2020 Week #07

This is your weekly news update for February 9th-15th 2020.  There are 3 headline summaries & 9 notable headlines covered this week.

Summary #1 - Coronavirus Update.  

  • Interactive Graph from The New York Times 
  • Reuters - Japan cruise ship coronavirus cases climb to 175, including quarantine officer. 
  • NYT - Shifting Ground in Coronavirus Fight: U.S. Will Evacuate Americans From Cruise Ship. 
  • The AP - US to fly home Americans stuck on quarantined ship in Japan.
  • Reuters - Mobile World Congress in Barcelona called off over coronavirus fears. 
  • Reuters - Cruise passengers shunned over coronavirus to head home after Cambodia reprieve.  
  • The AP - Cruise stranded by virus fears ends with roses in Cambodia. 
  • Reuters - Vietnam turns away two cruise ships over coronavirus fears. 
  • Reuters - Airlines suspend China flights due to coronavirus outbreak
Summary #2.   Multiple stories involving the US Justice Department.
  • The AP - Feds seek 7 to 9 years in prison for Trump ally Roger Stone. 
  • Reuters - Prosecutors quit as Justice Department seeks shorter sentence for Trump ally. 
  • NYT - Trump Praises Barr for Rejecting Punishment Recommended for Stone. 
  • NYT - Prosecutors Quit Roger Stone Case After Justice Dept. Intervenes on Sentencing. 
  • Reuters - Democrats demand probe of Trump role in Stone case; Republicans unmoved. 
  • The AP - Trial team quits Roger Stone case in dispute over sentence.
  • NYT - Barr Says Attacks From Trump Make Work ‘Impossible’. 
  • Reuters - Barr: Won't be 'bullied' by Trump on Stone case; jurors appalled.
  • NPR - Former FBI Official Andrew McCabe Won't Face Charges. 
  • The New York Times: 
    •    Source1 - Former FBI Official Andrew McCabe Won't Face Charges.
    •    Source2 - William Barr Moves to Take the Reins of Politically Charged Cases. 
    •    Source3 - Barr Installs Outside Prosecutor to Review Case Against Michael Flynn, Ex-Trump Adviser. 
  • The Wall Street Journal:  
    •    Source1 - Justice Department Closes Investigation Into Ex-FBI No. 2 Andrew McCabe. 
    •    Source2 - New Developments Feed Debate on Justice Department Independence. 


Summary #3.   Multiple stories depicting how Syria remains a confusing hotbed of military activity.
  • The AP reports that Rebels shot down a Syrian Government helicopter.
  • Reuters reports that Turkey says it fulfilled responsibilities in the Syria Idlib Region, in line with agreements.
  • The Wall Street Journal reports that Turkish Troop Losses Mount After Clash With Assad Forces.
  • The New York Times reports that Russians Pressure U.S. Forces in Northeast Syria.
  • The AP is reporting that US troops clash with pro-government group in northeast Syria leaving one dead.


Notable headlines of the week were:
  • From Reuters & The New York Times - 2 US Soldiers were killed with 6 more wounded in an insider attack last Saturday in Afghanistan.  There are roughly 14,000 US Troops still stationed in Afghanistan.  
  • From The Wall Street Journal & The New York Times (Source1, Source2) - Trump Proposed a $4.8 Trillion Budget that aims to reduce deficits by $4.6 trillion over a decade by cutting Medicare and Medicaid.  The proposed budget also increases funds for the military, veterans, and the border wall.
  • From The Wall Street Journal - Credit Card Debt in the U.S. Rises to a Record $930 Billion.
  • From Reuters & The New York Times - T-mobile and Sprint win approval to merge from US District Court.
  • From The AP and Reuters - The Senate votes to limit Trump’s use of military force against Iran.
  • From The AP - US Charges 4 members of the Chinese military in Equifax Breach. 
  • From Reuters - U.S. accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets and assisting Iran.
  • From The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, & The New York Times - Judge grants Amazon motion to stop work on the Pentagon's $10 Billion cloud-computing contract, called Jedi.
  • And from The New York Times - Radio Sputnik, a propaganda arm of the Russian government, began broadcasting on three Kansas City-area radio stations during prime drive time.
This has been your weekly news update for February 9th-15th, 2020.  Links to all the sources for each news summary are in the show notes & at our website, www.wnu.news Please subscribe, share this podcast with your friends, & review us on iTunes & Google.  Thank you for listening.

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