Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of February 27, 2017)

Jessica Elsey / March 3, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 campaign during a Department of Justice press conference in Washington, DC Thursday March 2, 2017. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election Thursday, after news that the former Alabama senator failed to disclose an alleged meeting with a Russian envoy last year.

Two women accused of killing the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un were charged with murder. The pair face the death penalty if found guilty of putting the deadly nerve agent VX onto Kim Jong-nam’s face.

President Donald Trump addressed Congress for the first time and hosted his first Governor’s Ball. Wilbur Ross was sworn in as secretary of commerce and Navy secretary nominee Philip Bilden withdrew from consideration.

In Hollywood, the world watched on in shock as the incorrect winner of the Oscar’s Best Picture award was announced. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway named La La Land instead of Moonlight after a mix-up with the envelopes.

1. Attorney General Sessions Recuses Himself From Probe of Russian Election Interference—NBC News, Corky Siemaszko

Top line: “Insisting again that he had no improper contacts with the Russians, Sessions said he nevertheless will withdraw because of his involvement in the Trump campaign.”

Topic to follow: Jeff Sessions

2. Kim Jong-nam death: Two women charged with murder—BBC

Top line: “The women, Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam and Siti Aisyah from Indonesia, allegedly smeared deadly VX nerve agent on Mr Kim’s face in Kuala Lumpur airport on 13 February.”

Topic to follow: North Korea

3. Trump, in Optimistic Address, Asks Congress to End ‘Trivial Fights’—The New York Times, Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Peter Baker

Top line: “President Trump, in his first address to a joint session of Congress, defended his tumultuous presidency on Tuesday and said he was eager to reach across party lines and put aside ‘trivial fights’ to help ordinary Americans.”

Topic to follow: Donald Trump

4. Trump tells governors: Our health care plan will be ‘very special’—CNN, Eli Watkins and Betsy Klein

Top line: “Pointing to the meetings with governors slated for the next day, Trump said Obamacare has ‘tremendous problems’ and needed to be repealed and replaced, which he said would be one topic among others at the ‘pretty big sessions’ they would have. ‘I think you’re going to see something very special,’ Trump said.”

Topic to follow: Health Care

5. Nominee for Navy Secretary withdraws—Politico, Jeremy Herb

Top line: “President Donald Trump’s nominee for Navy secretary, Philip Bilden, withdrew from consideration Sunday, becoming the second Pentagon pick unable to untangle his financial investments in the vetting process.”

Topic to follow: U.S. Navy

6. Wilbur Ross sworn in as secretary of commerce—Reuters

Top line: “Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross was sworn in as U.S. commerce secretary on Tuesday after helping shape Republican President Donald Trump’s opposition to multilateral trade deals.”

Topic to follow: Wilbur Ross

7. Oscars Accountants Detail ‘Human Error’ Behind Best Picture Mix-Up—Rolling Stone, Daniel Kreps

Top line: “The Academy Awards’ accounting film PricewaterhouseCoopers has accepted responsibility for Sunday night’s epic Best Picture mix-up, blaming ‘human error’ for the historic Oscars mix-up.”

Topic to follow: The Oscars

8. Headstones Vandalized At Jewish Cemetery In Philadelphia—NPR, Marie Andrusewicz

Top line: “Philadelphia police say approximately 100 headstones have been damaged at a Jewish cemetery in the northeastern part of the city. The vandalism occurred less than a week after a similar episode in a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis, where more than 150 graves were targeted.”

Topic to follow: Jewish Culture

9. Snap starts trading at $24, up 41% from IPO price—VentureBeat, Harrison Weber

Top line: “Snap, the company that runs Snapchat, opened on the New York Stock Exchange this morning (Thursday) at $24 per share. At that price, the company had a valuation of $33.6 billion, Investors Business Daily reported. There was a large volume of shares being traded — more than 105 million, in fact.”

Topic to follow: Snap Inc

9. SpaceX plans to send two people around the Moon—The Verge, Angela Chen and Loren Grush

Top line: “It will be a private mission with two paying customers, not NASA astronauts, who approached the company. The passengers are ‘very serious’ about the trip and have already paid a ‘significant deposit,’ according to Musk. The trip around the Moon would take approximately one week: it would skim the surface of the Moon, go further out into deep space, and loop back to Earth — reaching a distance of approximately 300,000 to 400,000 miles.”

Topic to follow: SpaceX

~JessE is reading Tasty Pastry