Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of April 1, 2019)

Heather Chin / April 5, 2019

By Heather Chin

The U.S. House of Representatives made multiple headlines this week. First, the House Judiciary Committee voted to authorize subpoenas on the Justice Department and various ex-White House officials in an attempt to gain access to the full Mueller report and related investigatory materials. Thus far, legislators have only been given Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary of the 400-page report.

Then, a majority of the full House voted to approve a resolution that would use Congress’ war powers to end U.S. military support for the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen. The resolution was already approved by the Senate, meaning the measure now goes to President Donald Trump, who has already said he may veto it.

Finally, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee filed a request with the Internal Revenue Service to get six years of Trump’s tax returns, which the president has refused to release even during the campaign.

Boeing’s CEO said the aviation company would “own” responsibility for the fatal crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March, after a preliminary report stated that pilots followed Boeing safety guidelines only for the anti-stall software to override their attempts to save the plane. All 737 Max model planes have been grounded as Boeing unveils upgrades and investigations continue into the crash in Ethiopia, as well as the one in Indonesia last fall.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s divorce settlement has been finalized and he will retain voting control of the retail and media juggernaut, even while relinquishing 25 percent of his shares to now ex-wife Mackenzie Bezos. His stake in the Washington Post and Blue Origin also remains intact.

In U.S. politics, former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago, the first African-American female to hold the position. Lightfoot is also openly gay. Meanwhile, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio threw his hat in to the 2020 presidential race, seeking the Democratic Party nomination.

In other news, Grammy-nominated rapper and anti-violence community activist Nipsey Hussle was killed outside his Los Angeles clothing store, Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He met in Washington D.C. to discuss trade, and the shooter in the New Zealand mosque terrorist attack faces 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges.

Read more about these stories and the other biggest news of the week, as they appeared in The Daily Edition.

1. House panel votes to authorize subpoenas to obtain full Mueller report – The Washington Post, Rachael Bade

Top line: “A House panel voted Wednesday to authorize subpoenas to obtain special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s full report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, laying down a marker in a constitutional power struggle that could end up in the courts. The House Judiciary Committee voted 24 to 17 along party lines to authorize its chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), to subpoena the report and underlying documents of Mueller’s probe from Attorney General William P. Barr. The panel, which has jurisdiction over impeachment, also voted to subpoena five former White House officials it believes may have received documents relevant to the special counsel’s probe.”

Magazine to follow: Mueller Probe’s End: How We Got Here by The Washington Post

2. House rebukes Trump on Saudi Arabia, backs measure to end Yemen involvement – Reuters, Patricia Zengerle

Top line: “The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution on Thursday that would end all U.S. involvement with the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in the war in Yemen, rebuffing President Donald Trump’s policy of continued support for the kingdom. As the resolution had already passed the Senate, the vote in the Democratic-led House sends the measure to the White House, which said last month Trump would issue a veto. It would be the second of his presidency. The vote in the House was 247-175, as 16 Republicans joined the majority Democrats in backing the rare use of the War Powers Act, which limits the president’s ability to send troops into action. Thursday’s vote marked the first time both chambers of Congress have supported a War Powers resolution.”

Topic to follow: Yemen War

3. House Democrat Demands Six Years of Trump Tax Returns From I.R.S. – The New York Times, Nicholas Fandos

Top line: “The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, using a little-known provision in the federal tax code, formally requested on Wednesday that the I.R.S. hand over six years of President Trump’s personal and business tax returns, starting what is likely to be a momentous fight with his administration. Representative Richard E. Neal, Democrat of Massachusetts, hand-delivered a two-page letter laying out the request to Charles P. Rettig, the Internal Revenue Service commissioner, ending months of speculation about when he would do so and almost certainly prompting a legal challenge from the Trump administration. Responding to questions from reporters in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump suggested that he would fight the request because, he said, he was being audited.”

Topic to follow: Donald Trump

4. Preliminary Crash Report Says Ethiopian Airlines Crew Complied With Procedures – NPR, Francesca Paris, Vanessa Romo

Top line: “The crew of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 followed procedures from Boeing but could not stop the plane from repeatedly nose-diving and ultimately crashing last month, killing all 157 people on board, Ethiopian officials said Thursday. Hours later, Boeing Company CEO Dennis Muilenburg conceded that it was a software error that caused the 737 Max jets to crash, but he noted that most aviation accidents are “caused by a chain of events.” The preliminary report by Ethiopian officials said they could not yet determine whether there was a structural problem with the aircraft, based on data retrieved from the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder.”

Topic to follow: Boeing

5. Jeff Bezos divorce: MacKenzie Bezos reveals settlement, Amazon shares – Vox, Rebecca Jennings

Top line: “Speculation about the amount of money (and Amazon stock) that Jeff Bezos’s ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos will walk away with has come to an end. Just as the couple did when they announced their divorce in January, MacKenzie Bezos released the details of the settlement on Twitter. MacKenzie will retain 25 percent of the couple’s stake in Amazon, thereby making her worth around $35 billion and the world’s third-wealthiest woman. An SEC filing posted Thursday showed that though that she granted Jeff voting control of her shares, MacKenzie will own about 4 percent of the company. But portraying MacKenzie as the lucky woman who gets to keep a huge portion of Jeff Bezos’s unprecedented wealth obfuscates MacKenzie’s role in the early days of Amazon. As Wired notes, she kept track of the books and negotiated Amazon’s first freight contracts, which helped the company when it was then still headquartered in a suburban garage. MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos split after 25 years of marriage on January 9.”

Topic to follow: Jeff Bezos

6. The first African-American female mayor in Chicago history will be Lori Lightfoot – CNN, Madison Park, Steve Almasy

Top line: “While celebrating her victory in becoming the first African-American woman picked to lead Chicago, Lori Lightfoot thanked the city and those who blazed the trail for her victory. Lightfoot faced a historic runoff Tuesday against Toni Preckwinkle, who is also an African-American woman. She told her followers they were going to remake Chicago, home to 2.7 million people. Lightfoot, 56, a former assistant US attorney, describes herself as “an out and proud black lesbian.” When she is sworn in, she will be the first mayor in the Windy City who identifies as a lesbian.”

Topic to follow: Lori Lightfoot

7. Rust Belt congressman Tim Ryan announces campaign for president – POLITICO, Nolan D. McCaskill

Top line: “Rep. Tim Ryan is running for president, adding another Midwestern voice to a crowded, diverse field of Democratic presidential candidates. The Ohio congressman said he’s seen the American dream “slip through the fingers of many Americans” over the past 20 years and blamed “failed leadership and broken promises” for destroying the middle class. He highlighted manufacturing, health care, education and the plight of veterans as key issues his campaign will focus on. Ryan unsuccessfully challenged now-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the minority leader post in 2016, winning the support of roughly a third of the Democratic Caucus. Ryan also opposed Pelosi for the speakership in 2018 after Democrats won control of the House.”

Topic to follow: Tim Ryan

8. China Hails `New Consensus’ on Trade, Though Deal Not Ready Yet – Bloomberg, Andrew Mayeda, Xiaoqing Pi, Margaret Talev

Top line: “President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser said the U.S. and China will continue intense discussions to reach a trade deal as both sides tout progress at the negotiating table. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. officials resumed talks on Friday in Washington and will “be in touch” by phone, Kudlow said in an interview on Bloomberg TV. Trump, speaking to reporters on Friday, hailed the latest round of discussions in Washington as a “big success” but said he didn’t want to predict whether a deal would be reached. The president said before meeting Liu on Thursday in the Oval office that the U.S. and China were close to a trade agreement, with an announcement possible in the next four to six weeks. President Xi Jinping has called for an early conclusion to negotiations, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Liu said the two sides had “reached new consensus on such important issues as the text” of a trade agreement, according to Xinhua.”

Topic to follow: China-United States Trade

9. Nipsey Hussle murder investigation: Everything we know so far – USA Today, Jayme Deerwester

Top line:Eric Holder, the suspect arrested by Los Angeles Police Tuesday in the homicide of rapper Nipsey Hussle is being held in solitary confinement on more than $7 million bond, the Los Angeles Police Department says. Police have not yet said whether they have located the woman who drove Holder from the scene. In a Tuesday press conference, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said  police believe he and Hussle were “known to each other” and that the shooter was motivated by personal animus rather than gang rivalries. Here’s what else is known about the investigation at this point.”

Topic to follow: Nipsey Hussle

10. Mosque massacre suspect to face 89 charges in court Friday – Associated Press, Nick Perry

Top line: “The man accused of carrying out the Christchurch mosque attacks will face 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges when he makes his second court appearance, New Zealand police said Thursday. Police had earlier filed a single, representative murder charge against 28-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant. He is due to appear via video link during a brief hearing on Friday, and won’t be required to enter a plea. Fifty people died in the March 15 attacks on two mosques and another 50 were injured.”

Topic to follow: New Zealand Mosque Attacks

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—HeatherC is reading The Plastic Tide by NPR