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What I’m Watching: Riverdale (DUH!)

What I’m Reading: The Romanovs: 1613-1918

What I’m Doing: Waiting for important news

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Trump To Propose $54 Billion Defense Increase, Cuts To Domestic Programs: In the first look at his spending plan, the president is proposing boosts for the military and law enforcement — at the expense of other domestic spending. Congress will need to write the final plan.

Trump urges insurers to work together to ‘save Americans from Obamacare’: President Trump met with major health insurers Monday morning, in the midst of political divisions over how to dismantle and replace President Obama’s signature health-care law, the Affordable Care Act, and intensifying public pressure to preserve the policy.

‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land’ and What an Epic Oscars Fail Really Says: Three New York Times critics share their reactions to the wrong best picture’s being announced at the awards show.

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Bush Weighs In On Trump Presidency, Calling Press ‘Indispensable To Democracy’: Former President George W. Bush repeatedly declined to criticize Obama or offer him unsolicited advice. But on NBC’s Today, Bush commented on President Trump’s travel ban, Russia and the media.

In Response To Rising Biased Rhetoric, Muslims Run For Office: First-time candidates are seeking offices across the country. And several nonprofits are helping American Muslims get involved in the political process.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Focuses On Violent Crime and Police Morale: The new AG held his first on-record briefing as head of the Justice Department on Monday. He said he’s “not a fan” of legalized marijuana use, and threats against Jewish centers are unacceptable.

What’s The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know: New research calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in making bread, from wheat field to bakery. The vast majority of emissions come from one step in the process: farming.

Elon Musk’s Moon Mission Would Vault SpaceX Past NASA: SpaceX is planning to send two people for a trip around around the moon in late 2018, Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, announced Monday.

Cabrini Green and Chicago’s Public Housing Disaster70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green is a new documentary by America ReFramed that was filmed over the course of 20 years. It tells the story of Cabrini Green, a public housing development that sat on one of the most prime real estate areas of Chicago. In 1995, the development was demolished slowly and its primarily black residents were forced out. This excerpt from the film takes place at the very beginning of the intense protests to preserve the community. The full hour-long film is streaming online.

The Midwest, Redefined: What if the region we broadly understand as the Midwest, stretching from the foothills of the Alleghenies to the high plains, and from the chilly northern Great Lakes to the Ohio, Mississippi and Missouri river valleys, had been allowed to develop as organically as its eastern and southern — and even western — neighbors?

Local Gov Confidential

Missouri’s top public defender to lawmakers: fund us, or accept cuts: Those cuts could include closure of the office’s capital division, which handles death penalty cases.

Greitens puts brakes on land purchases for parks: Former Gov. Jay Nixon had sought to grow the state park system as a way to bring tourists to the state.

Council stumbles through process of naming new St. Louis County watchdog: County without an auditor for nearly two months.

Community speaks out against hate near vandalized Jewish cemetery in University City: Sometime during the weekend of Feb. 18 and 19, vandals toppled nearly 200 headstones in the cemetery, which dates to 1893.

Other Towns Firm on Amtrak as Lake Forest Mulls Shift: As Lake Forest considers a conditional assent to infrastructure changes to the Milwaukee District North line, other communities affected by the proposed Amtrak Hiawatha expansion remain firm in their request for a more thorough study of the plan.