2019-05-30

Headlines:

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

Wall Street rises after trade-driven selloff – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks rose for the first time this week on Thursday, as President Donald Trump said trade talks with China are doing well, offering a glimmer of hope to markets roiled by trade tensions.

Trump assails ‘totally conflicted’ Robert Mueller – (BBC News)
The US president launches a fierce personal attack on the special counsel in the Russia inquiry.

DC’s go-go sound becomes anti-gentrification battle cry – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the soundtrack of “Chocolate City,” the nonfederal Washington that has traditionally been a tent pole of black America.Go-go music, a distinctive D.C.-specific…

India’s Modi sworn in after election landslide – (BBC News)
Thousands are attending the ceremony in central Delhi, including Bollywood stars and regional leaders.

‘Good old boy network’ dominates FBI academy, lawsuit claims – (Reuters)
Sixteen women filed a lawsuit against the FBI on Wednesday, claiming sexual discrimination and accusing it of running “a good old boy network” in its training program.

Louisiana governor to sign ‘heartbeat’ ban, latest move to curb U.S. abortion rights – (Reuters)
Louisiana’s Democratic governor said on Wednesday he would sign a bill passed earlier in the day to ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, the latest legislation in a movement in mostly Southern and Midwest states to curb abortion rights.

Man who set himself on fire near White House has died: officials – (Reuters)
A man who set himself on fire near the White House has died of his injuries, the U.S. Park Police said on Thursday.

Trump says he was not told of request to move USS John McCain ‘out of sight’ – (Reuters)
(The May 29 story corrects ship’s namesake in paragraph 5)

Trump says not involved in keeping McCain ship out of sight – (Associated Press)
President Donald Trump said Thursday he had nothing to with directing the U.S. Navy to keep a warship named for the late Sen. John McCain out of sight during his visit to Japan this…

Seven South Koreans dead, hope dims for missing in Budapest boat disaster – (Reuters)
Hungarian rescue officials said there was little chance of finding survivors after a boat with South Korean tourists onboard sank on the Danube river in Budapest, with seven people confirmed dead and 21 missing.

Trump: Mueller is a ‘never Trumper,’ who led a biased probe – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump blasted special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday, calling him a “never Trumper” who led a biased investigation on Russia’s interference in the 2016…

Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana face flood of ‘historic magnitude’ – (Reuters)
Thousands of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana residents braced for more flooding on Wednesday, and some evacuated their homes, as forecasts of further rain drove fears that decades-old levees girding the Arkansas River may not hold.

U.S. believes Russia conducting low-level nuclear tests: official – (Reuters)
The United States believes Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear tests, a U.S. intelligence official on Wednesday, while the head of a body monitoring a global nuclear treaty said there was no sign of such violations by Moscow.

Democrats’ 2020 policy blitz largely lacking on immigration – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential contenders are in a feverish battle to one-up each other with ever-more-ambitious plans to beat back global warming , curb gun violence , offer universal…

Boy, 6, airlifted from theme park – (BBC News)
Witnesses say the boy, who is in a stable condition, fell from a ride at Lightwater Valley in North Yorkshire.

Trump says U.S. doing well in trade talks with China – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States was doing well in trade talks with China and that Beijing wanted to make a deal with Washington.

US economy grew at solid 3.1% rate in Q1 – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.1% rate in the first three months of the year, but much of that gain was based on temporary factors that will likely fade, leaving growth much…

Trump defends request to hide ship named McCain – (BBC News)
The president says whoever did it was “well meaning” as “they know I’m not a fan of John McCain.”

What’s in a name? You say French Open; I say Roland Garros – (Associated Press)
PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams and Roger Federer would love to win the French Open again, of course. They’d also be thrilled to win Roland Garros. And they might not know it, but they are doing…

The Bond Market Is Trying to Tell Us Something (Worry) – (The New York Times)
The financial world is suddenly tuning in, nervously, to what is typically a much less exciting sector.

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From various sources

When picking leaders, the EU should put skill before box-ticking – (The Economist)
Surely Europe can find a better president than Manfred Weber?

Papua New Guinea’s prime minister has resigned – (The Economist)
Peter O’Neill leaves office with little to show for his eight years in power

Trump expresses disappointment Netanyahu failed to form coalition – (The Jerusalem Post)
The comments by the president are some of many supportive remarks made about Netanyahu throughout an election season.

IDF completes destruction of “flagship” Hezbollah tunnel- watch – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Ramiyeh tunnel was the largest cross-border attack tunnel dug by the group.

Islamic Jihad releases video showing drones attacking Israeli tanks- watc – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Your fortresses don’t stand before us.”

Netanyahu to Kushner: We had a little event last night – (The Jerusalem Post)
The “economic workshop” in Bahrain is meant to discuss the economic aspects of the Trump peace deal without unveiling any of the political components.

A third election in 2019? It can certainly happen – analysis – (The Jerusalem Post)
The premise was that polls at the time were predicting 61 MKs for the Center-Left bloc, which included Arab parties unwilling to enter any coalition.

Four Chinese infrastructure giants bid for Tel Aviv light rail tender – (The Jerusalem Post)
The tender has been described by NTA as the largest in Israel’s history and worth approximately NIS 15 billion ($4.14bn.)

9/11 Memorial Glade dedication ceremony – (Fox News)

Pitching accuracy rates of over 99% for multiple cancer screens, Thrive launches with $110 million – (TechCrunch)
For more than 25 years the founders of Thrive Earlier Detection have been researching ways to improve the accuracy of liquid biopsy tests. The fruits of that labor from Dr. Bert Vogelstein, Dr. Kenneth Kinzler and Dr. Nickolas Papadopoulos — all professors an…

Trump escalates attacks on Mueller – (The Hill)
President Trump on Thursday escalated his attacks on Robert Mueller one day after the special counsel essentially said it is up to Congress whether to hold the president accountable for his actions during the Russia probe.

‘I’ll remember their bravery’: Canadian soldier returning to Normandy after 75 years knows pilgrimage won’t be easy – (The Globe And Mail)
When Earl Kennedy, 95, stormed the beach in Normandy it was an inferno of smoke, bullets and blood. He lost comrades, unable to help them as he had to keep moving forward. Next week, he’ll pay them a final tribute

Police recruit rejected for being white heterosexual male joins force – (Daily Mail)
Matthew Furlong wanted to follow in the footsteps of his detective inspector father but was rejected from Cheshire Police. A tribunal found he was discriminated against for being a white male.

Machine learning startup Weights & Biases raises $15M – (TechCrunch)
Weights & Biases, a startup building development tools for machine learning, has raised $15 million in its second round of funding. The company was started by CrowdFlower founders Lukas Biewald and Chris van Pelt, along with former Google engineer Shawn Lewis…

Another Ripple From the Huawei Ban: Scientific Peer Review – (Wired)
IEEE, an engineering organization that publishes several scientific journals, has banned Huawei employees from prepublication peer reviews.

Hamilton pay tribute to departing Woods and Gordon – (FourFourTwo)

Emilia Clarke responds to Reddit fundraiser for her charity: ‘I’m so incredibly moved’ – (Entertainment Weekly)
The ‘Game of Thrones’ actress recorded a heartfelt message of thanks for the user who kicked off the online campaign.

Lil Nas X surprises the elementary school that went crazy for “Old Town Road” – (CBS News)
Rapper Lil Nas X just pulled off what he calls the biggest concert of his life. He surprised Lander Elementary School in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, with a show. The kids screamed and jumped to their feet as soon as they saw him walk into the gym on Wednesday. So…

ExxonMobil and Chevron shareholders reject proposals to tackle climate change – (Axios)
An Exxon resolution calling for a new board committee on climate won just 7.4% support.

Mount Everest deaths not causing Nepal to rethink rules or climber permit numbers yet official says today – (CBS News)
More climbing permits were issued by the government this season than ever, contributing to traffic jams cited by climbing veterans as a cause in 11 deaths

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All about Trump

Trump expresses disappointment Netanyahu failed to form coalition – (The Jerusalem Post)
The comments by the president are some of many supportive remarks made about Netanyahu throughout an election season.

Netanyahu to Kushner: We had a little event last night – (The Jerusalem Post)
The “economic workshop” in Bahrain is meant to discuss the economic aspects of the Trump peace deal without unveiling any of the political components.

Trump escalates attacks on Mueller – (The Hill)
President Trump on Thursday escalated his attacks on Robert Mueller one day after the special counsel essentially said it is up to Congress whether to hold the president accountable for his actions during the Russia probe.

Trump: Russia Helped Get Me Elected. Minutes Later: Russia Didn’t Help Me Get Elected. – (Vice News)
He tweeted his first acknowledgement that Russia played a part

Wall Street rises after trade-driven selloff – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks rose for the first time this week on Thursday, as President Donald Trump said trade talks with China are doing well, offering a glimmer of hope to markets roiled by trade tensions.

Trump assails ‘totally conflicted’ Robert Mueller – (BBC News)
The US president launches a fierce personal attack on the special counsel in the Russia inquiry.

President Trump contradicts himself on Russia’s role in election – CNN Video – (CNN)
President Donald Trump told reporters that Russia didn’t help him get elected in 2016 after tweeting the opposite a short time earlier.

Navy told to keep USS John McCain from Trump’s view – (CBS News)
Officers were told to keep a warship named for the late Sen. John McCain out of President Trump’s view during his Memorial Day weekend visit to Japan, CBS News has confirmed.

Trump: Look, Mueller should have never been chosen – CNN Video – (CNN)
President Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, one day after Robert Mueller’s pubic remarks on the Russia investigation.

Trump says he was not told of request to move USS John McCain ‘out of sight’ – (Reuters)
(The May 29 story corrects ship’s namesake in paragraph 5)

Trump says not involved in keeping McCain ship out of sight – (Associated Press)
President Donald Trump said Thursday he had nothing to with directing the U.S. Navy to keep a warship named for the late Sen. John McCain out of sight during his visit to Japan this…

Trump: Mueller is a ‘never Trumper,’ who led a biased probe – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump blasted special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday, calling him a “never Trumper” who led a biased investigation on Russia’s interference in the 2016…

Trump unleashes fury on Mueller, again disputes US intelligence findings on Russia – (CNN)
President Donald Trump launched a furious broadside Thursday morning against Robert Mueller the day after the special counsel discussed the findings of his report into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the investigation’s inability to clear the Pr…

GOP Gerrymandering Expert Helped Add Census Citizenship Question, New Filing Shows – (The Huffington Post)
Civil liberties groups say new evidence bolsters their lawsuit claiming the Trump administration isn’t giving its real reason for adding the question.

Trump Steps Up Attacks on Robert Mueller – (The Wall Street Journal)
President Trump continued to attack Robert Mueller, a day after the special counsel’s comments put the task of assessing Mr. Trump’s conduct in the lap of a Democratic-controlled House.

Trump: Whoever kept USS John McCain out of sight was ‘well-meaning’ – (Google News)
“I was not a big fan of John McCain in any way shape or form,” Trump tells reporters. “He killed health care. I was never a fan, but I would never do anything like that.”

Conservatives Stunned by Mueller Suggesting Trump Is Not Innocent – (New York Magazine)
They believed their own Mueller report propaganda. Presented with reality, their minds reeled in shock.

Trump attacks late senator amid tensions over moving USS McCain – CNN Video – (CNN)
President Trump denies involvement in discussions regarding moving the Navy warship USS McCain for Trump’s recent Japan visit.

Donald Trump: ‘Well meaning’ aides tried to shield him from viewing McCain’s ship – (USA Today)
The Wall Street Journal reported that officials wanted the USS John S. McCain to be kept “out of sight” during Trump’s visit to Japan.

Trump Denies Knowing of Directive to Move USS McCain ‘Out of Sight’ – (The Wall Street Journal)
President Trump denied knowing about a White House request to move “out of sight” the warship USS John S. McCain during his visit to Japan, but said whoever issued the directive was “well meaning.”

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