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OBAMA VS WARREN OVER TPP DEAL "President Barack Obama criticized Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and others who are opposed to a new trade deal that he is negotiating on Tuesday, saying that his opponents are simply wrong on the facts of the deal. Warren and other Democrats have raised concerns about the deal being negotiated with other 11 Pacific countries, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying that it could worsen income inequality and allow private companies to challenge domestic financial regulations before an international tribunal. Those challenges, Warren and other critics argue, could undermine key financial, environmental and other regulations." [Sam Levine, HuffPost]
GOOGLE TO LAUNCH WIRELESS SERVICE As it continues to monopolize virtually every aspect of your life. [WSJ]
SAUDIS STOPS YEMEN BOMBING CAMPAIGN "Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that it was halting a nearly month-old bombing campaign against a rebel group in neighboring Yemen that has touched off a devastating humanitarian crisis and threatened to ignite a broader regional conflict. The announcement followed what American officials said was pressure applied by the Obama administration for the Saudis and other Sunni Arab nations to end the airstrikes." [NYT]
DEA CHIEF TO STEP DOWN Michele Leonhart, the head of the Drug Enforcement Agency, will depart next month. Leonhart had come under fire for failing to sufficiently punish the DEA agents who were involved with the Colombian "sex parties." [Ryan Reilly, HuffPost]
KOCH BROTHERS CLARIFY FIVE 2016 CANDIDATES IN RUNNING FOR PRIMARY MONEY Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are all in contention for the Koch's primary funds. [USA Today]
OBAMA'S APPROVAL RATINGS ON THE RISE The prez is having a good quarter. [Janie Velencia, HuffPost]
CARNITAS FANS, REJOICE: CHIPOTLE HAS FOUND A NEW SUPPLIER The shortage that devastated us all should be a thing of the past. [James Cave, HuffPost]
BEHIND THE ATOMIC LABS DESIGNED ACROSS THE U.S. TO STOP IRAN "When diplomats at the Iran talks in Switzerland pummeled Department of Energy scientists with difficult technical questions -- like how to keep Iran’s nuclear plants open but ensure that the country was still a year away from building a bomb -- the scientists at times turned to a secret replica of Iran’s nuclear facilities built deep in the forests of Tennessee." [NYT]
WHEN WHISTLEBLOWING PAYS BIG In an era of record financial institution lawsuits, tipsters can receive a portion (and a fortune's worth) of settlements banks make with the federal government. [WSJ]
NEARLY ONE MILLION BIKES RECALLED Almost a million Trek bikes have been recalled over a flaw that caused one rider's paralysis. [USA Today]
ANOTHER DUGGAR IS ON THE WAY Jessa Duggar Seewald is expecting her first child. [HuffPost]
BEN AFFLECK APOLOGIZES FOR TRYING TO HIDE SLAVE ANCESTRY ROOTS And PBS is looking into the network's attempts to conceal said ancestor. [AP]
WHY GREAT BRITAIN WANTS PRINCE GEORGE TO GET A SISTER A new princess would be worth over $1.5 billion in her lifetime (no pressure, Kate). [Entertainment Online]
EWAN MCGREGOR AND STANLEY TUCCI JOIN 'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST' As Lumiere and a new singing piano character -- this will officially be the greatest movie ever. [Vulture]
THE WORLD OF COMPETITIVE VAPING "Competitions are straightforward. Cloud chasers inhale on the devices, which convert e-cigarette 'juice' into vapor. They then toast the competition by blowing the biggest, densest vapor cloud possible. In less than two years, the sport has adopted all the trappings of professional athletics. It not only has fans but teams, sponsors and cash prizes." [WSJ]
ILLUSTRATING WHAT STRESS FEELS LIKE From the knot in your stomach to the fog surrounding you. [HuffPost]
TEAMING UP TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT "In the Middle East, which houses 10 of the 15 most water-poor countries in the world, learning to care for the environment is not a luxury -- it’s a necessity. And it’s one that many involved with Arava say requires Muslims, Jews and Christians to work together to tackle. 'You can’t deal with an environmental issue without dealing with your neighbors,' founding faculty member Rabbi Michael Cohen told The Huffington Post." [HuffPost]
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MCDONALD'S PLEDGE TO END DEFORESTATION "[McDonald's] pledged to only buy food and raw materials from around the world that don't contribute to deforestation, a significant contributor to global warming. Given McDonald's reach, that's a potential game-changer." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Inside the world of "Cardistry."
~ Get all the free coffee from Pret A Manger.
~ How to pull off culottes (if that's even possible).
~ RIP Paris Hilton's chihuahua -- you made chihuahuas a thing.
~ Meet Times New Ramen.
~ While Bobbi Kristina is off life support, her condition is uncertain.
~ Start working on these great beach reads.
~ Puppies vs. door stoppers.
~ Trader Joe's chicken sausage recalled for "plastic pieces."
~ We have a teaser trailer for "The Bachelorette", which promises even new levels of insanity when it returns May 18.
~ The states with the highest divorce rates.
~ Waka Flocka Flame is running for president.
~ Pack your bags for these National Park road trips.
~ Tune in later today for the latest edition of "Drinking and Talking" and hear all about nerd prom, also known as the White House Correspondents dinner.
~ Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger are no more.
~ Christopher Nolan will never explain the end of "Inception" -- the totem was definitely still spinning, we're positive.
~ And in disturbing news, a surgeon found an embryonic twin in this woman's brain.
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