2019-05-21

Headlines:

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

Abortion-rights activists rally at Supreme Court to protest new state bans – (Reuters)
U.S. abortion-rights campaigners, including several Democrats running for president in 2020, are set to rally in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday to protest new restrictions on abortion passed by legislatures in eight states.

Risks, rewards accompany speedier cleanup of closed nukes – (Associated Press)
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Companies specializing in nuclear demolition and radioactive waste storage are buying up aging U.S. reactors and promising to decommission them in dramatically less time…

Morgan Stanley piles pressure on Tesla with $10 worst case call – (Reuters)
Shares of Tesla Inc were on track for a fifth straight session of losses on Tuesday, as Morgan Stanley analysts outlined a worst case scenario that could see the electric carmaker’s stock price fall as low as $10.

Airbus pledges counter-punch to new Boeing mid-sized jet – (Reuters)
Airbus hinted on Tuesday at a price battle to counter a possible new Boeing aircraft in the middle of the jet market, promising a “left hook, right hook” salvo from two of its well-established models.

Britain’s May offers “new deal” to try to break Brexit deadlock – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Theresa May will set out on Tuesday a “new deal” for Britain’s departure from the European Union, her fourth attempt to break an impasse in parliament over Brexit that has plunged her government into crisis.

British Steel says negotiations ongoing on its future – (Reuters)
British Steel, the country’s second largest steel producer, said on Tuesday that negotiations about funding had not concluded and it was working with all parties to keep the company working.

Special report – Hobbling Huawei: Inside the U.S. war on China’s tech giant – (Reuters)
In early 2018, in a complex of low-rise buildings in the Australian capital, a team of government hackers was engaging in a destructive digital war game.

Qorvo stops chip shipments to Huawei – (Reuters)
Radio frequency chipmaker Qorvo on Tuesday joined mobile parts maker Lumentum Holdings Inc in halting shipments to Huawei Technologies, following export restrictions by the United States government.

U.S. must ensure access to safe abortions: U.N. rights office – (Reuters)
The United Nations human rights office called on U.S. authorities on Tuesday to ensure that women have access to safe abortions, saying bans lead to risky underground abortions that can endanger a woman’s life.

As McGahn Prepares to Defy Subpoena, Democrats’ Anger Swells – (The New York Times)
The House Judiciary Committee chairman said his panel would soon hold a contempt vote, while other members were expected to go public with calls for an impeachment inquiry.

McGahn to defy subpoena for testimony, face contempt vote – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are facing yet another attempt by President Donald Trump to stonewall their investigations , this time with former White House counsel Donald McGahn defying a…

Cabinet backs PM’s Brexit bill offer – (BBC News)
The PM’s plan includes the idea of a temporary customs relationship, aimed at winning over Labour MPs.

U.S. eases curbs on Huawei; founder says clampdown underestimates Chinese firm – (Reuters)
The United States has temporarily eased trade restrictions on China’s Huawei to minimize disruption for its customers, a move the founder of the world’s largest telecoms equipment maker said meant little because it was already prepared for U.S. action.

Niki Lauda: Tributes paid after F1 legend dies aged 70 – (BBC News)
John Watson, Jackie Stewart and Nico Rosberg lead the tributes to former world champion Niki Lauda following his death at the age of 70.

‘Flint Is Everywhere’: California Farmworkers Confront a Tainted Water Crisis – (The New York Times)
The soil in California’s farm country is fertile, but the water is bad. Half of all failing water systems in the state are in the San Joaquin Valley.

Documents offer rare look inside Syrian government crackdown – (Associated Press)
BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of documents purportedly found in abandoned Syrian government offices during the country’s civil war reveal the reach of President Bashar Assad’s shadowy security agencies…

British Steel risks collapse with 25,000 jobs under threat – (Reuters)
British Steel, the country’s second largest steel producer, is on the brink of collapse unless the government agrees to provide an emergency 30 million pound ($38 million) loan by later on Tuesday, two sources close to the situation said.

Huawei: US controls have ‘no impact,’ talking to Google – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — The founder of Huawei expressed confidence Washington’s curbs on sales to the Chinese tech giant will have little impact and said Tuesday it is discussing “emergency relief” from…

US TV station bans gay wedding cartoon – (BBC News)
Alabama Public Television refuses to air a cartoon that features two male rats getting married.

Bomb-carrying drone from Yemen rebels targets Saudi airport – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthi rebels said Tuesday they attacked a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom…

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From various sources

2,000-year-old Jewish bones from Jericho receive burial in Kfar Adumim – (The Jerusalem Post)
Hundreds of tombs were found in a complex of dozens of burial caves, in which unique inscriptions were found and provided details of the deceased.

Iran’s reach puts U.S. forces, allies in striking range – (The Jerusalem Post)
Iran backs militias in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, where U.S. troops are also based, and in Lebanon and Yemen, located next to Washington’s closest regional allies Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Progress made in demarcation talks between Israel and Lebanon – report – (The Jerusalem Post)
According to the report, Israel agreed on the demarcation but had asked for clarification on some issues.

What’s Trump trying to hide with Deutsche Bank? – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s John Avlon breaks down President Trump’s complicated — and sometimes litigious — history with Germany’s Deutsche Bank.

Trump: Blocking McGahn testimony to set a precedent – CNN Video – (CNN)
President Donald Trump told reporters his administration is blocking former White House Counsel Don McGahn from testifying before the House Judiciary Committee to set a precedent for future administrations.

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CNNgo is a revolutionary news-watching experience that offers the live CNN broadcast with unprecedented features. You can catch-up on the stories you‘ve missed, go deeper and learn more about the stories that interest you with related coverage, and enjoy the …

House Judiciary Committee holds hearing on Mueller report – (Fox News)

US Postal Service will use autonomous big rigs to ship mail in new test – (The Verge)
Self-driving truck startup TuSimple will carry mail between Phoenix and Dallas across five round trips during the two-week trial. It’s backed by Nvidia and Chinese tech company Sina.

Live: Don McGahn skips House hearing on the Mueller report – CNNPolitics – (CNN)
Former White House counsel Don McGahn will not appear Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee. Follow here for the latest.

Dear NY Post, didn’t you learn anything about Bitcoin? – (The Next Web)
It’s that time of the year: NY Post’s in-house cryptocurrency pseudosopher John Crudele has published his annual diatribe against Bitcoin. For those new to Crudele, he is sort of like your local know-it-all who camps on a beer crate in front of the liquor sto…

U.S. Army officer: Here is how the military could confront Iran – (The Jerusalem Post)
Pregent’s map shows a variety of pressure points where Iran, its allies and proxies are present.

Doctors saved life of US tourist after London Bridge attack – (Daily Mail)
Gerard Vowls (pictured) shouted at the extremists and said, ‘you cowards, come and get me’, after he watched them stab a woman who was set upon during the attack at London Bridge.

Every Facebook insider who has turned against the company – (Mashable)
Ouch.

‘Double-edged sword’ fooling young workers – (News.com.au)
Flexible working hours are top of the list of requirements for young Australians looking for a new job.

Trump still wants to end the carried interest tax break – (Axios)
He once referred to the current system as “getting away with murder.” But don’t expect it to happen anytime soon, if at all.

Rouhani rejects talks, says Iran faces U.S. ‘economic war’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Today’s situation is not suitable for talks and our choice is resistance only”

<em>The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance</em> premiering on Netflix in August: See the exclusive images – (Entertainment Weekly)
The prequel to ‘The Dark Crystal’ film is set to launch in August.

Pre-E3 2019: Oculus wants you to paddle a stealth VR kayak—and it’s awesome – (Ars Technica)
A promising Lone Echo sequel, stealth-kayak fun, and Insomniac’s next VR game.

Here are the results of EW’s ultimate <em>Game of Thrones</em> poll – (Entertainment Weekly)
You voted on ‘Game of Thrones.’ Now here are your choices for Best Episode, Best House, Sexiest Character, and more.

EE phone network has CRASHED – (Daily Mail)
The British network provider’s issues seem to be with phone services -the inability to make phone calls – as well as reports of mobile internet and no connection.

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All about Trump

What’s Trump trying to hide with Deutsche Bank? – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s John Avlon breaks down President Trump’s complicated — and sometimes litigious — history with Germany’s Deutsche Bank.

Trump: Blocking McGahn testimony to set a precedent – CNN Video – (CNN)
President Donald Trump told reporters his administration is blocking former White House Counsel Don McGahn from testifying before the House Judiciary Committee to set a precedent for future administrations.

Trump still wants to end the carried interest tax break – (Axios)
He once referred to the current system as “getting away with murder.” But don’t expect it to happen anytime soon, if at all.

Trump appeals ruling requiring accounting firm to comply with House subpoena – (Axios)
The chief justice of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is Merrick Garland.

President Trump blasts Fox News, Joe Biden and ‘artificial lights’ at Pennsylvania rally – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump went after Fox News and blasted several Democratic candidates angling to unseat him during a Pennsylvania rally.

‘Fox & Friends’ calls out Biden’s 2007 stance against sanctuary cities: ‘Sure sounds a lot like Donald Trump’ – (Fox News)
In a previous bid for the presidency, then-Senator Joe Biden’s stance on illegal immigration sounded a lot like President Trump’s current views against sanctuary cities, the hosts of “Fox & Friends” noted Tuesday.

Dow Booms After Trump Admin Flip-Flops on Ruthless Huawei Blacklist – (Crypto Coins News)
The Dow raced toward recovery on Tuesday after the Trump administration caved to pressure to moderate its ruthless stance on Chinese tech giant Huawei.

What’s Behind the U.S. Legal Immigration Slowdown? – (Fortune)
Without passing a single law, the Trump administration is already remaking U.S. immigration

Scientists Said Air Pollution Would Kill Thousands, So Trump’s EPA Just Changed The Math – (Vice News)
The White House reportedly pressured the agency to downplay the risk of premature air pollution deaths.

McCabe says he ‘made the decision’ to remove Strzok from Mueller team: transcript – (Fox News)
Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe claimed he “made the decision” to remove Peter Strzok from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team in the summer of 2017 after a series of anti-Trump text messages surfaced between the former FBI special agent and anothe…

China says it “will never” join an arms control deal with the U.S. and Russia—Trump doesn’t follow them anyway – (Newsweek)
China warned that a “certain major country has withdrawn from one international treaty and mechanism after another while building up its own nuclear and missile power.”

McGahn to defy subpoena for testimony, face contempt vote – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are facing yet another attempt by President Donald Trump to stonewall their investigations , this time with former White House counsel Donald McGahn defying a…

More Dems press Pelosi on impeachment proceedings: reports – (The Hill)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is facing increased pressure to support impeachment from Democratic House colleagues but has counseled other Democratic leaders to let investigations of President Trump run their course,

Iran Quadruples Nuclear Production in Slamming ‘Crazy President’ Trump – (Crypto Coins News)
In response to Trump’s war taunts, Iran has ramped up its nuclear uranium enrichment program and slammed the US President as “crazy.”

Don McGahn defies subpoena as Trump clash with Congress intensifies – (Google News (UK))
White House had blocked former counsel from testifying while House Democrats push leadership to impeach

House Democrats Push Pelosi On Trump Impeachment In Contentious Meeting: Reports – (The Huffington Post)
The House speaker has advocated for a more incremental approach.

Trump’s Constitutional Conflicts Are Exposed – (Bloomberg)
The president loves the Constitution when it helps stop his advisers from testifying, less so when it’s used to demand the disclosure of his finances.

Michael Cohen Says Trump’s Lawyer Told Him Lie to Congress – (Vice News)
He also told Congress that lawyers for Ivanka Trump told him to lie about her knowledge of her father’s business dealings with Russia.

As fifth migrant child dies on DHS’s watch, Trump administration told it must take action – (Newsweek)
“These tragedies are preventable, and they must end,” Democratic Representative Raul Ruiz said in a statement.

Trump and the GOP ambushed American democracy — but Democrats won’t fight back – (Google News)
Donald Trump is actively trying to destroy democracy. Nancy Pelosi risks being the Neville Chamberlain of our time

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