5.21.2019

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Tech Companies Flee Huawei.
Intel, Qualcomm, and other major US computer chip manufacturers will stop supplying Chinese telecom giant Huawei with hardware, according to reports yesterday. The news comes one day after Google announced it would suspend a number of services from Huawei-made smartphones and follows an executive order signed by President Trump last week that barred US companies from doing business with foreign firms deemed a national security risk. The company was added to the US export control list that would require US companies doing business with it to obtain a government license - though the White House granted a temporary reprieve for some suppliers late yesterday. Huawei is one of the world's largest telecom companies - the company sold 200 million phones in 2018, and hosts one-third of the world's population on its wireless networks - but it has been dogged by accusations of corporate spying (paywall) and that its networks facilitate Chinese government espionage. The heads of the FBI, CIA, and NSA warned US consumers to avoid Huawei products in a joint statement last year. 

Tech stocks took a dive on the news, dragging down the rest of the market (S&P 500 -0.7%, Dow -0.3%, Nasdaq -1.5%).
Tornadoes Hit Texas, Oklahoma.
Nearly four million people from Texas to Missouri are bracing for flash floods and the threats of tornadoes as severe storms roll through the region. The monster system, which entered southern Texas yesterday afternoon and prompted a rare "high risk" warning from the National Weather Service, caused at least 14 reported tornadoes overnight and wind gusts over 70 miles per hour. The storms come on the heels of a weekend system that caused 52 reported tornadoes across seven states. The severe weather, which has luckily caused no reported fatalities yet, came six years to the day that an EF-5 tornado swept through the city of Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 and injuring 200 - including 7 children when the twister sliced through an elementary school. 

Check out this video of twin tornadoes that touched down near Crescent, Oklahoma. 
McGahn to Skip House Hearing. 
Former White House lawyer Don McGahn will not testify before the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow, after President Trump urged his ex-counsel to defy a congressional subpoena. The move is likely to spur legal challenges over how far Congress' power to subpoena information and witnesses from the executive branch extends. The news comes as the Committee carries out its own investigation into what it views as potential obstruction of justice by the administration as it sought to narrow the scope of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election interference. McGahn has emerged as one of the key witnesses in Mueller's report, for which McGahn has reportedly drawn the President's ire. Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D, NY-10) has previously threatened to fine officials up to $25,000 per day for refusing to testify. 

Separately, a federal judge rejected a White House request to block a congressional subpoena seeking financial records from Trump's accounting firm. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
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Science & Technology.
> China to roll out regulations guiding gene-editing in humans, following rogue scientist He Jiankui's experiments that led to the birth of two genetically modified children (More)
> Google's AI-powered lung cancer detection algorithm outperforms 6 human radiologists in reviewing CT scans; tool increased positive diagnoses by 5%, reduced false positive diagnoses by 11% (More)
> Engineers mimic spider hair follicles, which act as tiny mechanical sensors, to help autonomous machines better sense their environment in real-time (More)
Business & Markets.
> Ford to cut 7k salaried employees, 10% of its white-collar workforce (More) | Tesla shares fall intraday to $195 - lowest level since December 2016 - as analyst downgrades stock (More)
> T-Mobile’s $26B billion acquisition of fellow communications firm Sprint wins majority support of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (More)
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Politics & World Affairs.
> Senate reportedly strikes deal on Puerto Rico aid; nearly $1B in assistance brings stalled disaster relief package one step closer to passage (More)
> Indonesian President Joko Widodo rebuffs challenge from hard-line nationalist former army general, wins reelection for second term (More)
> Iran reportedly quadruples low-level enrichment of uranium as tensions with US rise; enrichment said to be at 3.67% purity, similar to common nuclear power reactors but far below the 85-90% enrichment needed for nuclear weapons (More)
In Depth.
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Inside Google's Civil War.
Fortune | Beth Kowitt. Google, one of the most recognizable corporate faces in Silicon Valley, has long cultivated a culture that encourages its employees to push boundaries and question norms. Now, with over 100,000 employees between it and its parent company, Alphabet, that culture is the driving force behind a workplace uprising. (Read)
Unlimited Power.
BuzzFeed | Jane Bradley, Katie Baker. Tony Robbins is one of the world's most well-known self-help gurus. But this year-long investigation reveals a dark side of his multi-billion dollar empire, one filled with abuse, intimidation, and sexual harassment. (Read)
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Historybook: HBD American Red Cross (1881); Amelia Earhart is 1st woman to fly solo across the Atlantic (1932); RIP social worker Jane Addams (1935); HBD actor Mr. T (1952); Rapper Notorious B.I.G. born (1972).
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