It’s Friday, and here are five things to know for your New Day.
Brexit is a go: UK Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 today, kick-starting the process that will see Britain leave the European Union in the next two years. How will it affect the UK? The better question is: How won’t it? Pro-Brexit politicians have promised a lengthy list of improvements, from new trade deals to huge savings on EU payments. Whether these all pan out remains to be seen.
CNN.com/Eclipse is your best place to find out everything you need to know about the celestial marvel. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the path of totality, we’ve got you covered:
From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., be sure to click this link on any of your devices to watch the entire event unfold live in virtual reality. You can also watch in the CNN App, on CNN’s Facebook page, or on the Samsung VR app on the Gear VR headset.
Biding time until the big event? Here are some other eclipse stories for your viewing pleasure (no glasses needed):
2. Travel ban
President Donald Trump will unveil his new plan for US involvement in Afghanistan, and a potential escalation of the nation’s longest war. He’ll be asking Americans to trust him on his new strategy while exercising a president’s most somber duty, a decision on waging war. The Presidential address is at 9 p.m. ET.
The ink’s not even dry on these divorce papers and already there’s drama. British Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of using security as a bargaining chip as the EU and UK hammer out Brexit. In the letter sent to the EU notifying it that the UK was leaving, May said that if a deal couldn’t be reached, it would affect the continent’s security. Critics called that “shameful” and “blackmail”; May said security was one of many things that would need to be negotiated with the rest of Europe over the next couple of years.
Pyongyang also declared that its army can target the US anytime, and neither Guam, Hawaii nor the US mainland can “dodge the merciless strike.”
Republicans insisted they had no Plan B for their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. But after that plan was scuttled last week before it could even get a vote, there is, all of a sudden, a Plan B. President Trump, who seemed content to let the Affordable Care Act “explode” and move on to tax reform, told a bipartisan group of senators last night, “I know we’re going to make a deal on health care, that’s such an easy one.”
The Navy’s 7th Fleet said the USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while the destroyer was making its way to a port visit in Singapore.
Military experts said the latest incident is not a good look for the Navy and its training practices, and will likely lead to a serious shakeup among the Navy’s leadership.
4. Russia investigation
Here’s a real tragedy coming out of Texas’ Hill Country. Thirteen people in a minibus were killed in a collision with a pickup truck. The folks in the bus were church members returning from a retreat. Two people were injured, including the driver of the truck. Counselors will be on hand today at the church.
The latest to go? Four statues at the University of Texas in Austin were removed in the dead of night over the weekend. There may be more to come, too. Cities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Virginia and Washington have all considered removing statues from public spaces.
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The slapstick-loving icon rose to fame in the 1950s and ‘60s.
Maybe he’s trying not to feel isolated?
Because if there’s one place robots belong, it’s in an infant’s crucial development stages. In totally unrelated news…
The 61-year-old actor’s death last month shocked the acting world.
And by “subtle,” we mean “extremely, incredibly not subtle at all.”
Oh good, that only took 14 YEARS.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Dr. Ben Carson, offering an alternative perspective on slavery, during an address to employees at the Department of Housing and Urban Development
ABC News’ Frank Reynolds, musing about the world of 2017 while reporting on the eclipse of 1979.
AND FINALLY …
The Academy of Country Music Awards makes fun of the Oscars’ big screw-up. (Click to view)
And we are not sorry at all. (Click to view)