Morning Scoop / March 2, 2018

Trump Tariff Talk Caps Wild White House Week


Steel, Hope and guns: Another week in Trumpland (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

President Trump says the U.S. will impose severe tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, which drew immediate angry responses from China and other trading partners, as well as from his own party. The president later tweeted that "When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win."

The surprising statement capped another week of turmoil in Trumpland, which saw his son-in-law Jared Kushner's security clearance downgraded and White House communications director Hope Hicks resign. Hicks announced plans to leave not long after telling the House Intelligence Committee that she told "white lies" on behalf of the president.

Trump began the week by confounding both the NRA and Republicans with comments on gun control that contradict his longtime positions.

Movies or #TimesUp: Which Will Take the Lead Role at Oscars?

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel is back to host the 90th annual Academy Awards Sunday night, and while everyone is hoping that there isn't another embarrassing La-La Land/Moonlight screw-up, experts think the focus will be more on film and less on Hollywood scandal and politics.

The ceremony, which airs live starting a 8pm ET/5pm PT Sunday evening, will feature presenters that include Emily Blunt, Dave Chappelle, Lupita Nyong’o and Christopher Walken. Musical performances will come from Mary J. Blige, Keala Settle, and for you indie kids, Sufjan Stevens.

Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) is the frontrunner for Best Actor, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri could pick up multiple honors, for actors Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand and Best Picture.

You can see all the nominees in Carla Loebenstein's original report for CMN.

Today in a Tweet

When the president of the United States wants to tweet, he won't let a little thing like spelling get in his way. (For the record, the original tweet below was deleted and replaced with one that spelled the actor's name — and that other word — correctly.)
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Ex-Oregon St. Student Arrested (Again) for Threats Against School

A former Oregon State University student — who was arrested Tuesday on charges of posting threats to carry out a shooting at the school — was sentenced to jail time and probation for the same crime last year.

22-year-old Christopher Strahan was arrested by Oregon State Police after connecting him to a Twitter account with a series of tweets threatening violence. He is accused of first-degree disorderly conduct.

Read CMN's full report here.

San Diego State Changes Name of 'Trump Impeachment' Class

San Diego State University amended the controversial title of an upcoming course that insinuates the impeachment of President Trump after a public backlash.

The university’s one unit course, formerly titled “Trump: Impeachment, Removal, or Conviction?”, will now exclude “Trump” from its title. The course’s curriculum, taught by Professor John Joseph Clearly, will survey the past 19 U.S presidential impeachments to better understand the constitutional mechanisms for dismissing a president and the presidential immunity.

CMN's Rachel Chan has the full story.

Last But Not Least: Who Wants to Go to Puppy Yoga? Everyone.

Another reason to love Canada: A fitness company north of the border is offering a new feature this month and it seems like the best thing ever: puppy yoga.

According to the Inner Soul Yoga's website, "these are fun, non-serious yoga classes where beautiful puppies will run around and play and lick and climb all over us."

Um, yes please.
Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by Carla Loebenstein, Gigi Foster, Rachel Chan, and the CMN Staff. Fridayyyyyyy.