News from Around the Web for Mar 27, 2024

News From Around the Web

#10 NBC Has Cut Ties With Former RNC Head Ronna McDaniel After Employee Objections, Some on the Air - David Bauder for AP News and Steve Deace on X

NBC News cut ties Tuesday with former Republican National Committee chief Ronna McDaniel less than a week after hiring her as an on-air political contributor, a decision that followed a furious protest by some of its journalists and commentators. In announcing the decision in a memo, NBC Universal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde apologized to staff members who felt let down by the hire, acknowledging he had signed off on it.  “No organization, particularly a newsroom, can succeed unless it is cohesive and aligned. Over the last few days, it has become clear that this appointment undermines that goal,” Conde said. But he said the network remained committed to centering “voices that represent different parts of the political spectrum.”

#9 In Abortion Pill Arguments, Supreme Court Justices Seem Skeptical About FDA Accountability Experts Say - Brianna Herlihy for Fox News, Rep Tim Burchett on X and Gov. Kathy Hochul (Morning Joe) on X

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments challenging the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) relaxed regulations on a widely prescribed abortion pill, and while legal experts say that the case could be tossed due to a lack of standing, the justices appeared skeptical of the idea that the FDA could face no liability. Erin Hawley, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, argued the case on behalf of a group of doctors challenging the FDA's loose access restrictions on mifepristone. While the justices seemed skeptical that the doctors had standing to sue, they did seem to take issue with the lack of accountability for the FDA for any harm caused by the abortion pill.

#8 Mega Millions Announces Winner of $1.13 Billion Jackpot - Landon Mion and Sarah Rumpf-Whitten for Fox Business

The Mega Millions jackpot announced a winner in Tuesday night's estimated $1.13 billion drawing after 30 previous drawings without a winner. The winning numbers Tuesday night were: 7, 11, 22, 29, 38, and gold Mega Ball 4. The Megaplier was 2X. The winning ticket was sold in New Jersey. This was the fifth-largest prize in the history of the game, Mega Millions said in a news release. In addition to the jackpot, 12 players — one each in California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio and two each in Florida, Georgia, and New York — matched all five white balls to win $1 million and another player in New York matched all five white balls and the Megaplier to win $3 million.

#7 Who is Nicole Shanahan, RFK Jr.'s Running Mate? Will McDuffie for ABC News, Vigilant Fox on X, and Donald Trump (Laura Loomer) on X

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has named Nicole Shanahan as his running mate. Shanahan is a 38-year-old lawyer and tech entrepreneur in the Bay Area.  Shanahan, who earned a law degree from Stanford in California, has helped found multiple organizations focused on the health of humans and the planet -- a focus that first drew her to Kennedy last year. "A lot of the work I do with my foundation [Bia-Echo] and my venture fund is around human and planetary health," she recently told ABC News. "If you look at our portfolio, it's kind of all like, how do we fund women's healthy fertility? How do we not just go to these maximalist public health policies that really forget the importance of the individual? So, personalized medicine requires us to understand the nuances of how each individual reacts in its environment."

#6 Feds Seek Seizure of Two New York Apartments Worth $14 Million Tied to Former Mongolia Leader in Alleged Mining Scheme - Dan Mangan for NBC News

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday sued to seize two New York City apartments worth $14 million that were allegedly bought with proceeds from a corrupt scheme involving Mongolia's huge copper mine, a former prime minister of that nation, and his Harvard Business School graduate son. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn details a total of $128 million in allegedly unlawful contracts granted by a Mongolian state-owned mining company to shell companies, which benefited then Prime Minister Sukhbaatar Batbold and his family, including his oldest son.

#5 Biden Says He Traveled 'Many Times' Over Vehicle-Only Francis Scott Key Bridge While Commuting by Train or Car - Sarah Rumpf-Whitten for Fox News and Ian Miles Cheong on X

President Biden said Tuesday he commuted by train or car over the Francis Scott Key Bridge "many, many times," despite the bridge not having any rail lines. During a press conference Tuesday on the major bridge collapse in Baltimore, Maryland, Biden told reporters that he has been over the Francis Scott Key Bridge "many, many times" by train or car. "At about 1:30 [a.m. Tuesday], a container ship struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which I’ve been over many, many times commuting from the state of Delaware either on a train or by car," the president said.

#4 BlackRock’s Larry Fink Sees Social Security Crisis, Says 65 Retirement Age ‘A Bit Crazy’ - Alex Harring for CNBC

BlackRock Chair Larry Fink said capital markets can help solve a crisis brewing around the ability of Americans to afford retirement as lifespans elongate and that the government can provide a basic safety net. In his annual letter to shareholders of the investing company overseeing $10 trillion in assets, Fink called the decreasing ability to retire in a financially sound way one of the biggest economic challenges of the mid-21st century. He said access to investing can help solve this conundrum while also pondering if the expectation for everyone to receive Social Security benefits at age 65 has become archaic.

#3 Ex-Merchant Marine Captain Warns There is 'No Way of Controlling' Cargo Ship With Mechanical Error - Kristen Altus for Fox Business and Cheif Nerd on X

A former merchant marine captain – who’s traveled in and out of the Baltimore port "a number of times" – explained what happens when a mechanical error occurs on cargo ships.  "When you look at these incidents, typically you'll look at human error, you'll look at mechanical error and possibly some sort of security concern. At initial glance, it looks here like it is a mechanical error," former Cpt. Klaus Luhta said on "Varney & Co." "There are some cases where when a ship loses propulsion, you just have no way of controlling it," he continued. "And this appears to be one of those catastrophes where it was just out of the hands of what anybody could do." Mayor Brandon M. Scott and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. have confirmed to Fox News that rescue efforts were underway Tuesday following the tragic collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge along I-695 in Maryland into the Baltimore harbor following a "ship strike."

#2 Trump is Selling $60 Bibles With 'God Bless the U.S.A.' Singer Lee Greenwood - Kevin Breuninger for CNBC and Simon Ateba on X

Donald Trump on Tuesday started promoting a line of pricey Bibles in a partnership with country music star Lee Greenwood, whose song "God Bless the U.S.A." is omnipresent at the former president's political rallies. "All Americans need a Bible in their home, and I have many," Trump said in a video on Truth Social announcing the business deal.  "It's my favorite book. It's a lot of people's favorite book," he added. "Religion and Christianity are the biggest things missing from this country, and I truly believe that we need to bring them back," he said. "It's one of the biggest problems we have. That's why our country's going haywire — we've lost religion in our country."

#1 New York City Begins Giving Illegal Immigrants Prepaid Debit Cards as Part of $53 Million Pilot Program - Kyle Morris for Fox News and Citizen Free Press on X

The first batch of debit cards were reportedly handed out Monday to a handful of migrants who recently arrived in the city. Officials in New York City have begun giving out prepaid debit cards to migrant families residing in the Big Apple. The first batch of debit cards, which are reportedly meant to be used by the illegal immigrants to purchase food and baby supplies, were handed out Monday to a handful of migrant families in the city, New York City Mayor Eric Adams' office confirmed to Fox News Digital. The effort is part of a reported $53 million pilot program to hand out prepaid credit cards to migrant families housed in hotels despite public outcry.


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