2019-05-19

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European mainstream politicians see hope in downfall of Austrian far right leader – (Reuters)
Politicians from Europe’s mainstream parties called on voters to stand against the far right, after a video sting brought down the leader of Austria’s Freedom Party, hurting the momentum of nationalists days before a European parliamentary election.

Bomb hits tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids, wounds 17 – (Associated Press)
CAIRO (AP) — A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Sunday near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17 people including tourists, Egyptian officials said.The officials said the bus was…

Saudis say they don’t want war, but will defend themselves – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday, after the kingdom’s energy sector was…

Defunct steelmaker’s 21-story headquarters imploded – (Associated Press)
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Sixteen thousand tons of Bethlehem Steel collapsed in a matter of seconds Sunday as a demolition crew imploded Martin Tower, the defunct steelmaker’s former world…

Saudi energy minister says attacks put security of oil supply at risk – (Reuters)
Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday that recent attacks on Saudi energy assets had put security of oil supply at risk but not affected his country’s output.

Blast injures South African tourists near Egypt’s Giza pyramids: security sources – (Reuters)
An explosion targeting a tourist bus injured at least 12 people on Sunday, mostly South African tourists, near a new museum being built close to the Giza pyramids in Egypt, two security sources said.

Pot ‘legalization 2.0’: Social equity becomes a key question – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor…

Swiss voters approve tighter gun control, avoid EU clash – (Reuters)
Swiss voters agreed by a nearly two-to-one margin on Sunday to adopt tighter gun controls in line with changes to European Union rules, heading off a clash with Brussels.

Swiss voters approve tax and pension overhaul – (Reuters)
Voters in Switzerland approved on Sunday a shake-up of the corporate tax system, heading off what its finance minister had called an existential threat to the country’s role as a business hub.

India’s Modi set to win election, exit polls show – (Reuters)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling alliance is likely to win a clear majority in parliament after a mammoth general election that ended on Sunday, most exit polls showed, a far better showing than expected in recent weeks.

Swiss voters approve tighter gun laws, lining up with the EU – (Associated Press)
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters on Sunday approved a measure to tighten the Alpine nation’s gun laws, bringing the country in line with many of its European partners despite the objections of local gun…

Australian PM heads to church, football after ‘miracle’ election win – (Reuters)
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison thanked his fellow Pentecostal churchgoers on Sunday after a miraculous election victory that defied years of unfavorable opinion polls and bruised a Labor opposition that had been widely expected to win.

Robert Mnuchin Would Rather Not Discuss His Client (or His Son) – (The New York Times)
The treasury secretary’s father, a New York art dealer, paid a record price last week for a work by a living artist. But for whom?

European Elections Will Be Latest Test of Populist Support – (The New York Times)
Nationalists all over the Continent are hoping for a surge that will allow them, short of leaving the European Union, to disable its bureaucracy from within.

Swiss voters ‘approve tighter gun control’ – (BBC News)
Sunday’s referendum backed new gun restrictions to conform with EU rules, projections suggest.

Exit polls show India’s Modi-led coalition likely to win majority – (Al Jazeera English)
PM Narendra Modi’s ruling alliance led by right-wing BJP is likely to win a majority in parliament, two exit polls show.

Explosion hits tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza pyramids – (Al Jazeera English)
At least 12 people wounded after roadside bomb strikes a tourist bus in Giza, say Egyptian officials.

India exit polls see Modi re-election – (BBC News)
Exit polls suggest a win for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as voting ends in the marathon election.

Explosion hits tourist bus in Egypt – (BBC News)
The blast occurred near the Grand Egyptian Museum at the pyramids, media reports say.

As states pass restrictive abortion laws, questions surface – (Associated Press)
ATLANTA (AP) — As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have surfaced about what exactly that means for women who might seek an abortion. The short answer: nothing…

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From various sources

Kippah placed on Polish politician’s head during political debate – (The Jerusalem Post)
Her party “bows down to Jews,” the man reportedly said. “They will sell this country for money.”

Explosion targets tourist bus near new Egyptian museum – security sources – (The Jerusalem Post)
Most of those injured were foreign tourists, the sources said. One security source said they included South African nationals.

The 20-year death spasm of the Israeli Left – ANALYSIS – (The Jerusalem Post)
The ideological left in Israel has been in free-fall for two decades, and now Labor and Meretz combined have a grand total of 11 seats.

Trump calls Rep. Amash a ‘loser’ for saying president engaged in impeachable conduct – (The Washington Post)
In morning tweets, Trump lashed out at the Michigan Republican, calling him a “total lightweight” and accusing him of playing “right into our opponents hands.”

Trump signals Alabama abortion law goes too far but stresses he’s ‘strongly pro-life’ – (The Washington Post)
In a late-night Twitter thread, the president urged Republicans to instead stay united on the issue.

EBU condemns Madonna, Iceland for Palestinian flags at Eurovision – (The Jerusalem Post)
BDS slammed Iceland’s actions saying that it “overwhelmingly rejects fig-leaf gestures of solidarity from international artists crossing our peaceful picket line.”

Lines and heavy security as Indians vote in final phase of world’s largest election | CBC News – (CBC News)
Indians lined up to vote amid unprecedented security in the eastern state of West Bengal on Sunday as the final phase of a massive, staggered election got underway to decide whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns for a second term.

Stream Molinari and Z. Johnson – PGA Championship Round 4 live – Official Site – B/R Live – (Bleacher Report)
Stream Molinari and Z. Johnson – PGA Championship Round 4 live. Watch your favorite teams and never miss a game with B/R Live.

Why Smart Homes Could Outsmart You – (News.com.au)
Turning on your smart TV or your coffee machine before you arrive home is a nice convenience, but it could compromise your security.

Kompany leaves Manchester City to make Anderlecht return – (FourFourTwo)

European mainstream politicians see hope in downfall of Austrian far right leader – (Reuters)
Politicians from Europe’s mainstream parties called on voters to stand against the far right, after a video sting brought down the leader of Austria’s Freedom Party, hurting the momentum of nationalists days before a European parliamentary election.

Inside Gabriella Windsor’s wedding – her heartfelt speech and stunning cake – (Mirror)
The couple tied the knot at St George’s Chapel – the same venue where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had their wedding almost a year ago

Exit Poll Results Andhra Pradesh LIVE: Chandrababu Naidu May Return as CM But Kingmaker Dream Likely to S… – (Google News (India))
Exit Poll Results Andhra Pradesh LIVE: The News18-IPSOS survey has predicted a big surge in the number of seats won by YSR Congress chief Jagan Mogan Reddy, dealing a blow to Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu’s attempts to be the kingmaker.

Kevin McAleenan, acting DHS chief, tells “Face the Nation” the Trump administration won’t send migrants to Florida – (CBS News)
News of the plans drew criticism from elected officials in Florida, including the state’s Republican governor

Attorney General William Barr responds to claims that he lied to Congress – (Fox News)
California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes says that Attorney General William Barr and House Republicans will not be swayed by these false claims.

Rep. Doug Collins says William Barr takes his job seriously – (Fox News)
Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins says Attorney General William Barr is not jumping to any conclusions.

Players find piles of dead horses in Red Dead Online – (Polygon)
Red Dead Online players report finding no NPCs, ghost towns and piles of dead horses, which would ordinarily be a spooky omen for some in-world event, but the effects on gameplay and several crashes also suggest something’s gone wrong.

SABC Radio park declared safe for occupation after diesel spill evacuation – (News24)
The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Radio Park has been handed back to the broadcaster after it was cleared and declared safe for occupation.

Bomb hits tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids, wounds 17 – (Associated Press)
CAIRO (AP) — A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Sunday near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17 people including tourists, Egyptian officials said.The officials said the bus was…

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All about Trump

Trump calls Rep. Amash a ‘loser’ for saying president engaged in impeachable conduct – (The Washington Post)
In morning tweets, Trump lashed out at the Michigan Republican, calling him a “total lightweight” and accusing him of playing “right into our opponents hands.”

Trump signals Alabama abortion law goes too far but stresses he’s ‘strongly pro-life’ – (The Washington Post)
In a late-night Twitter thread, the president urged Republicans to instead stay united on the issue.

Kevin McAleenan, acting DHS chief, tells “Face the Nation” the Trump administration won’t send migrants to Florida – (CBS News)
News of the plans drew criticism from elected officials in Florida, including the state’s Republican governor

‘SNL’: Alec Baldwin’s Trump sings Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ for the season’s last cold open – (USA Today)
On the “Saturday Night Live” finale, Alec Baldwin sings his version of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” with the help of family and White House advisers.

Donald Trump wants exceptions for rape, incest in abortion laws – (USA Today)
In a series of tweets Saturday, Trump seemed to suggest the Alabama law might have gone too far.

Trump calls Justin Amash ‘loser’ after GOP lawmaker said president’s conduct was ‘impeachable’ – (NBC News)
President Donald Trump blasted Republican Rep. Justin Amash on Sunday in response to the lawmaker saying the president engaged in “impeachable conduct.”

Petraeus warns Iran to ‘be very careful’ as tensions rise with Trump administration – (Fox News)
Former CIA Director David Petraeus warned Iran that it going to have to be “very careful” as tensions between the Middle Eastern nation and the United States continue to ratchet up.

Trump favors exceptions to abortion bans – (CNN)
President Donald Trump favors exceptions in abortion bans, he tweeted Saturday night.

“A total lightweight”: Trump attacks Rep. Justin Amash for endorsing impeachment – (Axios)
“Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!”

Trump fires back at ‘loser’ GOP lawmaker who said he’d engaged in ‘impeachable conduct’ – (The Hill)
President Trump on Sunday ripped Rep.

Romney: Mueller report did not show obstruction, ‘I don’t think impeachment is the right way to go’ – (Google News)
Soon after Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., went against the GOP consensus by claiming President Trump committed “impeachable conduct” in the form of obstruction of justice, another known Trump critic took the opposite position.

Romney: Justin Amash ‘reached a different conclusion’ than I did on impeachment – (The Hill)
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said in a Sunday interview that Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) “reached a different conclusion than I did” on impeaching President Trump.

Trump blasts ‘Fake News Sunday Political Shows,’ touts economy – (The Hill)
President Trump in an early morning tweet on Sunday blasted the “Fake News Sunday Political Shows” while touting the economy and other achievements.

Mitt Romney defends Trump’s China trade war tariffs as a “sacrifice” to save jobs – (Axios)
“All the focus ought to be on China.”

CNN guests: Are Justin Amash’s claims Trump is impeachable setting up 2020 presidential campaign? – (Newsweek)
The reactions came hours after the Michigan congressman tweeted that he believes the Mueller report confirms President Donald Trump “engaged in impeachable conduct.”

Joe Biden surges past Trump on Facebook and Google spending – (Axios)
Cheap digital ads have upended campaigns.

Tesla Stock Plunges 22% in 1 Month as Trump Trade Fallout’s Biggest Loser – (Crypto Coins News)
In one month, the share price of the Tesla stock has dropped from $273 to $211 by more than 22.7 percent following the fall out of recent trade talks.

Voters say Donald Trump is ‘successful’ despite losing billions – (News.com.au)
He might have lost a staggering $A2.4 billion over just one decade — but diehard supporters of US President Donald Trump are still convinced of his business prowess.

Trump, Europe increasingly at odds on Iran – (The Hill)
Escalating tensions with Iran have laid bare President Trump’s split with the United States’ traditional European allies.

GOP Rep. Justin Amash Breaks With Party, Says Trump Engaged in ‘Impeachable Conduct’ – (Time)
GOP Rep. Justin Amash breaks from his party and accuses Trump of engaging in “impeachable conduct” based on the Mueller report findings.

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