2019-08-27

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

U.S. to states: School lunch changes none of your business – (Reuters)
The U.S. government told a federal judge that states have no legal stake in its recent easing of rules designed to make school breakfasts and lunches healthier, and their lawsuit to undo the changes should be thrown out.

Iran’s Rouhani rules out talks with U.S. until sanctions lifted – (Reuters)
Iran will not talk to the United States until all sanctions imposed on Tehran are lifted, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, a day after President Donald Trump said he would meet his Iranian counterpart to try to end a nuclear standoff.

Brazil to reject G7 Amazon aid unless Macron withdraws ‘insults’ – (Al Jazeera English)
Bolsonaro demands apology from France’s Macron before he’ll consider accepting more than $20m in aid to help fight fires

Meek Mill pleads guilty, won’t serve more time in prison – (Associated Press)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rapper Meek Mill pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge on Tuesday and won’t serve additional time in prison after reaching a plea agreement in a case that’s kept him on…

U.N. Palestinian refugee agency seeks donations as funding slips – (Reuters)
The head of a U.N. agency supporting Palestinian refugees, which is under a corruption investigation, said on Tuesday it still needed $150 million in donations to keep it operating until the end of this year.

Trump portrays G-7 as a lovefest, papering over differences – (Associated Press)
BIARRITZ, France (AP) — Never mind his differences with world leaders on China, trade, Russia, Iran and more. President Donald Trump’s takeaway message from the Group of Seven summit in France was…

Spurning Amazon aid, Bolsonaro demands apology from Macron – (Associated Press)
JACUNDA NATIONAL FOREST, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday said Brazil will only accept an offer of international aid to fight Amazon fires if French leader Emmanuel…

Philip Morris in talks to merge with Altria – (Reuters)
Philip Morris International Inc said on Tuesday it was in talks with tobacco company Altria Group Inc to combine in an all-stock merger.

Wall Street opens higher, trade hopes build – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Tuesday as investors held their hopes on a resolution to the prolonged trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies despite mixed signals from both sides.

As Trump policies deepen farmers’ pain, Democrats see an opening in rural America – (Reuters)
Seizing on mounting Farm Belt frustration with President Donald Trump’s economic agenda, Democratic rivals are stepping up their push to take back part of rural America, whose overwhelming support for Trump helped propel his upset 2016 election victory.

Brazil will reject G7 Amazon aid unless Macron withdraws ‘insults’ – (Reuters)
Brazil will reject an offer of at least $20 million from the Group of Seven nations to fight fires in the Amazon rainforest unless French President Emmanuel Macron withdraws his “insults,” President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday.

Dutch regulator sees potential privacy breach in Microsoft Windows – (Reuters)
Microsoft is remotely collecting data from users of Windows Home and Windows Pro, in a potential breach of privacy rules, the Dutch Data Protection Agency (DPA) said on Tuesday.

Missy Elliott honored at MTV VMAs; Swift wins top prize – (Associated Press)
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The incomparable career of Missy Elliott, the rapper-singer-songwriter-producer-dancer whose music videos have moved the needle over the last two decades, was honored at the…

Federal judge expected to rule on restrictive Missouri abortion law – (Reuters)
A federal judge was expected to decide on Tuesday whether to block a Missouri law banning abortion after eight weeks except in cases of medical emergency, according to court documents.

Brazil Says It Will Reject $22 Million in Amazon Aid Pledged at G7 – (The New York Times)
President Jair Bolsonaro suggested that President Emmanuel Macron’s real motive behind the offer, made at the Group of 7 summit, was to shield France’s agriculture from Brazilian competition.

What lies ahead following Oklahoma opioid judgment – (Associated Press)
Oklahoma’s $572 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson will likely be followed by more trials and legal settlements seeking to hold a drug company accountable for a U.S. opioid crisis that has…

No-deal Brexit opponents agree strategy – (BBC News)
Opposition MPs say they will try to block no deal by passing legislation in Parliament.

Barbados, Caribbean neighbors brace for heavy rains as Dorian churns west – (Reuters)
Residents of Barbados and other Caribbean islands braced for heavy rains as tropical storm Dorian churned west-northwest, with officials cautioning that it could approach hurricane strength on Tuesday.

Scores of accusers to speak at hearing after Epstein’s death – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Up to 30 women were expected to take a judge up on his invitation to speak at a hearing after financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself before facing sex trafficking…

In Mississippi Delta, Catholic abuse cases settled on cheap – (Associated Press)
GREENWOOD, Mississippi (AP) — The IHOP in Southhaven, Mississippi, was an unlikely place to settle a sex abuse claim against the Catholic Church. But in January a white official from the…

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From various sources

Moroccan Authorities demolish Holocaust, LGBTQ+ memorial near Marrakech – (The Jerusalem Post)
Sources close to authorities say NGO PixelHELPER did not have authorization to build the project

Four rockets shot from Gaza toward Israel; IDF strikes in response – (The Jerusalem Post)

Jerusalem residents protest US Embassy wall construction – (The Jerusalem Post)
A Jerusalem Municipality spokesperson told the Post that the “construction of the US Embassy in the Arnona neighborhood was approved by the Jerusalem Municipality.”

Avlon: Trump hosting 2020 G7 at his resort is all about the money – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s John Avlon says President Donald Trump’s plan to hold the 2020 G7 summit at his Trump National Doral Golf Resort in Miami comes close to violating the Emoluments Clause in the Constitution and would create unspoken brand benefits to his resort.

Jeffrey Epstein’s complainants to speak at hearing even after his death | CBC News – (CBC News)
Up to 30 women are expected to take a judge up on his invitation to speak at a hearing after American financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself before facing sex-trafficking charges.

B.C. billionaire brothers’ use of KPMG offshore tax scheme exposed in emails | CBC News – (CBC News)
Numerous internal emails filed in court this summer reveal involvement of Caleb and Tom Chan in a KPMG offshore scheme so secret, neither Canadian tax collectors nor even their spouses were ever supposed to find out.

Iran’s president Rouhani rules out talks with Donald Trump – (Financial Times)
Meeting between Iranian and US leaders had been mooted at the G7 summit in France

NASA astronaut spouse’s family claims they were ‘frightened’ by demands during bitter custody battle – (Fox News)
The estranged wife of Anne McClain said she went public with the NASA astronaut’s alleged financial and identity theft crimes — which may be the first criminal offenses to occur in space — after her family became “frightened” by McClain’s demands during a bit…

U.S. to states: School lunch changes none of your business – (Reuters)
The U.S. government told a federal judge that states have no legal stake in its recent easing of rules designed to make school breakfasts and lunches healthier, and their lawsuit to undo the changes should be thrown out.

Ron Johnson’s e-commerce startup Enjoy raises $150M, expands in U.K. – (TechCrunch)
Enjoy, the e-commerce startup led by former Apple VP of retail operations, Ron Johnson, has raised an additional $150 million in Series C funding from L Catterton’s new consumer technology platform, LCH Partners. The funds will be used to fuel Enjoy’s U.K. ex…

Iran’s Rouhani rules out talks with U.S. until sanctions lifted – (Reuters)
Iran will not talk to the United States until all sanctions imposed on Tehran are lifted, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, a day after President Donald Trump said he would meet his Iranian counterpart to try to end a nuclear standoff.

Bucks Fizz Eurovision winner Jay Aston stands for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party – (Mirror)
The Bucks Fizz star is standing in Remain-backing Kensington after undergoing a gruelling diagnosis of mouth cancer

Woman with 5yo ‘stabs’ driver with knife – (News.com.au)
A woman has been arrested and taken to hospital following an incident at Salamander Bay in the NSW Hunter Region yesterday.

Brazil to reject G7 Amazon aid unless Macron withdraws ‘insults’ – (Al Jazeera English)
Bolsonaro demands apology from France’s Macron before he’ll consider accepting more than $20m in aid to help fight fires

Johnson & Johnson opioid verdict: What lies ahead following the Oklahoma ruling – (CBS News)
The $572 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson may be followed by more trials and legal settlements

A Government Advertising Campaign Telling EU Citizens How To Stay In The UK After Brexit Has Been Banned For Being “Misleading” – (Buzzfeed)
EXC: The Advertising Standards Authority ruled the Home Office’s advice was wrong and ordered the government not to broadcast the advert again.

VoiceOps raises $9M to help companies coach their call center reps – (TechCrunch)
At a time when the industry appears to bet that AI will replace most human jobs, starting with the tens of millions currently residing in call centers, one startup is working to use the same technology to empower the jobs it is pegged to displace. VoiceOps, a…

Meek Mill pleads guilty, won’t serve more time in prison – (Associated Press)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rapper Meek Mill pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge on Tuesday and won’t serve additional time in prison after reaching a plea agreement in a case that’s kept him on…

College Board announces plan to include socioeconomic factors in admissions – (CBS News)
The Landscape program will give schools consistent information on each applicant’s high school and neighborhood

Toyota reveals autonomous vehicle fleet for 2020 Tokyo Olympics – (Axios)
They will shuttle fans and athletes around the games.

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All about Trump

Avlon: Trump hosting 2020 G7 at his resort is all about the money – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s John Avlon says President Donald Trump’s plan to hold the 2020 G7 summit at his Trump National Doral Golf Resort in Miami comes close to violating the Emoluments Clause in the Constitution and would create unspoken brand benefits to his resort.

Iran’s president Rouhani rules out talks with Donald Trump – (Financial Times)
Meeting between Iranian and US leaders had been mooted at the G7 summit in France

Iran’s Rouhani rules out talks with U.S. until sanctions lifted – (Reuters)
Iran will not talk to the United States until all sanctions imposed on Tehran are lifted, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, a day after President Donald Trump said he would meet his Iranian counterpart to try to end a nuclear standoff.

Ex-NY Fed president urges central bank to buck Trump – (Financial Times)
Bill Dudley suggests Fed reconsider apolitical stance over damage wrought by trade war

Trump portrays G-7 as a lovefest, papering over differences – (Associated Press)
BIARRITZ, France (AP) — Never mind his differences with world leaders on China, trade, Russia, Iran and more. President Donald Trump’s takeaway message from the Group of Seven summit in France was…

Taylor Swift Equality Act petition: At MTV VMAs, Swift takes dig at Trump administration for silence on LGBTQ rights legislation – (CBS News)
“You voting for the video means that you want a world where we’re all treated equally under the law, regardless of who we love, regardless of how we identify,” Swift told fans

Iran’s president open to talks with U.S. but not a “photo-op” for Trump – (Axios)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the U.S. needs to lift the economic sanctions first, as well.

Dow Keeps Climbing After Trump Abandons Hostile China Stance – CCN Markets – (Crypto Coins News)
The Dow Jones continued to climb on Tuesday amid growing Wall Street optimism that Trump would abandon his hostile stance on China.

Posthaste: First the good news on Canadian banks, former Fed raps Trump and BMO’s new rate call – (Financial Post)
Stuff you need to know

G7 highlights Trump’s climate isolation from the rest of the world – (Axios)
The UN is open to looking past the federal government for policy changes.

As Trump policies deepen farmers’ pain, Democrats see an opening in rural America – (Reuters)
Seizing on mounting Farm Belt frustration with President Donald Trump’s economic agenda, Democratic rivals are stepping up their push to take back part of rural America, whose overwhelming support for Trump helped propel his upset 2016 election victory.

Where Trump failed, Macron may have succeeded – (CNN)
Samantha Vinograd writes that while President Trump squandered an opportunity to discuss pressing global issues at the G7, President Macron played a strategic game of diplomacy — bringing Iranian and American leadership close together in France.

Iran’s President Will Only Meet Trump If U.S. Lifts Sanctions – (The Wall Street Journal)
President Rouhani steps back from a potential diplomatic opening as hard-liners warn against showing weakness

Melania Trump and Justin Trudeau: The truth behind that photograph – (The Irish Times)
Recent photograph shows first lady looking amorous but sometimes the camera can lie

VMAs 2019: Taylor Swift calls out Trump, John Travolta has awkward mix-up and more moments you missed – (USA Today)
Taylor Swift got political, Miley Cyrus got raw and John Travolta got another performer wrong during Monday’s Video Music Awards.

Who supports impeachment? – (Politico)
House representatives who would vote for Trump impeachment: Our latest list

Wary of Trump’s Flip-Flops, China Prepares for Worst on Trade – Bloomberg – (Google News)
<ol><li>Wary of Trump’s Flip-Flops, China Prepares for Worst on Trade  Bloomberg </li><li>President Trump: I don’t blame China, I blame past leadership  CNN </li><li>Dow set to rise more than 100 points as Street monitors US-China trade war  CNBC </li><li>…

Opinion: Trump has manufactured an economic disaster in waiting. The Fed should stop enabling him – (Financial Post)
Bill Dudley: I understand and support Fed officials’ desire to remain apolitical. But Trump’s behaviour has made that untenable

Iranian president: First lift sanctions, then let’s talk – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president back-pedaled Tuesday on possible talks with Donald Trump, saying the U.S. president must first lift sanctions imposed on Tehran, otherwise a meeting between…

How will a trade deal with Japan impact American farmers and ranchers? – (Fox News)
Maryland dairy farmer Randy Sowers reacts to President Trump’s efforts to help the industry.