2019-05-23

Headlines:

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

Tornadoes kill three, hit U.S. Plains state capital – (Reuters)
Tornadoes killed at least three people in southwest Missouri and slammed into the state capital just before midnight on Wednesday, with rescue workers in Jefferson City searching into the morning for the injured, officials said.

AP sources: Pentagon proposing troop buildup in the Mideast – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian…

New tariffs on Chinese goods to cost typical U.S. household $831 a year: NY Fed research – (Reuters)
The newest round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports will cost the typical American household $831 annually, according to research on Thursday from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

‘American Taliban’ Lindh freed after 17 years in prison – (Associated Press)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The California man who became known as the “American Taliban” after his capture on an Afghanistan battlefield in late 2001 has been released from prison.John Walker…

Pompeo says Huawei CEO lying over ties to China government: CNBC – (Reuters)
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday the chief executive of China’s Huawei Technologies was lying about his company’s ties to the Beijing government, and he believed more American companies would cut ties with the tech giant.

Voting begins in European elections – (Al Jazeera English)
This year’s polls have generated a level of drama and debate normally reserved for the national stage.

Oil extends losses, set for worst week in six months – (Reuters)
Oil prices dropped on Thursday, extending falls from the previous session as trade tensions dampened the demand outlook, putting the main benchmarks on course for their biggest daily and weekly falls in six months.

China says U.S. needs to fix ‘wrong actions’ as Huawei ban rattles supply chains – (Reuters)
China said the United States needs to correct its “wrong actions” in order for trade talks to continue after it blacklisted Huawei, a blow that has rippled through global supply chains and battered technology shares.

India’s ruling party claims victory with wide lead in votes – (Associated Press)
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party claimed it won reelection with a commanding lead in Thursday’s vote count, while the head of the main opposition…

Factbox: Who wants to be Britain’s next prime minister? – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure to resign after a backlash to her final Brexit gambit and has agreed to meet the chairman of her Conservative Party’s 1922 Committee on Friday to discuss her future.

Theresa May clings to power after Brexit gambit backfires – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Theresa May was clinging to power on Thursday after her final Brexit gambit backfired, overshadowing a European election that has shown a United Kingdom still riven over its divorce from the EU.

Brexit crisis: Minister quits, piling pressure on Britain’s May – (Reuters)
Prominent Brexit supporter Andrea Leadsom resigned from Prime Minister Theresa May’s government on Wednesday, piling pressure on the British leader after a new Brexit gambit backfired and fueled calls for her to quit.

Tornado hits Missouri capital as deadly storms sweep state – (Associated Press)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A tornado tore apart buildings in Missouri’s capital city as severe weather swept across the state overnight, killing at least three people and injuring nearly two dozen…

China says U.S. needs to correct wrong actions to continue trade talks – (Reuters)
The United States needs to correct its wrong actions if it wants to continue negotiations with China to end a damaging tariff war, China’s Commerce Ministry said on Thursday, adding that talks should be based on mutual respect.

U.S. $16 billion farm aid program to help expand markets: USDA’s Perdue – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump’s $16 billion aid program will help American farmers hurt by the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, including efforts to open the door to their products outside of China, the U.S. agriculture secretary said on Thursday.

Theresa May hunkers down as premiership enters its end stage – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was hunkered down with close allies on Thursday as she considered whether to give in to relentless pressure to resign, or fight on to save her…

Violent Tornadoes Strike Missouri, Killing 3 and Causing Destruction – (The New York Times)
At least three people were killed in a tornado in southwestern Missouri, while another caused “extensive” damage in Jefferson City, the state capital.

Yes or No: Who’s in charge? Power struggles roil Washington – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen times, Rep. Ayanna Pressley asked the witness for a yes or no answer on housing policy.Not once did Ben Carson, President Donald Trump’s housing secretary, give…

China has more weapons in US tariff war – but do they work? – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — Looking for ways to hit back at Washington as a tariff fight escalates, President Xi Jinping and his economy czar visited a Chinese factory that processes rare earths – exotic…

D-Day veterans revisit Normandy, recall horror and triumph – (Associated Press)
Planes spread out across the sky, nearly wingtip to wingtip. A sniper’s bullet whizzing by the ear. Squeezing a dying soldier’s hand, so he knew he was not alone.Across three quarters of a…

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From various sources

Police use force to detain autistic young man – (The Jerusalem Post)
In the video, the boy can be heard shouting “Mami, Mami, want to go home” and “save me.”

PA Minister: Maybe we should prosecute Trump – (The Jerusalem Post)
Palestinian Culture Minister Atef Abu Saif called on President Donald Trump and several prominent American politicians to be prosecuted for their crimes against the Palestinian people.

Fire causes evacuations in Beit Hagai, one injured near Ashkelon – (The Jerusalem Post)
The heatwave has caused several fires throughout the country with one soldier being treated for injuries after helping extinguish a blaze in Kibbutz Karmiya.

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SpaceX Will Make Vacuum Optimized Raptor and Mass Producing at Three Per Day This Summer – (Next Big Future)
A few months ago SpaceX and Elon Musk were going to only make one version of the new Raptor engine for initial tests and flights but now Elon tweets that a vacuum optimized Raptor engine could be ready earlier.

Millie Bobby Brown Saved The Day After Overhearing That A Girl Was About To Miss Her Graduation – (Buzzfeed)
Travelling with a celeb definitely has its perks!

Google Assistant gets NYC subway arrival times ahead of MTA Google Pay support – (TechCrunch)
Next week, New York City’s Metro Transit Authority will be adding contactless payment support for Google Pay. In the meantime, Google’s getting ready by bringing a key new commuting feature to Android. Starting today, NYC straphangers can use Google Assistant…

Farage warns Corbyn he also faces disaster because of the Brexit Party – (Daily Mail)
The Brexit Party leader was junilant as he voted in Kent today and has predicted they ‘could win big’ today as voters abandon the Tories, leaving them up to 23 per cent behind in the polls.

#DeniedMyVote: EU election day chaos as British expats can’t vote – (Daily Mail)
British voters living elsewhere in the EU have not been sent voting forms. And EU citizens in the UK report being turned away from polling stations Both groups have taken to Twitter to complain.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea author Judith Kerr dies aged 95 – (Daily Mail)
Beloved children’s author Judith Kerr (pictured) has died at the age of 95 following a short illness, her publisher has announced.

Bank CEO charged with trying to bribe Paul Manafort for position in Trump administration – (Axios)
Stephen Calk gave Manafort a ranked list of positions he wanted in exchange for $16 million in loans.

Telltale Games’ catalog being pulled from GOG – (Polygon)
Episodic games like The Wolf Among Us, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Batman: The Enemy Within, and Tales from the Borderlands, as well as the Sam & Max and Puzzle Agent series, will be delisted from GOG.com on May 27.

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All about Trump

PA Minister: Maybe we should prosecute Trump – (The Jerusalem Post)
Palestinian Culture Minister Atef Abu Saif called on President Donald Trump and several prominent American politicians to be prosecuted for their crimes against the Palestinian people.

Trump calls Rex Tillerson ‘dumb as a rock’ after claims about Putin meeting – (Fox News)
President Trump mocked Rex Tillerson as “ill prepared” and “dumb as a rock” as he disputed his former secretary of state’s claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin was more prepared than him during a 2017 summit.

Bank CEO charged with trying to bribe Paul Manafort for position in Trump administration – (Axios)
Stephen Calk gave Manafort a ranked list of positions he wanted in exchange for $16 million in loans.

Donald Trump’s friend is on course to become U.K. prime minister – (Newsweek)
Johnson, the former British foreign secretary, is favorite to replace U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, whose leadership is all but over because of Brexit.

Buttigieg says he would support impeachment proceedings against Trump – (The Hill)
Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg said on Thursday that he would support an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, but added that he would leave it to Congress to decide when those proceedings should begin.

Tabloid Columnist Wants Trump to Investigate ‘Bitcoin Manipulation Madness’ – (Crypto Coins News)
New York Post columnist John Crudele has urged President Donald Trump, China and the EU to conduct investigations into bitcoin’s price manipulation.

Trump Fumes Over Rex Tillerson’s Claim That Putin Out-Prepared Him – (The Huffington Post)
“I don’t think Putin would agree,” the president tweeted, calling his former secretary of state “dumb as a rock.”

Wells Fargo, TD Bank have already given Trump-related financial documents to Congress – (NBC News)
Wells Fargo and TD Bank are the two of nine institutions that have complied with subpoenas by the House Financial Services Committee on the Trump Organization.

Sarah Sanders addresses Trump’s walkout – CNN Video – (CNN)
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders reacts to President Trump’s comments following his meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who accused Trump of engaging in a cover-up beforehand.

U.S. $16 billion farm aid program to help expand markets: USDA’s Perdue – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump’s $16 billion aid program will help American farmers hurt by the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, including efforts to open the door to their products outside of China, the U.S. agriculture secretary said on Thursday.

Dow Plunges as Trade War Backlash Triggers Market Meltdown – (Crypto Coins News)
The Dow sped toward another brutal loss after Beijing bared its fangs to deliver the shellshocked Trump administration a withering trade war rebuke.

Trump: Not possible for Democrats to ‘investigate and legislate at the same time’ – (The Hill)
President Trump hit congressional Democrats early Thursday, saying lawmakers on Capitol Hill cannot “investigate and legislate at the same time.”

Trump calls ex-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ‘dumb as a rock,’ claims he made up Putin story – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump accused the former secretary of state of making up a story that he had been ill-prepared for a meeting with Vladimir Putin.

After infrastructure blowup, Trump owns Washington gridlock – (Google News)
By telling Democrats he won’t work on items like infrastructure until they end their investigations into him, President Trump took ownership of D.C. gridlock.

Yes or No: Who’s in charge? Power struggles roil Washington – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen times, Rep. Ayanna Pressley asked the witness for a yes or no answer on housing policy.Not once did Ben Carson, President Donald Trump’s housing secretary, give…

Trump fires back at ‘dumb as a rock’ Tillerson on Putin – (The Hill)
President Trump on Thursday blasted Rex Tillerson after The Washington Post reported that the former secretary of State told lawmakers that Russian President Vladimir Putin was

New Donald Trump sanctions target the shadowy Chinese weapons dealer in China-Iran ballistic missile deals – (Newsweek)
“This is an initial shot of a well-thought-out, methodical campaign that we will wage against China,” said the Trump administration official.

Tillerson told lawmakers Putin was more prepared than Trump for meeting: report – (The Hill)
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told lawmakers this week that Russian President Vladimir Putin was more prepared or a key meeting in Germany than President Trump, The Washington Post

Cree leader Poundmaker is getting an apology from Trudeau. But what really happened in 1885? – (Google News (Canada))
Poundmaker was convicted of treason-felony for his role in the Battle of Cut Knife Hill in the 1885 Rebellion, on what some historians say were trumped-up charges

House Democrats Take on Trump Through High-Stakes Litigation – (The Wall Street Journal)
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is playing an unusually active role in federal courtrooms, where the fate of key Trump administration policies as well as the powers of Congress to investigate the president are at stake.

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