News Roundup

Pres. Trump has agreed to meet the North Korean leader

  • Sec. of State Rex Tillerson has said that the meeting is still “some weeks” away
  • China, South Korea, and Russia have praised the decision, although Japan has expressed disapproval
  • South Korea’s national security chief thanked Pres Trump for “his leadership” and “‘maximum pressure’ policy,” saying they had lead to this detente, also passing along South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s “personal gratitude” for Trump’s leadership

Pres. Trump has signed the steel and aluminum tariffs

  • The 25% tariff on steel and 10% tariff on aluminum will come into effect 15 days from now
  • Canada and Mexico have been exempted initially, and the exemptions’ timeline will depend on changes to NAFTA
  • Tariffs could be raised or lowered on a country-by-country basis

Paul Manafort pled not guilty in an Alexandria court yesterday

  • He’s being charged in two trials – the first trial date in Virginia is now set for July 10th, on 18 counts. Another judge in Washington had set a trial date for September 17th after Manafort was charged on 17 grand jury charges of conspiracy, lying to federal agents, and failing to register as a foreign agent
  • Paul Manafort has said he’ll fight the charges, although his aide, Rick Gates, is now cooperating with Mueller’s office
  • We covered this event yesterday, and got footage of a protestor throwing a Russian flag at Manafort, as well as footage of a cameraman for a major television broadcaster hugging the protestor afterwords

Freezing conditions coming to the Deep South and Southeast today

  • States between Mississippi and the southern parts of North Carolina are being hit with below-freezing temperatures, with temperatures dropping into 20s in Raleigh, and Frost Advisories and Freeze Warnings widespread in the region

911 calls and police audio have been released after Parkland Shooting

  • The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has released a sampling of the calls made to them on February 14th, revealing worry, terror, and fear from parents
  • This follows the indictment of the Parkland shooter two days ago on 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder

The Winter Paralympic games are starting in PyeongChang today

  • About 570 athletes from 48 nations will be competing in 80 medal events across six sports: alpine skiing, the biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey, snowboarding, and wheelchair curling
  • The events will be ending on March 18th
  • North and South Korea will not be marching under the same flag, unlike at the Winter Olympics

February’s economics report reveals more jobs than expected, steady rate of employment

  • 313,000 jobs were added, beating economists’ expectations of just 200,000
  • The unemployment rate was 4.1%, the same as in January
  • The average hourly wage grew by 0.1%, under January’s rate of 0.3% growth
  • This February’s numbers will serve as the last baseline to measure the effects of Pres. Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum

21 people received treatment for nerve agent attack on Russian spy

  • Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter remain in critical condition, and the sergeant who investigated them is in severe condition, although he’s conscious and able to talk
  • British authorities suspect the Russian government is responsible for the attack, with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson comparing it to the murder of Alexander Litvinenko

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