2019-06-12

Headlines:

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

Confusion abounds as Trump’s July 4 plans remain a mystery – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — With three weeks to go, exactly what’s going to happen in Washington on the Fourth of July remains a subject of intense confusion because of President Donald Trump plans to…

Biden and Trump attack each other in a possible 2020 preview – (Associated Press)
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden repeatedly laid into each other while traveling in the battleground state of Iowa, unleashing verbal attacks that…

UK PM candidate Hunt says: Parliament likely to block a no-deal Brexit – (Reuters)
Jeremy Hunt, one of the candidates vying to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, said the British parliament would likely block a no-deal Brexit so the country needed a leader who could negotiate with the EU rather than making empty threats.

Salesforce bets on big data with $15.3 billion Tableau buy – (Reuters)
(Corrects paragraph 14 and 15 of this June 10 story to say Tableau deal is expected to cut Salesforce’s 2020 adjusted EPS by about 20-22 cents, not 37- 39 cents. Adjusted EPS is now expected to be $2.68-$2.70, not $2.51-$2.53, after the company clarified. The…

2 former FBI leaders, Trump’s son to testify to committees – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats angling to spotlight damning allegations from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report are focusing Wednesday on contacts between the Trump 2016 presidential…

The Murderer Was Full of Hate. But Did He Commit a Hate Crime? – (The New York Times)
For the Muslim community that lost three students to a gunman in North Carolina, motive matters.

Hong Kong protesters vow to keep fighting extradition law – (Associated Press)
HONG KONG (AP) — Following a day of sit-ins, tear gas and clashes with police, Hong Kong students and civil rights activists vowed Wednesday to keep protesting a proposed extradition bill that has…

Russian police detain more than 400 at protest over journalist – (Reuters)
Russian police detained more than 400 people, including opposition politician Alexei Navalny, at a protest in Moscow on Wednesday calling for punishment for police officers involved in the alleged framing of a journalist.

UK Labour moves to prevent new PM pursuing no-deal Brexit: Starmer – (Reuters)
Britain’s opposition Labour Party said on Wednesday it had brought forward a motion for parliament to take control of government business to prevent a new prime minister pursuing a no-deal Brexit.

As president, Harris would pursue Trump obstruction case – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Kamala (KAH’-mah-lah) Harris says that if she’s elected president, her Justice Department “would have no choice” but to pursue an obstruction of justice case against…

N Carolina man pleads guilty to killing 3 Muslim students – (Associated Press)
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina man charged with killing three much-admired Muslim university students pleaded guilty Wednesday, four years after the slayings.Craig Stephen Hicks,…

Ebola kills child in Uganda as two new cases confirmed – (Al Jazeera English)
Total of three cases in Uganda as world health officials consider meeting to discuss global emergency warning.

Wall St. opens flat as hopes of a rate cut counter trade worries – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened flat on Wednesday as Washington’s tough stance heightened worries of a prolonged U.S.-China trade war, with losses offset by tame inflation data that supported the case for an interest rate cut.

5-year-old dies of Ebola as outbreak crosses Congo border – (Associated Press)
KASINDI, Congo (AP) — A 5-year-old boy vomiting blood became the first cross-border victim of Ebola in the current outbreak on Wednesday, while two more people in Uganda tested positive for the…

Expectations low for Trump-Xi talks, preparations limited – (Reuters)
With under three weeks to go before proposed talks between the Chinese and U.S. leaders, expectations for progress toward ending the trade war are low and sources say there has been little preparation for a meeting even as the health of the world economy is a…

Shares snap seven-day hot streak; U.S. inflation feeds Fed bets – (Reuters)
World share markets snapped a seven-day winning streak on Wednesday as the White House took a tough line on trade talks with China, while a barely visible rise in U.S. inflation kept up talk of an early cut in interest rates there.

U.S. consumer prices barely rise; underlying inflation muted – (Reuters)
U.S. consumer prices barely rose in May, pointing to moderate inflation that together with a slowing economy could increase pressure on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates this year.

UK government will oppose Labour bid to seize parliamentary time: PM May’s spokesman – (Reuters)
The British government will instruct its lawmakers to vote against an attempt on Wednesday by the opposition Labour Party to seize control of parliamentary time to try and stop a no-deal Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said.

Japan premier in Iran as Yemen rebels strike Saudi airport – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe landed Wednesday in Tehran on a mission to ease tensions between the U.S. and Iran, just hours after Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen launched…

The long road: Hong Kong’s democratic struggles since 1997 – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — On July 1, 1997, Tung Chee-Hwa, the first chief executive of Hong Kong, declared, “For the first time in history, we, the people of Hong Kong, will be master of our own…

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From various sources

Netanyahu: Israel preempts, and does not only wait to respond after the fact – (The Jerusalem Post)
Netanyahu said that in a “systematic and consistent manner” Israel was working to prevent its enemies “from establishing attack bases in our vicinity.”

Half of Israelis in favor of removing the blockade on Gaza: study – (The Jerusalem Post)
Academic Institute for Structural Reforms found blockade increase radicalization against Israel more than military operations.

URP leaders call for right-wing unity after Yogev-Bennett war of words – (The Jerusalem Post)
A source in New Right told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that it was “99% certain” that New Right would run together with another party.

Jon Stewart criticizes Congress for ignoring 9/11 first responders fund – (The Jerusalem Post)
“You should be ashamed of yourselves for those who aren’t here but you won’t be because accountability doesn’t appear to be something that occurs in this chamber,” Jon Stewart said.

‘Prepared food affair’: Sara Netanyahu signs plea deal – (The Jerusalem Post)
The state has also preserved the right to sue Netanyahu in civil court for an additional NIS 175,000.

Girish Karnad was one of India’s foremost storytellers – (The Economist)
The playwright, actor and director died on June 10th aged 81

Iraqis remember ISIS massacres five years later – (The Jerusalem Post)
The shocking takeover of a large part of central and western Iraq by Islamic State in 2014 haunts people today across the country.

Trump’s Homeland Security Chief Is Giving Bad Immigration Data to Congress – (Vice News)
Kevin McAleenan said that 90% of asylum seekers don’t show up for their hearings. That’s not true.

Meta-Research: A comprehensive review of randomized clinical trials in three medical journals reveals 396 medical reversals – (Hacker News)
An analysis of more than 3000 randomized controlled trials published in JAMA, the Lancet and NEJM has identified 396 medical reversals.

Palestinians urge Egypt, Jordan to reconsider going to U.S.-led conference – (The Jerusalem Post)
Egypt, Jordan will attend the conference on the Palestinian economy, Palestinians afraid the US will kill its dream of statehood.

House Foreign Affairs Committee holds hearing – (Fox News)

House Oversight and Reform Committee holds contempt vote against Barr, Ross – (Fox News)

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

Uber unveils new Volvo self-driving vehicle in a step towards robotaxi service – (TechCrunch)
Uber Advanced Technologies Group unveiled Wednesday a new generation of self-driving Volvo XC90 SUVs that are designed and built to be fully driverless, a critical milepost for the company as it inches towards deployment of a robotaxi service Volvo and Uber h…

Five words you should never type into Google when planning a holiday – (Mirror)
A computer security company have revealed the search terms which could prove dangerous to put into Google when planning a getaway

United States 13-0 Thailand and six other embarrassing defeats, including Brazil, Arsenal, and Chelsea – (TalkSport)
talkSPORT.com take a look at other teams who have been outclassed by their opponents

Confusion abounds as Trump’s July 4 plans remain a mystery – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — With three weeks to go, exactly what’s going to happen in Washington on the Fourth of July remains a subject of intense confusion because of President Donald Trump plans to…

Facebook’s Blood Donations feature arrives in U.S., will alert donors in times of need – (TechCrunch)
Facebook today is expanding its set of features focused on blood donations. The company since 2017 has been working with blood donation centers worldwide who have been able to use the platform to reach potential donors and then reach out to them in times of n…

Kamala Harris: My Justice Department “would have no choice” but to prosecute Trump – (Axios)
“Everyone should be held accountable, and the president is not above the law.”

Biden and Trump attack each other in a possible 2020 preview – (Associated Press)
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden repeatedly laid into each other while traveling in the battleground state of Iowa, unleashing verbal attacks that…

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All about Trump

Trump’s Homeland Security Chief Is Giving Bad Immigration Data to Congress – (Vice News)
Kevin McAleenan said that 90% of asylum seekers don’t show up for their hearings. That’s not true.

Confusion abounds as Trump’s July 4 plans remain a mystery – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — With three weeks to go, exactly what’s going to happen in Washington on the Fourth of July remains a subject of intense confusion because of President Donald Trump plans to…

Kamala Harris: My Justice Department “would have no choice” but to prosecute Trump – (Axios)
“Everyone should be held accountable, and the president is not above the law.”

Biden and Trump attack each other in a possible 2020 preview – (Associated Press)
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden repeatedly laid into each other while traveling in the battleground state of Iowa, unleashing verbal attacks that…

Donald Trump Jr. testifying before Senate panel behind closed doors – (CNN)
Donald Trump Jr. said Wednesday that he had “nothing to correct” in his testimony as he arrived for a return interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Trump accidentally reveals part of his alleged secret deal – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon take a closer look at the paper President Donald Trump waved that he claimed contained a secret immigration deal with Mexico.

Trump’s remark stuns CNN panel: ‘Whose side is he on?’ – CNN Video – (CNN)
President Donald Trump’s response to a question about whether Kim Jong Un’s slain half brother was a CIA source, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, stunned several members of a CNN panel.

2 former FBI leaders, Trump’s son to testify to committees – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats angling to spotlight damning allegations from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report are focusing Wednesday on contacts between the Trump 2016 presidential…

Trump Administration To Detain Migrant Children On Site Of WWII Japanese American Internment Camp – (The Huffington Post)
Fort Sill in Oklahoma will be used as a “temporary emergency influx shelter” for surging numbers of unaccompanied minors detained at the border.

Beto O’Rourke Promises to Use Executive Orders to Overturn Trump Transgender Troop Ban – (Fortune)
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has unveiled a plan to protect LGBTQ rights on the morning he led a Pride Run

Kamala Harris Says Her DOJ Would Likely Pursue Obstruction Charges Against Trump – (The Huffington Post)
The senator told “The NPR Politics Podcast” that the department under her presidency “would have no choice” given Robert Mueller’s report.

Donald Trump Jr. appears before Senate Intelligence Committee – (CBS News)
President Trump’s eldest son is appearing for another round of closed-door testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. CBS News’ Nancy Cordes has more on the latest developments from Capitol Hill.

As president, Harris would pursue Trump obstruction case – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Kamala (KAH’-mah-lah) Harris says that if she’s elected president, her Justice Department “would have no choice” but to pursue an obstruction of justice case against…

Trump Jr. back for second interview with Intelligence panel | TheHill – (The Hill)
Donald Trump Jr. is back on Capitol Hill for a a second interview Wednesday with the Senate Intel…

Expectations low for Trump-Xi talks, preparations limited – (Reuters)
With under three weeks to go before proposed talks between the Chinese and U.S. leaders, expectations for progress toward ending the trade war are low and sources say there has been little preparation for a meeting even as the health of the world economy is a…

Trump touts immigration deal with Mexico but reveals no details – (CBS News)
President Trump may have accidentally revealed part of his “secret” deal with Mexico to curb illegal immigration while talking with reporters. The president refused to share details of what was on that piece of paper. But photographers captured portions of th…

‘Nothing to correct’: Donald Trump Jr. appears before Senate panel for 2nd time – (Google News)
Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, returned to the Hill on Wednesday for a 2nd time before the Senate Intelligence Committee, sources told ABC News.

States Will Try to Block Sprint/T-Mobile Merger If Trump’s DOJ Won’t. Good. – (New York Magazine)
As the state attorneys general suing on antitrust grounds know, competition among four national cellular providers serves Americans well.

The 31 most stunning lines from Donald Trump’s impromptu press conference – (CNN)
Before heading to Iowa on Tuesday, President Donald Trump stopped to take questions — LOTS of them — from the press corps outside the White House. In his now-characteristic fashion, Trump prowled up and down the line of reporters — picking people at random…

The World Has Lost Confidence in America’s Leadership Since Donald Trump Was Elected, Peace Index Shows – (Newsweek)
Global approval of U.S. leadership has also fallen 17 percentage points since 2009, when former President Barack Obama entered the Oval Office.

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