2019-06-11

Headlines:

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

Mexico to ramp up southern border infrastructure to tackle migration – (Reuters)
Mexico must significantly improve border infrastructure on its southern frontier with Guatemala to make a success of a deal struck last week with the United States to reduce migration, Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday.

Trump says more to come in U.S.-Mexico deal despite denials – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said part of the migrant deal with Mexico announced over the weekend had yet to be made public, despite denials by top Mexican officials.

Accused Russian reporter to go free after outcry – (BBC News)
Drugs charges against Russian investigative reporter Ivan Golunov dropped after massive public outcry.

UK PM candidate Leadsom against second Scottish referendum, but ‘never say never’ – (Reuters)
Andrea Leadsom, a candidate to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, said on Tuesday she would fight against Scotland holding a second independence referendum, but that she could “never say never” to granting one.

Trump and Biden head to Iowa in a potential 2020 preview – (Associated Press)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After months of jabbing each other from afar, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will overlap Tuesday in Iowa, a state that’s critical to their political…

Trump defends tariff strategy as China says it’s ‘not afraid of a trade war’ – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended the use of tariffs as part of his trade strategy while China vowed a tough response if the United States insists on escalating trade tensions amid ongoing negotiations.

Detained US resident freed by Iran, on his way to Lebanon – (Associated Press)
BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. permanent resident and Lebanese businessman who was imprisoned for years in Iran has been freed and was on his way back to his native Lebanon on Tuesday, a development that…

As bishops gather, prosecutors step up scrutiny of church – (Associated Press)
DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and…

House resolution would make it easier to enforce subpoenas – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A resolution being voted on Tuesday in the House would make it easier for Democrats to sue President Donald Trump’s administration and other potential witnesses who refuse to…

Erratic weather boosts energy demand, denting climate goals: BP – (Reuters)
Extreme temperatures around the globe drove a sharp acceleration in energy demand and carbon emissions last year, oil giant BP said on Tuesday, issuing a stark warning that the world risks losing the battle against climate change.

AP analysis: Broad legalization cuts into medical marijuana – (Associated Press)
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When states legalize pot for all adults, long-standing medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half their registered patients in just a few…

Japan premier hopes to ease US-Iran tensions in Tehran visit – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s trip to Tehran represents the highest-level effort yet to de-escalate tensions between the U.S. and Iran as the country…

Underlying U.S. producer inflation pushing higher – (Reuters)
U.S. producer prices increased solidly for a second straight month in May, boosted by a surge in the cost of hotel accommodation and gains in a range of other services, pointing to a steady pickup in underlying inflation pressures.

Hong Kong political strife continues with protests, strikes – (Associated Press)
HONG KONG (AP) — Opponents of legislation in Hong Kong that would allow criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China are planning more protests and labor strikes in an attempt to block the…

Botswana decriminalizes gay sex in landmark Africa case – (Associated Press)
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana became the latest country to decriminalize gay sex on Tuesday in a landmark case for Africa when the High Court rejected as unconstitutional sections of the penal code…

Hong Kong braces for new mass protests against planned extraditions to China – (Reuters)
Hong Kong braced for strikes, transport go-slows and another mass demonstration in protest against a proposed extradition law that would allow people to be sent to China for trial, as the Chinese-ruled city’s leader vowed defiance.

David Ortiz back in Boston after shooting in Dominican bar – (Associated Press)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — David Ortiz was back in Boston for medical care after authorities said the former Red Sox slugger affectionately known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman…

Nizar Zakka: Iran frees detained Lebanese businessman – (Al Jazeera English)
US permanent resident Zakka, who was imprisoned for years in Iran freed, is on his way back to Beirut, officials say.

Feisty Virginia primaries closely watched for national trend – (Associated Press)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Voting has begun in primary elections Tuesday in Virginia, where off-year contests for all 140 seats in the state legislature can serve as a political barometer for the coming…

Oxfam criticised over Haiti sex claims – (BBC News)
The charity failed to spot a “culture of poor behaviour” and did not report claims of child abuse.

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From various sources

The difference between ‘retaining’ and ‘annexing’ territory – (The Jerusalem Post)
“You can retain territory without annexing it,” Baker said. “That is what we did in the [Oslo accord] interim agreement, we retained Area C…we haven’t annexed it.”

Ministry of Defense, Lockheed Martin Sign F-35 Maintenance Agreement – (The Jerusalem Post)
Five-year long contract is worth over NIS 150 million.

MK Frej to propose joint Jewish-Arab leadership for Meretz – (The Jerusalem Post)
Frej considering run for leadership which would be the first time an Arab-Israeli has sought to run for head of a Zionist party.

PA rejects joint investigation with IDF into Nablus firefight – (The Jerusalem Post)
The incident, Adnan Damiri said, began when PA security officers noticed a suspicious vehicle near their headquarters in Nablus.

Syria says no to restoring ties with ‘terrorist-supporting’ Hamas – (The Jerusalem Post)
Hamas’s refusal to support the regime of Bashar Assad in the civil war that erupted in Syria in 2011 prompted the Syrians to cut their relations with the movement.

Where in the world is Benny Gantz? – analysis – (The Jerusalem Post)
The only thing that seems to still be missing is… a candidate to run against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Raptors and Monster Energy fight over rights to claw | CBC News – (CBC News)
Documents filed with the U.S. Patent Office’s trial and appeal board show that Monster Energy, makers of a popular energy drink, says the Raptors’ logo of a clawed-up basketball is too similar to the one it uses.

House Democratic leaders hold press conference – (Fox News)

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

Kate Middleton and Prince William in Cumbria – (Daily Mail)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in a Cumbrian market town as they kick off an afternoon of engagements in the region.

Man United prepare improved bid for Palace defender – report – (FourFourTwo)
Manchester United are preparing a new offer for Aaron Wan-Bissaka after having their initial bid for the full-back rejected.

Mexico to ramp up southern border infrastructure to tackle migration – (Reuters)
Mexico must significantly improve border infrastructure on its southern frontier with Guatemala to make a success of a deal struck last week with the United States to reduce migration, Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday.

Trump says more to come in U.S.-Mexico deal despite denials – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said part of the migrant deal with Mexico announced over the weekend had yet to be made public, despite denials by top Mexican officials.

Uber and AT&T team up for always-on connectivity for Uber Copter and Uber Air – (TechCrunch)
Uber is partnering with mobile network operator AT&T on the always-on connectivity it’ll require for its aerial transportation service network. The on-demand mobility company announced the team-up at its annual ‘Elevate’ summit, which brings together a number…

Tax defaulters pay €22m to Revenue in first quarter – (The Irish Times)
Liquidated medical equipment supplier Eurosurgical pays €12.4m

Accused Russian reporter to go free after outcry – (BBC News)
Drugs charges against Russian investigative reporter Ivan Golunov dropped after massive public outcry.

U.S. sends Britain a formal request to extradite Julian Assange – (Daily Mail)
Assange (pictured after his arrest on April 11) is due in a UK court for an extradition hearing this week and is wanted across the Atlantic to face charges under the Espionage Act.

9 Easy Things You Can Do That Will Help When You’re Feeling Burnt Out – (Buzzfeed)
It’s OK to take time for yourself.

18 Addictive Snacks That Are Healthier Than A Bag Of Chips – (Buzzfeed)
Grab a funnel!

Eurosurgical in €12m settlement with Revenue – (RTE)
A medical and surgical equipment company, which featured in an RTÉ Investigates programme in 2015 about alleged breaches of hospital procurement procedures, has made the biggest settlement on the latest tax defaulters list.

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All about Trump

Trump says more to come in U.S.-Mexico deal despite denials – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said part of the migrant deal with Mexico announced over the weekend had yet to be made public, despite denials by top Mexican officials.

White House: ‘Laughable’ that Biden would call Trump an ‘existential threat’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
The White House on Tuesday brushed off Joe Biden’s plan to call President Trump an “existential t…

Trump’s Nixon-like poll numbers on impeachment – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s John Avlon delves into the history of impeachment and how it relates to President Donald Trump.

Acosta: I wanted to send a message defending the press – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Jim Acosta says he decided to write his new book “The Enemy of the People” as a response to President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media and to underscore the importance of a free press in the United States.

Trump and Biden head to Iowa in a potential 2020 preview – (Associated Press)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After months of jabbing each other from afar, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will overlap Tuesday in Iowa, a state that’s critical to their political…

Trump defends tariff strategy as China says it’s ‘not afraid of a trade war’ – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended the use of tariffs as part of his trade strategy while China vowed a tough response if the United States insists on escalating trade tensions amid ongoing negotiations.

NASA administrator says ‘nothing has changed’ after Trump’s tweet – (The Verge)
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine claims “nothing has changed” after President Trump seemed to question the space agency’s plans to return humans to the Moon in a tweet on June 7th. While speaking at NASA Glenn Research Center, Bridenstine argued that the Mo…

Was the Old Cuba Playbook Worth Dusting Off? – (Fortune)
Trump’s turn to economic sanctions quiets dialogue, threatens islands’ private businesses.

House resolution would make it easier to enforce subpoenas – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A resolution being voted on Tuesday in the House would make it easier for Democrats to sue President Donald Trump’s administration and other potential witnesses who refuse to…

Trump tariffs: Your tax cut is now almost entirely wiped out by tariffs – (CBS News)
The typical family received a $930 annual tax break, but the president’s tariffs are adding $831 to yearly budgets

Trump hits Fed over high interest rates: ‘They don’t have a clue!’ – (The Hill)
President Trump on Tuesday complained that the Federal Reserve doesn’t “have a clue” amid a series of tweets defending his use of tariffs and alleging that multiple currencies have been devalued against the dollar.

Trump says very low inflation in US ‘a beautiful thing’ – (Financial Times)
US president also renews attack on Fed as producer price data shows growth moderated in May

Collins: Dems are trying to tie the word ‘impeachment’ to Trump – Fox News – (Google News)
Collins: Dems are trying to tie the word ‘impeachment’ to Trump  Fox News Justice Department strikes deal with House Democrats over Mueller report evidence, Nadler says  CNN Ex-Nixon aide John Dean testifies on Watergate-Russia ‘parallels,’ as GOP mocks app…

Trump ‘an existential threat’: Biden to take aim at the president as they cross paths in Iowa – (NBC News)
Former Vice President Joe Biden is campaigning in Iowa on Tuesday just as President Donald Trump makes a visit to the state. Biden wants to create a contrast.

PBS has a lot to content with between corporate media giants and Trump, – (Recode)
Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, and Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, will talk with Recode’s Peter Kafka at Code Conference 2019.

Hate Speech, Robotaxis and Hamptons Real Estate – (Bloomberg)
“Not My People”: Trump Hectoring of Fed Chairman Complicates Rate Calls (Wall Street Journal); see also The Fed Should Ignore Trump and Contemplate Cuts …

Trump’s war on the media may endanger free press – (CNN)
It was February 16, 2017, and President Donald J. Trump had just held a news conference in the White House East Room to confront questions about his decision to fire his national security adviser, Michael Flynn. As he was jousting with reporters over the stil…

Sam Donaldson: What Jim Acosta is doing is exactly right – (CNN)
Sam Donaldson writes that Jim Acosta’s new book “Enemy of the People” shows how we have never seen a president like Donald J. Trump, whose disdain, even contempt for many members of the press is almost daily on display. Jim Acosta and the other hardworking me…

Trump and Biden set for long-distance face-off in Iowa – (CNN)
President Donald Trump will make his first stop of the campaign season in Iowa Tuesday — where he will cross paths with the potential 2020 Democratic nominee who has consumed him the most: Joe Biden.

Trump and Biden set for long-distance face-off in Iowa – (Google News)
President Donald Trump will make his first stop of the campaign season in Iowa Tuesday — where he will cross paths with the potential 2020 Democratic nominee who has consumed him the most: Joe Biden.

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