2019-07-03

Headlines:

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

U.S. to probe border agents’ online anti-immigrant chatter: official – (Reuters)
The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has ordered an investigation into a secret Facebook group where border agents joked about immigrants dying, he said on Wednesday.

S&P 500 opens at record high on rising rate cut hopes – (Reuters)
The S&P 500 index hit a record high at the open on Wednesday, boosted by healthcare stocks, as bets of an interest rate cut were spurred by fears of a slowing global economy due to simmering trade tensions.

Jury to decide SEAL’s punishment for posing with corpse – (Associated Press)
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The same military jurors who acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017 will return to court…

Show of hands on immigrant health care belies a thorny issue – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In one unanimous show of hands, Democratic presidential candidates moved to the mainstream the idea of full health insurance for people who don’t have legal permission to be in…

At least 44 killed as air strike hits Libya migrant detention center: U.N – (Reuters)
An air strike hit a detention center for mainly African migrants in a suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli late on Tuesday, killing at least 44 people and wounding more than 130, the United Nations said.

Central American officials avoid focus on immigration – (Associated Press)
TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — From the steps of his church in this Guatemalan border town, the Rev. Fernando Cuevas has watched the flow of migrants evolve from massive caravans that filled the…

U.S. DHS boss orders probe into border agents’ ‘disturbing’ Facebook posts – (Reuters)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s acting secretary, Kevin McAleenan, has ordered an investigation into reports that border patrol agents have been posting offensive anti-immigrant comments and threats against lawmakers in a secret Facebook group.

UK PM candidate Johnson says he backs Hong Kong people ‘every inch of the way’ – (Reuters)
Boris Johnson, who could be Britain’s prime minister by the end of the month, said he backed the people of Hong Kong every inch of the way and cautioned China that “one country, two systems” should not be cast aside.

China criticizes Britain for ‘shameless’ comments on Hong Kong – (Reuters)
China on Wednesday denounced British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt as “shameless”, saying it had made a diplomatic complaint to London after he warned of consequences if China neglected commitments made when it took back Hong Kong in 1997.

Airstrike hits Libyan detention center, killing 44 migrants – (Associated Press)
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — An airstrike hit a detention center for migrants near the Libyan capital early Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and wounding more than 130, the U.N. mission to the…

Iran to boost uranium enrichment level above nuclear pact’s limit: Rouhani – (Reuters)
Iran will boost its uranium enrichment after July 7 to whatever levels it needs beyond the cap set in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, defying U.S. efforts to force Tehran into renegotiating the pact.

German migrant rescue ship captain moved to secret location after threats – (Reuters)
The German captain of a rescue charity ship who angered Italy’s interior minister by bringing African migrants to an Italian island has received threats and been moved to a secret location, the charity she works for said.

Military jury weighs sentence for U.S. Navy SEAL for posing with dead prisoner – (Reuters)
A military jury was set to decide on Wednesday whether to punish a U.S. Navy SEAL platoon leader who was acquitted of murdering a captured Islamic State fighter but convicted of unlawfully posing for pictures with the detainee’s dead body.

Rouhani: Iran will enrich uranium to ‘any amount we want’ – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president warned European partners in its faltering nuclear deal on Wednesday that Tehran will increase its enrichment of uranium to “any amount that we want” beginning…

Rahul Gandhi resigns as leader of India’s opposition Congress – (Al Jazeera English)
Resignation follows Gandhi’s second-straight crushing defeat against nationalist PM Narendra Modi in elections.

France says Iran will gain nothing by breaking with nuclear deal – (Reuters)
Iran will gain nothing by departing from the terms of its nuclear agreement, said the French foreign ministry on Wednesday, responding to Tehran’s declaration that it will boost the enrichment level of its uranium.

‘Spectacular progress,’ Taliban says as US talks enter fifth day – (Al Jazeera English)
Taliban spokesman says latest round of negotiations in Doha has resulted in completion of ’80-90 percent’ of agreement.

Iran Guards: Fear of war makes US focus on economic conflict – (Al Jazeera English)
Revolutionary Guards’ chief says Iran has ‘closed the path’ militarily, leaving US to pursue economic conflict.

Big farms find easy ways around Trump trade aid limits – (Associated Press)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When President Donald Trump’s administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments…

Lee Iacocca, engineer of Chrysler’s turnaround, dies at 94 – (Associated Press)
DETROIT (AP) — Lee Iacocca, the auto executive and master pitchman who put the Mustang in Ford’s lineup in the 1960s and became a corporate folk hero when he resurrected Chrysler 20 years later,…

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From various sources

Netanyahu on Ethiopian Israeli protests: We will not tolerate violence – (The Jerusalem Post)
“One thing is certain,” Netanyahu continued, “this can not be dealt with by blocking roads and it can not be dealt with violently.”

Increase of Hezbollah members in German state, says intel report – (The Jerusalem Post)
Chancellor Merkel refuses to outlaw terrorist entity in Germany.

Israeli nanosatellite with orbiting constellation to launch on Friday – (The Jerusalem Post)
The flexible satellite technology was developed by NSLComm in response to the growing “NewSpace” industry.

Israel returns 20 Gazan fishing vessels – (The Jerusalem Post)
First of 65 boats was transferred Tuesday via the Kerem Shalom crossing.

Shin Bet arrests Hamas explosive expert in Israel with humanitarian permi – (The Jerusalem Post)
Over a dozen other Hamas operatives arrested in the West Bank over the last few months by the Shin Bet.

In Issawiya: ‘Police see no difference between Arab and dark-skinned man’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
The killing of Obeid triggered violent clashes between dozens of Issawiya residents and policemen.

German gov’t contractor: IDF ‘executes’ peaceful Palestinian protesters – (The Jerusalem Post)
Development agency GIZ confirmed that Petra Schöning “helped to prepare participants for missions abroad,” including to Israel.

A 2-Year-Old Migrant Girl Has Gone Missing in the Rio Grande River – (Vice News)
Her mother, who is from Haiti, was apprehended near the Texas town of Del Rio

The supernatural appeal of “Stranger Things” – (The Economist)
Netflix’s hit show returns for its third season

My low cost provider of GPUs has run out of capacity. Good alternatives? – (Hacker News)
Find your reliable dream server, optimized for high capacity use, ever-growing storage needs or rapid and parallel processing.

Why we’re ending support for MySQL in 12.1 – (Hacker News)
GitLab will be ending support for MySQL starting with our 12.1 release – here’s why.

How Google Pagespeed works: Improve Your Score and Search Engine Ranking – (Hacker News)
In this article, we uncover how PageSpeed calculates it’s critical speed score. It’s no secret that speed has become a crucial factor in…

Arctic fox dispersal from Svalbard to Canada: one’s long run across sea ice – (Hacker News)

What the Taylor Swift controversy tells us about who really profits from recording artists’ work | CBC Radio – (CBC News)
Today on Front Burner, Emily Yahr from the Washington Post, breaks down the feud between pop superstar Taylor Swift and music mogul Scooter Braun, and explains why some of the most successful recording artists in the world don’t own their music.

Why did moving the mouse cursor cause Windows 95 to run more quickly? – (Hacker News)
I was playing Hypnospace Outlaw, a game about a retro-themed OS. This OS has a peculiar behavior that when loading a webpage, wiggling the mouse cursor will load the page faster. That reminded me of

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

Indian man, 20, wakes up at his own funeral after being pronounced dead by doctors – (Fox News)
An Indian man thought to be dead woke up just before he was set to be buried during a funeral ceremony.

Alex Morgan tea celebration during US win over England offends some Brits – (Fox News)
U.S. women’s soccer star Alex Morgan scored the go-ahead goal against England to lift the Americans to their third straight Women’s World Cup final match.

Play baseball with your food in a new July Fourth Google Doodle – (The Verge)
The latest Google Doodle is themed for July Fourth. It’s an addictive baseball game where you play as a team of classic American foods.

Afghanistan look to give coach Simmons a happy farewell – (ESPN Cric Info)

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All about Trump

Julián Castro calls July Fourth parade a “waste of money” meant to boost Trump’s ego – (CBS News)
Many Americans will spend the Fourth of July barbecuing — but for a growing number, traditional meat will not be on the menu. “Beyond Burger” and “Impossible Burger” have exploded in popularity; the two alternative meat brands are available in more than 40,0…

National Park Service diverts $2.5 million for July 4th parade – (CBS News)
President Trump promises a Fourth of July display “like no other,” including a huge military showing and a speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The National Park Service says it diverted $2.5 million to partially fund the event. Politico reporter and co-a…

Washington Post: Park service to redirect $2.5 million for July 4 celebration – (CNN)
The National Park Service will redirect nearly $2.5 million to help cover costs related to President Donald Trump’s July 4 extravaganza in Washington, DC, money that is usually “primarily intended to improve parks across the country,” The Washington Post repo…

Tyler Skaggs tribute hashtag overtaken by Trump haters – (Fox News)
Baseball fans on Tuesday used #RIP45 on Twitter to pay tribute to Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs who was found dead in his hotel room prior to his game against the Texas Rangers.

U.S. trade deficit reaches 5-month high in May – (CBS News)
President Trump says his tariffs are working, but the evidence isn’t clear

Cuomo: Trump wants another way to show off – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Chris Cuomo criticizes President Trump’s plan to include tanks and other armored vehicles at the Independence Day celebrations in Washington.

Tanks, military vehicles take over DC’s streets before Trump’s 4th of July celebration – (USA Today)
Ahead of President Donald Trump’s planned 4th of July festivities in Washington, military vehicles were spotted on the National Mall.

Donald Trump Could Make A ‘Stunning Return’ To WWE On SmackDown Live – (The Sport Bible)
SmackDown Live’s arrival on Fox could see the return of WWE Hall of Famer and US President Donald Trump on the first episode in October.

Tanks, military vehicles take over DC’s streets before Trump’s 4th of July celebration – (Google News)
Ahead of President Donald Trump’s planned 4th of July festivities in Washington, military vehicles were spotted on the National Mall.

Trump news – live: President accused of ‘hijacking July Fourth parade to promote Trumpian cult’, as AOC goes to war with Kellyanne Conway – (Independent)
Follow the latest updates from Washington

Big farms find easy ways around Trump trade aid limits – (Associated Press)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When President Donald Trump’s administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments…

The Absurd Fight Over President Trump’s July 4th ‘Salute to America’ – (Time)
President Trump’s military parade is drawing criticism and fans. That’s in keeping with the spirit of the history of July 4th.

As Oil Drilling Nears In Arctic Refuge, 2 Alaska Villages See Different Futures – (Google News)
The Trump administration will soon let oil companies bid on land to drill in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Some Alaska Natives fear harm to migrating caribou, others see opportunity.

How will Trump’s display measure up? A look at huge military parades around the globe. – (NBC News)
As the U.S. prepares for a military-style parade in Washington D.C. Thursday, a look at other countries that celebrate a show of military might

Federal Judge Blocks Trump Policy Ordering Indefinite Detention For Asylum-Seekers – (Google News)
U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman said it is unconstitutional to keep credible asylum-seekers in custody indefinitely as they await immigration proceedings, reversing a Trump administration order.

Donald Trump to nominate Fed critic to the central bank’s board – (Financial Times)
Pick of Judy Shelton comes as the US president escalates attacks on the Federal Reserve

‘Start Here’: Harris scores big, Trump sees backlash for parade, ICE fining migrants – (ABC News)
It’s Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Democrats on high alert to block any funding for Trump’s border wall | TheHill – (The Hill)
Democrats are doing everything they can to block off any federal funding for President Trump’s bo…

White House says Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ won’t be political | TheHill – (The Hill)
The White House is insisting that President Trump’s “Salute to America” from the steps of the Lin…

Trump Administration Can’t Detain Asylum Seekers Indefinitely, Federal Judge Rules – (The Huffington Post)
U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman called Attorney General William Barr’s order denying bond hearings to some migrants “unconstitutional.”

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