2019-07-08

Headlines:

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

Jeffrey Epstein faces sex trafficking and conspiracy charges – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Eleven years after letting Jeffrey Epstein off lightly with a once-secret plea deal, the U.S. government is taking another run at putting the wealthy sex offender behind bars with…

Court publishes Epstein sex trafficking charges – (BBC News)
A New York court charges the billionaire Jeffrey Epstein with recruiting dozens of underage girls for sex.

Reports: Iran enriching uranium to 4.5%, breaking deal limit – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran began enriching uranium on Monday to 4.5%, breaking the limit set by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, semi-official news agencies in the country…

‘Locusts! Locusts!’: Pakistan’s crucial cotton crop under threat – (Al Jazeera English)
The war in Yemen has prevented its authorities from controlling the insects, which now threaten Pakistani agriculture.

New Greek government faces swift test from creditors – (Associated Press)
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Conservative party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis was sworn in as Greece’s new prime minister Monday, a day after his resounding win over left-wing Alexis Tsipras, who led the…

UK hunts leaker of ambassador’s blunt Trump criticism – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — The British government was hunting Monday for the source of a leak of diplomatic cables from Britain’s ambassador in Washington that branded President Donald Trump’s administration…

AP-NORC Poll: Americans rarely seek guidance from clergy – (Associated Press)
DETROIT (AP) — Timothy Buchanan says he never consults clergy about important decisions, but it’s not for lack of faith: He regularly attends a nondenominational Christian church near his…

The women leading efforts for female rights at talks with Taliban – (Al Jazeera English)
Female delegates at intra-Afghan talks in Doha say many women pin hopes on them to advance dialogue on women’s rights.

Rapinoe and Lavelle give U.S. fourth World Cup title – (Reuters)
The United States won a record-extending fourth women’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands on Sunday as second-half goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle confirmed their status as the leading power in the women’s game.

FIFA boss and Macron booed at World Cup final ceremony – (Reuters)
The crowd at the women’s World Cup final booed FIFA chief Gianni Infantino and French president Emmanuel Macron as United States fans demanded equal pay for the players after their team claimed a fourth global title by beating the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday.

Axe falls on 18,000 Deutsche Bank jobs in $8.3 billion reinvention – (Reuters)
Deutsche Bank laid off staff from Sydney to London on Monday as it began 18,000 job cuts in a 7.4 billion euro ($8.3 billion) “reinvention” which Germany’s largest lender said would mean yet another annual loss, knocking its shares.

Conservative leader Mitsotakis becomes Greek PM after comfortable election win – (Reuters)
Conservative politician Kyriakos Mitsotakis was sworn in as Greece’s new prime minister on Monday after storming to victory on a pledge to create jobs and lure investment to the economically stricken nation.

In losing legal battles over census, Trump may win political war – (Reuters)
The Trump administration has few realistic options to get a citizenship question onto next year’s census, but by keeping the issue in the public eye it could still trigger an undercount of residents in Democratic-leaning areas, legal and political experts tol…

Global shares muted as prospect of sharp U.S. rate cut fades – (Reuters)
Global stocks were in a muted mood on Monday after strong U.S. job gains tempered expectations the Federal Reserve will deliver a large rate cut, while Deutsche Bank shares turned negative as it launched a major restructuring.

Iran makes new nuclear threats that would reverse steps in pact – (Reuters)
Iran threatened on Monday to restart deactivated centrifuges and ramp up its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity as its next potential big moves away from a 2015 nuclear agreement that Washington abandoned last year.

AP: Federal grand jury probing GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal grand jury in New York is investigating top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, examining whether he used his position as vice chair of President Donald Trump’s…

Factbox: Deutsche Bank staff react to 18,000 global job cuts – (Reuters)
Whole teams at Deutsche Bank were told on Monday their jobs had been axed as it began 18,000 job cuts globally in one of the biggest overhauls to an investment bank since the aftermath of the financial crisis.

Deutsche Bank capital-boosting debt dips on restructuring fears – (Reuters)
Deutsche Bank’s capital-boosting Additional Tier I (AT1) debt issues fell on Monday on worries over future challenges Germany’s biggest lender may face in a planned overhaul.

Anti-Putin tirade on Georgian TV angers Russia – (BBC News)
The crude rant by TV presenter Giorgi Gabunia was “totally unacceptable”, the Kremlin says.

UK regrets leak of memos calling Trump administration ‘inept’ – (Reuters)
Britain said on Monday it had contacted Washington to express regret for the leak of confidential memos in which its ambassador described U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration as “dysfunctional” and “inept”.

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From various sources

Syria has right to recover the Golan Heights from Israel – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Our country in no way recognizes any of the administrative measures taken by the Israeli occupying power in the Syrian Golan,” Syrian Ambassador to the UNHRC Hussam Edin Aala said.

How can Israel stop Hamas drones? – Analysis – (The Jerusalem Post)
Hamas has sent drones into Israel in the past, leading the IDF to scramble jets or fire missiles in order to down the aerial vehicle. But such options are extremely expensive.

Saudi Arabia to host families of Palestinian ‘martyrs’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
The ministry said that 500 families from the West Bank and another 500 from the Gaza Strip would benefit from the Saudi monarch’s gesture.

Iraq launches another offensive against ISIS, why? – (The Jerusalem Post)
The operation to root out ISIS remnants is being called “Will of Victory” and was announced on Sunday by the Security Media information cell of the government.

Palestinian Authority liable for Second Intifada terror attacks – court – (The Jerusalem Post)
The ruling was obtained by Shurat Hadin on behalf of eight victims’ families.

Analysis | The Justice Department just pulled its lawyers from the census case. That could signal something ugly ahead. – (The Washington Post)
The move suggests that the existing team objected to how the case was being handled or that their credibility had been torched.

New York Crossword – (New York Magazine)
Free biweekly puzzles​ by Matt Gaffney and New York Magazine.

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Watch Undisputed where Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe give their unfiltered, incisive, passionate opinions on the biggest sports topics of the day.

Reports suggest a Democratic congresswoman has sent her staff to help asylum seekers exploit loop holes – (Fox News)
Austin, Texas Mayor Steve Adler weighs in on the crisis at the southern border.

Starbucks execs reportedly meeting with Tempe police after officers booted from coffee chain location – (Fox News)
Starbucks executives were reportedly meeting again with the Tempe Police Department on Monday after six officers were booted from one of the coffee giant’s locations in Arizona when a customer told an employee the person “did not feel safe” in the cops’ prese…

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

Health Canada puts hold on Canadian cannabis company’s product after unlicensed growing discovered | CBC News – (CBC News)
A Canadian cannabis company has been found non-compliant by Health Canada for growing pot in greenhouse rooms that didn’t have a licence to operate at the time.

Man found dead with severe head injuries as murder probe launched – (Mirror)
The man, believed to be in his 20s, was found dead at Monks Park, Wembley, on Sunday evening

This Chrome extension lets you disguise Netflix as a Hangout to slack off at work – (The Verge)
Netflix Hangouts is a new Chrome extension that tries to make it easier to slack off and watch Netflix in the office. Just go to the show you want to catch up on, and press the extension’s icon to bring up a fake four-person call.

Simona Halep vs Coco Gauff, Wimbledon 2019: live score and latest updates – (The Telegraph)
Has Gauff got anything left in the energy reserves?

Renée Zellweger takes the stage as Judy Garland in new <em>Judy</em> trailer – (Entertainment Weekly)
The Oscar-winning actress takes on the part of the Hollywood icon in upcoming biopic.

15Five raises $30.7M to expand its employee development toolkit – (TechCrunch)
Technology has been used to improve many of the processes that we use to get work done. But today, a startup has raised funding to build tech to improve us, the workers. 15Five, which builds software and services to help organisations and their employees eval…

Barty’s brilliant response to defeat – (News.com.au)
It was looking like Ash Barty would emerge unscathed from the toughest quarter of the Wimbledon draw but her nasty surprise came in the form of unseeded American Alison Riske.

Chelsea Women Vs Spurs Women To Be Played At Stamford Bridge – (The Sport Bible)
The game will be free and is being played on a men’s international weekend so won’t clash with either clubs men’s matches.

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All about Trump

Opinion | Trump’s corruption is getting worse. He has a hidden enabler. – (The Washington Post)
And we still have no idea how much worse it will get.

Exclusive excerpt: Justice Kennedy’s secret meeting with Trump – (Axios)
They met at the White House residence hours after Kennedy told his colleagues of his plans.

U.K. says memos from its ambassador about Trump administration ‘unacceptable’ | CBC News – (CBC News)
The U.K. government promised Monday it would investigate leaks of memos in which its ambassador to the U.S. described President Donald Trump’s administration as “dysfunctional.”

UK hunts leaker of ambassador’s blunt Trump criticism – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — The British government was hunting Monday for the source of a leak of diplomatic cables from Britain’s ambassador in Washington that branded President Donald Trump’s administration…

Admiral poised to lead Navy retires over ‘professional relationship’ with disgraced ‘bad Santa’ press officer – (Google News)
The four-star admiral President Trump nominated to lead the Navy will retire instead after revealing that he maintained a professional relationship with a former public affairs officer who was reassigned after complaints of inappropriate behavior during a 201…

The Guy Who Ran Trump’s Inaugural Committee Is Being Investigated For Corruption – (Vice News)
The U.S. Attorney’s office is looking into whether Elliott Broidy used his proximity to Trump to secure lucrative contracts with foreign officials.

Liz Peek: Democrats confront the unthinkable — Trump’s reelection – (Fox News)
Here’s the bitter truth for Democrats: the unending slamming of the president is not working.

In losing legal battles over census, Trump may win political war – (Reuters)
The Trump administration has few realistic options to get a citizenship question onto next year’s census, but by keeping the issue in the public eye it could still trigger an undercount of residents in Democratic-leaning areas, legal and political experts tol…

Soccer fans chant ‘F*** Trump!’ on live Fox News show from French bar – (Daily Mail)
Soccer fans broke out into a ‘f*** Trump’ chant during a live Fox News broadcast from a bar in France after the US Women’s National Team defeated the Netherlands in Sunday’s World Cup final.

Donald Trump goes after Fox News in late-night Twitter rant – (USA Today)
President Trump attacks Fox over unnamed anchors and political commentator Donna Brazile

AP: Federal grand jury probing GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal grand jury in New York is investigating top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, examining whether he used his position as vice chair of President Donald Trump’s…

Trump officials tell one court Obamacare is failing and another it’s thriving – (Google News)
Trump administration officials said all year Obamacare markets were working. Now they want a federal court to scrap the law, stripping insurance from millions.

PM has ‘full faith’ in Kim Darroch but rejects his view of Trump – (Google News (UK))
May launches inquiry into leak of US ambassador’s memos that described US leader as inept

UK regrets leak of memos calling Trump administration ‘inept’ – (Reuters)
Britain said on Monday it had contacted Washington to express regret for the leak of confidential memos in which its ambassador described U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration as “dysfunctional” and “inept”.

Grand jury investigating top GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy for exploiting access to Trump – (Google News)
The probe is looking into whether he used his position as vice chair of President Trump’s inaugural committee to drum up business deals with foreign leaders

DOJ Abruptly Replaces Lawyers Defending Trump Census Citizenship Question – (The Huffington Post)
The group of attorneys who usually defend the government in court is off the case as Trump pushes his attempt to ask about citizenship.

Analysis | The Trump administration has changed its story on the census citizenship question at least 10 times in four months – (The Washington Post)
The administration has repeatedly changed its story on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

In losing legal battles over census, Trump may win political war – (Google News)
The Trump administration has few realistic options to get a citizenship question onto next year’s census, but by keeping the issue in the public eye it could still trigger an undercount of residents in Democratic-leaning areas, legal and political experts tol…

Juan Williams: GOP discontent with Trump goes public | TheHill – (The Hill)
OPINION: On Huawei and the budget, cracks can finally be seen between the president and Capitol Hill Republicans.

Trump team held back dirt on Kavanaugh accuser, new book says – (Fox News)
A new book on the Kavanaugh confirmation fight describes a central conundrum for the judge and his advocates, which is that the team “understood that any criticism of Ford would be treated as a smear” and depicted as “victim shaming.”

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