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The Morning Roundup: Tar Heels Reach Final Four; Senate Eyes Kushner's Russia Meeting

Posted by on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 8:45 AM

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Hope everyone had a solid weekend. Let's get started.

1) UNC beats UK in a thriller to reach the Final Four.

Unlikely hero—and former walk-on—Luke Maye sunk the winning shot with less than a second remaining in what had been a back-and-forth game to send the Tar Heels to their NCAA record twentieth Final Four. From ESPN:
“I just shot it, and luckily, it went in,” said Maye, who scored a previous career high of 16 points against Butler in the Sweet 16. “It was a great feeling. I thank my teammates so much and my coach for putting me in that situation. Just very blessed to have this opportunity.”
And if that wasn't bad enough for Duke fans, the team they were upset by, South Carolina, punched its ticket to the Final Four with a Sunday afternoon win over Florida.

2) Associated Press: HB 2 will cost North Carolina nearly $4 billion over the next decade.

From the AP's analysis:
Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina's "bathroom bill" isn't hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis.

Over the past year, North Carolina has suffered financial hits ranging from scuttled plans for a PayPal facility that would have added an estimated $2.66 billion to the state's economy to a canceled Ringo Starr concert that deprived a town's amphitheater of about $33,000 in revenue. The blows have landed in the state's biggest cities as well as towns surrounding its flagship university, and from the mountains to the coast.

North Carolina could lose hundreds of millions more because the NCAA is avoiding the state, usually a favored host. The group is set to announce sites for various championships through 2022, and North Carolina won't be among them as long as the law is on the books. The NAACP also has initiated a national economic boycott.
The AP actually thinks the $3.76 billion figure is an "underestimation."

3) Trump's son-in-law to face Senate Intelligence Committee in Russia investigation.

There are probably some advantages to marrying into the Trump family. This is not one of them. From The New York Times:
Senate investigators plan to question Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a close adviser, as part of their broad inquiry into ties between Trump associates and Russian officials or others linked to the Kremlin, according to administration and congressional officials.

The White House Counsel’s Office was informed this month that the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, wanted to question Mr. Kushner about meetings he arranged with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, according to the government officials. The meetings included a previously unreported sit-down with the head of Russia’s state-owned development bank.

Until now, the White House had acknowledged only an early December meeting between Mr. Kislyak and Mr. Kushner, which occurred at Trump Tower and was also attended by Michael T. Flynn, who would briefly serve as the national security adviser.

Later that month, though, Mr. Kislyak requested a second meeting, which Mr. Kushner asked a deputy to attend in his stead, officials said. At Mr. Kislyak’s request, Mr. Kushner later met with Sergey N. Gorkov, the chief of Vnesheconombank, which drew sanctions from the Obama administration after President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia annexed Crimea and began meddling in Ukraine.
That's all for now. Congrats, Tar Heel fans.

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