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Inside Daily Brief (Aug 19th, 2019)

1. The Trump administration said Monday it will postpone the penalty against Huawei Technologies for an additional 90 days. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Fox Business, "Some of the rural companies are dependent on Huawei. So we’re giving them a little more time to wean themselves off." Citing security concerns, the administration placed Huawei on its "entity list" in May,  making it difficult for the Chinese tech firm to do business with American companies. --WAPO

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2. Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani on Monday said the country would "eliminate" any safe havens for the Islamic State following a Saturday bombing in Kabul that killed 63 people. The bombing, which took place in a wedding hall, also wounded 200 people. Ghani also had harsh words for the Taliban, who he said "have created the platform for terrorists," with their tactics of attacking public places. Ghani's remarks came amid explosions in Jalalabad on Monday. --AP

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3. An Ohio man has been arrested for posting videos on social media that authorities say show him threatening a local Jewish center. James Patrick Reardon, 20, identifies himself as a white nationalist in the video, which shows him shooting a gun with sounds of screaming in the background. Local television station WYTV reported that authorities found semi-automatic weapons, bulletproof armor and ammunition along with white nationalist materials in Reardon's house in Youngstown. He is scheduled to be arraigned today. --NYTIMES

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4. Despite Twitter being blocked in China, the country’s largest state-run news agency has been buying promoted tweets to show Hong Kong protesters as violent. The tweets by China Xinhua News, the Chinese Communist Party’s official source, were promoted through bookmarking service Pinboard. Demonstrations began in March, and escalated in June, against an extradition bill that since has been suspended and have expanded their cause to include a number of other demands, including asking for Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam to resign. Protests earlier this month shut down the Hong Kong airport. As Vox notes, protests show no sign of slowing down. – TECHCRUNCH

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5. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, the first female governor of Louisiana, died Sunday. She was 76. Blanco was elected in 2004 and was in office when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. She was widely criticized for the state's disorganized response to the storm. Blanco, a Democrat, was first elected to public office in 1984. She did not run for re-election in Louisiana when her term ended in 2008. –BBC

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6. Police in Texas are looking for a woman they say is a serial wedding gift thief. Dubbed “The Wedding Crasher,” the unidentified woman is accused of entering wedding reception venues, posing as a guest and stealing gifts and cash meant for the bride and groom. Police have not publicly indicated how many weddings she allegedly has stolen from or the value of the gifts taken.  Surveillance video at some of the venues captured the woman’s image. Comal County Crime Stoppers first posted a public plea, but said the woman allegedly has visited weddings in nearby counties in Central Texas. Police are offering up to a $4,000 reward for information. – NBC NEWS

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7. The new Seth Rogen comedy "Good Boys" topped the U.S. box office over the weekend, bringing in $21 million. That's the second-largest opening weekend this year for a comedy film ("Madea's Family Funeral" brought in $27.1 million). The "Fast & Furious" spinoff "Hobbs & Shaw," came in second over the weekend with $14.1 million, with "The Lion King" coming third at $11.9 million. The Disney remake has earned a total of $1.4 billion worldwide since its release. HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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8. Tiger Woods failed to qualify for the PGA Tour Championship on Sunday after shooting a 72 Sunday in the final round of the BMW Championship in Illinois. Despite finishing 37th in the season standings, Woods remained happy with his season for one reason. "Very special to won my 15th major and get my fifth jacket,'' Woods said. "Those are special moments, and to be able to have an opportunity like that ... and the rest of the tournaments I didn't really play as well as I wanted to, but at the end of the day, I'm the one with the green jacket.'' –ESPN

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9. Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock voiced his frustration with wide receiver Antonio Brown after the star receiver missed practice again. Brown remains upset that he cannot wear the helmet he has worn throughout his career. The helmet model is no longer approved for use in the NFL. Brown has also missed practices after injuring his feet in a cryotherapy machine. “From our perspective, it's time for him to be all-in or all-out, OK? So, we're hoping he's back soon,” Mayock said. -ESPN

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10. George RR Martin is apparently relieved that the "Game of Thrones" television show has ended, because it takes some of the pressure off him to complete the books in the series. "There were a couple of years where, if I could have finished the book, I could have stayed ahead of the show for another couple of years, and the stress was enormous," he said in an interview with The Guardian. "I don’t think it was very good for me, because the very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down." Martin told 60 Minutes earlier that the show's ending [spoiler alert], with Bran taking the Iron Throne and Jon Snow killing Daenerys Targaryen, would not necessarily influence how he concludes the books. --GUARDIAN

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