2019-08-20

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

Democrats spending millions to try to take back statehouses – (Associated Press)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats still shaken by the 2010 tea party wave that netted Republicans six governors’ offices, flipped 21 statehouse chambers and drove nearly 700 Democratic state…

Italian PM Conte denounces Salvini for toppling government – (Reuters)
Italy’s prime minister accused his interior minister, right-wing politician Matteo Salvini, on Tuesday of trying to drag down the ruling coalition for personal and political gain, putting the nation at risk of financial instability.

Russia, China accuse U.S. of stoking tensions with missile test – (Reuters)
Russia and China accused the United States on Tuesday of stoking military tensions by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, but the foreign ministry in Moscow said it would not be drawn into an arms race.

Italy PM Conte to quit amid coalition row – (BBC News)
His resignation offer comes after he launched a blistering attack on coalition partner Matteo Salvini.

10 Things to Know for Today – (Associated Press)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. WITH EYES ON 2020, WHITE HOUSE INSISTS ECONOMY IS STRONGDespite record low…

Britain to ‘unshackle’ officials from most EU meetings ahead of Brexit – (Reuters)
Britain will “unshackle” its officials from most European Union meetings so they can focus on Brexit, reducing attendance by up to half, the Brexit ministry said on Tuesday.

U.S. oil firms challenge pipeline surcharge for steel tariff: filing – (Reuters)
Two U.S. shale producers have challenged an energy pipeline operator’s proposed surcharge for the Trump administration’s 25% tariff on imported steel, raising the stakes for pipeline builders facing higher construction costs.

Militants leave key rebel town as Syrian troops push in – (Associated Press)
BEIRUT (AP) — The main insurgent group in the Syrian province of Idlib pulled out of a key rebel town as government forces advanced in the area on Tuesday amid intense bombardment and airstrikes,…

Three more women sue Epstein’s estate over alleged abuse – (Reuters)
Three women on Tuesday sued the estate of Jeffrey Epstein, saying they were sexually abused by the financier, both before and after his controversial plea deal that allowed him to avoid federal prosecution for sex crimes in 2007.

As Taliban Talk Peace, ISIS Is Ready to Play the Spoiler in Afghanistan – (The New York Times)
The Islamic State, which killed 63 people at a wedding last weekend, has positioned itself to thrive if a peace deal is reached.

Huawei founder details ‘battle mode’ reform plan to beat U.S. crisis – (Reuters)
China’s Huawei will spend more on production equipment this year to ensure supply continuity, cut redundant roles and demote inefficient managers as its grapples with a “live-or-die moment” in the wake of U.S. export curbs, founder Ren Zhengfei said.

Pompeo: ‘No mixed messages’ from U.S. on Huawei – (Reuters)
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday the United States was not sending “mixed messages” on Huawei Technologies and the Chinese telecommunications giant posed a national security threat to the United States.

How Shareholder Democracy Failed the People – (The New York Times)
Shareholder democracy seemed like a good idea at the time. What we got was shareholder supremacy.

With rivals heading to California, Biden eyes New Hampshire – (Associated Press)
Joe Biden won’t be among the parade of White House hopefuls in California this week, skipping the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting to campaign in New Hampshire instead.The…

White House insists fundamentals of US economy ‘very strong’ – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The “fundamentals” of the U.S. economy are solid, the White House asserted, invoking an ill-fated political declaration of a decade ago amid mounting concern that a recession…

U.S. Steel plans to lay off hundreds of workers in Michigan – (Reuters)
United States Steel Corp will temporarily lay off hundreds of workers at its Great Lakes facility in Michigan in coming weeks, according to a filing the steelmaker made with the State of Michigan.

Italy’s Di Maio signals imminent end of government, thanks Conte – (Reuters)
Luigi Di Maio, head of the ruling 5-Star Movement, signaled the imminent demise of Italy’s coalition government on Tuesday by thanking Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte for his time in office.

Nasa confirms ocean moon mission – (BBC News)
Scientists working on a mission to the ocean moon of Europa can proceed with the final design and construction of the spacecraft, Nasa has said.

Gunman holds bus passengers hostage in Rio – (BBC News)
Police are at the scene of a bus hijacking on a bridge outside the Brazilian city of Rio.

Hong Kong’s ‘front line’ protesters explain their stance – (Associated Press)
HONG KONG (AP) — On a recent sweltering Saturday, a day now reserved for protest in Hong Kong, a demonstrator named Wayne stepped past a row of plastic barricades, lifted a pair of binoculars and…

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From various sources

Chief Rabbi prevents 10-year-divorce refuser from burying his mother – (The Jerusalem Post)
“This is the most severe case of Agunah for over a ten years in which the husband totally refuses to allow his wife to continue her life.”

Three more women sue Epstein’s estate over alleged abuse – (The Jerusalem Post)
All of the women describe similar patterns of being brought to Epstein’s home to provide massages and then subjected to repeated, unwanted sex acts.

Netanyahu talks ‘faith’ with Kiev Jews – (The Jerusalem Post)
PM’s speech in stark contrast to Lieberman’s anti-haredi election campaign.

Elbit Systems’ Iron Fist Light Decoupled APS chosen for the Eitan AFV – (The Jerusalem Post)
System provides 360-degree protection coverage for close-range scenarios in both open terrain and urban environments.

IDF arrests brothers of Dvir Sorek’s killer – Palestinian report – (The Jerusalem Post)
According to the Wafa Palestinian News Agency, the IDF detained six people in the Palestinian village of Beit Kahil, north of Hebron.

Twitter and Facebook block HK misinformation – (Hacker News)
Networks move to quash China-backed accounts intended to “sow political discord” in Hong Kong.

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Footballer jailed after repeatedly punching woman outside London nightclub – (Mirror)
WARNING – DISTRESSING CONTENT Andrew Akingbaje, 24, was branded ‘dangerous to women’ as he was jailed for the shocking New Year attack outside Lotus in Clapham

Broadband network should be kept in public ownership, committee to say – (The Irish Times)
Report on €3bn plan will recommend an external and independent review on proposals

Netanyahu after meeting Ukraine leader: Countries’ ties entering new era – (The Jerusalem Post)
Comments come after meeting Ukrainian PM, whose trip to Jerusalem was cancelled by Israel in late 2016 because of Kiev’s anti-Israel vote at UN Security Council.

YouTube shows have become a secret weapon for rising politicians – (The Verge)
So far in 2019, Bernie Sanders, Andrew Yang, and Tulsi Gabbard have all appeared on YouTube podcasts with some of the platform’s most popular creators in a new strategy for 2020 campaigns.

The rise of advertising activism in the Trump era – (Axios)
There’s pressure on corporate America to be more selective with its marketing dollars.

Great British Bake Off 2019 contestants: GBBO’s selfie-loving new line-up revealed – (Daily Mail)
The youngest ever line up of Great British Bake Off contestants are selfie obsessed Instagram users who have social media accounts filled with glamorous photographs.

How Good Are You At “Adulting” Compared To Everyone Else? – (Buzzfeed)
True of false: I own a set of pots and pans and know what each one is for.

Fortnite patch v10.10: The newest patch is about time travel gone wrong – (Polygon)
Fortnite patch v10.10’s content update adds the new Junk Rift item, as well as a new crater where the Rec Center used to be.

Democrats spending millions to try to take back statehouses – (Associated Press)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats still shaken by the 2010 tea party wave that netted Republicans six governors’ offices, flipped 21 statehouse chambers and drove nearly 700 Democratic state…

Italian Prime Minister to Resign, Declaring End of Government – (The Wall Street Journal)
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says he will resign, sparking more political uncertainty in the eurozone’s third-largest economy.

Brexit: Donald Tusk rejects Boris Johnson’s demands to ditch Irish backstop – (Daily Mail)
The British Prime Minister last night told the EU that the backstop is ‘simply unviable’ and should be replaced with a new legal commitment to avoid the return of a hard border.

Italian PM Conte denounces Salvini for toppling government – (Reuters)
Italy’s prime minister accused his interior minister, right-wing politician Matteo Salvini, on Tuesday of trying to drag down the ruling coalition for personal and political gain, putting the nation at risk of financial instability.

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All about Trump

The rise of advertising activism in the Trump era – (Axios)
There’s pressure on corporate America to be more selective with its marketing dollars.

U.S. oil firms challenge pipeline surcharge for steel tariff: filing – (Reuters)
Two U.S. shale producers have challenged an energy pipeline operator’s proposed surcharge for the Trump administration’s 25% tariff on imported steel, raising the stakes for pipeline builders facing higher construction costs.

Dow Recovery Stagnates as Beijing Snipes at Trump – (Crypto Coins News)
The Dow Jones resurgence stagnated on Tuesday after Beijing sniped at President Trump for linking the Hong Kong protests with the trade war.

Mike Pompeo calls colorful criticism of Trump alliance in New Yorker “offensive” and “ludicrous” – (CBS News)
In a New Yorker profile, an unnamed former U.S. ambassador called Mike Pompeo a “heat-seeking missile for Trump’s ass”

Poll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado | TheHill – (The Hill)
A new poll finds President Trump trailing three Democratic White House…

Greenland leader again rejects Trump buying idea – (ABC News)
Get breaking national and world news, broadcast video coverage, and exclusive interviews. Find the top news online at ABC news.

Former Fed official Kocherlakota agrees with Trump that rates are too high – (CNBC)
Former Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota said the notion that monetary policy is too restrictive is basically correct.

Don’t Bet on Trump Rescuing the Stock Market – (The Wall Street Journal)
Should investors rely on Donald Trump underpinning the stock market by backing away from trade threats as stocks fall? In short: not as much as they seem to.

Juventus join Barcelona and Real Madrid in race for Neymar – and they have a trump card – (FourFourTwo)
Juventus have joined Barcelona and Real Madrid in the race to sign Neymar, report AS.

Anthony Scaramucci: How the short-lived White House communications director turned against Trump – (Independent)
The Mooch promises coalition of ex-cabinet members to denounce president ahead of 2020 race

Trump’s True Foreign Policy: Chaos – (Bloomberg)
It took 70 years to build the interagency process that brought structure and discipline to U.S. leadership. It took less than three years for one man to shred it.

How much would the US have to pay for Greenland? One estimate says half a trillion dollars – (USA Today)
24/7 Wall Street analyzed the potential price tag on Greenland, which the Trump administration has expressed interest in purchasing.

‘Debunked’: Hillary Clinton slams Trump’s claim of voter manipulation – (USA Today)
She added, “For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted.”

Is President Trump putting reelection chances in jeopardy by taking on China? – (Fox News)
Fox News contributor Liz Peek weighs in.

Dow Futures on Knife-Edge as Trump Bullies Fed Into Submission – (Crypto Coins News)
Dow futures crept higher on Tuesday as Trump continues to bash the Fed in hopes of economic stimulus.

The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries | TheHill – (The Hill)

Trump’s Rollback of Auto Pollution Rules Shows Signs of Disarray – (The New York Times)

Trump news – live: Republican prepares to announce 2020 challenge as poll spells bad news for president – (Independent)
Follow the latest updates from Washington

Trump, Qanon and an impending judgment day: Behind the Facebook-fueled rise of The Epoch Times – (NBC News)
The Epoch Times, once a fledgling, China-focused media outlet, has achieved meteoric growth thanks to its embrace of President Donald Trump and Facebook.

Google disproves Trump’s accusation of vote manipulation – (The Next Web)
Last night, President Donald Trump tweeted in his signature style accusing Google of manipulating 2.6 to 16 million votes in Hilary Clinton’s favor in the 2016 Presidential Elections. However, Google swiftly responded by denying all allegations made by Trump.…

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