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1 in 4,700,000,000

One in nearly 5 billion - this is the chance of giving birth to sextuplets (6 babies). A Texas woman delivered two sets of twin boys and one set of twin girls on March 15th at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, where reportedly more babies are delivered than any other hospital in the state.
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The babies, weighing just under two lbs to nearly three lbs, remain in the neonatal intensive care unit in stable condition. How rare are sextuplets? According to the most recent data, only 31 babies were born in the US in 2017 in sets of quintuplets or higher.

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“We will do whatever we must do to defend our people and defend our state.”

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking in Washington D.C. before cutting his trip short to return to Israel. Rocket fire between Israel and Hamas-controlled Gaza threatens to turn into a major conflict; the last war fought between the two happened in 2014. The U.S. gov't has designated Hamas a terrorist group.
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“I miss the feeling of being at the newsstand.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook announcing "AppleNews+" - a subscription service that will allow users to pay $9.99 a month for access to more than 300 different magazines & newspapers. To compete with Amazon & Netflix original content, Apple also announced a new video streaming service, Apple TV+, with the help of Oprah, Jennifer Aniston & Reese Witherspoon.
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“When lawyers use their law licenses as weapons…they are no longer acting as attorneys.”

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman on the arrest of lawyer Michael Avenatti for allegedly trying to extort millions from Nike. Avenatti, most well-known as representing porn star Stormy Daniels against Pres. Trump, said yesterday prior to his arrest that he will hold a press conference Tuesday revealing a "major" scandal perpetrated by Nike.
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“Anybody who thinks this is dead, they’re wrong.”

New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney regarding a cancelled vote on a bill that would have legalized marijuana in the Garden State. Democrats did not have the votes needed to pass the bill but promise to try again in short order. 10 states & Washington DC have legalized limited amounts of recreational marijuana for adult consumption.
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“I’m very proud to be part of a sport where there is no gender pay gap.”

Skier Mikaela Shiffrin who outearns her male counterparts, a rarity in sports where male athletes often earn more than women. Considered one of the best skiers in the world, Shriffin skies every event (6 different races), something that no man currently does.
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On This Day

March 25, 1911

TRAGIC TURNING POINT

 

 

How one disaster in New York City changed labor laws for the nation.

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It was a day that was bursting with life–a day full of the first breaths of spring and fate ruled that on this day, 146 young lives should be snuffed out in a terrible manner; they were destroyed by the horrible Triangle fire.”

Mary Domsky-Abrams was a blouse operator on the 9th floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City. She survived a devastating fire that killed 146 workers, many immigrants leaping to their death.
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WHY IT MATTERS

  • The horrifying fire became a national story, symbolizing the plight of immigrant workers.
  • Only 18 months earlier, unsafe working conditions in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory helped inspire the first widespread strike of women workers in U.S. history.
  • Fire propelled better reforms both for American workers & fire codes.
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The site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire is a National Historic Landmark. The National Park Service says the fire was "one of the worst industrial disasters in American history."

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Let The Light Shine In

The U.S. Attorney General shares key pieces of the confidential Special Counsel report. He says:
No Collusion. No Obstruction.

However, there’s a catch.

What we know & what’s ahead.

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NO COLLUSION

“The Investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with members of the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

Excerpt from the confidential Special Counsel investigation report. The investigation *did* find Russia used hacking & disinformation campaigns to try to influence the 2016 election.
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NO OBSTRUCTION

“while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Excerpt from the Special Counsel report. AG Barr says the Special Counsel “sets out evidence” for both sides of the argument and doesn’t draw a single conclusion. The AG says his team determined no obstruction of justice charges.
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Why It Matters

  • The Dept. of Justice says there wasn’t enough evidence to suggest the President directly tried to impact the investigation (obstruction of justice).
  • While the Special Counsel didn’t make a recommendation & DOJ says no obstruction, Congress may feel differently. Congress has the power to investigate & impeach a President.
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Context: Pres. Bill Clinton was impeached for obstruction of justice. The House, which has oversight & investigative authority, voted to impeach him for obstruction & lying under oath. The Senate, which has the power to remove a President from office, voted against it.

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“…the liberation of the territory once held by ISIS in Iraq and Syria is 100 percent complete…”

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan announcing the elimination of ISIS territory in Syria & Iraq. Shanahan calls this accomplishment “a critical milestone” but also says “work is far from complete” against the terror group.
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“This was an illegal takedown that failed.”

President Trump's first in-person public comments to the press since the Special Counsel investigation concluded. The President says the Justice Department's account of the report is a “complete and total exoneration” of him; Democrats disagree.
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“There’s a difference between compelling evidence of collusion and whether the special counsel concludes that he can prove beyond a reasonable doubt the criminal charge of conspiracy,”

Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff (D-CA) who says while he trusts Special Counsel Bob Mueller's judgment, he still wants the Special Counsel's full report released to the public.
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“It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today.”

New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski announcing his retirement Sunday. The Super Bowl champ, known for his humor & athleticism, leaves the league as one of the best tight ends in NFL history.
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“This is going to be a nail-biter for sure.”

New Jersey CannaBusiness Association President Scott Rudder speaking about a proposed law in New Jersey that would legalize a certain amount of marijuana for limited use & sale, making it eligible for taxation. It would also dismiss charges or pending convictions against those who possessed less than 5 pounds of marijuana. If this bill passes, New Jersey would become the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana.
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“There’s nothing scary about horror for Hollywood.”

Paul Dergarabedian, Comscore Senior Media Analyst, reacting to news the horror movie "Us" blew past sales expectations as one of the biggest opening movies of 2019. The town of Santa Cruz, California, where the movie is set, may not feel quite as charmed. The San Francisco Chronicle reports some would-be visitors are avoiding the popular vacation spot after seeing the scary movie.
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HONOR THE FALLEN

 

 

 

Two Army soldiers, both husbands & fathers, killed in action in Afghanistan.

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What We Know

  • Both soldiers killed Friday, March 22 in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan.
  • While the U.S. military did not release details, NATO says American & Afghan forces engaged the Taliban Friday & Saturday near the city of Kunduz for “30 hours” – the Taliban reportedly used civilians to hide.
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“He wrote about 30 love letters and hid them in random places around the house for me to find, which I found most of them. So last night, it was really comforting sitting down, reading through those, because it’s almost like he was preparing for this exact scenario.”

Caela Collette, wife of Spc. Joseph "Joey" Collette. She says her 29-year-old husband knew he wanted to join the Army "...as soon as 9/11 happened, when we were kids..."
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“Will was one of the best in our formation, with more than a decade of service in the Regiment at all levels of noncommissioned officer leadership.”

Col. Lawrence Ferguson speaking about Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay, survived by his wife and 4 daughters.
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Why It Matters

  • Kunduz is the site of tough fighting with the Taliban in recent years. The Taliban have attempted, and at times succeeded, taking over territory, including Kunduz City.
  • The U.S. & the Taliban are actively negotiating a “peace settlement.” While negotiators cite progress, fierce fighting between the two sides continues.
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More than 2,400 U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan since 2001 - More than 20,000 others wounded - fighting America's longest war. The Taliban control more area in Afghanistan now than any other time during the war.

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SPECIAL COUNSEL INVESTIGATION CONCLUDES

 

 

What we know, what we don’t & what’s coming next.

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What We Know:

By The Numbers

  • 22: Months of investigation
  • 37: Indictments (34 people & 3 companies)
  • $12.3: Your tax dollars used (as of Sept 2018 – most recent report)
  • 7: Guilty pleas
  • 1: Jury conviction (Paul Manafort)
  • COUNTLESS hours of media coverage & speculation
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What We Don’t Know:

The Big Unknown: What the Special Counsel report says and if we will ever see it. The Attorney General will make this decision.

Attorney General Barr is NOT required to release the full contents of the Special Counsel’s report, nor is he prohibited from doing so.

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“I am reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.”

AG Barr writing to Congress after receiving the Special Counsel report. While Barr doesn't have to release the report in full, he does have to notify Congress the investigation ended and whether or not, the DOJ stopped the Special Counsel from pursuing any legal action; He says "no such instances" of that occurred.
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Something To Consider:

  • The Special Counsel’s report states who was (and wasn’t) prosecuted, & the reasons why.
  • According to reports, there are NO more indictments coming from the Special Counsel.
  • There are still two open federal investigations into Pres. Trump’s inaugural committee & “hush money” payments paid by his frmr. lawyer, Michael Cohen.
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Why wouldn't we see the full confidential report? It is entirely up to AG Barr to determine what, if anything, in the Special Counsel's report is in public interest. Info could be withheld if detrimental to other cases, investigations, or violates releasing classified info.

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“This is shaping up to be a potentially unprecedented flood season, with more than 200 million people at risk for flooding in their communities.”

Ed Clark, NOAA’s National Water Center Dir., during the agency's spring outlook that says "historic, widespread flooding" will remain a threat for the majority of the country through May. Flooding is driven by snow melt & heavy spring rain.
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“This is the most widespread natural disaster we’ve ever experienced in Nebraska.”

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says historic flooding has impacted about 85% of the state. On Thursday, President Trump approved a Nebraska Disaster Declaration allowing federal money to support the recovery. Early estimates place damage costs at around $1B.
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“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights…”

Pres. Trump reversing previous U.S. policy. Israel captured the Golan Heights, an area in North Israel, from Syria in 1967 and considers it part of the Jewish state. America, like other nations, took a more neutral stance - previously considering it disputed territory "occupied" by Israel.
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“We here in Mississippi believe in protecting and defending the whole life of that child.”

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signing a bill into law one of the country's strictest abortion laws, which will ban women in MS from obtaining abortions in most situations if a fetal heartbeat can be detected (usually 6-9 weeks of pregnancy). The law is set to take effect in July. Kentucky, Iowa and North Dakota passed similar laws, but all of them were deemed unconstitutional by a judge.
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“We’ll see you in court Mississippi.”

Center for Reproductive Rights on Twitter after Mississippi Gov. Bryant signed what's described as the nation's strictest abortion law. Critics of the law say it violates a woman's constitutional right to an abortion. Mississippi currently has one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation; only one abortion clinic remains in the state.
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“It’s as American as baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie.”

Missouri breeder Erin Henlon-Hall, responding to the news that the Labrador Retriever has been named America's top dog breed for the 28th year in a row. Rounding out the top five were German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, and Bulldogs.
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