2019-08-23

Headlines:

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

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says army may help fight Amazon fires – (Reuters)
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday the army may be enlisted to help combat fires sweeping through the Amazon rainforest, as international condemnation and calls for tough action to quell the unfolding crisis continued to mount.

China announces tariff hike on $75 billion of US products – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday announced tariff hikes on $75 billion of U.S. products in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s latest planned increase, deepening a conflict over trade and…

Israel blamed for hit on Iran-backed militia depot in Iraq – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel was responsible for the bombing of an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq last month, U.S. officials have confirmed, an attack that would mark a significant escalation in…

Hong Kong protesters form human chains to call for democracy – (Associated Press)
HONG KONG (AP) — Supporters of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement lined city streets and part of the city’s harbor front Friday, inspired by a human chain in a historic Baltic states protest…

G7 advisers discuss ‘concrete measures’ on Amazon fires: France – (Reuters)
Advisers to G7 leaders are discussing concrete measures to be decided on during the Group of Seven industrialized countries’ summit this weekend in France, a French diplomatic source said on Friday.

China Threatens New Tariffs if Trump Escalates Trade War – (The New York Times)
Beijing said it will target $75 billion in U.S. goods, suggesting the economic conflict that has rocked global markets won’t end anytime soon.

Freed Navalny vows to continue fight against Putin – (Al Jazeera English)
‘Regime will strongly regret what it has done,’ Russian opposition leader says, predicting protest movement will grow.

U.S. man accused of spying by Russia says he was hurt in prison – (Reuters)
A former U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying said on Friday that prison authorities in Moscow had injured him, as a court ruled to extend his detention by two months.

France says Brazil leader lied, escalating Amazon dispute – (Associated Press)
PARIS (AP) — In a sharp escalation of tensions over fires ravaging the Amazon, France on Friday accused Brazil’s president of having lied to French leader Emmanuel Macron and threatened to block a…

Climate activists demonstrate outside Brazil embassies in Paris and London – (Reuters)
Several hundred environmental activists demonstrated on Friday outside the Brazilian embassy in Paris as a clash between the two countries’ leaders over the issue of climate change intensified, while similar protests took place in London.

White House mulling tax cuts but not to counter short-term weakness: adviser – (Reuters)
The Trump administration is studying tax cuts to buttress long-term U.S. economic growth that could be rolled out during the 2020 election campaign but is not looking at action to counter any perceived economic weakness now, the White House economic adviser s…

Representative Seth Moulton ends bid for Democratic presidential nomination – (Reuters)
Representative Seth Moulton, who had mounted a long-shot bid for the presidency, will end his campaign in a speech on Friday, according to media reports.

Billionaire David Koch, conservative donor, dies at age 79 – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, who with his older brother, Charles, transformed American politics by pouring their riches into conservative causes, has died at age…

France threatens to block trade over Amazon fires – (BBC News)
Mr Macron says Brazil’s leader lied to him as UK and German leaders voice concerns over the fires.

David Koch, Industrialist Who Fueled Right-Wing Movement, Dies at 79 – (The New York Times)
A man-about-town philanthropist, he and his brother Charles ran a business colossus while furthering a libertarian agenda that reshaped American politics.

Billionaire industrialist and conservative donor David Koch dies at age 79 – (Reuters)
Billionaire industrialist David Koch, a driving force behind conglomerate Koch Industries who as one of the world’s richest people became a major financier of conservative causes and political candidates, has died at age 79, his brother said on Friday.

China escalates US trade row with new tariffs – (BBC News)
China plans to tax planes and oil in an escalation of tensions between the two superpowers.

Billionaire Republican donor David Koch dies – (BBC News)
The 11th richest man in the world and his brother Charles had a huge influence on the conservative movement.

Japan leader says S. Korea ending intel deal damages trust – (Associated Press)
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said South Korea’s decision to cancel a deal to share military intelligence, mainly on North Korea, is damaging mutual trust and vowed Friday to…

US names Nigerians in massive fraud investigation – (BBC News)
Eighty people – most described as Nigerian citizens – are accused of stealing millions of dollars.

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From various sources

Ashes 2019 live scores: Second cricket Test Australia vs England weather, updates – (News.com.au)
Welcome to our live coverage of day two of the third Ashes Test in Leeds.

David Koch, Billionaire Funder Of Modern Conservatives, Dies – (Buzzfeed)
The Koch brothers have together given hundreds of millions to political candidates and policy-focused groups to advance their libertarian strain of conservatism.

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NASCAR Race Hub – (Fox Sports)
NASCAR Race Hub is a nightly report that brings viewers closer to the inner workings of NASCAR than ever before.

Sourcehut welcomes Bitbucket refugees – (Hacker News)
sourcehut is a network of useful open source tools for software project maintainers and collaborators, including git repos, bug tracking, continuous integration, and mailing lists.

Recent Match Report – Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, ICC World Test Championship, 2nd Test | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read the detailed Reports & Articles of Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, ICC World Test Championship, 2nd Test only on ESPNcricinfo.com

Nebraska court upholds state’s approval of Keystone XL pipeline path | CBC News – (CBC News)
Nebraska’s highest court has rejected another attempt to derail the Keystone XL pipeline that could have forced the developer to reapply for state approval and delayed the $8 billion project yet again.

Fed chair Powell warns trade disputes present ‘new challenge’ – (Financial Times)
Jackson Hole speech gives no new clues about interest rate outlook

Pro Rata – (Axios)
Insider views on deals and dealmakers in venture capital, private equity and M&A, by Dan Primack. Weekday mornings

FAA looking for pilots to test new Boeing software; Tooth Fairy poll reveals the price of a tooth – (Fox News)
Morning Business Outlook: The Federal Aviation Administration issues a call to pilots to test new software updates to the Boeing 737 Max aircraft; Tooth Fairy research reveals the average price paid for a tooth is down to $3.70.

17 Secrets People In Their 30s Will Never Tell You – (Buzzfeed)
Sex is better in your thirties. Fact.

David Koch has died; conservative donor and philanthropist dies at 79 – (CBS News)
David Koch had stepped down from the Koch brothers’ network of business and political activities after deteriorating health last year

Pictures from the Amazon rainforest fires in Brazil – (CBS News)
The Amazon rainforest in Brazil has seen a record number of fires this season

Why Minecraft and Mixer are the perfect streaming combo – (The Next Web)
I feel I should start by explaining that I am brand new to any form of streaming. I have played Minecraft a fair amount, albeit five years ago and a lot has changed in that time. Every time I turn the corner, some new feature (new to me) surprises me, I feel …

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says army may help fight Amazon fires – (Reuters)
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday the army may be enlisted to help combat fires sweeping through the Amazon rainforest, as international condemnation and calls for tough action to quell the unfolding crisis continued to mount.

China announces tariff hike on $75 billion of US products – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday announced tariff hikes on $75 billion of U.S. products in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s latest planned increase, deepening a conflict over trade and…

Tesla short David Einhorn says Elon Musk should resign over solar panel fires – (CNBC)
On Tuesday, Walmart filed suit against Tesla alleging its solar panels had caused fires in seven of its stores.

Powell Says Fed Prepared to Provide Stimulus if a Slowdown Hits U.S. Economy – (The Wall Street Journal)
In remarks at annual symposium, Federal Reserve chair stopped short of signaling start of more aggressive easing campaign

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All about Trump

China announces tariff hike on $75 billion of US products – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday announced tariff hikes on $75 billion of U.S. products in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s latest planned increase, deepening a conflict over trade and…

China Threatens New Tariffs if Trump Escalates Trade War – (The New York Times)
Beijing said it will target $75 billion in U.S. goods, suggesting the economic conflict that has rocked global markets won’t end anytime soon.

China Threatens New Tariffs if Trump Escalates Trade War – (Google News)
Beijing said it will target $75 billion in U.S. goods, suggesting the economic conflict that has rocked global markets won’t end anytime soon.

In Greenland, Trump’s Unsolicited Interest Is Raising Hopes for a Tourism Boom – (Fortune)
Greenland is not willing to sell itself to the U.S.—but it will take its tourists

White House mulling tax cuts but not to counter short-term weakness: adviser – (Reuters)
The Trump administration is studying tax cuts to buttress long-term U.S. economic growth that could be rolled out during the 2020 election campaign but is not looking at action to counter any perceived economic weakness now, the White House economic adviser s…

Jeffrey Gundlach on Recession Odds, Jerome Powell’s Stumbles, and Why Trump Might Bail in 2020 – (New York Magazine)
“The fundamental thing that I think about is that we’re running a massive debt-based economy now during an expansion.”

Trump plows toward trade war with Europe as China standoff threatens economy – (NBC News)
As President Donald Trump’s China trade war threatens to drag down the U.S. economy, he heads to France angling to start another one with Europe.

As antisemitic threat grows, can US Jews unite? – (The Jerusalem Post)
With Donald Trump on one side and Tlaib and Omar on the other, what is Middle America going to think about its Jewish brethren?

Muslim Americans Are Already Wary Of Traveling — And Trump’s Taunts Don’t Help – (MTV News)
‘We know from the past that smaller sparks light bigger flames of discord’

Overstock CEO resigns after speaking of ‘Deep State,’ and investigations of Trump, Clinton – (USA Today)
Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne has resigned days after previous letter speaking of the “deep state” and helping investigations of Trump, Clinton

APNewsBreak: US government issues final Utah monument plan – (Associated Press)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government’s final management plan for lands in and around a Utah national monument that President Donald Trump downsized doesn’t include many new protections for…

Mainstream News Trumpets Bitcoin, Gold as Global Recession Hedge – (Crypto Coins News)
As the fear of an upcoming global recession is continuously surging, the interest in safe haven assets like bitcoin and gold is growing too.

Trump is doing what Obama couldn’t – (CNN)
For some people, this is blasphemy. But one of the biggest ironies of Trump’s presidency is that he has become a more effective catalyst for progressive social change than President Obama.

Chaos at the border: How Trump’s immigration policies are roiling Canadian business travellers’ plans – (Financial Post)
‘The policy changes keep happening in fits and starts and sometimes it just feels like we’re all over the place,’ one lawyer says

The Hill’s Morning Report: How will Trump be received at G-7? | TheHill – (The Hill)

Trump to square off in court with House Democrats over financial records – (Google News)
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to ask a federal judge on Friday to block Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp from handing the financial records of the Trump family and Trump Organization to Democratic lawmakers.

The Memo: Dangers loom for Trump on immigration | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump is ramping up his rhetoric on immigration, but it may not be the political winner…

Pete Buttigieg Unveils $300 Billion Initiative On Opioids, Mental Health – (The Huffington Post)
It’s an effort to treat mental illness as a public health crisis, and it’s way different from what Trump has been doing.

Conservatives push Trump tariff relief over payroll tax cuts | TheHill – (The Hill)
The best way for President Trump to boost the economy would be to roll back tariffs, not push for…

After Rebuffing Trump, Greenland and Denmark Tighten Relationship – (Fortune)
The two countries announced more joint military exercises and emergency training on Friday

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