5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump declines to attend White House Correspondents' Dinner

  • Trump's Navy secretary pick withdraws from nomination

  • Justin Timberlake kicks off the 2017 Oscars

  • 28 injured in Mardi Gras drunk driving crash in New Orleans

  • People's Court judge Joseph Wapner dies at 97

In the latest volley of his war on the press, President Trump tweeted Saturday evening that he will break with decades of tradition to skip the White House Correspondents' Dinner, which is scheduled for April 29. "I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year," he wrote. "Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!" The White House Correspondents' Association said in a statement it "takes note" of Trump's decision, but will not cancel this "celebration of the First Amendment and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy republic." Several media outlets already canceled their pre- and after-parties in protest of Trump's behavior. The last president to miss the dinner was Ronald Reagan in 1981; he skipped because he was recovering from being shot in an assassination attempt — but still phoned in a message.

Source: NPR, CNN

Businessman Philip Bilden, President Trump's pick for Navy secretary, has withdrawn his name from consideration, citing ethics requirements. In a statement on Sunday, Bilden said the position would cause "undue disruption" to his family's financial interests, and he would not be able to satisfy rules by the Office of Government Ethics. Bilden also said he still "fully supports" Trump's agenda. Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a statement he will make a new recommendation to Trump soon. Earlier this month, Vincent Viola, a businessman and Trump's choice for Army secretary, dropped his bid for that position.

Source: NBC News

The 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by late night host Jimmy Kimmel, is underway in Hollywood. Singer Justin Timberlake opened the show with a performance of his song "Can't Stop the Feeling," accompanied by a band and several dancers. La La Land, leading the pack with 14 nominations, is the favorite for best picture this year, though Barry Jenkins' Moonlight is considered strong competition for the big win. The ceremony is live on ABC and streaming at ABC.com.

Source: ABC News

A pickup truck operated by a "highly intoxicated" man rammed into a crowd of Mardi Gras parade spectators in New Orleans Saturday night, injuring 28 people, 21 of whom have been hospitalized. The truck struck three vehicles, including a dump truck, before plowing into people watching the parade. The driver was immediately arrested by police, who have not indicated any suspicion of terrorist motives. One eyewitness said the driver seemed too intoxicated to be aware of his surroundings: "He was just kind of out of it."

Source: Reuters, The Associated Press

Judge Joseph Wapner, famous for presiding over The People's Court, died Sunday. He was 97. Wapner's son, David, told The Associated Press his father, who was hospitalized a week ago, died in his sleep. Wapner was the original judge for The People's Court, staying with the program from 1981 until 1993 and inspiring the television judges who followed. A native of Los Angeles, Wapner was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1959 and the Los Angeles Superior Court in 1961. He retired in 1979, and was recommended for the show by a fellow judge. In 1986, Wapner told AP everything on The People's Court was real. "There's no script, no rehearsal, no retakes," he added. "Everything from beginning to end is like a real courtroom, and I personally consider each case as a trial."

Source: USA Today
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