2019-09-03

Headlines:

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

Brexit: Deutsche would ditch bearish sterling bet if election called for Oct. 14 – (Reuters)
Deutsche Bank said on Tuesday it would drop its bearish bet on sterling should Prime Minister Boris Johnson call a general election for Oct. 14, as UK lawmakers braced for a showdown over the nation’s exit from the European Union.

UK Labour leader Corbyn: I am ready to fight an election – (Reuters)
British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Tuesday he was ready to fight an election and his priority was to prevent a no-deal Brexit, suggesting Labour could back any move by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to call an early poll.

Hurricane Dorian bashes Bahamas, inches towards Florida coast – (Reuters)
Slow-moving hurricane Dorian pounded Grand Bahama Island on Tuesday and was forecast to come “dangerously close” to Florida’s coast by day’s end before drenching the U.S. East Coast for the next several days.

U.S., France, Britain may be complicit in Yemen war crimes, U.N. report says – (Reuters)
The United States, Britain and France may be complicit in war crimes in Yemen by arming and providing intelligence and logistics support to a Saudi-led coalition that starves civilians as a war tactic, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

New US-led patrols in Persian Gulf raise stakes with Iran – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As the U.S. tries a new way to protect shipping across the Persian Gulf amid tensions with Iran, it finds itself sailing into uncertain waters.For…

Iran says it is able to resume production of 20% enriched uranium in two days – (Reuters)
Iran is capable of resuming production of 20% enriched uranium within two days, the spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Tuesday.

France pushes $15 billion credit line plan for Iran, if U.S. allows it – (Reuters)
France has proposed offering Iran about $15 billion in credit lines until year-end if Tehran comes fully back into compliance with its 2015 nuclear deal, a move that hinges on Washington not blocking it, Western and Iranian sources said.

Exclusive: ECB package could include rate cut, tiering, new guidance: sources – (Reuters)
ECB policymakers are leaning toward a stimulus package that includes a rate cut, a beefed-up pledge to keep rates low for longer and compensation for banks over the side-effects of negative rates, five sources familiar with the discussion said.

Wall St. opens lower as U.S.-China trade tensions weigh – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks fell broadly at the open on Tuesday, as Washington’s new round of tariffs on some Chinese goods kicked in and after a report that officials from both sides were struggling to decide on the schedule for a meeting this month.

U.S. Vice President urges EU to negotiate ‘in good faith’ on Brexit – (Reuters)
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence used a visit to Ireland on Tuesday to urge the European Union to negotiate “in good faith” with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and reach a Brexit deal that respects British sovereignty.

UK Parliament takes on pivotal day on Brexit – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Lawmakers returned from their summer recess Tuesday for a pivotal day in British politics as they challenged Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s insistence that the U.K. will leave the…

Biden taps influence industry despite pledge on lobbyists – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden entered the Democratic primary promising “from day one” to reject campaign cash from lobbyists.”I work for you — not any industry,” he tweeted.Yet hours…

Brexit showdown: MPs bid to block Johnson leaving EU with no deal – (Reuters)
British lawmakers will on Tuesday try to stop Prime Minister Boris Johnson from pursuing what they cast as a calamitous no-deal Brexit, a challenge a senior government source said would prompt him to call for a snap election on Oct. 14.

Deadly Hurricane Dorian parks itself over the Bahamas – (Associated Press)
FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — Practically parking itself over the Bahamas for a day and a half, Hurricane Dorian pounded away at the islands Tuesday in a catastrophic onslaught that sent floodwaters up…

Hurricane Dorian Updates: Storm Pounds the Bahamas and Threatens Florida – (The New York Times)
The storm was just north of Grand Bahama Island, delivering 120 m.p.h. winds and ceaseless downpours. It could move “dangerously close” to Florida later Tuesday.

US, France, Britain may be complicit in Yemen war crimes: UN – (Al Jazeera English)
UN investigators also compiled secret list of 160 ‘main actors’ among Saudi, Emirati and Yemeni top brass.

Syrian father who lost twins to poison gas uprooted again – (Associated Press)
BEIRUT (AP) — When Abdel Hamid al-Yousef lost his 9-month-old twins in the poison gas attack that hit the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017, the world witnessed his heartbreak and grief…

Shattering Taliban attack in Kabul even as US deal nears – (Associated Press)
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday defended their suicide bombing against an international compound in the Afghan capital that killed at least 16 civilians and wounded 119 people,…

Palestinian PM vows to release probe result on Israa Gharib death – (Al Jazeera English)
Amid public outcry, Shtayyeh says number of people called in for questioning over alleged killing of 21-year-old woman.

Neighbor: Texas gunman was ‘violent, aggressive person’ – (Associated Press)
ODESSA, Texas (AP) — The gunman in a West Texas rampage “was on a long spiral of going down” and had been fired from his oil services job the morning he killed seven people, calling 911 both…

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From various sources

Israeli-made innovative cancer treatment gets FDA stamp of approval – (The Jerusalem Post)
Karyopharm wrote in a press release that within six days of the FDA’s approval, cancer patients in the USA began receiving XPOVIO and approximately 40% of patients saw their tumors shrink in size.

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

Florida’s Broward County Emergency Department holds briefing on Hurricane Dorian – (Fox News)

U.S. reverses ban on Canadian who crossed border with CBD oil, her lawyer says | CBC News – (CBC News)
Less than two weeks after a Canadian woman was barred from entering the United States after she was found with cannabidiol (CBD) oil at the border, her lawyer says her lifetime ban from entering the states has been reversed in what he is calling a “best-case …

Iran renews threat of increase in nuclear activity – (Financial Times)
Rouhani warning comes as France steps up efforts to resolve crisis with talks on credit line

Mass extinction event 2 billion years ago killed 99 percent of life on Earth, study says – (Fox News)
There have been several mass extinction events during the planet’s history, including the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, arguably the best-known one because of the death of the dinosaurs. Now, researchers have discovered a new mass extinction event, o…

Victoria Beckham is slammed by her Instagram followers for promoting an ‘ill-looking’ model – (Daily Mail)
The image, posted by the fashion designer, 45, to her Instagram account on Friday, showed a young, thin woman wearing her famed white, chain print dress.

Trump tweet storm dominates presidential weekend | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump tweeted more than 100 times over the three-day weekend as Hurricane Dorian approa…

25 Things You’ll Probably Want To Buy For Your First Car – (Buzzfeed)
Or your second car, or third car, or millionth car.

Police open fraud investigation linked to Bury’s demise – (FourFourTwo)

John Krasinski previews season 2 of <em>Jack Ryan</em>: ‘He’s a changed man’ – (Entertainment Weekly)
Michael Kelly and Noomi Rapace join the cast of the Amazon Prime Video series.

Will Jeremy Corbyn BLOCK an election? Labour says it WON’T back a vote before No Deal is ruled out – (Daily Mail)
Boris Johnson made a bold threat to call an immediate poll last night as he faces an all-out revolt by Remainer MPs to block No Deal Brexit .

Exclusive: See Nathan Fillion face new dangers in <em>The Rookie</em> season 2 trailer – (Entertainment Weekly)
Nathan Fillion and fellow cast members get an exclusive ‘The Rookie’ season 2 trailer and cast portraits.

Despite “The Lion King” and “Toy Story 4,” summer box office revenues were down 2% in 2019 – (Axios)
Audiences “need a compelling reason to go” to the theater.

Madden NFL 20 update adds free new mode, Superstar KO – (Polygon)
The new patch for Madden, released Sept. 3 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, brings in a chunk of free DLC in the form of the Superstar KO mode, which features NFL legends like Jim Brown and Lawrence Taylor as well as musicians DJ Khaled and Lil Yachty. A free trial …

RoomMe sensors know who’s in a room to adjust it automatically – (The Verge)
RoomMe from Intellithings works by pairing with a person’s smartphone. It’s compatible with Sonos and Bose speakers; Hue and LIFX lighting; Ecocbee thermostats; HomeKit and Wink systems; and hundreds of ZigBee and Z-wave devices.

Uncertainty Isn’t Always a Problem—It Can Be the Solution – (Wired)
Many areas of technology—from pacemakers to space missions—deliberately create controlled amounts of uncertainty to make devices and processes work better.

It’s Way Too Early to Talk About #MeToo and Redemption – (Wired)
We need to keep the focus on the community harmed and not on our feelings for the harm-doers.

Date set for Neymar v Barcelona courtroom battle after player and club sue each other – (FourFourTwo)
Barcelona and Neymar will meet in court at the end of September as the two parties sue each other for huge sums.

Jho Low: Dark secret of billion-dollar fugitive playboy – (News.com.au)
‘Billion-dollar whale’: Dark secret of mega-rich fugitive Jho Low

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All about Trump

Trump tweet storm dominates presidential weekend | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump tweeted more than 100 times over the three-day weekend as Hurricane Dorian approa…

McConnell vows to give gun bill a vote if it is backed by Trump | TheHill – (The Hill)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday stressed that President Trump’s su…

Pence stayed 180 miles from Dublin at Trump’s Irish resort at the president’s “suggestion” – (Axios)
The administration is facing criticism for spending taxpayer dollars at Trump properties.

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

Mike Pence criticised for staying at Trump property – (RTE)
The US Vice President, Mike Pence, has been criticised for staying at the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg during his Irish visit.

Pence staying at Trump resort in Ireland, far from meetings | TheHill – (The Hill)
Vice President Mike Pence is staying at a Trump resort during an official trip to Ireland ev…

One Year On, How Has That Anonymous Op-Ed Held Up? – (Bloomberg)
An explosive essay argued last year that nameless civil servants were saving the country from Donald Trump. Was it right?

Trump refused to back down from his claim that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama, even after the National Weather Service said it was false – (Google News)
President Donald Trump lashed out at the ABC White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, who said Trump had “misstated the storm’s possible trajectory.”

Will Trumpism Take Deeper Root in New Hampshire? – (The New York Times)
Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s former campaign manager, sounds a lot like his boss as he weighs a run for Senate. Some Republican state leaders are shuddering.

China says Trump’s claims about fentanyl origin are false – (ABC News)
Get breaking national and world news, broadcast video coverage, and exclusive interviews. Find the top news online at ABC news.

Pence meets Varadkar amid controversy over Doonbeg stay – (The Irish Times)
Trump suggested Pence stay at his property but it was not ‘request’ or ‘command’

Trump Insists His Hurricane Warning Was Right Even After NWS Corrected Him – (The Huffington Post)
The president incorrectly warned Alabama, then attacked a reporter who pointed it out.

Turned Away From the U.S. Border, Young Hondurans Are Struggling To Survive – (Newsweek)
“Trump is right because there are just so many people trying to make it to the U.S., but where would the U.S. be if it weren’t for Latinos?” says 25-year-old Cristian Betancourt.

Debra Messing, Eric McCormack feud with Donald Trump on Twitter – (News.com.au)
Is the backlash against TV stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack warranted?

Democrats’ messy impeachment push hits critical phase – (Politico)
The window to impeach Trump is closing, and senior lawmakers are sending mixed messages.

London mayor Sadiq Khan rips Trump for managing Hurricane Dorian emergency response while ‘out on the golf … – (Fox News)
The mayor of London renewed his public feud with President Trump over the weekend by mocking the president for canceling a trip to Poland to commemorate the start of World War II only to deal with emergency response to Hurricane Dorian from the golf course.

Trump refused to back down from his claim that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama, even after the National Weather Service said it was false – (Business Insider)
Trump focused his attack on ABC’s White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, who reported that he had “misstated the storm’s possible trajectory.”

Trump refused to back down from his claim that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama, even after the National Weather Service said it was false – (Business Insider (UK))
Trump focused his attack on ABC’s White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, who reported that he had “misstated the storm’s possible trajectory.”

Trump attacks ABC over report he said Dorian could impact Alabama | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday night blasted ABC News after the network reported that he fa…

John O’Hurley of ‘Seinfeld’ rips Debra Messing, Eric McCormack of ‘Will & Grace’ over Trump ‘lunacy’ – (The Washington Times)
A conservative “Seinfeld” actor called the anti-Trump campaigning by two “Will & Grace” stars an “obscene” act of “lunacy” that left him “embarrassed” for them.

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