Bloomberg staying out: Following months of rumors, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he will not be running for president, The New York Times reports. Entering the contest now, Bloomberg said, would only splinter the race for the Republican nomination, allowing Donald Trump to hold onto his lead.
Another Super Tuesday: Voters head to the polls in primaries in Michigan and Mississippi tomorrow to pick their preferred Democratic and Republican candidates. Republicans will caucus in Hawaii and Idaho. Registered Democrats living abroad will also vote. We’ll be tracking the action.
An unforced error: That’s how tennis star Maria Sharapova has explained her failed drug test at the Australian Open in January. Sharapova said she failed to click on a link on an email that would have advised her to stop taking meldonium, which was recently banned under global doping regulations. “I know that with this, I face consequences,” she said. “I don’t want to end my career this way, and I really hope I will be given another chance to play this game."
Justin Trudeau’s day: It was a pretty good one for the Canadian prime minister, if you count cuddling baby pandas as a mark of a solid Monday:
Trudeau and his wife Sophie will travel to Washington Thursday for a state dinner with the Obamas.
News from this afternoon here