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Today in One Paragraph
President Obama vowed to work with South Korea and Japan in ramping up pressure against North Korea in remarks at the Nuclear Security Summit. The United States dispatched FBI teams to assist Belgian authorities investigate the March 22 attacks. A Belgian court approved the extradition of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam to France. And five members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming that they are paid less than male players.
Nuclear Security Summit Kicks Off. The United States joined South Korea and Japan in a pledge to deter the growing nuclear threat from North Korea at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. “We are united in our efforts to deter and defend against North Korean provocations,” President Obama said. “We recognize that our security is linked.” Obama is also scheduled to meet with French President Francois Hollande. (Josh Lederman, The Associated Press)
Focus on Brussels. The White House announced that FBI teams have been sent to Belgium to help authorities investigate the attacks that killed 35 people, including several Americans. “We have had effective coordination in supporting their investigation and trying to disrupt additional plots," said deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes. And in Belgium, Salah Abdeslam, the most wanted man in Europe who was captured on March 18, was approved for extradition to France. (Roberta Rampton, Julia Harte, and Susan Heavey, Reuters; Michael Martinez, CNN)
Female Soccer Players Demand Equal Pay. Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Rebecca Sauerbrunn, Hope Solo, and Alex Morgan filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the U.S. Soccer Federation, asking for the same pay as male players. According to the team’s lawyer, the women make only 40 percent of what members of the U.S. men’s team make. (A.J. Perez, USA Today)
Tomorrow in One Paragraph. Hillary Clinton will be fundraising in New York. Bernie Sanders will be in Wisconsin, and John Kasich will campaign in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
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“When Peña Nieto won, Sepúlveda began destroying evidence. He drilled holes in flash drives, hard drives, and cell phones, fried their circuits in a microwave, then broke them to shards with a hammer. He shredded documents and flushed them down the toilet and erased servers in Russia and Ukraine rented anonymously with Bitcoins. He was dismantling what he says was a secret history of one of the dirtiest Latin American campaigns in recent memory.” Bloomberg’s Jordan Robertson, Michael Riley, and Andrew Willis on how Andrés Sepúlveda rigged elections in Latin America for years.
The Trump Treadmill. Donald Trump is stuck in a loop. He’s trying to appease his supporters with provocative language and combative behavior, but he risks losing ground among potential voters in the process. (Ronald Brownstein, The Atlantic)
A Minimum Wage Movement. A deal to increase California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour was struck this week between the state’s governor and legislators, but the idea has steadily been gaining traction in the western United States since the election of Kshama Sawant to the Seattle City Council in 2013. (Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker)
Following the National Front. This 12-minute documentary follows members of the far-right movement in France, as nationalism and anti-immigrant sentiment are rapidly spreading across Europe. (Ben C. Solomon, Taige Jensen, Stefania Rousselle, and Leslye Davis, The New York Times)
Goodbye, Tidal Basin. A study published Wednesday in Nature projects that global sea levels could rise to six feet by the end of the century. Here are several maps illustrating what rising sea levels might mean for Washington, D.C. (Benjamin Freed, Washingtonian)
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