incest, part of an effort by more than a dozen states to have the U.S. Supreme Court reconsider a woman’s constitutional right to an a…

Confident Trump handicaps Democratic field during energy speech – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump came to southern Louisiana on Tuesday to extol the benefits of U.S. energy production but could not resist a slashing critique of the Democrats battling to face him in the 2020 presidential race.

Global worries flare over whether US sliding toward Iran war – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — International worries that the Trump administration is sliding toward war with Iran flared into the open Tuesday amid skepticism about its claims that the Islamic Republic poses…

Texas officer shoots and kills woman after stun-gun struggle – (Associated Press)
BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) — A police officer shot and killed a woman at a Houston-area apartment complex after she hit him with his Taser during a struggle, shocking him, police said.In a video…

At the N.R.A., a Cash Machine Sputtering – (The New York Times)
As the gun rights group lavished pay and perks on its leaders and partners, fueling infighting, it increasingly relied on its own charity for funds. Tax experts have questions.

Australia qualify for Eurovision 2019 – (BBC News)
Kate Miller-Heidke makes it through the first semi-final – but Finland gets a Darude awakening.

Donald Trump Jr. agrees to Senate committee interview: source – (Reuters)
Donald Trump Jr. has reached an agreement with the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee for the panel’s senators to interview him in mid-June, a congressional source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

AP sources: Panel reaches deal with Trump Jr. for interview – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Intelligence Committee has struck a deal with Donald Trump Jr. to appear for a closed-door interview next month, pulling the two sides back, for now, from a…

U.S. actor Tim Conway of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ dies at age 85 – (Reuters)
Emmy-winning actor Tim Conway, who brought an endearing, free-wheeling goofiness to skits on “The Carol Burnett Show” that cracked up his cast mates as well as the audience, died on Tuesday at the age of 85, his publicist said.

Uber drivers are contractors, not employees, U.S. labor agency says – (Reuters)
Drivers for ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc are independent contractors and not employees, the general counsel of a U.S. labor agency has concluded, in an advisory memo that is likely to carry significant weight in a pending case against the compan…

Venezuela top court accuses more lawmakers of treason as congress building blocked – (Reuters)
Venezuela’s top court accused four opposition lawmakers of treason on Tuesday, following similar accusations against 10 legislators this month, escalating a deep political crisis in the South American country.

Amnesty International accuses Venezuela of human rights violations – (Reuters)
Amnesty International on Tuesday asked the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged “crimes against humanity” committed by the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, especially after a wave of violent protests in January.

Trying to grow food in the Arctic – (BBC News)
This man is growing vegetables in the most northerly major human settlement on Earth.

WhatsApp security breach may have targeted human rights groups – (Reuters)
WhatsApp said on Tuesday that a security breach on its messaging app had signs of coming from a government using surveillance technology developed by a private company, and it may have targeted human rights groups.

Trump’s defense of tariffs based on dubious claims – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — He’s been contradicted by one of his top advisers, dinged in regular fact checks and called out by top economists. Still, President Donald Trump has held firm to dubious…

Border wall to go up in national monument, wildlife refuge – (Associated Press)
PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government plans on replacing barriers through 100 miles (161 kilometers) of the southern border in California and Arizona, including through a national monument and a…

San Francisco bans police use of face recognition technology – (Associated Press)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to ban the use of facial recognition software by police and other city departments, becoming the first U.S. city to outlaw a rapidly…

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From various sources

Federal election 2019: Tony Abbott directly phoning voters to save job – (News.com.au)
Welcome to news.com.au’s live, rolling coverage of the federal election.

Accused California synagogue gunman pleads not guilty to hate crimes – (The Jerusalem Post)
John Timothy Earnest, 19, could face the death penalty if convicted.

US anti-Semitism envoy calls Europe’s kosher meat bans ‘forced expulsion’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Elan Carr called legislation in some European countries limiting the ritual slaughter of animals and circumcision of boys a “disgraceful forced expulsion” of Jews.

NYU chaplain to be first chief rabbi in the United Arab Emirates – (The Jerusalem Post)
“What we see is the first emergence of the first new Jewish community emerging in the Arab world for centuries.”

Palestinian leader: Trump administration treats us with disdain and hostility – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Palestinian politician took to social media on Monday to share the fact that her request for a US visa had been rejected.

TAC Honors Jon Utley With Lifetime Achievement Award – (The American Conservative)
The TAC publisher has made a life’s work fighting for the underdog and against tyranny and American wars of choice.

Reminder: Trump, Not Bolton, is the President – (The American Conservative)
Why is the commander-in-chief suddenly forced to restrain his own national security advisor from aggressive impulses?

Labour are now NINE POINTS ahead of the Tories – (Daily Mail)
As the Tories continue to leak voters to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, the Prime Minister’s spokesman today said she wanted a deal done before the Commons rises for its summer recess in July.

Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump’s New Claims of Threats From Iran – (The New York Times)
The Trump administration is laying the groundwork for major military action against Iran, but it may have a hard time rallying domestic and international support.

Sen. Mitt Romney breaks from GOP over President Trump’s federal judge nominee – (Axios)
The nominee called former President Obama an “un-American imposter.”

Tucker: Beto has changed – (Fox News)
2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke apologizes on ‘The View.’

Georgia couple found guilty of murdering 15-day-old daughter while on meth – (Fox News)
A young Georgia couple high on meth were found guilty of murdering their infant, according to a report.

London meeting with informants Halper, Turk was ‘clearly a CIA operation’, Papadopoulos says – (Fox News)
Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos said Tuesday that he believes the CIA was behind an “operation” in which he met with two individuals in London in late 2016 who tried to probe as to whether the Trump campaign had ties to Russia.

New Orleans Pelicans win NBA Draft Lottery – (Fox News)
The New Orleans Pelicans won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, and with it, the likely right to select Duke superstar Zion Williamson in next month’s NBA Draft.

MAFS contestant says ‘someone is going to die’ as a result of the show – (News.com.au)
A former Married At First Sight contestant has claimed “someone is going to die” as a result of going on the Channel 9 reality show.

US warns against European joint military project – (Financial Times)
Washington letter to Brussels threatens retaliation if American groups are shut out

NFL weighs in on Pelicans getting No. 1 NBA pick – (NFL News)
Led by receiver Michael Thomas, Saints players and others in the NFL tweeted out their thoughts Tuesday night after the Pelicans won the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery.

Early version of U.S. House bill seeks to bar F-35 from Turkey – (The Jerusalem Post)
The dispute has strained relations between Washington and Ankara.

15 Moms Who Are Totally Unapologetic Geniuses – (Buzzfeed)
They have more creativity in their pinkies than you do in your whole body.

KAK explodes: Bill Shorten winning will ‘end life as we know it’ – (News.com.au)
Television star Kerri-Anne Kennerley has launched a ferocious attack on Bill Shorten, making the fairly significant call that he would spark an “end to life as we know it” if he wins.

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All about Trump

Palestinian leader: Trump administration treats us with disdain and hostility – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Palestinian politician took to social media on Monday to share the fact that her request for a US visa had been rejected.

Reminder: Trump, Not Bolton, is the President – (The American Conservative)
Why is the commander-in-chief suddenly forced to restrain his own national security advisor from aggressive impulses?

Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump’s New Claims of Threats From Iran – (The New York Times)
The Trump administration is laying the groundwork for major military action against Iran, but it may have a hard time rallying domestic and international support.

Sen. Mitt Romney breaks from GOP over President Trump’s federal judge nominee – (Axios)
The nominee called former President Obama an “un-American imposter.”

London meeting with informants Halper, Turk was ‘clearly a CIA operation’, Papadopoulos says – (Fox News)
Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos said Tuesday that he believes the CIA was behind an “operation” in which he met with two individuals in London in late 2016 who tried to probe as to whether the Trump campaign had ties to Russia.

Trump campaign on how 2020 field is shaping up – (Fox News)
Trump campaign senior adviser Lara Trump weighs in on possible 2020 Democratic opponents on ‘The Story.’

Why investors are concerned about U.S.-China trade war – (CBS News)
China raised tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods in response to a similar move by the Trump administration. As a result, stocks plummeted on Wall Street. Scott Gamm, a market and business reporter for Yahoo Finance, joined CBSN to discuss.

Trump’s escalating trade war with China puts pressure on farmers – (CBS News)
Farmers are feeling the impact of retaliatory tariffs from China, but President Trump refuses to back down from his hard line in the trade war. Brian Duncan, the Vice President of the Illinois Farm Bureau, joined “Red & Blue” to discuss how the tariffs are af…

Confident Trump handicaps Democratic field during energy speech – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump came to southern Louisiana on Tuesday to extol the benefits of U.S. energy production but could not resist a slashing critique of the Democrats battling to face him in the 2020 presidential race.

Global worries flare over whether US sliding toward Iran war – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — International worries that the Trump administration is sliding toward war with Iran flared into the open Tuesday amid skepticism about its claims that the Islamic Republic poses…

North Carolina voters split on Republican senator’s subpoena of Trump’s son – (Google News)
Days after Sen. Richard Burr issued a subpoena to Donald Trump Jr. to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the North Carolina Republican’s decision continues to reverberate throughout his home state, especially among Republicans.

‘I don’t see him crying uncle’: Trump believes China tariffs will help him win reelection – (Google News)
The president’s confidence comes amid disagreement inside the White House over his strident nationalism and firm belief in tariffs as economic weapons.

Donald Trump Jr. agrees to Senate committee interview: source – (Reuters)
Donald Trump Jr. has reached an agreement with the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee for the panel’s senators to interview him in mid-June, a congressional source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

AP sources: Panel reaches deal with Trump Jr. for interview – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Intelligence Committee has struck a deal with Donald Trump Jr. to appear for a closed-door interview next month, pulling the two sides back, for now, from a…

Former CIA official: ‘Absolutely necessary to talk about’ taking preventative action amid Iran tensions – (Google News)
Former CIA Middle East Department Chief Daniel Hoffman reacted to a New York Times report that President Trump reviewed a military plan that would send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East in the case an attack by Iran on American forces.

Trump’s defense of tariffs based on dubious claims – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — He’s been contradicted by one of his top advisers, dinged in regular fact checks and called out by top economists. Still, President Donald Trump has held firm to dubious…

Trump Jr. reaches deal to comply with congressional subpoena – (CBS News)
The Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed the president’s son to answer questions on previous Russia-related testimony

Trump expected to sign order paving way for U.S. telecoms ban on Huawei – (The Globe And Mail)
Washington believes equipment made by Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world’s third largest smartphone maker, could be used by the Chinese state to spy

Gutfeld on the Democrats’ failing 2020 message – (Fox News)
Trump re-election campaign takes aim at the 2020 Democratic presidential field.

President Trump downplays tit-for-tat tariff hikes with China – (Fox News)
Trump says he can still get a new trade deal with Beijing across the goal line; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports.

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