Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of May 7, 2018)
Heather Chin / May 11, 2018
President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear accord—a 2015 agreement with Iran aimed at curbing their nuclear capability. He also announced his intention to reinstate economic sanctions against Iran and any foreign company that does business with them.
Trump also announced the date and location of his upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The planned June 12 meeting in Singapore comes on the heels of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo securing the release of three Americans imprisoned in North Korea.
The 2018 midterm election season also kicked off with contentious primary races in several states. And Pentagon officials announced the findings of their investigation into the deadly 2017 attack in Niger that left four servicemembers dead.
Tech giants Google and Microsoft unveiled new products and plans at their conferences. At Google’s I/O, Google Assistant and Android TV were among the stars. Microsoft Build focused on six areas, including cloud APIs, voice assistants, and new Windows features.
In other news, popular favorite Justify won the Kentucky Derby despite a muddy track and the annual Met Gala stunned with celebrities in inventive costumes inspired by Catholic iconography.
Read more about these stories and the other biggest news of the week, as they appeared in The Daily Edition.
1. Trump dumps Iran nuclear deal: What you need to know – CNN, Steve George
Top line: “US President Donald Trump has walked away from the Iran nuclear deal, breaking with allies in Europe and leaving the future of the agreement in doubt. The Iran deal is complicated, as too are the potential consequences of Trump’s decision to pull out of it. To help you get up to speed, here are answers to some important questions.”
Topic to follow: Iran Nuclear Negotiations
2. Trump Greets 3 American Detainees Freed From North Korea – The New York Times, Katie Rogers
Top line: “Three American prisoners freed from North Korea arrived here early Thursday to a personal welcome from President Trump, who traveled to an air base in the middle of the night to meet them. Waving their hands and flashing peace signs, the freed prisoners — Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song — descended the stairs of their plane, flanked by the president and senior administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who had flown to Pyongyang, the North’s capital, to secure their release.”
Topic to follow: North Korea
3. Trump announces June 12 summit in Singapore with North Korean leader – The Washington Post, David Nakamura, John Wagner
Top line: “President Trump announced Thursday that he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12, locking in a historic, high-stakes summit aimed at curbing the rogue nation’s nuclear weapons program. Trump made the announcement on Twitter just hours after welcoming home three Americans held captive for more than a year in North Korea during a dramatic overnight visit to meet their plane at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington. The triumphant moment appeared to move Trump to overcome any final hesitation about the summit, which has been viewed as a potential reward to an outlaw regime that has brutalized its populace and consistently flouted international laws.”
Magazine to follow: North Korean Relations
4. In Traditional First-Lady Style, Melania Trump Unveils ‘Be Best’ Initiative – NPR, Sarah McCammon, Brian Naylor
Top line: “The White House says “Be Best” will promote “values such as healthy living, encouragement, kindness and respect.” It will also highlight the importance of using social media and the Internet “in positive ways.” And it will support families and children affected by the opioid crisis.”
Topic to follow: Melania Trump
5. Top takeaways from the first big primary of 2018 – POLITICO, Steven Shepard, Elena Schneider, Scott Bland
Top line: “Convicted coal magnate Don Blankenship’s surprise third-place finish in Tuesday’s West Virginia GOP Senate primary sidestepped yet another debacle for the party after consecutive meltdowns in special elections in Alabama and Pennsylvania. Instead, party leaders celebrated state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s win, which capped the first multi-state primary of 2018.”
Topic to follow: U.S. Elections
6. Report finds multiple failures leading to Niger attack – Associated Press, Lolita C. Baldor
Top line: “Multiple failures led up to the deadly Niger attack last October, but top military leaders said Thursday that none directly caused the overwhelming enemy ambush that killed four American service members and sent others fighting and running for their lives. “The direct cause of the enemy attack in Tongo Tongo is that the enemy achieved tactical surprise there and our forces were outnumbered approximately three-to-one,” Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier Jr. told reporters during a Pentagon press conference.”
Topic to follow: Niger
7. Google I/O 2018 roundup: Here’s everything Google announced this year – 9to5Google, Justin Duino
Top line: “Google also had a lot to announce around the Google Assistant and Android TV. With Assistant, we can expect new smart functionality like the ability for it to call retailers and schedule an appointment with a natural-sounding voice. As far as Android TV, Google has placed a renewed focus on the platform and promises better updates and performance. We also got to go hands-on with the JBL Link Bar that will be coming out later this year.”
Topic to follow: Google
8. The six biggest announcements from Microsoft Build 2018 – The Verge, Jacob Kastrenakes
Top line: “After two days of Microsoft Build keynotes, we’ve seen a lot. There were cloud APIs. Live coding demonstrations. One time Microsoft pulled away a wall to reveal a demo meeting room. It was truly a thrilling event. But mixed within all of that were some exciting announcements: new Windows features, improvements for voice assistants, and helpful new cloud services. Much of it won’t be widely available until later this year, but here’s the most exciting stuff that Microsoft had to share.”
Topic to follow: Microsoft
9. Favorite Justify wins Kentucky Derby, makes history on muddy track – USA TODAY, Dan Wolken
Top line: “Justify, the Bob Baffert trainee with just three career starts heading into the Kentucky Derby, powered through the slop to win powerfully by 2 1/2 lengths over Good Magic on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs. Audible finished third. Not only did Justify remain unbeaten at 4-for-4, but he became the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the Derby without racing as a 2-year-old. Justify becomes the sixth consecutive favorite to win the Derby.”
Topic to follow: Kentucky Derby
Top line: “Colloquially and affectionately referred to as “fashion’s biggest night out,” the Met Gala 2018 is a pinnacle of iconic style. A fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the event welcomes celebrity stars, young creatives, and industry paragons alike. And the excitement doesn’t stop there—the gala also signifies the highly anticipated grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” opening on May 10, 2018.”
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