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'They Feed Off One Another': The Rising Power of Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner
'They feed off one another,' said a longtime observer of Washington power couple Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

House Intel Scraps Meetings Amid Calls for Nunes to Step Down
The House Intelligence Committee has scrapped the rest of its meetings this week as calls intensify for Nunes to recuse himself.

Rachel Dolezal: 'I'm a Pan-African, Pro-Black, Bisexual, Mother, Activist, Artist'
Rachel Dolezal talks about being trans-Black, how her identity challenges white supremacy, and why she just couldn't be a white ally.

A Biker Druid-Warrior Named 'King Arthur' Holds Court at Stonehenge
King Arthur was a British Army soldier and a member of biker gang. Now he is a pagan priest, a sword-bearer and a chieftain druid.

Cyclone Debbie Tears Into Australian Coast With 155 MPH Winds
Tourist resorts along Australia's Queensland coast have felt the full force of Cyclone Debbie.

First Read: Trump Is Off to a Historically Poor Start
First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter

After Health Care Humiliation, What's Next for a Divided Republican Congress?
Political parties often have moments of introspection after an electoral loss. The Republican Party is having one after a legislative loss.

Give It to Me Straight, Doc: Is Obamacare Dying?
For a patient who just turned 7 and has already survived numerous near-death experiences, the Affordable Care Act's prognosis is not so bad.

London Terrorist's Wife 'Saddened and Shocked', Condemns Attack
Rohey Hydara expressed her "condolences to the victims that have died" and wished a "speedy recovery to all the injured."

$4.5M Gold Coin of 'Unmatched' Purity Stolen From Museum
"The thief, maybe thieves, broke open a window in the back of the museum next to the railway tracks," a spokesman for the Berlin police said.

Dakota Pipeline Now Has Oil Under River Near Standing Rock Reservation
The news marks a significant development in the battle over the project that will move North Dakota oil 2,000 miles to a shipping point in Illinois.

Arkansas Inmates Say Speedy Execution Pace Violates Rights
Eight men on death row in Arkansas - who are all scheduled to be executed in a 10 day span - fought for their lives Monday in a federal complaint, claiming the breakneck pace was 'cruel and unusual' and 'threatened violations of their right to...

Man Accused of Hunting Black Men Charged With Terrorism
James Harris Jackson, 28, was charged with one count each of murder in the first and second degrees as an act of terrorism on Monday.

AG Sessions Threatens 'Sanctuary Cities,' Mayors Fight Back
Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned so-called sanctuary cities they could lose federal money for refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities.

White House to Take Aim at Obama Era Climate Policy
The White House will take a major swipe at President Barack Obama's climate change legacy Tuesday with the signing of an executive order on energy independence.

House Set to Vote on Whether ISPs Can Sell Your Data
The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote Tuesday on a measure that would allow internet service providers to sell your history and habits.

UA Leggings Fiasco Shows Changing Nature of Air Travel
Aviation experts told NBC News the industry had transformed from the time when the act of flying itself was a special occasion.

Reverse Sting: Drug Dealer Turns Hidden Camera on Cops
Police corruption in Ohio led to the exoneration of dozens of low-level drug suspects and undermined a community's fight against drug crime.


Entertainment News

VAL KILMER SPENDS WEEKEND TWEETING ABOUT CATE BLANCHETT
Playing hard to get is not in the cards for Val Kilmer.

The 57-year-old Top Gun star spent much of the weekend posting bizarre, besotted tweets detailing his admiration for Cate Blanchett, on a personal and professional level.

  • A typical post explained how he once flew all the way to Australia just to chat, but was stymied by her husband: "Once I flew all the way to Australia just to talk to Cate Blanchett. Her husband met me first. Or, instead, I guess, to be accurate."
  • A follow-up tweet included this unsolicited glimpse into his psyche: "And recently I’ve had 2 dreams with #CateBlanchett in them. Her husband wasn’t in either of them."
  • Blanchett, 47, is married to Australian playwright Andrew Upton. They share four children together: Dashiell John, 15; Roman Robert, 12; Ignatius Martin, 8; and Edith Vivian Patricia, whose adoption the couple announced three years ago.
  • Blanchett and Kilmer appeared 2003’s The Missing together and both have small roles in Terrence Malick’s Song to Song.

CUBA GOODING JR. SLAMMED FOR LIFTING SARAH PAULSON'S DRESS
Cuba Gooding Jr. lifted up Sarah Paulson’s dress during an American Horror Story: Roanoke event and while she laughed it off, fans and commenters did not appreciate his hands-on approach.

As fellow co-star Kathy Bates was being introduced at L.A.’s PaleyFest on Sunday, Paulson, 42, greeted her. That’s when Gooding, 49, grabbed her dress from behind and took a peek.

  • Paulson shrieked, but then seemed to laugh it off and the pair’s rapport was playful as the event continued.
  • The pair have a long history together, portraying a husband and wife on American Horror Story and working together in People Vs. O.J.
  • The Twitterverse blew a gasket, with one user writing: "@cubagoodingjr hi, dude. did you apologize to Sarah? you should if you didn’t bc what you did was Gross and Disrespectful."
  • Another opined: "Um… so is @cubagoodingjr allowed to get away with lifting @MsSarahPaulson skirt at @paleycenter? Total disrespect to a woman."

CHRIS KATTAN ELIMINATED FROM 'DANCING WITH THE STARS'
Dancing with the Stars said goodbye to Chris Kattan yesterday, marking the first elimination of Season 24. The two couples in jeopardy came down to Kattan and his pro partner Witney Carson, and fellow celebrity-pro pairing Charo and Keo Motsepe. Unfortunately, the first couple to be eliminated on week 2 of the reality dancing competition series was Kattan and Carson, who earned a 17/40 in week 1 (cha cha) and a 22/40 in week 2 (jazz).

After co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced that Kattan, 46, had been eliminated, he thanked Carson – and admitted that he was disappointed his personal story about breaking his neck hadn’t been shared earlier on.

Meanwhile, Dancing pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy sat out last night’s show because of an injury. The Season 18 DWTS champion sustained a calf injury during rehearsals on Friday with Heather Morris, a former backup dancer for Beyoncé and a star on Glee.

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MILLIE BOBBY BROWN CANCELS APPEARANCE DUE TO EXHAUSTION
The 13-year-old Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown opted out of a fan event on Sunday, explaining that she was simply too tired to attend.

She posted a video to Instagram looking pale and withdrawn, saying: "Hey guys, I’ve never had to do one of these videos before, but I have had to cancel a Comic Con last-minute, which is something I’ve never, never done and I’m planning on never doing again. I just think I’ve worked too hard and I have to rest as I’ve had a really long shoot and I’m still filming ‘Stranger Things.’"

  • The actress has become a fan favorite as star of Stranger Things and is frequently traveling to red carpets and press events between shoots for Season 2 of the hit Netflix show.
  • The star turned 13 in February.

NICOLE KIDMAN OPENS UP ABOUT HER LIFE AND FAMILY
Nicole Kidman sat down with Jessica Rowe for a casual and revealing interview at the Business Chicks Lunch in Melbourne on Monday.

The private actress was more expansive than usual, discussing her love life, family and the recent death of her father.

  • The 49-year-old mother of four reveals that she still wants another child but that husband Keith Urban is trying to dissuade her: "Keith always says, ‘Remember the baby carriers, all of the stuff, no!’ For him the stuff was a lot, carrying it all, but I see it all with rose-colored glasses."
  • Kidman has adopted children Connor and Isabella with ex Tom Cruise and two biological daughters Faith Margaret and Sunday Rose with Urban. She says she was told by doctors she could never conceive naturally and then became pregnant with Sunday Rose unexpectedly at age 40.
  • Kidman also opened up about the unexpected death of her father at age 75 in 2014: "There has been times when I’ve been on the floor and I don’t think I can go on with the day; when I lost my dad that was probably the biggest loss ever in my life."
  • Kidman acknowledged that despite her glamorous Hollywood career, her life has had its share of pitfalls. "The worst that can happen is everything falls apart and you put it back together," she shared.

STARS UNITE AGAINST UNITED AIRLINES' LEGGINGS BAN
Celebrities are slamming United Airlines for its ban on leggings. Comedian Sarah Silverman, Chrissy Teigen, Seth Rogan and Patricia Arquette are leading the charge against what they call the airlines’ sexist stance.

On Sunday, several girls in leggings were told to change their clothes before boarding their flight from Denver to Minneapolis.

  • Two girls in spandex were not permitted to board at all, according to Shannon Watts, founder of a gun control group called Moms Demand Action who spoke out as well against the stance.
  • United defended its stance, claiming the girls who didn’t board were so-called "pass riders."
  • "Pass-riders" is the title given to employees and their dependents who fly free or on standby, and they are forbidden from wearing "form-fitting" spandex, mini-skirts, flip-flops and other articles of clothing the airline deems inappropriate for air travel.
  • Sarah Silverman tweeted: "Hey @united I fly a LOT. About to go on tour all April and changing all my @united flights to other airlines."

CELEBRITY GOSSIP
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH AND WIFE SOPHIE WELCOME SON HAL AUDEN: Benedict Cumberbatch, 40, and his wife Sophie have welcomed their second child, son Hal Auden Cumberbatch. He was born on Friday, March 3rd and joins Christopher "Kit" Carlton, 21 months. Cumberbatch recently told People that his own parents, actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, inspire him to be a better father: "They are the first heroes I ever had in my life and I don’t mean that in a sappy way, it’s the truth."

MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY’S INJURY SIDELINES HIM FROM DANCING WITH THE STARS: Maksim Chmerkovskiy will not be hitting the dance floor for week two of Dancing With the Stars season 24. His sidelining calf injury was announced on Good Morning America. Chmerkovskiy will still hit the ballroom to cheer on his partner Heather Morris. His replacement has yet to be announced.

PARIS JACKSON & PRINCE JACKSON GET MATCHING TATTOOS: Siblings and best friends! Paris Jackson and her older brother Prince Jackson sealed their unbreakable bond with coordinating ankle tattoos of yin and yang signs. Paris shared the inspiration on Instagram, writing: "/yin/ in Chinese philosophy the passive female principle of the universe, characterized as female and sustaining and associated with structure, night, the moon, fluidity, calmness, the earth, darkness, cold, death, and ascends energy," while "/yang/ the active male principle of the universe, characterized as male and creative and associated with function, the sky and sun, speed, expression, heaven, heat, light, birth, and descends energy." Would you be more likely to get a coordinating tattoo with a friend, lover or family member?

JARED AND GENEVIEVE CORTESE PADALECKI WELCOME DAUGHTER ODETTE ELLIOTT: Supernatural star Jared Padalecki and wife Genevieve Cortese Padalecki have welcomed daughter Odette Elliott Padalecki. She was born Friday, March 17th, Genevieve shares in a sweet post on Instagram. Under a photo of herself snuggling newborn Odette, Genevieve wrote: "Please welcome the newest Padalecki, Odette Elliott!!" Odette joins big brothers Shepherd, 3, and Thomas Colton, 5.

BRIE BELLA PLANS TO GIVE BIRTH ON CAMERA AND SHOW IT TO FANS: As Total Divas Brie Bella’s due date draws near, she tells E! that cameras will follow her "all the way to labor." Fans will be able to see her give birth to her and Daniel Bryan’s baby girl: "It's insane cause at first I was like...I don't know you hear women want to beat up everyone in the hospital room as it is, I can't imagine having the cameras in there." Fans will be able to check out the birth process for Birdy Joe Danielson in Season Two. Total Divas returns Wednesday, April 5th at 9 pm on E!


INDUSTRY NEWS
ACADEMY AWARDS BOARD TO VOTE ON NEW PROTOCOLS THIS WEEK: The Academy Awards Board is determined to make sure this year’s Oscars fiasco doesn’t have a sequel. All 54 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science board of governors, including stars like Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, are set to meet to hammer out new protocols, according to a report in The New York Post. Last month, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope and mistakenly announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner, when truly Moonlight was the victor. The mix-up was quickly – if dramatically – cleared up on-air.

TOMI LAHREN BANNED FROM THE BLAZE: Tomi Lahren has been "banned permanently" from The Blaze, according to reports. The conservative commentator drew fire for comments she made on The View on March 17th and was suspended. (Lahren explained why she was pro-choice on The View, saying: "I can't sit here and be a hypocrite and say I'm for limited government, but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies.") The Blaze chief Glenn Beck personally rebuked her and suspended her, but an insider tells The New York Post the move is permanent. "Glenn is reminding the world of his conservative principles by sidelining Tomi after she insulted conservatives by calling them hypocrites," the source said.

MICHAEL KEATON SPILLS DETAILS ON SUPERVILLAIN VULTURE: Michael Keaton is taking on the role of villain Vulture in Jon Watts’ upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, and this particular villain is more complex than many other generic cartoon villains, Keaton claims. "Some people see themselves as victims — he sees himself a little bit like that," Keaton tells USA Today. "He probably would have a strong argument that he never got a fair shot — a lot of ‘Why not me? Where’s mine?'" But unlike other villains, he says Vulture has more going on beneath the surface: "Being a super villain isn’t necessarily his full-time job." Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to hit theaters July 7th.

FIRST LOOK AT JAKE GYLLENHAAL AND TILDA SWINTON IN OKJA: South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton, is his highly anticipated follow-up to 2014’s Snowpiercer. The film tells the story of Mija, a young girl in South Korea and Okja, a massive animal who is also her best friend. Okja gets kidnapped by a corporation run by Swinton and represented by Gyllenhaal. Netflix released the first images of the film, which is out June 28th exclusively to New York Magazine. In the images, Swinton has a perfectly coiffed white-blond bob with bangs and Gyllenhaal, bizarrely, manages to totally rock a mustache.

ION TV SNAPS UP JASON PRIESTLEY DRAMA: ION Television has acquired U.S. rights for the hit investigative drama Private Eyes from Entertainment One. The show follows ex-pro hockey player Matt Shade (played by Jason Priestley) who changes his life when he decides to work with P.I. Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson). ION Television’s programming lineup also includes Criminal Minds, Law & Order: SVU and Blue Bloods.

CASH CAB TO RETURN TO TV: Cash Cab is coming back. Discovery Channel announced that it is reviving the Emmy-winning game show, which previously ran for 10 seasons until its cancelation in 2012. The series will return later this year. While the new Cash Cab will still feature the usual unsuspecting passengers getting into innocuous cabs only to find out they're part of a game show, the revival will include the added bonus of sometimes featuring celebrities behind the wheel. Passengers will still be evicted from the cab should they get three questions wrong, and a cash prize will still be up for grabs. Comedian David Steinberg has signed on as executive producer, though a host has yet to be announced.








 

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