Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of April 15, 2019)
Heather Chin / April 19, 2019
By Heather Chin
After two years of investigating, over a dozen spinoff legal inquiries and several indictments and convictions, the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe have been released to the public. The Mueller report came with some redactions in a 448-page document. Its primary conclusions were that Russia sought to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, but that the Trump campaign did not conspire with them, and that while there is evidence of attempted obstruction of justice, it is up to Congress to pursue the matter further.
A devastating fire consumed the over 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, destroying its spire, roof of ancient timbers and some relics. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has already vowed to rebuild, setting an ambitious goal of five years after three wealthy French business owners donated over $500 million to the effort.
North Korea announced that they had tested a new tactical guided weapon, reportedly without long-range capabilities, and that they do not want Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to be a part of further nuclear negotiations between the two countries, citing his dismissiveness of their views.
President Trump used his veto power for the second time, this time to reject a bipartisan resolution to use Congress’ War Powers to end U.S. military involvement in the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen. Congress does not have enough votes to override Trump’s veto.
Trump also escalated tensions with Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua via new sanctions against the South American countries’ banks and allowed lawsuits to move forward against the Cuban government over property seized 60 years ago.
On the domestic front, Apple and Qualcomm came to a settlement in their two-year battle over patent licensing agreements, which led to Intel announcing they would withdraw from the 5G market. And deadly storms ravaged the southern states, killing eight people at the week’s start and then another three at week’s end.
In other news, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld announced his plan to challenge Trump for the 2020 Republican Party nomination, Tiger Woods made a comeback after 14 years to win his fifth Masters title, and a 18-year-old Florida woman named Sol Pais was found dead of suicide, ending a two-day national manhunt over her allegedly “infatuated” online statements about the Columbine High School shooting and then purchase of a gun after flying to Colorado.
Read more about these stories and the other biggest news of the week, as they appeared in The Daily Edition.
1. Mueller Report Release: What We Know So Far – New York Times, Peter Baker
Top line: “Mr. Mueller examined about 10 actions by President Trump to determine whether he sought to obstruct justice but could not reach a conclusion. He found a concerted effort by Russia to interfere in the 2016 election, but established no criminal conspiracy between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russia. The report detailed dramatic conflicts within the White House. When Mr. Trump learned of Mr. Mueller’s appointment, he slumped in his chair and said: “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency.” Attorney General William P. Barr offered a strong defense of Mr. Trump and said he gave the president’s lawyers access to Mr. Mueller’s report “earlier this week,” before it was released. While Mr. Mueller’s investigation is over, he reported that it has spawned 14 spinoff inquiries.”
Topic to follow: Mueller Report
2. What we know about the fire at Notre Dame of Paris – NBC News, Alex Johnson
Top line: “The full devastation of the mammoth fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Paris on Monday remains to be tallied, but it’s known to have destroyed the giant spire that housed some of Christendom’s most sacred relics. French President Emmanuel Macron promised Monday night that “we will rebuild” the 850-year-old cathedral, one of the greatest monuments to Christianity in the world. Much remains unknown, including what caused the fire, but as firefighters and investigators sifted through the scene, answers to some questions emerged.”
Topic to follow: Notre Dame Cathedral
3. NKorea says it tested new weapon, wants Pompeo out of talks – Associated Press, Foster Klug, Kim Tong-Hyung
Top line: “North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations. The test, which didn’t appear to be of a banned mid- or long-range ballistic missile that could scuttle negotiations, allows North Korea to show its people it is pushing ahead with weapons development while also reassuring domestic military officials worried that diplomacy with Washington signals weakness. Separately, the North Korean Foreign Ministry accused Pompeo of playing down the significance of comments by leader Kim Jong Un, who said last week that Washington has until the end of the year to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage the high-stakes nuclear diplomacy. Both the demand for Pompeo’s removal from the talks and the weapon test point to North Korea’s displeasure with the deadlocked negotiations.”
Topic to follow: North Korea
4. Apple and Qualcomm settle: Here’s what it means for your next iPhone – CNET, Shara Tibken
Top line: “The frenemies have made up. Apple and Qualcomm settled a two-year-old battle over patent licensing on Tuesday, a reconciliation that ended a trial that had started just a day earlier. The companies, which had been fighting in courts in China, Germany and other countries, in addition to the US, will end all worldwide litigation. Cupertino, California-based Apple will make an unspecified payment to Qualcomm, according to a joint statement. The companies have also reached a six-year licensing agreement that includes a two-year option to extend and a multiyear chipset supply agreement. The agreement went into effect on April 1, the companies said.”
Topic to follow: Apple
5. Severe storms move east, leaving 3 dead and more than 100,000 without power – USA Today, Doug Stanglin, Alissa Zhu
Top line: “Three people were killed in Mississippi and Alabama by a severe storm that roared through the Deep South and is expected to intensify from Florida to the Mid-Atlantic states as it hits the East Coast. The storm began pummeling Georgia by Friday morning rush hour, snarling traffic and causing 63 flight delays at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to Flightaware.com. One power pole came down on West Peachtree in Midtown Atlanta, causing a massive backup of traffic. The three-day storm has left more than 120,000 households without power across four states, including 20,000 knocked out Friday morning in Georgia.”
6. Bill Weld lays out strategy for his 2020 primary challenge to Trump – CNN, Veronica Stracqualursi
Top line: “2020 presidential candidate Bill Weld laid out his strategy Wednesday to challenge Donald Trump for the Republican nomination, asserting that he’s running to “win” and not to “weaken” the President. “I’m not sure how serious Mr. Trump is about governing, honestly. He has a one-word environmental policy: ‘hoax.’ A one-word immigration policy: ‘wall.’ I think sometimes his lack of experience in preparation for the office shows,” Weld told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day.” The former Republican governor of Massachusetts said he’ll be focused initially on the New England region, “with particular emphasis on New Hampshire.” From there, Weld said he will focus on the mid-Atlantic states and plans “early on” to do a sweep through the West Coast “partly for fundraising and partly for political reasons.””
Topic to follow: Bill Weld
7. Trump vetoes resolution to end U.S. participation in Yemen’s civil war – The Washington Post, Felicia Sonmez, Josh Dawsey, Karoun Demirjian
Top line: “President Trump on Tuesday vetoed a resolution that would have ended U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. The move, which had been expected, marks the second veto of Trump’s presidency. The measure had passed the House on a 247-to-175 vote this month and was approved by the Senate last month with the support of seven Republicans. This month’s House vote marked the first time both chambers had acted to invoke the same war-powers resolution to end U.S. military engagement in a foreign conflict. It also represented the latest instance of Congress’s challenging Trump’s decisions as commander in chief.”
Topic to follow: Yemen War
8. Trump Administration Announces Measures Against Cuba, Venezuela And Nicaragua – NPR, Francesca Paris
Top line: “The Trump administration has announced new sanctions and penalties against Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua aimed at both ending the rule of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and weakening Cuba’s communist regime. One of the measures will allow lawsuits against foreign companies operating on property in Cuba that was seized from U.S. citizens during the Cuban revolution — a reversal of more than 20 years of U.S. policy.”
Topic to follow: Cuba
9. Tiger Woods wins amazing fifth Masters 14 years after his last Green Jacket – The Guardian, Ewan Murray
Top line: “Tiger Woods wins the Masters. If ever five words did not do justice to an outcome … Let debate now rage as to where this sits in the pantheon of sporting comebacks. Fourteen years after he last put on the Green Jacket, 11 years after last winning a major and 24 months after conceding to friends “I’m done” Woods completed a triumph which rates as extraordinary even by his standards. It seemed poetic for the sensational act to transpire at Augusta, where Woods began altering the shape of golf in 1997. Twenty-two years on, a 43-year-old Woods celebrated more wildly than ever before in the company of his mother and children.”
Topic to follow: Tiger Woods
Top line: “Sol Pais, the 18-year-old woman suspected of making threats against Denver-area schools including Columbine, has been found dead, officials said Wednesday. Investigators closed in on the teen Wednesday near the Echo Lake Lodge at the base of Mount Evans in Clear Creek County, CBS Denver reported. Officials said at a news conference Pais was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Topic to follow: Sol Pais
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