2019-07-19

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

Democrats questioning Robert Mueller to focus on obstruction – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee who will question former special counsel Robert Mueller next week plan to focus on a narrow set of episodes laid out in his report, an…

Man scales down Philadelphia high-rise to escape smoky fire – (Associated Press)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man scaled several floors down the side of a 19-story building in Philadelphia to escape a fire that injured four residents and three police officers.The fire at the…

Second 2020 Democratic debate to feature Biden-Harris rematch – (Reuters)
Former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris will have the chance for a re-match on the second night of the second round of Democratic presidential debates later this month in Detroit, CNN announced on Thursday.

Factbox: What to watch for at the second U.S. Democratic presidential debate – (Reuters)
When the Democratic candidates vying for the 2020 presidential nomination convene for the second round of debates this month, there will be one new face and the opportunity for another combative exchange between the two top-tier candidates.

Wall Street opens higher after Microsoft’s beat, rate cut euphoria – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Friday as solid results from Microsoft lifted technology shares and added to market optimism after New York Fed President John Williams boosted hopes that the central bank was set to cut interest rates this month.

Iran denies Trump claim that US destroyed Iranian drone – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Friday denied President Donald Trump’s claim that a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf in another escalation of tensions between the two…

Trump’s harsh words on ‘squad’ reinforce dark posts online – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before President Donald Trump turned up the heat on four Democratic congresswomen of color, saying they should “go back” to their home countries, hateful rhetoric and…

Worst floods in years ‘submerge’ Bangladesh villages – (Al Jazeera English)
More than four million at risk of food insecurity and disease as flooding forces nearly 200,000 to flee their homes.

World leaders, Apple CEO offer tributes to Japanese studio after attack – (Reuters)
Tributes to the Japanese animation studio ravaged in a suspected arson attack lit up social media on Friday, with world leaders and Apple Inc’s chief executive offering condolences to the families of the 33 people who were killed.

Microsoft shares hit record highs, powered by growing cloud sales – (Reuters)
Microsoft Corp on Thursday beat analysts’ estimates for fourth-quarter revenue and profit, driven by continued sales increases from its cloud business and sending its shares to all-time highs.

Gibraltar extends detention of Iranian tanker for a month – (Reuters)
Gibraltar was granted the power on Friday to detain Iran’s Grace 1 oil tanker for another month, keeping the vessel at the center of a big-power quarrel between Iran and the United States and its allies.

Suspected Japanese arsonist is ex-convict who believed studio stole his novel: media – (Reuters)
A man suspected of torching an animation studio and killing 33 people in Japan’s worst mass killing in two decades had been convicted of robbery and carried out the attack because he believed his novel had been plagiarized, media said on Friday.

New standards aim to improve surgery for the oldest patients – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 92-year-old had a painful tumor on his tongue, and major surgery was his best chance. Doctors called a timeout when he said he lived alone, in a rural farmhouse, and wanted…

Fed rate cut bets buoy stocks, dollar steadies – (Reuters)
Global stocks rose on Friday as investors firmed up bets on a U.S. interest rate cut at the end of July after a speech by a top Federal Reserve official further cemented expectations for one, fuelling appetite for risky assets and capping the dollar.

Boeing takes $4.9 billion charge for prolonged grounding of 737 MAX planes – (Reuters)
Boeing Co said on Thursday it would take an after-tax charge of $4.9 billion in the second quarter on estimated disruptions from the prolonged grounding of its lucrative 737 MAX passenger jets after two deadly crashes.

Powerful earthquake shakes Athens – (BBC News)
A strong earthquake shakes Athens, knocking out telecoms and power in parts of the Greek capital.

Reports say suspect in deadly Kyoto arson attack had grudge – (Associated Press)
TOKYO (AP) — Police were investigating Friday the gutted animation studio building in Kyoto where a man raging about theft set a fire that killed 33 people, crushing the hearts of comic fans in…

Animation fans lay flowers, pay respects at Japan studio ravaged by arson – (Reuters)
Animation fans gathered at the site of Japan’s worst mass killing in 18 years on Friday, laying flowers and offering prayers for the 33 people killed in an arson attack on an animation studio.

Ramaphosa ‘deliberately misled’ South Africa parliament: watchdog – (Al Jazeera English)
Report by public protector on president comes as predecessor abandons testimony to commission probing graft allegations.

How Two Big Earthquakes Triggered 16,000 More in Southern California – (The New York Times)
Each aftershock has a tiny chance of being severe, with some scientists concerned that the robust activity could trigger strong earthquakes in nearby faults.

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From various sources

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

Iraqi militias bombed by unmanned aircraft, one killed – security sources – (The Jerusalem Post)
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Twitter CEO praises U.S. candidate Tulsi Gabbard’s “anti-war stance” – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Twitter CEO has been in the headlines recently for his political donations and over the last three days it was unclear if he would respond to reports that he “maxed out” donations to Gabbard.

Drone war politics over the Gulf between Iran and US – (The Jerusalem Post)
The incident is the latest since tensions rose in May.

Will meeting between Trump and Murad help Yazidis who survived ISIS? – (The Jerusalem Post)
Murad met Trump along with other survivors of religious discrimination, part of a larger State Department agenda that has sought to highlight religious freedom and persecution on the basis of faith.

The Trump Campaign Is Trying to Own Libs by Selling Plastic Straws – (Vice News)
For the astronomically high price of $15, you, too, can be the proud owner of 10 plastic straws “laser engraved” with Donald Trump’s name.

Tourists reportedly hospitalized after swimming in Instagram-famous ‘toxic dump’ in Spain – (Fox News)
It’s nicknamed the “Galician Chernobyl.”

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

Convicted murderer, 77, deemed too old to be a threat, fatally stabbed woman in front of her children – (Fox News)
A man who served decades in prison for stabbing his wife 14 times in front of her daughter was convicted Wednesday in a nearly identical crime — stabbing a woman at least 11 times while her twin children watched.

DanielDe/org-web – (Hacker News)
org-mode on the web, built with React, optimized for mobile, synced with Dropbox and Google Drive – DanielDe/org-web

200M across US brace for record heatwave; NYC orders tall buildings to raise temps to avoid another blackout – (Fox News)
More than 200 million Americans in parts of the central and eastern U.S. will experience temperature indexes of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit as a heat wave is expected to slam at least 29 states over the weekend.

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

Ayia Napa: Briton ‘held down as Israelis raped her for an hour’ – (Daily Mail)
The 19-year-old told police that she went to boys’ Cyprus hotel room to see some of them that she was friends with, when one held her down and the others took it in turns to rape her for an hour.

15 Little Things That Have Made Life With A Toddler Easier For Me – (Buzzfeed)
These have all come in so handy.

‘An example to us’: Germany honours those who tried and failed to kill Adolf Hitler – (ABC News (AU))
The anniversary of a July 1944 assassination attempt against the Fuhrer sees Chancellor Angela Merkel pay tribute to those who resisted the Nazis as pillars of the country’s modern democracy.

Tyreek Hill Not Suspended by NFL After Child Abuse Allegations Investigation – (Bleacher Report)
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill will not be suspended by the NFL following an investigation into allegations of child abuse…

Trump renews attack on Ilhan Omar and criticizes ‘crazed’ media – live updates – (Google News (UK))
President says media overplayed the crowd’s chanting ‘send her back’ at his rally despite his daughter urging him to repudiate the racist chant

Delaney disputes reports he’s dropping out of 2020 presidential race – (CBS News)
“No one on my team asked me to drop out of the race and I have no plans to drop out of the race,” Delaney said

After Baidu tie-up, BMW taps Tencent for autonomous driving in China – (TechCrunch)
China is BMW’s largest market, and the German automaker knows in order to capture the country’s demanding consumers, its future models must support robust autonomous driving capability. But to build it itself in China is hardly possible. The success of autono…

Barack Obama predicted the backlash against Big Tech companies in a 2013 meeting – (Axios)
It’s an anecdote in a new book from Microsoft President Brad Smith.

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All about Trump

Will meeting between Trump and Murad help Yazidis who survived ISIS? – (The Jerusalem Post)
Murad met Trump along with other survivors of religious discrimination, part of a larger State Department agenda that has sought to highlight religious freedom and persecution on the basis of faith.

The Trump Campaign Is Trying to Own Libs by Selling Plastic Straws – (Vice News)
For the astronomically high price of $15, you, too, can be the proud owner of 10 plastic straws “laser engraved” with Donald Trump’s name.

Trump renews attack on Ilhan Omar and criticizes ‘crazed’ media – live updates – (Google News (UK))
President says media overplayed the crowd’s chanting ‘send her back’ at his rally despite his daughter urging him to repudiate the racist chant

Stock Market Reverses Gains After Trump Slams Fed – (Crypto Coins News)
The stock market pared its gains after President Trump slammed the Federal Reserve on Twitter, warning the central bank not to “blow it.”

All the news of NASA’s Artemis program, the agency’s attempt to returns humans to the Moon – (The Verge)
The Trump administration wants to get humans back to the Moon — fast. In April of 2019, Vice President Mike Pence challenged NASA with putting people on the lunar surface by 2024, a deadline just five years away. NASA accepted and has since named this ambitio…

Robert Mueller Trump: What Democrats want out of Mueller’s hearing next week – (CBS News)
Staffers say that lawmakers want to help give the American public a clearer picture into Mueller’s findings. The former special counsel testifies before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on Wednesday

Trump mocks ‘staged’ greeting for Ilhan Omar, accuses media of ‘sick partnership’ with squad – (Fox News)
President Trump on Friday mocked what he described as a “staged” greeting for “Foul Mouthed” Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., in her home district — blasting the coverage and accusing the media of forging a “sick partnership” with the freshman congresswoman and her…

Iran denies Trump claim that US destroyed Iranian drone – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Friday denied President Donald Trump’s claim that a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf in another escalation of tensions between the two…

Trump rips New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on Twitter – (Axios)
He reacted to a piece Friedman published this week.

ESPN Host Blasts Network’s No Politics Policy After Trump Rally’s ‘Send Her Back’ Chant – (The Huffington Post)
Dan Le Batard called out ESPN’s “cowardly” and “weak-ass” policy discouraging hosts from discussing politics.

Trump’s harsh words on ‘squad’ reinforce dark posts online – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before President Donald Trump turned up the heat on four Democratic congresswomen of color, saying they should “go back” to their home countries, hateful rhetoric and…

Dan Le Batard denounces Trump, rips ESPN’s no-politics policy – (Axios)
“[W]e here at ESPN haven’t had the stomach for that fight.”

College students surprised to learn Obama touted deportations of criminal aliens – (Fox News)
College students reject President Trump’s immigration views as racist, but they were surprised to learn former President Barack Obama had made a similar promise on the deportation of criminal aliens.

Trump complains of ‘crazed’ media coverage over ‘send her back’ chants | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Friday bemoaned the amount of media coverage devoted to supporters at his Wedn…

Iran denies drone was downed, offers inspections to end sanctions – (Google News)
IRAN’S DENIAL: Iran is denying the U.S. account of an encounter between a U.S. warship and an Iranian drone near the Strait of Hormuz, insisting all of its surveillance drones have returned safely to base. Yesterday President Trump announced that the amphibio…

The Hill’s Morning Report: Trump walks back from ‘send her back’ chants | TheHill – (The Hill)

Mueller hearings to highlight ‘shocking evidence of criminal misconduct’ by Trump, Democrats say – (Google News)
Democrats on the House committees set to hear testimony next week from former special counsel Robert Mueller believe the hearings will help Americans understand “the gravity of the president’s misconduct,” staff members told reporters.

Trump faces new hit on deficit | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump’s record on the deficit is poised to take another hit.Speaker Nancy Pelosi…

The Memo: Fears of violence grow amid Trump race storm | TheHill – (The Hill)
Fears that the 2020 election campaign will be marked by violence are growing after a raucous crow…

Mueller hearings to highlight ‘shocking evidence of criminal misconduct’ by Trump, Democrats say – (NBC News)
Democrats on the House committees set to hear testimony next week from former special counsel Robert Mueller believe the hearings will help Americans understand “the gravity of the president’s misconduct,” staff members told reporters.

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