March 28, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • President Trump announced this morning, via Twitter, that the FBI and U.S. Justice Department would review what he called the "outrageous" decision to drop charges against actor Jussie Smollett. Chicago prosecutors initially accused Smollett of faking a hate crime and then abruptly dropped all charges against him earlier this week. Trump tweeted that the debacle was an "embarrassment."
  • In a new biography about former First Lady Barbara Bush, titled The Matriarch, we learn that Bush disliked President Trump so much that she put a special clock next to her bed, which counted down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the presumed end of the Trump administration. The clock stayed at Bush's bedside until she died in April 2018.
  • A federal judge has dealt a blow to the Trump administration's efforts to require Medicaid recipients to work. ABC News reports that U.S. District Judge James Boasberg found that requirements in two states posed obstacles to getting health care.
  • Meanwhile, a similar effort to shackle Medicaid to work requirements appears to have stalled in the Idaho Legislature. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 7-2 Wednesday to hold the measure in committee, thus dramatically diminishing its chances for passage this year. A separate bill with voluntary work requirements is still alive at the legislature.

  • The New York Times reports that British Prime Minister Theresa May is telling her critics that she'll resign from office if Parliament approves her latest Brexit plan. So far, Parliament has rejected May's plan on two occasions. It could return for a vote as early as today.
  • The NCAA men's basketball tournament resumes today, and by this Sunday evening, the Sweet 16 will be narrowed down to the Final Four.
  • Five years after they competed in the Winter Olympics, members of the U.S. Olympic two- and four-man bobsled teams will receive silver medals. NBC Sports reports that the U.S. teams initially finished third, but the Russian two- and four-man bobsled teams have now been officially disqualified for doping.
  • There's not much that HBO lead attorney Eve Konstan doesn't see in advance of an air date, but Konstan tells The Hollywood Reporter that even she hasn't a clue how Game of Thrones will end. The wildly successful series returns for its final season on Sunday, April 14.
  • Meanwhile, HBO just can't seem to let Game of Thrones fly off into the sunset. The network announced Wednesday that after the series comes to an end on Sunday, May 19, HBO will air a two-hour Game of Thrones documentary. Network executives bill it as a "bonus" for fans.

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