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There’s an official term for that! Merriam-Webster has added “second gentleman” to describe VP Kamala Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff’s role.
Iran will partially pull out of the nuclear deal it signed with the United States and five other nations. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country would reduce its “commitments” to the deal, signed in 2015, but wouldn’t completely withdraw. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the agreement – which was intended to prevent Iran from developing nukes – a year ago. Tensions between the two countries have ramped up in recent weeks: The United States moved to cut off Iran’s oil revenues, designated its Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group and deployed a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in response to reported threats from Iran. Here are answers to four questions about Iran’s partial withdrawal.
House Democrats have started their sweeping investigation of President Donald Trump, with the House Judiciary Committee asking for documents from 81 people and entities in Trump’s orbit. The mammoth probe – which will look into the President’s campaign, businesses, transition and administration – could be a sign the Democrats are laying the groundwork to impeach Trump. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Trump has attacked the “core functions” of American democracy. When asked about the investigation, the President dismissed the whole thing as “a hoax,” while White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the Democrats had launched a “fishing expedition” because “their two-year false narrative of ‘Russia collusion’ is crumbling.”
2. Domestic extremism
Iran is no longer complying with the nuclear deal it signed with the US and five other countries in 2015. The deal was intended to keep the country from developing a nuclear weapon. Iran announced over the weekend it had started to increase uranium enrichment beyond the purity threshold it agreed to as part of the nuclear deal. Iran had agreed to keep its uranium enrichment threshold below 3.67% (enough to provide power to parts of the country, but not enough to build a nuke) in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. But President Trump pulled the US out of the deal last year and restarted economic sanctions against Iran. After learning of Iran’s latest move, the President warned the country to “be careful.”
Juan Guaido faced arrest if he returned to Venezuela. He came home anyway. Guaido, Venezuela’s self-declared interim president, was greeted by raucous crowds, both at the airport in Caracas and at a later rally. Guaido, who’s fighting President Nicolas Maduro for control of the country, had been on a tour of sorts, meeting with the presidents of several South American countries as well as US Vice President Mike Pence. Guaido’s hoping to keep up the pressure on Maduro, who faces intense criticism over Venezuela’s mounting humanitarian crisis. Most Western countries and regional neighbors now recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s leader, but Maduro is hanging on to power because the military remains loyal to him.
4. Greece elections
Has a second person been cured of HIV? Some scientists think so. A man in the UK, identified only as the “London patient,” has experienced sustained remission from HIV-1 after being treated with stem cell transplants from donors who carried a rare genetic mutation that made them resistant to the disease. The case study is published in the journal Nature. More than a decade ago, a person referred to as the “Berlin patient” was reportedly cured of HIV using a similar method.
5. Hong Kong
Luke Perry played a lot of roles during his acting career, but to us he’ll always be Dylan, the brooding but cool teen from “Beverly Hills, 90210.” Perry, 52, died Monday after suffering a massive stroke, a death that shocked Hollywood and the world. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar spoke for many when she tweeted her “entire high school experience was shaped” by Dylan and his friends in that most famous of ZIP codes. But Perry did a lot of other stuff, too, including roles in movies such as “Good Intentions” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” appearances on Broadway in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and other stints on the small screen, including the role of Archie’s dad on “Riverdale,” the CW’s drama based on the Archie comics.
The $768.4 million man
If you don’t like “Star Wars” or “Avatar,” we’ve got some bad news for you. Disney just announced new sequels for both film franchises.
Where’s the beef?
McDonald’s is jumping on the meatless burger trend, with a vegan burger it’s now selling in Germany.
Mom of the year
She skipped her own graduation to attend her son’s ceremony. Then his school decided to hand out both of their degrees.
Kraft is willing to pay you $100 to get a babysitter on Mother’s Day, so you really don’t have an excuse not to take dear old Mom out for dinner on her big day.
Where’s the best restaurant in America? Looks like it’s the Israeli cuisine found at Zahav in Philadelphia. It just won the James Beard Award for outstanding restaurant.
If you plan on using Uber or Lyft today, you might need to make other plans. Ride-share drivers in more than a dozen cities plan to strike today. They want better treatment and improved conditions.
“You know that the end is coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier.”
Too much of a good thing
Riding along in your snowmobile is all fun and games until it’s not. (Click to view.)