4/3/2019

ESSENTIAL #1: “BREXIT: MAY EXPECTED TO MEET CORBYN TO TACKLE DEADLOCK,” BBC NEWS

From the article: “Theresa May is expected to meet Jeremy Corbyn later after she said she wanted to work with the Labour leader to break the Brexit deadlock.

The prime minister hopes she and Mr Corbyn can come up with a modified version of her withdrawal deal with the EU that can secure the backing of MPs.

Mr Corbyn says he wants a customs union and workers' rights to be priorities.

Meanwhile, a cross-party group of MPs will attempt to push through legislation to stop a no-deal Brexit.

ESSENTIAL #2: “LORI LIGHTFOOT ELECTED CHICAGO MAYOR, MAKING HER THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN TO LEAD THE CITY” BILL RUTHHART, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

From the article: “Lori Lightfoot won a resounding victory Tuesday night to become both the first African-American woman and openly gay person elected mayor of Chicago, dealing a stinging defeat to a political establishment that has reigned over City Hall for decades.

After waging a campaign focused on upending the vaunted Chicago political machine, Lightfoot dismantled one of its major cogs by dispatching Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, whose candidacy had been hobbled in part by an anti-incumbent mood among voters and an ongoing federal corruption investigation at City Hall.”

ESSENTIAL #3: “AS A MARYLAND SENATOR, PUGH PUSHED BILLS TO BENEFIT HOSPITALS WHILE GETTING BOOK PAYMENTS FROM MEDICAL SYSTEM” LUKE BROADWATER, BALTIMORE SUN

From the article: “While she received hundreds of thousands of dollars though a no-bid book deal with the University of Maryland Medical System, then state senator Catherine Pughsponsored dozens of bills affecting hospitals in Maryland — including several that would have benefited UMMS.

From 2011 to 2016, Pugh — who is now on indefinite leave as Baltimore’s mayor— sponsored or co-sponsored more than 40 bills affecting hospitals, doctors and insurance companies, according to General Assemblyrecords. The Baltimore Democrat did this while serving on the medical system’s Board of Directors, which is now under fire over accusations of self-dealing in part because of Pugh’s $500,000 book deal.”

ESSENTIAL #4: “TRUMP, MCCONNELL CLASH ON CLOSING THE BORDER” JONATHAN ALLEN AND REBECCA SHABAD, NBC NEWS

From the article: “President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is ‘100 percent’ prepared to shut down the U.S. border with Mexico to block an influx of migrants.

‘If we don't make a deal with Congress, the border's going to be closed," he told reporters in the Oval Office. "100 percent.’

At almost the same time, less than two miles down Pennsylvania Avenue, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that might be a financial disaster for Americans.

‘Closing down the border would have potentially catastrophic economic impact on our country, and I would hope we would not be doing that sort of thing,’ McConnell said, noting that he agrees with the president that there is ‘a border crisis.’”