2019-05-24

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Brexit brings down May, Johnson stakes leadership claim – (Reuters)
Fighting back tears, Theresa May said on Friday she would quit after failing to deliver Brexit, setting up a contest that will install a new British prime minister who could pursue a cleaner break with the European Union.

India’s ruling party takes 303 of 525 seats in election win – (Associated Press)
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with leaders of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday after his thunderous victory in national elections.Modi met…

Wall Street opens higher as trade worries ease – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks rose at the open on Friday, a day after a sharp sell off, as sentiment was buoyed by comments from President Donald Trump predicting a swift end to the protracted trade dispute with China.

UK Conservative lawmaker Brady considering leadership bid: BBC – (Reuters)
British Conservative Party lawmaker Graham Brady is considering running for the party’s leadership following the resignation of Prime Minister Theresa May, the BBC reported on Friday.

Brexit is not a threat to British prosperity: Johnson – (Reuters)
Britain can forge a “fantastic free trade relationship” with Europe after it quits the European Union, but can also be a champion for global free trade, lawmaker and Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson said on Friday.

We’ll keep working for orderly Brexit post-May, Merkel says – (Reuters)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she respected the decision of her British counterpart Theresa May to quit as Prime Minister and said Berlin would continue to work closely with London to secure an orderly Brexit.

U.S. core capital goods orders, shipments weak in April – (Reuters)
New orders for U.S.-made capital goods fell more than expected in April, further evidence that manufacturing and the broader economy were slowing after a growth spurt in the first quarter that was driven by exports and a buildup of inventories.

Timeline: Theresa May: three tumultuous Downing Street years – (Reuters)
Theresa May bowed out after nearly three years as prime minister on Friday, defeated by her inability to deliver Brexit.

Trump expands Barr power over classified Russia probe info – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has granted Attorney General William Barr new powers to review and potentially release classified information related to the origins of the Russia…

UK Foreign Secretary Hunt to stand for Conservative leadership: local paper – (Reuters)
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will stand for the leadership of the Conservative Party following the resignation of Prime Minister Theresa May, his local paper said on Friday.

UK’s Johnson says Britain should plan for no-deal Brexit – (Reuters)
Britain should be prepared to walk out of the European Union without a deal if it is to negotiate a suitable exit agreement, British lawmaker and prime minister hopeful Boris Johnson said on Friday.

Ex-marine calls Russia spy case ‘political kidnap’ – (BBC News)
Paul Whelan claims he is “constantly subjected” to abuse and harassment in jail in Russia.

UK’s May says she’ll quit as Conservative leader June 7 – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Bowing to the inevitable, Theresa May announced Friday that she will step down as U.K. Conservative Party leader in two weeks, admitting defeat in her attempt to take Britain out of…

Going Back: Faces of the men who fought at Normandy – (Associated Press)
The men who fought on D-Day, June 6, 1944, are now in their 90s or 100s, wrinkled and often moving with the help of a cane or wheelchair. Their hands often tremble and their voices shake as they…

U.S. regulator sees approval of Boeing 737 MAX to fly as soon as late June: sources – (Reuters)
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expects to approve Boeing Co’s 737 MAX jet to return to service as soon as late June, representatives of the U.S. air regulator informed members of the United Nations’ aviation agency in a private briefing on Thursday…

Theresa May Resigns: Live Updates – (The New York Times)
Mrs. May announced on Friday that she would be stepping down as leader of her Conservative Party and then as Britain’s prime minister, after repeatedly failing to win Parliament’s approval for a deal to withdraw the country from the European Union.

AP Explains: How retirement legislation impacts you – (Associated Press)
Americans generally do not have enough saved for retirement and Congress is considering a number of measures to address that.There are a few retirement-related bills of note making their…

Arguments over rape and incest divide abortion opponents – (Associated Press)
Even as the anti-abortion movement celebrates the sweeping bans passed in several states, it’s divided by a widening rift over whether those prohibitions should apply to victims of rape and…

‘Sabotaged’ tanker in Gulf of Oman leaked oil – (BBC News)
A satellite spotted an oil slick trailing from a tanker mysteriously attacked off the UAE on 12 May.

10 Things to Know for Today – (Associated Press)
Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. PM MAY TO LEAVE DOWNING STREETTheresa May announces she will step down as…

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From various sources

What Narendra Modi should do next – (The Economist)
India’s ruling party has won a huge victory. If only it governed as well as it campaigns

Heavy heat, train tracks expands, foresters ‘fight flames with tears’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Train workers monitor tracks as some of them expand in the extreme heat wave.

What It Takes to Make a Hollywood Mockbuster, the “Slightly Shittier” Blockbuster – (Vice News)
Meet the people making cheesy, low-budget versions of hit movies.

Show HN: Workstation – Showcase Your Setup – (Hacker News)

Trump Plans To Roll Back Transgender And Abortion-Related Protections In Health Care – (Buzzfeed)
A draft rule released Friday would undo nondiscrimination protections in health care for transgender people as well as women who have had abortions.

Making a Game Boy game in 2017: A “Sheep It Up!” Post-Mortem (part 1/2) – (Hacker News)
What does it take to release a new game cartridge for the Game Boy in 2017? Here’s my experience, with a lot of details on the tools I used and the challenges I faced!

In Google’s hometown, some residents are living on the streets in RVs – (Fox News)
There’s a housing crisis in one of the most affluent areas in the country. To make it even more shocking, it’s at the doorstep of one of the world’s most valuable companies: Google.

Shrieks, snorts, an ‘epic bear fart:’ How a Canadian brought Game of Thrones dragons to life | CBC News – (CBC News)
Sound designer Paula Fairfield said the final season of the HBO fantasy drama was an enormous challenge.

Pro Rata – (Axios)
Insider views on deals and dealmakers in venture capital, private equity and M&A, by Dan Primack. Weekday mornings

Watch Samsung’s AI turn Mona Lisa into a talking head video – (Mashable)
Scary.

Trump tweets heavily edited video of Pelosi played by Fox Business – (CBS News)
The tweet comes amid an escalating war of words between the president and House speaker

Adam Levine is leaving<em> The Voice</em> after 16 seasons – (Entertainment Weekly)
The Maroon 5 singer will be replaced by Gwen Stefani on NBC’s ‘The Voice.’

Best Buy cancels Samsung Galaxy Fold preorders – (TechCrunch)
Samsung is taking its time bringing the Galaxy Fold back to market. And frankly, that’s probably for the best. The Note debacle from a few years back was an important lesson about what happens when you rush a product back to market. That one resulted in a sec…

Bryan Cranston says “Network” is a warning about “ideological camps” – (CBS News)
The Tony nominee says viewers should be open to receiving ideas and information from outside their “ideological camp”

ACLU, Planned Parenthood challenge Alabama abortion law as unconstitutional – (The Hill)
The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit a Friday challenging Alabama’s recently passed abortion ban.  “This law is blatant

Planned Parenthood and ACLU sue over Alabama’s ‘extreme abortion ban’ – (NBC News)
The ACLU, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the ACLU of Alabama filed the lawsuit Friday challenging Alabama’s abortion ban.

Supreme Court orders new manslaughter trial in death of Cindy Gladue – (The Globe And Mail)
Canada’s highest court made decision after four judges ruled out possibility of a murder conviction in the case that sparked nationwide protests

25 Things Everyone Who Wears Makeup Should Own – (Buzzfeed)
Everything you need to make your makeup game next level.

<em>Orange Is the New Black</em> star Taylor Schilling shares final season hopes – (Entertainment Weekly)
‘Orange Is the New Black’ star Taylor Schilling shares what to expect in season 7.

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All about Trump

Trump Plans To Roll Back Transgender And Abortion-Related Protections In Health Care – (Buzzfeed)
A draft rule released Friday would undo nondiscrimination protections in health care for transgender people as well as women who have had abortions.

Trump tweets heavily edited video of Pelosi played by Fox Business – (CBS News)
The tweet comes amid an escalating war of words between the president and House speaker

Trump: Intelligence agencies must ‘quickly and fully’ cooperate with Barr review of 2016 surveillance – (USA Today)
The White House also announced that AG Barr has been delegated the authority to declassify information related to the surveillance review.

Trump heads to Japan as war of words with Pelosi escalates in Washington – (CBS News)
President Trump is traveling to Japan for an official state visit as his war of words with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi escalates at home. He’s also given Attorney General William Barr sweeping authority to review the origins of the Russia investigation. CBS Ne…

Trump Administration Moves to Roll Back Protections for Transgender Patients – (The Wall Street Journal)
The Trump administration on Friday moved to roll back health-care protections for transgender patients by replacing an Obama-era policy that expanded nondiscrimination protections.

Democratic presidential candidates split on impeaching Trump – (CBS News)
Democratic candidates for president are considering whether to call for impeachment proceedings for President Trump, as the standoff between the White House and Congress escalates. CBSN political contributor Sean Sullivan joined CBSN to discuss what the candi…

Wall Street opens higher as trade worries ease – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks rose at the open on Friday, a day after a sharp sell off, as sentiment was buoyed by comments from President Donald Trump predicting a swift end to the protracted trade dispute with China.

Dow Blasts Higher After Trump’s Trade War Boast Stuns Markets – (Crypto Coins News)
The Dow shot higher after Trump delivered a trade war boast that stunned Wall Street, but is he fattening the stock market on a diet of false hopes?

New Trump administration rule would roll back transgender health care protections – (The Hill)
A new proposal from the Trump administration would roll back health care protections for transgender people.

Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, low gas prices bring home a cheap win for Trump – (Axios)
Energy prices are politically ominous for presidents when they’re high.

Trump and His Supporters Are Hyping a Doctored Video of Nancy Pelosi Appearing Drunk – (Vice News)
Experts warn that this is just the beginning of “deepfake” political propaganda.

Trump-Pelosi Feud Hits New Lows With ‘Doctored’ Video – (Fortune)
President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday night to tweet out an edited video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stumbling over her words.

Trump expands Barr power over classified Russia probe info – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has granted Attorney General William Barr new powers to review and potentially release classified information related to the origins of the Russia…

Late-night comics make light of Trump-Pelosi drama – CNN Video – (CNN)
Late-night hosts make fun of the escalating feud between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as they fail to make a deal on infrastructure policy.

Trump lists people he believes committed treason – CNN Video – (CNN)
During an impromptu press conference, a reporter asked President Donald Trump to expound on his recent claims of treason and name specific people he is accusing.

This May hurt: British politics – (The Economist)
Also, Donald Trump battles over financial records, and why music thrills and chills

Iran uses proxies to punch above its weight in the Middle East, experts say – (NBC News)
From Hezbollah in Lebanon to Houthi rebels in Yemen, Iran exerts power and deters its enemies through armed proxies. The Trump administration has threatened to go after them if U.S. interests come under attack.

Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘I’m not the machine I play in the movies’ – (Financial Times)
The former ‘Governator’ on getting ripped, sparring with Trump — and why we need ‘Climate Action Heroes’

Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson: Donald Trump’s friends are about to dominate British politics – (Newsweek)
As U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May announces her resignation as Conservative leader on the eve of President Donald Trump’s state visit, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage are set to gain.

Bahrain and the naysayers – (The Jerusalem Post)
Former peace process officials from the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations are making light of Trump’s first-stage ‘economic workshop’ to his ‘Deal of the Century.’

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