2019-06-04

Headlines:

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

World’s biggest firms foresee $1 trillion climate cost hit – (Reuters)
More than 200 of the world’s largest listed companies forecast that climate change could cost them a combined total of almost $1 trillion, with much of the pain due in the next five years, according to a report published on Tuesday.

China handles Tiananmen anniversary with usual silence – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — Dissidents silenced. Security tightened. References scrubbed from the internet.China imposed an information lockdown Tuesday on the 30th anniversary of its bloody crackdown…

Trump snubs UK Labour leader, calls him a “negative force” – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had decided not to meet opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on his trip to Britain, describing him as a “negative force”.

There is no choice but to spend more on defense, Trump tells NATO allies – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said NATO allies had no choice but to increase their military spending, repeating his demand that all those in the alliance meet the target of spending 2% of GDP a year on defense.

The Latest: Trump predicts passage of Brexit deal, lauds May – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s visit to Europe (all times local):2:55 p.m.President Donald Trump is predicting the eventual passage of a Brexit deal.

House to vote next week on whether to find Barr, McGahn in contempt – (Reuters)
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to the probe into Russian meddling in the 201…

Trump views rare copy of U.S. Declaration of Independence with UK PM May – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump was shown a handwritten parchment copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence – one of only two known to exist – during a visit to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office on Tuesday.

Trump baby blimp flies in London as protests greet president – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Thousands of protesters greeted President Donald Trump’s U.K. visit with anger and British irony Tuesday, crowding London’s government district while the U.S. leader met Prime…

Trump praises Johnson and Hunt in race to be British prime minister – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said Boris Johnson and British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt were both strong candidates to become prime minister, when he was asked about the race to succeed Theresa May.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls Trump a “poster boy for the far-right” – (Reuters)
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Tuesday Donald Trump was a poster boy for far-right activists all over the world, continuing a long-running spat with the U.S. President.

Trump tells Mexico to stop “invasion” of migrants – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump told Mexico to stop the “invasion” and “onslaught” of migrants entering the United States illegally, or face rising U.S. import tariffs which would cause the loss of foreign investment.

Mexican president expects deal with U.S. over immigration – (Reuters)
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday said he expects to reach a deal with the United States over immigration before Washington carries out its threat to enact punitive tariffs.

Kim’s sister back in public eye at North Korea’s mass games – (Associated Press)
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The powerful younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attended a public event in Pyongyang for the first time in more than 50 days, casting further doubt on…

APNewsBreak: Virginia gov. to call special session on guns – (Associated Press)
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will recall lawmakers to the state Capitol in coming weeks to take up a package of gun-control legislation he said is urgently needed to…

Moon sightings, politics play a part in Muslim holiday – (Associated Press)
BEIRUT (AP) — Muslims across the Middle East and beyond began Tuesday marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, one of the most celebrated holidays for the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, amid…

Fighting Germans and Jim Crow: Role of black troops on D-Day – (Associated Press)
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — It was the most massive amphibious invasion the world has ever seen, with tens of thousands of Allied troops spread out across the air and sea aiming to get a toehold in…

Sudan protesters remain defiant after deadly army crackdown – (Associated Press)
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Thousands of Sudanese pro-democracy protesters remained defiant of the country’s military rulers Tuesday, a day after security forces violently cleared away their main…

U.S. President Trump speaks to PM candidate Johnson – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump waded into Britain’s political crisis on Tuesday by telephoning Boris Johnson, the Brexit-supporting favourite to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.

Joe Biden’s $5T climate plan: Net zero emissions by 2050 – (Associated Press)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is pitching a $5 trillion-plus climate proposal that he says would lead the U.S. to net zero emission of carbon pollution by 2050.Biden’s plan…

Trump’s Tariffs Could Nullify Tax Cut, Clouding Economic Picture – (The New York Times)
President Trump’s plans to increase tariffs on imports from Mexico and China would wipe out the benefits of his signature tax cuts for the poorest Americans, analyses show.

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From various sources

‘Why not Sara?’ Some use national mourning to jeer against PM’s wife – (The Jerusalem Post)
Efraim Shamir posted on social media his wish that wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would pass-away rather than Nechama Rivlin, causing an uproar.

Moshav Mevo Modi’im residents go on shopping spree funded by Christians – (The Jerusalem Post)
A fire, one of many around Israel on May 23, was large enough to have damaged some 794 hectares of land belonging to the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and KKL-JNF.

Syria: Iran is not leaving, despite U.S. and Israeli pressure – (The Jerusalem Post)
The report seeks to downplay rumors that an upcoming US, Israel and Russia trilateral meeting in Israel would examine Iran’s presence in Syria.

Former IDF chief: We have opportunity for further work with Arab countrie – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Iran is a very strong country, with a lot of resources including formidable human resources that could threaten Israel in a very developed way…”

Ten arrested in Hebron following Ramadan end-date debate – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Palestinian Authority along with Jordan, and Egypt ruled that Eid al-Fitr will begin tomorrow, but countries like Saudi Arabia, uled that the Ramdan ended yesterday.

Wodehouse POW, the Example of Hungary, and the Other NASA – (The American Conservative)
Also: The frailty of memory, and more.

Regime Changers and the ‘Pro-Regime’ Slur – (The American Conservative)
Regime changers are big fans of promoting dissent if it can be used to achieve their goals, but when it is turned against them and the policies they support they quickly become as intolerant of it as any other authoritarian.

House Committee on Oversight and Reform holds facial recognition technology hearing – (Fox News)

Login – (Axios)
Ina Fried, our expert on tech, illuminates the news shaping Silicon Valley and tech products. Weekday mornings

House GOP holds weekly press event – (Fox News)

Former House Speaker and Marijuana Foe John Boehner Set to Make Millions From Cannabis Legalization – (Newsweek)
The former House speaker once famously said that he was “unalterably opposed” to decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level.

World’s biggest firms foresee $1 trillion climate cost hit – (Reuters)
More than 200 of the world’s largest listed companies forecast that climate change could cost them a combined total of almost $1 trillion, with much of the pain due in the next five years, according to a report published on Tuesday.

Quebec developer tops Air Canada’s offer for Transat – (Financial Post)
Air Canada already in talks to buy Transat for $520 million

With “My Songs” Sting underlines the lasting quality of his music – (The Economist)
To this day he is much admired, and much derided

Lawyers For College Admissions Scam Parents Claim Payments Weren’t Bribes – (The Huffington Post)
Nearly 20 parents have pleaded not guilty, including “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.

China handles Tiananmen anniversary with usual silence – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — Dissidents silenced. Security tightened. References scrubbed from the internet.China imposed an information lockdown Tuesday on the 30th anniversary of its bloody crackdown…

Trump snubs UK Labour leader, calls him a “negative force” – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had decided not to meet opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on his trip to Britain, describing him as a “negative force”.

27 Dresses To Wear To A Wedding That Nobody Will Believe You Got At Walmart – (Buzzfeed)
“I love your dress. Where’s it from?” —what you’ll hear multiple times at the wedding

See photos and behind-the-scenes video from <em>Mr. Mercedes </em>season 3 – (Entertainment Weekly)
See exclusive photos and behind-the-scenes video from ‘Mr. Mercedes’ season 3, returning to the Audience Network this fall.

Ron Howard is developing an animated musical – (Entertainment Weekly)
Oscar-winning director Ron Howard still has a bucket list — and making an animated musical is on it.

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All about Trump

Trump snubs UK Labour leader, calls him a “negative force” – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had decided not to meet opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on his trip to Britain, describing him as a “negative force”.

There is no choice but to spend more on defense, Trump tells NATO allies – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said NATO allies had no choice but to increase their military spending, repeating his demand that all those in the alliance meet the target of spending 2% of GDP a year on defense.

The Latest: Trump predicts passage of Brexit deal, lauds May – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s visit to Europe (all times local):2:55 p.m.President Donald Trump is predicting the eventual passage of a Brexit deal.

Brexit, trade and NI on agenda for Trump, Varadkar – (RTE)
Brexit, Northern Ireland, E3 visas and trade are all expected to be on the agenda when Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets US President Donald Trump in Shannon.

Trump views rare copy of U.S. Declaration of Independence with UK PM May – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump was shown a handwritten parchment copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence – one of only two known to exist – during a visit to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office on Tuesday.

Trump, May tout ‘special relationship’ during joint news conference in UK – (Fox News)
President Trump and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May deliver statements on their alliance, global threats, trade and the anniversary of D-Day at a joint news conference in the Foreign Commonwealth Office Courtyard.

Trump: ‘Foolish’ for GOP to try to stop tariffs on Mexico – (The Hill)
President Trump on Tuesday insisted he will follow through with new tariffs on Mexico if it does not do more to curb illegal migration and said it would be “foolish” for congressional Republicans to try and stop him.

Virginia pastor explains prayer for Trump after some ‘hurt’ by it – (Fox News)
The Northern Virginia pastor who prayed for President Trump on stage after an unscheduled visit Sunday explained why he did so, acknowledging “some within our church…are hurt that I made this decision.”

Trump baby blimp flies in London as protests greet president – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Thousands of protesters greeted President Donald Trump’s U.K. visit with anger and British irony Tuesday, crowding London’s government district while the U.S. leader met Prime…

Trump praises Johnson and Hunt in race to be British prime minister – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said Boris Johnson and British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt were both strong candidates to become prime minister, when he was asked about the race to succeed Theresa May.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls Trump a “poster boy for the far-right” – (Reuters)
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Tuesday Donald Trump was a poster boy for far-right activists all over the world, continuing a long-running spat with the U.S. President.

Trump says Brexit should and will happen during UK news conference – (CNN)
Britain’s exit from the European Union will happen and should happen, President Donald Trump said Tuesday during a news conference alongside outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

Trump tells Mexico to stop “invasion” of migrants – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump told Mexico to stop the “invasion” and “onslaught” of migrants entering the United States illegally, or face rising U.S. import tariffs which would cause the loss of foreign investment.

Trump dismisses UK protests as ‘fake news’ – (The Hill)
President Trump on Tuesday dismissed protests of his state visit in the United Kingdom as “fake news,” while bashing two British politicians for being overly critical of him.

Trump Has Revealed That Jeremy Corbyn Offered A Meeting And He Said No – (Buzzfeed)
The US president claimed the leader of the Labour party was a “negative force”.

Senate Republicans Consider Blocking Trump On Mexico Tariffs: Reports – (The Huffington Post)
Such a move could set up a rare clash between the president and his party.

Trump during U.K. visit: “I don’t see any protests” – (Axios)
Reality check: There are mass protests underway across the country.

Trump baby blimp rises again – near Trump robot on toilet – for London visit – (USA Today)
The London-based Stop Trump Coalition, which owns the blimp, is reviving the baby blimp to protest the president’s visit this week.

Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK: Live updates – CNNPolitics – (CNN)
President Trump said London Mayor Sadiq Khan is a “negative force” who has done a “poor job” running the city.

Senate Republicans discuss vote to block Trump’s tariffs on Mexico – (NBC News)
Senate Republicans are discussing ways to block President Donald Trump from imposing tariffs on Mexican goods, two Republican Senate sources familiar with the discussions told NBC News.

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