From Reuters –
A 20-year-old New Jersey man accused of threatening on social media to “shoot everybody” at a pro-Israel march and bomb the Trump Tower skyscraper in New York City was arrested on Wednesday on a string of federal charges, prosecutors said.
Jonathan Xie, of Basking Ridge, was taken into custody on charges of attempting to provide material support to Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip and which the United States designates as a terrorist organization, making false statements and transmitting threats over interstate commerce, according to federal prosecutors. | go to source
From Reuters –
It looks like we get a less than clear report, that’s been redacted, which is good for sustaining that uncertainty. The Mueller Report says Trump won’t be prosecuted. That’s about the extent of the certainty. Beyond that, it mostly depends on the horse you bet on. I chose a news excerpt from the Moscow Times, because fun.
Mueller Probe Did Not Establish Trump Coordination With Russia, U.S. Attorney General Says – The Moscow Times
U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Thursday offered a spirited defense of President Donald Trump ahead of the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election, emphasizing that it found no collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow. | go to source
It seems India can’t take a joke, or a meme, or Tiktok. Their high court recently ruled that Google had to remove TikTok from its Play store because reasons (children and babies and old people will die or something).
The Indian government is literally a meme killer. First Pewdie Pie, and now this. | go to source
As of today, the pledge from billionaires worldwide to repair the damaged Notre Dame Cathedral has topped $700 billion, including a $100 million commitment from Salma Hayak’s husband. | go to source
After hours of battling the fire that destroyed much of the near-thousand-year-old cathedral, authorities have announced that their efforts have saved the core structure of the cathedral, making it possible to rebuild. | go to source
After the bogey putt on 18 that sealed the Masters 2019 victory for Tiger Woods, Nike cashed in with a dramatic jump in stock price worth $2 billion in added value to the company. Tiger has been a Nike spokesperson for decades, and Nike never removed him as a spokesperson, even during the spate of scandals that rocked Woods a couple of years ago. | go to source
Robert Mueller’s End-of-Investigation report is expected to be released this Thursday morning, according to Attorney General William Barr. The report is not expected to reveal collusion between the Trump team and Russia. | go to source
Continuing his practice of setting policy through tweets, President Trump tweeted hopes for a third summit with North Korean kingpin, Kim Jong Un. The North Korean Leader seemed to agree with those plans, suggesting a third summit in a speech earlier last week.
Trump tweets about possible third summit with Kim Jong Un – CBS News
President Trump tweeted about a possible third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday and said the country has “tremendous potential for … extraordinary growth, economic success and riches” under his leadership.
“I agree with Kim Jong Un of North Korea that our personal relationship remains very good, perhaps the term excellent would be even more accurate, and that a third Summit would be good in that we fully understand where we each stand,” Mr. Trump tweeted.
He added: “I look forward to the day, which could be soon, when Nuclear Weapons and Sanctions can be removed, and then watching North Korea become one of the most successful nations of the World!” | go to source
PGNewser – According to a former Reagan confidante, John Rutledge, a trade deal getting done right now between the US and China is very possible.
CNBC – “What I told the group was that you have to understand that China is not Kansas,” Rutledge said. “Their institution’s different, their politics is different and so forth. But I really think that it’s possible for a trade deal to get done right now. Both sides need it, and the Chinese economy, in particular, is very weak, and they have a credit crisis underway that’s really causing damage to the private firms. So if you’re going to get something done, this is the right time to do it.” | go to source