It’s the tenth anniversary of the first Tweet and a decade later, there’s plenty to reflect on in terms of its impact on culture and how we think about the distribution of news.


Cuba prepares for Obama visit

President Obama begins his three-day visit to Cuba on Sunday. Apart from further moves to normalize relations between the US and Havana, it’s going to be a big week on the island, with an exhibition baseball game and rounding off on Good Friday with a Rolling Stones concert.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, not everyone’s happy about the President’s trip.

One issue sure to be on Monday’s agenda between Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro is the future of the US military installation at Guantanamo Bay.


Many killed in Russian air crash


Brazil’s government in chaos over appointment of former leader

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is under renewed pressure tonight after her plan to appoint former President Inacio Lula da Silva to her government fell apart amid protests over alleged corruption.

CNN reported that Lula’s swearing-in ceremony..

..took place a day after mass protests calling on Rousseff to resign, following another judge’s release of an explosive secretly recorded phone conversation between her andLula da Silva on Wednesday.

Rousseff’s opponents said the call lends support to their allegation that the former president’s appointment to the Cabinet post is to help give him greater legal immunity from federal prosecutors, handing him a trump card against investigators.

Rousseff denied the accusation, saying there is an innocent explanation for the conversation.



EU leaders met in Brussels on Thursday to seal a deal to put to Turkey on Friday over treatment of migrants coming to Europe. But some sticking points remain.

Meanwhile, in North Korea..





BBC presenter Cliff Michelmore, who was on television before most of the people who are currently on television were born, sadly died aged 96. For those of us of a certain age, he was the unflappable, trustworthy voice of the BBC – and by implication, the nation – in the same way Walter Cronkite was for an American audience.

This was one of my favorites, simply because it was never, ever done…


Supreme Court ball in Congressional court

President Obama on Wednesday nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the US Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Mr Garland, a veteran judge,  is widely considered a moderate. In doing so, the President sets up a potential conflict with the Republican-controlled Senate, whose leadership had said it would oppose any nominee.

But some Republicans may be already wavering.



After the latest installment of primaries, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are again tightening their grip on the Democratic and Republican races for the nomination respectively.

But the New York Times writes that they may be winning votes, but hardly hearts.

Even as they watched the two candidates amass large margins on Tuesday, historians and strategists struggled to recall a time when more than half the country has held such stubbornly low opinions of the leading figures in the Democratic and Republican Parties.

“There is no analogous election in the modern era where the two top candidates for the nomination are as divisive and weak,” said Steve Schmidt, a top campaign adviser to George W. Bush in 2004 and John McCain in 2008. “There is no precedent for it.”

For home-town GOP candidates Marco Rubio and John Kasich, there were mixed fortunes. Rubio called it a day after losing Florida to Trump while Kasich’s victory in Ohio led to him saying he’d stay in the race until the convention in Cleveland in July.

His #NeverTrump presser a few days ago on Trump’s rhetoric was passionate, honest and too late..

Meanwhile it looks like the next scheduled Fox debate next Monday won’t happen after both Trump and Kasich said they wouldn’t take part.


Pyongyang posturing

As is usually the case with North Korea, there will be some distance between the threatening rhetoric and the truth. Yet the former is always kind of freaky.

The New York Times reports:

If Mr. Kim follows through with those threats, that would mean that North Korea was readying its fifth nuclear test and was preparing to conduct more missile launchings in defiance of the sanctions resolution the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted this month against the country.

Mr. Kim declared that “a nuclear warhead explosion test and a test-fire of several kinds of ballistic rockets able to carry nuclear warheads will be conducted in a short time to further enhance the reliance of nuclear attack capability,” the North’s official Korean Central News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a UN human rights investigator urged the prosecution of the North Korean leader, saying the nation was “devoting huge resources to developing nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction while many of its citizens went hungry and others worked in “slave-like conditions”.



In the US presidential primaries, there are key contests on Tuesday, including Florida and Ohio, possibly the home-state “last stands” for Marco Rubio and John Kasich respectively.

And Trump may or may not have picked up the endorsement of a still somewhat beloved Ohioan…

But since Rose signs pretty much anything, it’s hard to tell for sure…



There are conflicting reports tonight over the future of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, with a press conference apparently set for Tuesday morning.



Finally, the cast of Hamilton visited the White House today.


The whole world is watching

Unrest at a political event in Chicago. Echoes of 1968. Was it inevitable? Where will it lead? What does it mean for the rest of the primary campaign? And the national?