Sitting in. Voting through. Running out. It’s Thursday, and here are the 5 things you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.
2. President Trump
And don’t forget that Prigozhin was one of the 13 Russians special counsel Robert Mueller indicted last week in the investigation of Russian meddling into the 2016 US election.
3. African politics
2018’s off to a rough start for Missouri’s governor. In January Eric Greitens admitted to having an extramarital affair. Now he’s been indicted on charges related to it. Greitens was charged with first-degree felony invasion of privacy. The governor is accused of trying to blackmail (via nude pictures that he allegedly took) the woman he had the affair with to keep her quiet. Greitens denies the allegations.
Nude pictures are also a part of the investigation into Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s affair with her former security chief. Investigators found nude photos of a woman on security chief Rob Forrest’s work phone, taken at a time when he should have been guarding Barry during business trips to Washington. Forrest could be charged with official misconduct and theft of property, investigators say. It’s not confirmed if the woman in the photos is the mayor.
Meanwhile, Morgan Tsvangirai, the longtime political foe of ex-Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, has died. Tsvangirai led the country’s opposition party and once served as Prime Minister. He repeatedly ran against Mugabe in elections. And all of that came at a cost: He was arrested many times, accused of treason and plotting to assassinate the President, among other charges, but was never convicted. Tsvangirai was 65.
4. Oxfam scandal
5. Salmonella outbreak
Net neutrality officially ends in April. An order in the Federal Register says the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of the Obama-era rules, intended to keep the internet open and fair, take effect on April 23. The telecom industry cheered the move; the tech industry and consumer advocacy groups hated it. But the battle isn’t over yet. The publication of the net neutrality order is expected to trigger a wave of legal challenges and congressional attempts to undo the FCC’s repeal.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I don’t know what some of you expect us to do.”
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, struggling to describe specific steps the State Department and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are taking to stop the violence in Syria.
TOUGH TIMES: It was a tough day for Team USA on the ice. First, the men’s ice hockey team was upset by Slovenia 3-2 in overtime, then the women’s ice hockey team lost to Canada 2-1 in what was billed as a preview of the gold medal match next week.
The Olympic Athletes of Russia will have another shot at gold Sunday, because the OAR hockey team beat the Czech Republic 3-0 to make it to the finals.
And Ivanka Trump arrived in South Korea today, where she’ll watch the closing ceremony and work on diplomatic relations with Seoul.
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Kylie Jenner badmouths Snapchat’s new design, and just like that the social media app lost $1.3 billion in market value. Who knew Kim Kardashian’s little sister was so powerful?
New York University apologized – and fired some folks – after it offered a Black History Month menu that included red Kool-Aid and watermelon water in a dining hall.
Nice to meet you, too
It’s nice when the stars act just like us, such as Tiffany Haddish’s adorable freakout when Oprah Winfrey surprised her on Ellen DeGeneres’ show.
All hail the queen
Old videos of Beyoncé as a girl will be auctioned off and, yeah, that seems kind of crazy, but this is Queen Bey that we’re talking about.
WHAT’S FOR LUNCH?
President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee, better known as CPAC. The ongoing gun debate is expected to be front and center in his remarks after Trump suggested arming teachers to help end the violence. Teachers have taken to social media pushing back on that idea with the hashtag #ArmMeWith, asking for an increase in classroom resources, not the ability to carry guns in school.
Which body part was stolen from the 2,000-year-old terracotta warrior at the Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute?
A) the nose
B) the thumb
C) the leg
D) the hair
Play Total Recall, CNN’s weekly news quiz, and see if you got it right.
THIS JUST IN …
The world’s biggest fitness competition has begun. This weekend an estimated 500,000 athletes all over the globe will take part in the CrossFit Open. It’s a five-week fitness competition designed and tested in a secret gym, where CNN was given exclusive behind-the-scenes access.
NUMBER OF THE DAY
That’s how much shares of Rovio, maker of the “Angry Birds” games, have plummeted since its initial public offering in October.
AND FINALLY …
Today is definitely one of those days when we need more love in the world. This illustrator helped some cute kids describe it. (Click to view.)
It’s been awhile since we’ve had a cool cat video, so here’s a cute one of a frisky feline stepping out in the snow for the first time. (Click to view.)