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Monday | 4.30.18
Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway react to Michelle Wolf's speech at the White House correspondent's dinner. As a person who loves making bad puns and dad jokes, I'm used to the above reactions.


BUSINESS


  • T-Mobile and Sprint have announced that they will merge in a $26 billion all-stock deal, capping a four-year discussion between the third and fourth largest U.S. wireless carriers. The combined company will be called T-Mobile and will face intense scrutiny from regulators, though executives believe the merger will pass due to the potential to create jobs in the U.S., improve service in rural areas, build the next generation network, and lower prices. Reuters
                             

  • Although most are focused on Apple and Tesla earnings later this week, this morning will see quarterly results by McDonald's. Two key points to look out for will be the impact of the restaurant's move towards fresh beef for its quarter-pound burgers and the success of its value meals to compete with rivals. Wall Street Journal
                             


POLITICS


  • The White House correspondent's dinner was held on Saturday and President Donald Trump skipped the affair for the second consecutive year. The last president to miss the event was Ronald Reagan in 1981 — and that's because he was recovering from an assassination attempt. Comedian Michelle Wolf sparked debate online following her nearly 20 minute routine which held back no punches and covered a range of topics related to the media and politics. Vox
                             


SPORTS


  • [Basketball] The Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers each won their Game 7 to advance into the next round, with the latter nearly entirely carried through by the sheer will and talent of LeBron James. He scored 45 points over 43 minutes, staying unbeaten in the opening round of the NBA playoffs. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets each jumped out to early 1-0 leads in their quarter-final series against the New Orleans Pelicans and the Utah Jazz.

    Tonight will see the opening game between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers at 8 p.m. ET. NBA
                             

  • [Hockey] The NHL playoffs are also well underway, highlighted by the Nashville Predators winning in double overtime after honoring Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. and breaking the arena's scoreboard. Yesterday's other game also saw drama as the Pittsburgh Penguins suffered a Game 2 loss to the Washington Capitals amidst a controversial disallowed goal in the third period and a hard hit to the head of one of their players.

    Tonight the Boston Bruins look to extend their series lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning while the Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks look to break their series tie. ESPN
                             
    Related: The Buffalo Sabres won the first pick at the NHL draft lottery, securing the right to draft Swedish star defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. ESPN
                             


CULTURE


  • Avengers: Infinity War opened in North America with approximately $250 million over the weekend, taking the crown for the biggest domestic opening weekend of all time from 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Worldwide the film took in $630 million, making it the highest global opening of all time as well, even without China debuting over the weekend. Variety
                             

  • The Swedish Academy is weighing the possibility of skipping this year's Nobel prize in literature following a string of sexual assault allegations by the husband of one its members and the resulting fallout as several members vacated their seats in protest over the handling of the matter. A decision is expected later this week. The Guardian
                             


TO SHARE


  • When life gives you an article about lemons... you read it, especially if it's about the mysterious life and death of the tiger-fighting, monkey-smuggling man behind Meyer lemons Munchies
                             

  • France has seized the domain name france.com from a man who has held it since 1994 Ars Technica
                             

  • Chatting with ten book cover designers about the evolution of their design process Electric Literature
                             

  • It's Monday so if you're in need of some positive-thinking, enjoy this list of 50 ways the world is getting better A Wealth of Common Sense
                             

 

Can't stop watching this clip of Kim Jong-un's security detail Imgur
                         


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