2019-08-15

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

Stocks Whipsaw as Traders Face Conflicting Trade War Signals – (The New York Times)
Beijing first vowed to retaliate against new tariffs, even after Trump postponed some of them, but then appeared to soften its stance.

Trump’s New Hampshire struggle: Voters feeling ‘Trumpgret’ – (Associated Press)
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — When Chad Johansen voted for Donald Trump in 2016, he hoped he was picking someone who could help small-business owners compete with bigger companies. But that hasn’t…

Italy says six EU states will take in Open Arms migrants – (Reuters)
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday that six EU countries had agreed to take in some 150 migrants from a rescue ship that Italy had blocked from docking, resolving the latest standoff over immigration to Europe across the Mediterranean.

Wall St. opens higher after strong retail sales data, Walmart results – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday as a surge in July retail sales and Walmart’s robust results eased fears of a recession in the world’s largest economy, while differing reports on the U.S.-China trade dispute kept investors on edge.

Israel weighs barring visit by U.S. congressional critics: Israeli official – (Reuters)
Israel is considering barring a visit by two of its sharpest critics in the U.S. Congress, Democrats Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, who plan to tour the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, an Israeli official said on Thursday.

US move halts release of Iranian tanker held in Gibraltar – (Associated Press)
MADRID (AP) — The United States moved on Thursday to halt the release of an Iranian supertanker detained in Gibraltar for breaching EU sanctions on oil shipments to Syria, thwarting efforts by…

Philadelphia gunman identified after hourslong standoff – (Associated Press)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An hourslong standoff where a gunman shot at police, wounding six of them, as he was barricaded inside a Philadelphia home somehow ended with no fatalities.Philadelphia…

Pakistan observes ‘Black Day’ over Kashmir with march by militant group – (Reuters)
Pakistan observed a ‘Black Day’ on Thursday to coincide with India’s Independence Day celebrations, as one of the main militant groups fighting Indian rule in Kashmir led a protest through Pakistan’s part of the disputed region.

Suspect in Philadelphia shooting standoff taken into custody – (Reuters)
A suspect was taken into custody early on Thursday after a seven-hour armed standoff at a Philadelphia home in which six police officers were wounded in a barrage of bullets.

Trump calls for ‘long’ prison sentence for Philadelphia shooter – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday called for the shooter who wounded six police officers amid an hours-long stand off in Philadelphia to get a “long sentence” and said the incident showed authorities need to crack down on street crime.

‘Punch in the gut’ as scientists find micro plastic in Arctic ice – (Reuters)
Tiny pieces of plastic have been found in ice cores drilled in the Arctic by a U.S.-led team of scientists, underscoring the threat the growing form of pollution poses to marine life in even the remotest waters on the planet.

Walmart’s earnings beat allays worry over tariff impact for now – (Reuters)
U.S. retailer Walmart Inc reported strong second quarter results and raised its earnings expectations for the year, temporarily sidestepping concerns around consumer demand in the wake of tariffs on imports from China.

LGBT group sues YouTube, claiming discrimination – (BBC News)
YouTube denies it discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Israel considers banning entry to outspoken US congresswomen – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister and other top officials were meeting on Thursday to reevaluate the decision to allow two Democratic congresswomen who support the Palestinian-led boycott…

AP source: John Hickenlooper ending his 2020 White House bid – (Associated Press)
DENVER (AP) — John Hickenlooper will drop out of the Democratic presidential primary on Thursday, according to a Democrat close to him.The former two-term Colorado governor, who ran as a…

Jeffrey Epstein autopsy report shows broken neck: Washington Post – (Reuters)
The autopsy into financier Jeffrey Epstein, who died in an apparent suicide while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, found his neck had been broken in several places, the Washington Post reported late on Wednesday.

Global stocks hurt by China’s trade threats, falling bond yields – (Reuters)
China’s threat to impose counter-measures in retaliation for the latest U.S. tariffs knocked stocks sprawling on Thursday, checking earlier attempt to recover from a rout sparked by fears of a world recession.

Captain hailed hero after bird strike disables Russian plane – (Associated Press)
MOSCOW (AP) — The captain of a Russian passenger jet was hailed as a hero Thursday for landing his plane in a cornfield after it collided with a flock of gulls seconds after takeoff, causing both…

US recession fears stalk markets as stocks fall again – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets fell sharply again Thursday after Wall Street endured its worst day of the year as recession fears in the U.S. and around the world escalated.Investors…

Banks’ ‘vile’ Thunberg tweet reported to Twitter – (BBC News)
Brexit campaigner Arron Banks says his tweet about “freak yachting accidents” was a joke.

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From various sources

Ashes 2019: Live scores Australia vs England second Test, weather, day 2 – (News.com.au)
Welcome to our live coverage of day two of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.

Twenty Yitzhar families asked to evacuate homes due to fire – (The Jerusalem Post)
Four fire engines are at the scene, more are on their way, according to a Fire and Rescue services spokesperson.

Jewish Dems Urge Israel Not to Bar Congresswomen from Visiting – (The Jerusalem Post)
“We urge the government of Israel to reject President Trump’s unprecedented and ill-advised recommendation to deny Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) entry into Israel.”

Jews praise Calif. education board’s decision to rewrite curriculum – (The Jerusalem Post)
After initial draft release, there was a major outcry by Jewish and pro-Israel organizations, as well as several other minority groups over its bias

Final decision? Latest report indicates Israel will bar Tlaib and Omar – (The Jerusalem Post)
The interior minister is responsible for granting visas into the country and would most likely consult the prime minister on this diplomatic issue.

Amazon is helping those in need; Spam lovers are in for a sweet treat – (Fox News)
Morning Business Outlook: Amazon launches a new program to donate unsold products to charity instead of throwing them away; Spam will release a pumpkin spice version of its iconic canned cooked pork.

‘Game of Thrones’ actress says Israeli social services ‘kidnapped’ her baby – (Fox News)
A “Game of Thrones” actress accused Israeli social services of kidnapping her eight-month-old daughter.

Stocks Whipsaw as Traders Face Conflicting Trade War Signals – (The New York Times)
Beijing first vowed to retaliate against new tariffs, even after Trump postponed some of them, but then appeared to soften its stance.

Armed police swoop on Home Office and cordon off area – (Daily Mail)
The victim was led away from the building in Westminster covered in blood, after he staggered inside following the attack today. Officers arrested a man on suspicion of grievous bodily harm

“We dedicate this to the energy of we”: The lofty ideals at work behind WeWork’s IPO – (Axios)
The company’s mission is “to elevate the world’s consciousness.”

Tory rebels AGREE to meet Jeremy Corbyn to discuss anti-No Deal plans – (Daily Mail)
Three Tory MPs sparked the fury of their pro-Brexit colleagues and risked their future in the Conservative Party today after they agreed to meet with Jeremy Corbyn to discuss how to block No Deal.

17 Moments In Primary School That Were Truly Heartbreaking – (Buzzfeed)
Being partners with the teacher was the worst.

Conor McGregor punched man in a Dublin pub after he refused whiskey – (Daily Mail)
McGregor went into the Marble Arch pub in Dublin on April 6 and was involved in an altercation, with new footage revealing today how he punched a customer who refused to try his whisky (circled).

Trump’s New Hampshire struggle: Voters feeling ‘Trumpgret’ – (Associated Press)
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — When Chad Johansen voted for Donald Trump in 2016, he hoped he was picking someone who could help small-business owners compete with bigger companies. But that hasn’t…

Gigi Hadid Defended Her Controversial Post Telling Fans Not To Visit Mykonos After She Was Robbed – (Buzzfeed)
“I’t doesn’t seem as though [the police’s] training and resources are in line with keeping people safe or keeping up with the amount of crime that is happening on a nightly basis there.”

Here’s which stocks win when volatility spikes on Wall Street – (CNBC)
Here are the top performing ETFs following spikes in volatility, according to hedge fund analytics tool Kensho.

West Ham boss Pellegrini wanted to keep Adrian – (FourFourTwo)

Jaleel White returns as Urkel, battles evil robots in <em>Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?</em> clip – (Entertainment Weekly)
Jaleel White returns to his iconic ‘Family Matters’ role as Steve Urkel for a new episode of ‘Scooby-Doo and Guess Who’ on Boomerang — get a sneak peek.

A close read of <em>Inland</em>, the rare novel with a perfect ending – (Entertainment Weekly)
Can an ending make a book? Téa Obreht’s new Western Inland is the rare novel with a perfect finish. We analyze why.

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All about Trump

Jewish Dems Urge Israel Not to Bar Congresswomen from Visiting – (The Jerusalem Post)
“We urge the government of Israel to reject President Trump’s unprecedented and ill-advised recommendation to deny Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) entry into Israel.”

Stocks Whipsaw as Traders Face Conflicting Trade War Signals – (The New York Times)
Beijing first vowed to retaliate against new tariffs, even after Trump postponed some of them, but then appeared to soften its stance.

Trump’s New Hampshire struggle: Voters feeling ‘Trumpgret’ – (Associated Press)
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — When Chad Johansen voted for Donald Trump in 2016, he hoped he was picking someone who could help small-business owners compete with bigger companies. But that hasn’t…

Trump 2020 Re-election May Be at Slowing Economy’s Mercy – (Fortune)
The growing odds of a recession before the 2020 election threaten to crush President Donald Trump’s hopes of a second term.

Why Voters in New Hampshire Are Feeling ‘Trumpgret’ Ahead of Rally – (Fortune)
That sentiment is concerning for Trump as he travels to New Hampshire on Thursday for a reelection rally.

Trump calls for ‘long’ prison sentence for Philadelphia shooter – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday called for the shooter who wounded six police officers amid an hours-long stand off in Philadelphia to get a “long sentence” and said the incident showed authorities need to crack down on street crime.

#TrumpSlump Trends on Twitter as Stock Markets Fall Amid Escalating China Trade War – (Newsweek)
As the leading U.S. stock markets dropped and signs pointed to a recession, #TrumpSlump trended on Twitter.

Trump 2020 can’t afford a recession – (CNN)
President Donald Trump’s main hope for reelection has been the economy. As I noted earlier this week, Trump’s approval on the economy has averaged 53% over CNN’s last three polls. His overall job approval rating in those same polls among voters has been just …

Trump makes rare trip to Clinton state, hoping to win back New Hampshire | TheHill – (Google News)
President Trump will venture on Thursday into New Hampshire, a state that might represent the bes…

Trump makes rare trip to Clinton state, hoping to win back New Hampshire | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump will venture on Thursday into New Hampshire, a state that might represent the bes…

The Golfer In Chief Is Also The Goatherd In Chief, Saving Him Tens Of Thousands – (The Huffington Post)
Trump owns eight goats and farms 113 acres of hay at his New Jersey golf resort, slashing his property tax bill by some $88,000 a year.

China Readies Response to U.S. Tariffs, Resists Hong Kong Advice – (Bloomberg)
China called looming U.S. tariffs a violation of accords reached by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, vowing retaliation as Beijing also pushed back on …

Many Democrats Love Elizabeth Warren. They Also Worry About Her. – (The New York Times)
Even as she demonstrates why she is a leading presidential candidate, Ms. Warren is facing persistent questions and doubts about whether she would be able to defeat President Trump.

Trump touts potential Lewandowski Senate bid ahead of New Hampshire rally – (Politico)
The state’s Republicans fear the president will promote a possible campaign by his ex-aide to oust Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Donald Trump to make 2020 pitch in New Hampshire, a state he lost in 2016 – (ABC News)
President Donald Trump will rally support in New Hampshire Thursday.

Trump 2020 Re-election May Be at Slowing Economy’s Mercy – (Bloomberg)
The growing odds of a recession before the 2020 election threaten to crush President Donald Trump’s hopes of a second term.

Global turmoil Trump stirred threatens his reelection chances – (CNN)
President Donald Trump is showing what happens when the United States abandons its decades-long role as a guarantor of stability and instead chooses to act as an agent of global disruption.

Behind Nate Silver’s war with The New York Times – (Politico)
The paper’s one-time data guru can’t stop kicking his ex-employer for its 2020 polling analysis and supposed capitulation to Trump.

Tea Party Ex-Congressman Joe Walsh Apologizes For Helping Elect ‘Unfit Con Man’ Trump – (The Huffington Post)
The former Illinois representative urges a new primary challenge for the “reckless” and “incompetent” president.

Mueller Dragnet Snags Ex-Clintonista, Obama Lawyer – (The American Conservative)
Greg Craig took money from the pro-Russian Ukranian government, just like jailed ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort.

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