One pure thing
We absolutely must begin today by showing you this BBC interview that went horribly wrong in an amazing way, according to Josh Withey at The Independent. David Cochrane tweeted, “This is gold.” Nate Chinen shouted, “IT ME.”
It’s Women’s History Month
Amal Clooney spoke at the United Nations and Time Magazine used the opportunity to highlight the lawyer’s pregnancy. But Zack Stanton with Politico Magazine tweeted, “If by ‘show off her baby bump,’ you mean ‘visits the UN to encourage it to investigate allegations of genocide by ISIS,’ this is correct.” And it got a lot of traction.
At the Washington Post, Samantha Schmidt explained, A lawyer named Amal Clooney gave a powerful speech at U.N. Some only saw her baby bump.
Elsewhere, a male GOP lawmaker asked why men should pay for prenatal coverage, according to Elise Viebeck at the Washington Post. Cathleen Decker just tweeted, “Oy.” While Fernando Espuelas tried to answer: “No sperm?”
News at home
U.S. Jobs, Wages Show Solid Gains in Trump's First Full Month, reads a headline in Bloomberg. Joe Weisenthal tweeted, “U6 falls from 9.4% to 9.2%.” But Ben White pointed out, “Hard to see any Trump bump in these numbers. Nearly identical to last two Febs. Feb. 2015: 238K Feb 2016: 237K Feb. 2017: 235K.”
GOP health care bill would drop mental health coverage mandate covering 1.3 million Americans, writes Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post. Ingraham added on Twitter: “Energy and Commerce GOP declined to give name of either their guy who spoke at the hearing, or of aide who commented.”
Nate Cohn explains in the New York Times Why Trump Supporters Have the Most to Lose With the G.O.P. Repeal Bill. Jonathan Weisman tweeted, “They don't know and if they did, they probably wouldn't care.” Jonathan Capehart urged, “READ!! →”
Sharon Begley at Stat News reports that the House GOP would let employers demand workers' genetic test results. Gideon Gil flagged it as a “New privacy threat.”
In another part of the government, EPA chief Scott Pruitt says carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to global warming, according to CNBC’s Tom DiChristopher. Doug Henwood came back with, “Germs don't cause disease either.” Mike Forsythe just called the news, “Heartbreaking, enraging.”
Meanwhile, the Justice Dept. Declines to Back the Claim that Trump Is Not Under Investigation, according to Eric Lichtblau at the New York Times. Julie Davis elaborate: “Justice Dept won't confirm @PressSec assertion yesterday that Trump isn't target of counterintelligence investigation.”
In case you were wondering, With Trump in the White House, His Golf Properties Only Prosper - reads a headline from Eric Lipton and Susanne Craig at the New York Times. Lipton called it, “Golf Inc…” While Craig tweeted this quote from Eric Trump: "I think our brand is the hottest it has ever been."
For the Truth About the WikiLeaks C.I.A. Cache, turn to Zeynep Tufekci’s explainer in the New York Times. Runa A. Sandvik added, “If anything in the WikiLeaks revelations is a bombshell, it's just how strong Signal and WhatsApp appear to be.”
And for another intelligence story, read Sources: FBI investigation continues into 'odd' computer link between Russian bank and Trump Organization, from Pamela Brown and Jose Pagliery at CNN.
Speaking of WikiLeaks, Nigel Farage Just Visited The Ecuadorian Embassy In London, Marie Le Conte reported in BuzzFeed. FYI: that’s where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been living since he claimed asylum in 2012. But Emily Dugan tweeted, “Farage pays a visit to the Ecuadorian embassy then claims he can't remember why he went.” To the embassy. Where Julian Assange is living. Hmmm.
In another part of the world, South Korea Removed President Park Geun-hye, according to Choe Sang-Hun at the New York Times. Motoko Rich tweeted, “Park Guen-hye, 1st woman president of South Korea, daughter of dictator, 1st to be impeached by Constitutional Court.”
Pope Francis may allow married Catholic men as priests, according to CNN’s Delia Gallagher. Dan Woods shared, “My Uncle-in-law, former priest and sociologist Richard Schoenherr fought for married men as priests all his life.”
Radioactive Boars in Fukushima Thwart Residents’ Plans to Return Home, Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura writes in the New York Times. Patrick LaForge tweeted, “So cute, so vicious, so radioactive. Tim Donnelly added, “Finally, a spirit animal for me.”
And sadly the Australian’s cartoonist Bill Leak dies aged 61, writes Rosie Lewis at that paper. Michael Owen tweet that he was “Simply irreplaceable.” The Australian tweeted the news “with a heavy heart.”
In other news
Washington Post’s Master Tesfatsion says the Redskins fired GM Scot McCloughan after just two seasons.
While Rick Maese, also at the Washington Post, writes that NFL abuse of painkillers and other drugs was described in some court filings. Justin Miller said, “Sealed court documents show NFL trainers dispensing prescription painkillers against the law.” Sally Jenkins added, “In all the Scot McCloughan noise don't miss this very big story.”
Your weekend long-read
Read all about how This Man’s Life Was Destroyed By A Police Typo courtesy of Matthew Champion in BuzzFeed. James Ball explained, “The police mis-typed an IP address. The result? A man was wrongly accused of being a paedophile.”