March 19, 2019

The Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights had a come-from-behind victory on Tuesday night, defeating Prairie View A&M and securing the school's first-ever NCAA tournament win.

The final score for the First Four game was 82-76. It was also a good night for senior guard Darnell Edge, who scored a career-high 33 points. Fairleigh Dickinson has four campuses and two teams, with the Knights representing the Metropolitan Campus in Hackensack, New Jersey. The school has played in six NCAA tournament games.

Coach Greg Herenda, who recently recovered from life-threatening blood clots, told The Associated Press that the win was "overwhelming." He has been a coach for 35 years, working at Fairleigh Dickinson for six. On Thursday, the team will face the No. 1 seed, Gonzaga University, in Salt Lake City. Catherine Garcia

5:22 p.m.

CNN host Alisyn Camerota isn't a fan of the new guy.

The network recently hired former GOP Rep. Sean Duffy as a contributor, and in his first appearance on the network on Monday, he was already throwing out conspiracy theories. In particular, Duffy defended White House Press Secretary Mick Mulvaney for saying the White House wanted Ukraine to hand over the DNC email server — something Ukraine certainly doesn't have.

Duffy reiterated Mulvaney's comments from last week where he said the White House withheld aid money from Ukraine to pressure it to hand over the emails hacked in 2016 — an admitted quid pro quo. There's just one problem: "That's a conspiracy theory," Camerota told Duffy. The former congressmember then dug himself deeper into his theory, even trying to bring former Vice President Joe Biden into the mix. Camerota breathlessly egged him on the whole time before blurting out that "Ukraine doesn't have the server." Duffy even agreed Camerota might be right on that point, but to him, the facts didn't exactly matter. Kathryn Krawczyk

5:19 p.m.

The Associated Press believes the Michigan State Spartans have a great chance of becoming the first Big 10 basketball to win the Division I championship since, well, Michigan State in 2000. The Spartans overwhelmingly earned the top spot in AP's preseason college basketball top 25, receiving 60 of 65 first place votes. It's the first time Michigan State's ever been ranked No. 1 in a preseason AP poll, which is surprising given the program's consistent greatness.

The Big 10 is generally one of the country's most competitive conferences, but a national title has remained elusive. Regardless, preseason predictions have pegged the Spartans, led by longtime coach Tom Izzo and senior point guard Cassius Winston, as the team to beat. It's not a surprise — Michigan State went to the Final Four last season and returns Winston, who projects to be one of the best players in the country once again, as well as two other starters in Xavier Tillman and Aaron Henry. They'll also be getting back Winston's classmate and NBA prospect Joshua Langford, who missed most of last season with a foot injury.

There's still a long way to go, of course, and Michigan State will have plenty of competition. Kentucky and Kansas split the remaining five votes and are ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Duke finds itself the nation's fourth-ranked team to begin the year, but the Blue Devils will be dealing with a lot of turnover. Other teams in the top 10, such as Florida and Michigan State's Big 10 competitor Maryland, also looked poised to go deep into March.

Virginia, the defending champion, will enter the year as the No. 11 ranked team, though it did lose its three star players — De'Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome, and Kyle Guy — to the NBA draft this offseason. See the full rankings here. Tim O'Donnell

4:42 p.m.

President Trump is back to square one.

After seemingly favoring either of his current immigration heads Ken Cuccinelli and Mark Morgan as his new homeland security secretary, Trump was reportedly informed neither will be allowed to take the job without Senate approval. That's because an opinion out of the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel blocks acting heads from ascending to lead a Cabinet department, The Wall Street Journal reports and CNN confirms.

As it stands, Cuccinelli is the acting head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Morgan is the acting leader of Customs and Border Protection. They, along with recently resigned DHS acting head Kevin McAleenan, all got their jobs when Trump pushed out Kristjen Nielsen as the head of the department in April.

But in order to rise to replace McAleenan without a Senate vote, they'd have to "either be next in line for a position or hold a Senate-confirmed position," OLC opinion says. Cuccinelli or Morgan could also get the job if they'd served "at least 90 days in the past year under the previous secretary," the Journal writes. The last full-time secretary was technically Nielsen, and Cuccinelli or Morgan didn't work long enough under her, Sean Doocey, head of the White House Presidential Personnel Office, reportedly told Trump in a Friday meeting.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Find out who Trump is considering now at The Wall Street Journal. Kathryn Krawczyk

4:18 p.m.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) delivered an education plan Monday as part of her Democratic presidential campaign.

Warren's proposal in total would cost $800 billion, including quadrupling funding for Title I to $450 billion to boost schools with low-income students, $200 billion in grants for student's with disabilities, and $50 billion in school infrastructure.

The latter figure will head to schools that need it the most, Warren's plan notes, arguing "we cannot legitimately call our public schools 'public' when some students have state-of-the-art classrooms and others do not even have consistent running water." The plan also clarifies that money is in addition to funds that would affect schools as laid out in Warren's other plans. For example, she's already explained in her energy plan that she would commit billions to upgrade school buildings to increase energy efficiency and invest in zero-mission school buses, but there'd be no overlap with the newly proposed funding.

Warren's education plan is also significant because it's the last plan she has made that would be funded by her proposed wealth tax, The Wall Street Journal reports. Now, she'll draw up new ways to explain how she'll fund her forthcoming proposals, which the Journal notes, she has done before. Read the full plan here. Tim O'Donnell

4:09 p.m.

ISIS has recently been trying to spread propaganda to young users on TikTok, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The popular video app has removed about two dozen accounts for posting Islamic State propaganda videos, some of which feature "stars and hearts that stream across the screen in an apparent attempt to resonate with young people," the Journal writes. These findings come from Storyful, the social media intelligence agency. Some of the videos reportedly showed "corpses paraded through streets," with certain accounts reportedly having more than 1,000 followers.

The Islamic State has been known to spread propaganda on social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, but the Journal reports this TikTok effort looks to be "part of a new show of strength — and possible enlistment tool — as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria." TikTok allows users to post short-form videos, and roughly 30 percent of users are under 18, the Journal reports.

"The rhyme, beat, evocative lyrics and punchy delivery are especially appealing to youth," extremism expert Elisabeth Kendall told the Journal of the videos. "This catchy sing-along method for propagating ISIS ideology means it spreads quickly and sticks in the collective memory. It tends to be far more effective than sermons or theological debate and treatises."

A spokesperson for TikTok told the Journal, "We permanently ban any such accounts and associated devices as soon as identified, and we continuously develop ever-stronger controls to proactively detect suspicious activity." Read the full, disturbing report at The Wall Street Journal. Brendan Morrow

3:43 p.m.

There's a long line of Democrats ready to take up one helm of the impeachment probe.

House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) died last week after longstanding health problems, leaving open his spot at one of the committees investigating President Trump. Talks of his replacement have been quiet out of respect for Cummings, but a handful of Democrats have said they're looking to take the position, The Washington Post reports.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) is the most senior Democrat on the oversight committee and is currently serving as its active chair. She briefly told the Post on Friday she's looking to become the full-time chair, but wouldn't expand on her goals due to how recently Cummings had died. She'll likely campaign for the role based on past legislative wins like the permanent 9/11 victims' compensation fund.

Reps. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), both on the committee, are also reportedly looking to take up Cummings' gavel, two people familiar with their plans tell the Post. They declined to comment, but have both "been noticeably more involved in the impeachment probe than Maloney," the Post writes. Also in the running is Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), the third-highest ranking Democrat on the panel who some members of the Congressional Black Caucus are attempting to get into the role, people familiar with background discussions tell the Post. Washington, D.C., Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), who is the second-highest ranking Democrat, will try for the role if Maloney opts out, people familiar with her plans say.

Cummings will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, followed by a Friday funeral at his longtime Baltimore church. Kathryn Krawczyk

3:04 p.m.

A couple of weeks ago, Martin Scorsese set off a minor firestorm when he revealed that he believes Marvel superhero movies are "not cinema" — and like an Avengers of Auteurs, his fellow directors have all assembled to back him up. The latest is Frances Ford Coppola, director of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II and (sigh) The Godfather Part III, who said he believes Scorsese is right. Coppola added that he thinks Marvel movies are "despicable," so he must have watched Thor: The Dark World recently. Scott Meslow

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