2019-06-17

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

U.S. businesses beg to be left off Trump’s tariff list – (Reuters)
Hundreds of U.S. businesses from local bridal shops to multi-billion dollar retailers have submitted comments to the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office opposing President Donald Trump’s plan to slap tariffs on another $300 billion of Chinese imports.

U.S. chipmakers quietly lobby to ease Huawei ban – (Reuters)
Huawei’s American chip suppliers, including Qualcomm and Intel, are quietly pressing the U.S. government to ease its ban on sales to the Chinese tech giant, even as Huawei itself avoids typical government lobbying, people familiar with the situation said.

Huawei says U.S. ban hurting more than expected, to wipe $30 billion off revenue – (Reuters)
China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has taken a harder-than-expected hit from a U.S. ban, the company’s founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said, and slashed revenue expectations for the year.

The Latest: Little dealmaking for Boeing after crashes – (Associated Press)
LE BOURGET, France (AP) — The Latest on the Paris Air Show (all times local):3:50 p.m.Boeing is seeing lackluster contracts at the Paris Air Show so far as it tries to win back trust…

Pfizer bolsters cancer portfolio with $10.64 billion deal for Array – (Reuters)
Pfizer Inc on Monday struck a deal to buy Array Biopharma Inc for $10.64 billion in cash to expand its portfolio of potentially lucrative cancer drugs.

Guatemala ex-first lady Torres short of majority in first-round vote – (Reuters)
Guatemala’s presidential election was headed for a runoff as results on Monday gave center-left candidate Sandra Torres a clear lead but far short of the outright majority needed to avoid a second round against a conservative rival.

Huawei says US sanctions will cost it billions in revenue – (Associated Press)
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Huawei’s founder said Monday that the Chinese telecom giant’s revenue will be $30 billion less than forecast over the next two years, as he compared the company to a “badly…

Wall St. opens slightly higher; Fed meet eyed – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks eked out gains at the open on Monday, as focus shifted to a pivotal Federal Reserve meeting that could lay the groundwork for an interest rate cut later this year.

50 years after Stonewall, LGBT rights are a work in progress – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — They didn’t set out to change history; they weren’t the first LGBT Americans to mobilize against bias.Yet the June 1969 uprising by young gays, lesbians and transgender…

Iran says it will breach nuclear deal enrichment limit, drawing Western concern – (Reuters)
Iran said on Monday it would breach internationally agreed curbs on its stock of low-enriched uranium in 10 days — a move likely to worsen already high tensions with Washington — but it added European nations still had time to save a landmark nuclear deal.

Israel urges snapback sanctions on Iran if it breaches uranium limit – (Reuters)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged world powers on Monday to step up sanctions against Iran swiftly should it go through with a plan to exceed an enriched uranium limit set by a 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran will leave non-proliferation pact if EU fails to save nuclear deal: lawmaker – (Reuters)
Iran will quit a treaty against the spread of nuclear weapons unless European powers save a separate 2015 atomic deal that Washington abandoned last year, a senior Iranian lawmaker told the semi-official Fars news agency on Monday.

State media say Chinese President Xi to visit North Korea – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to North Korea this week, state media announced Monday, as U.S. talks with North Korea on its nuclear program are at an apparent…

AP EXPLAINS: Iran’s nuclear program as 2015 deal unravels – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran announced it will exceed the uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, further escalating tensions in the…

Pakistani politician suffers cat filter gaffe – (BBC News)
Much mirth ensues after a politician’s press conference is accidentally live-streamed with a cat filter.

10 Things to Know for Today – (Associated Press)
Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. IRAN SIGNALS MAJOR NUCLEAR CHANGEA spokesman for Iran’s atomic agency says…

Hunt for cause of massive South America power outage begins – (Associated Press)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — As lights turned back on across Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay after a massive blackout that hit tens of millions people, authorities were still largely in the dark…

China-Pakistan traffickers force brides into prostitution – (Associated Press)
FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) — At first, in her desperate calls home to her mother in Pakistan, Natasha Masih couldn’t bring herself to say what they were doing to her.All the 19-year-old…

A Teenager Had Nearly Escaped a Raging Fire. Then He Heard a Little Girl’s Cries. – (The New York Times)
Lucas Silverio had almost reached safety when he heard 3-year-old Yasleen McDonald cry out. He turned back toward the flames.

Iran says it will break uranium stockpile limit in 10 days – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will break the uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, the spokesman for the country’s atomic agency said Monday while…

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From various sources

Analysis | Trump rails against Iran. But who’s listening? – (The Washington Post)
On Iran and much else, Trump has a credibility problem.

Zebra Medical wins FDA clearance for AI intracranial hemorrhage detection – (The Jerusalem Post)
Last month, Zebra Medical received FDA approval for HealthPNX, an artificial intelligence-powered alert for pneumothorax detected in chest X-rays.

Netanyahu: World must sanction Iran if it enriches more uranium – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Israel is standing on the same front with the United States, moderate Arab states, and with other countries in its opposition to Iranian aggression,” Netanyhau said.

Rape of 7-year-old Jewish child shocks the nation, Palestinian suspected – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Military Advocate General said on Monday that there is no indication the act was motivated by nationalistic ideology, yet right-wing politicians claim it was.

End appeasement toward Iran’s mullah regime, urges top selling German – (The Jerusalem Post)
He also wrote that Iran’s regime plays a critical role in financing the US and EU designated terrorist organization Hamas and its rocket attacks on Israel.

Police bust network smuggling Georgian workers into Israel – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Israel Securities Authority and Israel Police anti-corruption Lahav 433 Unit conducted the investigations and traced members of the network.

Iran: We will stop all export of oil in Gulf if we want – (The Jerusalem Post)
Bagheri’s comments come as Iran has said it will break uranium enrichment limits imposed by the Iran Deal and amid tensions with the US.

Is Saudi visit to eastern Syria prelude to greater U.S., Saudi role? – (The Jerusalem Post)
The US said it would leave Syria in December 2018, reversing what had seemed like policy commitment to Syria.

New York Crossword – (New York Magazine)
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Beleaguered Afghans face stiff task to get campaign up and running – (ESPN Cric Info)

Supreme Court declines to change double jeopardy rule in a case with Manafort implications – (NBC News)
The Supreme Court declined Monday to change the longstanding rule that says putting someone on trial more than once for the same crime does not violate the Constitution’s protection against double jeopardy — a case that drew attention because of its possible …

Rory Stewart surges to SECOND favourite to become Tory leader – (Daily Mail)
International Development Secretary Rory Stewart launched a withering attack on the front runner after bookmakers had him leapfrogging Jeremy Hunt as the closest challenger.

Without new talks, U.S.–Iran tensions continue to escalate – (Axios)
The further collapse of the nuclear deal is creating new risks.

More rain to hit already flooded homes in Lincolnshire amid storms – (Daily Mail)
Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s ground was completely underwater today after the River Severn burst its banks over the weekend.

Hong Kong mass protests are just the start of a wider human rights battle – (NBC News)
The huge marches seen in Hong Kong are part of a wider movement to push back against authoritarian Chinese control.

Supreme Court dodges case of baker’s refusal to serve gay customers on religious grounds – (CNN)
The Supreme Court on Monday sent back a case pitting religious liberty against LGBTQ rights to the lower courts for further consideration in light of last term’s ruling in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple.

Pfizer buys Array BioPharma for $11.4 billion – (Axios)
It’s another big bet on new cancer therapies.

Supreme Court rules against convict over double jeopardy claims | TheHill – (The Hill)
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to overturn a longstanding doctrine on whether an individual…

Boris Johnson broadband pledge ‘could increase borrowing by billions’ – (Daily Mail)
The Tory leadership frontrunner wants to bring forward the target for every home to have access to fast broadband but he has not said how he will pay for.

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All about Trump

Analysis | Trump rails against Iran. But who’s listening? – (The Washington Post)
On Iran and much else, Trump has a credibility problem.

Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher To Begin War Crimes Trial – (The Huffington Post)
Trump is considering pardoning Gallagher, who faces trial for murdering an Islamic State prisoner in his care and attempting to murder civilians.

U.S. businesses beg to be left off Trump’s tariff list – (Reuters)
Hundreds of U.S. businesses from local bridal shops to multi-billion dollar retailers have submitted comments to the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office opposing President Donald Trump’s plan to slap tariffs on another $300 billion of Chinese imports.

Opinion | Trump is afraid he’ll lose reelection, and he’s in a fury over it – (The Washington Post)
Leaked internal polling by the Trump campaign tells a larger story.

Newt Gingrich says it’s ‘virtually impossible’ that Obama didn’t know about the Trump-Russia investigation – (Fox News)
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stands behind President Trump’s assertion that former President Obama had to have known about efforts to undermine his 2016 campaign.

Scarborough ‘completely at a loss’ on how Trump believes he can win in 2020 – (Fox News)
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said Monday he is “completely at a loss” to understand President Trump’s current strategy for re-election in 2020.

Even Longtime Tariff Backers Say Trump Is Pushing Them Too Far – (Fortune)
Critics of President Donald Trump’s duties are testifying at a public hearing starting Monday.

The 6 Most Insane Moments From Trump’s ABC Interview – (Vice News)
Coughing is bad, but election interference and being cozy with dictators are fine.

Trump’s picks for administration jobs keep dropping out. But why? – (USA Today)
More than five dozen of President Trump’s nominees withdrew or saw their nominations pulled before they were put through the confirmation process.

AOC fires back at Trump for agreeing with her: ‘I’ll call your bluff’ – (Fox News)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., isn’t having any of President Trump’s concurrence.

Trump kicks out chief of staff for coughing during an interview – (USA Today)
“If you’re going to cough, please leave the room. You just can’t, you just can’t cough. Boy oh boy,” said Trump.

Trump kicks Mick Mulvaney out of ABC interview for coughing – CNN Video – (CNN)
In the middle of his interview with ABC, President Donald Trump asked his acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to leave the room after he coughed.

Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ Iran strategy stokes war fears – (Financial Times)
Administration increasingly divided over whether campaign will reduce tensions

AOC fires back at Trump for agreeing with her: ‘I’ll call your bluff’ – (Google News)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., isn’t having any of President Trump’s concurrence.

Jeremy Hunt says he ‘150% agrees’ with Donald Trump’s vile attack on Sadiq Khan – (Mirror)
The Foreign Secretary BACKED the President’s vile ‘Londonistan’ swipe at the capital’s mayor – despite condemnation from Tory leadership candidates Dominic Raab, Michael Gove and Sajid Javid

Trump chastises Mulvaney for coughing during TV interview – (Google News)
President Donald Trump chastised his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney for coughing during the taping of a TV interview, ordering the aide out of the Oval Office while he was in the middle of an answer.

Trump says he assumes his ‘financial statement’ will be released ‘at some point’ – (CNN)
President Donald Trump assumes his “financial statement” will “at some point” be released, he told ABC News in an interview that aired Sunday.

Trump campaign fires pollsters after dismal poll numbers leaked – CNN Video – (CNN)
Following the leak of President Donald Trump’s dismal internal poll numbers, a source close to Trump’s campaign says the president has become “obsessed” with the polls.

Jeremy Hunt defends Donald Trump’s attack on Sadiq Khan – (Google News (UK))
Foreign secretary says he agrees 150% with sentiment of tweet quoting Katie Hopkins

Trump campaign fires pollsters after leaked numbers show him trailing Biden – (Google News)
His campaign’s own polling shows him trailing Biden 39% to 55% in Pennsylvania, 41% to 51% in Wisconsin, and by 7 points in Florida

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