2019-06-13

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House intelligence panel subpoenas ex-Trump advisers Flynn, Gates – (Reuters)
The U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas against former White House adviser Michael Flynn and President Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, the panel said in a statement on Thursday.

Factbox: Latest on suspected attacks on tankers in Gulf of Oman – (Reuters)
Here is the latest from Reuters on attacks on two tankers on Thursday south of the Strait of Hormuz, through which almost a fifth of the world’s oil is shipped:

The Latest: Russians, Filipinos, Georgian on targeted vessel – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local):5:35 p.m.The firm that operates the Front…

High-speed network for first responders raises concerns – (Associated Press)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The police chief of Alaska’s largest city hurried out of the department’s glass building after the ground began to shake. Phone lines jammed and even police radios were…

25 officers injured in Memphis after marshals kill fugitive – (Associated Press)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Armed officers and an angry crowd faced off after a black man was fatally shot in a confrontation with U.S. marshals in a working-class Memphis neighborhood.People in…

Front Altair’s crew unharmed and now in Iran: shipping firm – (Reuters)
The crew of Frontline’s Front Altair comprised 11 Russian, one Georgian and 11 Philippine nationals who are unharmed following an explosion, Frontline said on Thursday.

Trump says he’d ‘want to hear’ foreign dirt on his rivals – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that if a foreign power offered dirt on his 2020 opponent he’d be open to accepting it and that he’d have no obligation to call in the FBI.”I…

Brexit supporter Johnson far ahead in contest to replace British PM – (Reuters)
Boris Johnson, who has pledged to deliver Brexit on Oct. 31, surged closer to power on Thursday, winning by far the most support from Conservative lawmakers in the first round of the contest to replace Prime Minister Theresa May.

Wall St. opens higher on energy gains, rate cut hopes – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday, led by gains in energy shares, with hopes of an interest rate cut adding to the upbeat mood.

Factbox: Strait of Hormuz – the world’s most important oil artery – (Reuters)
Explosions that damaged two tankers south of the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday come a month after four vessels were targeted in “sabotage attacks” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

Michael Flynn and Rick Gates Subpoenaed to Testify by House Committee – (The New York Times)
The subpoenas are tied to the Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russia’s attempts to influence U.S. politics and whether foreign interests could influence Mr. Trump, his family or associates.

Trump Says ‘I’d Take It’ if Russia Again Offered Dirt on Opponent – (The New York Times)
The president slapped back at his own F.B.I. director, Christopher Wray, who has said candidates contacted by foreign governments seeking to influence an election should call his bureau.

Hong Kong in limbo as extradition protests crisis deepens – (Associated Press)
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s legislature suspended meetings Thursday as leaders considered their next steps following violent clashes between police and protesters opposed to a bill that would…

Oil surges after Gulf tanker attacks, stocks claw higher – (Reuters)
Suspected attacks on two tankers off the coast of Iran saw oil markets erupt out of their recent slump on Thursday and kept traders gobbling up ultra-safe government bonds, gold and the Japanese yen.

Tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman fuel security, oil supply fears – (Reuters)
Attacks on two oil tankers on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman left one ablaze and both adrift, shipping firms said, driving oil prices up 4% over worries about Middle East supplies.

Tankers targeted near Strait of Hormuz amid Iran-US tensions – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were damaged in suspected attacks on Thursday, leaving one ablaze and the other adrift and forcing sailors to…

U.S. weekly jobless claims rise; imported inflation weak – (Reuters)
The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, which could add to concerns that the labor market was losing steam after job growth slowed sharply in May.

Trump praises ex-adviser Flynn, offers ‘good luck’ as sentencing nears – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday praised his former adviser Michael Flynn, who had pleaded guilty as part of the federal Russia investigation, and offered him “good luck” one day before an update was due in the case ahead of sentencing.

Hong Kong protest leaders call for Sunday rally, city-wide strike – (Al Jazeera English)
Announcement of fresh rally comes a day after Hong Kong police dispersed crowds with rubber bullets and tear gas.

Tory leadership vote results – (BBC News)
All the updates on the ballot, as three candidates eliminated and seven through to next round.

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From various sources

Tory candidates are misleading people about a no-deal Brexit – (The Economist)
Hardliners say it would be fine, moderates say it could be stopped. Both may be in for a nasty surprise

Israel slams German FM for ‘dishonest rewriting’ of Anne Frank’s legacy – (The Jerusalem Post)
Germnay’s Foreign Ministry celebrated Iran’s revolution in February at Tehran’s embassy in Berlin.

US diplomat Satterfield visits to finalize date for Israel-Lebanon talks – (The Jerusalem Post)
Satterfield arrived from Lebanon and met with National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat. This is his second visit here in just over two weeks.

Hamas calls on mediators to save Gaza truce – (The Jerusalem Post)
Holding Israel responsible for failing to fully implement the understandings, Khalil al-Haya, a senior Hamas official, warned that Hamas may be forced to respond to the alleged foot-dragging.

Tanker attack puts Trump in a bind on Iran – analysis – (The Jerusalem Post)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to Iraq where he reportedly showed the Iraqis intelligence on the threats.

135 years after last time, Paris to dedicate a square to Jerusalem – (The Jerusalem Post)
The square will be established in the central 17th Arrondissement, in the site of the future European Center of Judaism (ECJ), which is currently under construction.

Trump furiously insists meeting ‘Prince of Whales’ shows he can discuss ‘everything’ with foreign powers – (Independent)
His comments follow after Mr Trump said he would accept dirt from foreign governments during a political adversary again, and not tell the FBI

Recent Match Report – Australia vs Pakistan, World Cup, 17th match | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read the detailed Reports & Articles of Australia vs Pakistan, World Cup, 17th match only on ESPNcricinfo.com

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

The day Kane Williamson played an ungrammatical shot – (ESPN Cric Info)
The highlights and the sidelights of the World Cup, through the experiences of our correspondents

Emma, the London-based money management app, launches in the US and Canada – (TechCrunch)
Emma, the U.K. money management app (now calling itself your “best financial friend”), has launched in the United States and Canada — and is now one of a plethora of London fintechs venturing states-side. Competing banking app Cleo entered the U.S. nine month…

Father reveals drunk shopping sprees have seen him splash out £4k – (Daily Mail)
David Hayes from County Durham says he rarely remembers his drunken purchases until he is greeted by a confirmation email, prompting a flashback in his hungover state.

Beto O’Rourke: The country can do “far better” than Joe Biden – (Axios)
“I’m not exactly sure what he believes or what he should apologize for,” O’Rourke said on Morning Joe.

At least four more suspects in David Ortiz shooting still on the loose – (CBS News)
Police in the Dominican Republic say they’re now holding the suspected gunman in the shooting of Red Sox legend David Ortiz. The suspect is one of six people under arrest, and police say they’re looking for at least four other suspects. Police still have not …

24 Bras To Replace The One You Wear Every Day – (Buzzfeed)
I know you wear that weird, old, nude bra seven days a week because like…same.

Hamilton quartet re-sign for next season – (FourFourTwo)

Owner of Greenvale Hotel where teenagers died plans to demolish property – (The Irish Times)
Lauren Bullock, Morgan Barnard and Connor Currie died after crush near hotel

Uber Investors Are Wary as it Rides Into the Helicopter Business – (Fortune)
While consumers may delight in the idea of taking an Uber helicopter to JFK this fall, investors have grown weary of money-losing businesses.

Publishing startup Serial Box is resurrecting Orphan Black – (The Verge)
The BBC’s Orphan Black ran for five years on television, and it’s set to return later this summer on a new platform. Publishing startup Serial Box has announced that it will continue the story as one of its “serials” — an episodic novel with accompanying narr…

WSJ Survey: Most Economists Say Fed’s Next Move Is Rate Cut – (The Wall Street Journal)
More than three quarters of economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expect the Federal Reserve’s next move will be to lower interest rates, which most expect to happen by the fall.

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All about Trump

Tanker attack puts Trump in a bind on Iran – analysis – (The Jerusalem Post)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to Iraq where he reportedly showed the Iraqis intelligence on the threats.

Trump furiously insists meeting ‘Prince of Whales’ shows he can discuss ‘everything’ with foreign powers – (Independent)
His comments follow after Mr Trump said he would accept dirt from foreign governments during a political adversary again, and not tell the FBI

House intelligence panel subpoenas ex-Trump advisers Flynn, Gates – (Reuters)
The U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas against former White House adviser Michael Flynn and President Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, the panel said in a statement on Thursday.

Biden Is Not Reading Parts Of His Stump Speeches That Attack Trump – (Vice News)
“Be nice, Joe!” He’s leaving some of the biggest zingers in his speeches on the page.

Trump Has Spent $10 Million on 2020 Digital Ads in Battleground States – (Fortune)
The blitz of Trump 2020 ads ran recently in states including Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.

Trump says he’d ‘want to hear’ foreign dirt on his rivals – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that if a foreign power offered dirt on his 2020 opponent he’d be open to accepting it and that he’d have no obligation to call in the FBI.”I…

Trump plays defense after saying he’s open to information from foreign countries – (CBS News)
President Trump tweeted Thursday morning that he speaks with “foreign governments” every day, and shouldn’t have to alert the FBI

Trump Wants To ‘Do Something’ About EU Wine Tariffs. But U.S. Producers Have Bigger Problems—in China – (Fortune)
Donald Trump’s own trade policies have closed off the U.S. wine industry’s fastest-growing export market.

Michael Flynn and Rick Gates Subpoenaed to Testify by House Committee – (The New York Times)
The subpoenas are tied to the Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russia’s attempts to influence U.S. politics and whether foreign interests could influence Mr. Trump, his family or associates.

Donald Trump gets Prince Charles’s title very wrong in huge Twitter gaffe – (Mirror)
The US president’s awkward blunder was quickly deleted – but not before thousands of social media users spotted it

Trump Says ‘I’d Take It’ if Russia Again Offered Dirt on Opponent – (The New York Times)
The president slapped back at his own F.B.I. director, Christopher Wray, who has said candidates contacted by foreign governments seeking to influence an election should call his bureau.

Why Trump Might Want to Reconsider Taking Foreign Dirt on 2020 Rivals – (Fortune)
“I think I’d take it,” the president said in an interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos that aired Wednesday.

Pelosi says Trump giving Russians ‘green light’ to attack US elections – (USA Today)
Pelosi says Trump is giving Russia ‘the green light’ to attack U.S. elections with his comments saying he’d accept foreign dirt on an opponent.

Trump unveils new red, white and blue Air Force One paint job – (Fox News)
President Trump, in an interview aired Thursday, unveiled the new red, white and blue paint job for the new Air Force One — and promised that the jet would also be much bigger than the existing presidential plane.

Kilmeade: President Trump ‘opened himself up to attacks,’ must clarify remarks on getting dirt on 2020 rivals – (Fox News)
“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade said  President Trump “opened himself up to attacks” and must clarify his remarks in which he said he would be willing to listen to foreign governments if they approached him with information on a political rival.

Sen. Mike Rounds says South Dakota has lost half a billion dollars from Trump’s trade war – (Axios)
China is the No. 1 buyer of South Dakota’s soybeans, Rounds said at an Axios event.

Trump defends remarks about accepting information from foreign government | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Thursday defended his comment that he would listen if a foreign entity offered…

Pelosi: Trump Giving ‘Green Light’ to Foreign Election-Meddling Again – (The Wall Street Journal)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior Democrats criticized President Trump for saying his campaign might be willing to accept damaging information about his rivals from foreign governments without alerting the FBI.

Donald Trump calls Prince Charles ‘the Prince of Whales’ – (Metro)
The President of the United States made the gaffe in a tweet posted Thursday

House Intelligence Committee subpoenas Mike Flynn, Rick Gates – (Axios)
The two former top Trump aides were key witnesses in the Mueller investigation.

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