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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Pence travels to flood-damaged areas in Midwest

  • Report: Despite red flags, Deutsche Bank kept giving Trump loans

  • GOP Rep. Devin Nunes sues Twitter for $250 million

  • National Enquirer reportedly paid Bezos' girlfriend's brother $200,000 for texts

  • Baylor overall No. 1 seed in NCAA women's tournament

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday is visiting Midwest communities affected by record flooding caused by last week's "bomb cyclone" and melting snow. At least four people, including three in Nebraska and one in Iowa, have died in the flooding, which is continuing this week as some rivers continue to rise. More than 8 million people are under flood warnings in 14 states from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Seventy-four cities, 65 counties, and four tribal areas have issued emergency declarations in Nebraska, where flood records have been set in 17 places and some rivers still haven't crested. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts called the rising waters the "most widespread disaster we have had in our state's history."

Source: CNN

President Trump has a long history with Deutsche Bank, and the bank didn't want it scrutinized after he was elected in 2016, The New York Times reports. More than 20 current and former executives and board members told the Times that Trump really has been a top priority for Deutsche Bank. Beginning in the late 1990s, Deutsche Bank gave Trump loans despite knowing he overinflated his net worth and had defaulted on earlier loans. In early 2016, one managing director, Rosemary Vrablic, tried to get Trump a loan for his golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, the Times reports, but one executive opposed the deal because of Trump's divisive rhetoric. Vrablic appealed, and top executives scotched the deal, aghast that the bank was considering lending him money during the campaign.

Source: The New York Times

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) sued Twitter for $250 million on Monday, alleging that the social media platform "shadow banned" conservatives, including himself, ahead of the 2018 midterms, Fox News reports. Shadow banning is described as purposely making a user's content undiscoverable to everyone except the original poster, without their knowledge; Twitter had repeatedly denied ever shadow banning any user. The suit, filed in Virginia state court, also claims Twitter wanted to interfere with Nunes' work when he was still chair of the House Intelligence Committee, and allowed users with names like "@DevinNunesMom" to harass him. Nunes wants Twitter to reveal the identities of those users.

Source: Fox News

The private texts between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, published in January were supplied to the National Enquirer by her brother, Michael Sanchez, who was paid $200,000 for the messages, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. The story about their affair was released the same day Bezos announced he was separating from his wife. Michael Sanchez is a talent agent and frequently passed along stories to Enquirer editor Dylan Howard, the Journal reports. He began talking to the Enquirer and its publisher, American Media LLC, about the affair in October, after the tabloid had already started investigating the relationship between Bezos and his sister, a former television reporter.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Baylor is the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA women's basketball tournament, which starts Friday. The other No. 1 seeds are defending champion Notre Dame, Louisville, and Mississippi State. Baylor (31-1) is a two-time national champion. For the first time since 2006, UConn is not among the No. 1 seeds. ESPNU accidentally showed the bracket two hours before it was set to be revealed on Monday night; ESPN has since apologized to "the NCAA and the women's basketball community." The Final Four is scheduled to start April 5 in Tampa.

Source: ESPN
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