2019-06-19

Headlines:

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

Explainer: Will China dump U.S. bonds as a trade weapon? Not so fast – (Reuters)
The trade war between Beijing and Washington has stoked concern in financial markets that China might opt to weaponize its holdings of more than $1.1 trillion worth of U.S. Treasuries in retaliation for the tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on Chin…

U.S. trade representative says expects to meet with China’s vice premier ahead of G20 – (Reuters)
The top U.S. trade negotiator on Wednesday said he expects he and the U.S. Treasury secretary will meet the Chinese vice premier ahead of the G20 summit in Japan later this month.

Explainer: U.S. dependence on China’s rare earth: Trade war vulnerability – (Reuters)
Rare earth elements are used in a wide range of consumer products, from iPhones to electric car motors, as well as military jet engines, satellites and lasers.

Trump, in 2020 campaign mode, calls Democrats ‘radical’ – (Associated Press)
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump jabbed at the press and poked the political establishment he ran against in 2016 as he kicked off his reelection campaign with a grievance-filled rally…

China says history shows positive outcome from U.S. talks possible – (Reuters)
China said on Wednesday positive outcomes were possible in trade negotiations with the United States, after the presidents of the world’s two largest economies agreed to revive their troubled talks at a G20 meeting this month.

Tory MPs voting again for leadership hopefuls – (BBC News)
One more MP will be eliminated from the race, as Dominic Raab backs Boris Johnson for No 10.

Explainer: U.S.-China trade war – the levers they can pull – (Reuters)
The escalating trade war between the United States and China has gone beyond tariffs as the countries increase pressure on each other to cede ground.

Factbox: Winners and losers in Trump’s trade war with China – (Reuters)
U.S. companies in everything from computer chips to tractors have said President Donald Trump’s trade wars, including disputes with Beijing and global steel tariffs, have had an impact on them.

Factbox: U.S. companies warn on Trump’s tariffs – (Reuters)
A host of U.S. consumer companies have warned that costs related to tariffs on goods imported from China will hit their profits.

Top Republican rejects slavery reparations calls – (BBC News)
Congress will examine the issue for the first time in a decade, despite Republican opposition.

Wall St. opens slightly higher ahead of Fed’s statement – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks eked out gains at open on Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy statement that is expected to open the door to future interest rate cuts.

Former Trump aide Hope Hicks arrives for closed congressional testimony – (Reuters)
Hope Hicks, once a close aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, arrived on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to face questions in Congress about six instances in which Democrats believe Trump may have broken the law during the 2016 presidential campaign and while in th…

Trump, at Rally in Florida, Kicks Off His 2020 Re-election Bid – (The New York Times)
For a man who wants to be seen as an outsider despite occupying the Oval Office, the rally on Tuesday night presented an opportunity to, at least for one night, turn the clock back to 2015.

Russians, Ukrainian to face murder charges over downing of flight MH17 – (Reuters)
Three Russians and a Ukrainian will face murder charges for the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine which killed 298 people, in a trial to start in the Netherlands next March, an investigation team said on Wednesday.

Trial of 4 suspects in MH17 downing to start in March – (Associated Press)
NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (AP) — Four people, including a prominent eastern Ukrainian separatist commander, were charged with murder Wednesday in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over…

US Navy expert: Tanker attack mine resembles Iranian mines – (Associated Press)
U.S. NAVY 5TH FLEET BASE NEAR FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The limpet mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz last week bore “a striking resemblance” to…

First four suspects named for MH17 murder trial – (Al Jazeera English)
Leaders of a Russian-backed militia have been indicted and will face trial in the Netherlands in March 2020.

Khashoggi Killing Inquiry Should Look Into Saudi Prince’s Role, U.N. Expert Says – (The New York Times)
A U.N. expert said that the death was “an extrajudicial killing” by the Saudi state, and that Prince Mohammed bin Salman was at least aware of the operation.

Four to Face Murder Charges in Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 – (The New York Times)
Investigators said on Wednesday that three Russians and one Ukrainian would be tried in the Netherlands in March, whether they were present or not.

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. US NAVY SAYS MINE FROM TANKER ATTACK RESEMBLES IRANIAN ONESThe limpet mines…

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From various sources

EXCLUSIVE: Leeds United Make Bid For In-Demand Fulham Youngster – (The Sport Bible)
The 17-year old has a list of potential suitors but Leeds are leading the race…

Herzog: Strong Israeli judiciary is best counter to delegitimization – (The Jerusalem Post)
Jewish leaders from around the world debate how best to battle BDS and antisemitism.

Bennett’s haredi enlistment plan panned as ‘law for draft evasion’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
MK Elazar Stern: Why would the ultra-Orthodox volunteer for the IDF at 21 when they could go and study or go to work?

Who is targeting US forces and foreign oil companies in Iraq? – (The Jerusalem Post)
Iran has said that it could cut off oil exports that go through the Straits of Hormuz amid US sanctions. The US has sought to bring Iranian oil exports to zero.

Joe Biden Was Just Reminiscing About the Civility of Deep-South Segregationists – (Vice News)
“You’d argue like the devil with them. Then you’d go down and have lunch or dinner together”

Former Southwest Key Employee Arrested for Soliciting a Migrant Girl He Met in a Facility – (Vice News)
The man allegedly tried to obtain sexually explicit material from the girl, who was under 14.

Throwing Money at the Pentagon Is Weak – (The American Conservative)
Throwing more money at the Pentagon every year to perpetuate an overly militarized foreign policy and a forever war is not a sign of strength.

Pelosi shoots down censure for Trump: ‘If the goods are there you must impeach’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday shrugged off the notion of censuring President Trump…

Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds nomination hearing – (Fox News)

House GOP leaders hold press conference – (Fox News)

House Democratic leaders hold press conference – (Fox News)

Hackers exploit Mozilla Firefox bug reportedly affecting Coinbase users – (The Next Web)
Mozilla has warned hackers are exploiting a critical “zero-day” exploit in its Firefox browser — and cryptocurrency owners are most at-risk, ZDNet reports. Details of the bug are scarce, but Mozilla has described it as a “type confusion vulnerability” that co…

Trump Campaign Just Raised $24.8 Million, Less Than 24 Hours After Orlando Rally – (Fortune)
President Donald Trump raised $24.8 million in the less-than 24 hours after kicking off his re-election campaign at an Orlando rally

Mohamed Morsi death: Turkish president says former Egyptian leader was ‘murdered’ and vows to ensure international criminal prosecution – (Independent)

‘She could’ve been killed!’Sister blasts royals for ‘driving too fast’ – (Daily Mail)
EXCL: Irene Mayor, 83, pictured is in surgery after reportedly being left with a broken pelvis when a motorcycle outrider in William and Kate’s armed police escort knocked her to the ground.

LIVE SCORE: New Zealand vs South Africa Live Cricket Score, NZ vs SA FULL SCORE, ICC Cricket World Cup Live Match Coverage Online at Edgbaston, CWC 2019 South Africa vs New Zealand – (Google News (India))
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 25 New Zealand vs South Africa Live Updates: Just when Miller got going South Africa have lost him. Slammed two consecutive fours off Ferguson but got out trying to put away a short and wide delivery as his upper cut was taken…

SNP chief Ian Blackford brands Boris Johnson a ‘racist’ at PMQs – (Daily Mail)
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford delivered the extraordinary tirade at PMQs, hammering Mr Johnson for describing muslim women in veils as ‘letterboxes’.

Trump re-election bid raises $24.8 million “in less than 24 hours” – (Axios)
A chunk of that cash came from an RNC-backed joint fundraising committee.

Tell Us Your Name And We’ll Tell You Your Lucky Number – (Buzzfeed)
Your name reveals more about you than you think.

YouTube, Under Fire, Considers Major Changes to Kids’ Content – (The Wall Street Journal)
YouTube executives are debating moving all children’s content into the standalone YouTube Kids app, to better protect young viewers from objectionable videos.

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All about Trump

Pelosi shoots down censure for Trump: ‘If the goods are there you must impeach’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday shrugged off the notion of censuring President Trump…

Trump Campaign Just Raised $24.8 Million, Less Than 24 Hours After Orlando Rally – (Fortune)
President Donald Trump raised $24.8 million in the less-than 24 hours after kicking off his re-election campaign at an Orlando rally

Trump re-election bid raises $24.8 million “in less than 24 hours” – (Axios)
A chunk of that cash came from an RNC-backed joint fundraising committee.

Explainer: Will China dump U.S. bonds as a trade weapon? Not so fast – (Reuters)
The trade war between Beijing and Washington has stoked concern in financial markets that China might opt to weaponize its holdings of more than $1.1 trillion worth of U.S. Treasuries in retaliation for the tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on Chin…

Comics mock Trump’s campaign kickoff event – CNN Video – (CNN)
Late night comics took on President Trump’s reelection kickoff in Orlando.

Trump, in 2020 campaign mode, calls Democrats ‘radical’ – (Associated Press)
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump jabbed at the press and poked the political establishment he ran against in 2016 as he kicked off his reelection campaign with a grievance-filled rally…

Hope Hicks to become first former Trump administration official to testify at Congress about Mueller report – (USA Today)
Hope Hicks, President Donald Trump’s former spokeswoman, to be first former administration official in Robert Mueller’s report to testify at Congress

Trump’s EPA swaps Obama’s biggest climate policy for narrow rule on coal emissions – (Axios)
It’s a move that’s big on symbolism and lacking in substance.

Factbox: Winners and losers in Trump’s trade war with China – (Reuters)
U.S. companies in everything from computer chips to tractors have said President Donald Trump’s trade wars, including disputes with Beijing and global steel tariffs, have had an impact on them.

Factbox: U.S. companies warn on Trump’s tariffs – (Reuters)
A host of U.S. consumer companies have warned that costs related to tariffs on goods imported from China will hit their profits.

Former Trump aide Hope Hicks arrives for closed congressional testimony – (Reuters)
Hope Hicks, once a close aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, arrived on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to face questions in Congress about six instances in which Democrats believe Trump may have broken the law during the 2016 presidential campaign and while in th…

Donald Trump Jr.: Why didn’t you cure cancer decades ago, Joe Biden? – CNN Video – (CNN)
The President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., slammed former Vice President Joe Biden over his decades in Washington and delivered what many consider a low blow.

Trump raises $24.8 million in less than 24 hours, RNC says – (Google News)
The announcement came hours after the president formally launched his 2020 bid with a rally in Orlando, Fla.

Trump, at Rally in Florida, Kicks Off His 2020 Re-election Bid – (The New York Times)
For a man who wants to be seen as an outsider despite occupying the Oval Office, the rally on Tuesday night presented an opportunity to, at least for one night, turn the clock back to 2015.

Fact check: Trump’s Orlando rally featured more than 15 false claims over 76 minutes – (CNN)
President Donald Trump kicked off his formal reelection campaign Tuesday night with a rally in Orlando. His 76-minute speech featured more than 15 false statements, many of them ones that he’s repeated frequently in the past.

Fact check: Trump’s Orlando rally featured more than 15 false claims over 76 minutes – (Google News)
President Donald Trump kicked off his formal reelection campaign Tuesday night with a rally in Orlando. His 76-minute speech featured more than 15 false statements, many of them ones that he’s repeated frequently in the past.

Trump doesn’t apologize to Central Park Five: – (USA Today)
“You have people on both sides of that,” Trump told reporters, but he did not apologize for taking out an ad calling for the teenagers’ executions.

Trump Awards Kook Art Laffer for Inventing Fake Curve – (New York Magazine)
A fitting reward for decades of voodoo economic wrongness.

Trump Rolls Out All the 2016 Hits to Launch His 2020 Campaign – (Vice News)
Hillary’s emails, “lock her up”… what year is it?

The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s reelection message: Promises kept | TheHill – (The Hill)

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