5 things for March 2: White House, Russia, economy, bus crash, 'bomb cyclone'

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Posted: Mar 2, 2018 2:05 PM
Updated: Mar 2, 2018 2:05 PM

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.

Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

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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:

2. Russia

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."

3. Economy

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.

5. Weather

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.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

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

Once dubbed the-"most eligible bachelor in the world," Earth's last male northern white rhino is gravely ill, raising fears of subspecies extinction.

(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.

Blue streak

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.

TOTAL RECALL

Oscars quiz

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.

TODAY'S NUMBER

$1 billion

The value of the planned IPO for Spotify

TODAY'S QUOTE

"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.

AND FINALLY

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.)

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 912370

Reported Deaths: 9506
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Ramsey736781043
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Anoka63852570
Washington40349356
Stearns33475276
St. Louis29443403
Scott25842181
Wright25830216
Olmsted22258128
Sherburne18919126
Carver1661066
Clay12033104
Blue Earth1144868
Rice11410138
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Kandiyohi9800106
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Benton9018125
Beltrami816094
Goodhue805597
Douglas7849100
Itasca769597
Mower731249
McLeod710983
Winona708657
Isanti697883
Steele682731
Morrison671579
Becker627174
Polk599484
Freeborn559646
Carlton543474
Mille Lacs529474
Lyon527261
Nobles524754
Nicollet521160
Pine512642
Cass500553
Todd490743
Brown469757
Le Sueur457733
Meeker431457
Martin385843
Wabasha373610
Waseca372332
Dodge359811
Hubbard354749
Roseau315531
Fillmore304315
Wadena301740
Redwood281245
Houston270717
Renville268051
Faribault257032
Pennington251030
Sibley251017
Kanabec248136
Cottonwood229232
Aitkin221550
Chippewa219442
Pope206710
Watonwan197420
Yellow Medicine187723
Rock177428
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Swift172622
Stevens167011
Jackson160816
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Marshall153122
Murray151811
Pipestone149529
Lake132224
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Wilkin120616
Mahnomen105914
Norman10489
Grant101110
Big Stone9465
Lincoln8745
Kittson73023
Red Lake71310
Unassigned629124
Traverse6056
Lake of the Woods5255
Cook3070

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Cases: 523052

Reported Deaths: 7289
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Linn32142424
Scott26637292
Black Hawk21974378
Woodbury20490258
Johnson19778105
Dubuque18515241
Pottawattamie15890213
Dallas15320113
Story1380258
Warren8450104
Cerro Gordo7964123
Clinton7725114
Webster7326122
Des Moines7098105
Marshall669093
Unassigned66470
Muscatine6645117
Wapello6441144
Jasper619591
Sioux610177
Lee5908105
Marion557897
Buena Vista502149
Plymouth488388
Henry418655
Benton404859
Jones404862
Bremer395372
Washington391463
Boone389739
Carroll367755
Mahaska365365
Crawford353747
Dickinson314655
Jackson307747
Buchanan305741
Clay295536
Delaware294654
Kossuth289077
Fayette286353
Hardin284353
Tama279777
Page272533
Wright266149
Cedar265527
Hamilton259857
Winneshiek258143
Floyd255449
Clayton244459
Poweshiek237243
Madison234525
Harrison234379
Cass233466
Butler232744
Iowa229634
Jefferson223043
Mills220930
Winnebago215938
Hancock214639
Cherokee211347
Lyon206142
Appanoose205357
Allamakee203955
Calhoun196919
Shelby196442
Union191141
Humboldt185130
Grundy183637
Franklin183029
Mitchell182043
Chickasaw178922
Emmet178246
Louisa176953
Sac171026
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Clarke160829
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Howard146824
Monroe142739
Ida130141
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Lucas124426
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Adair114337
Osceola104818
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Taylor98514
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