Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of May 6, 2019)
Heather Chin / May 10, 2019
By Heather Chin
President Donald Trump asserted executive privilege over the entire unredacted Mueller report and any underlying evidence identified within it, including testimony and Trump family business financial documents. The move came as an effort to block Attorney General William Barr from testifying to Congress, and to prevent former White House Counsel Don McGahn and various banks from responding to Congressional subpoenas. In response, the House Judiciary Committee voted to recommend that Barr be held in contempt of Congress.
A separate Congressional panel, the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee, subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. in an effort to get him to testify in their investigation into Russian election meddling.
Another week, another mass shooting, this time at a Colorado K-12 school where one 18-year-old student was killed while protecting others. Two suspects, an adult male teen and a minor female who identifies as male, were arrested and face numerous charges. This marks the second time in a week that a student died while tackling a school shooter.
The president took offensive measures against three foreign nations by doubling tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, seizing a North Korean cargo ship full of coal, and deploying military ships to Iran. In response, China said it would respond in kind and Iran declared it would suspend participation in the 2015 denuclearization deal that the U.S. already withdrew from last year.
In happier news, the United Kingdom and it’s royal family celebrated the birth of another baby, the first child of Prince Harry and former American actress Meghan Markle, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Two Reuters journalists were also granted amnesty and freed by Myanmar officials after over 500 days of imprisonment and several rejected appeals for reporting unflattering stories about the Rohingya crisis.
In tech news, both Google and Microsoft unveiled several new device and software innovations, and drivers with leading ride-share companies Uber and Lyft went on strike around the world to demand better pay.
Read more about these stories and the other biggest news of the week, as they appeared in The Daily Edition.
1. House Panel Approves Contempt for Barr After Trump Claims Privilege Over Full Mueller Report – The New York Times, Nicholas Fandos
Top line: “The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to recommend that the House hold Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over Robert S. Mueller III’s unredacted report, hours after President Trump asserted executive privilege to shield the full report and underlying evidence from Congress. The committee’s 24-to-16 contempt vote, taken after hours of debate over the future of American democracy, was the first official House action to punish a government official in the standoff over the Mueller report. The Justice Department denounced the move as unnecessary and intended to stoke a fight. After the vote, the Judiciary Committee chairman, Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, swatted away questions about possible impeachment, but added, “We are now in a constitutional crisis.””
Topic to follow: Mueller Report
2. Colorado school shooting updates: Victim identified, heroes emerge. Here’s what we know – USA Today, Trevor Hughes, Ryan W. Miller
Top line: “One student is dead and eight others injured after two of their classmates opened fire at a suburban Denver STEM school on Tuesday. Superintendent Thomas S. Tucker said in a letter to parents that STEM School Highlands Ranch, a public charter school with more than 1,850 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, will be closed for the remainder of the week. “This is a terrible event,” Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said. “This is something that nobody wants to happen in their community.” Kendrick Castillo, 18, was identified Wednesday as the lone fatality, the sheriff said. One suspect is a “female juvenile,” police said after originally identifying the teen as male. The other was identified by police as Devon Erickson, 18.”
Topic to follow: Mass Shootings
3. US hikes tariffs on Chinese goods, Beijing vows retaliation – Associated Press, Joe McDonald
Top line: “President Donald Trump’s latest tariff hike on Chinese goods took effect Friday and Beijing said it would retaliate, escalating a battle over China’s technology ambitions and other trade tensions. The Trump administration raised duties on $200 billion of Chinese imports to 25% from 10%. China’s Commerce Ministry said it would impose “necessary countermeasures” but gave no details. The increase went ahead even after American and Chinese negotiators began more talks in Washington aimed at ending a dispute that has disrupted billions of dollars in trade and shaken global financial markets.”
4. U.S. authorities seize North Korean coal ship, accuse Pyongyang of violating international sanctions – The Washington Post, Devlin Barrett, Jeanne Whalen
Top line: “U.S. authorities have seized a North Korean ship allegedly used to sell coal in violation of international sanctions, the first such move by Justice Department officials as they ratchet up enforcement efforts against the regime in Pyongyang. Justice Department officials Thursday confirmed that the vessel, the Wise Honest, was approaching U.S. territorial waters in American Samoa, in coordination with the U.S. Marshals Service and the Coast Guard. The 17,601-ton, single-hull bulk carrier ship is one of North Korea’s largest, and U.S. authorities said it was part of a network of North Korean vessels illicitly shipping coal from that country and bringing back heavy machinery in violation of U.N. and U.S. sanctions.”
Topic to follow: North Korea
Top line: “Iran has suspended commitments under the 2015 international nuclear deal, a year after it was abandoned by the US. President Hassan Rouhani said he would keep enriched uranium stocks in the country rather than sell them abroad. He also threatened to resume production of more-highly-enriched uranium in 60 days if other signatories did not act to protect Iran from US sanctions. The 2015 accord was aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions in return for relief from sanctions. But since the US left the deal it has imposed new sanctions, hitting Iran’s economy and raising Iran-US tensions. Iran informed the remaining parties to the deal – France, Germany, Russia, China and the UK – of its decision on Wednesday morning. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Iran was acting within its rights under the deal and it was up to the three European powers to act.””
Topic to follow: JCPOA
6. Harry and Meghan reveal royal baby’s name is Archie – The Guardian, Caroline Davies
Top line: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have introduced their newborn son to the world and revealed he is to be called Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The name was announced shortly after the Queen met her eighth great-grandchild for the first time at Windsor Castle, where earlier the couple showed him off to the cameras. Meghan declared: “It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.” Speaking in St George’s Hall as Prince Harry cradled their two-day-old child, she said of the new seventh in line to the throne: “He has the sweetest temperament, he’s really calm.” Harry said: “I don’t know who he gets that from.””
Magazine to follow: Royal Family News
7. The 8 biggest announcements from the Google I/O 2019 keynote – The Verge, Natt Garun
Top line: “Google typically hops between each I/O year to focus on either hardware or software news, and this year brought on more devices than we got from 2018. Now that the keynote’s wrapped, we can confirm a few rumors from the past few months: the Pixel 3A is real, as is the leaked Nest Hub Max smart display. There is also a slew of announcements on what’s to come from Android Q when it officially comes to consumers later this year and some updates coming soon to the Google Assistant. Here are some of the biggest highlights.”
Magazine to follow: Google I/O 2019
Top line: “Microsoft’s Build 2019 developer conference had a heavy dose of cloud, artificial intelligence and Internet of things as well as strategic points for Windows developers. Build is touted as a developer event and it is to some degree. But Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also uses the conference to outline a bit of vision. Microsoft’s big vision today revolves around cloud and Office 365, which is a part of the software buffet known as Microsoft 365. Nadella’s keynote streamed on the Build 2019 website from Seattle. Build 2019 kicks off as Microsoft just reported strong earnings, commercial cloud momentum, and hybrid cloud strength. Here’s everything that unfolded at Build 2019 by topic.”
Magazine to follow: Microsoft Build 2019
9. Uber drivers’ strike takes off in front of company headquarters ahead of $90 billion IPO – CNBC, Elizabeth Schulze
Top line: “Uber and Lyft drivers are logging off ride-hailing apps and taking to the streets in cities around the world Wednesday to protest against working conditions and wages. The protests come ahead of Uber’s anticipated IPO (initial public offering) on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, which could put the ride-hailing firm’s valuation as high as $91.5 billion. In San Francisco, police estimated about 300 people, including protesters and media, had gathered in front of Uber headquarters just after noon there. At one point, protesters had spread to the middle of the street outside the company’s headquarters.”
Topic to follow: Uber
10. Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar released after more than 500 days – CNN, Euan McKirdy, James Griffiths
Top line: “Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar under the country’s Official Secrets Act for reporting on a massacre of Rohingya civilians have been freed after more than 500 days. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo walked free Tuesday from Yangon’s Insein jail, amid a gaggle of reporters, just weeks after their final appeal was quashed. The pair, who received this year’s Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, have been locked up since December 2017, when they were charged under the country’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act for allegedly disseminating secret information sensitive to national security. The two men were released as part of an amnesty of 6,520 prisoners by the country’s President Win Myint.”
Topic to follow: Myanmar
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