Tillerson was out in a single tweet
On Monday, Rex Tillerson was secretary of State on official business in Africa. On Tuesday, he was ... Rex Tillerson. President Trump fired his secretary of State on Twitter, months after Tillerson reportedly had called Trump a "moron." Tillerson said at a news conference Tuesday that the president called him hours after the tweet was posted. Tillerson's exit shakes up a few things in the White House: CIA Director Mike Pompeo will now head the State Department, Gina Haspel has been nominated to be the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, and Trump now plans for an unprecedented face-to-face meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un with a new team in place. What a day in Washington.
- Three times Trump made a major announcement in a tweet
- Why Tillerson was fired now and what it means for the North Korea talks
- Tillerson and Trump's different visions
- Five things Trump and Tillerson clashed over
If #Rexit wasn't enough ...
- Trump visits California on Tuesday for his first time since taking office to take a peek at prototypes for his signature campaign promise: a "big, beautiful wall" for the U.S.-Mexico border.
- Trump's personal assistant, John McEntee, was abruptly fired Monday over "security" reasons, according to news reports.
- A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman said he quit after he was asked to spread "misleading facts" about a California immigration raid.
- Political junkies will be fixed on Tuesday's special election for an open U.S. House seat in southwestern Pennsylvania. Polling shows Democrat Conor Lamb neck and neck with Republican Rick Saccone in a district that Trump won by 20 percentage points.
'National Geographic' owns up to its 'racist' coverage — decades of it
National Geographic is reckoning with its past, and it's not all glorious photos of monarch butterflies and rainbows. Ahead of its April issue, which is devoted to race, editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg wrote in an editorial that the magazine had all but ignored people of color until the 1970s, while making spectacle of "natives" elsewhere, calling them "exotics" or "noble savages." Goldberg, the magazine's first female and first Jewish editor in chief, noted that some of the past content would leave readers "speechless."
The 'Notorious R.B.G.' isn’t going anywhere
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turns 85 this week and says she’s “feeling fine,” sending a message to President Trump and congressional Republicans that she intends to remain on the court as long as she can. As leader of the high court's liberal wing, her diminutive appearance belies her aggressiveness on the bench and work ethic in chambers. She has been first to pounce on the plaintiff's attorney in more than half the court's oral arguments this term. She's written three of its 13 decisions, tied for the most so far. Her media (and social media) profile is epic: "I am soon to be 85 and everyone wants to take their picture with me!” she said.
Sorry, Fiat owners, your cars are the worst … again
For the second straight year, Fiat was labeled the worst car brand by Consumer Reports. Overall, this was not the year to own a vehicle made by Fiat Chrysler. It's other divisions, Jeep and Alfa Romeo, came in second and fourth worst, respectively (Land Rover finished third). Spokesman Berj Alexanian appears unfazed by the distinction. “At the end of the day, we serve our customers,” he said. As for the best car brands, Consumer Reports likes Genesis, Audi and BMW.