2019-09-05

Headlines:

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

Queues at Dover a material risk of a no-deal Brexit: UK’s Gove – (Reuters)
Long queues at the southeastern port of Dover are a material risk if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal, Michael Gove, the British minister in charge of coordinating no-deal Brexit planning, said on Thursday.

Wall St. set to open higher on easing trade tensions – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks were set to open higher for a second straight session on Thursday as Washington and Beijing agreed to hold high-level talks next month, raising hopes of a de-escalation in trade tensions that has battered global economic growth.

A re-energized Hurricane Dorian rakes the Southeast US coast – (Associated Press)
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Re-energized at 115 mph, Hurricane Dorian raked the Southeastern U.S. coast with howling, window-rattling winds and sideways rain Thursday, knocking out power to more than…

Taliban suicide bomber kills at least 10 civilians, two foreign force members in Kabul – (Reuters)
A Taliban suicide blast in the center of Kabul killed at least 10 people and wounded more than 40 on Thursday, destroying cars and shops in an area near the headquarters of Afghanistan’s NATO force and the U.S. embassy, officials said.

British PM Johnson’s own brother quits on eve of Brexit election campaign – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to kick off what is in effect an election campaign casting parliament as the enemy of Brexit was overshadowed on Thursday when his younger brother quit the government, citing the national interest.

US woman arrested at Manila airport with baby hidden in bag – (Associated Press)
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An American woman who attempted to carry a 6-day-old baby out of the Philippines hidden inside a sling bag has been arrested at Manila’s airport and charged with human…

‘Everything is gone:’ Bahamians struggle in Dorian’s devastating wake – (Reuters)
Stunned residents of the Bahamas surveyed the wreckage of their homes and officials struggled to assess the number killed by Hurricane Dorian, as the storm bore down on the South Carolina coast, threatening record flooding on Thursday.

Tyrannosaurus rex had ‘air-con’ in its head – (BBC News)
Two holes in the mighty predator’s head may have helped it lose heat, according to scientists.

Johnson calls opponents cowardly, plans new election bid – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson kept up his push for an early election as a way to break Britain’s Brexit impasse, as lawmakers moved to stop the U.K. leaving the European Union next…

Kabul attack kills US, Romanian soldier, 10 Afghan civilians – (Associated Press)
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban suicide car bombing in Kabul on Thursday killed a U.S. service member, a Romanian soldier and at least 10 Afghan civilians in a busy diplomatic area that…

EU fears UK is rowing back on Irish border and ‘level playing field’: sources – (Reuters)
The European Union is increasingly worried about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s stance on the Irish border and future competition rules, sources said on Thursday.

UK PM Johnson’s brother quits parliament, torn between family loyalty and national interest – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s younger brother, Jo, has resigned as a junior minister and said he would also step down as a lawmaker, citing a conflict between family loyalty and the national interest.

A rescue, a reunion and a rush to help in Dorian’s aftermath – (Associated Press)
ABACO, Bahamas (AP) — When Hurricane Dorian hit Sylvia Cottis’ home at a beach club in the Bahamas, the fearsome Category 5 storm blew out the supposedly hurricane-proof windows, turning the glass…

UK to confirm no-deal Brexit tariff schedules shortly: Gove – (Reuters)
The British government will confirm shortly what changes it wishes to make, if any, to the tariff schedules that would apply under a no-deal Brexit, senior minister Michael Gove said on Thursday.

PM’s brother quits as Tory MP and minister – (BBC News)
Jo Johnson, younger brother of Boris Johnson, says he’s “torn between family and national interest”.

Most Germans expect Merkel coalition to last to 2021, poll shows – (Reuters)
Almost three-quarters of Germans expect the ruling coalition government to last until the end of the current legislative period in 2021 and believe it would be good for Chancellor Angela Merkel to serve until then, a poll showed on Thursday.

Analysis: Black votes will define electability for Democrats – (Associated Press)
For all the strategic calculations, sophisticated voter targeting and relentless talk about electability in Iowa and New Hampshire, the Democratic presidential nomination will be determined by a…

Australia faces opioid crisis as companies push drugs abroad – (Associated Press)
BLACK RIVER, Australia (AP) — The coroner’s sense of futility was clear, as he investigated the death of yet another Australian killed by prescription opioids.Coroners nationwide have long…

‘He groped me’: Singer says opera’s Domingo grabbed breast – (Associated Press)
The glittering production was a high point of the Washington Opera’s 1999-2000 season: Jules Massenet’s “Le Cid,” about a legendary Spanish conqueror, starring a tenor legendary in his own right —…

Jo Johnson (Boris’s Brother) Resigns as Brexit Battle Lines Are Drawn – (The New York Times)
The prime minister was expected to take his call for an early election to voters in northern England on Thursday, but the initiative is with the opposition.

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From various sources

Ashes 4th Test 2019: Live cricket scores, updates, weather | Day 2, Australia v England – (News.com.au)
Welcome to our live coverage of day two of the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

AFL Finals 2019: West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers live stream, updates, news | Nic Nat hair pull, fan drink – (News.com.au)
Essendon won an underwhelming race for eighth spot and is clearly just making up the numbers.

Netanyahu discusses two-state solution with Boris Johnson – (The Jerusalem Post)
Johnson started the photo opportunity by saying that he wanted to discuss the two-state solution, while Netanyahu singled out Iran as the main subject of the meeting.

Turkey’s latest threat: Give us safe zone or we send refugees to EU – (The Jerusalem Post)
Erdogan threatens: “… we will have to open the gates [to Europe].Either you support us or no one should feel sorry. We would like to host 1 million refugees in the safe zone.”

Howard Kurtz: ‘Will and Grace’ stars subtly suggested a boycott of Trump backers – (Fox News)
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on how Hollywood liberals are backtracking after seeking a list of Trump donors.

North Carolina resident not leaving ancestral home as Hurricane Dorian approaches – (Fox News)
Fox News’ Todd Piro talks to a resident of Wilmington, N.C. on her decision to stay and ride out the storm.

Scuba diving safety expert on what policies may change after California dive boat tragedy – (Fox News)
Eric Douglas reacts to the lessons that may be learned by the deadly boat fire.

Charlie Kirk predicts Trump will over-perform with black community in 2020 – (Fox News)
Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk reacts to actor Isaiah Washington opening up to Fox Nation about leaving the Democrat Party and supporting President Trump’s policies.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu Throws Farther Than 28 Starting NFL QBs | Ditch the Playbook S1E1 – (Bleacher Report)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has shown throughout his career that he can throw a football. B/R’s Adam Lefkoe set out to see just how elite Sanu’s throwing ability is in the first episode of “Ditch the Playbook”.

‘Sex and the City’ creator Candace Bushnell says Chris Noth introduced her to Mr. Bigger: ‘He’s a new type’ – (Fox News)
“Sex and the City” creator Candace Bushnell says it was Chris Noth, who famously played Mr. Big in the hit HBO series, who introduced her to Mr. Bigger.

Clinton Portis Was Hungover for His Best NFL Game Ever | Untold Stories S1E1 – (Bleacher Report)
Former Broncos and Redskins RB Clinton Portis tells B/R’s Master Tesfatsion about the time he was so hungover before a game that he almost told coach Mike Shanahan he couldn’t suit up. Portis wound up playing and had the best game of his career. Watch him tel…

Venus’ Ocean of Air and Clouds – (Hacker News)
Javier Peralta plumbs the depths of Venus’ atmosphere through the eyes of the Venus Express and Akatsuki orbiters.

Kamala Harris threatens to end filibuster to pass Green New Deal – (Fox News)
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is prepared to do whatever it takes to pass a Green New Deal, vowing to take executive action or even push to get rid of the Senate filibuster in order to get it done.

mxplusb/cloudflare-sync – (Hacker News)
A nice to have, MIT-licensed tool for using Cloudflare as a dynamic DNS provider. – mxplusb/cloudflare-sync

Dow Surges After Trade War Headway Ignites Market Euphoria – CCN Markets – (Crypto Coins News)
The Dow surged on Thursday after the US and China made headway toward the next round of trade negotiations, triggering market euphoria.

Schumer Says Pushing GOP on Gun Control Will Be Top Dem Priority – (National Review)
Chuck Schumer said Thursday that pushing Republicans to move forward on gun control legislation will be a top priority for Democrats.

Number of people to die in police car crashes hits highest in a decade at 42 – (Daily Mail)
Annual watchdog report shows 42 people were killed in police car crashes. The figure is highest for a decade and the second highest since records began.

Sony goes super colorful for its latest truly wireless earbuds – (The Verge)
Truly wireless earbuds keep getting better and better, but one thing’s been missing from a lot of them: some nice, vivid color. Sony is about to solve that with its latest set, which come in a handful of color options.

Pixel 4 video leak reveals thick bezels and sides – (The Verge)
A video circulating appears to show Google’s Pixel 4 (or perhaps the taller XL version) from all angles, revealing just how thick its bezels are along with some previously unseen speaker cutouts along the bottom.

Gina Miller’s lawyer accuses Boris Johnson of an ‘unlawful abuse of power’ – (Daily Mail)
Three legal cases have been launched against Boris Johnson’s planned suspension of Parliament. Today, the case in London gets underway.

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All about Trump

Howard Kurtz: ‘Will and Grace’ stars subtly suggested a boycott of Trump backers – (Fox News)
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on how Hollywood liberals are backtracking after seeking a list of Trump donors.

Charlie Kirk predicts Trump will over-perform with black community in 2020 – (Fox News)
Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk reacts to actor Isaiah Washington opening up to Fox Nation about leaving the Democrat Party and supporting President Trump’s policies.

Buttigieg on Trump hurricane map: ‘I feel sorry for the president’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
Pete Buttigieg on Thursday said that he felt “sorry” for President Trump after he displayed a map…

Trump again defends claim Hurricane Dorian could have hit Alabama – (NBC News)
President Donald Trump again defended his assertion that Alabama had stood in the path of Hurricane Dorian, saying coverage of the ordeal — including his sharing a week-old hurricane map apparently doctored to back the claim — is meant to “demean” him.

Trump doubles down on Alabama hurricane threat | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Thursday doubled down on his claim that Alabama was in Hurricane Dorian’s orig…

Jim Mattis and the surrender of America’s adults – (Financial Times)
Former staff may be critical of Donald Trump but they will not denounce him publicly

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump violates Constitution – Spends unappropriated funds, raises taxes on own – (Fox News)
Does the president of the United States have too much power?

Trump’s All About The Base, But He Likely Needs More Than That — Here’s Why – (Google News)
A lot of focus is put on the president’s job approval nationwide, but all that matters in the end is the president’s standing state by state — and that leaves him with a narrow path to reelection.

Top Asylum Official Who Was Critical Of Trump Administration Has Been Reassigned – (The Huffington Post)
John Lafferty, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services asylum division chief, has reportedly been “pushed out” by Ken Cuccinelli, the agency’s hard-line acting director.

Here’s Every Military Construction Project in the U.S. Being Pushed Back to Fund Trump’s Border Wall – (Newsweek)
Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Elaine McCusker has maintained that the projects affected by the funding diversion are “definitely not canceled,” but could see “some delay.”

South Texas Resort Includes a Pool, a Golf Course and, Maybe, a Border Wall – (The New York Times)
At a community for older adults, President Trump’s proposed border wall would strand about 70 percent of residences south of the barricade but north of the Rio Grande.

Push on ‘surprise’ medical bills hits new roadblocks | TheHill – (The Hill)
A bipartisan push for legislation to protect patients from massive “surprise” medical bills is facing a buzzsaw of opposition from doctors and hospitals and reservations from some Democrats worried about delivering President Trump a health care victory when h…

Democrats walk tightrope in fight over Trump wall funds | TheHill – (The Hill)
Democrats face politically fraught options in opposing President Trump’s move to divert…

It’s Been A Year, And We Still Don’t Know Who Wrote That Resistance Op-Ed In The NYT – (The Huffington Post)
So, who wrote that New York Times piece by an anonymous “senior official” of the Trump administration who claimed to be part of the resistance?

Trump’s Tomato Trade-War Deal Averted a Dreaded 2020 Scenario – (Bloomberg)
The U.S.-Mexico agreement dodged a surge in undocumented migrants ahead of the presidential election.

Trump defends his Alabama forecast as Dorian bears down on Carolinas – (Politico)
Trump was the subject of mockery after a briefing in which he showed off an apparently doctored National Hurricane Center projection of Dorian’s early trajectory.

Trump news – live: President ‘breaks law’ by faking hurricane map as Twitter user suspended shortly after being endorsed by leader – (Independent)
Follow the latest updates on ‘the chosen one’

Democrats must investigate Mike Pence’s stay at Trump’s Doonbeg resort — not Stormy Daniels – (NBC News)
Democrats must investigate Mike Pence’s stay at Trump’s Doonbeg resort — not Stormy Daniels

2020 Democrats: Climate change comes off the backburner as White House hopefuls take on President Trump – (USA Today)
Until this week, climate change has remained largely a backburner issue in an internal Democratic debate. That appears to be changing.

Where is Trump getting his bogus info about Dorian and Alabama? – (CNN)
While the top Democrats in the race for the White House shared their detailed plans for addressing the climate crisis, President Trump and a handful of his allies continued to make completely false claims about Hurricane Dorian.

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