2019-07-12

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

U.S. Democratic hopeful Amy Klobuchar proposes drug cost plan aimed at seniors – (Reuters)
Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar unveiled a new plan on Friday to help lower the cost of pharmaceuticals purchased by seniors in the wake of the White House scrapping its own ambitious drug cost plan.

State of emergency as Louisiana braces for storm – (BBC News)
Tropical Storm Barry is gathering strength, and is expected to make landfall late on Friday or early Saturday.

Trump to tout trade, economy in formerly blue Wisconsin – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump loves to reminisce about his upset Wisconsin win in the 2016 election after Democrat Hillary Clinton took the state for granted.He’s determined not…

Tropical Storm Barry threatens a long, slow drenching – (Associated Press)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Building toward hurricane strength, Tropical Storm Barry began hitting Louisiana with wind and rain Friday as it closed in for what forecasters said will be a long, slow — and…

R. Kelly arrested again in Chicago on federal sex charges – (Associated Press)
CHICAGO (AP) — Singer R. Kelly, already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, was arrested in Chicago on a federal grand jury indictment listing 13 counts including sex…

U.S. producer prices up slightly, point to moderate inflation – (Reuters)
U.S. producer prices rose slightly in June as the cost of energy and other goods dropped for a second straight month, resulting in the smallest annual increase in producer inflation in nearly 2-1/2 years.

Volkswagen investment vaults Argo into top ranks of self-driving firms – (Reuters)
Volkswagen AG’s $2.6-billion investment in Ford Motor Co’s Argo AI self-driving unit, announced on Friday, immediately vaults the two-year-old Pittsburgh-based startup into the top ranks in the sector.

India prepares to land rover on moon in global space race – (Associated Press)
NEW DELHI (AP) — India is looking to take a giant leap in its space program and solidify its place among the world’s spacefaring nations with its second unmanned mission to the moon, this one…

Wimbledon: Bautista Agut breaks after Djokovic wins first set – TV, streams, radio, text – (BBC News)
Novak Djokovic leads 6-2 against Roberto Bautista Augut in the men’s semi-finals, then it’s Rafael Nadal against Roger Federer.

Trump gives up on bid to have citizenship question on census – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just a week after insisting that he was “absolutely moving forward,” President Donald Trump abandoned his effort to insert a citizenship question into next year’s…

Tropical Storm Barry lands first blow on coastal Louisiana, New Orleans hunkers down – (Reuters)
Coastal Louisiana felt the first blow from Tropical Storm Barry’s winds early on Friday as the slow-moving tempest was forecast to become the first Atlantic hurricane of 2019 threatening to bring rain and flooding to New Orleans later in the day.

R&B singer R. Kelly arrested in Chicago, reportedly on federal sex-crime charges – (Reuters)
Grammy Award-winning singer R. Kelly, who already faces state sexual assault charges, has been arrested in Chicago on federal charges after having been indicted there and in Brooklyn, New York, a law enforcement source said on Friday.

Passengers violently ejected from seats on turbulent flight – (Associated Press)
HONOLULU (AP) — Dozens of people were violently slammed off the ceiling of a jetliner that encountered unexpected and intense turbulence over the Pacific Ocean Thursday.An Air Canada flight…

Trump unloads on Paul Ryan after ‘American Carnage’ excerpts – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unloaded via Twitter on Republican former House Speaker Paul Ryan after Ryan’s comments critical of Trump appeared in excerpts from a new book.Ryan…

Amid stalemate, Sudanese struggle to cope with economic crisis – (Al Jazeera English)
Financial woes that played major role in protests that led to al-Bashir’s toppling continue during political deadlock.

Ford and VW to Share Costs of Self-Driving, Electric Cars – (The New York Times)
A deal announced Friday is an example of how carmakers are joining forces to survive a major shift in technology. But can two longtime rivals cooperate?

India’s BJP to revive Hindu settlement plan in Kashmir: Report – (Al Jazeera English)
Construction of segregated Hindu enclaves in Kashmir has little or no support from the region’s local political parties.

U.S. diplomat says United States won’t intervene in Japan-South Korea dispute – (Reuters)
The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia urged Japan and South Korea to settle a dispute over Japanese export restrictions through dialogue and said the United States did not plan to intervene, NHK reported on Friday.

Shares flat as investors digest economic data, dollar dips for third day – (Reuters)
World shares came within a whisker of posting their first weekly loss since May on Friday and the dollar was down for a third day running, as even stronger than expected U.S. inflation failed to shake bets on Federal Reserve interest rate cuts.

New Orleans’ levees face a hard test as storm bears down – (Associated Press)
Even as Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the Mississippi River’s levees held up when those in other parts of the city did not.But as Tropical Storm Barry threatened New Orleans…

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From various sources

Mexico’s finance minister falls out with its populist president – (The Economist)
Carlos Urzúa’s abrupt departure worries investors

Is Google eavesdropping? A Belgium news report says yes – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Okay Google. May I hit my wife?”

Surrey train murder: Darren Pencille found guilty of killing father Lee Pomeroy in row over blocked aisle – (Independent)
IT consultant stabbed 18 times in front of shocked passengers on busy train

Pence to Poway rabbi: We will always condemn evil acts of antisemitism – (The Jerusalem Post)
“To me there was a very short moment of darkness. That darkness was pushed out of here,” the rabbi said. “God was really protecting us.”

Russia delivers missile system to Turkey in challenge to NATO – (The Jerusalem Post)
The United States says the Russian military hardware is not compatible with NATO systems and that the acquisition may lead to Ankara’s expulsion from an F-35 fighter jet program.

Morning Update: In Case You Forgot This Is A Dystopia – (Buzzfeed)
ICE’s planned raids, Trump drops the citizenship question, Facebook’s ad transparency tool. Your BuzzFeed News newsletter, July 12.

Ford and Volkswagen to share costs on electric and self-driving cars – (Financial Times)
Agreement between carmakers deepens transatlantic co-operation

‘I can’t wait for them to get here’ – some Cape Flats residents applaud deployment of SANDF – (News24)
Eighty-year-old Hanover Park resident Ebrahim Adams says he “can’t wait” for soldiers to be deployed in the area

Police dashcam database helped prosecute 1,223 drivers in first year – (Daily Mail)
The national safety portal has been a success since launch last July, but the AA has warned encouraging ‘dashcam vigilantes’ should not be seen as a substitute for having traffic police on patrol.

An aging population could increase demand for autonomous vehicles – (Axios)
The number of Americans with travel-limiting disabilities is on the rise.

Tenant fights for life after being shot at house owned by Russell Kane – (Daily Mail)
The shooter allegedly blasted the victim six times through a conservatory while a car waited around the side of the £780,000 property, which is owned by TV star Russell Kane.

Antoine Griezmann: Barcelona sign Atletico Madrid forward – (BBC Sport)
Barcelona sign Antoine Griezmann from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid after paying the France forward’s 120m euro buyout clause.

U.S. Democratic hopeful Amy Klobuchar proposes drug cost plan aimed at seniors – (Reuters)
Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar unveiled a new plan on Friday to help lower the cost of pharmaceuticals purchased by seniors in the wake of the White House scrapping its own ambitious drug cost plan.

State of emergency as Louisiana braces for storm – (BBC News)
Tropical Storm Barry is gathering strength, and is expected to make landfall late on Friday or early Saturday.

Why Colson Whitehead continues to plunge into American history’s dark heart – (Entertainment Weekly)
Colson Whitehead is coming off one of the most celebrated novels of the century. EW sat down with him to chart his remarkable career.

Trump to tout trade, economy in formerly blue Wisconsin – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump loves to reminisce about his upset Wisconsin win in the 2016 election after Democrat Hillary Clinton took the state for granted.He’s determined not…

Tropical Storm Barry threatens a long, slow drenching – (Associated Press)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Building toward hurricane strength, Tropical Storm Barry began hitting Louisiana with wind and rain Friday as it closed in for what forecasters said will be a long, slow — and…

R. Kelly arrested again in Chicago on federal sex charges – (Associated Press)
CHICAGO (AP) — Singer R. Kelly, already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, was arrested in Chicago on a federal grand jury indictment listing 13 counts including sex…

Vergecast: new hardware from Nintendo and Apple – (The Verge)
Nintendo announced the Switch Lite! Also, Apple updated the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air, but it got rid of that tiny 12-inch MacBook and reportedly its controversial butterfly keyboard for future models. The Vergecast discusses.

The Bonobos Fit Sale Is Here To Help You Restock Your Wardrobe – (Buzzfeed)
Everything, I repeat, EVERYTHING on the site is 30% off!!!

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All about Trump

Morning Update: In Case You Forgot This Is A Dystopia – (Buzzfeed)
ICE’s planned raids, Trump drops the citizenship question, Facebook’s ad transparency tool. Your BuzzFeed News newsletter, July 12.

Trump to tout trade, economy in formerly blue Wisconsin – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump loves to reminisce about his upset Wisconsin win in the 2016 election after Democrat Hillary Clinton took the state for granted.He’s determined not…

Bitcoin is Money! Wall Street Vet Schools Donald Trump after Surprise Tweet – (Crypto Coins News)
Morgan Creek Capital Management CEO Mark Yusko educates Donald Trump about why bitcoin is money, joining a chorus of experts taking on the US President.

Donald Trump blasts Facebook’s Libra, demands strict regulation – (Ars Technica)
“Unregulated crypto assets can facilitate unlawful behavior,” Trump warns.

New report released today details “ongoing trauma” of Trump’s family separation policy – (CBS News)
As of May, some migrant children separated from their parents were still in U.S. custody. One had spent more than a year without his parents — including his ninth birthday

Trump gives up on bid to have citizenship question on census – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just a week after insisting that he was “absolutely moving forward,” President Donald Trump abandoned his effort to insert a citizenship question into next year’s…

Trump unloads on Paul Ryan after ‘American Carnage’ excerpts – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unloaded via Twitter on Republican former House Speaker Paul Ryan after Ryan’s comments critical of Trump appeared in excerpts from a new book.Ryan…

Trump Hates Bitcoin but Nations May Hold Crypto Reserves in 10 Years – (Crypto Coins News)
Balaji Srinivasan, a former partner at a16z and former CTO at Coinbase, has said that in the future, every nation state may have to hold crypto.

Trump rips Paul Ryan as ‘lame duck failure’ with ‘poor leadership’ – (Google News)
President Donald Trump lambasted Paul Ryan Thursday night, ripping the ex-House Speaker as a “running lame duck failure” with “poor leadership.”

“Couldn’t get him out of Congress fast enough!”: Trump blasts “lame duck failure” Paul Ryan – (Axios)
Ryan had said his retirement was an “escape hatch” from Trump.

The Hill’s Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question | TheHill – (The Hill)
Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. TGIF! Our newslet…

Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminates Donald Trump Over ‘He Died’ Rant – (The Huffington Post)
“I’m still here,” the actor fired back with a dig about Trump’s refusal to disclose his tax returns.

Donald Trump’s critique of Bitcoin is antiquated and irrelevant – (The Next Web)
US President Donald Trump, known for his complicated relationship with technology and his incessant need to share his ill-advised thoughts with the world, has admitted he’s not a fan of cryptocurrency. The controversial billionaire–cum–leader of the free worl…

Donald Trump slams Paul Ryan in late-night Twitter rant: ‘Couldn’t get him out of Congress fast enough!’ – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump lashed out at former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Twitter following the release of excerpts from “American Carnage.”

The Memo: Raids to open new phase in Trump immigration war | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump backed down on a census citizenship question on Thursday, but his hardline policies on immigration are about to enter a new phase.

Trump: Mainstream Media Is Not Free Speech, People Who ‘Write Bad’ Are Dangerous – (The Huffington Post)
The president launches a new attack on the First Amendment.

Trump unloads on Paul Ryan after ‘American Carnage’ excerpts – (ABC News)
Get breaking national and world news, broadcast video coverage, and exclusive interviews. Find the top news online at ABC news.

‘It’s genius, but it’s bad’: Trump hosts conservative provocateurs at the White House – (ABC News (AU))
Donald Trump invited prominent conservative social media provocateurs to the White House to talk about free speech.

Rudy Giuliani: New video of Trump accuser whose case was dismissed shows ‘people feel empowered to say anyt… – (Fox News)
Video of an encounter between President Trump and a former campaign staffer that was subject of a now-dismissed lawsuit shows people feel emboldened to lodge claims, according to Rudy Giuliani.

American Commandos Gear Up for New Shadow War With Russia – (The New York Times)
Even as President Trump courts Russia, Special Operations forces are teaming up with partners on Europe’s eastern flank to counter a mix of subterfuge, cyberattacks and disinformation.

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