AG Fired by Trump Will Now Testify on Russia

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 8 regarding Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Yates was initially scheduled to testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee, but then-Chairman Devin Nunes canceled that hearing last month—before his own ethics scandal forced him to step aside from the Russia probe. The White House reportedly sought to block Yates from testifying in order to prevent embarrassing information from being released about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, but White House press secretary Sean Spicer denied that suggestion.

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1. RAMPING UP
Yates to Testify on Russia Meddling
Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 8 regarding Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Yates was initially scheduled to testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee, but then-Chairman Devin Nunes canceled that hearing last month—before his own ethics scandal forced him to step aside from the Russia probe. The White House reportedly sought to block Yates from testifying in order to prevent embarrassing information from being released about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, but White House press secretary Sean Spicer denied that suggestion.
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2. TRADE WAR
WH: 20% Tariff on Canadian Lumber
The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to impose a 20 percent tariff on softwood lumber arriving from Canada, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said. The tariff will be applied retroactively, Ross told The Wall Street Journal in an interview, and will affect some $5 billion in Canadian imports per year. “We tried to negotiate a settlement, but we were unable," Ross said of conversations with Canadian officials. The Canadian government responded swiftly to the news, calling the reasons for the tariff “baseless and unfounded" and saying it “disagrees strongly" with the decision. Two more rounds of approvals are needed before full implementation—one from the Commerce Department and another from the U.S. International Trade Commission. Trump employed protectionist rhetoric on the campaign trail, and at the beginning of his presidency he pulled the U.S. out of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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3. MARLINS!
Report: Jeb & Jeter Win Marlins Auction
A bidding group led by former Florida governor and Donald Trump punching bag Jeb Bush and former New York Yankees superstar Derek Jeter has reportedly won the auction to buy the Miami Marlins, according to a Bloomberg source on the matter. The team is currently owned by art dealer Jeffrey Loria, who purchased the club in 2002 for $158 million. Because a sale contract has not officially been signed, Bloomberg’s source was unable to provide details on how much the group paid for the team.
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Why It’s Baseball’s Golden Age
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4. BLAME GAME
Faye Dunaway Breaks Silence on Oscars
Speaking out for the first time since she inadvertently announced the wrong Best Picture winner at this year’s Academy Awards, actress Faye Dunaway told the Today show that she feels “very guilty" about what happened. “It’s a moment I still have not recovered from," Dunaway told Lester Holt. “What happened that night was Warren [Beatty] opened the envelope, took the card out and didn’t speak," she said, regretfully adding the fact that she took the card out of his hand and read the name of the film La La Land, instead of Moonlight, which was the actual winner. “I thought, I could have done something, surely. Why didn’t I see Emma Stone’s name on the top of the card?" she asked herself. “But something about that moment in front of the entire world and all those lights and all our history I think just combined to make us both not able to perform what normally one would perform. Normally, we would say, ‘This is the wrong card.’ But it didn’t happen that way." Dunaway said she and Beatty are not yet at the point where they can laugh about the mistake.
 
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5. AFTER THE JEDI
Star Wars: Episode IX Gets Release Date
The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm on Tuesday announced the official release dates for two of their most anticipated sequel films. Star Wars: Episode IX is set for release on May 24, 2019. The as-yet-untitled project will be directed by Colin Trevorrow and will be the third and final installment in the franchise’s third trilogy. Additionally, the companies announced that a fifth Indiana Jones film will be released on July 10, 2020—with director Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford both returning yet again.
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6. END OF AN ERA
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Announces Retirement
Longtime NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced his retirement on Tuesday. The announcement came from his team, Hendrick Motorsports, for which Earnhardt has driven since 2008. Earnhardt, 42, has won 26 races in his career, including two Daytona 500 wins in 2004 and 2014. For 14 consecutive seasons, he has won the Most Popular Driver Award. His father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., was killed in a 2001 crash at the Daytona 500. Other high-profile drivers who left NASCAR recently include Jeff GOrdon, Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards.
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7. KEEP TRYING
Breitbart Denied Capitol Credentials
On Tuesday morning, the Capitol Hill standing committee, the group that decides whether or not to grant news organizations permanent press credentials, again denied Breitbart News’s application. Shortly after 10 a.m., the committee voted in favor of “tabling the application and discontinuing temporary credentials without any extension" for Breitbart. The pro-Trump, right-wing outlet has been using temporary credentials for the past couple of years and the current passes expire at the end of May. One member of the committee said “let them go away and take some time" to work out their issues then come back to reapply. The committee stressed it was not “singling out" the conservative website. Breitbart, formerly run by Steve Bannon, President Trump’s chief strategist, was last denied permanent credentials by the committee a month ago. A request for comment from Matt Boyle, Breitbart’s political editor, was not immediately returned. The previous time the site was denied credentials, committee members cited the unresolved masthead and potential conflicts.—Asawin Suebsaeng
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8. SHOCK
‘Bachelor’ Star Chris Soules Arrested
Chris Soules, a reality-TV star who appeared on two seasons of ABC’s The Bachelor and one season of Dancing With the Stars, was arrested overnight after he allegedly left the scene of a deadly car crash in Buchanan County, Iowa, on Monday night. Police identified the man who died as a 66-year-old named Kenneth Mosher. The county sheriff’s office has not yet provided details on the crash, but the Iowa State Patrol reports Mosher was killed after a pickup truck rear-ended a tractor, which was plunged into a ditch on the side of the road. TMZ reports that Soules received medical attention. The incident occurred near Aurora, Iowa, north of Cedar Rapids. Soules, 35, came in third during the 10th season of The Bachelor, and then was the featured businessman/farmer Bachelor for the 19th season, which aired in 2015.
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9. CLEVELAND
Video: Cops Changed Story on Tamir Rice
Right after two Cleveland police officers fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice, they sat down for video interviews, which have just now—two and a half years later—been released to the public. The stories of the shooting told by Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback on the never-before-seen video vary in some ways from their written statements that were presented to a grand jury, which declined to indict the officers. Tamir Rice was killed on Nov. 22, 2014, outside the Cudell Recreation Center. Garmback and Loehmann willingly agreed to be interviewed on camera by internal-affairs officers and homicide detectives. In doing so, they invoked what are called Garrity rights, meaning they are protected from incriminating themselves in the statements to their employer, cleveland.com reports. Loehmann says in the video that he opened his car door when the cruiser was still about 30 yards away from Rice and that he presented his weapon and yelled “Put your hands in the air! Let me see your weapon! Freeze!" But in his written statement to the grand jury, he said he didn’t begin acting until the car had rolled to a stop. “The threat just became incredible," Loehmann said in the video. “I had to make the decision fast because Frank and I were in immediate danger. If the subject did pull out the gun and point it towards us, I would have been shot and possibly my partner… We were basically sitting ducks."
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10. NO THANKS
Reports: Ivanka Booed in Germany
Ivanka Trump was booed and hissed on stage Tuesday in Germany, according to reporters who were at the W20—a Group of 20 conference focused on international women’s issues. Ivanka Trump called her father, the 45th president of the United States, a “tremendous champion" of families, reportedly leading to the hostile audience reaction. President Trump tweeted around the same time noting that he is “proud" of his daughter for speaking at the conference and “for her leadership on these important issues."  
 
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