2019-08-31

Headlines:

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

Category 4 Dorian bears down on Bahamas, may skirt Florida – (Associated Press)
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Dorian bore down on the northwestern Bahamas as a fierce Category 4 storm Saturday, as new projections curved upward enough to potentially spare Florida a direct hit while…

Thousands protest against Parliament suspension – (BBC News)
Rallies are happening in UK towns and cities over Boris Johnson’s plan to suspend Parliament.

Dorian churns toward Florida as dangerous category 4 hurricane – (Reuters)
Hurricane Dorian spun west across the Atlantic ocean toward Florida on Saturday after growing into an even stronger Category 4 storm as residents and visitors hunkered down in one of America’s most popular tourist destinations.

Too old for president? Health and fitness a better question – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Science says age is only a number, not a proxy for physical and mental fitness. But with three Democrats in their 70s vying to challenge the oldest first-term president in…

‘They’re on,’ Trump says of tariffs set to kick in on Sunday – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Expect a direct hit on many U.S. consumers from President Donald Trump’s latest round of tariffs on Chinese imports. He had no intention of pulling back on import taxes set to…

Hong Kong protests turn to chaos amid tear gas and petrol bombs – (Reuters)
Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon on Saturday as pro-democracy protesters threw petrol bombs in the latest in a series of clashes that have plunged the Chinese-ruled city into its worst political crisis in decades.

Factbox: Next rounds of Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods to hit consumers – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump’s next round of tariffs on Chinese imports is scheduled to take effect starting on Sunday, escalating the trade war between the world’s two largest economies with a big hit to consumer goods.

Thousands protest British PM Johnson’s move to suspend parliament – (Reuters)
Thousands of people across Britain and Northern Ireland protested on Saturday against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament for about a month before the deadline for the country to leave the European Union.

Sudan’s al-Bashir admits receiving $25m from Saudi crown prince – (Al Jazeera English)
Questioned in court for first time, al-Bashir says Prince Salman bin Mohammed sent the $25m in cash on a private jet.

Thousands of Russians rally to demand free elections – (Reuters)
Thousands of Russians took to the streets of central Moscow on Saturday to demand free elections to the capital’s city legislature on Sept. 8, defying a ban which has been enforced with violent detentions during previous protests.

Hong Kong protesters build wall, set fire on a main street – (Associated Press)
HONG KONG (AP) — A large fire blazed across a main street in Hong Kong on Saturday night, as protesters made a wall out of barricades and set it afire. Hundreds of protesters gathered behind the…

How a Tax Break to Help Poor Communities Became a Bonanza for the Rich – (The New York Times)
Opportunity zones were created as part of the Trump tax law to lure investment to distressed areas. But much of the money is fueling real-estate developments targeting the affluent.

North Korea berates Pompeo, says hopes for talks fading – (Associated Press)
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior North Korean diplomat on Saturday berated U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his comments describing North Korean behavior as “rogue” and warned that…

Summer Streets – (The New York Times)
New York in this season exists principally out of doors.

Protesters defy ban and occupy central Hong Kong – (BBC News)
Police fire tear gas to disperse crowds as thousands of people take to the streets.

Mysterious Iran rocket blast draws Trump tweet, Tehran taunt – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The unexplained explosion of a rocket at an Iranian space center grew more mysterious Saturday as President Donald Trump tweeted what appeared to be an American…

WWII: A memory battleground on the 80th anniversary – (Associated Press)
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Commemorations marking the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Poland this weekend come as the war has become a messy battleground of memory.In Poland and…

North Korea says Pompeo’s remarks make talks with U.S. more difficult – (Reuters)
A recent remark by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about “North Korea’s rogue behavior” will make talks with the United States more difficult, the North’s KCNA news agency on Saturday quoted its vice foreign minister, Choe Son Hui, as saying.

Hong Kong police use tear gas to try to disperse protests – (Reuters)
Hong Kong police fired rounds of tear gas on Saturday outside the local headquarters of the China People’s Liberation Army to try to disperse anti-government protesters.

LA Angels pitcher overdosed on drugs and alcohol – (BBC News)
The coroner’s report rules that Tyler Skaggs died accidentally in a Texan hotel room in July.

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From various sources

Live Jeff Horn v Michael Zerafa middleweight bout, Battle of Bendigo, updates, news results – (News.com.au)
Welcome to our live coverage of the Battle of Bendigo between Jeff Horn and Michael Zerafa.

Front lines vs. Home front; Horror vs. tranquility – (The Jerusalem Post)
Five times Israel found itself in such scenarios, in which there was a clear distinction between the blood, sweat and horrors of the front lines and the relative tranquility of the home front.

Sinjar area remains key to securing Iraq – (The Jerusalem Post)
Disputed between the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Sinjar district in Nineveh province is still central to securing Iraq against an ISIS return.

NRL live Saturday round 24 2019: Knights Vs Titans, Sea Eagles Vs Storm, Roosters Vs Panthers, updates, video, news – (News.com.au)
The penultimate round of the season has already ended one teams finals hopes but the Knights are still hanging on by a thread.

Senior Software Engineer / Cloud (SF/remote) – (Hacker News)
R&D

The Paxos Algorithm, or How to Win a Turing Award – (Hacker News)

Telluride Day One: Gondolas, mile-high mimosas, and serious Adam Sandler – (Entertainment Weekly)
Every film festival has its draws: the Continental glamour of Cannes and Venice; the still-scrappy discovery of Sundance; the sheer…

The impact of indies in summer 2019 – (Entertainment Weekly)
There was more to this summer than just ‘The Lion King’

The frighteningly simple technique that hijacked Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account – (The Verge)
On August 30th, Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account was taken over through SIM swapping — an increasingly common attack for hackers and online vandals.

‘Hawks deep in talks with Texans to acquire Clowney – (NFL News)
The Seattle Seahawks are deep in talks to acquire pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney from the Houston Texans. Clowney has yet to sign his franchise tag and has not reported to the Texans this preseason.

After heavy air strikes, calm in Syria’s Idlib as ceasefire declared – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Syrian government agreed to a ceasefire that started on Saturday morning “while reserving the right to respond to any violation by the terrorists,” the state news agency SANA said.

Hurricane Dorian changes course, strengthens to Category 4 – Breitbart – (Breitbart News)
Miami (AFP) – Hurricane Dorian changed course slightly on Saturday, possibly putting it on track to hit the Carolinas rather than Florida as

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All about Trump

Trump renews attacks on Omarosa, slamming her as ‘disgusting and foul mouthed’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Saturday renewed his attacks on former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newm…

‘They’re on,’ Trump says of tariffs set to kick in on Sunday – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Expect a direct hit on many U.S. consumers from President Donald Trump’s latest round of tariffs on Chinese imports. He had no intention of pulling back on import taxes set to…

Medical deferred action: More than 100 lawmakers denounce Trump administration ending health program for sick immigrants – (CBS News)
Trump administration abruptly shuttered a program that offered certain immigrants, including children with life-threatening health conditions, a temporary reprieve from deportation

Trump’s tweet about the Iranian space center crash raises questions – (Axios)
The tweet has raised “questions about whether he had plucked a classified image.”

‘It’s an unjustified tax’: Craft beer brewers are caught in the middle of Trump’s trade war with China – (CNBC)
Independent brewers are increasingly concerned about headwinds as President Donald Trump’s tariffs increase prices on everything from aluminum cans to brewing equipment.

Trump warns aide Madeleine Westerhout has a ‘fully enforceable confidentiality agreement’ – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump said Friday that longtime aide Madeleine Westerhout resigned because he spoke to reporters about his children.

Trump forgives ousted aide for speaking with reporters – (Axios)
Trump said the press is dishonest since Westerhout’s comments were made at an off-the-record dinner.

Factbox: Next rounds of Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods to hit consumers – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump’s next round of tariffs on Chinese imports is scheduled to take effect starting on Sunday, escalating the trade war between the world’s two largest economies with a big hit to consumer goods.

Trump: ‘Top shows’ on Fox News, cable are ‘fair or great’ to me | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump took aim at Fox News on Saturday, claiming that the network’s top-rated show…

Trump’s Trade War with China is about to Hit Home – (Fortune)
The special Sino Saturday edition of CEO Daily.

Donald Trump Calls Fox News’ Sean Hannity A ‘Shoe’ And People Put The Boot In – (The Huffington Post)
Trump also called himself “your favorite President” in a tweet that amusingly backfired.

Fierce Category 4 Dorian Strengthens En Route To Bahamas – (The Huffington Post)
Millions of people in Florida, from Walt Disney World to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, are in the potential crosshairs of the hurricane.

Trump says US ‘not involved’ in Iranian rocket failure – (RTE)
US President Donald Trump has released a photograph of an apparently failed Iranian rocket launch and said that the United States had nothing to do with it.

Trump trails Democrats by a historically large margin – (CNN)
First things first: The theme song of the week is Siskel & Ebert & the Movies.

Why has America taken so long to confront its dark history? – (Independent)
Efforts to force debate on the legacy of slavery come at fraught time for nation under Donald Trump, writes Andrew Buncombe

How a Tax Break to Help Poor Communities Became a Bonanza for the Rich – (The New York Times)
Opportunity zones were created as part of the Trump tax law to lure investment to distressed areas. But much of the money is fueling real-estate developments targeting the affluent.

Mysterious Iran rocket blast draws Trump tweet, Tehran taunt – (The Hindu)
U.S. president’s tweet showing the aftermath of Thursday’s explosion at the Imam Khomeini Space Center drew a taunting tweet from Iran’s Information and Communications Technology Minister

‘Will & Grace’ star Eric McCormack slammed after calling for blacklisting of Trump donors in Hollywood – (Fox News)
“Will & Grace” star Eric McCormack is drawing comparisons to Joseph McCarthy as he is calling for names of those in Hollywood who are attending an upcoming fundraiser for President Trump so that “the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t wanna work with.”

Mysterious Iran rocket blast draws Trump tweet, Tehran taunt – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The unexplained explosion of a rocket at an Iranian space center grew more mysterious Saturday as President Donald Trump tweeted what appeared to be an American…

GOP fears Trump backlash in suburbs | TheHill – (The Hill)
Republicans are growing increasingly worried they will lose the suburbs with President Trump at the top of the ticket in 2020.

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