2019-06-10

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

Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz recovering after shooting in Dominican Republic – (Reuters)
(Note language that may offend some readers in paragraph 12.)

I won’t use tax system to give wealthy a cut: UK PM candidate Gove – (Reuters)
Britain’s environment minister Michael Gove, one of the candidates hoping to succeed Theresa May as prime minister, said on Monday he would never use the taxation system to give the wealthy a tax cut, a dig at favorite Boris Johnson.

Trump threatens tariffs if China’s Xi doesn’t meet with him – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says if Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) doesn’t meet with him at the upcoming Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, this month, additional…

Trump insists there’s more to Mexico deal than meets the eye – (Associated Press)
STERLING, Va. (AP) — Stung by criticism that his deal to avert threatened Mexican tariffs mostly ramps up existing efforts, President Donald Trump is insisting there’s more to it than meets the…

Government: 95 dead in latest massacre to hit central Mali – (Associated Press)
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Unknown assailants killed at least 95 people in an ethnic Dogon village overnight in the latest massacre to destabilize central Mali, a government official said…

Microsoft unveils next-gen ‘Project Scarlett’ Xbox console for release in 2020 – (Reuters)
Microsoft Corp on Sunday unveiled its next-generation Xbox console, known as “Project Scarlett,” which is set to hit store shelves during the 2020 holiday season.

Hong Kong pushes bill allowing extraditions to China despite biggest protest since handover – (Reuters)
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam vowed on Monday to push ahead with amendments to laws allowing suspects to be extradited to mainland China a day after the city’s biggest protest since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

Mexico Senate should ratify USMCA trade deal next week: president – (Reuters)
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he expected Mexico’s Senate to ratify next week a new North American trade deal known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Supreme Court rebuffs bid to expand legal protections for gun silencers – (Reuters)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a bid to widen legal protections for gun silencers in a case involving two Kansas men convicted for failing to register the devices as required by federal law, as the justices again sidestepped a chance to rule on …

Court rejects challenge to regulation of gun silencers – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting a challenge to federal regulation of gun silencers, just days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in…

Top Iran diplomat warns US it cannot ‘expect to stay safe’ – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister warned the U.S. on Monday that it “cannot expect to stay safe” after launching what he described as an economic war against Tehran, taking a hard-line…

APNewsBreak: Naval War College head reassigned pending probe – (Associated Press)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Navy said the president of the U.S. Naval War College was reassigned Monday pending the outcome of an inspector general investigation.The administrative…

Wall St. opens higher on Mexico relief, M&A cheer – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Monday after the United States abandoned plans to impose tariffs on Mexican goods, while a multi-billion dollar deal between United Technologies and Raytheon added to the cheer.

AP Exclusive: 25 years after murders, OJ says ‘Life is fine’ – (Associated Press)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After 25 years living under the shadow of one of the nation’s most notorious murder cases, O.J. Simpson says his life has entered a phase he calls the “no negative…

Mexico says migration reduction measures to be reviewed after 45 days – (Reuters)
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Monday that measures agreed with the United States last week that aim to stem the flow of U.S.-bound migrants entering Mexico from Central America will be evaluated after 45 days.

Trump threatens more tariffs on Mexico over part of immigration deal – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump on Monday hinted more details were to come about a migration pact the United States signed with Mexico last week, saying another portion of the deal with Mexico would need to be ratified by Mexican lawmakers.

Favorite Johnson pledges tax cut as race to succeed PM May starts – (Reuters)
Leading Brexit advocate Boris Johnson promised tax cuts for higher earners if he becomes Britain’s next prime minister as the contest to replace Theresa May – and take charge of the EU divorce – officially kicked off on Monday.

Tory leadership hopefuls vie for spotlight – (BBC News)
Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Raab and Matt Hancock launch their campaigns, as the deadline for entrants looms.

Do protests in Hong Kong ever work? – (BBC News)
Hong Kong has had one of its biggest marches in history – but will it make a difference?

Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West – (Associated Press)
JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint,…

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From various sources

Iran has accelerated production of enriched uranium, IAEA says – (The Jerusalem Post)
It has also begun discussing military confrontation, dispatching extra troops to the region to counter what it describes as Iranian threats.

Lapid: Alleged crook Netanyahu sends another alleged crook due to hearing – (The Jerusalem Post)
Blue and White leader argued that without the criminal charges plaguing the Prime Minister “we would have a unity government by now.”

Palestinian Authority releases anti-corruption activist after public outcry – (The Jerusalem Post)
According to information obtained by the family, he said, his father was detained after reporting to the PA police in Ramallah hours after the raid on his home.

Ya’alon compares Netanyahu to Hamas: They were also elected democraticall – (The Jerusalem Post)
How did such a balance of fear come about, that resembles a dictocracy more than a democracy?” he added.

UK’s Hezbollah revelations part of worrying trend of Iran appeasement – (The Jerusalem Post)
Thirty US and foreign security agencies were involved.

German antisemitism combatant slams Berlin’s pro-BDS ‘anti-Jewish Museum’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
B’nai B’rith International says museum is “distorting Israel’s capital Jerusalem.”

Iran foreign minister slams Netanyahu and Trump ‘deal’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Germany’s foreign minister is in Tehran to preserve the Iran deal.

Gafni: Uncomfortable with PM’s legal woes, will recommend him again anywa – (The Jerusalem Post)
UTJ MK hints a Likud-Israel Resilience Party government could have formed if Lapid had not been a partner with Benny Gantz.

Here’s what celebrities wore at the 2019 Tony Awards – (The Washington Post)
The 73rd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

UN envoy Jolie meets Colombian president over Venezuelan migrant kids – Breitbart – (Breitbart News)
Bogota (AFP) – Actress and UN special envoy for refugees Angelina Jolie met Saturday with Colombian President Ivan Duque to advocate for the

Seagull steals lobster roll out of Maine tourist’s hand in epic photo – (Fox News)
A woman visiting Maine to try her first-ever lobster roll on Friday learned that even the best-laid plans often go awry after a sly seagull swiped the delicacy right out of her hand – but not before capturing the moment in a wild photo.

Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz recovering after shooting in Dominican Republic – (Reuters)
(Note language that may offend some readers in paragraph 12.)

Gove fights to stay in Tory leadership race after cocaine confession – (Daily Mail)
Michael Gove used his campaign launch this afternoon to insist he is the ‘serious’ candidate to take over from Theresa May – in a swipe at Boris Johnson.

Fire crews rescue US tourists who are trapped in Scottish castle – (Daily Mail)
Niki Ghofranian and Ritta Nielsen, from Manhattan Beach, California, were so engrossed by Dunstaffnage Castle,they didn’t realise staff had locked up and gone home.

I won’t use tax system to give wealthy a cut: UK PM candidate Gove – (Reuters)
Britain’s environment minister Michael Gove, one of the candidates hoping to succeed Theresa May as prime minister, said on Monday he would never use the taxation system to give the wealthy a tax cut, a dig at favorite Boris Johnson.

BBC scraps blanket free TV licences for all over 75s – (Daily Mail)
Only over-75s who receive Pension Credit will be able to watch TV for free from June 2020, the BBC announced today.

Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny to spend the season at Schalke – (FourFourTwo)

Boris Johnson vows to raise 40p income tax threshold to £80,000 – (Daily Mail)
Boris Johnson signalled he wants to raise the 40p income tax threshold to £80,000 in England, from the current level of £50,000.

Jerry Maguire star Cuba Gooding Jr. wanted for police questioning over groping claim – (News.com.au)
The NYPD is investigating a woman’s claim that actor Cuba Gooding Jr. inappropriately touched her at a Manhattan club Sunday night, police sources said.

Review: Black Mirror S5 doesn’t quite capture the magic of earlier seasons – (Ars Technica)
Series creator Charlie Brooker is back with three more tales of tech’s darker side.

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All about Trump

Iran foreign minister slams Netanyahu and Trump ‘deal’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Germany’s foreign minister is in Tehran to preserve the Iran deal.

Trump levels new tariff threat against China, defends Mexico showdown – (The Washington Post)
The president tell CNBC that, “China is going to make a deal because they are going to have to make a deal.”

Trump: Big tech companies ‘discriminate against me’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday accused technology companies like Facebook and Google of discriminating…

Trump threatens tariffs if China’s Xi doesn’t meet with him – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says if Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) doesn’t meet with him at the upcoming Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, this month, additional…

Trump insists there’s more to Mexico deal than meets the eye – (Associated Press)
STERLING, Va. (AP) — Stung by criticism that his deal to avert threatened Mexican tariffs mostly ramps up existing efforts, President Donald Trump is insisting there’s more to it than meets the…

Trump Says Fed Policy Makers Have Become ‘Very Disruptive’ – (The Wall Street Journal)
President Trump said that the Federal Reserve has given China a competitive advantage over the U.S. with its monetary policy, adding that it’s clear some officials haven’t listened to his advice to cut interest rates.

Bryan Cranston takes jab at Trump during Tonys: ‘Demagoguery is the enemy of the people’ – (USA Today)
“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston insisted “the media is not the enemy” during his vehement, political acceptance speech at Sunday’s Tony Awards.

Trump: New China tariffs will take effect immediately if Xi skips G-20 | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday threatened to immediately impose tariffs on $300 billion in C…

Donald Trump rips U.S. Chamber of Commerce for attacking his tariff strategy – (USA Today)
Trump says tariffs produced new immigration agreement with Mexico; lawmakers disagree

6/10: CBSN AM – (CBS News)
President Trump defends U.S. – Mexico agreement, rejecting New York Times report that parts of immigration deal was agreed to month ago. Hadestown triumphs at 2019 Tony Awards, winning 8 awards including best musical.

Will Mexico follow through and stick to the new immigration agreement? – (Fox News)
Retired ICE director Tom Homan weighs in on President Trump’s new immigration deal with Mexico.

Mexico’s Border Pact With U.S. Bought Time on Trump Asylum Demand – (The Wall Street Journal)
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the border agreement it struck to avert U.S. tariffs bought Mexico time to show that it can reduce the flood of Central America migrants arriving at the U.S. border.

The highlights from Trump’s half-hour phone call to CNBC’s “Squawk Box” – (Axios)
He threatened a new round of China tariffs if Xi Jinping doesn’t come to the G20 summit.

Trump: If President Xi does not attend G-20, more China tariffs will go into effect immediately – (Google News)
Trump: If President Xi does not attend G-20, more China tariffs will go into effect immediately  CNBC Trump slams Chamber of Commerce over tariff opposition | TheHill  The Hill China stays silent on G20 Xi-Trump meeting, but says door open for talks  Reuter…

Democrats Hold Out on USMCA as Trump Walks Back Mexico Tariffs – (Fortune)
The move deflated tensions with Mexico and clears a path for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement to move forward.

Trump slams Chamber of Commerce over tariff opposition | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday lashed out at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the lobbying organizati…

Kellyanne Conway talks migrant deal with Mexico, says Pelosi has lost control of Democrats – (Fox News)
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway gives an update on ‘Fox & Friends’ on the crisis at the border and reacts to House Democrats holding hearings on Trump obstruction and collusion claims.

Most climate-related litigation in the Trump era supports protections – (Axios)
And courts have not yet upheld any administration efforts to delay or unwind regulations.

Why All of Trump’s Deals Are Bad – (New York Magazine)
Even when he “wins,” like with his Mexico tariff threat, he’s alienating partners he’ll need to deal with again.

Trump threatens more tariffs on Mexico over part of immigration deal – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump on Monday hinted more details were to come about a migration pact the United States signed with Mexico last week, saying another portion of the deal with Mexico would need to be ratified by Mexican lawmakers.

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