2019-07-18

Headlines:

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

Unbowed, Trump intensifies attacks on four Democratic congresswomen – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump stepped up his vilification of four liberal lawmakers as un-American at a raucous rally on Wednesday, underscoring that the attacks will form a key part of his strategy for winning re-election in 2020.

UK foreign minister calls U.S. ‘send her back’ chanting deeply concerning: TV – (Reuters)
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday that chants at a President Trump rally of “send her back” were deeply concerning, Channel 5 reported.

Trump slams 4 congresswomen; crowd chants, ‘Send her back!’ – (Associated Press)
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative President Donald Trump turned his campaign rally into an extended dissection of the liberal views of the…

Iran state TV: Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces seized a foreign oil tanker accused of smuggling oil, Iran’s state TV reported Thursday. The vessel appears to be a United Arab…

Man shouting ‘You die’ kills nearly 30 at Japan anime studio – (Associated Press)
TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming “You die!” burst into an animation production studio in Kyoto, Japan, and set it on fire Thursday, authorities said, leaving nearly 30 people confirmed or presumed…

Bitcoin craze hits Iran as US sanctions squeeze weak economy – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians feeling the squeeze from U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s ailing economy are increasingly turning to such digital currencies as Bitcoin to make money,…

Revolutionary Guards impound foreign oil tanker in the Gulf: state TV – (Reuters)
Iran has seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel in the Gulf, state television quoted Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as saying on Thursday.

UK government seeking further information on seized foreign tanker reports: spokeswoman – (Reuters)
Britain is seeking further information on reports Iran has seized a foreign tanker in the Gulf, the government said on Thursday, urging the Iranian authorities to de-escalate tensions.

Trump leans on issue of race in bid for a 2nd term in 2020 – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has placed racial animus at the center of his reelection campaign, and even some of his critics believe it could deliver him a second term.Every…

Turkey says defense firms face temporary losses after F-35 removal – (Reuters)
Turkish defense companies may face temporary losses after a U.S. decision to remove Ankara from the F-35 fighter jet program but the industry will emerge stronger as a result, the head of Turkey’s Defense Industry Directorate said on Thursday.

Global stocks slip as U.S.-China trade war drags on corporate earnings – (Reuters)
Global shares slipped on Thursday on growing signs that a trade dispute between the United States and China was taking a toll on corporate earnings, with nerves spreading from Wall Street through Asia to European markets.

Biden versus Sanders: Top 2020 contenders snipe over healthcare policy – (Reuters)
Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and rival Bernie Sanders are waging a public battle this week over universal healthcare, staking out competing turf on an issue that has become the most divisive in the party’s primary campaign.

Why are there protests in Puerto Rico? – (BBC News)
Protesters are calling for the resignation of the governor following a leak of homophobic messages.

Trump’s tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry – (Reuters)
Carrie Gray points to a stack of unwelcome mail on a conference table at the offices of Renegade RV, one of the leading U.S. manufacturers of high-end recreational vehicles. She’s buried in bad news from most of her about 350 suppliers.

Iran seizes ‘fuel-smuggling’ tanker in Gulf – (BBC News)
The vessel and its 12 crew were smuggling one million litres of fuel, Iran says.

U.S. removing Turkey from F-35 program after its Russian missile defense purchase – (Reuters)
The United States said on Wednesday that it was removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program, a move long threatened and expected after Ankara began accepting delivery of an advanced Russian missile defense system last week.

U.S. officials wonder: Did Turkish leader’s coup memories drive Russia arms deal? – (Reuters)
For some U.S. officials, the Trump administration’s failure to persuade Turkey not to buy a Russian air defense system may have its roots in a coup attempt against President Tayyip Erdogan three years ago this week.

#IStandWithIlhan: Show of support for Omar after racist chants – (Al Jazeera English)
Outpouring of support comes after Trump supporters burst into ‘send her back!’ chants at US president’s campaign rally.

At Least 20 Dead in Suspected Arson at Japanese Anime Studio – (The New York Times)
Officials said more people were feared to have been killed in the blaze at Kyoto Animation. Reports said a man had ignited flammable liquid at the studio.

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. TRUMP ATTACKS LAWMAKERS AGAIN IN NORTH CAROLINAHe turns a campaign rally…

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From various sources

Profits are down in America Inc – (The Economist)
Is it time to worry?

Two killed in suicide bombing, four beheaded in Sinai, sources say – (The Jerusalem Post)
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq agency, saying five members of the security forces were killed or injured.

Forensics Institute disclosed dead Ethiopian probe results without AG consent – (The Jerusalem Post)
Police to killed Ethiopian’s parents: Ballistics, labs which found bullet was a ricochet are independent.

Daily Mail in response to Barak libel suit: We stand by our story – (The Jerusalem Post)
“We note that Mr Barak’s assertion that he was not party to Mr Epstein’s illegal activities is a denial of a claim we have never made.”

Cyprus rape case: Israeli suspects claim cops, British tourists hit them – (The Jerusalem Post)
The court in Cyprus extended the Israelis’ arrest by eight days, to the police’s request, according to Kan.

IRGC seizes foreign ship in Persian Gulf – (The Jerusalem Post)
The ship had a capacity of two million liters and had 12 foreign crew members, according to Fars.

Do Ilhan Omar’s boycotts compare to the BDS movement? Analysis – (The Jerusalem Post)
The BDS movement has been ruled antisemitic and tied to terror.

Study: Increasing number of hospital beds won’t solve overcrowding – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Conversations with physicians have revealed that they feel additional hospital beds will not significantly change the situation, and that what needs to change are hospitalization procedures.”

This Guy Really Tried to Smuggle a Pound of Cocaine Under His Toupee – (Vice News)
You like my hair? Gee thanks, just snort it.

EA announces Plants vs. Zombies 3 – (The Verge)
EA officially announced that the next main Plants vs. Zombies game is in the works. We don’t know much else about Plants vs. Zombies 3, but the game is currently in a pre-alpha state on Android, and you can register to play it early on Google Play right now.

Omar introduces resolution defending boycott of Israel, likens it to boycotts of Nazi Germany, Soviet Union – (Fox News)
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar proposed a resolution this week supporting the right to boycott Israel, likening the boycott of the Jewish state to boycotts of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says it seized foreign oil tanker | CBC News – (CBC News)
Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces have seized a foreign oil tanker accused of smuggling oil with a crew of 12, Iran’s state TV reported Thursday, just days after an oil tanker based in the United Arab Emirates disappeared off trackers in Iranian …

Generate – (Axios)
The biggest news and trends in energy, business and politics by Ben Geman, with Amy Harder. Weekday mornings

Instagram ‘likes’could be hidden in the UK and US within MONTHS – (Daily Mail)
The trial in Canada, Japan, Ireland, Italy, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand means users who upload a photo will still be able to see how many likes they get – but no-one else will know.

William Watson: Canada still has touching faith in the goodness of monopolies – (Financial Post)
Are crown corporations, including those that distribute electricity, as lean and mean as they would be if they faced real competition?

Victim compensation fund: Jon Stewart slams Rand Paul for blocking 9/11 funding bill as latest first responder dies – (CBS News)
“Pardon me if I’m not impressed in any way by Rand Paul’s fiscal responsibility virtue signaling, Stewart said of Paul’s block

VComply raises $2.5 million seed round led by Accel to simplify risk and compliance management – (TechCrunch)
Risk and compliance management platform VComply announced today that it has picked up a $2.5 million seed round led by Accel Partners for its international growth plan. The funding will be used to acquire more customers in the United States, open a new office…

Toys ‘R’ Us taps tech startup b8ta to bring its stores into the future – (TechCrunch)
b8ta, the retail as a service startup that has partnered with the likes of Google and Macy’s, is getting into the kids’ toys space. As part of a new joint venture with Tru Kids Brands, which owns Toys “R” Us, b8ta will bring its expertise in experiential reta…

Knife crime soars to record high, new figures reveal – (Daily Mail)
Knife crime offences recorded by police in England and Wales hit a record high in 2018/19, up 8% on the previous year, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

How to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing – (The Verge)
Here are some ways you can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, including where you can get more information about these, and other, events around the country.

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All about Trump

Unbowed, Trump intensifies attacks on four Democratic congresswomen – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump stepped up his vilification of four liberal lawmakers as un-American at a raucous rally on Wednesday, underscoring that the attacks will form a key part of his strategy for winning re-election in 2020.

UK foreign minister calls U.S. ‘send her back’ chanting deeply concerning: TV – (Reuters)
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday that chants at a President Trump rally of “send her back” were deeply concerning, Channel 5 reported.

GOP lawmaker: Not my style to – CNN Video – (CNN)
Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI) responds to the House resolution condemning President Trump’s tweets targeting four Democratic congresswomen, saying the name-calling and identity politics “exacerbated” the vote.

Black Trump supporter has a message for the President – CNN Video – (CNN)
Kevin Martin, a Trump supporter in Pennsylvania, tells CNN’s Van Jones about how he was affected by the President’s racist tweets directed at four congresswomen of color. See more of Van’s conversation with Martin and other voters on Saturday, July 20, at 7pm…

Trump rally highlights “most visible dividing line” in American politics – (CBS News)
President Trump is firing up his base of supporters by once again slamming the female congresswomen known as “the Squad.” This time, mentioning them by name. It happened during a rally held Wednesday night in Greenville, North Carolina. The crowd started chan…

Trump slams 4 congresswomen; crowd chants, ‘Send her back!’ – (Associated Press)
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative President Donald Trump turned his campaign rally into an extended dissection of the liberal views of the…

Incoming: The Life Hack Obsession – (Buzzfeed)
Trump singles out Ilhan Omar, Kevin Spacey charges dropped, concerns about FaceApp. Your BuzzFeed News newsletter, July 18.

Trump leans on issue of race in bid for a 2nd term in 2020 – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has placed racial animus at the center of his reelection campaign, and even some of his critics believe it could deliver him a second term.Every…

Media react to ‘send her back’ chant at Trump rally – (CNN)
After President Trump assailed Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar at a North Carolina rally Wednesday night, his crowd of supporters broke into a chant, shouting in unison, “SEND HER BACK!”

US preparing to send hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia amid Iran tensions – (CNN)
The Trump administration is reinforcing its controversial military relationship with Saudi Arabia by preparing to send hundreds of troops to the country amid increasing tensions with Iran.

Trump’s tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry – (Reuters)
Carrie Gray points to a stack of unwelcome mail on a conference table at the offices of Renegade RV, one of the leading U.S. manufacturers of high-end recreational vehicles. She’s buried in bad news from most of her about 350 suppliers.

Ocasio-Cortez offers encouragement to those ‘scared for our future’ after Trump rally | TheHill – (The Hill)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) turned to social media to offer encouragement to “tho…

U.S. officials wonder: Did Turkish leader’s coup memories drive Russia arms deal? – (Reuters)
For some U.S. officials, the Trump administration’s failure to persuade Turkey not to buy a Russian air defense system may have its roots in a coup attempt against President Tayyip Erdogan three years ago this week.

#IStandWithIlhan: Show of support for Omar after racist chants – (Al Jazeera English)
Outpouring of support comes after Trump supporters burst into ‘send her back!’ chants at US president’s campaign rally.

The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP | TheHill – (The Hill)

Trump stokes fear, hides his insecurity – (CNN)
Sent away from his family as a youngster, the President knows well the fear of being rejected and cast out, writes Michael D’Antonio. Hence his willingness to use bullying racism toward four congresswomen to draw supporters closer and cow lawmakers into mute …

Trump slams ‘squad’ during North Carolina rally as crowd chants ‘send her back’ – (USA Today)
“If they don’t like it, let them leave,” Trump told the crowd. “I think in some cases they hate our country.”

Is Trump’s pro-America message resonating with voters? – (Fox News)
America First millennial policy adviser Danielle D’Souza Gill reacts to Trump’s rally.

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. TRUMP ATTACKS LAWMAKERS AGAIN IN NORTH CAROLINAHe turns a campaign rally…

How America Got to ‘Zero Tolerance’ on Immigration: The Inside Story – (The New York Times)
Battles have raged within the Trump administration over family separations, ICE raids and the president’s obsession with a wall. Together, they have remade homeland security.

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