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March 7: House Dems, Huawei, Trudeau, Facebook, Alex Trebek

Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed ​​and Out the Door . (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) 1. House Democrats Since taking over the House, Democrats have marched pretty much in lockstep under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But the unity seems to be coming apart, as the Dems can't seem to get their act together on what sounds like a no-brainer: passing a resolution condemning anti-Semitism. The need for a resolution rose out of the controversy over remarks by freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar. The Minnesota lawmaker, one of only two Muslim women in Congress, has twice made comments many interpreted as being anti-Semitic. But that fell apart yesterday at a reported raucous closed-by meeting of Democrats. Some freshman and female lawmakers, including many from the Congressional Black Caucus, said they were treated unfairly and held to a different standard than white, male, Christian lawmakers. So, there was talk of updating the resolution to include language anti-Muslim bias as well. The vote is on hold for now. 2. Huawei One of China's biggest tech companies is pushing back against the United States. Huawei, the world's largest maker of telecom equipment, sued the US government for a law that is based on federal agencies from buying its products. A company official said Congress acted as "judge, jury and executioner" in passing the law. The US wanted the ban because it sold Huawei's products,…

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1. House Democrats

Since taking over the House, Democrats have marched pretty much in lockstep under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But the unity seems to be coming apart, as the Dems can’t seem to get their act together on what sounds like a no-brainer: passing a resolution condemning anti-Semitism. The need for a resolution rose out of the controversy over remarks by freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar. The Minnesota lawmaker, one of only two Muslim women in Congress, has twice made comments many interpreted as being anti-Semitic. But that fell apart yesterday at a reported raucous closed-by meeting of Democrats. Some freshman and female lawmakers, including many from the Congressional Black Caucus, said they were treated unfairly and held to a different standard than white, male, Christian lawmakers. So, there was talk of updating the resolution to include language anti-Muslim bias as well. The vote is on hold for now.

2. Huawei

One of China’s biggest tech companies is pushing back against the United States. Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecom equipment, sued the US government for a law that is based on federal agencies from buying its products. A company official said Congress acted as “judge, jury and executioner” in passing the law. The US wanted the ban because it sold Huawei’s products, including its smartphones, could be used by the Chinese government on other nations, something Huawei denies.

3. Justin Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s good guy is a hit in a scandal that threatens his political future. Trudeau is accused of pressuring the country’s form of attorney general to help an influential quebec-based construction company set in criminal case and avoidance for alleged bribery. Trudeau denies this, but some members of his Cabinet have resigned. Now Canadian lawmakers are holding hearings to get to the bottom of it all. The growing scandal comes at a bad time, too, for Trudeau and his Liberal Party. National elections in Canada are just seven months away.

4. Facebook

A Facebook that would put privacy first? Don’t laugh. Mark Zuckerberg says that’s his vision for a new Facebook. The social media giant’s founder and CEO laid it all out in post, saying he wants Facebook to become more secure, including by encrypting messages. Zuckerberg said Facebook would make it easier for users to have messages and content disappear after a certain period of time, and to add Instagram Stories, which disappear after 24 hours. He also started to integrate the services of Facebook with WhatsApp and Instagram, which made the social media platform even more power.

5. Alex Trebek

A collective of group rolled out last night as word spread that “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Trebek, 78, broke the news in a video posted on the show’s YouTube account. He said he plans to keep working while he fights to “beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.” Trebek even joked that he must keep hosting the game show, as he has since 1

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Best wishes

A dying man in Connecticut had one of his wishes fulfilled: a phone call from President Trump.

Alone no more

Book lovers will have Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s masterwork “One Hundred Years of Solitude” into a series

Today in facepalm

A Mexican TV personality wore brownface to mock “Roma” star Yalitza Aparicio and is shocked – shocked – at the outrage

HAPPENING LATER

Sentencing day

Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is set to be sent today on bank fraud and tax evasion charges . He faces up to 25 years in prison.

TODAY’S NUMBER

21

The number of horses that died in the last 10 weeks at Santa Anita Park. The Southern California racetrack has closed indefinitely while investigators try to figure out what’s causing the deaths.

TODAY’S QUOTE

“So bear with me and know that I am grateful for all the love. Just, being grateful quietly.” 19659030] Sophie Perry 18, with the death of her father, actor Luke Perry

TODAY’S WEATHER

AND FINALLY

All my friends know the snow rider [19659015] Who says adults can’t have fun in the snow? This man busts some serious moves while plowing in Idaho. (Click to view.)

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