2019-08-06

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

Nobel-winning author Toni Morrison dead at 88 – (Reuters)
Author Toni Morrison, who won Nobel and Pulitzer prices for books documenting the African-American experience, has died at age 88.

GOP governor urges gun sale background checks after shooting – (Associated Press)
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Facing pressure to take action after the latest mass shooting in the U.S., Ohio’s Republican governor urged the GOP-led state Legislature Tuesday to pass laws requiring…

Pakistan mulls increasing pressure on India over Kashmir – (Reuters)
Pakistan said on Tuesday it was considering further diplomatic and military pressure on India after the Hindu-majority nation stripped its portion of contested Kashmir of special status.

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88 – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in “Beloved,” ”Song of Solomon” and other works transformed American…

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…

Toni Morrison, ‘Beloved’ Author and Nobel Laureate, Dies at 88 – (The New York Times)
Ms. Morrison, who wrote “Beloved” and “Song of Solomon,” was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel in Literature.

Celebrated author Toni Morrison dies – (BBC News)
The US novelist, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, has died aged 88.

Wall Street bounces back on tech boost after worst day of 2019 – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Tuesday, with the battered technology stocks providing the biggest boost, as China stepped in to stabilize the yuan, a day after Wall Street’s main indexes racked up their steepest one-day percentage fall of the year.

Trump still wants trade deal with China: adviser – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump wants to continue trade talks with China and the Trump administration is still planning to host a Chinese delegation for further talks in September, a top White House adviser said on Tuesday.

China stabilizes currency but tensions with US remain high – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — China stabilized its currency Tuesday, suggesting it might hold off from aggressively letting the yuan weaken as a way to respond to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs, in a…

‘Ready to Rumble’: U.S.-China Fight Puts World Economy on the Brink – (The New York Times)
A trade war spills into the realm of currency, with no end in sight.

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.

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.

Teen victim of Texas mass shooting straddled bi-national culture – (Reuters)
Several hundred students, teachers and relatives filled a high school athletic stadium in Texas on Monday to honor a teenager of U.S.-Mexican citizenship who was the youngest of 22 killed in a shooting rampage police suspect was driven by racism.

Prosecutor who sent Manson followers to prison looks back – (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…

Trump praises U.S. economy amid China spat, vows to back farmers – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday dismissed concerns over a protracted trade war with China, saying the United States was “in a very strong position,” a day after his administration ratcheted up tensions by labeling Beijing a currency manipulator.

Pakistan’s army chief vows support for Kashmiris as India keeps up blackout – (Reuters)
Pakistan’s military will “go to any extent” to support people in Kashmir, its army chief said on Tuesday, as India kept up a telecoms blackout for a second day to deter protests over its scrapping of special status for the region.

Authorities seek leads in mass shootings that left 31 dead – (Associated Press)
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Authorities in two U.S. cities scoured leads in a pair of weekend mass shootings that killed 31, trying to piece together the motives that led two young men to unleash…

‘Unacceptable’: US warns Turkey of operation in northern Syria – (Al Jazeera English)
Pentagon chief calls for talks to prevent unilateral incursion against YPG, as Erdogan vows imminent attack.

Trump freezes Venezuelan government assets amid tensions – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration froze all Venezuelan government assets in a dramatic escalation of tensions with Nicolás Maduro that places his socialist administration alongside a…

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From various sources

Why Litzmangate’s unlikely to impact race – analysis – (The Jerusalem Post)
Netanyahu, Litzman and the corruption threshold

Qatar only remaining GCC country restricting female travel – (The Jerusalem Post)
According to the Saudi news agency Al Arabiya, Qatari men can – and do – apply to the courts in order to prevent their wives from traveling.

Did Beresheet’s crash spill thousands of ‘water bears’ onto the Moon? – (The Jerusalem Post)
“For the first 24 hours we were just in shock,” Spivack said. “We sort of expected that it would be successful. We knew there were risks but we didn’t think the risks were that significant.”

IDF unveils future of armored fighting vehicle: The Carmel – Watch LIVE – (The Jerusalem Post)
Still under development, many countries are expressing interest in the autonomous AFV.

Shin Bet foiled Hamas terrorist attack in Jerusalem – (The Jerusalem Post)
The planned attacks included kidnappings, stabbings, shootings alongside efforts to recruit more terrorists to carry out attacks.

Iran unveils precision-guided missiles – (The Jerusalem Post)
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani warns all US bases in region are within range of an Iranian strike if war were to break out.

UN: Israel sold arms to known human rights abusers in Myanmar – (The Jerusalem Post)
Israel was among seven countries that sold arms to Myanmar’s military at a time when they should have known that “they would be used in the commission of serious crimes under international law.”

The five Israeli politicians facing criminal charges – (The Jerusalem Post)
The police announcement on Tuesday that it recommends indicting Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman brings the number of elected officials in government facing a possible indictment to five.

Manchester United ‘Pull Plug’ On Paulo Dybala Transfer – (The Sport Bible)
BREAKING NEWS.

Turning a MacBook into a Touchscreen with $1 of Hardware – (Hacker News)
We turned a MacBook into a touchscreen using only $1 of hardware and a little bit of computer vision.

Nobel laureate and novelist Toni Morrison has died at 88 | CBC News – (CBC News)
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88, her publisher confirmed Tuesday on Twitter.

AT&T rolls out (limited) 5G in (parts of) New York City – (TechCrunch)
Both Verizon and Sprint have been promising 5G coverage in the nation’s largest city for some time now. AT&T this morning, however, said it’s starting to do just that. The U.S.’s largest carrier by subscribers announced limited availability of 5G coverage in …

American novelist Toni Morrison (88) dies – (News24)
Celebrated American author Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88.

New procedure could delay menopause up to 20 years, but long-term impact unknown – (CBS News)
The procedure involves removing part of a patient’s ovaries, freezing the tissue, then re-implanting the tissue later in life

Nobel-winning author Toni Morrison dead at 88 – (Reuters)
Author Toni Morrison, who won Nobel and Pulitzer prices for books documenting the African-American experience, has died at age 88.

GOP governor urges gun sale background checks after shooting – (Associated Press)
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Facing pressure to take action after the latest mass shooting in the U.S., Ohio’s Republican governor urged the GOP-led state Legislature Tuesday to pass laws requiring…

Jacob Tremblay cracks up Jimmy Fallon with impressions, overall cuteness – (Entertainment Weekly)
Tremblay has this whole late-night talk show thing down.

Pakistan mulls increasing pressure on India over Kashmir – (Reuters)
Pakistan said on Tuesday it was considering further diplomatic and military pressure on India after the Hindu-majority nation stripped its portion of contested Kashmir of special status.

Lescott hails Manchester City’s collective strength after shortlist snub – (FourFourTwo)

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All about Trump

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…

White House slams Dems for making shootings about Trump, fundraising off tragedy – (Fox News)
The White House hit back Tuesday at Democratic presidential candidates who have faulted President Trump’s rhetoric and even branded him a racist in the wake of the weekend’s back-to-back mass shootings, accusing them of grandstanding while doing little to sol…

Trump promises more aid for farmers in 2020 ‘if necessary’ as China trade war drags on – (CNBC)
The Trump administration has already given out billions of dollars in subsidies to farmers threatened by America’s tit-for-tat tariffs with China, and in May unveiled an additional $16 billion trade package.

Trump still wants trade deal with China: adviser – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump wants to continue trade talks with China and the Trump administration is still planning to host a Chinese delegation for further talks in September, a top White House adviser said on Tuesday.

China stabilizes currency but tensions with US remain high – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — China stabilized its currency Tuesday, suggesting it might hold off from aggressively letting the yuan weaken as a way to respond to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs, in a…

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.

Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel lay into Mitch McConnell and Trump over gun control – (Entertainment Weekly)
Trevor Noah, Jimmy Fallon, and Seth Meyers also chimed in on the epidemic of gun violence.

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.

Trump praises U.S. economy amid China spat, vows to back farmers – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday dismissed concerns over a protracted trade war with China, saying the United States was “in a very strong position,” a day after his administration ratcheted up tensions by labeling Beijing a currency manipulator.

Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow says China’s economy ‘is crumbling’ – (CNBC)
Kudlow told CNBC that he believes the Trump administration holds the upper hand in trade negotiations with China due to the comparative strength of the U.S. economy.

While Trump condemns white nationalism, his campaign Facebook ads lean on talk of migrant invasion – (USA Today)
President’s 2020 campaign Facebook ads lean on talk of invasion that was echoed in manifesto posted by El Paso mass shooter.

Trump: ‘We are watching Google very closely’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Tuesday said his administration is “…

Trump to visit El Paso in wake of shooting despite being told he’s ‘not welcome’ – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump intends to visit El Paso, Texas on Wednesday in the wake of a deadly shooting at a Walmart store that killed 22 people.

Trump fires back at Obama over statement on mass shootings | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Tuesday morning addressed former President Obama’s statement about the ma…

El Paso resident blames Trump’s rhetoric for enabling violence: “It opens doors to people… to eventually kill” – (CBS News)
President Trump will head to El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday, after 22 people were killed this weekend in a mass shooting at a Walmart. At least seven of those killed were Mexican citizens. Police say the alleged gunman posted a racist manifesto online before th…

Four Years Ago Today, the Trump Circus Came to Town — and Never Left – (New York Magazine)
Donald Trump’s first Republican-debate appearance set the low standard he has maintained ever since.

Currency wars: how does China benefit – and can the US strike back? – (The Telegraph)
The trade war has become a currency war after Donald Trump labelled China a currency manipulator.

Trump freezes Venezuelan government assets amid tensions – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration froze all Venezuelan government assets in a dramatic escalation of tensions with Nicolás Maduro that places his socialist administration alongside a…

Trump attacks Obama for statement on shootings – (Google News)
The former president on Monday afternoon lamented the violence that transpired over the weekend.

The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump, Democrats at odds over shootings’ causes, cures | TheHill – (The Hill)

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