2019-07-17

Headlines:

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

Wall Street opens flat, investors shrug off bank results – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened flat on Wednesday as trade worries and concerns about the balance of monetary policy and growth outweighed solid results from Bank of America and a boost to chipmakers from Dutch company ASML.

Confusion, fear reigns on Mexico border with new US policy – (Associated Press)
NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Asylum-seekers gathered in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Texas, grappled to understand what a new U.S. policy that all but eliminates refuge claims by Central…

Bank of America trims net interest income guidance – (Reuters)
Bank of America Corp lowered its annual net interest income guidance on Wednesday to reflect a weakened interest rate environment as the second-largest U.S. lender reported higher-than expected earnings fueled by strong consumer trends.

House vote condemning Trump’s tweets draws some GOP support – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led U.S. House voted to condemn President Donald Trump’s “racist comments” against four congresswomen of color, despite…

U.S. judge expected to put Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ behind bars for life – (Reuters)
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Mexican drug lord found guilty of running a murderous criminal enterprise that smuggled tons of drugs into the United States, is scheduled to be sentenced by a U.S. judge on Wednesday in what is likely one of the last chapters i…

Apple, Google continue inclusive push with new emojis – (Associated Press)
Apple and Google are rolling out dozens of new emojis that of course include cute critters, but also expand the number of images of human diversity.The announcement coincides with…

U.S. housing starts fall further; permits at two-year low – (Reuters)
U.S. homebuilding fell for a second straight month in June and permits dropped to a two-year low, suggesting the housing market continued to struggle despite declining mortgage rates.

Man convicted of killing UK teenager on Goa beach – (BBC News)
One of two men charged with raping and killing Scarlett Keeling is guilty, an Indian court rules.

Amazon under EU antitrust fire over use of merchant data – (Reuters)
Amazon became the target of an antitrust investigation by the European Union on Wednesday over its use of merchants’ data, underlining the increasing regulatory scrutiny about how tech companies exploit customers’ information.

EU antitrust regulators to investigate Amazon over merchant data – (Reuters)
EU antitrust regulators will investigate Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, to see if its use of other merchants’ data breaches EU antitrust rules, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

Amazon says it will cooperate with EU antitrust regulator probe – (Reuters)
U.S. online retailer Amazon said on Wednesday that it would cooperate fully with EU antitrust regulators investigating its use of merchants’ data.

Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ faces sentencing in US case – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Will the notorious Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo go quietly?For Joaquin Guzman, that’s the biggest question at his sentencing in New York City on Wednesday. The…

U.S. to ‘support efforts’ by South Korea, Japan to end worsening dispute – (Reuters)
The United States will “do what it can do” to help defuse a worsening political and economic dispute between South Korea and Japan, a senior U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday, as South Korea warned that the row would have global repercussions.

Japan to reject South Korea’s request for meeting on export curbs: Kyodo – (Reuters)
Japan will reject South Korea’s request to hold another working-level meeting on Tokyo’s recent tightening of export controls, Kyodo News reported on Wednesday, citing government sources.

John Paul Stevens evolved into Supreme Court’s liberal lion – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens moved left as the Supreme Court shifted to the right during his nearly 35 years as a justice.That’s how the bow-tie wearing Republican from the Midwest…

Iran’s top diplomat walks back from remark on missile talks – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that his country has no choice but to manufacture missiles for defense purposes — comments that reflect more backtracking after a remark…

Three Turkish diplomats killed in Iraq’s Erbil – security sources – (Al Jazeera English)
Diplomats shot dead by unknown assailants at a restaurant in the capital of the Kurdish region in Iraq.

Sudanese military, protesters sign power-sharing document – (Associated Press)
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council signed a document early Wednesday that outlines a power-sharing deal, but the two sides are still at work on a more…

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Taught Us What Netflix Was For – (The New York Times)
The prison drama was a landmark series of a time when the format and faces of TV were drastically changing.

Why Midsize Cities Struggle to Catch Up to Superstar Cities – (The New York Times)
For decades, smaller metropolitan areas closed the income gap with bigger, richer ones, but no longer. So places like Winston-Salem, N.C., are trying to lay a new foundation for prosperity.

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From various sources

200 people from France, Argentina, Brazil, Russia make aliyah -watch live – (The Jerusalem Post)
The group will be the first large batch of olim to arrive this summer and will be welcomed at an event in Ben-Gurion Airport.

IDF, Shin Bet foil Hamas money laundering ring – (The Jerusalem Post)
The IDF has confiscated half a million shekels in terror funds since the beginning of the year

Shtayyeh: Palestinians in Iraq will be given equal rights – (The Jerusalem Post)
“The president, prime minister and parliament speaker of Iraq told me that they will honor all the rights of Palestinians in Iraq,” Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said.

U.N. nuclear watchdog’s chief plans to step down early -diplomats – (The Jerusalem Post)
Amano, a 72-year-old Japanese diplomat, was reappointed in 2017 to a third four-year term in charge of the International Atomic Energy Agency, until Nov. 30, 2021.

The industry and poetry of David Smith – (The Economist)
In the mid-20th century the American artist charted a new direction for sculpture

MLB WHIPAROUND – (Fox Sports)
MLB WHIPAROUND offers quick-turnaround highlights of in-progress games, MLB news and analysis.

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First Things First – (Fox Sports)
Cris Carter and Nick Wright team up on First Things First, a discussion and opinion-based studio program that covers all the headlines weekdays on FS1.

Cesar Sayoc’s pipe bombs sent to Democrats wouldn’t have detonated: FBI report | CBC News – (CBC News)
An FBI analysis of crudely made pipe bombs mailed to prominent critics of U.S. President Donald Trump has concluded they wouldn’t have worked, according to a report made public Tuesday.

Login – (Axios)
Ina Fried, our expert on tech, illuminates the news shaping Silicon Valley and tech products. Weekday mornings

Canadian man whose family died in 737 Max crash testifies to U.S. lawmakers probing Boeing | CBC News – (CBC News)
Before flying to Washington to climb the steps of Congress and testify to a crowd of aviation experts and lawmakers this week, Paul Njoroge spent a desolate weekend packing away toys his children would never play with again.

House Financial Services Committee holds hearing on proposed Facebook cryptocurrency – (Fox News)

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

MH370 had ‘mysterious’ 200-pound load added to flight list after takeoff: report – (Fox News)
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had a “mysterious” addition to the flight list after takeoff, according to an engineer whose wife and two children were aboard the ill-fated aircraft when it disappeared in 2014.

Massive 1994 Bolivian earthquake reveals mountains 660 kilometers below our feet – (Hacker News)
Princeton seismologists found mountains and smooth plains on a boundary layer inside the Earth’s mantle.

Falling helmets, flying bats, and a four-armed fast bowler – (ESPN Cric Info)
World Cup 2019 | Falling helmets, flying bats, and a four-armed fast bowler | Photo Gallery | ESPN Cricinfo

Peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace Turo raises $250M at over $1B valuation from IAC – (TechCrunch)
Car-sharing startup Turo has raised $250 million in a Series E round of funding from IAC, the internet media company that owned and spun out Match.com, and OKCupid. This round pushes Turn into Unicorn territory, with its valuation now “past the billion-dollar…

Student who hit cyclists outside Commons guilty of attempted murder – (Daily Mail)
Salih Khater, 30, ploughed his Ford Fiesta into a pedestrian and a group of cyclists who had stopped at a red light in Parliament Square on August 14 last year.

Dust Identity secures $10M Series A to identify objects with diamond dust – (TechCrunch)
The idea behind Dust Identity was originally born in an MIT lab where students developed a system of uniquely identifying objects using diamond dust. Since then, the startup has been working to create a commercial application for the advanced technology, and …

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All about Trump

Cesar Sayoc’s pipe bombs sent to Democrats wouldn’t have detonated: FBI report | CBC News – (CBC News)
An FBI analysis of crudely made pipe bombs mailed to prominent critics of U.S. President Donald Trump has concluded they wouldn’t have worked, according to a report made public Tuesday.

Here’s how AOC, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley & Rashida Tlaib became known as “The Squad” – (CBS News)
“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King sat down with the four Democratic congresswomen, known as “the Squad,” who President Trump attacked on Twitter this week with racist comments. In this excerpt of their conversation, King asks the women how they became kno…

Here’s Video of Trump Partying with Jeffrey Epstein and a Bunch of Cheerleaders in 1992 – (Vice News)

Trump voters cringe and shrug at tweets while Democrats rage | CBC News – (Google News (Canada))
In interviews with nearly 50 voters across seven states, many people — most of them Democrats — found Trump’s willingness to lodge racial attacks appalling and unforgivable. For many others, particularly Trump voters, the tweets were a mere sideshow.

Eric Trump Ironically Calls Minority Congresswomen ‘Most Hate-Filled Group’ – (The Huffington Post)
Eric Trump went on “Fox & Friends” to defend Donald Trump after the president told four nonwhite House members to “go back” to other countries.

The 4 House Republicans who voted with Democrats to condemn Trump’s racist tweets toward ‘The Squad’ – (USA Today)
The House resolution, which said Trump’s “racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color” passed 240-187.

7/17: CBSN AM – (CBS News)
House votes to condemn Trump’s racist tweets; Allie Long surprised with new key to New York City

House vote condemning Trump’s tweets draws some GOP support – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led U.S. House voted to condemn President Donald Trump’s “racist comments” against four congresswomen of color, despite…

Poll: Most Americans call Trump’s tweets targeting 4 congresswomen ‘un-American’ – (USA Today)
In a USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll, 68% call Trump’s attacks on four congresswomen offensive, but most Republicans say they agree with him.

Rep. Al Green Files Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump, Setting Up House Showdown – (The Huffington Post)
“To condemn a racist president is not enough, we must impeach him,” the Texas Democrat said.

Trump signals he’ll talk about minority congresswomen at Wednesday rally | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump is signaling he intends to speak at his rally Wednesday night about the four mino…

The House has condemned Donald Trump’s racist tweets. Now what? – (CNN)
On Tuesday night, the Democratic-controlled House did something very rare: They voted to condemn President Donald Trump for his Sunday tweets in which he urged four Democratic congresswomen to return to the countries they came from.

Trump’s Racist Tweets Make Republicans Like Him More – (Vice News)
The country as a whole thinks they’re awful, but his approval ratings in his own party went up this week.

Who are ‘The Squad’? The Democratic women who riled Trump – (The Irish Times)
US president’s ‘go back home’ comments seen as attack on four leftwing freshman Democrats

Trump voters cringe and shrug at tweets while Democrats rage | CBC News – (CBC News)
In interviews with nearly 50 voters across seven states, many people — most of them Democrats — found Trump’s willingness to lodge racial attacks appalling and unforgivable. For many others, particularly Trump voters, the tweets were a mere sideshow.

Donald Trump’s race-baiting strategy to secure second term – (Financial Times)
Goal is to force Democrats to unite behind ‘Squad’ of radical non-white congresswomen

Sorry @realDonaldTrump, but @BarackObama is Twitter’s top cat – (Google News)
He’s not a big Twitter guy and hasn’t even clicked the “tweet” button in 7 days, but when compared to the “tweeter-in-chief,” former President Barack Obama is the social media platform’s king, not President Trump.

“The Squad”: Rashid Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley denounce Trump’s attacks as an intentional “distraction” – (Google News)
Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar sat down with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King

Trump, Kavanaugh, Guns: John Paul Stevens Spoke His Mind – (The Huffington Post)
Stevens, who died Tuesday, was unusually candid about political issues after he retired from the Supreme Court.

Morning Update: Protect “Schitt’s Creek” At All Costs – (Buzzfeed)
The House condemns Trump’s tweets, Planned Parenthood ousts its president, the Emmy nominations are here. Your BuzzFeed News newsletter, July 17.

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