3.4.2019

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Border Emergency Standoff.
Congress is set to reject President Trump's recent declaration of a national emergency at the US-Mexico border after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) signaled he would likely support a resolution blocking the White House move over the weekend. Paul becomes the fourth GOP senator, joining Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Susan Collins (R-ME), in supporting the House-passed resolution (read the very short bill here). The emergency declaration allowed the White House to access $6.7B from other pots of money across the government without congressional approval, which irked many Republicans in the Senate. With Democrats holding a 47-seat minority, Paul would push support for the bill to a 51-vote majority, sending it to the White House. The president is expected to veto the bill, and Democrats will likely try to muster the two-thirds majority needed to overcome a veto - an unlikely scenario. 

Separately, Trump is expected to sign an executive order instructing college campuses that receive federal funds to uphold free speech
Leaving Neverland.
Part 1 of HBO's bombshell documentary on sexual abuse claims against Michael Jackson, Leaving Neverland, aired last night, reigniting conversations about the pop star's relationship with children. The two-part series examines the relationship between Jackson and two men, Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck, who allege they were abused by Jackson as children after long periods where Jackson made them and their families feel comfortable. The documentary contained a number of explosive allegations, including that Jackson bought Safechuck a wedding ring to symbolize their relationship (see biggest revelations). Jackson's estate filed a $100M lawsuit in advance of the premiere, claiming HBO violated an agreement never to disparage Jackson's public image when it gained the rights to broadcast Jackson's Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour in 1992. 

Watch the documentary's trailer here
US Ends Military Drills with South Korea.
US officials are preparing to announce the end of large-scale joint military exercises with South Korea, according to reports. The annual drills, known as Foal Eagle (see background), span two months every spring and have traditionally included over 10,000 US troops joining over 200,000 South Korean forces, and have been intended to deter North Korean aggression while maintaining troop readiness. The decision is meant to decrease tensions with North Korea, and comes on the heels of an abruptly-ended second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Officials say they will maintain troop readiness on the peninsula using smaller, more frequent drills. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> 2019 Iditarod sled dog race begins; 52 teams will compete for $50K prize in 1000-mile race which will last 9 days (More)
> Aretha Franklin and Count Basie headline 40th class of inductees into the Blues Hall of Fame (More)
> Janice Freeman, The Voice contestant and fan-favorite, dies at 33 (More)
Science & Technology.
> Scientists give mice infrared night vision by injecting nanoparticles into their eyes; particles absorb infrared and emit visible light picked up by the retina, and dissipate after 10 weeks (More)
> Unmanned SpaceX capsule successfully docks with the International Space Station; is a key step towards resuming crewed space missions using US-built craft, which stopped in 2011 (More)
> Sleeping in on the weekends unable to reverse harmful metabolic effects of getting less than 5 hours of sleep per weekday (More)
Business & Markets.
> Rideshare giant Lyft formally files for IPO - 2018 financials: $8.1B bookings, $2.2B revenues, $911M loss, 31 million riders (More)
> Canada to begin proceedings to extradite Huawei CFO to the US (More)
> Online retail giant Amazon plans to launch its own grocery chain across US; move comes a year and a half after company bought high-end grocery chain Whole Foods (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D) becomes first governor to enter the 2020 presidential race (More)
> 8 killed as India and Pakistan trade fire in Kashmir region; violence comes one day after Pakistan returns downed Indian pilot (More)
> At least 22 dead in Alabama as tornadoes rip through Deep South during weekend storms (More)
Etcetera.
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Historybook: Antonio Vivaldi, violinist and composer, is born (1678); Jeannette Rankin becomes first female member of US House of Representatives (1917); Frances Perkins becomes Secretary of Labor, first female member of US Cabinet (1933); RIP John Candy (1994).
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