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🦅 U.S. NEWS
Pelosi’s comments on impeachment spark agreement, dissent, and further speculation
In an interview with The Washington Post, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that President Trump was “not worth” impeachment proceedings. While some were let down by her comments, others argued that there was no point to impeachment because of a Republican-controlled Senate. Elsewhere in Washington, the White House released a $4.7 trillion budget that proposed sharply reducing spending on safety-net programs, while boosting defense and border-protection funding. Lastly, The Democratic Party has selected Milwaukee to hold its 2020 national convention, choosing to nominate its challenger to President Trump in the key battleground state of Wisconsin. – The Washington Post / Fox News / Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
Authorities make largest cocaine seizure at N.Y.-area port in 25 years
Authorities have seized the biggest shipment of cocaine recovered at the ports of New York and New Jersey in almost 25 years. They found 60 packages containing 3,200 pounds of a white powdery substance that proved to be cocaine which has an estimated street value of $77 million. Context: it’s the biggest cocaine bust at the ports since 1994 and the container was recovered from a ship that originated in South America. – NBC News
Podcast: Thousands Of African-Americans Are Leaving Chicago Each Year. Why?
Thousands of black residents are moving away from Chicago every year in what some have called a “reverse Great Migration.” Timing: The mass exodus comes as Chicago is set to have a black woman as its mayor for the first time in history. Chicago’s black population is on track to shrink to 665,000 by 2030 — down from a peak of about 1.2 million. Those on the way out say the rising cost of living, taxes, the cold, and violent crime are big factors. Keep listening. – WBUR
The Next Three Days Could Determine What Happens With Brexit. Or Not.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s office says Parliament will hold another “meaningful” vote on her Brexit deal today. May has been trying to renegotiate the Irish backstop, which Brexiteers are worried could keep the U.K. in the EU indefinitely. If May’s deal is rejected again, Parliament will vote on Wednesday on whether to proceed with a “no-deal” Brexit on March 29. If no-deal is defeated, then a vote will be held Thursday on whether to ask the EU for an extension of Article 50, the mechanism under which Britain is withdrawing from the EU. It seems absurd to think that Parliament would reject May’s deal, reject no-deal, then reject an extension, given that there’s no time left to try anything else. But this is Brexit. There’s no reason to think that absurdity won’t happen. – Slate
U.S. Tells Germany to Drop Huawei or See Intelligence Sharing Pared Back
The Trump administration has told the German government it would limit the intelligence it shares with German security agencies if Berlin allows Huawei to build Germany’s next-generation mobile-internet infrastructure. Why it matters: this marks the first known time the U.S. has explicitly warned an ally that refusing to ostracize Huawei could lessen security cooperation with Washington. Among other things, European security agencies have relied heavily on U.S. intelligence in the fight against terrorism. – WSJ (subscription)
Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika drops bid for fifth term
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has postponed the 18 April presidential elections and said he will not seek a fifth term in office. Big picture: President Bouteflika’s candidacy had provoked mass protests across Algeria over the past few weeks and they seemed to have worked. Pressure also mounted on Mr. Bouteflika to withdraw when more than 1,000 judges said on Monday they would refuse to oversee the planned general election were he a candidate. – BBC
New details emerge about Google payouts to execs accused of harassment
Google paid former search executive Amit Singhal $35 million in an exit package when he was reportedly forced to resign after a sexual assault investigation, according to court documents released Monday. Why it matters: The lawsuit targets the board of Google parent Alphabet, charging that its members had a duty to protect the company and its shareholders from risk and reputation damage. Instead, it says, the board agreed to pay off and otherwise support male executives facing misconduct charges — opening the company to reputational and financial damage by doing so. – CBS News
FIFA study backs 48-team World Cup in 2022
A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar’s neighbors as an additional host, and found there is a low legal risk to changing the format and an additional $400 million in revenue could be generated. Big picture: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates could be used but Qatar would have to approve who it partners with. Here’s where it gets tricky: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE severed economic, diplomatic and travel ties with Qatar in 2017, which prevents flights between the countries. So you know: The FIFA Congress has already agreed to expand to a 48-team tournament from the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. – AP
Apple confirms March 25th event, expected to announce a new TV service
Apple has officially confirmed that it will hold an event on March 25thwhere it’s is expected to announce its long-rumored TV streaming and Apple News subscription services. The Apple News service will reportedly look to offer a Netflix-style bundle for magazines and subscription newspapers all in one convenient place. An early reportfrom The Wall Street Journal indicated that Apple was having trouble with negotiations, reportedly demanding a staggering 50 percent of revenue from the service. – WSJ / The Verge
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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1933: FDR broadcasts first ‘fireside chat’ during the Great Depression
On this day in 1933, eight days after his inauguration, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gives his first national radio address or “fireside chat,” broadcast directly from the White House. At the time, the U.S. was at the lowest point of the Great Depression, with between 25 and 33 percent of the workforce unemployed.
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