What We’re Following Today
It’s Thursday, April 25.
‣ North Korea reportedly sent the U.S. a $2 million bill to cover medical care for Otto Warmbier, the American student detained by the country for one year, who died shortly after he was returned to the U.S. in 2017.
‣ Facebook said it expects to be fined up to a record $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission over its mishandling of users’ personal information.
Here’s what else we’re watching:
‘Obama-Biden Democrat’: Former Vice President Joe Biden officially announced today that he’s running for president. He’s the last of the major Democratic candidates to throw his hat in the ring, but he joins a crowded field: Roughly 20 other Democrats are already in the race. This will be Biden’s fourth time running for president, and in his announcement he leaned heavily into his close relationship with President Barack Obama. However, the former president actually talked him out of running back in 2016, because he favored Hillary Clinton, reports Edward-Isaac Dovere.
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Everything Is Going Fine: The House Democrats are lobbing subpoenas at Donald Trump’s administration, and the president is at the center of several investigations. Yet acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney wants everyone to know that he’s enjoying himself more than his predecessor, John Kelly. “When I got here, morale wasn’t what it needed to be,” Mulvaney told Elaina Plott and Peter Nicholas. “I don’t think I’m telling any secrets—John hated the job. And let everybody know.”