March 8, 2018: What to Know 

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  • President Donald Trump's lawyer has obtained a temporary restraining order in an effort to silence porn star Stormy Daniels from speaking any more about the hush money she received in the wake of a tryst she claims she had with Trump. The New York Times reports that the sordid affair has taken a further turn for the worse as Daniels now says the agreement—which compensated her $130,000—was void because Trump never signed it. Furthermore, Vanity Fair reports that Daniels may be holding pictures of Trump in some very compromising situations.
  • Rachel Dolezal is back. You may remember Dolezal as the woman who resigned in June 2015 as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP after claiming she was a black woman when, in fact, she was white. Netflix is about to broadcast a new documentary dubbed, The Rachel Divide, based on her life. Dolezal's son Franklin has something to say about his mother's return to the media spotlight. Turning to the camera in the documentary, he says, "This documentary might just backfire like everything else has backfired. I resent some of her choices, and I resent some of the words she's spoken in interviews." The documentary will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

  • The Boise State University women's basketball team had a huge win in Las Vegas Wednesday, where they beat Colorado State 76-61 in the Mountain West Tournament semifinals. That advances the Lady Broncos to the Mountain West Conference championship game tomorrow afternoon. Meanwhile, the BSU men's basketball squad will take on Utah State tonight in a Mountain West quarterfinal. That game tips off at 7 p.m. and will be televised by the CBS Sports Network.

  • Today is International Women's Day. Business Insider reports that McDonald's is marking the occasion by flipping some of its golden arches upside down to resemble a "W." Columnist Willa Frej, writing for Huffpost, said the stunt "totally misses the point of empowering women." Frej writes the company's "culture is steeped in unfair treatment of women," including multiple complaints of sexual harassment and an inadequate pay structure. But McDonald's management disagrees.

    "We have a long history of supporting women in the workplace," company spokeswoman Lauren Altmin told CNBC. "In the U.S. we take pride in our diversity and we are proud to share that today, six out of 10 restaurant managers are women."

  • The first reviews are out for A Wrinkle in Time, the much-anticipated film adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's bestselling novel. The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy wasn't too excited about the film, which cost more than $100 million to make, writing that the movie "mostly felt rote, arbitrary rather than organic and, in the end, uninteresting." USA Today's Brian Truitt said the film suffered from "weak character development, a lack of narrative groove and a haphazard finish." Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson said it's "rather hard to care about the story, partly because the movie doesn't seem to."

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