Barbara Bush blamed Donald Trump for heart attack, new book reports
Barbara Bush blamed Donald Trump for her heart attack, writes Susan Page, USA TODAY’s Washington bureau chief, in an exclusive extract of her new book. Page spent hours interviewing the former first lady during the final six months of Bush’s life and was given access to her personal diaries spanning decades. Bush didn’t technically suffer a heart attack, though she called it that. It was a crisis in her long battle with congestive heart failure and chronic pulmonary disease that hit her like a sledgehammer one day in June 2016. The tumultuous presidential campaign and Trump’s ridicule of her son Jeb in particular had riled her. Did Bush still consider herself a Republican? In an interview with Page in October 2017, she answered that question yes. When asked the same question again four months later, she said, “I’d probably say no today.” “The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty” will be published April 2 .
Mueller report: Trump to appear on Hannity, days after AG’s summary
President Donald Trump will weigh in on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation during an interview with FOX News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday, according to Deadline. Earlier this week, lawmakers intensified their demands for access to Mueller’s full report after Attorney General William Barr issued a four-page summary declaring the special counsel’s 22-month inquiry had not found that Trump or his presidential campaign conspired with Russian efforts to sway the 2016 election — though “it also does not exonerate him” on whether he obstructed justice. Trump and his allies swiftly declared victory in the inquiry. Congressional Democrats said Barr’s summary only heightened their interest in obtaining a fuller account of how Mueller reached his conclusions. Barr plans to deliver Mueller’s report to Congress and the public in “weeks, not months,” a Justice Department official said Tuesday.
Aviation safety the focus of Senate hearing
Senate lawmakers on Wednesday will hold the first hearing on aviation safety since two fatal Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia — and just a day after a Max 8 made an emergency landing in Orlando. Officials from the FAA, NTSB and DOT inspector general will testify before a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Boeing officials are not expected to testify. Max 8 jets were grounded worldwide in the wake of the two crashes, which aviation authorities said had clear similarities. Federal officials are pursuing a criminal probe into how the Max 8 was certified as safe, while Boeing is working on upgrades in the hope of getting the planes flying again.
Feeling lucky? $750M Powerball drawing is tonight
Pick your lucky numbers: A Powerball jackpot worth $750 million — the largest lottery prize of 2019 and the fourth-largest in U.S. history — is up for grabs (The lump sum payout for the top prize would be $465.5 million). Wednesday night’s drawing is the biggest since Mega Millions reached a staggering $1.537 billion in October. Your odds of hitting the jackpot, according to Powerball: 1 in about 292 million, although 1 in every 24.87 tickets is some kind of winner — from a few bucks up to many thousands.
UK Parliament considers its own Brexit proposals
British lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on Brexit scenarios as the House of Commons considers plans on its own after rejecting proposals from embattled Prime Minister Theresa May. Almost three years after Britons voted to leave the European Union, the date and terms of its departure are up in the air. Last week, the EU granted Britain a delay past the scheduled March 29 exit date and further into the spring.