Today's a day to celebrate
The work of someone gone but great.
Come on now, don't be obtuse,
Let's all give thanks to Dr. Seuss.
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1. White House
Things are-just plain crazy, even for this White House. Topping the list is President Trump's announcement of-tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that might kick in as early as next week. The rollout on this was wacky:-White House aides charged with crafting the rules were caught off guard and haven't written the policy yet. Then-came the pushback: lawmakers blasted the idea, the stock market plummeted-and-our allies fumed. Fears of a trade war -- which could result in more expensive cars and beer cans----are high.
Oh, but wait,-there's more:
-- The FBI counterintelligence unit is investigating Ivanka Trump's international business deals;
-- The gun debate may already be over, since Congress left town without voting on anything and the President's-already made up with the NRA;
-- And National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster may be gone by month's end.
It's hard to keep up with all the drama. This handy little diagram might help:
Russian President Vladimir Putin boasts of new "invincible" missiles that he says neither the US nor NATO can stop, but US officials aren't impressed. Putin said Russia has new drones and nuclear weapons systems with unlimited range that could render NATO defenses "useless" and deliver a warhead at hypersonic speed. He even showed video clips of an imagined attack on Florida. US officials called the video and Putin's claims "cheesy," stressing that US defense capabilities are "second to none."
Worried that the super-hot US economy is getting too hot? Relax, says the chairman of the Federal Reserve. Jerome Powell told the Senate Banking Committee he doesn't think the economy is overheating because despite the tight job market,-wages still aren't rising that much.-That can trigger inflation, which policymakers combat by raising interest rates.-Powell said the Fed's prepped three rate hikes for this year to help keep inflation in check.
4. Tennessee school bus crash
A bus driver was found guilty on charges related to a 2016-crash that killed six children in Chattanooga. Johnthony Walker was convicted of negligent homicide, reckless aggravated assault and reckless driving. Prosecutors argued Walker was speeding and on his phone when the bus ran off the road, flipped over and hit a tree. Walker ---who denied being on his phone and said he couldn't remember how fast he was driving ---testified he'd swerved to avoid a white vehicle that veered into his lane. He'll be sentenced next month.
Oh, the weather outside is frightful ---if you live on the coasts or in the UK. A wicked nor'easter, which may morph into one of those dreaded "bomb cyclones," is racing up the East Coast, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and the risk of excessive flooding. On the West Coast, tens of thousands of Californians are evacuating-as a storm pummels-the state with rain, raising the possibility of flash flooding and mudslides. One place under the evac order is Montecito, where 21 people were killed in January in massive mudslides. Finally, Arctic cold and a big storm combined forces to make a mess of travel in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe.
CHECK THE MAIL!
Get your invite yet? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are inviting-more than 2,600 members of the public to Windsor Castle to share their wedding day.
Race against time
(Not) coming home to roost
First, they ran out of chicken. Now, dozens of KFCs in the UK are closed because lettuce and gravy are in short supply.
But ... why?
Some lawmakers in Utah wrote a rap song. "Schoolhouse Rock!" it is not.
People in Michigan-are enjoying a phenomenon usually only seen in glaciers: blue ice, which gets its-otherworldly glow because it doesn't have bubbles.
A little something different this week: Let's see if you have what it takes to make an Oscar-winning movie. To boost your chances of winning the big prize, where should your movie take place?
A. New York City
B. Los Angeles
C. United Kingdom
D. The American South
Take our special Oscars quiz (the awards are this Sunday) to see if you're Academy Awards-ready.
The value of the planned IPO for Spotify
"Give me a call and see what's up."
Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey, who says the Browns, who went 0-16 last season, are open to trading away the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL draft. The only bright spot to going winless is getting the No. 1 pick, so this makes no sense to anybody.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream
This parrot asking for ice cream is pretty much all of us at the end of this crazy week. (Click to view.)
- 5 things for March 2: White House, Russia, economy, bus crash, 'bomb cyclone'
- 5 things for March 7: White House, immigration, North Korea, UK & Russia, nor'easter
- Well, it's been a bomb cyclone of a presidency
- From earthquake to bomb cyclone, interruptions can be sacred
- Brutal cold sends shivers through Northeast after 'bomb cyclone'
- The stunning stats on the East Coast bomb cyclone
- Another nor'easter threatens just days after the deadly 'bomb cyclone'
- White House blasts Russia for NotPetya cyberattack
- Kushner, Russia bombshells rock the White House
- 5 things for February 14: White House, Israel, Russia, South Africa, Iraq & ISIS