theNewsWorthy: Thursday, April 25th, 2019
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Trump Pushback, Clinton Op-Ed: President Trump is pushing back against Democrats with plans to fight “all the subpoenas” and denouncing their efforts as merely political. Trump also said that if Democrats try to impeach him, he would take it to the Supreme Court (although Congress has the final say about impeachment – not the Supreme Court). Also of note: former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wrote a rare op-ed for The Washington Post calling for televised hearings similar to what happened during the Watergate scandal. Clinton says it’s important to help the public understand what’s really outlined in the 400-page Mueller report, which was released last week.
Read more (Trump Pushback): The Hill, NYT
Read more (Clinton Op-Ed): The Washington Post
Kim + Putin Meeting: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is meeting face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time. Kim is likely looking for a few things, including a boost for his image after talks with President Trump stalled back in February. The meeting is also likely about nuclear weapons and money. Don't expect any big agreements to come from this.
Read more: CBS News, AP, BBC, WSJ
Joe Biden 2020: Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce his 2020 presidential run today. His announcement has been anticipated for awhile now, though some questioned if he would go through with it after facing recent criticism. Last month, multiple women said that he made them uncomfortable with inappropriate physical contact throughout his political career. Reports say Biden will release a video announcement this morning.
Read more: NYT, CBS News
Measles Outbreak: The number of measles cases in the U.S. is now nearly 700, the highest it’s been in 25 years. Measles was eliminated in the U.S. back in 2000, but misinformation has since turned parents against the vaccine, leaving children vulnerable to the highly-contagious virus.
Read more: Washington Post, AP, LA Times
Facebook Fine: Facebook has set aside $3 billion in case it has to pay a fine to the FTC. The company is being investigated for possible privacy violations. The $3 billion to $5 billion bill would be a record-setting fine for a technology company.
Read more: Market Watch, CNN
Kids & Screen Time: The World Health Organization has released its first set of guidelines for kids and screen time. As you might guess, they recommend children spend less time in front of screens and more time moving around and reading. The guidelines recommend infants spend zero time in front of screens, and toddlers should only use screens for up to one hour at a time.
Read more: USA Today, TIME, BBC
NFL Draft, Buzzer-Beater: The 2019 NFL draft gets underway tonight in Nashville. Each of the 32 football teams will be picking newly-eligible players in each of the seven rounds of the draft. The first round is tonight, and the draft will continue through Saturday. In basketball, the Portland Trailblazers are heading to the Western Conference Semifinals thanks to a half-court 3-pointer at the buzzer. Star player Damian Lilard made it from 37 feet away.
Read more (NFL Draft): USA Today, ESPN
WATCH (Buzzer-Beater): Bleacher Report
Marsquake: Scientists think they’ve detected a “marsquake." NASA’s InSight Lander sensed a seismic signal earlier this month, but scientists are still working to confirm it. If it was in fact a marsquake, it’ll be the first one ever detected. It would indicate that the technology is capable of detecting bigger marsquakes, which can provide important insights about the internal workings of the red planet.
Read more: Space.com, NBC News
Netflix News: Streaming services including Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime are still eligible to win Oscars, even when their movies live mostly on the small screen. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made it official despite some Hollywood heavyweights, like director Steven Spielberg, pushing to change the rules.
Speaking of Netflix, several of the most popular shows on the platform are re-runs, including the number one show: The Office. Netflix may not be able to hold on to those types of shows for much longer since some of the companies who own the rights will be launching their own streaming services.
Read more (Oscars): Bloomberg, The Verge
Read more (Netflix Reruns): WSJ, Fast Company