2019-08-05

Headlines:

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

Manson prosecutor: Keep them all locked up forever – (Associated Press)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Kay was a fresh-faced prosecutor just 27 years old and three years out of law school when circumstances handed him the Charles Manson “family” murder case .Over…

Stock losses deepen as U.S. puts yuan in crosshairs – (Reuters)
Global stocks extended already substantial losses on Tuesday, after Washington designated Beijing a currency manipulator and further rattled fragile investor sentiment in a rapid escalation of the U.S.-China trade war.

Trump Imposes New Sanctions on Venezuela – (The New York Times)
The order freezes the property and assets of the Venezuelan government, but some sanctions experts were skeptical about its likely effects.

Trump freezes all Venezuelan government assets in bid to pressure Maduro – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump imposed a freeze on all Venezuelan government assets in the United States on Monday, sharply escalating an economic and diplomatic pressure campaign aimed at removing socialist President Nicolas Maduro from power.

Some Wall Street workers face pay slump in 2019: report – (Reuters)
Many Wall Street workers will see their pay stay flat or decline this year, as big banks and money managers continue to cut costs, according to a report on Tuesday by compensation consultancy Johnson Associates.

Trump vows urgent action after shootings, offers few details – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaking out against weekend mass shootings that rocked a nation, President Donald Trump on Monday called for bipartisan solutions to the bloodshed but offered few details and…

Trump’s America: Where politics dictate definition of racism – (Associated Press)
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — It was the last morning of the workweek, and Scott Bremner, a popular talk-radio host here, found himself — again — in the role of accidental referee on the issue of…

Mexican man who shielded wife in Texas mass shooting dies – (Reuters)
A Mexican man who threw himself in front of his wife to shield her from bullets in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, died on Monday, officials and his family said, raising the toll of Mexican nationals killed in one of two weekend mass shootings in the Unite…

Mexico to open first terrorism probe of an event on U.S. territory – (Reuters)
Mexico will investigate the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, that killed 22 people, including eight Mexican citizens, as an act of terrorism and may request the suspected shooter be extradited to Mexico for trial, the country’s foreign minister said on Monday.

China warns of countermeasures if U.S. puts missiles on its ‘doorstep’ – (Reuters)
China threatened countermeasures on Tuesday if the United States deploys intermediate-range, ground-based missiles in Asia and warned U.S. allies of repercussions if they allow such weapons on their territory.

Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower as trade war worsens – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks followed Wall Street lower on Tuesday after China let its currency sink and halted purchases of U.S. farm goods, fueling fears Beijing’s trade war with President Donald…

Casino denies racial discrimination of NBA star – (BBC News)
Ben Simmons posted a video which appeared to accuse the Australian casino of discrimination.

Lone wolf attackers inspire each other, NATO chief says – (Reuters)
Nations must work together to stop lone wolf attackers, who take inspiration from each other, NATO’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, during a visit to a mosque in New Zealand where a gunman killed dozens of people in March.

North Korea fires presumed ballistic missiles as talks stall – (Associated Press)
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea continued to ramp up its weapons demonstrations by firing two presumed short-range ballistic missiles into the sea Tuesday while lashing out at the United…

Jeff Bezos sells Amazon stock worth $2.8 billion last week – (Reuters)
Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos offloaded $990 million worth of shares in the company last Thursday and Friday, taking the total value of shares sold last week to $2.8 billion.

Obama: Reject leaders whose words stoke hatred – (BBC News)
The former US president’s comments came after Donald Trump was accused of fuelling violence.

Trump imposes economic embargo against Venezuela – (Al Jazeera English)
First ever expanded sanctions against a Western Hemisphere government in over 30 years similar to those faced by Cuba.

El Paso deaths climb to 22 as mayor prepares for Trump visit – (Associated Press)
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Texas border city jolted by a weekend massacre at a Walmart absorbed more grief Monday as the death toll climbed to 22 and prepared for a visit from President Donald…

After shootings, Trump reins in his attacks – for now – (Reuters)
After back-to-back mass shootings in two states over the weekend spurred widespread condemnation of his rhetoric and style, President Donald Trump chose to suppress his instinct to attack his rivals – at least for now.

Judge sentences man who sent pipe bombs to Dems to 20 years – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida amateur body builder who admitted sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and CNN was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday by a judge who concluded the bombs…

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From various sources

Amazon Is a Monopoly, an Interview With Sally Hubbard – (Hacker News)
In an interview with an antitrust expert Sally Hubbard, we discussed what makes Amazon a monopoly, how that affects consumers, businesses relying on Amazon, and competitors, as well as what actions and regulations antitrust investigations might bring in the f…

Majority of Israelis expect Netanyahu to be the next PM – new poll – (The Jerusalem Post)
Fifty-six percent of the Israeli public thinks that there is a small chance that a candidate besides Netanyahu will form the next government.

Should you admit you were fired? – (Financial Times)
Being sacked is a humiliation and the desire to save face is strong

Climate change: how the jet stream is changing your weather – (Financial Times)
The course of the Northern Atlantic current is altering — with huge implications for crop yields and sea levels

Jammu and Kashmir autonomy: how it began and why it was scrapped – (Financial Times)
India’s Hindu nationalist BJP sees region’s special status as historic blunder

Todd Starnes: CNN, Democrats use El Paso massacre to take cheap shots at Trump – (Fox News)
I fear that the mainstream media has become so infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome that they would risk national unrest to drive this president from office.

Match Preview West Indies vs India, 3rd T20I 2019 | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read and watch preview for 3rd T20I 2019, India tour of United States of America and West Indies 2019 only on ESPNcricinfo.com

Scale (YC S16) Raises $100M from Accel and Founders Fund at $1B Valuation – (Hacker News)

North Korea funding missile tests through cyberattacks, according to U.N. report – (NBC News)
A new U.N. report says that North Korea may have stolen more than $2 billion for its missile testing by stealing from financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges

‘Mum sold me a unit I couldn’t afford’ – (News.com.au)
Bridie Campbell, an Auckland student who agreed to buy a $636,000 apartment via her mother but now can’t afford to pay, has established a crowd-funding page and advertised the unit for sale.

Stock losses deepen as U.S. puts yuan in crosshairs – (Reuters)
Global stocks extended already substantial losses on Tuesday, after Washington designated Beijing a currency manipulator and further rattled fragile investor sentiment in a rapid escalation of the U.S.-China trade war.

Trump Imposes New Sanctions on Venezuela – (The New York Times)
The order freezes the property and assets of the Venezuelan government, but some sanctions experts were skeptical about its likely effects.

Mass shootings test Mitch McConnell’s iron grip – (CNN)
President Donald Trump didn’t cite new gun legislation in his public remarks Monday, following the pair of deadly mass shootings over the weekend, and he won’t have to worry about any such bills so long as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the proud obstructio…

Trump freezes all Venezuelan government assets in bid to pressure Maduro – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump imposed a freeze on all Venezuelan government assets in the United States on Monday, sharply escalating an economic and diplomatic pressure campaign aimed at removing socialist President Nicolas Maduro from power.

Why Sydney has become a ‘laughing stock’ – (News.com.au)
Sydney’s lockout laws have turned the NSW capital into a global “laughing stock”, night-life advocates say, and it’s a problem that could take “half a generation to fix”.

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All about Trump

Todd Starnes: CNN, Democrats use El Paso massacre to take cheap shots at Trump – (Fox News)
I fear that the mainstream media has become so infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome that they would risk national unrest to drive this president from office.

Trump Imposes New Sanctions on Venezuela – (The New York Times)
The order freezes the property and assets of the Venezuelan government, but some sanctions experts were skeptical about its likely effects.

Mass shootings test Mitch McConnell’s iron grip – (CNN)
President Donald Trump didn’t cite new gun legislation in his public remarks Monday, following the pair of deadly mass shootings over the weekend, and he won’t have to worry about any such bills so long as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the proud obstructio…

Trump freezes all Venezuelan government assets in bid to pressure Maduro – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump imposed a freeze on all Venezuelan government assets in the United States on Monday, sharply escalating an economic and diplomatic pressure campaign aimed at removing socialist President Nicolas Maduro from power.

Trump vows urgent action after shootings, offers few details – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaking out against weekend mass shootings that rocked a nation, President Donald Trump on Monday called for bipartisan solutions to the bloodshed but offered few details and…

Trump’s America: Where politics dictate definition of racism – (Associated Press)
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — It was the last morning of the workweek, and Scott Bremner, a popular talk-radio host here, found himself — again — in the role of accidental referee on the issue of…

Kellyanne Conway clashes with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour over Trump’s rhetoric – (Axios)
“I’m not going to allow you to conflate him with the murderers,” Conway says.

Trump declares China a currency manipulator, what does it mean for Australia and the world? – (ABC News (AU))
Among the immediate casualties in the rapid escalation in US-China trade hostilities have been Australian investors who have seen more than $90 billion in value wiped out in the past two days.

NYT’s Trump Headline Is So Outrageous That People Are Canceling Subscriptions – (The Huffington Post)
Twitter users are shredding The New York Times for its newspaper headline about Trump’s comments on mass shootings.

El Paso mayor: Trump’s visit is not a political one – CNN Video – (CNN)
El Paso Mayor Dee Margo says President Donald Trump was gracious during their phone call discussing the mass shooting at a Walmart in the border city.

Trump imposes total U.S. freeze on Venezuelan government assets | CBC News – (CBC News)
U.S. President Donald Trump imposed a freeze on all Venezuelan government assets in the United States on Monday, sharply escalating a diplomatic and sanctions drive aimed at removing socialist President Nicolas Maduro from power.

Trump on shootings: President Donald Trump urges nation to condemn “white supremacy” and find “bipartisan solutions” in speech about mass shootings today [updated] – (CBS News)
He condemned white supremacy by name, in light of the racist manifesto believed to have been authored by the suspect in the El Paso shooting

The Trump Administration Has Frozen the Venezuelan Government’s Assets – (Time)
The Trump administration froze all Venezuelan government assets in a dramatic escalation of tensions with socialist leader Nicolás Maduro

Obama: Reject leaders whose words stoke hatred – (BBC News)
The former US president’s comments came after Donald Trump was accused of fuelling violence.

Trump imposes economic embargo against Venezuela – (Al Jazeera English)
First ever expanded sanctions against a Western Hemisphere government in over 30 years similar to those faced by Cuba.

U.S. will impose a 10% tariff on Chinese goods starting in September – (CBS News)
In a series of tweets, Donald Trump announced the U.S. will impose a 10 percent tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods starting September 1st. The tariff will go into effect during scheduled trade talks between the U.S. and Shanghai. Senior reporter fo…

Trump announces total economic embargo against Venezuela – (Google News)
President Donald Trump on Monday announced the US would expand its existing sanctions against Venezuela with an executive order to impose a total economic embargo against the country.

Trump expands Venezuela sanctions to total economic embargo – (Axios)
A ban on Americans doing business with the Venezuelan government is now in effect.

El Paso deaths climb to 22 as mayor prepares for Trump visit – (Associated Press)
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Texas border city jolted by a weekend massacre at a Walmart absorbed more grief Monday as the death toll climbed to 22 and prepared for a visit from President Donald…

Democrats: Exploiting Massacres for Political Gain – (The American Conservative)
Their blaming Trump for last weekend’s shootings is a political attack unprecedented in its savagery.

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