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Trump's Controversial Policy Stance

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Good morning and happy Tuesday. The solar eclipse has (somewhat mercifully) come and gone . Here are photos and videos from across North America as we all gazed toward the sky (hopefully with the proper glasses). Have a great day!

In Today’s Brief

  • Nevada: Law office shooting

  • Canada: Defense spending pledge

  • Raskin: Fundraising prowess

  • TikTok: Diplomatic chatter

  • UConn: Championship repeat

... and more

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1) Bipartisan criticism

Former President Donald Trump is drawing fire from both sides after outlining his abortion policy.

  • What happened: Trump announced yesterday he believes abortion rights should be determined by each state by legislation and vote. The comments were a backtrack from past commitments about trying to institute a national ban; recent reports indicated Trump wanted to call for a 16-week ban. Trump also said he supports in vitro fertilization.

  • The response: The Biden campaign and Democrats panned Trump's comments, which included false claims, and blamed him for the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. And fellow Republicans, including South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and former Vice President Mike Pence, criticized Trump. The former president has since taken several shots at Graham.

  • Big picture: Reproductive rights have been a significant political issue for the GOP since the Supreme Court's Dobbs v. Jackson decision. Trump's approach seems to be tailored toward appealing to moderate voters while gambling that pro-lifers inside his party will still support him as the presumptive candidate in November.

2) Moving out?

Two popular ride-share companies are about to exit one of the country's biggest cities.

  • The situation: Uber and Lyft are planning to discontinue service in Minneapolis on May 1. That is when a new local ordinance that would require drivers inside city limits to be paid a higher rate will take effect. Uber's exit would also apply to neighboring St. Paul and the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport; Lyft said it would stay in St. Paul and at the airport.

  • The bill: Minneapolis' City Council overrode a veto by Mayor Jacob Frey and passed a law requiring ride-share providers to pay drivers at least $1.40 per mile and either $0.51 per minute or $5 per ride, whichever is greater. The council's objective was to ensure drivers receive the city's $15.57 hourly minimum wage.

  • Big picture: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said he is concerned about the services leaving the city, and the state's labor department claims drivers can still make the minimum wage with lower mandatory fees. State legislation would be able to supersede the city council; that is how Texas got Uber and Lyft back in Austin after a similar situation in 2018.

3) Ecuador fallout

The world is still wrapping its arms around a stunning showdown in Latin America.

  • Catch up: Mexico has severed diplomatic ties with Ecuador after police raided the Mexican embassy in Quito without permission -- a violation of international law -- and arrested former Vice President Jorge Glas, a convicted criminal who was granted asylum in December.

  • State of play: Popular Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa was elected last year after a surprise victory. He inherited a country racked with violence and has become popular for fighting drug cartels, gangs and crime. He said the embassy raid was an extension of the effort to protect national security in limited comments on the operation.

  • Big picture: Mexico will challenge the raid at the International Court of Justice. Noboa has claimed Glas' asylum also was a violation. The U.S. has encouraged the nations to settle the matter themselves; Noboa has sought a relationship with American officials.

Quick Tips

U.S. News

  • A Las Vegas-area attorney allegedly killed his former daughter-in-law and her husband, also a lawyer, before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The shooting occurred during a child custody case deposition meeting at the gunman's office (More)

  • Illinois health officials believe fake Botox injections have caused two hospitalizations in the state. Unregulated medical spas are becoming a growing concern nationwide (More)

  • Former President Trump's last-ditch effort to delay his New York state hush money trial was rejected by a judge. Jury selection is scheduled to begin next Monday (More)

World News

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged $6B in new military spending in the next five years and $54B by 2044. Canada lags considerably behind other NATO members, falling well short of the bloc's spending targets (More)

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel has determined a date to begin a ground offensive in the Gaza city of Rafah. The renewed pledge to carry out the controversial operation comes after troop levels were reduced in the enclave (More)

  • Almost 100 people died and over two dozen are missing after a ferry capsized off Mozambique. The ship was overloaded and unlicensed; the passengers were apparently trying to flee a supposed cholera outbreak (More)

Campaign News

  • Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin is one of the most prolific Democratic fundraisers this cycle. The Trump critic and Jan. 6 commitee member has made appearances in 17 states and is scheduled for nine others (More)

  • Former President Trump reportedly wants to hold a campaign event at Madison Square Garden to counter President Biden's recent event at Radio City Music Hall. Trump has also floated an event at Yankee Stadium (More)

  • Americans believe Trump has better judgment than Biden, according to a new Gallup poll. Biden is still considered more trustworthy and likable, according to the participants (More

Business & Markets

  • Major indexes closed mixed yesterday as the markets await tomorrow's March CPI report and new Federal Reserve hints about interest rate cuts (Dow -0.03%, Nasdaq +0.03%, S&P 500 -0.04%).

  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen discussed TikTok with Chinese government officials during a summit in Beijing. She said the U.S. government wants to find a way forward with the popular social media app (More)

  • Disgraced former WWE boss Vince McMahon sold $310M more of his holdings in parent company TKO. The latest transaction takes his stake under 5%, which means his moves no longer require federal notice (More)

Entertainment & Sports

  • UConn rolled past Purdue, 75-60, in the NCAA men’s basketball championship game. The Huskies are the first school to win back-ti-back national titles in 17 years (More)

  • Country music star Morgan Wallen was arrested at a downtown Nashville bar late Sunday night. Wallen allegedly threw a chair off the establishment's rooftop, which was six stories high (More)

  • The NAIA will effectively prohibit transgender athletes from competing in women's sports. The organization is separate from the NCAA and governs mostly small colleges in the U.S., Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands (More)

Quick Hitters

  • Fun Stuff: Bears also want to wash their hair thoroughly. This video is proof.

  • Best Friend: Exercise and socialization means more than fun for your dog. Playtime can help aging pets preserve brain function, according to new research.

  • Go Deep: Every industry is looking to be more eco-friendly these days. Even when the business revolves around the deceased.

  • Health Hack: Fevers are a common medical issue but can also be quite dangerous. Experts say these are the best ways to reduce them.

  • Life Hack: If something is off about your relationship with your doctor, it may be time to find a new one. Here are the signs a change is needed.

  • OPTIMIZE ME: Researchers “found convincing evidence that higher intake of ultra-processed foods was associated with 50% increased risk of cardiovascular disease-related death, a 48% to 53% higher risk of anxiety and common mental disorders, and a 12% greater risk of type 2 diabetes”

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