Tuesday, March 12

ByKevin Sheekey

First on the Bloomberg: Europe Poised to Ground Boeing 737 Max After U.K. Halts Flights (Bloomberg)
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration continued to stand by the jet, calling it “airworthy.”

The Politics of Flight: Fate of Boeing 737 Max Could Turn On a Single Trump Tweet (Bloomberg Opinion – David Fickling)
Whether to ground the Boeing aircraft in the U.S. is as much a political as a technical decision. It’s a judgment call, complicated by the fact that the FAA currently doesn’t have a permanent administrator. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, who’s responsible for the agency and whose views would probably be decisive, seems to be taking a wait-and-see approach. Boeing’s Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg, meanwhile, has worked hard to be close to President Donald Trump.

Which airlines fly the 737 Max 8? Southwest, American Airlines and others continue to fly the plane – as of now. See the list here.

Nancy Pelosi on Impeaching Trump: It’s Too Divisive and “He’s Just Not Worth It” (Washington Post)

Brexit: 17 Days Until We Go Off a Cliff:
-Theresa May Strikes New Brexit Deal, Asks Parliament to Vote for It
Parliamentary votes begin tonight at 7pm London time, 3pm ET.
-Pound Slides as Optimism on Theresa May’s Revised Brexit Deal Fizzles (Bloomberg)

Venezuela Update: Caracas Goes Thirsty as Power Crisis Shuts Down Water Plants (Bloomberg)

Opioid Crisis: Lawsuit Says Johnson & Johnson was Opioid “Kingpin” of the U.S. (Axios)
The first big trial of the opioid epidemic begins in Oklahoma in May, and it will set the stage for similar litigation in other states as well as the consolidated nationwide lawsuit that has been compared to the tobacco litigation of the 1990s.

Global Health Now: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Tops Ranking of the Best U.S. Public Health Schools (U.S. News & World Report)
The top 5 public health schools in the U.S. are:
1. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
3. University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health
4. Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
5. Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

Hate TV: What Is Making the NRA Cringe? Its Own Incendiary Videos (New York Times)

World Wide Web at 30 Years: Tim Berners-Lee Says: ‘If We Dream a Little, We Can Get the Web We Want’ (The Guardian)

Bloomberg Insider: Bloomberg TV Names Rachel Wehrspann, Head of US TV, and Emily Yamamoto as Head of APAC TV (TV Newser)

100 Floors Above NYC: New York to Open Tallest Outdoor Observation Deck in Western Hemisphere at Hudson Yards (CNN)
Standing at more than 1,100 feet in New York’s Hudson Yards, Edge will be the tallest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere and the fifth highest in the world. After hopping on an elevator for 60 seconds, visitors will arrive at the 7,500-square-foot outdoor viewing area, which extends 65 feet from the 100th floor of the new 30 Hudson Yards tower and includes a glass floor, offering visitors a bird’s-eye view of the city.

Best of late night.

“President Trump spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. By the way, that sentence was written two years ago, and yet it still works every Monday.”
— Seth Meyers

On President Trump explaining that he called Tim Cook “Tim Apple” to save words:
“As we all know from his two-hour speeches, the president hates to waste time with words.”
— Jimmy Kimmel

“Happy daylight savings! If it seems brighter outside, it’s either because of daylight savings, or it’s the sun reflecting off J-Lo’s new engagement ring.”
–Jimmy Fallon

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