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📌 BULLETIN BOARD
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter that the company will introduce the Model Y at its design studio in Los Angeles today. The small crossover vehicle will be about 10 percent larger than the Model 3 and cost about 10 percent more.
🦅 U.S. NEWS
Manafort gets 7 years in prison, then faces fresh NY charges
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to a total of seven and a half years in prison on federal charges Wednesday, then was hit almost immediately with fresh state charges in New York. Why the state charges matter: they couldn’t be erased by a presidential pardon. Beg your pardon? Lawmakers say pardoning Manafort would be a bad idea. – Fox News / AP / NBC
Senate Votes to End U.S. Aid in Saudi Fight in Yemen
The Senate voted on Wednesday 54-46 to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, likely setting up the first veto of President Trump’s presidency. Why it matters: The bill is a rebuke of Trump’s foreign policy amid broader pushback over his defense of Saudi Arabia, whose role in the conflict has been under heightened scrutiny since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The war waged by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has resulted in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with an estimated 80% of the population in need of some sort of aid or protection. – Axios
Pentagon Imposes New Restrictions on Transgender Service Members
The U.S. military imposed a series of new restrictions Wednesday on the ability of transgender people to serve in the armed forces, expanding the scope of ineligibility while stopping short of a ban. Specifics: Beginning April 12, anyone seeking to join the military who has ever been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and sought medical transition treatment is no longer eligible to enlist, the Pentagon said. Anyone who identifies as transgender but who hasn’t received a medical diagnosis and begun transitioning can join, but can only serve in his or her biological sex. – WSJ (subscription)
UK Parliament rejects leaving the EU without a Brexit deal
As expected, the UK Parliament rejected a “no deal” Brexit on Wednesday. Why it matters: the vote solves absolutely nothing when it comes to finding a solution to Brexit. What’s next: today, May plans to bring a vote on extending negotiations past the March 29 deadline. That will be a tough sell in Brussels, which is also worried about a no deal outcome but only wants to give the U.K. an extension if given a clear path forward. – Vox / Axios
10 dead, including 6 kids, in ‘unspeakably brutal’ Brazil shooting; 17 hurt
Two armed men wearing face masks entered a Brazilian elementary school Wednesday and shot and killed at least six children who were on their snack breaks, as well as two school officials, before fatally turning their guns on themselves. Why it matters: School shootings are rare in Brazil, even though the country is one of the world’s most violent, with more annual homicides than any other. Moreover, while gun laws are extremely strict in Brazil, it is not difficult to illegally purchase a weapon. – AOL
Building collapse in Nigerian city leaves schoolchildren trapped
At least eight people were killed when a three-story building housing a school collapsed Wednesday morning in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. Big picture: Building collapses are frequent in Nigeria. At least 100 worshippers were killed in a church after the roof caved in during a Sunday service in 2016. In 2014, more than 70 people died after a two-story guest house in a church collapsed in Lagos. – CNN
US grounds Boeing 737 Max planes, citing links between 2 fatal crashes
The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday grounded all Boeing 737 Max jets in the U.S., citing new evidence that showed similarities between two fatal crashes of the popular planes that have killed 346 people in less than five months. Boeing investors lost $26.6 billion in the first two trading days this week with shares sliding 11 percent from Friday to Tuesday’s close. Why it matters: Lion Air plans to drop a $22 billion order for Boeing 737 Max and switch to rival Airbus. – CNBC / Gulf News
Alaskan musher wins his first Iditarod, crossing finish line in Nome
The 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race ended in a predawn close finish on the snow-covered streets of Nome on Wednesday, with Alaskan Pete Kaiser and his dogs barely holding off defending champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom of Norway. The Grand Scheme of Things: Kaiser, 31, reached the finish line just 12 minutes ahead of second-placed Leifseth Ulsom, 32, in one of the closest finishes in Iditarod history. It was Kaiser’s first Iditarod win. – The Week
Spotify files EU antitrust complaint against Apple
Spotify has filed a complaint with EU antitrust regulators against Apple, saying the iPhone maker unfairly limits rivals to its own Apple Music streaming service specifically by charging a 30 percent fee to content-based service providers to use Apple’s in-app purchase system. Connect the dots: in our first newsletter of the year, we told you Netflix is redirecting users to its website to sign up for new accounts rather than through Apple’s App Store. This “Apple Tax” is exactly why. Situational Awareness: Moreover, this Monday we told you 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren wants to break up Apple, and this is exactly why. Warren believes Apple should not be able to both run the Apple App Store and distribute apps in it. It’s all connected. – Tech Crunch / Tag The Flag
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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1967: JFK’s body moved to a permanent gravesite
On this day in history, the body of President John F. Kennedy is moved to a spot just a few feet away from its original interment site at Arlington National Cemetery. Trivia Flashback: How many times has JFK’s Eternal Flame Been Extinguished?
Despite Instagram being down yesterday, we had an absolutely beautiful tag from Narragansett, Rhode Island…