Good evening. Here’s today’s briefing.
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in the midst of an uphill reelection campaign, has promised to annex West Bank settlements if reelected. Current polls show him tied with his opponent, a former general, although many see him in a better position to form a coalition government.
- White House Chief of Staff and former Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has pledged that Democrats will never access President Donald Trump‘s tax returns.
- A shooting in southern Dallas has resulted in two people wounded.
- Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) has responded to President Trump’s recent nickname for her, “young bartender”, calling it a compliment.
- A fire has quickly made its way through Paris, but firefighters say there appear to be no injuries or fatalities.
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May (a member of the right-wing Conservative Party) has been caught by her Conservative colleagues working with the left-wing Labour Party, which weakened her already frail government. Secretary of Business Rebecca Long-Bailey issued a stern reprimand and May’s actions also caused “vengeful bipartisanship”, meaning both major political parties are working together to torpedo her Brexit plan.
- Prince William of the United Kingdom privately inspected Britain’s intelligence agencies, among the MI5, MI6, and GCHQ.
- Federal agents charged 24 people, including doctors, accused of peddling unneeded orthopedic braces to the elderly.
- Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives cancelled a crucial budget vote amid a legislative revolt from more left-wing Democrats who are demanding more domestic spending.
- New York City (under the leadership of Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio) has declared a public health emergency amid measles outbreaks. A policy of mandatory vaccinations has been instituted.
- Virginia has won the men’s NCAA March Madness college basketball tournament, beating Texas Tech 85-77 in the final.
- Representative Eric Swalwell (D-California), a native Iowan, has joined the oh-so-crowded field of Democratic candidates for the presidency.
- A deal between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation that would have allowed the MLB to sign Cuban players was struck down and declared illegal by the Trump administration.
- Secret Service Director Randolph Alles will be stepping down from his post in the Trump administration.
- Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who replaced former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security when he left to work at the White House, will now also resign.
- The Trump administration has declared Iran’s special operation’s unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a terrorist organization. Most experts agree that while the IRGC has been participating in terrorism, the declaration will only strain an already tense relationship between the US and Iran.
This day is over. This briefing will no longer be updated.