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The Indiana mayor has formally announced his presidential bid. (image: Wikimedia Commons)

The big story…

Pete Buttigieg Announces 2020 Presidential Campaign

Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg officially announced his presidential campaign on Sunday, adding to the fast-growing list of Democrats looking to take on President Trump. CNN reports, “Buttigieg cast his candidacy as a direct rebuttal to Trump’s campaign — including his slogan “Make America Great Again” — and highlighted his belief that the country needs both a generational change and an entirely different political figure to lead the country past Trump. Buttigieg’s argument is that he, a gay, veteran mayor from the Midwest, is just that kind of different politician.”

Hardly known about a month ago, Buttigieg has shown to be ranked in the polls alongside candidates like Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren. If Buttigieg won the election not only would he be the country’s first openly gay president but he would also be the first person to go from mayoral office directly to the White House.


In global news…

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu Wins Reelection

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won reelection during the country’s national elections on Tuesday, April 9. This will be Netanyahu’s fifth term as Israel’s head of government since becoming prime minister in 2009 and briefly between 1996 and 1999.

With Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party winning 35 seats and his opponent, Benny Gantz of the moderate centrist Blue and White party, winning 35 seats, it became the Jewish majority country’s closest election in recent times. Read more in Duane Paul Murphy’s report for CMN.


In politics…

Rep. Ilhan Omar Reports Receiving More Death Threats

Since President Donald Trump retweeted a video apparently showing Rep. Omar belittling the 9/11 attacks, the first-term representative from Minnesota says she has been receiving more death threats as a direct cause of the video. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement announcing her commitment to the new Rep.’s safety. Although Trump unpinned the tweet for his Twitter profile, he did not delete the tweet.


In sports…

NBA Playoffs: Western Conference Predictions

The “Wild Wild West” is back and loaded with great teams. It wasn’t until the last game of the season for the seeding to become set in stone, causing middle of the pack teams to switch. Unlike the Eastern Conference only having one team with upset potential, the Western Conference could have multiple. Injuries and inexperience for the higher seeds is what will play into possible upsets. Read more in Adam Shay’s report for CMN.


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Last but not least…

Track Review: Jorja Smith’s ‘Let Me Down’

British R&B singer songwriter Jorja Smith’s jazz-tinged raspy voice is captivating on “Let Me Down,” which features UK grime artist Stormzy. If Alicia Keys and Amy Winehouse morphed into completely different artist, it would sound like Smith on this track. The single was released in January 2018 to promote her upcoming tour. Read more in Charlotte Kohlberg’s report for CMN.


Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Natalia KolenkoDuane Paul MurphyAdam ShayCharlotte Kohlberg, and the CMN Staff. It’s Tax Day in the U.S. and this is what our money looks like flying away from us. P.S. Was this newsletter forwarded by a friend? Subscribe here to get the Morning Scoop straight to your inbox every day.

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