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55 dead, dozens more missing after ferry sinks in Iraq

At least 55 people are dead after a ferry sank in Iraq's Tigris river, officials tell Al Jazeera . The ferry was carrying more than 80 people celebrating the Kurdish new year when it sank due to a technical problem near Mosul on Thursday, a civil defense official tells The Associated Press . Those dead include 33 women, 12 children, and 10 men, an Iraqi health ministry spokesman added. At least...

Mike Pence is wooing 2016 anti-Trumpers with surf and turf dinners

Republicans estimate President Trump needs $1 billion to win in 2020 — and that he needs some unlikely donors to make that happen. With several Democrats' fundraising totals already leaping into the tens of millions , the GOP knows it needs its wealthy party members who fought Trump in 2016 to change allegiances this time around. And to make that happen, Vice President Mike Pence — the less abr...

Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade slams Trump for 'inexplicably' going after John McCain

President Trump's relentless attacks on the late Senator John McCain aren't earning him much approval over on Fox News. Fox & Friends ' Brian Kilmeade on Thursday expressed bewilderment at Trump "inexplicably" spending several minutes going after McCain during a recent speech, saying he "swamped his own message" by doing so and that this "makes absolutely no sense" because "number one, John McC...

How Pelosi lost her impeachment groove

What happened to the impeachment efforts against President Trump? Did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suddenly get cold feet? Or does she perhaps just have better political antennae than many of those in her caucus? The answer might tell us something about the 2020 election cycle. The idea of impeaching Trump has played a key part in energizing Democratic activist circles. Billionaire cli...

John Hickenlooper wants to know why female 2020 candidates aren't asked if they'd pick a male running mate

2020 Democrat John Hickenlooper was asked on Wednesday whether he would pick a woman as his running mate should he win his party's nomination, a question that has been posed to many candidates in the race. But his answer was certainly unique. The Colorado governor and presidential candidate participated in a CNN town hall on Wednesday, during which Dana Bash asked this question about potentiall...

Cyclone Idai death toll rises as floods continue in southern Africa

The death toll from Cyclone Idai continued to rise in southern Africa on Wednesday, with more than 200 people confirmed dead in Mozambique and at least 100 more victims in neighboring Zimbabwe, The Associated Press reports . Floodwaters were forecast to continue to rise on Thursday, with more torrential rains expected. "Floodwaters are predicted to rise significantly in the coming days and 350,...

NCAA's March Madness kicks off with 'First Four' games

The NCAA men's basketball tournament got started Wednesday night, with the "First Four" games to set the full field of 64 teams when March Madness kicks off in earnest on Thursday. Arizona State beat St. John's, 74-64, bouncing back from a late-season slide. The Sun Devils, a No. 11 seed, move on to face Buffalo, seeded 6 in their bracket, in the round of 64. The North Dakota State Bison beat the North Carolina Central Eagles, 78-74. The Bisons' junior guard Tyson Ward led all scorers with 23...

Trump's frequent and erratic tweeting has apparently defanged his Twitter account

"Two years ago, some of America's largest corporations were tearing up their business plans to accommodate President Trump, fearful that he could send their shareholders and customers fleeing with a tweet," The New York Times notes . "Now they have a new strategy: Ignore him." Right before he took office, for example, Trump hectored Carrier into (at least temporarily) keeping 1,000 jobs in Indi...

The daily business briefing: March 21, 2019

1. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday at the conclusion of a two-day policy meeting that it had decided not to raise interest rates, indicating that it did not anticipate any more hikes in 2019. The Fed said three months ago that it was pausing its policy of slowly and steadily raising rates, citing signs of slowing economic growth. The central bank said in its post-meeting statement that it wo...

Joe Biden might announce Stacey Abrams as his running mate when he launches his 2020 campaign

Former Vice President Joe Biden hasn't even announced a 2020 presidential campaign yet, but he might already have a running mate in mind. Biden's advisers are considering the idea of pledging to pick former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, who lost the close 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election to Brian Kemp, as his running mate upon launching his campaign, Axios reports . CNN had re...

10 things you need to know today: March 21, 2019

1. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced that her country would ban military-style semi-automatic weapons , high-capacity ammunition magazines, and accessories that can be used to convert guns into military-style weapons. The decision came just six days after mass shootings that killed 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. Ardern said the new laws shoul...

Watch Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explain Medicare-for-all, razz Molly Ringwald, and roast Mitch McConnell

"Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was more recognizable to a focus group of Wisconsin swing voters than every Democratic presidential prospect except Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren," Alexi McCammond reports at Axios , citing a focus group last week of 12 voters. The freshman Democrat from New York "has only been in Congress for a few months, yet she's breaking through even in rura...

Billionaire donor cut large checks to RNC days before he was charged with soliciting prostitution at Florida spa

Three days before he was publicly charged with soliciting prostitution at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, billionaire financier John Childs cut two checks worth $50,000 to the Republican National Committee, Politico reports , citing February campaign finance disclosures. The RNC did not respond to Politico's request for comment, and Childs has previously denied soliciting prost...

Debunking the most common defenses of the Electoral College

The sometimes-hot, sometimes-cold argument about the Electoral College is hot again thanks to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the Democratic presidential candidate who seems intent on subduing her rivals with the sheer quantity of her policy proposals. Her latest idea ? Get rid of the Electoral College and instead elect the president of the United States directly, via a national popular vote. ...

Trump's toothless industrial policy

General Motors is shutting down several American plants, cutting thousands of jobs in the process. One of those factories, in Lordstown, Ohio, went dark just a few weeks ago , taking almost 1,000 jobs down with it. And President Trump is not happy. Over the weekend he took to Twitter to blast GM and its CEO, Mary Barra: "Because the economy is so good, General Motors must get their Lordstown, O...
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