Good Morning. It’s Saturday, 18 March 2017, and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.
The NCAA tournament has completed its first round of competition. The second round of competition is today and tomorrow. By the end of the weekend, the 64 teams that started the NCAA tournament will be cut down to 16. From this point forward, it gets very tough. Check out the SI.com guide to Round Two for complete information. Enjoy the Madness as there will be basketball (and golf at the Arnold Palmer Invitation and auto racing at Sebring and FIS Skiing from Aspen) for the rest of the weekend.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Donald Trump yesterday. Frosty would be an understatement. Politico put a rather sharp point on the meeting in an article headlined “The leader of the free world meets with Donald Trump”. Perhaps our international reputation is suffering from a rather erratic start to the administration. Despite the fact that a Congressional committee has refuted Trump’s claims of wiretapping and the fact that the British have denied the ridiculous claim by the White House that they either participated in and/or facilitated spying on Trump Tower before or after the election, the White House and its spokespeople cling to their position that Trump Tower was wiretapped. Someone’s seen too many James Bond movies. And, in the Annals of Foreign Policy category, Secretary of State Tillerson has said that a “pre-emptive strike” may be required to bring North Korea back into line regarding missiles and nuclear weapons, thus totally invalidating the value of a pre-emptive strike (it’s not pre-emptive if someone suspects it might be coming) and simultaneously encouraging the fragile and irrational North Korean regime to make their own pre-emptive strike in advance. Hmmmm.
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